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Annapolis, MD - Mar. 24, 2023 - The Maryland Senate voted this morning to fund the $10 million state budget allocation for the BOOST (Broadening Options & Opportunities for Students Today) program, a nonpublic school scholarship initiative. The House of Delegates had previously approved their budget containing a 20% reduction to the program and to prevent scholarships from going to new students. The Senate's decision is seen as a significant step forward in supporting BOOST, which helped over 3,000 students attend 200 nonpublic schools in Maryland in 2022-23 (including 1,100 in Jewish schools). Rabbi Ariel Sadwin of Agudah Maryland said, "This is a program which has been successful year in, year out for seven years now, and today's vote by the Senate is a very encouraging ste...
The Book of VaYikra, introducing the full gamut of laws as they pertain to most elevated service of the various offerings in the Mishkan, begins with a simple summons: ויקרא — And He called, אל משה — to Moshe, and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying, going on to teach the details of these laws.
Rashi quoting the Midrash, notes the seeming repetition — He called, and G-d spoke, and explains that this indicates that every time G-d communicated with Moshe — whether when it says וידבר, and He spoke, or ויאמר, and He said — it was always preceded by G-d 'calling' — קריאה — to Moshe, as an expression of חיבה — affection, the same expression employed by the ministering angels when addressing each...
Baltimore, MD – Mar. 23, 2023 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Jossi Steimetz & Natasha Finkelstein on their engagement.
Mazel Tov David & Sari Steimetz and Kalman & Gina Finkelstein
יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
For many people, the commencement of Sefer Vayikra marks a distinct departure in the Torah from the telling of the history of the world and our becoming an Am, to the more technical details of the Avodas Hamishkan and Korbanos. Indeed, without a Bais Hamikdash, it is all too easy to “read through” much of the Sefer as not relevant to our place in Galus. After all, what possible use could we have for learning the difference between a Korban Tamid and a Korban Mincha or the precise method in which a Kohen was to sprinkle the blood from an offering? Such an approach misses the obvious – Sefer Vayikra represents the same word of Hashem as Sefer Bereishis or Sh...
Baltimore, MD – Mar. 23, 2023 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Saadia and Shiffy Schneider on the birth of a daughter.
Mazel Tov to grandparents: Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Schneider and Fishel and Saralee Gross.
Special Mazel Tov to the great-grandmothers: Mrs. Beverly Gross and Mrs. Raiselle Snow
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” From the moment we are first introduced to Adam in the beginning of Genesis, it is clear that man is prone to falling and failing. In this week’s Parsha the Torah begins the lengthy section detailing sacrificial law. There are offerings brought for thanksgiving and celebration, and there are offerings brought for atonement in the aftermath of sin. There are sacrifices for the mistakes of the common man, and there are special sacrificial rites for the sins of the leader.
“If a leader [of Israel] sins and unintentionally commits one of all the commandments of the Lord, which may not be committed, incurring guilt; if his sin that he has committed is made known to him, then he shall bring his offering: an un...
An Israeli child is born in a Ukrainian bomb shelter -- and United Hatzalah brings her home under fire ... A United Hatzalah volunteer scales a 12-foot-wall – and is the first to respond to the tragedy of Meron ... Eli Beer, founder of United Hatzalah, slips and breaks his leg racing to an emergency -- and manages to crawl to the choking child and save her life ... The amazing work of Israel’s United Hatzalah began, incredibly, when five-year-old Eli Beer witnessed a terror attack and dreamed of being the one to save the victim. While still a young teen, Eli set out to make that dream come true, creating an underground network of pioneering EMTs who were determined to bring their life-saving skills to victims in only 90 seconds, no matter where they were. Eli Beer’s book,...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Thursday, 23 March 2023), at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, made the following remarks:
"Citizens of Israel,
Several months ago, as soon as the results of the elections became known, I said: I intend to be the Prime Minister of all citizens of Israel. I meant it then and I also mean it today.
We have one country and we must do everything to defend it from external threats, and from irreparable internal rifts. We cannot allow any disagreement, as sharp as it may be, to endanger our common future. Not only must we reject violence and hooliganism, we must also reject and condemn incitement and provocation.
Opponents of the reform are not traitors; supporters of the reform are not fascists. The overwhelming majority of the ci...
Jerusalem, Israel - Mar. 23, 2023 - Israel will switch to daylight saving time tonight, moving clocks forward one hour at 2:00 AM.
As a result, Israel will once again be 7 hours ahead of Baltimore, MD.
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 23, 2023 - Please note that effective December 2022, STAR-K changed the status of the entire line of Ceres 100% Juice from "STAR-K Kosher for Passover" to STAR-K for year-round use only. This was due to a change in a processing aid used by the manufacturer that does not meet STAR-K's standards for Pesach.
