All are asked to daven and say Tehillim for the Rachmastrivka Rebbe, who was hospitalized today. The rebbe, Rav Chai Yitzchok Isaac Twersky, is a son of Rav Yochanan Twersky of Rachmastrivka and a son-in-law of Rav Yaakov Yosef Twersky of Skver. The rebbe, a renowned tzaddik and mashpiah, leads his bais medrash and kehillah in Boro Park, Brooklyn. The rebbe had been hospitalized on the third day of Chol Hamoed due to a bout of pneumonia. He returned home the next day, shortly before the onset of the second days of Yom Tov. The rebbe suffered a setback today and was hospitalized once...
Vaalwater, South Africa - Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday. One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a mighty roar before stepping out of his cage into an enclosure where he will spend the coming months being monitored by a vet. The lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary shortly after dawn on Sunday to end a two-day journey from South America. The lions were freed after the use of wild animals in circuses was outlawed in Peru and Colombia. A former circus lion scratches its head against a tree inside an enclosure at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Vaalwater, northern, South ...
Baltimore, MD – May 1, 2016 – Every year on Motzaei Pesach, Tov Pizza is the first destination for many families who can’t wait for that first slice of delicious Chametz Pizza after Yom Tov. Last night was no different. Well, it was slightly different. Tov’s patient customers –the line was extremely long – had the opportunity to be thanked by Baltimore City’s Democratic Mayoral Nominee Senator Catherine Pugh and 5th District Baltimore City Councilman-nominee Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer  both of whom took time out of their hectic schedules to come to the restaurant and thank the many members of Baltimore’s Jewish community who supported them in their recent victories.           ...
Washington - When Chris Cox rolls into Cleveland in mid-July with other motorcycle-riding supporters of Donald Trump, he plans to celebrate the billionaire’s coronation as the Republican presidential nominee. He also counts on joining protests if a battle over the nomination ensues. “I’m anticipating we’ll be doing a victory dance,” said Cox, 47, a chainsaw artist and founder of Bikers for Trump, thousands of whom he estimates will hit the Ohio city for the July 18-21 Republican National Convention. “But if the Republican Party tries to pull off any backroom deals and ignores the will of the people, our role will change.” Bikers For Trump is part of a diverse array of groups coordinating to hold thousands-strong protests and marches if t...
Washington - Front-runner Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will have essentially sealed the Republican U.S. presidential nomination if he wins Tuesday’s contest in Indiana, where he now holds a big lead over chief rival Ted Cruz. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist opinion poll showed Trump with a wide lead in Indiana, 49 percent to 34 percent for Cruz and 13 percent for a third candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich. Trump sounded confident in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” when asked whether Indiana would basically end the long-running Republican race in his favor. “Yes, it’s over,” Trump said. “It’s already over.” The poll showed the depth of the challenge facing Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas who is tr...
Stuttgart, Germany - Members of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with the constitution and calls for a ban on minarets and the burqa. Set up three years ago, the AfD has been buoyed by Europe’s migrant crisis, which saw the arrival of more than one million, mostly Muslim migrants, in Germany last year. The party has no lawmakers in the federal parliament in Berlin but has members in half of Germany’s 16 regional state assemblies. Opinion polls give AfD support of up to 14 percent, presenting a serious challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and other established parties ahead of the 2017 federal election. They rule out any coalition with the AfD. In ...
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Daytona Beach, FL - Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path. His family is renowned for its premier line of shotguns treasured by law enforcement, hunters and the military. Mossberg already has spent more than a decade working to develop — and someday bring to the market — a firearm that the wrong person cannot fire. It is intended to work without fail in the hands of its owner in a life-or-death situation. “We’re gun people, so we know when you pick up a gun you want to shoot it,” Mossberg said. “You don’t want to swipe your finger. You don’t want to talk to it. In an emergency situation, you want to pick it...
Washington - President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists. The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation. The foundation plans to build the library in one of two parks Chicago’s South Side. Completion is expected in 2020 or 2121. The finalists include four firms from New York, two in Europe and one in Chicago. More than 140 firms from 25 countries and 60 cities applied to design Obama’s presidential center. The finalists are Diller Scofidio and Renfro, SHoP Architects, Snohetta and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York; John Ronan Architects of Chicago; ...
