Baltimore, MD - Apr. 24, 2018 - An exciting new night seder chaburah has begun in Kehillas Kol Torah. The Mir Night Kollel features an intense learning environment for baalei batim, giving them the chance to get totally involved in the sugya, and feel as if they are back in yeshivah, even after a long day at work.
Several similar chaburos in various communities in the past three years, including Lakewood, Englewood, New Jersey, and Brooklyn. The chaburos are directed by Harav Yosef Elefant, Shlita, R”M at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, who provides mareh mekomos and then broadcasts a live shiur via Skype on Thursday evenings at 9:30 p.m. Participants in the various locations can all interject with questions and Rav Elefant is available afterward to answer questions.
This article consists of two original shaylos that I wrote in Hebrew. These teshuvos are in the process of being edited for the next volume of Shu”t Nimla Tal, which, when ready, will be uploaded to the website RabbiKaganoff.com. Both teshuvos are germane to atypical questions I have been asked about the laws of loshon hora. The two questions were:
A therapist requesting guidance concerning what she should or should not say about a couple that she had counseled through a divorce.
Is it loshon hora to tell over something that the person himself is not embarrassed about and does in public? For example, when these is no reason for the other person to know (no to’eles), is it loshon hora to say that someone has extreme political positions that he h...
Raphael Ahren reports for TOI that U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday that when “you look at Jerusalem under the sovereignty of the Israeli government, how it’s been able to maintain the openness that it’s had – rather than a place of conflict, it’s actually the model for coexistence in the world.”
“The Old City of Jerusalem is all of one square kilometer, and yet it houses the most holy places for two of the three major religions and a very holy place for the third. And Jerusalem over the past 51 years now has become a place like it’s never been before. It’s a place where people who want to worship at the Kotel [the Western Wall], al-Aqsa [mosque] or the Church of the Holy Sepulcher all can do so wit...
NEW YORK (AP) — James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty" had a very big opening week.
Flatiron Books announced Tuesday that sales topped 600,000 copies, a number that includes print, audio and e-books. The former FBI director's memoir has been one of the year's most anticipated releases. It includes his accounts of investigating Hillary Clinton's emails and of his awkward encounters with President Donald Trump.
Comey, fired by Trump a year ago, has likened the president to a crime boss who values personal loyalty over service to the country. Published April 17, "A Higher Loyalty" is the hottest political book since Michael Wolff's million-selling "Fire and Fury," which came out in January.
Both books were published by imprints of Macmillan.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Construction workers in Iran may have unearthed the mummified remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the father of the country's last monarch, nearly four decades after the Islamic Revolution toppled the dynasty.
The recent find of the gauze-wrapped body has triggered intense speculation and revived discussion of Iran's dynastic past, which the clerically-run government has spent decades trying to suppress. A mob demolished Reza Shah's tomb shortly after the 1979 revolution, and the family lives in exile.
The monarchy's widespread abuses did much to fuel the revolution, but its mystique persists as Iran grapples with economic woes and calls for reform ahead of the 40th anniversary of the uprising.
Reza Shah's grandson, the U.S.-ba...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for an abrupt U.S. pullout from Syria.
One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many, including some in his own administration, by announcing, "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now." He insisted that the time had come for the U.S. military to shift its focus away from Syria.
But on Tuesday, it was clear that something or someone had changed Trump's mind.
The president said at a White House news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at his side that before the U.S. withdraws from Syria, "we want to leave a strong and lasting footprint." This long-term approach, he added, was "a very big part" of his conversation with Macron, who told reporters that he and Trump now agree that the...
There’s a famous quote attributed to Henry Wotton that “An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.”
If one takes this aphorism to heart, it is not limited to ambassadors, but to anyone in a nation’s foreign policy establishment.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is not an honest gentleman, has taken the art of lying for his country to a new level. He brazenly lies about easily verifiable facts. He claims that his nation that is currently exporting its revolution across the Middle East is the unfair victim of the United States. And he claims that Iran has never sought a nuclear weapon.
Zarif’s serial dishonesty was on display this weekend when he appeared on the CBS news show, “F...
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.
Two former allies of former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case say their actions didn't violate federal law.
Attorneys for Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly argued in federal appeals court on Tuesday that their 2016 convictions should be thrown out because the government misapplied the law when it charged them.
They were convicted in 2016 on fraud, conspiracy and civil rights counts for causing traffic jams to punish a New Jersey mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie for re-election.
Baroni faces 24 months in prison, and Kelly faces 18 months.
Their attorneys argued Tuesday that the indictment against them was flawed because there is no recognized right to intrastate travel and because the lane realignment didn'...
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Brooklyn prosecutor was convicted Tuesday of bribery and conspiracy in a gun-permit scandal after giving bribes including a diamond-studded watch to a former New York Police Department sergeant.
John Chambers, 63, of Manhattan, lowered and shook his head as guilty verdicts were announced by a jury forewoman in Manhattan federal court. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III set sentencing for Aug. 9.
The conviction came after an ex-NYPD police sergeant testified about lavish gifts he received from Chambers in exchange for speeding up the processing of gun licenses. Prosecutors said permits that normally would take 30 to 40 days to be granted sometimes would be issued within hours.
A lawyer for Chambers said his client was framed by the ex-sergeant.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to lead the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command.
On a voice vote, the Senate approved Paul Nakasone for one of the nation's top intelligence posts. They also approved his military promotion to general.
Nakasone, a longtime member of the cryptologic community, has a strong background in cyber issues. He is replacing the current director, Mike Rogers, who is retiring.
During his confirmation hearing, Nakasone said China, Russia and other nations that launch cyberattacks against the United States aren't worried about retribution and see no reason to change their behavior.
"They don't fear us," he said at the hearing, adding that the U.S. must impose costs on those adve...
You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, but it does the body no favors, and one partner's health clearly affects the other's.
A sudden shock can trigger a heart attack or something like it called broken heart syndrome . Some studies also have found that people are more likely to die soon after losing a longtime spouse.
But often the timing is mere coincidence, and "broken heart" speculation just fuels a neat narrative when the problem is unsurprising in an older person with underlying health issues.
In any case, the death of a loved one is a dangerous time for the surviving ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.
The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales of Juul to children. Investigators targeted 7-Eleven locations, Shell gas stations and Cumberland Farms convenience stores as well as vaping shops.
FDA regulators also asked manufacturer Juul Labs to turn over documents about the design, marketing and ingredients of its product. The rare request focuses on whether certain product features are specifically appealing to young people.
Like other e-cigarettes, Juul is an electronic device...
TRENTON, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida sheriff's deputies who were gunned down at a Chinese restaurant last week have been laid to rest.
Alachua County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer says funeral services concluded Tuesday afternoon for Gilchrist County Sheriff's Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey at Bronson Cemetery.
A viewing had been held earlier at Bell Middle/High School in Trenton. A final call for both deputies by their badge numbers was broadcast over the dispatch radio channel.
Authorities say 58-year-old John Hubert Highnote shot Ramirez and Lindsey on Thursday at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton. He then went to his car and killed himself.
Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed the deaths on hatred toward law enforcement. State Attorney Bill Cervo...
NEW YORK (AP) — After a strong start, U.S. stocks abruptly sold off Tuesday after machinery maker Caterpillar said it doesn't expect to top its first-quarter profit for the rest of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 619 points as investors feared that rising oil prices and other costs will slow down growth in company profits.
Stocks climbed in early trading as companies like Caterpillar, appliance maker Whirlpool, and Fifth Third Bancorp posted strong quarterly results. Then Caterpillar executives told analysts on a conference call in the late morning that they don't expect the company to report a larger per-share profit for the rest of 2018. Other industrial, technology and basic materials companies also took sharp losses.
The S&P 500 index...
Brussels - Emergency food aid for around a million Palestinians in Gaza may run out from June if the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees cannot raise another $200 million following a cut-off in U.S. funding, the agency said on Tuesday.
Pierre Kraehenbuehl, who heads the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) providing aid for Palestinians across the Middle East, said U.S. President Donald Trump had withheld $305 million in funding, far more than the $65 million reported in January.
“You already have a very, very fragile community (in Gaza),” Kraehenbuehl told Reuters in an interview during an international donor conference in Syria in Brussels.
“So if you suddenly have no certainty about the amount of food aid coming from the U.N. for a million people ... you can just i...
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.
As the investigation into last week's deadly engine failure continues, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly could face questions about whether the company's low-cost business model — which puts its planes through frequent takeoffs and landings — is putting passengers at risk.
Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest's safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during its 47-year history.
Still, the Dallas-based airline has paid millions over the past decade to settle safety violations, includin...
TORONTO (AP) — Jordan's state-run Petra news agency says one of that country's citizens was among the 10 people killed when a van ran over pedestrians on a sidewalk.
The agency reported Tuesday that the Jordanian embassy in Ottawa is in contact with the family of Munair Najjar, who was in Toronto visiting family.
The embassy is helping arrange the transfer of Najjarr's body to Jordan. No other information about Najjar was released.
The attack in Toronto Monday also left 15 people injured.
A Toronto police official says the man accused of driving a rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto posted a "cryptic" Facebook message minutes before the attack.
Toronto Police Services Det. Sgt. Graham Gibson says he is prohibited from discussing...
LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Tuesday said the parents of a terminally ill toddler cannot take him to Italy for treatment, a course of action U.K. courts have said would be futile and wrong.
Justice Anthony Hayden rejected what he said was a final legal appeal by the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who has a degenerative neurological condition.
The judge said the ruling "represents the final chapter in the life of this extraordinary little boy."
The months-long legal battle between Alfie's parents and his doctors has drawn interventions from Pope Francis and Italian authorities, who have supported the family's desire to have their son cared for at the Vatican's hospital.
Doctors say Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as a result of a degenerative brain c...
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will oppose Mike Pompeo for secretary of state even as President Donald Trump's nominee appears on track for confirmation this week.
Schumer is among Senate Democrats who backed Pompeo as CIA director. But on Tuesday he said Pompeo has not satisfactorily answered questions of a top diplomat.
Schumer says he asked Pompeo privately if he would walk back comments critical of Muslims. And he wanted to know if Pompeo would speak out against firing special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein in the Russia investigation.
Pompeo "demurred," the New York senator said.
"I am voting no for those reasons," Schumer said.
A close committee vote on the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state is se...