Dr. Moshe Feldman z”l, longtime physician in Crown Heights who served as the doctor of the community for many years, passed away today. He was 80.
Dr. Feldman was a beloved community doctor for decades, who was always available to care for others, no matter the time or day.
He was a devoted and skilled physician who cared for generations of patients in his 48-year career as a pediatric specialist. For many years he provided medical care to the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rebbetzin.
He and his wife were known for having an open home, which was always filled with guests, simchas and shiurim.
Dr. Feldman passed away just two days shy of his 81st birthday on 30 Kislev.
He is survived by his children, Sorah Shemtov – Riverdale, NY, Dovid Feldman – Crown Heights, Chanan Fel...
New York City will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of the city’s latest push to expand vaccine mandates, the NY Times reports.
The new directive, which was announced today, is expected to affect roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials said. They will have to show proof they received the first dose of a vaccine by Dec. 20.
“We’re doing everything in our power to protect our students and school staff, and a mandate for nonpublic school employees will help keep our school communities and youngest New Yorkers safe,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
Teachers and other employees at public schools were already required to get vaccinated, and mo...
Police are investigating an anti-Semitic incident at the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
Someone placed stickers with Hitler’s image at the Jewish center, which has a student lounge and vegetarian kitchen open to all, reported ABC News 27 on Sunday night.
Rabbi Marley Weiner, director of the Asbell Center, said the sticker had “two little young smiley face stickers, but with a little mustache, a little swoopy, so clearly indicating a cartoon iced version of Hitler’s face.”
He added, according to the report, that “as a community, we have to take it seriously every single time. Because we don’t know whether it’s just somebody trying to shock or whether it’s truly a sign that something that is dan...
Baltimore, MD - Dec. 2, 2021 - Aventura Assisted Living Baltimore held a great community Chanukah party on Tuesday, November 30th.
The menorah lighting was attended by the greater community and several local politicians including State Senator Shelly Hettleman, State Delegate Dalya Attar, and Councilmen Izzy Patoka and Yitzy Shleifer.
The beautiful outdoor menorah could be seen by all who passed by on Park Heights Avenue near Aventura’s Heights (formally Tudor Heights) location. In the spirit of celebrating the magic of Chanukah guests of all ages enjoyed refreshments, music, games and more.
To learn more about The Heights and The Park (formally Weinberg Park) please visit their respective websites:
aventuraattheheights.com and aventuraatthepark.com
PCR Tests for Outbound Travel, Terminal Open Only to Passengers
For much of the Corona era, there has been a requirement for all passengers departing Israel to undergo a PCR test before flying, irrespective of the destination country’s requirements. The exception to this has been vaccinated passengers or those recognized by Israel as recovered.
For the past several months, enforcement of this requirement has generally been lax. Airlines mostly requested Covid tests only in accordance with requirements of the destination country.
In light of the newly discovered Omicron variant, the Ministry of Health has announced that beginning today, December 2, this requirement will again be strictly enforced. All passengers entering the Ben Gurion Airport terminal, will be required ...
Vaccine holdouts in Germany have been ordered into a new nationwide lockdown that will see them banned from entering all restaurants, bars, cinemas, gyms, concerts, and non-essential shops—including the nation’s traditional holiday markets. The special measures for unvaccinated people were already in force in several German regions, but, on Thursday, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that they will be extended to apply to the entire nation.
“Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered,” Merkel said. “We have understood that the situation is very serious and that we want to take further measures in addition to those already taken.” According to Reuters, almost 69 percent of the German popula...
Amid the mass Q&As, keynote sessions, and packed daises, something BIG happened in a small room off to the side of Agudah Convention 2021.
On Thursday night, over 50 Bnos leaders came for a special, star-studded session of their own. First, Ms. Leah Zagelbuam, former National Director of Bnos and current vice president of Communications for Agudath Israel, spoke. Rabbi Labish Becker, executive director of Agudas Yisroel, was next. They both emphasized to the girls how important their role is as part of Agudas Yisroel.
Rebbetzin Temi Kamenetsky came to give the girls divrei bracha. She encouraged the girls to appreciate their inner worth as a Bas Yisroel. “The girls basked in her brachos,” says Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, National Director of Bnos. “They couldn’t ge...
The emergency regulations approved by the government on the use of cellphone tracking by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) of verified Omicron cases will expire at midnight tonight (Thursday, 2 December 2021).
Pursuant to the policy that was defined in advance by the Corona Cabinet, according to which the ISA tracking would be used sparingly and would be re-evaluated on a daily basis, and in light of the updated assessment of the situation, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz – with the concurrence of the professional officials at the Health Ministry – have decided, at this stage, to discontinue use of the tracking, which contributed to the effort to cut the chains of infection in the past week.
Use of the cellphone tracking in the future will b...
President Biden on Thursday will announce a COVID-19 “winter plan” that imposes new, but less strict than feared, international travel rules and mandates that health insurance companies pay for at-home COVID-19 rapid tests.
Air travelers to the US will have to test negative within one day of their flight, rather than within three days, but Biden opted against more draconian ideas reportedly under review amid fears about the potentially more contagious Omicron variant.
