President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House official said Saturday. It’s the first such commitment by Trump, who has dismissed the ongoing investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia as a “witch hunt” invented by Democrats to explain Hillary Clinton’s loss. It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how the payouts would be structured or which aides wou...
When wildfires ignited in California wine country, the flames plunged wealthy vintners into the same desperate struggle as their low-wage laborers. The fires were the deadliest and most destructive in state history. Vineyard workers and entrepreneurs alike fought to preserve the things most precious to them — families, belongings and businesses. As the flames approached, grape pickers stopped harvesting fruit and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay. They spent days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. Grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack up their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course. Hundreds of evacuees fled to beach campgrounds, where the affl...
Over Shabbos, Border Police apprehended and arrested some 27 Palestinians who were attempting to steal between 20-24 tons of grapes and five tons of tomatoes from greenhouses in Shekef, a Jewish farming moshav that borders the Palestinian town of Beit Awa near Judea. The officers thwarted the large-scale theft after seeing the continued activity of the thieves over the course of Shabbat morning, a time when the Jewish farmers do not work in the moshav. The Palestinians were stealing the produce directly from the greenhouses in the Moshav which is located in the regional council of Lachish. In addition to the 27 Palestinians who were arrested, an additional 40 Palestinian minors who were also involved in the heist were released immediately after being apprehended in accordance with the law...
President Donald Trump released a video message commending the five living ex-presidents appearing together at a hurricane relief concert in Texas Saturday, putting aside past criticism of his predecessors to call them “some of America’s finest public servants.” Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush are appearing together for the first time since 2013 to raise money for parts of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands devastated by hurricanes. The concert in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University features the country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ‘Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen....
First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other large personal electronic devices in their checked bags. The FAA says in a filing with the International Civil Aviation Organization that the lithium-ion batteries in laptops can overheat and create fires. Some questions and answers about the shifting U.S. policy. ___ WHY IS THE FAA WORRIED ABOUT THIS DANGER NOW? The FAA has long been concerned about the potential hazardous of lithium batteries. The agency...
Trying to quell accusations that he is ousting activists from the party’s left flank, Democratic Chairman Tom Perez told fellow Democrats on Saturday that unity is crucial in the fight against President Donald Trump, whom he lambasted as an “existential threat” to the nation. “We have the most dangerous president in American history and one of the most reactionary Congresses in American history,” Perez said as he addressed the first Democratic National Committee gathering since his February election. The former Obama Cabinet official blistered “a culture of corruption” that he said extends to Trump’s Cabinet, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but he warned that internal ruckuses over party priorities ...
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In between Kriyas Hatorah and Mussaf, HaRav Chaim Malin, a Ram in Yeshivas Knesset Yehuda in Yerushalayim, lost consciousness and collapsed while davening in Yeshiva Knesses Yitzchak in Modi’in Illit. United Hatzalah EMS volunteers were called in to treat the Rabbi, however, following extensive and lengthy resuscitative efforts that lasted two hours, the visiting Rabbi was R”L pronounced dead at the scene. According to reports in the Israeli press, Rabbi Melin was visiting his son for Shabbos and just moments before had received the third Aliyah to the Torah. During his Aliyah, he broke out in tears as it commemorated the 11th yartzeit of his daughter. During the lengthy CPR, the entire congregation joined together under the instruction of Rabbi Shimon Novick, the Rosh ...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 22, 2017 - It is with deep regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of R’ Naftali Raczkowski, a’h, father of R’ Baruch Raczkowski and R’ Zvi Raczkowski, brother of R' Pesach Raczkowski, Mrs. Sara Seidel, Mrs. Iris Weinberg and Mrs. Louise Gross The levaya will take place tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 22, at 11:00 am at Levinsons.  Shiva will be observed at 6304 Green Meadow Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21209. Shacharis: 7:15 AM Mincha/Maariv: 5:55 PM The family requests no visitors between 3:00-5:00 or after 10:00 pm.  Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon on Friday depicted former President George W. Bush as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a “destructive” presidency during his time in the White House. Bannon’s scathing remarks amounted to a retort to a Bush speech in New York earlier this week, in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics and warned that the rise of “nativism,” isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity. But Bannon, speaking to a capacity crowd at a California Republican Party convention, said Bush had embarrassed himself and didn’t know what he was talking about. Bannon said Bush has no idea whether “he is coming or going, just like it was whe...
Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief — but without mentioning him by name. Remarks on the same day by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raise the prospect that more dissenters will follow in defiance of President Donald Trump and his policies. In separate speeches, Bush and Obama both rejected cruelty and bigotry. Bush drew his biggest applause when he said, “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.” Obama used a similar approach to denounce Trump’s brand of politics. Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday the White House does not believe the former presidents&rsqu...
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This past Wednesday, 28th of Tishrei, was the yahrtzeit of my dear friend, Daniel Scarowsky, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated leiluy nishmaso, Daniel Moshe Eliyahu ben Yitzchak.


 


After HaShem instructs Noach on how to bring the animals into the ark, we are told (6:22) that "Noach did all that HaShem commanded him to do, so he did." Later, (7:5), we are told again that Noach did all that HaShem commanded him. Rashi, obviously bothered by the apparent redundancy, says that this pasuk refers to Noach's coming into the ark (whereas the previous one referred to his gathering of the animals).


 


R' Shimon Schwab in Ma'ayan Beis HaShoeiva points out that the first pasuk ends with the phrase kein asah whereas the second does not. He explains that Rashi tells us (7:7) that Noach did not enter the ark right away but waited until it actually began to rain because he was of "little faith." Therefore, his coming into the ark was not done with complete devotion to the word of HaShem. The phrase kein asah usually refers to a higher level of observance, a more complete carrying out the command. That is why with regards to the bringing in of the animals, which Noach performed completely, we find the words kein asah. But with regards to the coming in to the ark, in which Noach lacked the same level of faith, we do not.


 


It is also of interest to note that the first pasuk uses the word Elokim to refer to HaShem whereas the second pasuk uses the word HaShem. As Kli Yekar explains, this actually mirrors the original commands. The first passage begins (6:13) "Vayomer Elokim leNoach." This is introduction of the massive destruction HaShem is soon to bring about. It is fitting that Elokim, denoting strict judgment, is used. The second passage begins (7:1) "Vayomer HaShem leNoach." This passage deals with the instructions to save the animals as well as one last delay for one last chance for teshuvah. So the use of the Name of Adnus, denoting mercy, is used.

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As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran. While the United States strives to heal the rift between the Gulf Arab states and Qatar, and resolve civil wars in Yemen and Syria, Tillerson is the Trump administration’s point man on an even more ambitious and perhaps even less likely geopolitical gambit. U.S. officials see a new axis that unites Riyadh and Baghdad as central to countering Iran’s growing influence from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, particularly as the Iraqi government struggles to rebuild recently liber...
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch says that suppressing disagreement in the name of civility is wrong. Gorsuch tells a conference of lawyers meeting near the high court that he’s worried that college students with unpopular views aren’t “able to express themselves.” The newest Supreme Court justice says civility “doesn’t mean suppressing disagreement.” The 50-year-old justice joined the high court in April. He filled a seat that had been vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last year. Republicans who control the Senate refused to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee. President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch in January and the Senate confirmed him, largely along party lines. He’d served on the federal appeals...
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The United States says two more government workers are confirmed victims in the unexplained Cuba attacks. The State Department is increasing the official tally from 22 to 24. But State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the new victims “do not reflect new attacks.” She says the additional victims were confirmed following medical evaluations of workers attacked earlier in the year. Nauert says the most recent attack is still believed to have been near the end of August. A U.S. official told The Associated Press previously that attack occurred Aug. 21. The official wasn’t authorized to disclose the exact date and requested anonymity. The State Department says it can’t rule out “additional new cases.” The attacks started last year and affe...
A Palestinian Ramallah resident, aged 39, stole a truck on Thursday night in the coastal city of Holon. The driver was heading towards Rishon Lezion when police were alerted to the theft. The police caught up with the driver near the Beit Dagan intersection where they ordered him to stop. The driver proceeded to ram his truck into a private car and a police cruiser. Police finally managed to stop the truck and apprehend the driver on Moshe Dayan Boulevard in Rishon Lezion. While being interrogated by police detectives, the driver admitted to stealing the truck in the hopes of committing a ramming attack against soldiers in the area of central Israel. The Palestinian was brought to an arraignment hearing at the municipal court in Tel Aviv. Police are continuing their investigation to deter...
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U.S. naval commanders on Saturday reiterated Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to defend South Korea against North Korean threats as an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier visited a South Korean port following a joint naval drill. Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of Naval Forces Korea, said aboard the USS Ronald Reagan that the drills enhanced the allies’ ability to coordinate operations. The five-day drills that ended Friday involved fighter jets, helicopters and 40 naval ships and submarines from the two countries training for potential North Korean aggression. In an apparent show of force against North Korea, the United States also sent several of its advanced warplanes, including four F-22 and F-35 fighter jets and two B-1B long-range bombers, for...
Unwilling to put the tussling behind, President Donald Trump on Saturday jabbed back at the Democratic lawmaker who has slammed him for his words of condolence to a military widow, calling Rep. