A majority of Americans say they are likely to travel for summer vacation this year, but high prices for gas, hotels and flights are weighing on those plans, a Washington Post-Schar School poll finds.
Less of a concern for this year’s travelers: coronavirus, which less than 3 in 10 Americans say is a major factor in their summer vacation plans.
With inflation the highest in four decades, cost concerns dominate considerations about traveling this summer. About 6 in 10 Americans, 61%, say gas prices are a “major factor” in making their summer vacation plans. A 54% majority say hotel or lodging prices are playing a major factor in their plans, and 52% say the same about flight prices.
Of the 72% of Americans who say they will “definitely” or “probably&rd...
Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai is holding a situational assessment ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March on Sunday.
The meeting was attended by numerous officials from the defense establishment, including the commander of the Jerusalem District, the commander of the Border Police, and officials from the Shabak, other intelligence officials, and from the Foreign Ministry.
During the meeting, Commissioner Shabtai received a broad intelligence overview and was presented with the operational plans for the Jerusalem district during the holiday.
The Commissioner ordered the police to be on high alert and for vacations to be cancelled in the police force in light of the tensions surrounding Jerusalem Day.
About 3,000 policemen and Border Police officers will operate in Jerusalem to provid...
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel Wednesday ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March on Sunday.
In a speech marking the anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, Nasrallah claimed that the "harm" the the Al Aqsa Mosque caused by the Jerusalem Day celebrations and could ignite the entire Middle East,
"In a few days, events are expected to take place in Jerusalem that could lead to an explosion. This is provocation against all Arab and Islamic nations," the Hezbollah leader claimed.
Earlier, Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai held a situational assessment ahead of the Jerusalem Day Flag March.
The meeting was attended by numerous officials from the defense establishment, including the commander of the Jerusalem District, the commande...
Eggs will get even more expensive after U.S. production plummeted to a seven-year low during one of the worst-ever bird flu outbreaks.
The price for eggs is set to rise as much as 21% compared to a year ago, the biggest increase among all food staples tracked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In April, the outlook was for an increase of 6% to 7%.
The outbreak of avian influenza has affected more than 38 million birds in the U.S., driving both the number of egg-laying birds and the production of table eggs down to the lowest level since 2015, the last time the bird flu virus ran rampant in the poultry industry.
Costs for fats and oils are also rising, as the USDA raised the price estimate to as much as 11% over the past year.
Marylanders can now add their Maryland Mobile ID to their Apple Wallet on an iPhone and Apple Watch!
You can choose to add a driver's license or state ID to the wallet.
Maryland is the second state to implement IDs in Apple Wallet, and Maryland Mobile ID is currently the only form of mobile phone-based identification issued by MDOT MVA.
This is only available to people with a current, valid Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID. Marylanders must continue to carry their physical driver’s license or ID with them.
How to add Maryland Mobile ID to Apple Wallet
To enroll and use Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet, Maryland residents must have a valid and easily readable Maryland driver’s license or ID card, as well as an iPhone 8 or later, or an Apple Watch Series 4...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke attempted to derail Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's response to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Wednesday.
Abbott spoke for roughly ten minutes before attempting to transfer the microphone to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, at which point O'Rourke approached the stage.
Only some of O'Rourke's words were audible, but he was pointing aggressively at the stage even as those on it shouted him down.
Patrick said "sir, you are out of line, please leave this auditorium."
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin shouted at O'Rourke as well.
O'Rourke was then escorted out of the auditorium.
Prior to the interruption, Abbott praised the response of police officers who stopped the attack from getting any worse. One officer who r...
Rabbi Simcha Hakohen Kook, who passed away last night at the age of 92, did so many great things: He was the beloved Chief Rabbi of the city of Rechovot for decades and Rabbi of the "Hurva" Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. He was President of the "Meor Hatalmud" yeshiva in Rechovot and stood at the head of many other educational institutions throughout the years. He was an eloquent speaker who was much sought after by audiences both in Israel and abroad and led many public struggles, especially in building bridges between the non-observant and religious sectors. But among his most memorable deeds, personally speaking, was his officiating our wedding.He was the brother of the grandfather of Yedidya, my husband, and hosted us in his home in Rechovot on Shabbat prior to the wedding. It...
This is a BJL Exclusive:MUST Baltimore – Mothers Unite to Stall Technology
Dear fellow Baltimore parents,
A few months ago, we heard about an organization called MUST, which stands for Mothers Unite to Stall Technology. The organization was started by mothers in New York who realized how technology was affecting their children and decided to join together to postpone their children's personal ownership of smart devices. The program has since spread to communities throughout the co...
New York, NY, May 25, 2022—Physicians, medical referral professionals, askanim, rabbanim, and leaders of nonprofit organizations serving communities in the Tri-State area and beyond gathered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on Tuesday evening, May 24, for “An Insiders’ Look at CHOP,” a special event in collaboration with Chai Lifeline. Guests came from as far as Florida and Illinois to meet and hear from leading physicians and scientists who are pioneering surgical techniques and developing new treatments for childhood diseases at CHOP’s state-of-the-art facilities.
