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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 20, 2019 - It is with shock and sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Rivki Wajsbort, a'h, wife of Rabbi Yosef Wajsbort and daughter of Rabbi & Mrs. Ezra Kronglass.
The levaya took place at midnight last night in Lakewood
Shiva will be observed from Motzei Simchas Torah until the following Monday morning, Erev Rosh Chodesh, 10/28. Details will be emailed when them become available.
Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw her support behind Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday as the Democratic presidential hopeful made his return to the campaign trail following a heart attack earlier this month.
Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star with a huge social media following, cited Sanders as an inspiration for her own decision to get into politics and tied her progressive goals to the 78-year-old Vermont senator.
“It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name of Bernie Sanders that I began to question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves health care, housing, education and a living wage,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a rally with Sanders in the New York City borough of Queens.
The appearance by Ocasio-Cortez could give Sanders...
Instant messages between two high-level Boeing employees in 2016 indicate the company was aware of major problems with an automated feature on the 737 Max jet that has been implicated in two deadly crashes.
The messages, between two top pilots, were about an automated feature known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that investigators say repeatedly – and in error – forced down the noses of planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.
In the messages, Mark Forkner, then chief technical pilot for Boeing’s 737, wrote to technical pilot Patrik Gustavsson that the MCAS was engaging “itself like craxy,” calling the problem “egregious.”
Forkner, who had a major role in the Max, also indicated that the B...
President Trump announced Saturday night that his administration would no longer consider his personal resort in Doral, Florida to host the 2020 G7 summit in Miami, and suggested he might consider Camp David.
"Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020," the president tweeted. "We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!"
The announcement followed earlier tweets in which he said he thought he "was doing something very good for our Country" by hosting world leaders at his Florida resort next year.
“It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms...
Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard dared Hillary Clinton not to "hide behind your proxies" and "join the race directly," after Clinton accused her of being a Russian asset specifically groomed to run as a third-party candidate in 2020.
"Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain," Gabbard wrote in a scathing three-part tweet on Friday afternoon. "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation."
Gabbard has faced criticism from several of her Democratic opponents, who have accused her of being a "...
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 19, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Rivka and Kalman Cash on the birth of a son
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן!
Mazal Tov to grandparents Rabbi and Mrs. Dovid Katz (Baltimore) and Rabbi and Mrs. Levi Cash (Miami)
Hillary Clinton in a new interview appeared to float a conspiracy theory that the Russians are “grooming” Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to be a third-party candidate in 2020, while claiming 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein is "also" a Russian asset.
Appearing on former President Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, Clinton did not mention Gabbard specifically by name, though Plouffe ended the podcast by noting Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”
“I'm not making any predictions but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and ar...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says FBI toxicology reports on the mysterious deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic showed no evidence inconsistent with the island nation’s findings of natural causes.
The department says “the results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities.” The department says that families have been informed of the results.
The first deaths to make headlines were in May, when a couple seemingly died at the same time in the same hotel room.
The Dominican Republic’s tourism minister said in June that the deaths were not part of any mysterious series of fatalities but were a statistically normal phenomenon being lumped together ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action.
The investigation, launched more than three years ago, determined that those 38 people were “culpable” in 91 cases of sending classified information that ended up in Clinton’s personal email, according to a letter sent to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley this week and released Friday. The 38 are current and former State Department officials but were not identified.
Although the report identified violations, it said investigators had found “no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified informati...
JERUSALEM (JNS) — In recent days, Israeli defense corporation Rafael made a dramatic announcement, stating that it delivered on time the first batch of Trophy Active Protection System to the U.S. Army.
Trophy, a system that was first deployed by the Israel Defense Forces in 2011 and which has intercepted many threats fired at Israeli armored vehicles, will be eventually be installed on-board four American M1 main battle tank brigades, for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
The fact that the world’s most powerful military chose an Israeli active protection system to protect the lives of its tank crews is historic.
In Israel, Trophy is installed onboard Mk3 and Mk4 Merkava tanks, and onboard the advanced Namer armored personnel vehicle. It has made many successful combat int...
Former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court Meir Shamgar passed away Friday at the age of 94. Shamgar is survived by his wife, Michal (née Rubinstein) and his three children. Shamgar was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Geulah, who passed away in 1983.
