Once again, this serves as a reminder that the application period for those seeking BOOST tuition scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year ends on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:59 pm.
All those who have already completed their online applications, including the uploading of their tax/income documents and school enrollment letters, and submitted it through the BOOST online portal (make sure you clicked “submit”) --- THANK YOU FOR DOING SO. If you have any questions about the success of your application’s submission or have the need to re-access the application to make changes or to add another child, please send an email requesting that to email@example.com.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO APPLY:
Using the chart below, if your household income is within the financial eligibility guidelines, PLEASE APPLY ASAP – by going to the BOOST application webpage where you can create/access your account through and then apply for all of your children going in to grades K-12. (Please note: BOOST calls “kindergarten” as one grade before First Grade).
Parent(s) + children
Annual Household Income:
Parent(s) + children
Annual Household Income:
Each additional child
REMEMBER: Previous BOOST recipients must also apply for a 2019-20 scholarship, not just new applicants.
BOOST OPEN HOUSE in Baltimore – For those with limited computer access or those who need additional assistance with their BOOST application, Talmudical Academy has graciously offered to make their computer lab available for families of all day schools on Tuesday evening April 9th from 8:00 – 10:00 pm – at 4445 Old Court Road in their new preschool building.
Computer workstations and scanners will be available for anyone to come and complete their BOOST applications.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING ALONG THE FOLLOWING ITEMS OR INFO:
Your school will provide you (if not already provided) with a letter verifying the student’s enrollment status which will be uploaded with the application together with the tax/income documents.
Please remember that it is critically important that all families that are within the above income eligibility chart submit an application for each of their children. There were families last year who did not apply thinking it was not worthwhile or were mistakenly concerned about potentially losing some of their government benefits (that will NOT happen) and lost out on getting this vital benefit.
Any additional questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your participation,
Rabbi Ariel Sadwin
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 19, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rabbi Yisrael & Mrs. Batsheva Neuberger on the birth of a son Mazel Tov to grandparents Rabbi Moshe & Rebetzin Mindi Hauer and Rabbi Meir & Mrs. Rivka Neuberger (Atlanta) and great-grandparents Rabbi Yaakov & Rebetzin Freda Hopfer and Mrs. Edith (Rabbi Ari, ZTL) Neuberger יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Possible Public Exposures at Location in Pikesville; Outbreak Localized to Zip Codes 21208, 21209 and 21215 Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed a fourth measles case in a Maryland resident. The MDH wants to inform anyone who visited 4000 Old Court Rd in Pikesville on Tuesday, April 16 from 9:15 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. that they may have been exposed to measles. Individuals who may have been exposed at additional locations are being notified directly. Measles cases in Maryland have been localized to a small geographic area within zip codes 21208, 21209 and 21215. “While the outbreak is currently localized to a small area of the state, the best way to prevent measles in Maryland, or anywhere people might travel, is through vaccination,”...
Nirtzah: Not Just the closing Ceremonies There are two major concepts which form the driving force of the Hagaddah and the Seder in general. First, is the Chiyuv Sipur Yitzias Mitraim, and the second is that one must feel as if he himself is being taken out of Mitzraim on the night of Pesach, as discussed more fully in the Hagaddah. With these two concepts being the principal themes, how then does the final part of the Seder, Nirtzah, fit into this framework? These intriguing, yet seemingly unrelated songs, raise a significant question as to exactly what role they play in the Seder and by extension, the Yom Tov of Pesach. On a simplistic level one could answer their function is similar to that of the Afikoman and Mah Nishtana - to heighten the interest and...
Trash/Recycling on Friday: Baltimore City: No, Baltimore County: Yes! Good Friday, April 19, 2019, is a City holiday. Department of Public Works’ offices and yards will be CLOSED. There will be no solid waste or recycling collections on Good Friday. Baltimore City Councilman Yitzy Schleifer has arranged for recycling dumpsters to be available at no charge at the public Chometz burning at Pimlico Trash or recycling that is normally collected on Fridays, will be collected on the make-up day, Saturday, April 20, 2019. No bulk trash collections are scheduled for that day. All Citizen Convenience Drop-off Centers will be closed, including Quarantine Road Landfill. Mechanical street sweeping will not take place that day. Street sweeping no parking signs will not be in ef...
Scroll for more news
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 9, 2019 - Reposted upon popular request:Baltimore, MD - April 14, 2015 - 24 Nissan - The following bracha is said only once a year, during the month of Nisan, on fruit trees in blossom. Baruch ato Ado...Elo...Melech haolam shelo chisar b’olamo klum u’vara vo b’riyos tovos v’elanos tovim l’hanos bahem b’nay adam. The G’ra in his siddur substitutes the word davar instead of klum. The ideal time to recite the bracha on ilanos/trees is during the month of Nissan, however, once the buds fall out and the fruits emerge, it is too late to recite the bracha.This year Nissan 5779, the last day of Nissan will be May 5 – a relatively late day. Depending on the upcoming weather, by the end of Ni...
BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) is proud to partner with STAR-K CERTIFICATION that realizes that there is no substitute for a person’s own Rav. In an effort to offer a possible solution, it has launched its Institute of Halachah as a public service. Over the years, the agency’s Kashrus Hotline has answered generic halachic questions from kosher consumers the world over, including inquiries regarding the kosher status of foods and certified Sabbath mode appliances. The formation of a separate official division within STAR-K testifies to the need for addressing these issues.
The Institute of Halachah is directed by HaRav Mordechai Frankel, under the guidance of HaRav Moshe Heinemann, STAR-K’s Rabbinic Administrator. It is an invaluable resource for a diverse array of rabbis to discuss general halachic matters, as well as gain access to source materials for shiurim and answers to congregants’ questions.
Shailos for regular or Kashrus shailos may emailed or discussed using this widget.
Erev Pesach 5779 / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruv is UP! Baltimore, MD – Apr. 19, 2019 End time for eating chametz: 10:18AM End time for burning (biyur) chametz: 11:34 AM Today: 14 Nissan Chatzos: 1:06 PM Hadlakas Nairos: 7:30 PM Shkiah: 7:48:11 PM Tzais HaKochavim: 8:39/9:01 PM Chag Kasher V’Sameach
Louisville, KY - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally. The Senate leader said Thursday his bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices. The Kentucky Republican represents a state that for generations was a leading tobacco producer in the U.S. But tobacco production has dropped dramatically in Kentucky in the past decade. McConnell said his bill will continue to hold retailers responsible for verifying the age of anyone buying tobacco products. He said 12 states have already enacted laws raising the minimum legal age to 21. McConnell made the announcement at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville, an organization that promotes health initiati...
During the Second Temple, the Greek empire reigned (over Israel),1 and they (the Greeks) passed decrees against the Jews and (tried) to erase their religion, and did not allow them to carry out Torah (study) or the commandments. They put their hands on their property and their daughters. They entered the Temple, destroyed and made the pure unclean. The Jews were in great distress because of them and were much oppressed, until the G-d of their fathers had mercy on them, delivering them from their hands and saving them. Then overcame, the sons of the Hasmonean High Priest, (the Greeks) and killed them and saved the Jews from their hands. They appointed a king from the Priests, and the kingdom of Israel was restored for more than 200 years until the destruction of (the) second (Temple). When the Jews overcame their enemies and destroyed them, it was the 25th of Kislev2 when they entered the Sanctuary (inner room) and did not find pure (olive) oil in the Temple, except one jar sealed with seal of the High Priest, and it did not contain enough to light except for one day only. But they lit from it the lamps of the Menorah3 for eight days, until they could crush olives and produce a (new quantity) of pure oil. For these reasons, decreed the Sages of that generation that these eight days that begin on the 25th Kislev, will be days of joy and praise. One lights on them lamps at evening at the entrance to the houses, every evening of the eight nights to show off and demonstrate the miracle. These days are called ''Hanukah'' that is to say ''they rested'' (chanu) on the ''25'' ('th of the month) because on the 25th they rested from their enemies. and also because of those days they (re)-dedicated the house (Temple) which their foes had defiled. Also some say that it is a commandment to increase slightly the festive meals on Hanukah. Another reason is because the work of (building) the Sanctuary (in the desert) was completed in these days. One should tell one's children the story of the miracles that were done for our fore-fathers in those days, (see Josephus) However, these meals are not considered as part of the commandment unless one says at the meal songs of praise. One should increase charity in these Hanukah days, for this can help mend any defects in our souls. This charity, should be given particularly to poor Torah scholars. (KSA 139:1)
France - Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark. A judicial police official told The Associated Press that investigators made an initial assessment of the cathedral Wednesday but don’t have a green light to search Notre Dame’s charred interior because of ongoing safety hazards. The cathedral’s fragile walls were being shored up with wooden planks, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak by name about an ongoing investigation. Investigators so far believe the fire was accidental, and are questioning both cathedral st...
New York - - A Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who challenged New York City’s recently imposed mandatory measles vaccination order, rejecting their arguments that the city’s public health authority exceeded its authority. In a six-page decision rendered hours after a hearing on the matter, Judge Lawrence Knipel denied the parents’ petition seeking to lift the vaccination order, imposed last week to stem the worst measles outbreak to hit the city since 1991. The judge sided with municipal health officials who defended the order as a rare but necessary step to contain a surge in the highly contagious disease that has infected at least 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in the borough of Brooklyn. Another ...