Biden’s team had considered forcing US citizens to do seven days of mandatory self-quarantine after returning from abroad and requiring them to test negative three to five days after arrival under threat of legal punishment, according to the Washington Post.
A senior administ...
A man armed with a shotgun outside the United Nations building forced cops to shut down Manhattan streets Thursday, police said.
The unnamed man, who is in his 60s, was pacing on First Avenue between East 42nd and 45th streets late Thursday morning and was believed to be suicidal, cops said.
Disturbing photos from the scene show the man, wearing a red jacket and blue jeans, pointing the firearm under his chin. Police are working on getting him to surrender.
Cops shut down roads surrounding the UN complex, which was also placed on lockdown.
President Joe Biden's administration will extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through mid-March, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters, amid concerns about a new COVID-19 variant.
A formal announcement extending the requirements through March 18 is expected on Thursday, the sources said. The White House and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declined to comment. The TSA in August extended the transportation mask order through Jan. 18.
Biden plans to discuss the U.S. strategy for fighting COVID-19 this winter on Thursday and the transit mask extension is expected to be part of his remarks.
The White House also plans to announce stricter testing rules for international visitors. The U.S. ...
Reports are emerging that Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad, was purportedly behind the explosion at Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz.
The operation, first reported in the Jewish Chronicle, was allegedly conducted with assistance from a team of Iran’s nuclear scientists.
“The scientists’ motivations were all different,” a source familiar with the matter disclosed to the JC, adding that the “Mossad found out what they deeply wanted in their lives and offered it to them.”
“There was an inner circle of scientists who knew more about the operation, and an outer circle who helped out but had less information.”
Up to 10 scientists were allegedly recruited by the intelligence agency to destroy the A1000 Natanz cent...
Take a quick look at these sentences: "This time you really and truly exaggerated!" "I really and truly hate eggplant!" "It was really and truly wonderful." Mamash (really and truly) refers to feelings or ideas that, for us, are definitely true, heartfelt, and leave no room for doubt. It's a word that emphasizes the seriousness of the thought that is expressed.In yesterday's daily portion of the book of Tanya, a fundamental work of the Chasidic movement, we read the following declaration: "The second, uniquely Jewish, soul is really and truly a part of G-d above." Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the book of Tanya, apparently wants us to pay special attention to this idea.We are accustomed to say that we were created in the image of God, that there is in every one of...
Dr. Bourla stressed the importance of getting vaccinated, dispelling anti-vaccination rumors
People will likely need to have annual Covid vaccinations for many years to come, according to the CEO of Pfizer.
“Based on everything I have seen so far, I would say that annual vaccinations . . . are likely to be needed to maintain a very robust and very high level of protection,” Dr. Albert Bourla said, in an interview with the BBC.
Bourla spoke with the BBC before the discovery of the omicron variant, first identified in South Africa.
Whether the vaccines will need to be adjusted for new variants is unclear.
Pfizer is conducting Covid vaccine trials in children under five, according to the BBC. Trials are broken up into two differen...
Maryland school systems may once again be able to decide whether to continue masking, but how soon?
The Maryland State Board of Education held a special, virtual meeting Wednesday afternoon and came to be in favor of drawing up another emergency masking regulation.
Essentially, the state is buying some time.
It's back to the drawing board for the Maryland State Department of Education as it attempts to come up with a masking regulation that gives local school systems more flexibility.
It's also prepared to consider vaccination and COVID-19 transmission rates in deciding whether local school systems can drop face mask mandates.
The state board said its decision is based on what it heard from the public and medical professionals a few weeks ago. Now, it appears ready...
It is not immediately clear who is responsible for the attack
At least 10 oil field workers were killed Thursday in an attack on their bus in eastern Syria's Deir Ezzor province, state media reported.
"Ten workers at the Al-Kharata oil field were martyred and another was wounded in a terrorist attack on a bus transporting them back from work," the official SANA news agency said, without elaborating.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.
However, the Islamic State group regularly claim operations in the oil-rich province that was once a part of its sprawling proto-state straddling Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an explosive device was used in the bus attack in an area of Deir Ezzor where "IS sleeper cells are act...
An additional $3 million will be allocated to the unit in 2022, in order to help strengthen it
Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday designated Israel's Special Police Unit - known by the Hebrew acronym Yamam - as the national unit for counter-terrorism.
The Yamam will be made officially responsible for counter-terrorism operations, such as hostage situations, dangerous arrest raids and more, according to The Times of Israel.
An additional $3 million will be allocated to the unit in 2022, in order to help strengthen it, with an emphasis on weapons and training infrastructure.
Bennett said at the ceremony, "The goal is for the Yamam to be the best unit in the world to fight terrorism - and you are the right people for the job.
Baltimore, MD - Dec. 2, 2021 - Humans are creatures of habit. But what if we were to go above and beyond? What if we were able to overcome our negative habits and become something bigger? What if... What if...The lighting of the Chanukah candles teaches us to stop saying "What if" and start saying "What about now!" Tune in to this week's podcast to hear about the importance of living each day as a Jew with passion, and living each moment all fired up!Click here to listen to the Torah Sparks Podcast powered by: TYA of Baltimore
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