Israel is set to distribute millions of free COVID-19 antigen tests to the public, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Tuesday. The plan to provide 25-30 million tests to various sectors was approved by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz and Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman during the daily coronavirus assessment, Bennett’s office said in a statement. The goal of the plan is to keep the economy running while safeguarding public health, particularly among vulnerable populations, according to the PMO. Bennett emphasized that the distribution of the test will be carried out “as quickly and reliably as possible”—and prioritizing welfare-service recipients, retirement-home residents, educators and students. The announcement c...
Yitro and Matan Torah Yitro is memorialized in this parsha in appreciation of both his recognition of truth and his sage advice to the Jewish people. Many heard of the miracles of Yetziat Mitzrayim, but only Yitro came forward to give praise. When he saw Moshe judging the people alone, he suggested the system of delegation that was eventually implemented.[1] Chazal[2] tell us that he was given the name Yitro because he “added” this parsha to the Torah. Not only was this piece added, the entire parsha is named after him! Yitro’s greatness makes the conclusion of the story all the more interesting. The story ends with Moshe sending Yitro away right before Matan Torah.[3] If Yitro was such a special person, why not let him stay for Matan Torah? Rashi explains that Yitro re...
A Monday letter from top officials in the the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that faith-based groups are likely to remain targets of violence. "Faith based communities have and will likely continue to be targets of violence by both domestic violent extremists and those inspired by foreign terrorists," FBI deputy director Paul Abbate and John D. Cohen, who is the top intelligence official at DHS, said in the letter, which was obtained by CNN. The letter also said online platforms linked with domestic violent extremism had discussed Jewish targets in connection with conspiracy theories about the pandemic, the results of the 2020 election and "even the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and resettlement of Afg...
Anthony Fauci said on Monday that it is too soon to say whether omicron is the final wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House chief medical adviser, while speaking at the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda online conference, said that "it is an open question whether it will be the live virus vaccination that everyone is hoping for," according to CNBC. "I would hope that that’s the case. But that would only be the case if we don’t get another variant that eludes the immune response of the prior variant,” he added.  Omicron is the most transmissible variant to appear so far, but seems to cause fewer hospitalizations and deaths than previous mutations of the virus, which has made many question if the pandemic is finally close to an end. The new...
The long-simmering tensions between former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are reaching a boiling point ahead of a potential 2024 primary clash. Trump has griped behind the scenes for months about DeSantis’s rapid political rise, including chatter about a future White House bid. But the complaints from the former president have only grown louder, raising concerns among some Republicans about a looming brawl between two GOP heavyweights. “President Trump is the one clearly picking a fight here, and it’s a fight that's too early and unnecessary,” said Sam Nunberg, a former adviser to Trump who stressed that he is neutral in a dustup between Trump and DeSantis. “We’re not in Republican primary season. This is a f...
After months of consideration, former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he will not run for governor, NBC reports. “No, I am not going to be running for governor of New York state,” De Blasio said in a video tweeted Tuesday morning from his block in Brooklyn. “But I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fight inequality in the state of New York.” The former mayor said he would share more news in coming days about his plans. For months, De Blasio had done nothing to tamp down the “will he or won’t he” speculation, filing paperwork to lay the groundwork for a campaign and telling supporters he was strongly considering a run – but also steadfastly refusing to answer questions about whether he was actually in, or...
Pages come from the only existing copy of a ca. 1492 edition of "Arba'ah Turim", one of history's most important works of Jewish law The National Library of Israel (NLI) has acquired 90 singular pages from the earliest period of Hebrew printing. The pages come from the only known copy of a late 15th century edition of Rabbi Yaakov ben Asher's "Arba'ah Turim", a seminal codification of Jewish law. Yehoshua Soncino, a leading figure in the early Hebrew printing industry, published the edition in Italy around 1492. No complete copies of it have survived, and the pages acquired by the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem are not found in any other collection in the world, public or private. Prior to the acquisition, the NLI already held 59 pages from the book. Works pu...
The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) will host today's launch event for the National Committee for Religious Freedom (NCRF), chaired by Ambassador Sam Brownback. The event will be livestreamed on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 12pm EST on RFI’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.  NCRF is a non-partisan, non-profit organization established to defend religious freedom for all Americans and all their religious communities by supporting political candidates at the local, state, and national levels—regardless of party affiliation—who support the free exercise of religion. Rabbi Menken was invited to be a founding member of the advisory board of this important new effort. Others on the board include Jeff Ballabon, Founder and Director of the...
