Daily Dvar Halacha - Aug 18/19, 29/30 Menachem Av - The Bracha of Hamapil Before Sleep And Insomnia Parts 1&2
Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer is a Rebbe in the Middle School of YCC/TA and is the Associate Regional Director of NCSY Atlantic Seaboard Region
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 4, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Ida (Reznick) Weitzman, a’h.
The levayah will take place at Levinson's on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3:00 PM.The Kevurah will be at the Shaarei Zion Cemetery in Rosedale.
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As we are now in the Aseres Yemei Teshuva and in the midst of the Yamim Noraim, we can still hear the oft-quoted dictum reverberating in our ears: ותשובה ותפילה וצדקה מעבירין את רֹע הגזירה
"Repentance, prayer and charity averts the severity of the decree"
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Goodwill has launched GoodwillFinds, an e-commerce spinoff of the thrift store that the retailer says will help support its social initiatives in local communities in the U.S.
According to Goodwill, shoppers can go to GoodwillFinds.com to find a selection of women's, men's and children’s clothing. Also available through the e-commerce marketplace are books, specialty and collector’s items, and home decor, the retailer said in a release. At launch, there are hundreds of thousands of items available for purchase, according to the retailer.
Prior to the launch of GoodwillFinds, the non-profit retailer had no centralized online marketplace. Customers who want to donate their clothes will still have to take them to an in-person Goodwill location. Other po...
President Biden told Rev. Al Sharpton that he will run for re-election in 2024 during a visit to the White House that was reportedly recounted by the clergyman to his staffers.
Sharpton shared the revelation with employees of his National Action Network after meeting with the commander-in-chief earlier this month, NBC News reported on Monday.
“I’m going to do it again,” Biden told Sharpton as they posed for a photograph in the Roosevelt Room, a National Action Network official recounted Sharpton saying.
Biden, 79, met with leaders of civil rights organizations on Sept. 2, including Sharpton, the White House said in a readout from that meeting.
“The group discussed their shared commitment to advancing legislation protecting voting rights and t...
CIA Director William Burns says it is difficult to determine if Russian President Vladimir Putin is bluffing about his threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
But Burns added the U.S. has to take the warnings seriously.
Burns made his comments during an interview on "CBS Evening News with Nora O'Donnell."
He was asked if he saw any signs Russia was intending to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
"Well, we have to take very seriously his kind of threats given everything that's at stake," Burns said. "And, you know, the rhetoric that he and other senior Russian leaders have used is reckless and deeply irresponsible.
"We don't see any practical evidence today in the U.S. intelligence community that he's moving closer to actual use, that there's an imminent threat ...
Elon Musk has offered to close his acquisition of Twitter Inc. TWTR 12.67%▲ on the terms he originally agreed to, according to a person familiar with the matter, a sudden and unexpected comedown for the billionaire entrepreneur that could end a monthslong battle he has waged to get out of the $44 billion deal.
Mr. Musk’s lawyers communicated the proposal to Twitter’s lawyers overnight Monday and filed a letter confidentially with the Delaware Chancery Court ahead of an emergency hearing on the matter Tuesday, the person said.
The two sides are discussing how to ensure the deal can be closed. The judge overseeing the case requested they come back to her by the end of the day with a potential plan that would allow the litigation ...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 4, 2022 – Erev Yom Kippur 5783 - From Odessah, since 2 weeks into the war, this group from Tikva Children's Home and others are now on their 4th location of galus and currently situated in Neptune, Romania (a summer resort on the Romanian seacoast).
Under the guidance of Rabbi Rafael Kruskal, CEO of Tikvah, and Rabbi Shlomo Baksht, chief rabbi of Odessa and head of Odessa's orthodox Jewish community, and with the help of a few Baltimore askanim and the national Agudah, these groups have been able to further increase their participation in Yiddishkeit including performing kapparos today.
U.S. job openings unexpectedly dropped in August to the lowest level in over a year as the Federal Reserve tries to bring down near-record high inflation and cool the labor market.
The Labor Department said Tuesday that there were 10.1 million job openings in August – a major decline from the previous month's revised reading of 11.17 million.
Still, the number of available jobs has topped 10 million for 15 consecutive months; before the pandemic began in February 2020, the highest on record was 7.7 million.
The Federal Reserve closely watches these figures as it tries to gauge labor market tightness; the lower-than-expected number of openings could provide some relief for policymakers as they try to slow the economy and cool painfully high in...
Almost everyone has felt the sting of rising prices.
As of August, 60% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent LendingClub report — a number that hasn’t budged much since inflation hit 40-year highs. A year ago, the number of adults who felt stretched too thin was closer to 55%.
