Baltimore, MD – Aug. 14, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Yaakov and Reva Sonnenblick on the birth of a son.
Mazel Tov Grandparents Yussi & Risa Sonnenblick and Chaim & Aviva Wealcatch and great grandparents, William and Noemie Wealcatch, Arnold and Leila Abelow and Bubby Solomon
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
What a difference between the news this morning from Jerusalem -- two critically wounded in a terrorist attack in the Old City -- and the haftarah we read about Jerusalem being consoled and comforted only yesterday, on Shabbat. This past Shabbat, known as Shabbat Nachamu (Shabbat of Consolation) is the first in a series of seven Shabbatot of solace and consolation. On each of these Shabbatot, we read a moving, comforting haftarah, with heart-warming words about Jerusalem.We read the following words, spoken by God to the prophet Isaiah, this past Shabbat morning, words that are pertinent to today's news: "'Console, console My people,' says your God. 'Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her.'"But it is not just Jerusalem that needs to be consoled and comforte...
Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was justified to search former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, but noted that there are still “a lot of unanswered questions.”
“I was happy that they did come out and unseal the documents on the search, and I think it was a step in the right direction. But I think we still have a lot of unanswered questions and we’re gonna continue until people understand more,” Hogan told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on “This Week.”
“The one side is gonna say that this is just politically motivated and weaponization of the Justice Department, but … they have probable cause to come after him for things that could be really importan...
Jerusalem - It is taught to all new United Hatzalah trainees that “A good EMT is one who can improvise in the field when things go wrong.” This saying held true for Shalom Klein, a United Hatzalah EMT who was standing at the bus stop on Shamgar Street on Thursday night with his wife and seven-month-old daughter. An egged bus careened out of control and smashed into the bus stop where he and his wife and their young daughter were standing. Miraculously, Shalom and his family were all okay. Other people were not so lucky.
Shalom quickly took his family to safety across the street and then rushed back to help the injured. “I told my wife to stay here and that I had to go back and help. I didn’t know what the state of those injured in the crash was, but I knew I ...
An unidentified man reportedly set his car on fire and drove into a U.S. Capitol barricade before exiting his vehicle, firing a weapon indiscriminately and then shooting himself late Saturday night.
U.S. Capitol police have yet to confirm the incident, which PBS first reported. There were no reported injuries aside from the driver.
The man's motive in the incident is unknown. The incident reportedly lasted only a matter of moments, and officers did not have time to return fire before the man turned his weapon on himself.
The incident comes more than a year after another vehicle crashed into a Capitol barricade in 2021, killing one police officer and wounding another.
The attack killed officer Billy Evans and sent the Capitol Hill Police Department "r...
Baltimore, MD – Aug. 14, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Matt & Rishona Lebovits on the birth of a son.
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
The man suspected of carrying out a shooting terror attack in Jerusalem turned himself over to security forces on Sunday morning after searches for him carried on through Saturday night, an Israel Police spokesperson said in a statement.
The suspect is a resident of east Jerusalem with a criminal past and was taken in for questioning. He still had his gun with him when he turned himself in and the security forces confiscated it.
At least eight people were wounded - two severely and five mildly and moderately, and a baby delivered by emergency C-section who is in serious but stable condition - in a shooting attack targeting a bus near King David's Tomb near the Western Wall on Saturday night.
One of the wounded was a pregnant woman in her 30s who was shot i...
Baltimore, MD – Aug. 14, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Esther Barak a’h.
The graveside levaya will take place today, Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 pm at Liberty Park Shaarei Zion cemetery, 9800 Liberty Road in Randallstown.
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach
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United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yosef Chaim Cohen who lives near King David's Tomb and was one of the first responders at the terror attack reported, "I parked my near my house and heard gunshots and screaming. People ran up to me and shouted, "It's a terror attack, a terror attack. I grabbed my medical equipment and treated three people, two of whom were in serious condition." Another United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Dani Shmueli responded to the second location of the shooting and reported, "This was a difficult scene and it involved a number of injured in various locations. Many of the people injured were returning from prayers at the Kotel (Western Wall). I treated three people who were lightly injured as my colleagues treated others. Due to the nature of the incident the Psy...
The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it is allowing Delta Air Lines to cut some flights this summer at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in New York, and at Reagan National Airport near Washington.
The partial relief for the airline from federal requirements that it use specific time slots at those airports — or face losing them — could undercut some passengers’ summer travel plans, the federal agency said.
The FAA said Delta customers should be offered the choice of a refund or “re-accommodation on comparable transportation, including service on another carrier as needed” through Sept. 5, when the waiver from flying Delta’s usual time slots at those airports will end.
Delta asked to cancel the flights, ...
As FBI agents pulled up to Donald Trump’s Florida club Monday morning to conduct a search for top-secret government documents – approved by a federal judge and requested by the attorney general of the United States – the former president was by chance already huddled with his lawyers in Trump Tower in New York, a thousand miles to the north.
