A subvariant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, known as BA2, has arrived in Israel and 20 cases of it have already been detected in the country, Kan 11 News reported on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health said that "the BA2 variant is a variant that is being developed alongside the Omicron and is being monitored by the Ministry of Health and other countries in the world. At this stage, there is no evidence that it is behaving differently from the Omicron."
A subvariant of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, known as BA2, has arrived in Israel and 20 cases of it have already been detected in the country, Kan 11 News reported on Thursday.
According to the report, BA2 is currently known to have even more mutations than the original Omicron, and as such, some scientists around the world have speculated that it may be more violent. However, at the moment this is only a hypothesis, and it is important to note that there is no absolute certainty and knowledge about this.
The subspecies was first seen in China a few weeks ago. The suspicion is that it originated in India. It has also been located in Denmark, Australia, Canada, and Singapore. Israeli scientists told Kan 11 News that they are concerned by the variant because of its changes, and because of its more mutations.
The Ministry of Health said that "the BA2 variant is a variant that is being developed alongside the Omicron and is being monitored by the Ministry of Health and other countries in the world. At this stage, there is no evidence that it is behaving differently from the Omicron."... Read More: Arutz-7
A downtick in COVID-19 cases is raising hopes that the omicron wave has peaked in the United States.
To be sure, new case numbers remain high and hospitals are still overwhelmed in many areas. But, especially in the earliest hard-hit states like New York and Massachusetts, cases are clearly declining, and experts say cases appear to have peaked on a national basis as well.
The U.S. seven-day average of new cases fell from about 798,000 on Jan. 15 to about 744,000 on Jan. 19, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the first downturn since mid-December, when the highly transmissible omicron variant took hold and cases began a rapid spike.
“I think we’ve turned the corner,” said Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at ...
For decades after its liberation, Jews of all affiliations – or no affiliation – prayed at the Kotel in accordance with the 1,500-year-old prayer tradition at the site.
Recently, the Reform movement orchestrated a crisis in “Diaspora-Israel relations” and convinced Israeli politicians that a “Kotel Compromise” is necessary. Following negotiations between the Israeli government, Women of the Wall, and Reform and Conservative movements, the Israeli government’s solution – the Kotel Compromise – would partition the Kotel into two plazas – the “traditional” Kotel Plaza, and a heterodox plaza for mixed prayer. This, said the Reform and Conservative movements, would mend the rift between Diaspora Jews and Israel.
With the ...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 16, 2022 - Accu Testing is now expanding our hours to be able to accommodate the community needs. Starting tomorrow Monday January 17, we will be open at 122 Slade Ave Monday thru Thursday ALL DAY from 9am until 8:15pm. Sunday hours remain 10am-12pm and 7-815pm and Friday 730am-11am. Click here to register.
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 22, 2022 - The import of freedom is showcased through Yetzias
Mitzrayim-- the formative event in Klal Yisroel’s development. Freedom is
precious but also precarious; it is so easy to abdicate one’s dignity as a Jew
and ח''ו assume a demeaned position. This
tragedy is brought to life in the narrative of Eved Ivri (The Hebrew Slave).
Woven together as a cohesive tapestry, the story of Eved Ivri can be seen as a
multi-faceted regression in which the slave allows himself to be pulled back to
the lowly pit of Golus Mitzrayim.
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It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the petirah of Rav Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Margulies, zt”l, founder and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Brooklyn, NY.
Rav Margulies was born in Europe and miraculously survived the war, experiencing a string of remarkable nissim. He came over to America with little to his name and began rebuilding his life.
He went on to build an empire of Torah, with numerous mosdos haTorah to his credit. Rav Margulies was the founder of Yeshiva Torah Temimah, Mesivta Torah Temimah, Yeshiva Gedolah Torah Temimah, Mesivta Torah Temimah of Lakewood, Bais Medrash Yam Hatalmud, and Machaneh Mesivta of Silver Lake.
Rav Margulies was a trailblazer in the field of chinuch and har...
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A new program in New Mexico is streamlining the process to allow state workers and National Guard members to work as substitute teachers and aides as staffing shortages caused by the Omicron variant continue — and that includes Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The governor said that the state has been "woefully short" on educators, so she and others are stepping in.
"States and governments have had to turn on a dime during the pandemic to stand up systems, to provide support to any of our critical, crucial, basic services. There aren't any other options," she said in a CNN interview.
She thinks she'll be placed in an elementary school next week.
The governor said that those participating in the program must go through a...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 19, 2022 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Zina Herman , a’h, mother of Elaine Gerstenfeld.
