Baltimore, MD - Mar. 29, 2023 - Mazel tov to the TA Middle School Robotics Club on winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places 🤯 at the inter-school competition in NY, hosted by Yeshiva Darchei Torah. The boys also had a special opportunity to meet with Rabbi Yaakov Bender, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah. Special thanks to the Robotics Club directors, Mrs. Lisa Mallonee and Mr. Sean Tucker. Amazing job, boys!
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 29, 2023 - Tashbar began its service to the Baltimore community in 2018. The school is located at the corner of Park Heights and Slade avenue. The enthusiastic children can be seen during the day playing on the school campus when they are not engaged in Torah study. The school has a current enrollment of over 50 boys from K - 8th grade.
Baltimorean Rabbi Tzvi Moshe Grant is pictured assisting the boys in creating their Hagados for Pesach.
Baltimore, MD – Mar. 29, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Avi Mandelbaum, z’l, brother of Mrs. Esti Ziffer.
Shiva is being observed at 2710 Bartol Avenue, through Tuesday morning. Esti Ziffer can be reached at (410) 800-8385. The aveilim kindly request no visitors between 2:30-5:00 PM and after 9:30 PM. On Friday, no visitors after 3:00 PM. On Motzei Shabbos, no visitors after 10:30 PM please. Davening Schedule Mincha/Maariv on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:10 PM. Shachris on Thursday and Friday at 7:00 AM. Additional minyanim, if any, to be determined.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 29 March 2023), addressed the virtual US State Department Summit for Democracy 2023, which was initiated by US President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Netanyahu participated in the first session, hosted by the Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol, on the subject of "Democracy Delivering Economic Growth and Shared Prosperity."
Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks at the Summit:
"I want to thank the world leaders and President Biden, who's been a friend of 40 years, for convening this important conference. You know, Israel and the United States have had their occasional differences, but I want to assure you that the alliance between the world's greatest democracy and a strong, proud and independent democracy – Israel ...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 29, 2023:
*SAVE THE BOOST PROGRAM FROM ELIMINATION!*
Leaders of the Maryland House and Senate are currently deliberating the status of the BOOST program.
The Senate wants to fully fund the program and to continue it for the future. The House wants to cut the funds and begin to TOTALLY ELIMINATE this cherished program that has provided our community with MILLIONS each year in tuition support.
Please urge these leaders to “SAVE BOOST!”
Click on this link to send emails to the officials who are making the critical decisions on BOOST.
In part 1 of this article we mentioned different reasonable and attainable weight loss goals for Pesach. We also covered how to maintain our health during the Pesach preparations. Let’s take a look at how to navigate the holiday itself.
What to eat
As for the kinds of food we eat, everyone can make some subtle, but significant, adjustments. Load up on vegetables and fruits and try to use whole grain matzah. Even though meat and chicken dishes are more popular at this time of year, it is still important to keep the portion size small. Be sure to trim the fat from your meat.
Please remember that even though fish may have omega 3 fatty acids, it is still a source of fat, cholesterol and toxins such as mercury and PCBs. So again, if you are indulging in these foods, keep it to t...
The FDA on Wednesday approved Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug, to be sold without a prescription.
The approval marks the first time any form of naloxone will be available without a prescription. The drug, which first received FDA approval in 1971, was originally an injection. The FDA approved the inhaled nasal spray version, more commonly known as Narcan, in 2015. It contains 4 mg of naloxone that can be sprayed into the nose like a common allergy medication.
“Today’s approval of OTC naloxone nasal spray will help improve access to naloxone, increase the number of locations where it’s available and help reduce opioid overdose deaths throughout the country,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement.
Bnei Brak, Israel - Mar. 29, 2023 - In a unique and moving event arranged by Eretz Hakodesh, gedolei Yisroel, shlit”a, recited Birkas Illanos on trees from the fields of Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael/the Jewish National Fund for Israel (KKL) that had been maintained according to the laws of Shmittah.
For the first time in history, this past year, KKL observed the laws of Shmittah on all the lands under its jurisdiction. In practical terms, this meant that, thanks to the orchestration of Eretz HaKodesh, KKL did not rely on a heter mechirah (selling the land), but allowed all its land to remain fallow for the recent Shmittah year. In keeping with these halachos, the fruits were distributed for free to the public.
Trees from these very fields were brought to Bnei Brak for the recital ...
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday commented on the recent goings on in Israel.
“Like many strong supporters of Israel, I'm very concerned. I'm concerned that they get this straight. They cannot continue down this road. I've sort of made that clear,” said Biden, according to a CNN report.
Biden also added he will not be inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in the near term.
Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the US National Security Council commented on US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides' statement that Netanyahu would soon be invited to the White House to meet Biden.
“As Ambassador Nides said, there is no plan for Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit Washington. Israeli leaders have a long tradition o...
Former Vice President Mike Pence has been ordered to appear before a grand jury weighing efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to reports from multiple outlets on Tuesday, after a top federal judge ruled that executive privilege could not entirely shield him from answering questions.
The sealed order rejected former President Trump’s claims of executive privilege in special counsel Jack Smith’s Jan. 6, 2021, investigation, a sign that D.C. District Court Chief Judge James Boasberg may align with his predecessor in pushing Trump-era officials to cooperate with the probe.
Pence must answer questions that address any criminality by Trump, Boasberg reportedly ruled, though the judge did accept some arguments from Pence’s legal team t...