Even high-income earners are feeling the strain, the report found. Of those earning more than six figures, 45% reported living paycheck to paycheck, a jump from the previous year’s 38%.
“More consumers living paycheck to paycheck indicates that many are continuing to lose their financial stability,” said Anuj Nayar, LendingClub’s financial health officer.
Inflation is a persistent problem
The consumer price index, which meas...
Hillary Clinton is “dusting off” her husband’s playbook by criticizing the Biden administration’s “open borders” to put herself in place to mount a 2024 presidential run, veteran political consultant Dick Morris said in a new interview.
Morris, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, said Hillary is setting herself up to enter the race as a “moderate” choice for Democrats in two years for what would be her third shot at the White House.
“I see more and more signs that Hillary’s going to run,” Morris told John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show in an interview that aired Sunday, noting that she has been remarking that Americans “do not believe in open borders.”
“These are a...
North Korea on Tuesday conducted its longest-ever weapons test, a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that flew over Japan and could reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and beyond, forcing the Japanese government to issue evacuation alerts and halt trains.
The South Korean and U.S. militaries responded by launching fighter jets which fired weapons at a target off South Korea’s west coast in a show of strength against North Korea.
The North Korean missile launch was its most provocative weapons demonstration this year, as it pushes to develop a fully fledged nuclear arsenal capable of threatening the U.S. mainland and its allies with the goal of wresting concessions from those countries, some experts say.
North Korea has test-fired about 40 missiles over about 20 different launc...
Baltimore City Council approved changing boundaries to the city's nine police districts. It's the first major change to the city's police districts in more than 50 years.
Redrawing the boundaries of the city's police districts is part of the BPD’s plan to reimagine policing in Baltimore.
Police officials believe the new districts will allow the BPD to manage law enforcement resources more efficiently, so officers can respond to crime faster; create a better balance between calls for service and geographic areas; as well as maintain a constant presence in high-crime areas and increase patrols.
The new police map shows the Eastern, Central, and Western Districts would grow and that 18 neighborhoods previously divided are now reunited.
A great crowd participated last night in the central slichot of the eve of Yom Kippur, Israel, at the Western WallThe Western Wall Heritage Foundation: over a million people came to pray at the Western Wall and participate in the forgiveness classes in the Western Wall plaza throughout the month of Elul and the ten days of repentanceOn the eve of Yom Kippur, Israel, tonight (Monday), tens of thousands arrived at the main prayer stand in the Western Wall plaza, starting from the early evening hours until the peak during the main stand in the Western Wall plaza, the balconies and the surrounding alleys.The gathering was held in the presence of the chief rabbis of Israel, the first to commemorate Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Shalita and Rabbi David Lau Shalita, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy P...
Former President Trump has sued CNN in federal court in Florida for defamation.
In the lawsuit filed Monday, Trump’s attorneys claim CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source — to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”
The former president is seeking $475 million in punitive damages, according to the lawsuit.
Trump announced his intent to sue the network earlier this summer, saying in a statement he would “also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded...
Baltimore, MD - Oct. 3, 2022 - Zera Shimshon - Lecture # 88 - Aseres Yemei Teshuva - Haazinu
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It was a weekend marked by bloodshed in Baltimore County.
On Saturday, two teens were in critical condition after a shooting in Catonsville.
On Sunday, a man was found suffering multiple gunshot wounds in Ownings Mills.
And now, another shooting striking the County on Monday. Residents at an apartment complex in the 8000 block of Heathrow Court said they overheard several shots being sprayed, then later, saw a body laying next to a dumpster.
FOX 45 reached out to police for basic information asking, “Was this a homicide?” and “Is there still a threat to the public?”
However, police were only willing to say officers “responded to a shots fired call.” Claiming they can’t release any more information due to it being an “activ...
'The fact that we are convening it now is the correction of a historical mistake,' says Lapid
Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke Monday with delegates from the European Union, renewing economic and political dialogue with the bloc for the first time in over a decade.
During his virtual address at the 12th meeting of the EU-Israel Association Council, Lapid reiterated his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but noted that Jerusalem would remain Israel's "undivided capital."
"Over the past year, there has also been a positive change in our work with the Palestinian Authority," Lapid told the gathering of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium. "We are working with them and helping their economy d...
The New York Times published a report in late September targeting Hasidic Yeshivas — alleging students “[know] nothing” and grow up “barely [able] to support their own families” — coinciding with a Board of Regents vote to regulate their religious education. However, Breitbart News has learned that the Times omitted relevant information, shunned sources directly involved with the schools, and declined to publish pertinent on-the-record statements, in pursuing the story — resulting in a funhouse mirror hit piece, pressuring the board’s unanimous vote to force state edicts on the religious schools.
Breitbart News has learned the Times did not establish communication relevant to reporting with at least tw...