The founder of the popular right-wing blog The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish. Mike Enoch, who also co-hosts “The Daily Shoah” weekly podcast, was outed over the weekend as Mike Peinovich, a website developer from New York. On the podcast, which has about 100,000 regular listeners, Peinovich as Enoch talked about killing Jews and spouted neo-Nazi invective. The release of Peinovich’s personal details came after the identities of the other podcast panelists were made public earlier in the week by a rival website called 8chan. The invented su...
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 18, 2017 – Due to a reported called-in bomb threat, the JCC Park Heights and JCS have just been evacuated and all employees have been sent home. Members of the JCC as well as and parents of the Early Childhood Center (JCC) reached out to BJL to mention how professionally and efficiently security personnel handled the situation. Photos from bomb threat of Jan 9. Parking lot practically empty and daycare has been sent home   Parking lot practically empty and daycare has been sent home
A new phishing technique is fooling internet users into giving hackers access to their Gmail accounts. According to WordPress security plugin creator Wordfence, the way that the attack works is that hackers send emails to the contacts of compromised accounts containing a seemingly innocuous attachment. When the user clicks the attachment, a new tab opens in the browser that looks nearly identical to the Google sign-in page. If the user inputs their log-in information, it goes straight to the attacker. On Hacker News, a commenter describes an incident that occurred at his school last year in which several employees and students were tricked into handing over their account information to attackers after receiving compromised emails and opening the attachments, thus perpetuati...
A man attempted to set himself on fire in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump. The unidentified 45-year-old male from California was hospitalized and is being treated for burns on 10 percent of his body, the New York Post reported. The protester lit himself on fire using an accelerant and a lighter. “We elected somebody who is completely incapable of respecting the Constitution of the United States,” the protester said. The Trump International Hotel is located on Pennsylvania Avenue mere blocks away from the White House. The lavish hotel is the renovated Old Post Office Building and was opened in October.
Secretary of State John Kerry won't be attending President-elect Trump's inauguration on Friday, according to the State Department. "The secretary will not attend the inauguration," a State Department official told the Washington Examiner. The official had no comment on why Kerry wouldn't attend. Like many other Cabinet and senior-level Obama administration officials, Kerry has been working with the incoming Trump team to ensure a smooth transition to a new government, even if he isn't a supporter of Trump's agenda. This week, Kerry said Trump made an "inappropriate" intervention into foreign policy by criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the pol...
Moscow and Ankara are carrying out their first joint military operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced. "Today, Russian and Turkish Air Forces are carrying out their first joint operation to target ISIL in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab in the Aleppo province," Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff, said at a briefing on Wednesday. Based on the initial results, the joint effort has proved successful, the Defense Ministry official added. At the same time, the Russian military is involved in a separate operation against Islamic terrorists in Syria, assisting the Syrian Army in eastern Deir ez-Zor province to fend off the militants' recent large-scal...
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Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) responded Wednesday morning to the deadly terror attack in Umm Al-Hiran which left police officer Erez Levy, H'yd, dead and a second officer wounded. “What happened in Hiran was a terror attack against the State of Israel,” said Ariel. “We won’t be deterred from enforcing law and order in the Bedouin sector, along with working to advance legal housing solutions.” Ariel has been charged by the government with finding a solution to the problem of rampant illegal construction in the Bedouin sector and the existence of dozens of unauthorized settlements. The Minister slammed the involvement of Arab MKs from the Joint List party and other outside elements who encouraged residents of Umm Al-Hiran to turn down alte...
Family of Shlomo Rubashkin hopes President-elect will grant pardon Obama refused to grant despite pardoning a terrorist and a whistleblower. The family of Shlomo Rubashkin is praying that US President-elect Donald Trump will commute his sentence after outgoing President Barack Obama failed to do so. Previous outgoing presidents have pardoned a number of people during their last days in office. President Obama stoked controversy in his last week in office by commuting the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, an unrepentant terrorist who was not pardoned by former President Bill Clinton because he had refused to renounce violence, and by commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the US soldier who gave tens of thousands of documents to Wikileaks, including classified information....
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Hilchos Chanukah

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.

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Police are responding to reports of a bomb threat at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center. The scene has caused Pine Tree Drive to be closed from 41st Street to 43rd Street as a result. Authorities say the building located at 4221 Pine Tree Drive was evacuated just before 10 a.m. after officials called Miami Beach Police to report the threat. The latest threat comes just over a week after threats were called in at the same JCC as well as the Alper JCC in Kendall.
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 18, 2017 - Yeshivas Ner Yisrael will be having Hespaidim for Harav Moshe Shapiro zt"l this evening at 9:15pm in the Yeshiva Bais Medrash. The Rosh Hayeshiva, Moreinu Harav Aharon Feldman, shlit"a, Harav Aharon Lopiansky and Harav Eliezer Lachman will be maspid. The Yeshiva will be providing a web stream and phone hookup for anyone who wishes to participate. The web stream can be accessed at http://hespaid.nirc.edu/ and the phone number is: 410-205-2074. When prompted for the pin number, please enter: 123#. Yehi Zichro Boruch
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Baltimore, MD – Jan. 16, 2017 -  Men and women are  invited to join an asifa in honor of the Shloshim of Rabbi Simcha Shafran, z"l, to take place this evening, Wednesday, January 18, at Darchei Tzedek, 7307 Seven Mile Lane. Divrei Zikaron will begin at 8:00, with Maariv following at approximately 9:00.  
