What does a Mashgiach look for when certifying an event? Let’s listen in to Rabbi Sholey Klein, Kashrus Administrator at Dallas Kosher as he discusses the job of a Mashgiach, with Rabbi Yitzchok Hisiger.
Israeli Consul-General in Shanghai Eddie Shapira was held in a medical facility for 10 days, as part of China's zero-COVID policy, he wrote on Facebook over the weekend.
Shapira said the "conditions are reminiscent of a prison," and that he experienced "the 10 most bizarre days that I could imagine."
The diplomat caught COVID-19 with mild symptoms, he recounted.
"The problem is that I caught it in the wrongest place on earth - in China," Shapira wrote. "Here, they take cases of morbidity as seriously as though three years haven't passed and they have not learned anything and are for total separation of anyone exposed to those who are sick. The sick people themselves are put in special hospitals."
Menachem Mendel Attel, a 25-year-old French citizen who serves as a rabbi and Chabad emissary in Grenoble, France, has been barred from leaving Israel for the past three months after being accused of “defection” from the IDF.
He was detained when he asked to leave the country at the end of a vacation in August with his wife and daughter. The case was publicized by Kol Barama radio journalist Mendi Rizel.
“Left with no choice, the woman and their toddler flew back to their home and community in France, when the woman was in an advanced stage of her high-risk pregnancy,” Rizel reported.
According to Rizel, “all his requests to return to his family and receive an exemption were not answered.”
About a week ago, according to Rizel, his wife ga...
The White House on Saturday blasted former President Donald Trump, after he suggested on his Truth Social platform that the Constitution be suspended due to what he called the “massive fraud” of the 2020 election.
Trump’s posts came after Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, released information about Twitter's role in limiting access to a story about Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden.
“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?" Trump wrote.
"A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all ru...
Last week, HaRav Rabbi Shlomo Machpud was on his way to perform a bris, but a traffic jam changed his plans.
After speaking with the newborn's parents on the phone the Rav understood that the two were traveling in separate cars and were also stuck in the jam. While attempting to get around the traffic so the bris milah can take place before shkiah, the father illegally overtook another vehicle and was unluckily caught and stopped by police.
Ten minutes before shkiah, while still stuck in traffic and the father held up by police, HaRav Machpud decided to ask the mother where she is. When she answered that she is stuck in traffic near Ben Gurion Airport, the Rav made a U-turn and arrived at her car.
And that way, two minutes before shkiah, HaRav Machpud managed to perform the bris, w...
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the left-wing pro-Israel lobby J Street's annual conference, stating: "We will object to any move to annex the West Bank. We have to allow the Palestinian youth to at least imagine a better future."
"We fully respect the democratic choice of the Israeli people and congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu, and welcome his commitment to work for the benefit of all residents of the State of Israel, without exception," the Secretary of State stated.
Blinken insisted that the Biden administration will judge the new government in Israel "By its policy and not by the identity of specific characters." He emphasized that the United States would demand that the new government "continue to work with us and advance our shared values, just as we h...
Iran also considering changes to law requiring women to wear the hijab
Iran has abolished its controversial morality police, the prosecutor general said on Sunday.
"Morality police have nothing to do with the judiciary" and have been abolished, Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri was quoted as saying late Saturday by the ISNA news agency.
The move comes amid international pressure and continuing nationwide protests against the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police this past September.
The morality police, called Gasht-e Ershad (Guidance Patrols), are part of Iran's attempt to keep the public in line with the Islamic values of the theocratic regime in Tehran. The authorities can stop women for improperly wearing the h...
In response, Ben-Gvir reportedly said that Netanyahu 'must understand he isn’t in the opposition'
Reports emerged on Saturday of Israel's prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu slamming far-right Jewish Power leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, saying that he "needs to calm down."
Channel 12 reported that during "closed conversations” - which usually refers to statements given unofficially - Netanyahu said that Ben-Gvir "needs to internalize" his role as public security minister, adding: "He can’t express himself like an opposition lawmaker."
The network reported that Ben-Gvir was also heard in similar closed conversations saying that he "greatly appreciates Netanyahu" but that the Likud leader "must understand he isn’t in the opp...
Sunday, 4 December 2022 / 10 Kislev 5783 - President Isaac Herzog met today with representatives of the Jewish community of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Among them were Eitan Naeh, Ambassador of Israel to Bahrain; Ebrahim Nonoo, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the local synagogue, who is recognized by authorities as the representative of the Jewish community; Houda Nonoo, former Bahraini ambassador to the United States, and the first Jew in the role; Aby Nonoo, businessman; Nancy Khedouri, a member of the Bahraini Shura Council and Bahrain's representative to the World Jewish Congress; and others.
The President said: "I am very moved to be here. This is really history in the making, coming and visiting the Jewish community in Bahrain, when we have such incredible peace and wonderful ...
