This weeks Parsha gives us a deep insight into the human condition. As the famine intensified throughout the land, Yaakov sent his sons down to Mitzrayim to purchase grain. The brothers came to Mitzrayim and eventually found themselves in front of Yoseph, their brother whom they had sold into slavery years earlier. The Pasuk tell us that “Yoseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him” (42:8). Rashi is apparently troubled by the notion that the brothers would not have recognized Yoseph. Even with so many years having gone by, this was their brother who had been an integral part of their lives. They had grown up together and were intensely jealous of him on account of the K’tones Passim. He was the one whose dreams alienat...
Baltimore, MD - Dec. 1, 2021 - 4:34PM - An accident at the corner of Slade & Reisterstown Road has traffic clogged in the area.
Tel Aviv is the world’s most expensive city, The Economist reported on Wednesday.
A strong shekel and price increases for goods and services have moved Israel’s “White City” to the top spot this year—up four from 2020—replacing Paris, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey from the newspaper’s sister company, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The annual survey compares the prices of more than 200 products and services in 173 cities globally, The Economist said, explaining that it is used primarily by companies negotiating compensation when relocating staff, but can serve to gauge local and worldwide trends.
The Israeli military has accelerated its readiness plans aimed at preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state and to stop its entrenchment in the northern arena, Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman Brig. Gen. Ran Kochav told the Israeli Reshet Bet radio network on Tuesday.
“When I say that we are accelerating the plans against Iran, I mean it,” he affirmed during his radio interview.
Asked to comment on the nuclear talks in Vienna, Kochav replied: “I’m not going into political affairs. As we’ve said in the past, we are preparing for all possibilities.”
On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz commented on the renewed nuclear talks, saying, “In the past days, Israeli teams have shared intelligence with our friends around the...
Tonight (Wednesday), the fourth night of Hanukkah, the Education Ministry held the International Bible Quiz for Adults at the Hebrew University.
The quiz was held in the presence of the Education Minister Dr. Yifat Shasha Bitton, and the Director General of the Education Ministry, Brigadier General (Res.) Yigal Slovik.
Twelve contestants from Israel and around the world qualified for the final stage of the quiz. They defeated about 350 contestants who took part in all stages of the quiz, and managed to demonstrate admirable mastery of the holy book.
Two winners were declared for the quiz, Liron Ben Moshe from Alfei Menashe, Israel, and Yair Yosef Guggenheim from Karnei Shomron, Israel.
The entire story of Yosef being sold to Egypt was a result of a “critical review…”
Someone once sent me the following email with the following series of shaylos:
Dear Rabbi Kaganoff,
1. Is a person allowed to write balanced reviews of books? This question concerns hashkafah-type works, halachic works, self-help books, as well as novels.
Obviously, there are many halachic ramifications, including lashon hora, etc. I would specifically like to know if one is allowed to review unfavorably a work that the reviewer finds seriously lacking.
2. May one write reviews of other products, such as wine or restaurants?
3. If a person asks my opinion of a book, a wine, or a restaurant, may I answer truthfully, even if my personal negative opinion may result in the person choosin...
Baltimore, MD - Dec. 1, 2021:
Dear Community Members,
Baltimore County Police Officers will be working the Chanukah Parade on Wednesday, December 1st from approximately 6pm until 7pm. Please be patient as we expect periodic road closures and traffic delays during the event. See below for the parade route for effected areas.
Any questions or concerns please contact the Pikesville Traffic Team at 410-887-6785.Parade will conclude at Quarry Lake, 2800 Quarry Lake Dr. With Menorah lighting and light show.The route:1. Assemble at 5713 Park Heights Ave., along Manhattan Ave. and Clover Rd. and into back parking lot2. Right onto Park Heights Avenue 3. Right onto Fallstaff Road 4. Left on Clarks Ln.5. Left on Sm...
'During the meeting, the commanders discussed regional operational cooperation' Israel's military said
Top Israeli military generals visited the United States Central Command headquarters in Florida as Iran nuclear talks continue in Vienna.
Those visiting are the head of military operations, Major General Oded Basyuk and the head of the Iran-focused Strategy and Third-Ring Directorate Major General Tal Kelman, along with Israel's defense attaché in the US, Major General Hidai Zilberman, and the head of the military's international relations division, Brigadier General Effie Defrin.
"During the meeting, the commanders discussed regional operational cooperation, discussed the common challenges of the two armies and deepened their operational r...
Israel Police arrested on Monday an Israeli-Arab man from eastern Jerusalem who held his wedding celebrations in the middle of the Begin Highway in Jerusalem and blocked the road to traffic.
The incident occurred three months ago but only garnered attention this week after footage of the celebrations obtained by Im Tirtzu's Arab Desk was published on social media by the organization.
In response to the social media uproar, the police arrested the groom and stated: "Following online publications of a video that shows cars wildly blocking a Jerusalem road while severely disrupting traffic, we wish to clarify that the incident occurred some three months ago, and as a result tickets were given to nine drivers who were present and blocked traffic. In addition to traffic enforcement, th...