Consumers who find containers of Ceres Juice on store shelves bearing a STAR-K P symbol should note that while these items are no longer certified Kosher for Passover according to STAR-K standards, they are halachically Kosher for Pesach.
New productions of Ceres Juice will bear only a STAR-K symbol.
The week began with a red-carpet reception, a celebration between what Chinese President Xi Jinping called "good neighbors and reliable partners."
But to much of the rest of the world, it was a snapshot of an emboldened opposition.
China’s apparent endorsement of Russia’s war in Ukraine was laid out in a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified Thursday before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that, "when it comes to China, this is a generational challenge for us."
China is spending more and more on its military, preparing for what many believe is an imminent goal — the invasion of Taiwan, where most of the world's semiconductor chips are manufactured.
“Imagine if China invaded Taiwan tomorrow and controll...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 23, 2023 - Six construction workers killed in a crash on I-695 Wednesday have been identified by the police. All were contracted highway employees working on the inner loop near Security Boulevard in Woodlawn. Lisa Adrienna Lea, 54, lost control of her vehicle after hitting another while changing lanes, subsequently crashing into the construction zone and killing the workers. Lea is currently hospitalized at Shock Trauma, and it is unconfirmed whether speed was a factor. The Baltimore County State's Attorney is reviewing the case to determine if criminal charges should be filed.
Baltimore City Council president Nick Mosby believes the city should look at day laborers to fill some vacant city jobs.
It's been more than a year since city sanitation had to roll back services like weekly recycling.
Mosby told C4 and Bryan Nehman on Thursday that he endorses the bill to use day laborers to fill up to 700 vacancies at five different agencies, including the Department of Public Works, to help collect recycling and trash.
He also noted that this would be a temporary fix.
A city-commissioned study last year found the agency is short about 100 workers.
At a hearing on Wednesday, department heads and labor union officials cited concerns over training and liability issues with using day workers.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is walking back his characterization of Russia’s war in Ukraine as a “territorial dispute,” following criticism from a number of fellow Republicans who expressed concern about the potential 2024 presidential candidate’s dismissive description of the conflict.
In excerpts of an interview with Piers Morgan set to air Thursday on Fox Nation, DeSantis said his earlier comments referenced ongoing fighting in the eastern Donbas region, as well as Russia’s 2014 seizure of Crimea. Ukraine’s borders are internationally recognized, including by the United Nations.
“What I’m referring to is where the fighting is going on now, which is that eastern border region Donbas, and then Crimea, and you ha...
Baltimore, MD – Mar. 19, 2023 - It is with deep regret and sorrow that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Moshe Juravel, z"l, husband of Mrs. Shulamis Juravel, and father of Pinchas Ephraim Juravel, Yisrael Meir Juravel, Hadassah Shifra Yaged, Sora Leah Matthew, Shmuel Z. Juravel, Yehudis Brocho Schreiber, Esther Rivkah Stern, Miriam Rochel Aron, Devorah Malka Gruskin, and Shoshanna Tova Klein and brother of Mrs. Shulamis Schmeltzer, Rabbi Dovid Juravel, Rabbi Avrohom Juravel and Mrs. Leah Israel Shiva will be observed at 6018 Clover Road, Baltimore, Md, 21215Shacharis: 7:00AM Thursday, Rosh Chodesh: 6:40AM)Mincha: 7:05PMMaariv: 8:10PM
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...The family of Rabbi Juravel, Z'L, is requesting that if anyone has a...
Antisemitic incidents in the United States have reached the highest level ever recorded, according to a study by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Cases surged to historic levels in 2022. There were 3,697 incidents reported across the US last year, an increase of 36 percent compared to 2021, which was also a record-setting year.
According to new data released this week in ADL’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, on average, 10 incidents took place for each day in 2022 – the highest level of antisemitic activity since ADL started keeping records in 1979.
The trend follows an uptick of “hate and vitriol directed against the American Jewish community over the last five years,” ADL noted.
The advocacy organization highlighted that this is the third time in the past fiv...
Georgia senators saved a measure to include the IHRA definition of antisemitism in the sate’s hate crimes law on Thursday, after it failed to pass the state Senate earlier in the week.
The bill had been removed by its co-sponsors, state Reps. Esther Panitch and John Carson, after the Senate Judiciary Committee adopted an amendment from Senator Ed Setzler on Monday that altered the IHRA definition of antisemitism, replacing it with an explanation of antisemitism that defined discrimination against Jews as only the “negative perception of Jews instead of a ‘certain’ perception.'”
“[Setzler] defines antisemitism as only the negative perception of Jews," Panitch said, according to Fox5. "There are plenty of positive perceptions of Jews that ...