The Halachos of the Month of Adar & Purim Compiled and Written by former Baltimorean Rabbi Yaakov Robinson
The Halachos of the Month of Adar & Purim Compiled and Written by former Baltimorean Rabbi Yaakov Robinson
Reviewed by: Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst Shlit”a Dayan, Agudas Yisroel of Illinois Additional
Halachic Review by: Rabbi Yisroel Langer, Morah Horaah, Midwest Bais Horaah
Proofreading by Mrs. Miriam Sara Rosenberg
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Baltimore, MD – Mar. 24, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Doris Rossman, a’h, wife of Mr. David Rossman, loving mother of Malka Miriam (Meyer) Mandel, Aliza (Alon) Farkas, Shoshana (Baruch) Gertz, Adina (Eli) Katz, and Ariella (Ari) Burns; cherished sister of the late Yetta Saffer; adored grandmother of Michal, Nava, and Sachi Mandel, Chavi, Moshe, Shloimy, Avrumy, and Batsheva Farkas, Shayna, Yosef, Ezra, and Dov Gertz, Ahron, Shalom, and Matis Katz, Avi, Yitzi, and Yaakov Burns; devoted daughter of the late Irving and Shirley Gold.
The Levayah will be held at Levinson’s on Monday, Mar. 25 at 12 Noon.
Kevura will take place at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, 9801 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD, 211...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 24, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Penjos on the birth of a daughter.
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Annapolis, MD — A controversial end-of-life bill passed a key Senate test Friday afternoon, marking the furthest any bill of this kind has ever advanced in the Maryland General Assembly.
It's a very different version of the bill than it was coming in, but the End of Life Option Act soared out of its Senate committee Friday.
The measure got the green light from the Senate committee Friday, an 8 to 3 vote passing the panel's test decisively yet quietly with no fanfare -- and barely an audience.
Well-funded lobbying groups on both sides of the issue this session were no-shows.
It makes sense, since the bill taken up here is a totally retooled version of the Senate's End of Life Option Act.
"I would never have voted for the piece of legislation that cam...
Escondido, CA - A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday.
Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters around 3:15 a.m., officials said.
The incident was being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime, said police in the city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego.
A note was found in the parking lot referencing the shootings this month that killed 50 people at mosques in the city of Church, New Zealand, police Lt. Chris Lick said. He did not elaborate about the contents of the note.
Investigators did not release information about a suspect.
The fire caused min...
New York - Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called President Donald Trump a “coward” who “punches down” and says that he is “tearing apart the moral fabric of our country.”
Gillibrand also urged the full release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in the Russia investigation, stressing that “nobody in this country, not even the president, is above the law, or immune from accountability.” Attorney General William Barr was expected to release a summary of principal conclusions as soon as Sunday, but Democrats want to see the full details.
In what her campaign billed as Gillibrand’s first major speech as a presidential candidate, the New York senator said the Trump International Hotel & Towe...
Beijing - - Ahead of fresh high-level trade talks this week, China is not conceding to U.S. demands to ease curbs on technology companies, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing three people briefed on the discussions.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to travel to Beijing for talks starting on March 28, the White House said on Saturday.
The FT report said Beijing had yet to offer “meaningful concessions” to U.S. requests for China to stop discriminating against foreign cloud computing providers, to reduce limits on overseas data transfers and to relax a requirement for companies to store data locally.
China made an initial offer on digital trade that the United States judged as insufficient, the report sa...
Vice President Pence on Sunday celebrated the findings in a letter from the attorney general to Congress sharing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, calling it “a great day for America.”
“Today is a great day for America, President Trump and our entire administration. After two years of investigation, and reckless accusations by many Democrats and members of the media, the Special Counsel has confirmed what President Trump said along; there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election,” Pence said in a statement.
“The Attorney General also confirmed that there was no obstruction of justice. This total vindication of the President of the United States and our campaign should be welcomed by e...
Baltimore, MD – Mar. 23, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Dr. Brian Simon, z’l, Husband of Mrs. Nasrin Simon, father of Esther, Babak, Yaakov & Avi Simon
Levaya will be held at Levinson's at 5:15 PM, Sunday, Mar. 24.Kevura to take place at Agudath Israel Cemetery - RosedaleMaariv Sunday Evening 9:00pm
Shacharis 7:00am (M-Fr)
Mincha/Maariv 7:10pm (M-Fr)
Mincha Friday 4:30pm
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
Hamas terrorists stab prison personnel in apparent terror attack in southern Israel.
Two Israeli prison personnel were stabbed and wounded Sunday evening in an attack by jailed Hamas terrorists being held in a prison in southern Israel.
The attack occurred at the K’tziot prison in the Negev southwest of Beer Sheva, Israel’s largest prison facility.
One of the men suffered serious injuries, while a second suffered light injuries.
Magen David Adom paramedics provided medical treatment to the prison guard who suffered serious injuries and evacuated him to the Soroka Hospital by helicopter. Nine terrorists who were injured in the incident were evacuated to Soroka as well.
The jail is used primarily for incarcerating terrorists, including terrorists held under administrative ...