Daily Halacha
Sefiras HaOmer

During the days of counting the students of Rabbi Akiva were dying [בל''ג יום] on thirty three (of the) days, [ולכן נוהגין בימים אלו קצת אבלות] and so it is customary on these days to be slightly in mourning. [שאין נושאין נשים ואין מסתפרים] We do not get married or have hair cuts, [ויש חילוקי מנהגים במספר ל''ג ימים אלו] and there are different customs about counting these 33 days. [יש מקומות נוהגין שחושבין אותן מיום ראשון דספירה] Some places are used to reckoning them from the first day of the count [ולכן אוסרין עד ל''ג בעומר] and therefore forbid (the activities) up to the 33 day of the Omer, [אך כשחל ראש חדש אייר בשבת] however when Rosh Hodesh Iyyar falls on Shabbat, [דיש בו שתי קדושות] which now has a double sanctity, [קדושת שבת וקדושת ראש חדש] the holiness of Shabbat and the holiness of Rosh Hodesh [אז מתירין לישא וכן להסתפר בערב שבת] then we allow marriages and also hair cuts on Friday. [וביום ל''ג בעומר] On the 33rd day of the Omer, [וכן משם ואילך מתירין מפני] and also from then on, we allow (these) because [שביום ל''ג בעומר פסקו מלמות] on the 33rd day of the Omer (the students) stopped dying, [ולכן מרבים בו קצת שמחה] so we increase on it slightly the joy [ואין אומרים בו תחנון] and do not say the Penitential prayers. [ואף שגם בו ביום מתו קצת] Even though also on that day there were some deaths, [אמרינן מקצת היום ככולו] it is said that part of the day is like the whole, [ולכן אין להסתפר או לישא] so one should not have hair cuts or get married [עד לאחר שהאיר היום ולא מבערב] until the day time and not at night. [אך כשחל ל''ג בעומר ביום ראשון] However, if the 33rd day of the Omer falls on Sunday, [מסתפרין בערב שבת שלפניו לכבוד השבת] we have hair cuts on the previous Friday in honor of the Shabbat. (KSA 120:6)

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Berlin - A German government official denied on Sunday a magazine report which said Berlin might end its unconditional support for Israel due to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s increasing frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies. Germany has for decades felt duty bound to support Israel because of the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis in the Holocaust. But Der Spiegel reported that senior government officials are concerned that Netanyahu is exploiting Germany’s friendship for his own political ends and believe Berlin should adopt a more critical stance. Asked to comment on the report, a government official told Reuters: “The guidelines of German Middle East policy have not changed.” A spokeswoman for Merkel declined to comment ...
Jupiter, FL - Authorities say six people, including four children, have been killed in a highway crash in South Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash involving a minivan and an SUV occurred Saturday on Interstate 95 in Jupiter at around 9:30 p.m. Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky tells the Palm Beach Post (http://pbpo.st/1TnvNU0 ) that one driver lost control of a vehicle and drove into a wall. Wysocky said the vehicle bounced off the wall and into the path of the other vehicle. Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto told the Post that emergency first responders found multiple victims lying in the road. Three people died at the scene, and three others at hospitals. Two adults and one child survived with injuries ranging from serious to minor.
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Baltimore, MD - May 1, 2016 23 Nissan 5776 - I Want Chametz Now!

Baltimore, MD - May 1, 2016  23 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - I Want Chametz Now!



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Baltimore, MD - May 1, 2016  23 Nissan 5776  - Daily Dvar Halacha - I Want Chametz Now!
It is hard, almost impossible, to get used to the idea of adding z”l (ob”m) to the name Rabbi Daniel Beller. Just two years ago we were standing in front of him under the chuppah, surrounded by our families and friends who had joined to celebrate in our simcha. With his classic smile from ear to ear, and with hundreds of people listening intently (not a given at an Israeli wedding), it was clear that Rabbi Beller was kvelling as much as our parents at our happiness, and at the part that he had played in bringing Maya and I together. “I have been zoche to a balata in shamayim” (privileged to a place in heaven) he said as his began his remarks. He spoke about the power of the months of Nissan, in how G-d intervenes in the natural order of things. Last week h...