No time has yet been set for his funeral.
Born in Danzig on August 13th, 1925 to Revisionist Zionist parents Eliezer and Dina Sterenberg, Shamgar moved to the British Mandate for Palestine in 1939, and later joined the Haganah’s Palmach force.
Five years after his arrival in Mandatory Palestine, Shamgar was arrested by British police and deported to Eritrea, where he was detained along with Lehi leader Yitzhak Shamir, before returning to Israel after the establishment of the State in 1...
Ukraine's chief rabbi urged authorities Friday to quickly find and punish men who left a red-paint splattered effigy of Jewish tycoon Igor Kolomoisky on the steps of Kiev's main synagogue.
Earlier this week, several men wearing fatigues and face masks left the life-size effigy of Kolomoisky, a powerful oligarch with links to President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Video footage published by Ukraine's chief rabbi, Moshe Reuvan Azman, on Facebook shows the young men throwing Nazi salutes and pouring red paint on the effigy.
Azman said the men had imitated Kolomoisky's murder, calling the stunt an "extremely dangerous incident" that had taken place during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
He said police had opened a criminal case but stressed that the men should be found quickl...
Nachshon Wachsman's mother: 'Yitzhak Rabin left crying'
Twenty-five years have passed since the kidnapping and murder of Sergeant Nachshon Wachsman, z'l, H'yd by terrorists. In an interview with Ma'ariv, Nachshon's mother Esther talks about that difficult period in her life.
She told about the moment that the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin arrived at the family's home shortly before Nachshon's funeral.
"Rabin said: 'I accept all responsibility.' He came on Saturday night, just before we buried Nachshon. My husband Yehudah requested that everyone leave the room including the IDF Chief of Staff at the time, Ehud Barak. My husband wanted to be alone in the room with Rabin."
"He said to him: 'You are responsible, yo...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It’s not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song.
It’s a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1
Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States’ apples. It’s expected to be a game changer.
Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. While only 450,000 40-pound (18-kilogram) boxes will be available for sale this year, that will jump to more than 2 million boxes in 2020 and more than 21 million by 2026.
The apple variety was developed by Washington State University. Washington growers, who paid for the research, will have the exclusive ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.”
He’s switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span. He surpassed Obama’s third-year total just recently.
Back in 2012, Trump had tweeted: “Why Is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?”
That criticism continued once he entered the presidential race.
“The country wasn’t based on executive orders,” Trump said at a South Carolina campaign stop in February 2016. “Right now, Obama goes around signing executiv...
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.
A formal ceremony will be held Thursday morning in the National Statuary Hall. The ceremony will be open to members of Congress, Cummings' family and invited guests. The memorial service will be followed by a public viewing. Details have yet to be announced.
According to Cummings' obituary notice, there will also be a tribute at Morgan State University on Wednesday.
There will be a public viewing for Cummings from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Murphy Fine Arts Center. It will be followed by a community wide celebration from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the theater.
Cummings died early Thursday after suffering a series of health complications....
Sanofi is voluntarily recalling heartburn medication Zantac in the U.S. and Canada amid worries that the medicine may be tainted with a compound that could cause cancer.
The French pharma company’s announcement follows decisions from major drugstore operators in the U.S., including Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Walmart Inc., to pull the medication from store shelves. In addition, manufacturers have recalled some generic versions of Zantac products known as ranitidine.
Due to inconsistencies in preliminary test results of the key ingredient used in the U.S. and Canadian products, Sanofi decided to carry out the recall in those countries as an investigation continues. The company said it’s working with health authorities to determine the level and extent of the recall.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump has thrust Washington into a political crisis. And Trump keeps adding to the chaos.
In the four weeks since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched the investigation, Trump has taken steps that have drawn more criticism, not less, repeatedly testing the loyalty of his stalwart Republican allies. His actions have both intensified the questions at the center of the inquiry and opened new areas of concern.
Trump angered GOP leaders and U.S. allies by clearing the way for Turkish attacks on Syrian Kurdish fighters, key American partners in the fight against the Islamic State group. He brazenly announced plans to hold next year’s Group of Seven summit at one of his own Florida properties, prompting ...