This year’s flu season is not going away quietly.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of medical visits for flu-like symptoms for the week ending March 16 was at 4.4 percent, above the baseline of 2.2 percent.
That is the highest this late in the season since the CDC began tracking such data 20 years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Read more at USA Today.
After testifying at the United Nations below the Human Rights Council plenary earlier this week, Joe Truzman, an expert on Palestinian militant groups active on the Gaza border with Israel, maintained that his own story shows the obvious pitfalls—and perhaps dishonest intentions—of the United Nations.
Truzman, native of a Portland, Ore., began following and researching militants groups in Gaza since the start of the 2014 Gaza war. Beginning as a hobby, Truzman learned how the militant factions operated in Gaza and about their presence on social media using open source data. Years later, Truzman has expanded his sources (about which he remains tightlipped) and has successfully infiltrated online groups in which Palestinian terrorists discuss their militant activity.
Some 59 gravesites at a Massachusetts Jewish cemetery were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic words, and some gravestones were toppled over, according to the Fall River Police Department.
The FBI has offered to help with the investigation, said police chief Albert Dupere.
“They could offer additional detectives or investigators to help with interviews or technical assistance,” he said. “We’re still canvassing the area looking for potential witnesses and video to make sure nothing was missed.”
No leads or suspects have been identified, added Dupere.
“Something on this scale, I can’t remember seeing something like this before,” he said. “I think it’s awful that this should ever happen anywhere, let alone here in Fall Riv...
In an address at a conference held by the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute on Thursday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, “In today’s political climate, antisemitism and anti-Zionism are often two sides of the same coin.”
Speaking on the struggle against antisemitism in Europe and elsewhere, Kurz told the audience, “Europe is definitely a continent of safety, of liberty, and rule of law. To live up to this heritage we must ensure that every member of our society is and also feels safe and free. No one must every feel afraid to walk in the streets of any European country, no matter who they are, where they are from, or what their faith is.”
“We owe this assurance to all people in Europe, and especially to the Jewish commu...
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has a lot of “firsts” to her credit. She is the first Palestinian Arab elected to the US Congress. She is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress. And now she is the first member of Congress to make a fraudulent claim about her own grandmother in order to score points against Israel.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on March 17, Tlaib was asked about her claims that “racism” and “Islamophobia” were the real motives behind the widespread criticism of the recent antisemitic remarks by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Rep. Tlaib responded to Tapper that both she and Omar were “an easier target” because they are “very vocal against human-...
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) issued a strong rebuke of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her anti-Semitic remarks in a speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference on Sunday.
“I am not Jewish, nor do I do represent a large Jewish constituency. But I have visited Israel fifteen times, and I have seen the courage of its people and their enduring spirit to make their country flourish,” he said.
"I stand with Israel, proudly and unapologetically. So when someone accuses American supporters of dual loyalty, I say: accuse me," added Hoyer, hinting at comments by Omar, who appeared to refer to domestic support for Israel as “allegiance to a foreign country”.
"Millions of Americans, regardless of race or faith or partisan label, stand with Israel because the...
Tel Aviv - Newsweek Magazine has ranked Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in the Tel Aviv are as one of the top 10 hospitals in the world
Newsweek partnered with Statista Inc., a global market research and consumer data company, to develop a groundbreaking ranking of the world’s best medical facilities.
In its special “Best Hospitals in the World” edition, Newsweek published a list of hospitals that are at “the forefront of adapting to these new challenges while providing top-notch patient care.” The hospitals on the list are “all world leaders in health care, but these are the very best.”
The Rochester, Minnesota–based Mayo Clinic was ranked best in the world, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Singapore General Hospital.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel’s Russia investigation. (all times Eastern time):
President Donald Trump says “America is the greatest place on earth.”
That was Trump’s only comment as he returned to the White House on Sunday, hours after the Justice Department declared that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no evidence that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller also investigated whether Trump sought to obstruct the investigation, but did not provide a definitive answer.
Back at the White House, Trump said only: “I just want to tell you that, America is the greatest place on earth,...
Joint Schumer-Pelosi on Attorney General Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report
Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation, it is tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and assume that our long national nightmare is over. Resist the temptation, the assumption is false.
We are not close to the end. Not by a long shot.
In fact, I believe the last two years, as traumatic as they were, will prove to be the easier part of the nightmare, because Mueller dealt only with whether Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia to swing the election. Based on what we know so far, especially that no more indictments are coming, it appears that Mueller’s answer is no, there was no collusion or obstruction of justice.
If true, this is an enormous vindication for Trump, who insisted all along that he had done nothing wrong...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 24, 2019 - In the 2nd aliyah of Parshas Shemini, Moshe and Aharon bless Bnei Yisroel that the presence of Hashem should come down into their midst. Aharon blesses the people as well, and he raises his hands for this bracha. This is similar to the raising of Moshe's hands during the war with Amalek, in order to turn our hearts toward Hashem. We recognize that our efforts are not what accomplish; rather, it is Hashem's doing that makes our work come to fruition.
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