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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 4, 2018  - Kolainu Boys Choir was established January of 2009 with boys from all different mainstream Yeshivas. Kolainu's sole purpose is to provide Yeshiva students with an opportunity to gain self confidence, have fun, make new friends and enjoy their love for music. Kolainu was designed for Yeshiva students as an extracurricular activity. There are no tryouts and every child is a star. The choir has one grand preformance annually for family and friends. The choir is led by Elchonon Majeski. Elchonon has many years of experience conductin...
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 16, 2018: Dear Baltimore community,  We have had a very busy year. We knocked on thousands of doors. We raised awareness about our campaign and all we stand for, and we raised the necessary funds to spread that message. We listened to your dreams for our district and your concerns about it too, and we vowed to do what ever we can to make the 41st district a better place for everyone. Finally, we brought out the vote in resounding numbers, and we won the Primary Election.   All of this could not have been done without your support, and we are so indebted to you.  Now there is just one final hurdle: we need to win the November 6th General Election. Can you help us make one final, strong statement before Dalya Attar is sent to represent us in Ann...
Baruch Hashem, I had the zechus of spending a wonderful Succos with my family in the most beautiful place in the world: Yerushalayim.  While it was a truly remarkable and uplifting experience in so many ways, it was sadly tarnished by certain behaviors that I witnessed over yom tov. As I walked with my wife and children to and from meals over Succos, I could not believe the amount of drinking that was going on by the many students, both boys and girls, who are spending a year (or two or three) in Eretz Yisroel.  They were being liberally supplied with drinks at meals and kiddeishim, and I cannot even begin to tell you how many of them I heard speaking openly about the amount of alcohol they had enjoyed, identifying the various bottles by brand, year and price.  Some of the ...
London - Google plans to start charging smartphone makers to pre-install apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps on Android handsets sold in Europe, a response to a record $5 billion antitrust fine imposed by the European Union. The U.S. tech company’s announcement Tuesday is a change from its previous business model of letting manufacturers install Google’s suite of popular mobile apps for free on phones running its Android operating system. Device makers will also now be able to install rival modified, or “forked,” versions of Android, the most widely used mobile operating system. The company is taking the measures to comply with the July ruling by EU authorities that found Google allegedly abused the dominance of Android to stifle competitors. Google is intr...
Tehran - Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday they had killed the “mastermind” behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz last month which left 25 people dead, nearly half of them members of the Guards. The Guards said in a statement published on state media their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran’s state television said Abu Zaha was a member of Islamic State. Both Islamic State and an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahwaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, have claimed responsibility for the Sept. 22 attack. Neither group has provided conclusive evidence to back up its ...
THE FOLLOWING IS VIA YWNAuthorities are searching for a missing person from North Miami Beach, FL. Missing is Sammy Kissel, age 30. He was on his way from his home in Jade Winds condominiums around 195th Street and 17th Avenue to Khal Chassidim on NE 10th Avenue for a Malavah Malka he occasionally attends. Unfortunately, he never made it there. He was last seen on NE 10th Avenue at about 173rd Street.At the time, he was wearing a white shirt, dark navy blue pants and black leather shoes. He left his home wearing a black kippah. At the time he was seen, his head was uncovered. He has a reddish-brown beard. He is in dire need of his medication. Sammy is an alumnus of Toras Emes Academy of Miami. Chesed Shel Emes of Florida is coordinating the search. Volunteers searched many area location...
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Amber Gee had evacuated from her home in Callaway, a town of about 15,000 in the Florida Panhandle with her two children last week and she assumed her relatives who lived northeast of her had done the same. They hadn’t. Gee learned that they were in distress after scouring a map of aerial imagery published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that showed the severe damage from Hurricane Michael in the area. Someone had used trees felled in the storm at her grandmother’s house in Youngstown to spell out “help” in letters big enough to be seen from the sky. She later learned that her uncle, Ernest Gee, had made the message outside the home, which is owned by her grandmother, Emily Bently, Gee told ABC. While Bently had already evacuated, Ernest, hi...
Four train departures on the new high-speed Yerushalayim-Tel Aviv rail line were cancelled Tuesday morning Israel Railways announced, the latest in a string of malfunctions and technical delays that have plagued the line since its opening last month. On Tuesday, Israel Railways announced the cancellation of four planned train departures scheduled for Tuesday morning. The company said the cancellations were caused by delays in work being performed by the Semi corporation on the new rail line. Israel Railways vowed that the train line would resume normal service after 7:30. Read more at Arutz Sheva.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon rebuked the U.N. Security Council on Monday ‎for meddling in Israel’s ‎internal affairs and accused it of hypocrisy for opposing the eviction of an illegally ‎built Bedouin village in the West Bank while supporting the eviction ‎of Jewish settlers and settlements. ‎ The rebuke was included in a letter addressed to Security Council members ‎ahead of their weekly session on the Middle East.‎ In a first, Thursday’s session will feature Hagai El-Ad, the ‎director of controversial left-wing human-rights ‎organization B’Tselem, who has been ‎invited to address the U.N.’s top body. ‎ An official with the Israeli mission to the United Nations ‎said the meeting was likely ...
U.S. President Donald Trump vowed in May to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and signed an executive order in August to re-impose sanctions, which go into full effect on Nov. 4. The European Union, however, appears determined to ignore and circumvent U.S. efforts to force Iran into compliance on its nuclear program, and for the Islamic regime to cease and desist global terror activity. It appears that Trump’s foreign policy on Iran has raised European ire and some of those countries do not yet seem willing to view Iran’s hegemonic desires as dangerous. As such, European leaders instead seek to bypass U.S. sanctions by continuing to do business with the hostile Islamic regime. Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories Your emailTo that end,...
Parsha Hashavua
Sinning to help Others

The Rishonim discuss whether or not a person may do an aveira so the public can benefit. Tosfos in Shabbos, daf daled amud alef brings proof that it is permissible from the gemara in Gittin, daf lamed ches that tells us that Reb Eliezer freed his slave to complete a minyan despite the fact that there is a lav against freeing slaves. The gemara explains that it was done because this was a mitzvah for the rabim (public.) Tosfos tells us we learn from here that when it comes to a mitzvah for the public one may do an aveirah.


