Israel classified several African countries as red after a new variant considered dangerous emerged in the region.
South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Aswatini will be put under travel ban, Prime Minister Bennett announced Thursday night. Foreigners will be banned to travel to Israel and returning Israelis will need to quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.
The new variant first detected in South Africa is raising concern among experts.
Called B.1.1.529, it presents 32 mutations in its spike protein. Some of these mutations have been associated with a higher transmissibility and vaccine-resistance in other variants.
A group of South African scientists said that early signs from diagnostic laboratories suggest the variant has rapid...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a consultation Thursday night with the Health Minister, the Health Ministry Director General, the Director of the Public Health Services, the national coronavirus project manager and the Defense Ministry Director of Civil Defense on the new coronavirus variant – B.1.1529 – that has been discovered abroad.
Given the spread of the new variant in the countries of southern Africa, Prime Minister Bennett accepted the recommendation of the Health Ministry to define them as red countries.
He also instructed that an immediate evaluation be held on stopping flights from these countries to Israel and vice-versa, or the implementation of a different plan to prevent the variant from spreading to Israel. An additional discussion on the issue wil...
Yerushalayim - Nov. 25, 2021 - Baltimore's KAYTT delegation at the Mir Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 25, 2021 - I am incredibly excited to share with you the imminent launch of a new organization supporting Maryland and Washington D.C. families who have children diagnosed with a chronic illness or intellectual disability. imadi 🎉 (adj.) | ee-mah-DEEHebrew for “With Me”גם כי אלך בגיא צלמות לא אירא רע כי אתה …עמדיThough I walk through the Valley of Death, I fear no evil, because you are with me.www.imadi.orgfacebook.com/officialimadiinstagram.com/official.imadiLike & Follow us as we prepare to launch!Merchandise Market:https://tinyurl.com/mcfddtjk
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 25, 2021 - The children of Cheder Chabad in Baltimore joined the community in celebrating a new sefer Torah, dedicated by community askan Ephraim Rosenbloom and his wife Ruthi, in memory of their son Gavi a”h, who passed away just over a year ago.
The celebration was attended by the regional head shliach of Maryland, Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, the rov of Park Heights community, Rabbi Elchonon Lisbon, along with the cheder children, parents and community members.
For the women and girls, the day started with a special Yud Tes Kislev performance, organized by their principal Mrs. Chana Pewzner.
While the final letters of the Sefer Torah were being written, the boys enjoyed a fleishi...
Several studies have shown that adopting routines can make you more productive. Routine is a hallmark of efficiency and can also help harness your creativity. Many successfully creative people swear by the routines they formed: author Stephen King famously sits down at the same time every morning, which he believes allows his writing to “kick on.” Routine is a hallmark of many big thinkers: Geniuses like Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein liked to wear the same thing every day in order to not expend mental energy on wardrobe decisions.
Perhaps that is why Yaakov wanted to finally settle into a routine. Vayeishev Yaakov b’eretz m’gurei aviv, Yaakov settled in his father’s homeland. Rashi qu...
Updated at 1:40PM: We will be closing at 2:00PM today, Nov. 25###Baltimore, MD - Nov. 25, 2021 - 10:40 AM - In case you missed yesterday's food pickup, come on over now, while supplies last.
Adobe predicts total online sales for full holiday shopping season will hit record $207B, up 10% compared to last year
Consumers shopping online have spent $76 billion in November so far, surpassing last year's $63 billion in revenue generated during the same period, according to the latest data from Adobe Analytics.
Shopping on mobile devices has accounted for $31 billion of revenue generated, a 21.7% year-over-year increase, while shopping on desktops accounted for the remaining $45 billion. The data covers over one trillion visits to U.S. retail sites, 100 million SKUs and 18 product categories.
Online shopping for the grocery category peaked on Monday, up 172% over September's average. Wine is outperforming beer by 124% versus 100%...
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is mourning the death of his father, whom he called an "amazing husband, parent, grandparent, great-grandparent."
“My father Abe, 98, passed away this evening,” Schumer said in a post on Twitter with a picture of his family.
“In so many ways—he personified the greatest generation. He took...
Baltimore, Md - Nov. 25, 2021 -Are you curious what happened on Spirit Airlines flight #NK433? Are you confused why you should be curious about what happened on Spirit Airlines flight #NK433? Are you now utterly bewildered what this episode description has to do with anything? Tune in to this week's Torah Sparks podcast to find out what happened on flight #NK433 and learn a valuable life lesson to take with us as we journey through life.
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The Michigan chapter of the Anti-Defamation League is accusing a Birmingham, Michigan politician of sending an email containing anti-Semitic tropes, the Detroit Jewish News reported.
In a message emailed to Birmingham residents before the November 2 election, Commissioner Clinton Baller accused another city commissioner, Brad Host, of being a “marionette of the cabal.” According to David Bloom, who ran for the Birmingham Commission, it also singled out Jewish families, claiming they influenced the election with their political donations.
