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Scooter used by the late Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, and later by Rabbi Shalom Cohen, to be auctioned in Jerusalem. The golf cart that was used for years by former leader of Lithuanian-haredi Jewry and arbiter of Jewish law, the late Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, to move around the Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, and identified closely with his appearance, will be put up for public sale. After the death of Rabbi Elyashiv, the scooter was also used by the successor to the late rabbinic leader and arbiter Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas movement Rabbi Shalom Cohen.&nbs...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 20, 2018 - Over the last couple of years, Maryland’s private school community has had a healthy taste of state funded tuition assistance through the BOOST (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today) Scholarship Program. This program has helped many hundreds of lower-income Jewish day school families to better afford their child’s day school tuition. However, there are many more families who struggle mightily with the tuition demands who have yet to see any reprieve.That was yesterday. Today is a different story.In the article below you will be introduced to 529 college savings plans and how the state of Maryland will now be providing the opportunity for all households to earn tax benefits by simply paying the day school tuition they are alread...
Hezbollah leader threatens Israel again as tensions with Iran continue. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel again on Saturday, claiming his group has rockets that could hit all of Israel. “The forces of the resistance today have the ability, the power and the missiles to hit any target in Israel,” said Nasrallah. Nasrallah’s deputy, Naim Qassem, warned several days ago that Iran would respond to an air strike on a military base in Syria which was attributed to Israel and in which seven Iranian personnel were killed. "The elimination of the Iranians by Israel at the airbase will be met with a response,” Qassem told Al-Mayadeen TV. "By bombing the T-4 airport, Israel wanted to create an equation that shows that it controls the rul...
Russia conveys unambiguous message to Israel that there is nothing preventing it from selling S-300 missile defense system to Syria. In the past few days, the Russian government has conveyed an unambiguous diplomatic message to political sources in Jerusalem that, if it should feel the need to, Russia intends to sell the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime.The Russians explained that after the American intervention in Syria and the recent bombing in cooperation with Britain and France, they were committed to helping the Syrians defend themselves in the best possible way. Last week, Israel emphasized to Russia that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime constituted the crossing of a red line. A political source who reveale...
Three people were killed, and 4 others were wounded in a shooting inside a Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch near Pin Hook Road.  The shooting took place at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday. According to police at the scene, a white man who was wearing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing. They described the gun he used as an AR-15. Police are still searching for him at this time. At least one victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. 
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 22, 2018 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah  of Helaine Benesh Schaffer, z’l, MSW, LCSW-C, loving mother of Gabriella Berkow; beloved wife of the late Lt. Col. Brett Schaffer; adored sister of Dr. Samuel (Elaine) Benesh; devoted daughter of the late Gertude Goldberg, Dr. Raymond Goldberg, Leonard Benesh, and Adele Benesh; loving companion of Arnold Politzer; dear step-mother of David (Katherine) Schaffer, and Erica (Michael) Schaffer; step-sister of Nancy Weiss, Robert Goldberg, and Gary Abrams. She was the most selfless, kindest, supportive, loving, caring, compassionate, brilliant,and fun person to all of those who knew her. She helped the hearts and lives of her family and friends, and the thousand...
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A 50-year-old Jewish man was severely beaten and nearly choked to death while walking home from Shabbos prayer services at a nearby synagogue. The incident occurred at around 2:30pm on Rutland Road near Schenectady Avenue as the victim was returning home from prayer services at a synagogue in the nearby Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital. Speaking to CrownHeights.info the victim described the harrowing attack in vivid detail; “As I was walking home I passed a man smoking a cigar on the corner of Rutland and Schenectady and I said ‘good afternoon’ to him,” he said, adding that it’s a nice neighborhood and everyone is close. “As soon as [I greeted] him he began yelling at me ‘you fake Jews, who are you saying hello to? Your fake Jews and you stole all my ...
Israel Katz thus holds Hamas responsible for Islamic Jihad’s threats to kill Israeli soldiers and generals Israel’s Intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said on Friday that targeted killings of Hamas leadership will be renewed if Islamic Jihad follows through on Thursday’s threats to kill Israeli soldiers and generals. “The threats by the PIJ Terror organization to shoot at IDF officers by snipers from Gaza, constitutes crossing a red line. Hamas must know that any attack on IDF commanders at the border to Gaza will immediately lead to a renewal of targeted killings of the Hamas leadership.” Katz thus holds Hamas responsible for Islamic Jihad’s video which shows fighters from the militant group lining up their sniper rifles on a staircase and t...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to stop consumers from easily switching wireless carriers. The companies confirmed the inquiry in separate statements late Friday in response to a report in The New York Times. The U.S. government is looking into whether AT&T, Verizon and telecommunications standards organization GSMA worked together to suppress a technology that lets people remotely switch wireless companies without having to insert a new SIM card into their phones. The Times, citing six anonymous people familiar with the inquiry, reported that the investigation was opened after at least one device maker and one other wireless company filed complai...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 3 House Republican leader has been released from a hospital after follow-up surgery related to the wounds he received from a shooting at a GOP baseball practice 10 months ago. Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') of Louisiana is out of MedStar Washington Hospital Center after successful surgery Monday and is expected to recover at home for several days. That's according to a statement from the medical center and his office. An earlier statement said he had "a series of planned, inpatient procedures." Scalise suffered shattered bones and damaged internal organs in the June shooting that left him near death. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers killed the gunman, who held grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP. Scalise's viewed a...