Brooklyn, NY - Jan. 17, 2022 -  Mrs. Chana Freedman, a'h, mother of Baltimore's late Rabbi Mendel Freedman, zt"l,  passed away this morning in New York. She passed away on Tu BShvat, her 101st birthday.The levaya will be held in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 18 @ 11AM.Click here to watch the Livestream
Last fall, one of the towns with camps that draws thousands of kids to the Catskills each summer imposed its first restrictions on them, confining new camps to two areas and setting rules about their capacity, fencing and even cabin occupancy. Wawarsing now faces a federal discrimination lawsuit charging that those requirements would place illegal burdens on the town’s predominantly Orthodox Jewish camps, Record Online reports. The eight Orthodox camps and one school that sued say the new rules would prevent them from expanding or making improvements without triggering a set of impossible constraints. Several camp representatives and attorneys had warned of litigation and urged leaders of the Ulster County town to table the proposed restrictions at two public hearings in ...
Israel’s ever-changing coronavirus travel policies during the spread of the Omicron variant have wreaked havoc on Israelis, Jewish Americans and the Diaspora alike. Jerusalem barred travel from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7 to and from several “red countries,” including the United States, despite America’s open borders. Some exceptions were made for humanitarian cases, such as traveling for funerals, physical or mental-health emergencies, and parents traveling to their child’s wedding. When travel recently reopened and the United States was removed from Israel’s “red list,” Israeli bureaucracy did not immediately catch up with the changes and transmit them to ground personnel worldwide, who were still struggling to process prior changes. Israel’s...
The brother of a Lancashire man who took four people hostage at a Reform temple in the US before being shot dead has demanded answers about how he was allowed to travel, the Manchester Evening News reports. Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn, held four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel temple in Colleyville, Texas, US. All of the hostages were released without being injured, but Akram was shot and killed by the FBI a short time later. Two teenagers have since been detained in south Manchester by officers from Counter Terror Policing North West in connection with the hostage attack. Speaking to Sky News, Akram’s brother, Gulbar demanded more information about how the incident had been allowed to unfold. “He’s known to police. Got a criminal record....
Hundreds of people in Maryland no longer require hospital care for COVID-19, but some doctors are saying we need to still be on guard. As of Monday, there are 3,062 people being treated for COVID-19 in Maryland hospitals. Although that may still be a high number, the recent data is showing a slight downward trend. From Saturday through Monday, the state reported more than 300 people no longer needed hospital care. "Across the entire (University of Maryland Medical System), we have seen a decline on the total number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infections. Over the course of the past week or so and that's not just the total number of patients hospitalized. We're also seeing a decline in the past few days in the number of new admissions due to COVID-19," said Dr. Gregory...
A fire displaced more than 20 residents of a Reisterstown apartment building, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. Fire officials said firefighters were called around 8:17 p.m. Monday to the unit block of Brookebury Drive, where there were heavy fire conditions at an apartment building. Fire officials said there were no injuries. The Red Cross is assisting those displaced. The fire is under investigation.
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 18, 2022 - In today's TI food distribution, please be aware that the hamburger buns are not Yoshon.
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 17, 2022 - Due to the inclement weather we have extended our sale through Tuesday, Jan. 18. We are open at Rabbi Taub's shul at 3509 Clarks Lane on Monday: 11AM-10PM and Tuesday: 11AM-4PMIt's our first time in Baltimore and we look forward to greeting you.
With a deadline to fund the U.S. government past the temporary Continuing Resolution (CR) passed last month set to expire mid-February, pro-Israel organizations have been pushing to bring supplemental funding of Iron Dome interceptor missiles back to the forefront. Since September, senators have tried four times to bring a standalone supplemental $1 billion Iron Dome funding bill, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming 420-9 vote, for unanimous approval, but each time have been thwarted by the objection of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Passing a bill through unanimous consent is a common occurrence for legislation that is not controversial and supported by both parties. It avoids the time-consuming process that requires the bill to be debat...
The Jewish community “must be ready” and stay “vigilant and strong” to respond to any anti-Semitic incidents, emphasized Michael Masters, CEO and national director of the Secure Community Network, the security arm of the organized Jewish community. “We are just 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 58 percent of religiously motivated hate crimes are against Jews,” he said. “Anti-Semitism is real, and we are determined to fight it. We must commit to action.” “We can never let our guard down,” he stated. Masters made his remarks during a press briefing on Sunday afternoon, a day after the attack on Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. According to authorities, Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British man, took four pe...
Chief executives from multiple airlines are warning that implementing 5g could cause serious disruptions to their service and potentially result in thousands of travelers becoming stranded, Fox News reports. This is due to a recent finding by the FAA that 5g could cause interference with certain airplane instruments. In a letter obtained and viewed by Fox Business, CEOs from Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, FedEx, Jetblue, Southwest, United Airlines and others wrote that “immediate action to address 5G interference with (the) National Aviation System” was needed. “We are writing with urgency to request that 5G be implemented everywhere in the country except within the approximate 2 miles of airport runways at affected airports as defined by the FAA o...
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