“He said that two families pumped this money into my campaign and into Andrew Haig’s campaign,” Bloom told the Jewish News. “He said that they were buying the ponies and we were going to be doing their b...
The Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbonim is pleased to present an updated sefer that discusses the halachos of Chanukah and Asara B'Teves.
The sefer, Safah Berurah: The Halachos of of Chanukah and Asara B'Teves. was compiled and written by Rabbi Yaakov Robinson, executive director of the Midwest Agudas Yisroel Council of Synagogue Rabbanim, and reviewed by Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst, Dayan, Agudas Yisroel of Illinois.
The sefer is available to download by clicking here or on the graphic below
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 25, 2021 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Yisrael Ber Caplan, z’l, brother of Rabbi Shmuel Caplan.
Shiva is being observed, through Wednesday morning, at 3707 Menlo Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215.
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A new study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that drinking sugary beverages or being even mildly sleep-deprived could significantly increase a person’s risk of developing a serious case of the coronavirus and being hospitalized.
The study, which was released by the CDC earlier this month, investigated close to 500 confirmed COVID cases among US military personnel from March 2020 to March 2021, isolating possible confounding variables to compare cases which required hospitalization with those that did not.
A total of 93 hospitalizations for COVID-19 among Air Force personnel were matched up with 372 cases among Air Force service members which did not require hospitalization.
Cases were matched based on geography, with researchers using l...
'Our president said they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon,' US Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says
A top United States military general claimed on Wednesday that Iran will have the ability to build a nuclear weapon in the near future, adding that the US is ready with other options to prevent the country from doing so if diplomacy fails.
“Our president said they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command told TIME Magazine.
“The diplomats are in the lead on this, but Central Command always has a variety of plans that we could execute, if directed.”
McKenzie’s comments are the clearest notion of a military option, while other US officials have recently spoken of “other o...
Following statements by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef against Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana's proposed kashrut reforms, Ombudsman of the Israeli Judiciary and former Supreme Court Justice Uri Shoham called on Minister Kahana to summon Rabbi Yosef for a reprimand and to even consider removing him from his position as a halakhic judge.
In his remarks, he attacked the participation of halakhic judges in a recent conference against the reform of the kashrut system and wrote that "things should be clarified and the judges should be instructed not to take part in any conference, meeting or assembly, which raise issues of political controversy."
"This is especially so when there is a fear that at the end of that conference a notice will be published bearing the names and ti...
In this episode, Justin sits down with the only female and Haredi newscaster in the State of Israel, Sivan Rahav Meir, and her path is one of a kind. They met up for coffee outside on a sunny Jerusalem morning to speak about her journey, her work, and her reinvigorated perspective on life. On Thirty-Six, Justin Hayet, a self-proclaimed pessimistic millennial attempts to find the thirty-six righteous people on whose merit the world stands. Thirty-Six is a production of SoulShop and Bnai Zion.
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The Friday, Motzei Shabbos, and Sunday program for this year's Agudah Convention features engaging and informative keynotes and concurrent sessions. Members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, Rabbanim, activists, and other speakers, will address a multitude of timely topics. As always, the Convention will be open to the public as well as available to attend virtually by going to agudahconvention.org or calling in at 718.298.2077.
This year, Friday morning keynote speakers will include Rabbi Chaim Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, Rav, Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of Cedarhurst, and Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. The session will be chaired by Rabbi Dovid Schnell, President Emeritus of Agudath Israel of Illinois, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Agudath Israel of America.
The Friday pre-keyn...
Baltimore, MD – Nov.
25, 2021 - The 19th of Kislev (Nov. 23) was the anniversary of the
release of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the first Chabad Rebbe (also known as the
“Alter Rebbe” or the “Baal Hatanya”) who was released from prison in 1798. He
was imprisoned due to libelous information supplied to the czarist government
by opponents of the fledgling Chassidic movement. According to Chassidic
tradition, the Rebbe’s imprisonment was the earthly reflection of a heavenly
complaint that was lodged against him and the Chassidic cause which he was
promoting, and his liberation symbolized a heavenly green light for the
continued promulgation of Chassidus.
As customary, the Baltimore community held a public event
allowing all to participate...
Following approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5-11 and the Israeli Health Ministry's subsequent approval and rollout, Moreinu HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita, has called on parents to vaccinate their children against coronavirus.
The announcement follows Rabbi Kanievsky's meeting with three senior Israeli doctors who are continuously working to manage the coronavirus pandemic in Israel.
The meeting, held in Rabbi Kanievsky's home, was attended by Professor Ran Balicer, who heads the Israel Shield staff of experts and the Clalit Research Institute; coronavirus czar Professor Salman Zarka; and Rabbi Kanievsky's personal doctor, Dr. Meshulam Hart.
These doctors requested Rabbi Kanievsky's opinion on what the Torah demands w...