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Baltimore, MD – Jan. 31, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of R’ Aryeh Leib Goldstein , z’l, husband of Mrs. Shaina Shifra (Shelley) Goldstein and father of R’ Bentzy Goldstein, Manny Goldstein, Mrs. Tova Goodman, and Mrs. Tammy Riegler. The levaya will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 3:00 p.m. at Levinson. The kvura will be at the Agudah Cemetery in Rosedale. Shiva details are forthcoming Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2023: Tu B'Shvat 5783  This year, TU B'SHVAT (15 Shvat) will occur on Sun. Night Feb. 5-Mon. Feb. 6. Please refer to the STAR-K Checking Fruits chart below for guidance. Click on the image for a larger, printable copy of this chart.  Click on the image below for a larger, printable copy of the STAR-K's full guide to checking for bugs Click HERE or on the image below to download STAR-K's Shemita Primer for Chutz La'aretz.For SHEMITA DATES OF COMMON FRUITS imported from Eretz Yisroel: refer to the chart below, since Shemita times include fruits one might purchase for Tu B'Shvat.
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 26, 2023  - Shabsi’s Judaica Center Mid-Winter Break ‘Teacher Appreciation’ Sale Now Going On! 15% off all purchases for rebbeim, morahs, teachers, and administrators now through Feb. 2, 2023
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2023 - On Tuesday, Fox45 reports there will be a chance of wintry weather late at night into early Wednesday morning. A weather system is expected to arrive from the south after midnight, bringing with it the possibility of light snow and flurries. The snow is predicted to fall around midnight, lasting several hours until dawn. Despite the snow, temperatures will not drop much below freezing, leading to low snow totals of less than half an inch, with the highest amounts in areas south of Baltimore. Despite the small amount, there could still be slick spots during the early morning rush hour. The rest of Wednesday will be calmer with clearing skies and rising temperatures to the low 40s. Thursday will also be mild with 40s, but much colder air is expected to follow,...
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This is an incredible app that all communities should immediately download. If you are unaware of your exact location it will show  your exact coordinates and give you a prompt to call the closest Hatzalah to you.Please Note: Even if you have this App, the best way to reach Hatzalah in Baltimore for emergency purposes is by calling 410.358.0000Baltimore, MD - Jan. 29, 2023 - Hatzalah has recently launched a new app to assist people globally in emergency situations. The app, available on both Android and Apple devices, helps people in finding their exact location and connecting them with the nearest Hatzalah volunteer or Hatzalah statewide. With the increasing use of smartphones and technology, the Hatzalah app aims to make emergency assistance more accessible and convenient for those...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2023 -  Sen. Jill Carter is facing criticism over her support for juvenile justice laws, including the Juvenile Justice Reform Act, which prevents suspects who are 13 years old or younger from being charged with any crime and instead refers them to various wraparound services, reports Fox45. Republicans, including Del. Kathy Szeliga and Del. Nic Kipke, are calling for the repeal of the bill and want there to be consequences for juveniles engaging in criminal activity. Carter plans to introduce an amendment to the law to make it mandatory for law enforcement to refer juveniles to services. However, with Democrats having a veto-proof majority in both chambers, a full repeal of the law is unlikely. Carter's bill, which became law in 2022, shields information...
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Baltimore, MD – Jan. 31, 2023 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Avi & Rivky Janowski  on the birth of a daughter. יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2023 - Bed Bath & Beyond has announced the closure of 87 stores nationwide, including three locations in Maryland, as the retailer tries to avoid bankruptcy, according to the Pikesville Patch. The company is trying to manage its business as efficiently as possible and is closing low-performing stores. The retailer confirmed that it will shutter locations in  Annapolis, Westminster, and Ocean City. The closures will also affect all 49 harmon locations and five buybuy BABY stores. Bed Bath & Beyond has missed a loan payment and has not been paying its debts, and Reuters reports that the chain could file for bankruptcy as early as this week. In Q3 2022, the retailer reported $1.26 billion in sales and a net loss of $385 million, including $100 million ...
Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) announces the launch of DPW's Water Affordability Portal, where Baltimore City residents with unpaid water bills can sign up for interest-free PromisePay payment plans and determine their eligibility for additional water affordability programs. “We realize that some of our water customers have been impacted by rising inflation and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PromisePay payment plan program offers affordable and flexible payment options for Baltimore City residential water customers facing unpaid water bills. The program allows customers to establish no-interest and no-fee payment plans to help them eliminate debt from unpaid water bills,” said Director Mitchell. PromisePay offers affordable and conve...
According to JPost, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir of Israel plans to present a proposal to simplify the firearm licensing process on Tuesday. According to the ministry, Ben-Gvir aims to shorten the waiting time for the interview component of the gun permit application and expedite the approval process. He intends to achieve this goal by increasing the staff at the Firearms Licensing Division of the ministry.
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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer: Beshalach - Shira, Geulah, & Tefillah (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Jan. 30, 2023 - Often, we are driven to daven to Hashem for our physical needs, such as health, parnassah, and success. The shira of the Jewish People after crossing the Yam Suf teaches us that the first step of a tefillah is recognizing to Whom you are praying. Before crossing the Yam Suf, it seems that Hashem is cutting short their tefillah, their cry for help. After experiencing this incredible miracle, the Jewish People recognize Hashem as their G-d, the One Who has redeemed them from the terrible slavery in Mitzrayim and are able to daven to Him from that state instead.

