Three remaining hostages at a Texas temple were "out alive and safe," ending an ordeal that began hours earlier, according to a Twitter message late Saturday from Gov. Greg Abbott. "Prayers answered," Abbott wrote. "All hostages are out alive and safe." Just about two hours earlier, a single hostage had been freed, unharmed, giving authorities hope that the situation would end without a tragedy. Hours earlier, a Texas SWAT team responded to the synagogue in Colleyville, near Fort Worth, after a suspect entered the house of worship during services that were being livestreamed on the Internet. The suspect was said to be a supporter of Aafia Siddiqui, a woman who was sentenced to 86 years in prison in 2010 for attempting to murder and assault U.S. military personnel and was being held at ...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 15, 2022 - BSSP Community Alert: We’re closely monitoring a hostage situation that is taking place at a temple in Colleyville, TX. We’re working with our local partners, increasing patrols around houses of worship and other institutions in Baltimore as a precautionary measure, and conducting community outreach to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place. Should you observe suspicious behavior at or near local institutions please call 911 and BSSP at 410-358-9999 immediately.
An armed man holding a rabbi and congregants hostage at a Texas Reform temple is demanding that US authorities release his convicted terrorist sister, the NY Post reports. Muhammad Siddiqui is claiming to be the brother of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in Manhattan federal court in 2010 of trying to kill US authorities in Afghanistan. She is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in nearby Fort-Worth, according to public records. The man told responders that “if anyone tries to enter this building, I’m telling you … everyone will die,” the Daily Mail reported. Aafia Siddiqui was convicted in 2010 of trying to kill US authorities in Afghanistan. Siddi...
Pregnant women who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus are not only more likely to be hospitalized for covid-19, but also at more risk of seeing their newborns die less than a month after birth, according to a peer-reviewed study in Scotland that was published Thursday. The study was released in Nature Medicine, a monthly journal. The authors looked at more than 144,000 pregnancy records going back to March 2020, when the first coronavirus case was detected in Scotland. But the authors focused on data between December 2020 and October last year because that was when vaccine shots and tests were more widely available. During that period, the unvaccinated made up 77% of all pregnant women who were infected and more than 90% who required hospitalization and critical care. All the infa...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 13, 2022 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Janice Spieler, a’h, mother of Mrs. Amy Kerman. The levayah will take place Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at 1:00PM at Beth Israel Cemetery, Salisbury, MD. The shivah in Baltimore (through morning of Wed, Jan 19) will begin on Friday morning.  Shivah visitation will be via Zoom or phone; there will be no in-person visitation.  ZOOM Info: Meeting ID: 2223329677 Password: Shiva Hours of shivah are as follows:  Friday: 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.; Motzaei Shabbos: 8:30 - 10:00 P.M.; Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., 3:00 - 5:00 P.M., and 7:30 - 10:00 P.M.  Mrs. Kerman can b...
The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h. The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h. On that note, a very special Weekly Shtikle mazal tov to my cousins, the Newmarks of Toronto on the recent birth of their daughter, Chaya Sara, the first great granddaughter to bear by Oma's name as we approach the first yahrtzeit. Mazal Tov to the extended Perlman and Jakobovits mishpachos. At the end of the parsha, B'nei Yisrael defeat Amaleik in a battle, though the war is still not won. Following the victory, Moshe is told to instruct Yehoshua about the eventual destruction of Amaleik. Rashi (17:14) comments that here ...