“For years, families in our community have relied on and benefitted from the world-renowned services and quality of care provided by the Children's Hospital of ...
Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2022:
Nelson Mandela wrote, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” How can we understand the murder of 19 innocent children along with two of their dedicated teachers? Can our minds comprehend the profundity of this tragedy? Can our hearts feel the deep chasm of pain? I was travelling yesterday and somehow missed the news out of Uvalde, Texas until a bit later in the evening, and I still find myself wandering in a fog. How can this happen in our great nation? How is it that mass shootings have become more regular occurrences in our civilized country? How can it be that our precious children are gunned down in their classrooms?
We know how this story progresses. Tra...
Wednesday, 25 May 2022 / 24 Iyar 5782
President Isaac Herzog’s full speech:
We gather here at the World Economic Forum in Davos after a two-year hiatus, as the world continues to gradually re-emerge to normalcy. Yet we realize that the new normal is drastically different from the reality we had put on hold.
After millions lost their lives in the paralyzing COVID-19 pandemic, the past few months have presented us with the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine. Our hearts break seeing the tragic devastation being inflicted on the people of Ukraine. The State of Israel continues to provide extensive humanitarian support to the Ukrainian people. The Israeli field hospital in Ukraine treated thousands of civilians; thousands of Israeli volunteers are operating in Ukraine and around it, to assis...
Baltimore, MD - May 24, 2022 - On the morning of Friday, May 20th, there was magic in the air at TA, as over 850 grandparents, great-grandparents, and special friends came to TA for an unforgettable experience. This was TA's 5th Grandparents' Day in recent years, and it proved to be an incredible experience to all those who came.Upon arriving in the TA parking lot or via shuttle bus from the MTA down the road, the campus was alive with student and volunteer ushers greeting guests, music playing, and welcome banners and signs. After checking in and receiving a "Proud TA Grandparent" pin, a beautiful keepsake gift bag, along with a personalized schedule for the day, grandparents and special friends proceeded to the gym, where they were treated to a vast delectable assortment...
How much is too much?
Maryland’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board sharpened its focus Monday on establishing a process to impose upper price limits for some prescription drugs in the state.
Maryland, a pioneer in establishing a cost control board for medications, has no definition for “upper payment limits” within its state code.
“So for our purposes, it means the maximum amount paid or reimbursed for a prescription drug product,” said Andrew York, the executive director for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board,
Michele J. McDonald, general counsel from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, said that this gives the board the flexibility to set its own limit.
York, who presented a report to board members Monday, said the board w...
Zacharia Wallerstein gazed out the window of his seventh-grade classroom window and watched, fascinated, as a handful of butterflies flitted in the warm, summer air. Turning his attention back to his yeshiva classroom, he raised his hand. “Rebbi,” he wanted to know, “why has God created the miracle process by which the homely caterpillar metamorphoses into a magnificent butterfly?” (Mishpacha Issue 910 - May11, 2022)
The rebbi’s annoyed response did not deter Zecharia from running off to the local library to study, “…everything there was to know about how a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly.”
Over the course of his too short life, the butterfly became for Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein a fascinating study, a symbol a...
Baltimore police data shows an uptick in convenience store robberies, but police have not said exactly why we're seeing that increase. It's a crime that's causing concern for some clerks.
At the Zack Mini Mart on North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue, there's a small convenience store with big concerns.
Waddah Albana, a clerk at his cousin's store, says he's mindful of security and would-be robbers.
"We close the door. We give service from the window," Albana said. "Like right now, somebody could come in with a gun and put it in my head. I got to give them all the money within one minute. It's going to take him less than one minute to get it."
Security measures are in place, including a bulletproof barrier between the clerk and customers.
The store h...
Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt is calling a vote to remove her from her position, 'a minor distraction'.
Monday night, Baltimore County's Fraternal Order of Police voted to call on the County Executive to remove Chief Hyatt saying they'd lost all faith and confidence in the chief.
"No one abstained and no one voted no," said FOP President Dave Folderaeur.
Folderaeur estimates about 150 union members attended Monday night's meeting and cast a vote of no confidence.
The union has more than 1,700 members.
"I'm not going to be distracted by a very small fraction of the department," said Chief Hyatt on Tuesday.
In a letter to the county executive, FOP members cited Hyatt's lack of accessibility to officers and her inability to bring down cri...
Baltimore, MD – May 2022 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?TableTalk features:• Weekly halachic dilemma creating li...
We'd like to personally invite you to attend an incredible Yad L'Achim live event in Baltimore - THIS WEDNESDAY 5/25
Come hear famous speaker R' Yossi Bensoussan inspire you LIVE. Speaking on the topic "Lessons learned from the Villages," and sharing exciting rescue stories from Yad L'Achim.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 8:30PM
Graciously hosted at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Mendel Rosen 6511 Clarington Road Baltimore, MD 21209 (map link)
For more info, visit www.YADEVENT.com (you can also request a reminder for the event at YadEvent.com)
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