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House Passes Bill To Raise Debt Ceiling Giant Food Implements Protective Measures Amidst Rising Retail Crime and Violence Maryland Gas Tax To Increase By 10 Percent In July Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is Menachem Aveil the Mishpacha of HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, ZT'L (Photos) Baltimore City Councilman Schleifer Scrutinizes American Rescue Plan Spending; Fire Department and Recycling Concerns Raised At Trial Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Gunman, Worshiper Describes Seeing Friend Die Baltimore County Prepares for Recreational Marijuana Legalization; Amendments to Local Regulations Underway The Bnei Gershon Disruptions at Maryland Department of Transportation Due to Network Issues End of an Era: Kosherfest Discontinues its Annual Event Mishpacha Magazine: Special 16-Page Tribute To HaRav Gershon Edelstein, ZT'L... Expect Minor Delivery Delays Kashrus Status of Colgate Disposable Toothbrushes Today at 2:45PM - [Watch Live] Moreinu HaRav Aharon Feldman, shlita, to deliver Divrei Hesped on HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, ZTL Missionaries Active in the Community...Again American Citizens in Israel in Limbo: Urgent Action Needed to Address the Crisis at the US Embassy Sivan Rahav-Meir / The Daily Portion / Eternity's Ambassador Ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Planning To Launch GOP Presidential Campaign Next Week BJL Traffic Alert: Major Fire Incident on Smith Ave. (4 Videos & Photos) Mazel Tov Eli Taragin (Baltimore) & Aviva Itskowitz (Pittsburgh) on their engagement! Mortgage Rates Rise As Debt Ceiling Standoff Drags On
The House on Wednesday night passed a bipartisan bill to suspend the debt ceiling, overcoming vocal opposition from conservative and liberal lawmakers and bringing the country one step closer to avoiding an economy-rattling default ahead of next week’s deadline. The legislation — which was crafted through negotiations between President Biden, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and their designees — cleared the chamber in a bipartisan 314-117 vote and now heads to the Senate, where leaders are hoping for swift consideration as the default deadline looms. T...
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Baltimore, MD – May 24, 2023 – Have you noticed all the publicity – the lawn signs, the press coverage, sporting an angelic sleeping baby girl dressed in pink -- for the AIM Event, and wondered what AIM is? AIM is a much-needed Baltimore-based organization that will be holding its inaugural annual event, a dairy dessert reception at its Gala Chinese Auction, on Tuesday, June 6, at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Pikesville, at 7:30 p.m. It will feature a musical performance by Chayala Neuhaus and promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening – AND a purposeful one, knowing that you are helping numerous families of newborns in our community by helping them raise happy and healthy generations of Klal Yisroel! As Mrs. Shayna Meiselman, AIM Event Coordinator, ex...
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Baltimore, MD - May 28, 2023 - We are thrilled to announce our special Israel real estate event for the Baltimore community! Our events are designed to provide you with comprehensive information on every aspect of the real estate process, from searching for the right property to navigating Israeli real estate law, mortgage rates, currency transfers, property management, and more. Whether you are in the early stages of your property search or actively looking to make a purchase, we highly recommend attending one of our events. For those actively looking to buy, we will be showcasing unique market opportunities and off-plan properties. The event will take place on Monday June 5th at 7:30 PM at Shomrei Emunah To register for the event, visit:
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Baltimore, MD - May 23, 2023 - Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim - Talmudical Academy is proud to announce its upcoming “Hadran Aloch” Campaign, which will infuse our talmidim with a chashivus Hatorah and an increased sense of accomplishment, and at the same time raise much-needed operating funds for TA through our the crowdfunding campaign..   The theme for this year’s campaign is “Our Torah, Our Key”, and symbolizes TA's mission of imbuing our talmidim with a love and geshmak for learning and living Torah.   The campaign will take place on June 14th and 15th, and will feature weeks-long learning, chazara, and Siyumim by our Talmidim, which begins this week.   TA is also thrilled to announce the opportunity we have to recognize four disti...
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Baltimore, MD – May 27, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mr. Manny Sadwin, z’l, husband of Mrs, Loretta Sadwin and father of Rabbi Ariel (Pessi) Sadwin, Mrs. Elisheva (Avrohom Shmuel) Shnidman, Mrs. Rivka (Ari) Kahn and Rabbi Moshe (Ruchama) Sadwin.Shiva will be observed at 407 Neale Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901Minyanim:Shacharis - Monday-Friday:  7:30amMincha/Maariv: Sunday-Thursday: 8:10pm Mincha Erev Shabbos: 3:00pm  Bila HaMaves Lanetzach…
Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023 - Giant Food, a grocery store chain with 165 locations in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Washington D.C., is taking protective measures in response to a significant increase in theft and violence, according to FOX45. Measures include limiting store entrances, hiring security guards, reducing the availability of high-cost items, restricting the quantity of items taken to self-checkout stands, and using secure containers for certain items. President Ira Kress stated theft has grown tenfold in five years and violence has increased exponentially, prompting these safety measures. Despite the potential inconvenience to customers, Kress insists these steps are necessary for the business to operate safely and profitably. This reflects a broader problem in ret...