Americans will be able to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests online starting Jan. 19, the White House said Friday. The move makes available the 500 million rapid tests President Biden said his administration purchased last month.  There are some important limitations, though. Each residential address will be limited to four tests. The tests are also expected to take 7-12 days to ship once they are ordered, the White House said. People will be able to order the tests on a new website, COVIDTests.gov, which will go live on Jan. 19. The White House is partnering with the U.S. Postal Service to ship the tests to people's homes. The move comes as the White House has been under pressure from lawmakers and from health experts to take stronger action to address sh...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 14, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi Shimon and Malka Grady on their recent chasunah in Brooklyn, NY. יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 14, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Shimon Haridim on the birth of a daughter. יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 14, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Mr. & Mrs. Aviel Abaei on the birth of a son.  יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 13, 2022 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Irene Rowell, a’h, mother of Barbara (Chaim) Wilson.   Shiva will be observed beginning Sunday through Tueday evening at 2705 Hanson Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21209Visiting times: 10am - 1 pm, 3pm - 6pm, 8pm - 10pm or call or call 410-358-5143.Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
I was thinking of the following question: Who is the number one fan? Is it the spectator in the stadium who is yelling the loudest? Or maybe it’s the spectator who is wearing the most face paint? Or perhaps it’s the spectator who buys the best seats? This leads me to another question. Oftentimes at a sports game, all of the fans will be given that classic foam glove that is shaped like a finger which says “#1 Fan”. Now, is it really plausible to suggest that each of the thousands of fans are all the number one fan? How is this possible? If guy A is the number one fan, how can guy B be the number one fan?  I think the answer is as follows. Being the number one fan is not based on a global rating system; but rather, the barometer for the number one fan is based ...
Are we eagerly looking forward to tomorrow, anticipating the redemption and the universal kindness it will bring, or are we solely preoccupied with worst case future scenarios?  When the highly emotional and joyful moment arrived after the splitting of the Red Sea and the Song of the Sea was sung, it is told that Miriam the prophetess immediately pulled out a tambourine: "Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women came out after her with tambourines and with dances."Wait a minute. From where did Miriam’s tambourine suddenly appear? It is clear that Miriam did not have to rummage around in her suitcase looking for it. It was already with her, right by her side, because she had been expecting this moment for years. She had also ed...
As I am privileged this week to walk, together with my wife, my son Mutti down to his chuppah, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my personal feelings at this exciting time. Many have the custom to stand up for the chosson and kallah as they approach the chuppah. There is no identified source for this. Some suggest it is based on the notion of chosson domeh l'melech — a groom is compared to a king, and thus deserving of honor. The great Talmudist, philosopher, and master teacher, the ineffable Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, famed Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshiva University, pondered aloud this question. He discounted the analogy to a king since it is only after the act of kiddushin that he first becomes a 'chosson'. He touchingly suggested that perhaps it...
Busted smoke alarms. Broken ovens. Mold and malfunctioning exhaust fans. Those are among the horrors identified by city inspectors during recent reviews of apartments in a Bronx housing tower before it became the scene of the deadliest fire in a generation in New York City, records reviewed by The Post show. At least 17 people — including eight children — perished Sunday after a space heater sparked a fire that flooded the 19-story complex at 333 East 181th St. with deadly smoke. The decrepit conditions were documented and ordered fixed by the New York City Housing Authority, which was tasked by federal regulations with inspecting 12 of the 120 units in the building because it provided those tenants with rent vouchers.
The partnership allows researchers to access Yad Vashem’s Pages of Testimony data when doing a search on the JewishGen website, which includes nearly 3.8 million Holocaust records. New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and its genealogy affiliate JewishGen has announced a new partnership with Yad Vashem that will enable the public to gain more access to genealogical records. “By making available these precious records via JewishGen, the broader Jewish community can more easily research names of family and friends who were murdered during the Holocaust,” said Museum of Jewish Heritage president and CEO Jack Kliger. “The agreement facilitates access to the resources of our museum and Yad Vashem, two of t...
White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday that President Joe Biden was “not the most effective messenger” when it came to convincing unvaccinated Americans to take the coronavirus vaccine shot. It was not the first time Psaki had noted that many Americans did not take their health advice from the president — and that some Americans would be inclined to ignore him for political reasons — but she stressed the importance of vaccination in any case. Asked whether the White House had any “evidence” or “sound basis” for believing that Biden could succeed in urging the unvaccinated to change their minds, Psaki said that “more than 80% of the country has gotten at least one dose.” She added:
What the presid...
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