What it means to go the extra mile.
Bill Riddick, a bus driver, recently spent three days taking a group of 8th grade boys from a Jewish school near Chicago around Washington DC on a class trip. He was so impressed with the boys that he decided to fly to Chicago to surprise them at their middle school graduation.
"They’re an amazing group of boys,” Rabbi Yosef Cohen recently told Aish.com about his 8th graders at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, an Orthodox Jewish school in Skokie, Illinois.
The school places importance on developing one’s character traits and behaving with honor. The 8th grade graduates who modeled that behavior had no idea the impact they were about to make.
Bill Riddick and some of the boys from Arie Crown Hebrew Day School
Baltimore, MD - June 26, 2022 - In Parshas Korach, Korach and his people complain that Moshe and Aharon should not have special positions for themselves, they too want positions. Moshe and Aharon, in their own ways, bring peace amongst the people. Aharon brings peace through warmth and love, while Moshe brings peace through maintaining the laws of Torah within the nation. Korach tries to say there is no need for separation, and divided positions, and thus, this is the root of his argument. Moshe’s stance shows how crucial it is to have that separate division in order to maintain peace amongst the nation.
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Military will deploy more intelligence officers, use satellite images
Israel is expanding its investigation into the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Ynet reports.
The military will deploy more intelligence officers and use satellite images in the investigation.
Abu Akleh, 51, was killed by a bullet to the head on May 11 while covering an Israeli counterterrorism raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. She was wearing a helmet and a vest marking her as press when she was shot during a gun battle between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Abu Akleh's employer Al Jazeera immediately blamed Israel for her death and subsequent investigations by foreign media outlets CNN, The New York Time...
רַבָּן שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן גַּמְלִיאֵל אוֹמֵר, עַל שְׁלשָׁה דְבָרִים הָעוֹלָם עוֹמֵד, עַל הַדִּין וְעַל הָאֱמֶת וְעַל הַשָּׁלוֹם, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (זכריה ח) אֱמֶת וּמִשְׁפַּט שָׁלוֹם שִׁפְטוּ בְּשַׁעֲרֵיכֶם: (אבות א:יח)
A Second Three
The first perek of Avot ends Rashbag’s (Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel) teaching that the world “stands” on three pillars: din, emet and shalom. This recalls the beginning of the perek, which quoted a similar statement regarding Torah, avodah, and gemilut chasadim in the name of an earlier Shimon — Shimon Hatzaddik.
What is the relationship between the teachings of the ...
Rav Dovid Trenk, zt”l, had a special way of looking at people, believing in every individual with an unshakeable faith. It was with that conviction, accompanied by unbridled love and care, that he influenced anyone fortunate enough to enter his orbit.
And no one saw this more than his devoted wife, Rebbetzin Leah Trenk.
Rebbetzin Trenk watched for decades as her husband built people, infusing them with confidence and hope. She observed in amazement as he noticed the good in anyone and everyone, highlighting it and talking about it. His signature characteristic was ayin tovah. He had the ultimate good eye.
In Living With Rebbi, a brand new film presented by Yoel Gold, Rebbetzin Trenk takes us behind the scenes, giving us an inside look at her relationship with h...
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A reader from Carmiel sent me a notice last week regarding "Kikar Miami." At first glance, it looked like any other restaurant advertisement until I read the fine print: Each patron who says something positive or optimistic about the Land of Israel would receive a 10% discount. The discount was meant to coincide with the Shelach Torah portion, where most of the spies who scouted the Land of Israel returned with a gloomy and pessimistic report. I called the restaurant. One of the workers told me how people who came to the restaurant praised Israel's highly diversified landscape that includes deserts as well as snowy mountains. Some customers explained that the fruits, vegetables, and cheeses in Israel are the tastiest in the world. Others mentioned the special holiness of the Land. And...
Over 400,000 patio umbrellas sold at big box retailer Costco have been recalled due to a malfunction that can cause them to burst into flames.The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall announcement this week after six reported incidents of product malfunction.
One incident sent one person to a hospital with a smoke inhalation issue.
"The firm has received six reports of the lithium-ion batteries overheating," the commission wrote. "This includes three reports of solar panels catching fire while charging via the AC adapter indoors and two reports of umbrellas catching fire when the solar panel puck overheated and caught fire while attached to the umbrella and one smoke inhalation injury."
The CPSC urged owners of the umbrellas to stop using them immediat...
Following are Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, today (Sunday, 26 June 2022):
"For the first time in years, the harvest in the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip has ended quietly and successfully, without incendiary balloons, fires or Hamas rockets.
I would remind everyone that two days into our government's term, Hamas lit 26 fires and this was a daily routine for western Negev farmers. For years the State of Israel paid compensation to farmers in advance so that the farmers would harvest early, when their produce was not ripe and, therefore, of lesser quality.
Instead of preventing Hamas fires, Israeli governments dealt in trying to compensate for the fires as if they were an act of G-d; this one did not. Together, we s...
Baltimore, MD – June 25, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Moshe Katz, z’l, husband of Rita Katz and father of Dr. Cliff (Jamie) Katz, Ron Katz and Kivi Katz.
The levayah will take place on Monday at 2:45pm at Star of David Cemetery, 7701 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale Florida.