Pesach 5779 -The Seder "What's It All About?"
Nirtzah: Not Just the closing Ceremonies
There are two major concepts which form the driving force of the Hagaddah and the Seder in general. First, is the Chiyuv Sipur Yitzias Mitraim, and the second is that one must feel as if he himself is being taken out of Mitzraim on the night of Pesach, as discussed more fully in the Hagaddah.
With these two concepts being the principal themes, how then does the final part of the Seder, Nirtzah, fit into this framework? These intriguing, yet seemingly unrelated songs, raise a significant question as to exactly what role they play in the Seder and by extension, the Yom Tov of Pesach.
On a simplistic level one could answer their function is similar to that of the Afikoman and Mah Nishtana - to heighten the interest and enjoyment of the Seder for the children. However, upon more careful analysis, it becomes clear that not only are these songs in tune with the Hagaddah’s two major ideas, but are actually an intrinsic and indispensable part of these very concepts.
Upon reflection, it is easy to understand why Sipur Yitzias Mitraim is an appropriate topic for Pesach night. However, it is not as easy to understand why we are obligated to feel as if we ourselves were redeemed on the night of Pesach. An insight into this quandary will also clarify how Nirtzah fits into the Seder.
The reason for the Chiyuv Sipur Yitzias Mitzrayim is not to teach us history, nor even to train us in gratitude. This requirement comes to emphasize the character of the Pesach season - a time of year especially designated as a time for Geulah. The Gemarah in Rosh Hashana (11b) says that just as the Geulah from Mitzrayim occurred in Nissan so too will the eventual Geulah from present day galus take place in Nissan. For this reason the Hagaddah stresses this point - the obligation to feel as if we ourselves are going out - to illustrate that the same potential for redemption which came to fruition with Yitzias Mitzraim, exists every Pesach. Thus the potential for Geulah from present day Galus is at its highest during this time. With this explanation we can also understand what function the songs of Nirtzah have in the Seder.
In the first poem, Vayehi Bachatzi Halayla, an extensive list is composed of many past great things that Hashem has done in the midst of the night. Only one future event is added to this list - Hashem’s eventual bringing of Moshiach. Similarly, in Ki Lo Naeh, a list of adjectives ranging from distinguished and glorious to mighty and merciful are used to describe Hashem. Yet again, in this song the Haggadah slips in “that he is truly the redeemer.” Obviously, if the Haggadah felt it necessary to squeeze these lines in, then they are of major significance. This becomes clear in Adir Hu, which is nothing short of an all out appeal for the Geulah. Adir Hu takes all the descriptions used in the previous songs and follows each one with “May he soon and speedily rebuild his house in our days.” This is the central theme throughout Nirtzah.
However, just as Yitzias Mitraim was not possible before Bnei Yisroel performed the Mitzvos of Karban Pesach and Bris Milah, so too today’s Geulah cannot come before our total acceptance of Hashem’s dominion over the world. This is where Echad Mi Yodeah and Chad Gad Ya fit in. In Echad Mi Yodeah, we list the building blocks that the Jewish world is built upon - the basic necessities for all of Judaism. Finally in Chad Gad Ya we are taught the single most important lesson - that of humility. The idea that everything and everyone has something above him/her and therefore we must reflect on all of our actions, as we alone are accountable for them. In concluding Chad Gad Ya, the final connection is made to Geulah with the slaughtering of the Malach Hamaves. The Gemmarah in Succah (52a) says that at the time of the Geulah, Hashem will take the Satan (The same entity as the Malach Hamaves - Baba Basra 16a) and slaughter it.
Thus we understand how the progression of Nirtzah mirrors the link between Yitzias Mitzraim and the Geula Ha’asida. This interpretation adds a significant aspect to our Seder. Not only are we celebrating the Geulah from Mitzraim but we are also injecting the necessary elements for the eventual Geulah from galus today. May we be Zoche to capitalize on the potential for geula present this Pesach and share next year in Yerushalayim.
Boston - As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region’s largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community. A number of rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have been advising their congregations not to cross picket lines to buy Jewish holiday essentials at the store that one analyst says has the highest sales of kosher products among New England grocery stores. More than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers walked off the job April 11 over what they say is an unfair contract offer, a claim the company disputes. “The food that you’re buying is the product of oppressed labor and that’s not kosher,” said Rabbi Barbara Penzner, of...