Baltimore, Md - Jan. 17, 2016 - This past Sunday morning, January 15, over 500 people gathered at the Bais Yaakov Park Heights campus to celebrate their second grade daughters first Siyum, the completion of Parshas Bereishis. Great-Grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers and siblings came to share in the simcha and express their interest in this special event! It was just over a year ago, that these same young ladies received their Siddurim. Within 11 months, the Bais Yaakov Talmidos completed 146 pesukim with many shorashim, prefixes and suffixes - the tools they will need to become independent learners. Each girl was adorned with a crown, a colored cloak and a golden wristlet as they led the audience through each perek with a song that captured the essence of the pesukim and story the girl...
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Police officer killed in terror attack in Negev, attacker neutralized. MK injured in clashes with police. A police officer was killed and another injured early Wednesday morning, when an Arab terrorist attacked security forces securing the demolition of illegal structures in the Bedouin settlement of Umm Al-Hiran in southern Israel. Police units were deployed to the Negev settlement before dawn on Wednesday to protect the demolition team from demonstrators who had gathered at the site of the planned eviction. Before the operation was completed, however, a car driven by a terrorist associated with the Islamic Movement rammed a group of officers. Police responded to the attack, shooting and killing the attacker. The murdered officer has been identified by police as 34-year old Sergean...
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized but the 92-year-old is “fine” and expected to go home in a few days, his chief of staff told area media early Wednesday. Bush chief of staff Jean Becker tells the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that the 41st president was recently admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after becoming ill. “He’s there. He’s fine and he’s doing really well,” Becker told the Chronicle. Becker did not specify the reason the oldest living U.S. president was hospitalized. Both media outlets said his office expects him to go home in a couple of days. Becker did not immediately return email or telephone calls to her office from The Associated Press. Bush, who served as U.S. president from 1989 to 1993, has a form ...
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An American Airlines plane has clipped another plane with its wingtip while backing up at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened Tuesday at Terminal B. A spokesman for Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines Group Inc. says the Boeing 737 was pushing back from its gate when it struck a wing of an American Eagle aircraft operated by Republic Airlines. Spokesman Ross Feinstein says the Miami-bound passengers on the Boeing jet were placed on a different aircraft. Passengers on the American Eagle aircraft had disembarked before the mishap. Feinstein apologizes and says no flights were canceled.
Silver Spring, MD - Jan. 17, 2017 - Harav Ahron Lopiansky, Shlit'a, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Gedaliah (YGW) in Silver Spring, MD, will be maspid his Rebbi, Harav Moshe Shapiro, ZT"L. Estimated starting time is 8:15 PM 
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 15, 2017 - Years ago, before being “off-the-derech” was in vogue, a very wise and intuitive community askan remarked to me, ‘We need an NCSY for those who were born into frum families’. I knew exactly what he meant, especially having benefitted from a lifelong, inspired excitement about Yiddishkeit from my involvement in the New England Region (NER) of NCSY. Today’s frum youth want to “own” their Yiddishkeit more than ever, it seems. When you think about it, doesn’t everyone have a greater appreciation for what they have earned as compared to what was handed to them? How can our children feel like their Yiddishkeit is “self-made”? How can we make Yiddishkeit as exciting and new to them as we do for an NCSYer...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 17, 2017 - NCSY's 42nd Annual Isaac H. Taylor Jewish Music Festival  took place this past Sunday night, January 15th 2017, at the spectacular Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in downtown Baltimore with a crowd over 2,000 strong! This year, NCSY honored Rabbi and Mrs. Sam and Donna Wach with the Lifetime Dedication Award for their many contributions to the teens of NCSY. "Sam and Donna have NCSY in their blood. Sam grew up in the Catskill Region of NCSY and Donna from New Jersey and then during the mid-80’s, while in Ner Israel, Sam became an advisor in Atlantic Seaboard". “We raised our kids in NCSY and could not be happier that we did. At a young age our kids taught by example and became accepting and caring of fellow Jews no matter what...
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader who says he doesn't see Donald Trump as a "legitimate president," should be grateful for all that Republican presidents have done for black people, GOP Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday. LePage, who's white, said on WVOM-FM that the black Democratic Georgia congressman needs a history lesson. "We're sick of the silver-tongued people. How about John Lewis last week? Criticizing the president?" LePage said. "You know, I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant that fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple thank you would suffice." Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and pu...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 17, 2017: Dear Community Members, Since 01/12/17, the Pikesville Precinct has experienced eight theft of vehicles and one attempted theft of vehicle. -The first theft of vehicle was a black 1996 Honda Accord taken between 01/11/17 at 6:00 pm and 01/12/17 at 5:30 am near Marsue Drive and Labyrinth Road. -The second theft of vehicle was a gray 2003 Chrysler Town & Country van taken between 01/13/17 at 2:00 pm and 01/14/17 at 9:30 am in the 6600 block of Dalton Road. -The third theft of vehicle was a silver 2005 Volvo XC90 taken between 01/14/17 at 3:30 pm and 01/15/17 at 3:45 am in the 6800 block of Westridge Road. -The fourth theft of vehicle was a silver 2001 Dodge Caravan taken between 01/15/17 at 4:00 pm and 01/16/17 at 12:10 am in the 6600 block of Alter St...
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