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Since the hour is late, just a quick thought: We often strive to find connections between different episodes within the same parsha. It is perhaps less common to find connections from one parsha to the next. The topic that takes up most of parshas Tazria is the illness of tzara'as. Traditionally, (as per Arachin 15btzara'as afflicted someone who spoke lashon hara as it did Miriam at the end of parshas Beha'alosecha.


R' Moshe Shternbuch in Ta'am Voda'as, in the name of R' Yisrael Salanter, writes that the end of the previous parsha we are taught of the animals that are not to be eaten and the tum'ah that results when we do. While it seems that very many people are careful about what they put into their mouths, they are seemingly far less careful of what comes out. The juxtaposition of these two topics is meant to show that just as putting the wrong things in our mouths results in serious tum'ah, the same grievous consequences result when we allow the wrong things to come out.

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A 23-year-old Cleveland man has been arrested for allegedly leaving harassing telephone messages, which at the time were described as “anti-Semitic,” “vile” and “blasphemous,” at Heights Jewish Center Synagogue in University Heights, Temple Israel Ner Tamid in Mayfield Heights and Northern Hills Synagogue in Cincinnati back in January. Abdulrahman Abukhalil was arrested on April 17 on two counts of harassing communication and was transported to University Heights Police Department jail, according to a University Heights police.
BEIRUT (AP) — Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria's Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government's chemical facilities. The site visit, confirmed by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, would allow the agency to proceed with an independent investigation to determine what chemicals, if any, were used in the April 7 attack that medical workers said killed more than 40 people. Douma was the final target of the government's sweeping campaign to seize back control of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus from rebels after seven years of revolt. Militants gave up the town days after the alleged attack. The U.S., France, and Britain blamed...
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Former first lady Barbara Bush has been laid to rest at her husband's presidential library in Texas. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says the ceremony was "a very brief but poignant and beautiful ending to a very moving and incredible day. It would have been exactly what Barbara Bush wanted." About 1,500 people attended a private funeral earlier Saturday in Houston for the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. He and the couple's son, former President George W. Bush, were among four former U.S. presidents at the service. Barbara Bush was buried in a gated plot at her husband's presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station, which is about 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Houston. The couple's daughter Robin is also buried there. She wa...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced that it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its hard-won nuclear arsenal. The announcement, which sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin, was made by leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of the North Korean ruling party's Central Committee on Friday. It was reported by the North's state-run media early Saturday. Kim justified the suspension to his party by saying the situation around North Korea has been rapidly changing "in favor of the Korean revolution" since he announced last year that his country had completed its nuclear forces. He said North Korea ...
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PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in several states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning about tainted romaine from Arizona, saying information from new illnesses led it to caution against eating any forms of the lettuce that may have come from the city of Yuma. Officials have not found the origin of the contaminated vegetables. Previously, CDC officials had only warned against chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixes. But they are now extending the risk to heads or hearts of romaine lettuce. People at an Alaska correctio...
Investigators have arrested two female juveniles after a pregnant teacher was carjacked at Villa Cresta Elementary School, Baltimore County police told WBAL-TV 11 News early Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred on Friday. Four girls in their late teens carjacked the woman, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, at around 12:22 p.m., police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said. The four girls were buzzed into the school when they said they were there to ask about registering a child. After talking to office staff, they left the school and were in the parking lot as the victim was walking to her car, carrying her purse and cell phone. They approached the teacher and knocked the phone out of her hand. The teacher turned to run but fell, dropping her purse. The girls took the ph...
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A school resource officer who fired at a student gunman in Maryland is receiving more honors. Blaine Gaskill, a deputy first class with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, received a governor's citation on Thursday. The Washington Post reports that Gov. Larry Hogan called him a hero who did everything right. Gaskill also was honored by the Washington Nationals, who had him throw the first pitch at their home opener. Seventeen-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins mortally wounded 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey before killing himself at Great Mills High School last month. Officials say Gaskill responded immediately and fired a shot that hit the gun in the teen's hand just as Rollins shot himself in the head.
Fadi M. Albatsh, 35, shot by two assailants in Kuala Lumpur while on his way to the mosque for dawn prayers; Palestinian Islamic Jihad official, a relative of Albatsh, blames Mossad for assassination; Hamas says Albatsh was its member; deputy PM says gov't looking into possibility "foreign agents" involved. A Palestinian electrical engineer from the Gaza Strip was shot to death Saturday morning in Malaysia by two assailants on a motorcycle, according to Malaysia police.  Dr. Fadi M. Albatsh was declared dead at the scene after the assassins fired 10 rounds at him. Albatsh, 35, a lecturer at the British Malaysian Institute at the University of Kuala Lumpur, was shot while he was on his way from his home in the Jalan Gombak neighborhood to a nearby mosque for dawn prayers at aro...
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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney fails to secure GOP nomination for US Senate seat in Utah at convention, must compete in primary.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's president visited the site of a World War II concentration camp on Friday and honored its victims, while Jewish leaders are boycotting the main commemoration ceremony for the third year in a row. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said visiting the Jasenovac camp near Zagreb "evokes a feeling of deep regret over the crimes that took place here and respect for all the innocent victims." Croatia "unconditionally condemns crimes committed at this camp," Grabar-Kitarovic said. "No political goal or order can justify crimes done in its name." The camp was run by Croatia's pro-Nazi regime. Tens of thousands of Jews, Serbs and anti-fascist Croats were killed there. The right-leaning authorities running Croatia now have faced criticism for their...
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