Shiva will be observed through Sunday morning, July 3rd at 3841 Environ Blvd Apt 232 Lauderhill, Florida.
Dr Katz can be reached at 410.371.4774
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach
Arizona state senators have said the Phoenix Police Department stopped an insurrection with their actions during a protest outside the state Capitol complex on Friday night.
Riot police deployed tear gas as protesters banged on doors and windows during the demonstration. Despite the apparent seriousness of the protest, no arrests were made.
According to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there were around 8,000 people present at the protest in the hours after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, stripping abortion rights from millions in the process.
Arizona is one of eight states where abortion clinics stopped performing procedures after the decision was released Friday.
The police accused the protesters of defacing state memorial...
US President Joe Biden will meet with both Israel's caretaker prime minister Yair Lapid and the head of Israeli opposition Benjamin Netanyahu during the American leader's upcoming visit to Israel, an Israeli news outlet reported on Saturday, citing unnamed US officials.
Biden will have to navigate a potential political minefield following the collapse of Naftali Bennett's government, as each meeting could be spun to imply an endorsement ahead of Israel's fifth election in three years.
The US leader shares a checkered history with Netanyahu, part of the latter's famously fractured relationship with former US president Barack Obama, whose deputy Biden was between 2008 and 2016.
In fact, the very possibility of a meeting with Netanyahu was cited ...
Gov. Ron DeSantis praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, saying, “The prayers of millions have been answered.”
“For nearly fifty years, the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited virtually any meaningful pro-life protection, but this was not grounded in the text, history or structure of the Constitution,” DeSantis said in a statement on Twitter.
“By properly interpreting the Constitution, the Dobbs majority has restored the people’s role in our republic and a sense of hope that every life counts.”
The governor said he would “work to expand pro-life protections” but was not specific about what that would entail.
“Florida will continue to defend its recently-enacted pro-life reforms ag...
Biden admits the compromise bill 'doesn't do everything I want'
President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first significant federal bill on gun safety in decades, saying that while it falls short of what's really needed it will "save lives."
The bill includes provisions to help states keep guns out of the hands of those deemed to be a danger to themselves or others and blocks gun sales to those convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners.
“Lives will be saved,” Biden said at the White House. Citing the families of shooting victims, the president said, “Their message to us was to do something. Well today, we did.”
Biden said the compromise hammered out by a bipartisan group of senators “doesn’t do everything ...
IDF accuses the terrorist group of hiding behind an environmentalist NGO
The Shi'ite terrorist group Hezbollah set up in recent weeks some 15 new observation posts along Israel’s Lebanese border border, according to Israel's Channel 12 News.
The posts, manned around the clock by Hezbollah operatives, consist of an observation tower and adjacent residential structures.
“Hezbollah is trying to camouflage its activities as those of a ‘green’ organization, but it is abundantly clear to us who are the people who operate these sites,” Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Avshalom Dadon told Channel 12.
Israel has repeatedly accused the Iran-allied terrorist militia of building observation posts on its border under cover of the Gree...
Boredom leads to sin and too much free time is dangerous. This assertion of our Sages is applicable to summer vacation and to Parashat Korach: The rebellion of Korach occurs after the people have been punished with having to wander forty years in the desert. At the moment when they understand that they have an abundance of time on their hands but lack a sense of purpose, weakness sets in and rebellion starts.But there is an alternative way to handle a suddenly available stretch of time as I learned from Itay Bashan, who wrote me as follows:"Shalom Sivan, I am a teacher at the Ohel Shiloh School. We were also on strike this week, but it was amazing to see how our students utilized their time. Malachi is an especially sweet student of ours who stands out because of an identifying feature. He...
January in Baltimore City there was hope for a fresh start to a new year, but that hope quickly diminished as the month became one of the deadliest in decades.
There were 36 homicides.
Now, 25 days into June and the city has seen at least 36 people killed.
One of them was killed early this morning in Federal Hill.
With five days left in the month, it’s likely June will be the deadliest month so far this year.
Last month, several city council members came out demanding a short term crime plan.
“People are calling our offices crying out,” said Councilwoman Middleton.
The Baltimore Police responded releasing a short-term crime plan on June 3, which included enhanced visibility patrols in high-crime areas.
Yet, 22 days later and crime doesn’t seem to be sh...
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked on Friday met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the first time since the coalition fell apart.
In an interview with Rina Matzliah, Shaked said that the "chance of an alternative government have dropped to nil, and we are going to elections."
According to her, if Bennett decides not to run in the coming elections, Shaked herself will head the Yamina party - despite the fact that Bennett would prefer that Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana head the party instead.
Channel 12 News reported that Shaked will clarify that she does not rule out sitting with the Likud and MK Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the first option, from her perspective, and that she will try to provide a solution for all the Israelis who on the one hand were n...
Shabak (Israel Security Agency) is preparing for Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's (Yesh Atid) entry into the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday or Wednesday this coming week.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office has prepared a plan for handing over the duties smoothly and in an organized fashion.
If the bill to dissolve the Knesset passes its second and third readings on Monday, the ceremony for changing prime ministers will be held a day or two later.
If Lapid enters the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday, he is expected to hold his first Cabinet meeting that same day.
Lapid has requested to move to the Prime Minister's Residence on Balfour Street immediately, but Shabak has insisted that the renovations be completed first.
Bennett never mov...