They were supposed to be preparing Trump to be deposed later in the week in an entirely different matter, a civil probe of Trump’s family business. But the session was interrupted by a phone call informing the former president of the extraordinary events unfolding at his Mar-a-Lago Club, said Ron Fischetti, his New York attorney.
Trump and his close allies quickly became transfixed by the events unfolding in Palm Beach, people...
A divided Congress gave final approval Friday to Democrats’ flagship climate and health care bill, handing President Joe Biden a back-from-the-dead triumph on coveted priorities that the party hopes will bolster their prospects for keeping their House and Senate majorities in November’s elections.
The House used a party-line 220-207 vote to pass the legislation, prompting hugs among Democrats on the House floor and cheers by White House staff watching on television. “Today, the American people won. Special interests lost,” tweeted the vacationing Biden, who was shown beaming in a White House photo as he watched the vote on TV from Kiawah Island, South Carolina. He said he would sign the legislation next week.
The measure is but a shadow of the larger, more am...
The slight decrease in inflation announced Wednesday, from 9.1% in June to 8.5% in July, is likely to bring down 2023’s Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) as well, to 9.6%.
Last month, the Social Security Administration was planning to give seniors a 10.5% boost. That would have brought the average Social Security recipient’s benefit up by $175 to $1,668 a month.
That’s now likely to be slightly smaller: a $159 bump to $1,656 a month, Barron’s reports, citing estimates by the Senior Citizens League.
Even if the COLA is just 9.6%, Social Security recipients are in line for the biggest raise in more than 40 years in 2023.
The Social Security Administration will announce the COLA in October, basing it on the average consumer price index for the third ...
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) announced on Friday that she had filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Merrick Garland as the FBI’s search of the former president’s Florida residence roils Republicans.
Greene’s resolution claims that the attorney general’s “personal approval to seek a search warrant for the raid on the home of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, constitutes a blatant attempt to persecute a political opponent.”
The search warrant was approved by a federal judge and was unsealed on Friday after the Justice Department and Trump’s attorneys agreed.
The warrant showed that the FBI secured classified materials that were taken to Mar-a-Lago and suggests the former president is ...
'The silent diplomacy continues and should bear fruit if... Washington is careful not to fall into propaganda'
For the first time since the arrest of basketball star Brittney Griner on drug charges in February, Russia officially confirmed that negotiations were underway with Washington regarding a possible prisoner exchange.
“Instructions have been given to the authorities to conduct negotiations,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ivan Nechayev, said Thursday, The Washington Post first reported.
The United States repeatedly declared that it made a “substantial offer” for the release of Griner and three other Americans – including Paul Whelan, a former soldier – all detained in Russia.
According to US media, it...
The German government said Friday it regrets plans by families of Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich to boycott a 50-year anniversary ceremony next month and said it was prepared to continue talks on further compensation.
Eleven Israelis and a German police officer were killed after members of the militant Palestinian group Black September broke into the Olympic Village on Sept. 5, 1972. They took Israelis hostage, hoping to force the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel and two left-wing extremists in West German jails.
The victims’ families announced Thursday that they would not attend the memorial ceremony, underscoring ongoing friction between Germany and Israel. The two countries have built strong ties despite the enduring legacy...
Jerusalem, Israel - Aug. 13, 2022 - The Glustein Family, whose sister in law and her daughters were killed in the bus tragedy on Thursday asked to publicize: An unknown organization called Lev Lacholeh is running an online campaign, supposedly for their family. They are an unknown organization, and it is a scam.
A United Nations (UN) official has been demoted after posting a tweet condemning "indiscriminate rocket fire of Islamic Jihad provoking Israel retaliation."
Sarah Muscroft, who had held a senior position in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, provoked a wave of online controversy with her tweet, during which she praised the ceasefire that marked the end of Operation Breaking Dawn.
The Times of Israel reports that she later published a retraction reading: "One of my previous tweets was ill-informed and I have deleted it. I sincerely apologize for my poor judgment. All civilians — everywhere — must be able to live in peace," which proved insufficient to assuage those accusing her of failing to h...
“The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York.
Rushdie remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted in the evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking (and joking).” Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.
Earlier in the day, the man accused of attacking him Friday at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education and retreat center, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges in what a prosecutor called a “preplanned” crime.
An attorney for Hadi Matar entered the plea on his behalf du...
The Shop Maryland Tax-Free week returns on Aug. 14-20 this month, just in time for back-to-school shopping.
Find more information about tax-free week here.Comptroller Peter Franchot announced he wants residents to take advantage of this time -- not only for their children's back-to-school supplies, but for also themselves.
"August's temperatures are sizzling, and so are the savings during Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week," Franchot said. "Whether you're looking to freshen up your wardrobe for the cooler months ahead or need to get your kids the latest styles for the new school year, this end-of-summer tradition is a great time to shop, save and support Maryland businesses."
Any piece of clothing or footwear under $100 will be exempt from the state's sales tax. The first...