First Lieutenant N., commander of the Egoz staff who accidentally fired at two IDF officers, has not managed to sleep since the incident, and is suffering great mental turmoil. On Wednesday evening, two company commanders in the IDF's Egoz Unit, Major Ofek Aharon, 28, from Gan Yavneh, and Major Itamar Elharar, 26, from Bnei Re'em, were killed by friendly fire in the Jordan Valley. In an interview with Yediot Aharonot, it was reported that despite N.'s anguish and mental state, he succeeded in attending one of the funerals, thanks to support and aid from his unit and commanders. "I was sure that they were terrorists," N. told those close to him on Thursday. "I felt a danger, I was afraid, so I fired."
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 14, 2022 - 10:37AM - Here we go. Yet another impactful winter storm headed our way! And this one is going to have major impacts to our area. As we discussed earlier, there were 2 possible outcomes. An inland track, and a coastal track. At this point, its looking more and more likely that we will have an inland track, with the center of low pressure riding up I-95. This will bring us a mixed bag of precipitation, with heavy snow to start, then switching to sleet and freezing rain, and eventually over to plan rain. Snow should start between 3 and 5PM Sunday for central Maryland, before transitioning to sleet and freezing rain for a few hours after about 8-10PM. Then plain rain through early Monday, before potentially switching back to a mix or snow again late M...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 12, 2022 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Mr. George Seidel, z’l, husband of Mrs. Sara Seidel, father of Pinchas Seidel, Gedalia Seidel, Sheva Danziger, and Tzvi Seidel. Shiva will be observed at 7608 Lorry Lane, Baltimore, MD, 21208 Shacharis: Sun & Mon (Legal Holiday) 8:00AM / Tues & Wed: 7:00AMMincha/Maariv: 4:45PM Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Baltimore, Md - Jan. 14, 2022 - Abe Diamond, z"l, passed away 37 years ago, 13 Shvat, 5735. I still miss him - his humility - his guidance - his intelligence - his warmth - his sense of humor - the list can go on and on. I was a few years younger than Abe - It may have been in my first year of college and I often met Abe on Strathmore Avenue on the way to Shomrei Emunah. Most married men would have very little patience for a college kid but Abe and I always had common areas of interest- photography, business, theater to name a few. Our friendship grew over the years and we continued to discuss these common interests. His business was growing (eventually it became Food-A-Rama - the second or third largest chain of supermarkets in the State of Maryland), yet he always would find the time...
Across Baltimore, city recycling is piling up block after city block. “On a routine basis collections are being missed,” Councilman Yitzy Schleifer said. Councilman Yitzy Schleifer is expressing frustration with DPW. The agency announced Wednesday that recycling collection will now only occur every other week amid a staffing shortage. “It’s very frustrating. This is the most basic city service that is supposed to be provided and for that to be routinely missed by the agency that has the largest budget in the city is just unacceptable,” he said. The councilman says the problem has been going on for months. “COVID-19 is the go-to excuse, but this is more than just a COVID-19 issue. This is a failure of leadership on every level at DPW,” he said. D...
 A Jewish employee has filed a complaint against his former employer, claiming that he was forced to remove his yarmulka during work. He says that the firm allegedly gave him the anti-Jewish instructions, after getting a complaint from a client he was training. Golan Levy, of London, is a martial arts expert and safety instructor. HIs employer, Securitas UK, a British security firm, allegedly told him to remove his head covering while training clients over Zoom. In addition, he says that they told him to remove an Israeli flag that could be seen in the background during sessions. The Krav Maga expert who is also an Israeli citizen, accused the firm of discrimination and hired lawyers to file a grievance over the matter. Mr. Levy reportedly got in touch with a local watchdog, the ...
Beth Medrash Govoha will reportedly be purchasing a property that belongs to the nearby Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. The goal of the purchase is to build low-cost housing for yungeleit. The purchase of 44 acres of land by the country’s largest yeshiva will still leave the college with the majority of its 150+ acre campus. The plan is to build about a dozen buildings and about 500 apartments on the site. Georgian Court University is set on a magnificent 156-acre estate formerly belonging to financier George Jay Gould. After a long history as a women’s college with coeducational graduate programs and undergraduate evening programs, Georgian Court became fully coeducational in 2013.
A subvariant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, known as BA2, has arrived in Israel and 20 cases of it have already been detected in the country, Kan 11 News reported on Thursday. According to the report, BA2 is currently known to have even more mutations than the original Omicron, and as such, some scientists around the world have speculated that it may be more violent. However, at the moment this is only a hypothesis, and it is important to note that there is no absolute certainty and knowledge about this. The subspecies was first seen in China a few weeks ago. The suspicion is that it originated in India. It has also been located in Denmark, Australia, Canada, and Singapore. Israeli scientists told Kan 11 News that they are concerned by the variant because of its ...