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Maryland drivers filling up at the pumps could feel a bigger pinch on their wallets when the state's gas tax increases in July. On July 1, the state tax rate on a gallon of gas will increase to 47 cents per gallon, according to a report published on the state comptroller's website last week. The spike marks a 10 percent increase compared to the current rate, according to a report by Maryland Matters, and is expected to add about 65 cents to the total cost of filling a 15-gallon gas tank. On Wednesday, the average price for a gallon of gas in Maryland was $3.49. A year ago the state average was $4.59 per gallon. Owners of diesel-powered vehicles will also see a similar spike on July 1 when the state tax increases from nearly 43.5 cents per gallon to alm...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 31 May 2023), paid a condolence call in Bnei Brak to the family of the late Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, ZT'L, the leader of the Lithuanian public, President of the Degel Hatorah Council of Torah Sages, and President of the Vaad Hayeshivot.Prime Minister Netanyahu told the family and students of Rabbi Edelstein:"This is a very great loss. He made a very great impression on me. This is not lip service on my part; he spoke from the depths of his heart about his commitment to education. I think he saw it as the basis for everything."The Prime Minister added:"A man of his stature, it was a privilege to talk with him. Every minute you, his students, were with him was a great privilege. With G-d's help, you should not know any more sorro...
Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023  -  During the first round of budget hearings, the Baltimore City Council reviewed spending from the American Rescue Plan. City leaders testified that the over $600 million received has been fully allocated, with some agencies, like the fire department, receiving no funding, a fact Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer found disturbing, reports WBAL. Questions were also raised regarding the Department of Public Works (DPW), especially why weekly recycling hasn't resumed and why new groups like Clean Corps are receiving $15 million in funding. The DPW will hold a budget meeting on Wednesday night to address these issues.
It was her brother’s active faith that inspired Carol Black to recommit as an adult to being a practicing Jew several years ago, and their shared commitment brought them to the Tree of Life synagogue on the October 2018 day it was attacked. Testifying on the second day of the trial of the man who carried out the deadliest antisemitic attack in US history, Black told jurors Wednesday about how she and others in her New Light congregation heard loud noises as they started Sabbath services. They soon realized it was gunfire, so some of them hid in a storage room. “I just remained calm…I thought by remaining calm, I would not give my position away,” she testified in the Pittsburgh federal courtroom. Black, 71, recalled how she remained hidden even as she sa...
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Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023 - Starting July 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in Maryland, prompting Baltimore County to adjust its systems accordingly, according to WBALTV. The existing Medical Cannabis Act will be updated to apply to recreational sales, entailing adjustments to county code and zoning regulations. As part of these changes, the term 'medical' will be removed from current code and zoning regulations. Restrictions remain in place for dispensaries near schools or daycares and the required distance between dispensaries will be reduced from 2,500 to 1,000 feet, following new state regulations. The bill awaits its final reading and vote on June 5, with council members expressing concerns over the rapid pace of changes.
“Naso es rosh bnei Gershon – Count (lift) the sons of Gershon” (Bamidbar 4:22). In a sense, we are all the Bnei Gershon. Rav Gershon Edelstein, the manhig hador, was niftar, leaving Klal Yisroel utterly bereft. We all need to be lifted. It is nearly impossible to fathom Rav Gershon‘s uninterrupted decades of learning, from the time he was ten. Nor can we comprehend how he taught and disseminated Torah every day for the past 80 years, including the day before he was niftar. Of this, we have no concept. However, there is one aspect of his life from which we may be able to glean. He knew the secret of the Bnei Gershon. Passed over by the family of Kehos, who spearheaded the avodah of the Mishkon, the family of Gershon, the firstborn of Levi, refused to be denied. The...
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Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023 - Maryland's Department of Transportation is facing network problems, affecting real-time MTA bus and mobility services as well as causing system issues at the MVA. For missed or scheduled Mobility trips, call 410-591-5611 and leave a voicemail.
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Baltimore, Md - May 31, 2023 - To honor the life and legacy of Harav Hgaon Gershon Edelstein zt'l, Mishpacha had a 'stop the presses' situation. This week's Mishpacha will include a 16 page supplement dedicated to the life and Torah of the Gadol Hador. Please expect newsstand magazines and home deliveries in your area to be slightly delayed this week. Thank you for understanding.
Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023 – (BJL) Following the widespread sharing of a this graphic, BJL has been asked by many community members to verify the status of Colgate Disposable Toothbrushes. The Star-K has confirmed that this product is not Kosher, with the presence of gelatin (among the other non-Kosher ingredients included) serving as an indicator. Star-K does not recommend its use. It's worth noting that this product is different from regular toothpaste and seemingly similar products.
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Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023  - Today at 2:45PM Moreinu HaRav Aharon Feldman, shlita, will deliver Divrei Hesped on HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, ZTL. To view livestream, click here:
Baltimore, MD - May 31, 2023 - 11:25AM - Please note that there is an active missionary group visiting homes in the Indian Village neighborhood at the moment.
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Jerusalem, Israel - May 31, 2023 - Chaim V’Chessed has reported extensively on the challenges involved in obtaining services at the US Embassy in Israel. Prior to the Pesach travel season, a sudden change in policy discontinued  emergency appointments for newborns. At the time, there was a communal outcry,  which led to the involvement of numerous public officials in the matter. Several U.S. legislators, including ranking members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Senators Richard Blumenfeld (D-CT), Robert Menedez (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY), headed efforts with the State Department to rectify the situation.  At the time, the immediate pre-Pesach crisis was resolved. However, the overall state of affairs for American citizens in Israel r...
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, one of the Charedi  leaders, passed away yesterday at the age of 100. I remember after the great Rabbi Steinman passed away (at the age of 103), a meeting was held in which Rabbi Edelstein was supposed to give his first address as Rabbi Steinman's successor. There was enormous anticipation as to what Rabbi Edelstein's goals and mission would be. In his usual manner, he unfolded a small piece of paper and proceeded to give his list of priorities. He said we needed to fight our enemies but did not mention politics or laws before the Knesset. Instead, he saw the utmost urgency in curbing anger, eliminating lashon hara (insulting speech) and envy, and increasing acts of kindness. The audience was surprised, although whoever was acquainted with Rabbi Edel...
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