Adnan Syed's original murder conviction and sentence have been reinstated on the basis that the state violated the victim's family's right to attend the hearing on the motion to vacate, according to a Maryland court opinion posted Tuesday.
The Appellate Court of Maryland's opinion states the Baltimore court did not provide the victim's family with the rights to be afforded a victim or victim's representative under constitutional provisions and Maryland laws.
| PDF: Read the court's opinion
The opinion calls for a new, "legally complaint and transparent" hearing on the motion to vacate where the Lee family is given notice of the hearing that is sufficient to allow him to attend in person.
According to the opinion, state law provides victims...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 28, 2023 - Rabbi Emanuel Goldfiez, Rav of Baltimore Sephardic Center, gave a brief history of the origins of Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews. Rabbi Goldfeiz then went on to explain the issur in the Torah to eat from the five grains if they became chometz. The rav told the story of how Rav Huna's wife served rice on Yom Tov to fulfill the requirement to have two cooked foods. The rav also explained some of the variations among Morrocon Sefardim who eat beans but not rice and Syrian sefardim who don't eat chickpeas or chumas.
Finally, the rav explained how even Ashkenazim are allowed to have benefit from kitniyos such as feeding one's pets kitniyos.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Transformational School Choice Bill Providing State Scholarships to All Nonpublic School Students, Regardless of Family Income
Legislation, Spearheaded by Teach Florida and Coalition Partners, Will Save Families of Children in Jewish, Other Nonpublic Schools $7,800 Per Child and Will Serve as Model for States Nationwide
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law a new school choice bill (House Bill 1) that will provide scholarships of almost $8,000 per child for all families with students in K-12 nonpublic schools and serves as a blueprint for similar legislation in states nationwide. The new bill, passed last week by the Florida House and Senate, will allow all K-12 students in Florida state-sponsored scholarships to help pay for their...
Since Start of Conflict, Orthodox Union Has Sent $5 Million in Food to Ukrainian Jews in 40-plus Communities
A year into the Ukrainian conflict, the Orthodox Union (OU) and its partners are supplying Ukraine’s 21,000 remaining Jews with food, other basic necessities and additional treats for Passover and beyond.
Since the war began, the OU has provided more than $5 million in food to Ukraine’s Jews and has helped to secure and distribute generators to more than 30 communities to supply heat and electricity over the winter.
The procurement and distribution were done in partnership with the Federated Jewish Communities of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) — an association of Chabad emissaries that services tens of thousands of Jews across over 40 communitie...
The United Arab Emirates is one of the five favorite destinations for Israeli tourists
Israeli driving licenses are now being officially recognized by the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday ahead of Passover, when many visitors are expected for the holiday period.
This decision follows a memorandum of understanding signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to recognize driving licenses for tourists and long-term residents.
In addition, it will also facilitate the conversion of driver's licenses.
"Especially in the run-up to Passover, this decision on mutual recognition of driving licenses will greatly facilitate the task of tourists, save bureaucracy and constitute further proof of the warm relations between the countr...
Greek media reported Tuesday that a terrorist plot targeting a Jewish restaurant in downtown Athens was foiled.
According to the reports, the police in Athens arrested two Iranian terrorists of Pakistani origin on suspicion of planning to attack a number of targets related to Israel and the Jewish community in the Greek capital.
The authorities in Greece claimed that the two were caught shortly before they intended to carry out an attack on a Jewish restaurant operating in the center of Athens and that they were identified after they had observed the restaurant for several days. This aroused suspicion from the authorities.
Another target of the terrorists, beyond the Jewish restaurant, was the main synagogue of the Jewish community in Athens - but the synagogue is relatively inactive du...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 28, 2023 - Ohr Chadash Academy (OCA) is proud to announce that four students from its Chidon HaTanach classes have qualified for the national finals of the Chidon HaTanach competition in New York on April 30.Mazel Tov to Elan Levi (‘24) and Noam Wiener (‘23) who qualified from the Middle School division, and Alina Rosen and Racheli Schwarzenberger (‘22) who qualified from the High School division.
The Chidon HaTanach is sponsored by the Jewish Agency and is open to students in grades 6-12. OCA is registered in the highly competitive Hebrew Middle School and Hebrew High School divisions of the Chidon HaTanach for schools that learn and master the text in Lashon HaKodesh. Over 600 students from across the United States participated in the first round ...
The FBI needs the public’s help locating Roy C. McGrath and is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Officials say an arrest warrant has been issued for Governor Larry Hogan's former chief of staff after he failed to appear in Baltimore for trial on March 13, 2023.
McGrath is now a fugitive and considered an international flight risk, according to the FBI.
On October 5, 2021, McGrath was indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for violations of wire fraud and theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.
During his October 2021 court appearance, McGrath entered a plea of not guilty on all charges and was released pre-trial on the condition that he appear at all scheduled court dates.
On June ...
Routine inspection of the Kotel stones: loose stone parts and seasonal plants were removed
Jerusalem, Israel - Mar. 28, 2023 - In preparation for Passover, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation is preparing for the arrival of tens of thousands of visitors from Israel and abroad during the coming month, as well as during the Passover holiday.
As part of the preparations, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation conducted a routine inspection to examine the stones of the Western Wall, in which loose stone parts and seasonal plants were removed to maintain the safety of the millions of worshippers who visit the holy site throughout the year, especially on Jewish holidays.
The procedure is carried out twice a year, on the eve of Passover and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah and includes a comprehensi...