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Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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) 1) 352 BCE until 70 CE 2) 139 BCE 3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.
Right-wing activists plan to create a human chain stretching from the Knesset to the Western Wall, demonstrating in support of the demolished town of Homesh in northern Samaria.
The event will take place on Thursday, January 27, at 4:00p.m.
"Just like the Arabs know why they want to chase us out of there, we also know very well why we will not compromise in any way.
"Members of Yamina and New Hope have no choice other than to choose if they are going to take the path of Yair Golan (Meretz) and [former Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon. If they decide to do so - they will come face-to-face with an enormous and determined public."
MK Orit Strock, chair of the Religious Zionism faction in the Knesset, wrote, "There is no doubt: Loyalty to Homesh, the determination to fight for it, is the ...
Light snowfall was hit or miss this week, but another chance of snow is in the weekend forecast for part of Maryland, followed by more Arctic air next week.
A string of cold weather may extend into next week, and bring another chance for a snowstorm to Maryland next weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
AccuWeather forecasters said an Alberta clipper storm will send an Arctic blast into Maryland by Sunday. Snow or some flurries may reach part of the mid-Atlantic coast later Sunday with spotty accumulations in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the network said.
The National Weather Service said there is a 20 percent chance of isolated snow showers after 1 p.m. Sunday, with scattered snow showers possible, mainly before 10 p.m.
Haaatchu! One of the hardest things about writing is trying to do what I just did, that is, to write out the sound of a human sneeze. But G-d bless me for going out of my comfort zone and attempting to do so. And for heaven’s sake – or perhaps better stated, for your own sake – may G-d bless you too.
One of the greatest pleasures of this world is when we sneeze. The tremendous amount of satisfaction is simply astounding. In fact, it’s not just scientists who attest to this, Chazal do so as well. The Gemarah in Meseches Brachos (24b) says that one who sneezes during prayer (i.e., Shemonah Esrei), it is a good omen for him, for just as they give him satisfaction in this world, so do they give him satisfaction in heaven. According to Rabbeinu Yonah, a sneeze during prayer is a sign for him that his prayers have been answered. It is clear from this Gemarah (see Rashi) that sneezing is a source of satisfaction since it offers relief to a person.
If you are reading this, then I’m sure you have experienced what I like to call, “The Sneeze that Never Was.” This refers to the sneeze that was about to happen, the sneeze that was about to manifest itself, the sneeze that was about to spread whatever germs you have to the world at large, but the sneeze never ended up happening. On the list of Most Annoying Sensations as well as the list of Most Notable Letdowns, the failed sneeze is ranked higher than number one, if that’s even possible.
If you think about it, when we sneeze, we are tapping into a reservoir of energy that is usually not possible to achieve. According to an article on Webmd.com, Patti Wood says that “sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour.” She adds that a single sneeze can send 100,000 germs into the air. Talk about human strength and potential to express yourself, the sneeze tells us that we have what it takes!
Everyone on this world has the potential to do good and be the good on this world. The energy, the strength, and the potential exist. The question, though, is whether or not we are willing to “sneeze” and bring forth that tremendous inner koach from our penimiyus, or are we simply going to hold back and let the “sneeze” fade away?
Yisro is one of the Torah’s prime examples of a man who defied the laws of physical confinement, and chose to convert to Judaism and adopt a life of Torah and mitzvos. After all, he was – spiritually speaking – on the lowest level, serving every idol that’s out there. But, as the Torah tells us, Yisro heard about the miraculous events that the Jewish people experienced when leaving Egypt, and he simply could not ignore the obvious; there must be a Borei Olam. G-d is not a figment of the imagination, He is reality and truth.
Deep down, Yisro had this incredible spiritual energy and potential waiting to be “sneezed” and brought forth to this world. And guess what? He did exactly that. He changed his life around and connected with this inner spiritual koach of good that existed inside of him.
This is a valuable lesson for us. We all want to experience satisfaction in life. On a physical level, one of the ways to do that is to sneeze. On a spiritual level, the same is true. Let us find the strength to “sneeze,” to bring forth our inner spiritual koach of good and spread forth our light throughout the world.
Friday saw 54,135 new coronavirus cases diagnosed, Israel's Health Ministry said Saturday night, adding that the total number of active cases had reached 442,229.
Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 (1,967) coronavirus patients are hospitalized throughout the country, with 732 of them in serious condition or worse. That number includes 208 whose condition is critical. A total of 146 COVID-19 patients are intubated.
Of the coronavirus test results received Friday, 20.61% were positive, the Ministry added. That is the highest percentage Israel has seen since the start of the pandemic - and it does not include unreported home antigen tests.
