US President Joe Biden said he believed a hostage deal was close to completion as the war cabinet met in Tel Aviv on Monday night with family representatives of the over 239 people Hamas seized when it infiltrated southern Israel on October 7.
“I believe so,” Biden told reporters on Monday when asked if a hostage deal was near. Then he amended his answer and answered, “Yes.”
The war cabinet meeting with family representatives of the hostages ended, however, without any public announcement regarding a deal.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated after the meeting that "the return of the captives is a sacred mission. We are deeply obligated to it and we deal with this matter every day. We will not cease our efforts until we have completed the mission."...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 20, 2023 - With millions of Marylanders traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Maryland State Police will increase patrols to target impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers on the state's highways, authorities said.
The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will also patrol this weekend to remove impaired drivers from Maryland highways who endanger the other drivers. Enforcement with saturation patrols from all of the state's 23 MSP barracks are planned to target DUI violators, according to a news release.
The initiative includes partnering with allied law enforcement and other state agencies to both enforce the law and reach out to the community through social media and electronic...
The Thanksgiving travel season is here, and TSA is advising travelers to follow certain steps during one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
TSA officials shared expectations and travel tips for the Thanksgiving period from travelers using BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport this week.
TSA is predicting that the Thanksgiving travel period is expected to be the busiest travel period in several years, reaching levels not seen since the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Federal Security Director Grant Goodlett said that TSA is expected to screen 30 million passengers during the travel period, which runs from November 17 to November 30.
Goodlett said that the three busiest days will be Tuesday, November 21, Wednesday, November 22, and Sunday, November 26. TSA projects to see 35,000 travelers each ...
Kosher Food Delivery Services
Consumers should note that when using a delivery service to deliver kosher food from a STAR-K or STAR-D certified establishment – whether through the establishment's delivery driver or through a third party (e.g., Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates) – they should carefully check that the delivered food has kosher seals that:
bear the STAR-K or STAR-D logo
are intact and show no signs of tampering
Stores are required to affix approved kosher seals on all delivery orders.
Consumers must reject an order whenever the kosher seal is missing or broken.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE DELIVERY SERVICES
Neither the STAR-K establishment nor STAR-K has any control over third-party services. The delivery service reserves the right to use ano...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 20, 2023 - A pre-Thanksgiving storm is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Maryland, causing travel difficulties for those hitting the road or flying for the holiday, accordig to the Pikesville Patch. The worst conditions are anticipated from Tuesday to Wednesday morning in the mid-Atlantic region, with strong winds and drenching rain likely to lead to airline delays and potential cancellations. Rainfall will begin Tuesday morning with wind gusts up to 45 mph, followed by moderate to heavy rainfall overnight. On Wednesday morning, rain is expected to continue before clearing, with Thanksgiving forecasted to be mild and dry. Some showers may return on Friday. Be sure to tie down your patio furniture.
Red alert sirens were activated this evening (Monday) in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Givatayim, Holon, Ashdod, Palmachim, and Nir Galim.
At least 11 rockets were fired at southern Israel in the latest barrage. Several rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
A vehicle was struck by a rocket.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket barrage.
The police stated: "We call on the residents to stay in the protected areas, to avoid coming to the areas where the rockets fell and not to approach or touch the remains of rockets that may contain explosives and to report these rocket remains without delay to the 100 hotline of the Israel Police."
Wide swathes of Israeli territory in both Northern and Southern Israel have been evacuated due to the ongoing warfare. Residents of these areas are mostly being housed in hotels across the country, at the government’s expense. Others have taken the option of finding accommodations on their own. These citizens are offered compensation for each day, to the tune of 200 NIS a day per adult, and 100 NIS a day per child.
Ashkelon has recently become a destination for Olim moving to Israel from the United States, and Chaim V’Chessed frequently receives calls from new immigrants who have moved there. In recent days, the organization dealt with a troubling issue some of these olim have experienced.
Upon the commencement of hostilities in the South, numerous olim fled the are...
At the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas, the main effort of Unit 504 of the IDF was led by the unit's soldiers, field interrogators and desk interrogators.
While fighting against terrorists in Israeli communities in southern Israel, dozens of soldiers and field interrogators joined the IDF's combat battalions with the goal of eliminating terrorists, assisting the evacuation of the residents from the area and extending the findings emerging from the field. In parallel, a temporary field facility was opened in the south to conduct interrogations in real-time, which within a few days became a permanent facility for interrogations.