The U.S. has detected the nation's first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.
The individual was a fully vaccinated traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, the CDC said. The person had mild symptoms that are improving, and is self-quarantining.
The person has since tested negative, and all close contacts have also tested negative, the CDC added.
A bus full of Jewish teens celebrating Chanukkah in London, UK was attacked by a mob of violent youths who attempted to smash its windows while others made Nazi salutes.
According to the UK Jewish News, police are investigating the incident. Video footage shows the young men yelling anti-Semitic abuse and threats at the open-top bus, while also attempting to smash its windows and spitting at it.
Some of them also took off a shoe and hit the bus with it, which is an insult in Arab culture, as the bottom of the shoe is considered unclean.
They can also be seen raising their arm in the air in what appears to be a Nazi salute.
The attack happened Monday evening on Oxford Street. It was reported to the Community Security Trust, the organization tasked with providing security to the Bri...
After a threat was called in to a high school in Baltimore County, police said they determined it was not credible.
While officers were investigating, they said three schools in the Essex area were placed on "lockout" status.
A lockout is used during a community emergency outside the school building, according to police, who say it is a less serious measure than a lockdown. All doors are locked from the inside, and nobody is allowed to leave or enter the building without permission. Those going in must provide identification to staff, posted at the front door. Outdoor activities are suspended during a lockout, while activities inside proceed as usual.
By 11:20 a.m., police reported the threat was deemed not credible.
It came the day after three people were killed an...
Zarka stressed that this did not reflect the opinion of the Health Ministry, and was his opinion alone
Covid czar Salman Zarka said on Wednesday that Israel needs to consider introducing a national vaccine mandate, one that would mirror legislation in several European countries.
“I think we need to examine all the options, including the option of mandating vaccination in the State of Israel,” Zarka told Radio 103FM in an interview, according to The Times of Israel.
He stressed that this did not reflect the opinion of the Health Ministry, and was his opinion alone.
“This option of mandating a vaccine in the State of Israel, similar to several countries in the world, whether in the context of legislation or in the context of other mean...
A bus driver who requested that youths in an Arab town wear masks while riding the bus was attacked with tear gas.
The incident occurred in the Negev town of Lakiya, when the driver requested that the youths wear masks. In response, the youths sprayed tear gas on the driver and escaped the scene. Police officers arriving at the scene began searching for the attackers.
The Metropoline bus company, which runs the line in question, said, "The company strongly condemns all expressions of violence against drivers and employees. Metropoline will help its drivers and work to protect their safety and the safety of passengers using public transportation."
Early on Tuesday morning, a bus making its way from Tel Aviv to Eilat was pelted with stones by Bedouin Arabs in the northern Negev....
Ukraine urged NATO to prepare economic sanctions on Russia to deter a possible invasion
Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of deploying half of its 250,000 troops to a conflict zone, Donbass, where government forces battled Russia-backed separatists since 2014.
The Ukrainian army made improvements since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and Ukrainian tanks used the wrong engines and poorly-trained soldiers wore German uniforms.
Military spending is now 4 percent of GDP, double what it was in 2014. America also helped out, giving $2.5 billion worth of equipment to the country, including radios, radars, and new uniforms, according to The Economist.
Ukraine also bought TB-2 Bayraktar combat-capable drones from Turkey and America sent the country Javelin missiles.
Iran began enrichment processes to produce uranium at a purity of 20 percent at the country's Fordow facility, the United Nation’s atomic watchdog announced on Wednesday.
News of the development, delivered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), came amid this week’s international talks to potentially curb the country’s nuclear program in Vienna.
The Fordow facility, which is buried inside a mountain, holds advanced 166 IR-6 centrifuges for the enrichment of uranium, according to an IAEA report published last month.
This story is developing and will be updated as more details emerge
Reposted upon request: Baltimore, MD - Nov. 30, 2021 -###Baltimore, MD - Oct. 8, 2021 - Khal Ahavas Yisrael Tzemach Tzedek (KAYTT- Rabbi Dovid Heber) announces a seasonal weekday neitz minyan (Mon-Fri) during the fall & winter, beginning on Monday, Oct. 11 at 24 minutes before the neitz.
An amazing machshava shiur on Parashas HaShavua from HaRav Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Rosh HaYeshiva Mesivta Kesser Torah of Baltimore, every Thursday night after 10:00 pm Maariv
Baltimore, MD - Dec. 1, 2021 - Happy third night of Hanukkah! It was a pleasure to join Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer, Senator Shelly Hettleman and Delegate Dalya Attar for a menorah lighting in Pikesville with the Aventura Health Group. May the light of the candles remind us of the hope, love and good in the world.
Shabsi's Judaica Center Chanukah Sale - Everything You Need Except the Latkes.
Click on the graphic below to view the Shabsi's Chanukah sale catalog. Sale in effect through December 10.