I am accustomed to meeting tourists at the Kotel (Western Wall) for Kabbalat Shabbat, but the tourists I met at the Kotel in the women's section this past Shabbat were a surprise. Suddenly behind me I heard several women speaking fluent Russian. I turned around and saw more women like them filling the plaza in a large circle. They were holding prayer books and began to sing Kabbalat Shabbat songs slowly together.And then one of the group's guides explained to me that this was even more amazing than I might think, as she pointed to two parts of the circle. "In this part of the circle, there are around a hundred women who have come from Russia. In that part of the circle over there, there are sixty women from Ukraine. They came to Israel under the auspices of Momentum, an organizat...
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced Friday that the fireworks display will return to Baltimore's Inner Harbor on New Year's Eve.
The fireworks show was canceled the last two years. It was called off in 2021 due to costs and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Inner Harbor Ice Rink will also be open until midnight.
The fireworks display is expected to last 12 – 15 minutes.
He looked out at a city of lights and searched for its unseen designer. Noticing that a human being finally discerned Him, the divine architect of this grand city looked back and revealed Himself to Avraham. For thousands of years people were too engrossed in survival mode to probe their world and pursue its Creator. By following his spirit of curiosity Avraham was first to discover a supreme being.
Four hundred years later that divine architect had receded from view and, once again, needed to be discovered by a human. The chosen and favored children of Hashem had been enslaved in a dark Egyptian exile. Who would liberate them from slavery, march them to the mountain of Hashem, and deliver the divine will? Only someone whose imagination was ignited by curiosity. This shepherd, named Moshe...
רַבִּי אוֹמֵר... וֶהֱוֵי זָהִיר בְּמִצְוָה קַלָּה כְּבַחֲמוּרָה, שֶׁאֵין אַתָּה יוֹדֵעַ מַתַּן שְׂכָרָן שֶׁל מִצְוֹת.
וֶהֱוֵי מְחַשֵּׁב הֶפְסֵד מִצְוָה כְּנֶגֶד שְׂכָרָהּ, ושְׂכַר עֲבֵרָה כְּנֶגֶד הֶפְסֵדָהּ (אבות ב:א):
בֶּן עַזַּאי אוֹמֵר, הֱוֵי רָץ לְמִצְוָה קַלָּה כְּבַחֲמוּרָה, וּבוֹרֵחַ מִן הָעֲבֵרָה.
שֶׁמִּצְוָה גּוֹרֶרֶת מִצְוָה, וַעֲבֵרָה גוֹרֶרֶת עֲבֵרָה. ...
Sunday, 4 December 2022 / 10 Kislev 5783 - President Isaac Herzog was welcomed to the Al-Qudaibiya Palace in Manama today in a State Welcoming Ceremony with an honor guard, after which he met today with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.
At the start of the ceremony, the President was received by the King of Bahrain. The national anthems of Israel and Bahrain were played.
Later, at the start of their meeting, President Herzog gave the King a special present: A silver mezuzah. The design of the mezuzah presented to the King was inspired by Torah scroll crowns, symbolizing God’s coronation as king. The mezuzah is traditionally given as a statement of goodwill and desire for the recipient’s wellbeing.
In their meeting, President Herzog and King Hamad di...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 3, 2022 - The Motzaei Shabbos Avos Ubanim at Ahavas Chaim was treated to a special presentation tonight on STa”M (Sefer Torah, Tefilin & Mezuzos) by the illustrious sofer HaRav Yisrael Menachem Kohn, a talmid and musmach of Ha Rav HaGaon Moshe Feinstein, Ztv”l.
Arab sources have uploaded a video clip showing portions of videos and photographs that they claim to have accessed through hacking the mobile phones of IDF soldiers.
The video, titled, "You Are Not Safe," presents photos of soldiers in combat units, including in the Armored Corps, footage of Armored Corps training, a helicopter landing during an exercise, shooting at a firing range, the launch of an Iron Dome intercept missile, IDF soldiers at a military base, soldiers in their living quarters, in an office, and on a bus, preparations for a ceremony, and personal photos of soldiers throughout their military service.
In addition, the video clip included embarrassing photos, among them of a soldier jumping on a bed, a male soldier kissing another male soldier, male soldiers wearing bras, ...
Following the report regarding sirens sounded in open areas, one rocket was fired from Gaza toward Israeli territory, the IDF confirmed.
The siren initially sounded just prior to 8:00p.m. on Saturday evening, near the town of Nahal Oz.
No interceptors were launched.
Full routine continues on the Israeli home front, the IDF added.
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 3, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Dr. & Dr. Reuven Abraham on the birth of a daughter.
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
The expulsion of terrorist Salah Hamouri to France has been delayed by four days.
Hamouri, a terrorist affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and a citizen of France, was convicted in the past of planning to murder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Later, however, he was released - at the request of the French government - as part of the Shalit deal.
On Friday, it was reported that outgoing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) revoked Hamouri's residency and ordered that he be removed to France.
Hamouri's Israeli residency was originally revoked in October 2021, but due to a Supreme Court ruling in July 2022, the revocation process needed to be redone, and another decision ma...