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Debrecen, Hungary - Two suspects were arrested Sunday for the murder of Ofir Gross, 40, who had been declared missing since last week in Hungary according to Israeli authorities. Gross’ body was found in a forest not far from the eastern city of Debrecen. He had last contacted his family Thursday before disappearing. The suspects in custody are male, aged 21 and 19. “We received word that suspects were arrested,” Gross’s mother, Hannah, told the Ynet news website on Sunday. “We still don’t know very much, we’re still trying to process the terrible news. Further details and the motive behind the murder still remain unknown.  Israeli authorities delivered the announcement to his family, who traveled to Hungary and positively identified...
Jerusalem - ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav describes sparingly and with restraint the things he and thousands of his volunteers at ZAKA do. ZAKA is a haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) organization that rescues, identifies, and traces Jewish disaster victims in Israel and all over the world under sometimes virtually impossible conditions. Such a mission requires love of one’s fellow man, great empathy, faith, and a belief that good will come of it. It requires Zahav, a man with impeccable curly white payess (sidecurls). Two months ago, following a four-year struggle, ZAKA won recognition as an official UN consultant and observer. The eventual decision was taken unanimously by a special UN committee composed of representatives of 19 countries, including Iran, Sudan, Venezuela...
London -  One is a bus driver’s son who grew up in social housing, the other a billionaire’s son raised in a mansion. They are two very different London success stories, and one is about to become the city’s next mayor. The contrast between Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party and Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith is resonant in a booming city where rocketing rents and property prices are squeezing out the middle class and increasing extremes of poverty and wealth. But the election on Thursday has been overshadowed by allegations that Khan, who is Muslim, has links to extremists — and counterclaims that Goldsmith is trying to frighten and divide voters in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Goldsmith has used words such as “radical...
Washington - A CSX freight train derailed on Sunday morning in northeastern Washington DC, with several cars overturned and leaking hazardous liquids near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station, the District of Columbia Fire Department tweeted. The Metro station and Rhode Island Avenue were closed as three cars were leaking liquids, the tweet said. It did not identify the substance, but said there was no fire. Photos on the fire department’s twitter account showed several cars lying on their sides by the tracks on the main train route into the city, including tank cars, bulk material cars and box cars. WUSA Television said that no injuries were reported. In a Twitter message, CSX Corp said: “CSX personnel are working with DC first responders on a derailment at 9th and...
New York - Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. May 1 is celebrated by many labor unions and workers worldwide. May Day is generally a public holiday in many countries. A look in photos at some May Day events: Participants of the traditional May Day celebrations, organized by the Austrian Social Democrats, SPOE, and trade unions walk with a flag in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Every year around hundred thousand citizens participate the event. (Credit: AP) Participants of the traditional May Day celebrations, organized by the Austrian Social Democrats, SPOE, and trade unions walk with flags and banners in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Every year around hundred thousand citizens participate the e...
Toms River, NJ - The culture clash continues in the Lakewood area, with officials in both neighboring Jackson and Toms River telling members of the Lakewood citizens patrol that their presence is unwelcome. Last week, Toms River police chief Mitchell Little instructed the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch to immediately cease all operations in the area, according to the NJ101.5, after some residents complained about the safety patrol’s vehicles driving through their area. The LCSW agreed to the request,  acknowledging that they had sent a vehicle to the area after being asked to do so by residents who live near the Lakewood Toms River border and apologizing for any issues their presence may have caused in Toms River. Jackson Mayor Mike Reina said on Friday that while ci...
Apple Inc on Friday ended its worst week on the stock market since 2013 as worries festered about a slowdown in iPhone sales and after influential shareholder Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. Shares of Apple, a mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios and the largest component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, have dropped 11 percent in the past five sessions. That shrank the technology behemoth’s market capitalization by $65 billion, about equivalent to Cambodia’s net wealth. Confidence in the Cupertino, California company has been shaken since posting its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years on Tuesday, although Apple investors pointed to the stock’s relatively low valuation as a key reason to ...
Omaha, NE - Warren Buffett said on Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc is poised to do well no matter who wins the White House in November, and the billionaire investor defended the performance and tactics of the conglomerate’s several large investments. Buffett presided over his 51st Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where he and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded five hours of questions on such matters as Coca-Cola’s sugary drinks, lower shipping volumes on the BNSF railroad, risks from derivatives, and who might succeed Buffett as chief executive. Buffett, a staunch supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, was asked about the regulatory impact on Berkshire if Republican front-runner Donald Trump wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election. ...
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