The Republican National Committee (RNC) alerted the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Thursday that it plans to require GOP presidential nominees not to attend debates run by the commission going forward.  "The RNC will initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates," wrote Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in the letter, which was obtained by The Hill.  McDaniel said GOP voters "have lost trust" in the commission and noted that the RNC has proposed a number of reforms to the debate process. "Unfortunately, neither the tone nor substance of your latest response inspires confidence that the CPD will meaningfully address the serious is...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday about Iran’s nuclear program, ongoing discussions about rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal that are taking place in Vienna and other security issues pertaining to the Middle East. According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, the two leaders agreed to continue close cooperation regarding regional security and discussed related global issues as well. As talks between Iran and world powers continue, Bennett raised the importance of maintaining a strong stance against Iran’s increasing push towards nuclear weapons. Appearing for the first time in the position of prime minister before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Bennett descr...
Prosecutors are prepared to make major concession to Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu in order to secure a plea bargain, according to report Thursday night by Channel 12’s Guy Peleg. On Wednesday, Channel 13 reported that Netanyahu is engaging in negotiations with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for a possible plea bargain. Netanyahu is said to have agreed to Mandelblit’s demand that he resign from the Knesset before being convicted, and to leave politics for several years. Mandelblit also reportedly demanded that Netanyahu be given a minimum sentence of at least community service and an admission of moral turpitude, which could hinder Netanyahu’s return to politics. Now it appears that prosecutors are willing to make far-reaching concessions as ...
“A big impetus for all this friction is the fact that there’s just been a disparity between the Bedouin’s perception of their property rights and Israel’s view of Bedouin property rights,” said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Bedouin simply don’t have, for the most part, deeds to the land that they claim to be theirs.” Bedouin rioting, coupled with a threat from a government coalition partner, halted initial plantings for a new state forest in the Negev Desert on Wednesday while negotiations take place between the sides. The disturbances stirred up existing concerns about Israel’s control of its southern region and the government’s reliance on Ra’am, an Arab-Israeli party without which...
There is a common mentality out there, that all of the open miracles that Hashem performed in Mitzrayim to prove His existence, are very impressive. However, that was a very long time ago. All I need is one small open miracle today and I would believe in Hashem with all of my heart. The truth is, however, that history clearly proves this mentality false. You see ­ even WHILE the actual nissim were happening in Mitzrayim, still, not everyone believed in Hashem. In fact, most of Mitzreeyim did NOT believe in Him. Even after the Mitzreeyim were eyewitnesses to many open miracles - they still refused to even suspect that Hashem is real. For instance, let us look at Kriyas Yam Suf (splitting of the sea) discussed in our Parshah. When the Yidden were surrounded by the Mitzreeyim on one side...
As young students in day school, we are often exposed to a basic appreciation for some of the importance of how carefully every word in the Torah is used.  One example is in Parshas B’shalach where a striking contrast is noted in two places where the Torah discusses the fact that the Yam Suf was “dry land within the water” ( B’shalach, 14:29) and “in the water on dry land” (14:22).   The most widely accepted explanation is the well known description of Nachshon ben Aminadav and some followers faithfully jumping into the threatening sea and upon it reaching their nostrils, the sea split.  For Nachshon, he was in the midst of the sea and then on dry land.  For the rest of B’nei Yisroel, when they entered the sea it was alread...
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of perjury related to a COVID-19 financial hardship withdrawal and a false statement on a loan application. This comes amid an ongoing federal investigation involving Mosby and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, over campaign records. WBAL-TV 11 News reported in March that federal prosecutors started investigating the personal business and tax records of the Mosbys. Federal officials subpoenaed the Maryland State Board of Elections seeking business and campaign finance records dating back to 2014. Mosby attorney A. Scott Bolden sought to have the federal prosecutors investigating the couple be removed from the case and investigated for pote...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 13, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Elchonon Cohen (Chicago) and Nadine Tabbouche on their engagement. יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
 Baltimore, MD - Jan. 13, 2022 - This year, TU B'SHVAT (15 SHVAT) will occur on MONDAY, JANUARY 17. Please refer to the STAR-K Checking Fruits chart for guidance. Click on the image BELOW to download a PDF of this chart. Click HERE to download STAR-K's Full Guide to Checking for Bugs. SHEMITA ALERT: Consumers should be aware that there are many vegetables (mainly peppers, carrots, herbs, radishes) from Israel on the market in the USA at this time. See HERE to download STAR-K's Shemita Primer for Chutz La'aretz.   @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536869121 1107305727 33554432 0 415 0;}@font-face {font-family:...
The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers, but upheld the vaccine-only mandate for health providers.   The Court ruled 6-3 against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's employer mandate, blocking it from taking effect while other legal challenges play out.    The Court ruled 5-4 to keep the health care worker mandate, with Chief Justice Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh joining the liberals. Developing...
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