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2019 - It's that time of year when you can benefit Shomrim & Hatzalah by bidding on the Second Post-Pesach Tov Pizza. Click here to bid now and help support Shomrim & Hatzalah
An out-of-town family who was to spend Pesach in Lakewood has canceled after learning about the measles outbreak, TLS has learned. The family had booked a place to stay in Lakewood just after Purim, and had already paid for the stay before they canceled upon learning there was an ongoing measles outbreak in Lakewood. According to the latest count for this outbreak, there were six confirmed cases of measles being reported by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) in Ocean County. The first outbreak had a total of 33 confirmed cases and ran from October 2018 to mid-January 2019.
Everyone is familiar with the practice of eating a small piece of vegetable at the beginning of Seder Pesach. Some eat celery. Some eat parsley. Some eat potato. The Mishna wanted to actively involve the children in the Seder ritual so it directed us to use this small piece of “borey pri ha-adamah” food to stimulate the curiosity of the children at the Seder table in order that they will ask questions about the Seder observances. Today, this part of the Seder is called, “karpas.” This word, karpas, caf, reish, pay, sav does not look like a Hebrew word. It does not have three osios in a shoreish. However, it does appear in Tanach. In Megillas Esther, the word appears in the description of the king’s palace....
April 18, 2019י”ג ניסן תשע”ט Thank you to all of those who participated in the vaccination clinics from both Friday and yesterday. As a result of the clinics and other community efforts, well over 1500 members of our community have been vaccinated in the past week and a half alone. As Pesach approaches and travel to and from the community shifts into high gear, it is recommended that anybody between the ages of 30 and 62 who cannot confirm they have received 2 MMR vaccines or immunity through a Titers test reach out to their physician to discuss whether they should be vaccinated for their own protection as well as the protection of their family and community. Vaccinations continue to be available in various pharmacies and the Minute Clinics. Any individual, parent ...
Washington - Robert Mueller’s 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller’s written questions and Donald Trump’s written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel’s office and the president. Mueller’s team writes that it tried to interview the president for more than a year before Trump submitted written testimony in response to questions on certain Russia-related topics in November 2018. An introductory note included in the report said the special counsel’s office found the responses indicative of “the inadequacy of the written format,” especially given the office’s inability to ask follow-up questions. Citing d...
Baltimore City Firefighters are on the scene of an incident involving a person struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Northeast Baltimore. The incident occurred on the tracks east of the I-895 overpass and just north of the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus just before 11 a.m. on Thursday. Because of the activity on the tracks, all Amtrak and MARC Penn line train traffic has been stopped in both directions near the scene. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. It's unclear when rail traffic will me moving again.
New York - New York City’s Department of Health defended its mandatory measles vaccination order in a state court on Thursday after a group of anonymous Brooklyn parents sued, arguing that the order was unconstitutional. The department issued the order last week, saying it was an unusual but necessary step to contain the worst outbreak of the highly contagious virus seen in the city since 1991. The outbreak has infected 329 people so far, most of them children from Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The order, which was extended this week, requires unvaccinated people living in certain affected Brooklyn neighborhoods to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine if they cannot otherwise demonstrate immunity to measles, or face a $1,000 fine. Five people who said they were parents...
New York - Private school parents throughout New York State are heaving a collective sigh of relief today as controversial educational guidelines have been struck down by a New York State Supreme Court judge. In a decision dated April 17th, Judge Christina Ryba declared regulations announced late last year by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia that would have mandated significantly increased secular study hours in all nonpublic schools to be “null and void.” As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2UsfJYO) five yeshivos with a collective history of more than 500 years of Orthodox Jewish education in New York City, Agudath Israel of America, Torah Umesorah and Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools sued Board of Regents Chancellor ...
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2019:Dear Mispalelim, We would like to keep everyone apprised of the latest information regarding the safety of our community and congregants. The potential exposure was limited to April 13th, 2019 from 11:30am - 3:00pm, when Naftali may have been brought into shul. We recommend that anyone concerned with potential exposure consult their physician for further guidance. Yesterday, at the request of Rabbi Eichenstein, a team from the Baltimore City Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health visited the shul to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the separation between the residence and the shul. They confirmed through a battery of testing, that there is no air flow between the residence and the shul and that there is complete separa...
The past few days, Daf Yomi has been learning the last perek in Chulin, Shiluach Hakan. STAR-K would like to draw the attention of Daf Yomi learners to an article on the subject in its Kashrus Kurrents publication. Written by Rabbi Zvi Goldberg and reviewed by Rav Moshe Heinemann, shlit"a, it is a concise review of the halacha l'maaseh of Shiluach HaKan. SHILUACH HAKAN By: Rabbi Zvi Goldberg Published Spring 2017 Shiluach Hakan1 (sending away the mother bird before taking her young) is a mitzvah that is infrequently performed. Its reward is the blessing of a long life – similar to the mitzvah of honoring one’s parents. Let’s examine how, when and where to perform the mitzvah of Shiluach Hakan.&ldq...