Reb Elchanan in Kovetz Hearos explains that the reasoning for permitting an aveira is due to the concept of arvus, every Yid is responsible for other Yidden. If one Yid is faced with an asseh and the other Yid is faced with a lav, the result is that the asseh will be docheh the lo saaseh since the person being oveir the lav is also required to do the asseh of his friend because of arvus.


The question arises whether one has a mitzvos aseh kiyumis where he could be mekayem the mitzvah but it is not mandatory; for example, if a person does not have a minyanhe could still daven on his own. Do we say even in the case of mitzvas kiyumis that asseh docheh lo saaseh or not? This question would be applicable in a case where a person is patturfrom a mitzvah but still wants to do the mitzvah. Do we say asseh docheh lo saaseh, or do we say he is really pattur from the mitzvah, therefore the asseh is not docheh the lo saseh. Would a person need to daven with a minyan if it would translate into him losing money? (Note: this is not a case where he won’t earn money.) No, a person would not. How could Reb Eliezer free his slave in order to daven with a minyan when he was losing money by freeing his slave? If you hold that a mitzvah kiyumis is docheh a lo saaseh, then it is obvious that he should free the slave and be mekayem the mitzvah of minyan. If you hold that asseh is docheh lo saaseh only by a mitzvah chiyuvis, he should not have freed his slave because he was losing money by doing so.


There is another tirutz that differs from the Kovetz Hearos mentioned above. The reason we tell someone to do an aveirah so the public can do a mitzvah is not due to a din of arvus but rather a din in kadima. When a scenario comes along where a private person is up against a tzibbur, we say that the tzibbur has kadima. This would make sense why Reb Eliezer freed his slave despite the fact that he personally had no chiyuv to daven with a minyan since he was losing money.


The difference between these two tirutzim would be whether the person has to do teshuva for doing an aveirah. According to Reb Elchanan in Kovetz Hearos he would not need to do teshuva since his aveira is nidcheh for the mitzvah. According to the din of kadima the person lemaaseh did an aveirah and would require teshuva.


We see from this discussion how important it is to help the klal and how much appreciation we need to have for those who do so; they sometimes sacrifice their own mitzvos and or do aveiros letovas the klal. May they be zocheh to all the brachos we say before mussaf on Shabbos.   


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Beijing - China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the “modern, civilized” world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones. The report is the ruling Communist Party’s latest effort to defend its extrajudicial detention of Central Asian Muslim minorities against mounting criticism. China’s resistance to Western pressure over the camps highlights its growing confidence under President Xi Jinping, who has offered Beijing’s authoritarian system as a model for other countries. A U.N. panel and a human rights group have estimated that around 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities have been arbitrarily detained in internment camps in Ch...
Washington - A senior FBI official accepted two tickets to a sports event from a television reporter who regularly covered the bureau, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Tuesday. The official did not pay for the tickets despite having initially claimed under oath to have done so, according to the watchdog, which said the official’s actions violated federal regulations on gifts. The official, who was not named in the report and has since retired, had previously accepted a ticket to a different sporting event from the same reporter as well as a ticket from a different reporter to another sports event, the inspector general said. The watchdog said it found no evidence that the official had paid for the tickets, and the official produced no proof. The interaction wa...
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Manhattan, NY - A graffitied swastika that appeared on a freshly paved Harlem street has been rendered unrecognizable just three hours after it was reported to the Department of Transportation. Gregory Locke came across the swastika on Morningside Avenue between W 119th and W 120th Streets just before 10 AM this morning. Taking to Twitter, Locke notified the DOT, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and Public Advocate Letitia James of the hate symbol tweeting “Hi @NYC_DOT!  Any idea why your line painting contractors are including swastikas on Morningside Ave? Is that a new traffic symbol I am not familiar with?” Locke, a 29 year old attorney who lives in Harlem, included pictures of the swastika that was painted next to guide lines that had been marked on the recently ...
Shanghai - It’s now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the field. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport unveiled self-service kiosks for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance and boarding powered by facial recognition technology, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Similar efforts are underway at airports in Beijing and Nanyang city, in central China’s Henan province. Many airports in China already use facial recognition to help speed security checks, but Shanghai’s system, which debuted Monday, is being billed as the ...
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Washington - The co-founder of a political research firm that was behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia refused to speak to two House committees during a closed-door interview Tuesday. A lawyer for Glenn Simpson said in a statement that he had exercised his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer questions from the GOP-led House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, which are investigating decisions made by the Justice Department in the run-up to the 2016 election. Republicans on the committee have criticized the department, echoing Trump’s repeated claims that officials there were conspiring against him as they investigated his ties to Russia and cleared his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in a sepa...
New York - World stock markets are rallying Tuesday, and U.S. stocks are on track for their second-largest gain in 2018 following strong earnings reports from major U.S. companies in finance and health care. Technology companies are also rising after their recent slump. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as much as 546 points. Even with the big gains, major indexes are still broadly lower for the month following a two-day rout last week that erased nearly 1,400 points from the Dow. Investors were encouraged by some good news on the economy. The Federal Reserve said output by U.S. factories, mines and utilities climbed in September despite the effects of Hurricane Florence, and the Labor Department said U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August while hiring continued...
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