In the past seven days, 68 people have died of coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 8,393.
There are also 9,867 healthcare workers in quaranti...
Residents of northern Israel on Saturday night reported feeling an earthquake.
According to reports, the earthquake was felt in Tiberias, Tzfat, Yavne'el, Haifa, and the Krayot.
The quake, which measured at 4.1 magnitude, was felt in Jordan as well as in Israel. Its epicenter was reported to be south of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
There have been no reports of injuries or damages.
In a move his former mentor has called “gutless,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis again refused to say Friday whether he received his COVID-19 booster shot.
“That’s something that I think people should just make their own decisions on,” DeSantis said at a news conference. “I’m not gonna let that be a weapon for people to be able to use. I think it’s a private matter.”
The 43-year-old also cast doubt on whether people in his age group need a booster shot, despite scientists and public health officials affirming boosters as the best protection against the Omicron variant. It came a day after he implied vaccinations could affect fertility, a claim scientists say is not backed up by evidence. DeSantis received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ...
'We are looking to see if we can create a vaccine that covers Omicron and doesn't forget the other variants'
In an interview with Israel's Channel 12 News, aired on Saturday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla predicted the world will largely put the pandemic behind in a few months and said the US pharmaceutical giant intends to produce a vaccine covering all strands of the virus that will be administered once a year.
Bourla said that “the virus will not be eradicated. The virus will be with us for years to come,” yet “we should be able to come to normal lives… in a few months.”
In the interview Bourla was asked whether he sees booster shots being administered every four to five months on a regular basis.
"This will ...
Official Israeli report points to a link between rising anti-Semitism and the coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic led to a rise in anti-Semitism around the world in 2021, according to a report by Israel's Diaspora Ministry that will be presented to the government on Sunday, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
This report points to a link between rising anti-Semitism and the coronavirus pandemic, seeing a rise in conspiratorial rhetoric painting Jews as profiting from vaccines and exploiting the crisis to strengthen their grip on governments and the world economy.
The report further shows that the pandemic brought about a trend of trivialization of the Holocaust, both by public figures and social media users, with repeated compa...
The photo portrayed a Star of David made out of syringes to protest Covid rules
A prominent artist is having his statues removed in two Austrian cities after sharing a picture of the Israeli flag with the Star of David made out of syringes in protest of Covid restrictions.
Manfred Kielnhofer, an Austrian painter and sculptor, is known for his “Guardians of Time” series which features priest-like figures draped in linen, one of which was included in the posted image surrounded by words including “Jewish.”
His protest comes as Austria is on the verge of becoming the first nation to mandate Covid vaccines for all adults, a move that is drawing much criticism.
Next week, the State Department is also expected to encourage Americans to begin leaving Ukraine by commercial flights
The State Department has ordered families of U.S. Embassy personnel in Ukraine to begin evacuating the country as soon as Monday, U.S. officials tell Fox News.
Next week, the State Department is also expected to encourage Americans to begin leaving Ukraine by commercial flights, "while those are still available," one official said.
Moscow has massed tens of thousands of troops at the border with Ukraine, leading to fears of an invasion.
Late Friday night, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine announced the first shipment of ammunition had arrived as directed by President Biden.
U.S. officials say small arms ammunition constitute the bulk of the 200,000...
An NYPD rookie cop was shot dead and another officer left clinging to life after being ambushed “suddenly, without warning” during a domestic disturbance call involving a mother and son Friday evening in Harlem, authorities said.
The slain officer, Jason Rivera, was just 22 and started on the job in 2020, police said. The gravely injured cop, 27-year-old Wilbert Mora, joined the force in 2018.
“It’s bad,” a police source said of Mora’s condition. One of the two officers was struck in the face, sources said.
The officers were among four cops shot in the line of duty just this week.
“This is an attack on the city of New York,” Mayor Eric Adams said of the violence, speaking at a press briefing at Harlem Hospital where the extremely cri...
Cybercriminals are trying to steal financial information from Americans through the QR codes that restaurants and businesses have increasingly turned to during the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI warned this week.
The scammers are using fraudulent QR codes — bar codes that you scan on your phone to launch a website — to direct people to malicious sites in order to steal their data or hijack payments, the FBI said in a public advisory.
The announcement follows the discovery earlier this month of fraudulent QR code stickers on more than two dozen parking stations in Austin, Texas.
"People attempting to pay for parking using those QR codes may have been directed to a fraudulent website and submitted payment to a fraudulent vendor," the Austin Police Department said when...