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Jewish leaders and organizations in New York have criticized a Regents exam for containing one-sided anti-Israel questions that lack context and promote antisemitic stereotypes, according to Arutz-7. The Global History and Geography Regents II exam, taken last Thursday, was criticized for implying a dishonest assessment of Israel, and for containing the false claim that the Holocaust was the main reason for the creation of Israel and that Zionists and Jewish immigrants gained the most from changing borders. The exam also referred to the Golan Heights as being "annexed" by Israel, a characterization that was criticized as lacking context.
Ohio lawmakers are calling for investigations into a so-called "Nazi homeschooling group" operating in the state, reports Fox45. The group, known as "Dissident Homeschool," is reportedly distributing neo-Nazi lesson plans to thousands of subscribers and is run by a married couple who use aliases. The Ohio State School Board President and Ohio NAACP President have denounced the group, with the latter planning to bring the matter to the attention of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. A newly elected state school board member is also calling on Ohio's governor to denounce the group in his State of the State address.
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Walmart and CVS are reducing pharmacy hours due to a shortage of pharmacy staff. Both companies have cut two hours from their pharmacy days and will now close at 7 PM every night. The University of Cincinnati, one of the oldest pharmacy schools in the US, has noted a drop in enrollment in pharmacy schools over the past decade but reports that enrollment numbers are reversing due to pharmacists' vital role in public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it will take 2-3 years of pre-pharmacy education before new students can enter the workforce and start filling positions. The College of Pharmacy is attempting to entice students to consider the program.
A couple arrived today (Tuesday) with a baby in Tel Aviv to fly on a Ryanair flight to Brussels. While the couple had intended to fly with their baby, the child did not have his own ticket. The two were asked to pay for the baby's ticket, leading to an argument. The couple then left the baby in his stroller and went to passport control. Channel 12 News reported that the flight attendants spotted the abandoned baby and quickly called the Israel Police. The police acted quickly in order to find the parents who had advanced towards the flight, and brought them back. The two were taken for questioning after being reunited with their child. The manager of the Ryanair station said: "All the workers today are in shock, we have never encountered anything like this. We couldn't bel...
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CNN is under fire for publishing an antisemitic blood libel cartoon that depicted Jews celebrating Passover in a dining room surrounded by cement walls outside of which is a sea of blood leaking into the room through the floor. The cartoon was part of a CNN article titled “As Israel bans Palestinian flags, one artist protests with his brush.” It centered around a cartoonist who was speaking against National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. The story, written by CNN’s Abeer Salman, included a cartoon by the cartoonist, Tel Aviv-based Michael Rozanov, who uses the name “Mysh,” which depicted the scene making use of antisemitic tropes. A bubble text in Hebrew in the cartoon says "We are free people as the dining room is protected from mos...
The condition of the IDF paratrooper who was seriously wounded in a shooting attack by the City of David in Jerusalem on Saturday took a turn for the worse Tuesday night. The family of the 22-year-old soldier held a public prayer service for his recovery at the Western Wall Tuesday evening, The soldier, who serves as a team commander in the 202nd paratrooper battalion, was able to neutralize the 13-year-old terrorist after he and his father were shot. The soldier's father was moderately-to-seriously wounded, Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center stated that the soldier remained in serious condition and that his life was in danger, though this danger was not "immediate." The hospital added that his life has been in danger since the shooting on Saturday.  
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A construction vendor contracted out by Baltimore City could be in legal jeopardy after allegedly falsifying documents in order to meet certain levels of minority participation. The City solicited the work back in 2018. One condition of being selected required a commitment from the bidder to use sub-contractors associated with the Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises. The company awarded the job reportedly issued a signed notarized report to the City's Department of General Services, claiming to have paid three qualifying subcontractors a combined $632,583. Despite that the company still fell short of fulfilling the required minority participation rate, so they applied for and were granted a waiver. The problem was two out of three figures the company provided turned o...
Jerusalem, Israel - Jan. 31, 2023 - Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs and Social Equality Amichai Chikli convened a session in the Knesset to discuss the Ministry of Affairs's annual report on antisemitism on the afternoon of January 30, 2023.  MK Chikli opened the meeting with brief remarks with Biblical references and shared graphed highlights from the report on slides shown on a large screen to illustrate the numbers in the findings reported. The session was conducted with both Hebrew and English speakers contributing.   Various current Knesset Members attended briefly, but not all were able to speak due to time restraints. MK Amit Halevi was one of the first to give remarks. Another was Boaz Bismuth who mentioned his early encounter with antisem...
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A terrorist ramming attack was carried out at the Tapuah Junction in Shomron Tuesday night, one of the major traffic junctions in the West Bank. the IDF reported. According to the report, an Arab vehicle ran over two Israelis before fleeing the scene. Vehicle described as a white Volkswagen taxi with plate # 7772930. Security forces are searching for the driver, One victim was moderately injured while the other was lightly injured. Magen David Adom and Rescuers Without Borders personnel provided them with medical treatment at the scene and evacuated them to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 31, 2023 – 1:59PM – A motor vehicle accident is slowing traffic from the intersection of Seven Mile & Reisterstown Road toward Starbucks. Avoid the area.
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