As part of the terrorist interrogations that have been going on since the start of the war, 300 terrorists of various terrorist organizatio...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 20, 2023 - Baltimore police are intensifying their campaign to apprehend those behind violence in the city, with a recent social media post showcasing weapons and drugs seized from November 6th to 13th, according to FOX45. In 2023, officers have already confiscated over 2,500 firearms in Baltimore City. If you observe any illegal activity in your area, you can report it anonymously by calling 911 or contacting Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 20, 2023 - Gas prices in Baltimore have increased by 16.8 cents per gallon in the last week but remain 2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and 36 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to a GasBuddy survey, notes FOX45. The national average price of diesel has fallen by 6.9 cents in the past week to $4.28 per gallon. GasBuddy reports that the national average price of gasoline has seen a ninth straight week of decline, with prices now at their lowest since January. In Baltimore, the cheapest gas station was priced at $2.95 per gallon, while the most expensive was $3.85 per gallon, representing a 90.0 cents per gallon difference.
Owings Mills, MD - Nov. 20, 2023 - Students have been evacuated from Owings Mills High School following a reported bomb threat. Members of the Baltimore County Police Department are on the scene. All students are safe, and there have been no injuries reported.
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 19, 2023 - In the heart of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge stands as an iconic symbol of connection, spanning the majestic Chesapeake Bay and linking the eastern and western shores of this beautiful state. Once a year, this engineering marvel transforms into a beacon of commitment and unity as more than 20,000 participants gather for an annual 10-kilometer run.
This past Sunday, Nov. 12, more than 65 participants run the 10-kilometer race in support of imadi, committed to raising awareness for the new organization and the important work that they’re doing in the community.
Founded in 2021, imadi - from the Hebrew word for “with me” - is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create an empowered network of support for families f...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 19, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Pinchas Fleischman, z’lShuiva will be observed at The Towers 3021 Fallstaff Rd. Unit 102 B Mincha/Maariv will start tonight (and continue thru Thursday) - 4:30pm
Shacharis daily (thru Friday morning) 7:30am
Friday mincha at 2pm
Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...
United Hatzalah volunteers reunited on Tuesday with two siblings whose lives they saved on Simchat Torah, October 7th.
Itamar and Raya, who were among the numerous individuals who received swift treatment and transportation to various hospitals by United Hatzalah EMTs, paramedics, and doctors, were visited by the ambulance crew and first responders responsible for their rescue. The brothers who are still in the hospital, are on the path to recovering from their injuries.
Expressing his gratitude, Itamar said, "There is no one like United Hatzalah; without them, I wouldn’t be here today."
Ari Gartenhouse, who completed his medical training just before Sukkot and was immediately called into action, recalled, "We found the brothers severely injured and quickly performed necessary lif...
The day after Simchas Torah, I wrote an article about Levi, a bochur from Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel in Waterbury, who was called up to serve in the IDF on Simchas Torah as this terrible war was just beginning. As the word spread in yeshiva during hakafos the community and yeshiva gathered around Levi who was clutching a sefer torah, singing acheinu as well as others songs.
The article made its rounds at that point. But the story of Levi continues to inspire.
Last week Levi’s rebbe, Rabbi Chaim Bernstein, traveled to Eretz Yisroel. Rabbi Bernstein was going to help out the community of Ofakim, which he had raised funds for. He called Levi’s mother asking if there's anything he could bring or do for Levi. His mother said "Levi just wants to learn with you”.
Rosalynn Carter, former first lady and wife to President Jimmy Carter, has died. She was 96 years old.
Carter was known for her work in her duties as first lady, as well as in the charitable work she participated in long after her husband left the Oval Office. She was active in various philanthropic causes, including mental illness, homelessness, and human rights.
Born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia, in 1927, Carter grew up in a small town, working with her mother to help out the family after her father died of cancer when she was 13 years old. Carter attended Georgia Southwestern College (now part of Georgia Southwestern State University). While in college, she began dating Jimmy Carter, who was home from the U.S. Naval Academy. Also from Plains, Jimmy Carter met Rosalynn lon...
The members of the War Cabinet were ordered to rush to an emergency meeting at the IDF Central Headquarters in Tel Aviv amid reports of the progression of a possible deal to free hostages from Hamas captivity. The meeting, which was supposed to begin at 9:00 p.m., was made earlier to 8:00 p.m.
According to a report by Channel 12, an Israeli official confirmed that the meeting was scheduled for earlier because of a possible hostage deal.
Earlier today, Deputy National Security Advisor of the United States Jonathan Finer told CNN that while the distance between the sides has gotten smaller, a deal has yet to be reached to bring back the hostages.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday night that Israel, the US and Hamas have agreed to a tentative deal that would free dozens of...
Two verses from the Torah portion we read on Shabbat morning explain concisely our way of acting in the world and, by contrast, the way of our enemies.The first verse simply describes what the Palestinians do: “And all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Avraham his father — the Philistines stuffed them up and filled them with earth.”The Philistines stopped up with earth the wells that Avraham, Yitzchak’s father, had dug. It’s not just that our enemies don’t build or do anything positive for themselves; they destroy what we have built. They could have transformed Gaza into Singapore and instead chose to bring misery to themselves and horrible suffering to us. How symbolic is the image of a stuffed up well since this action d...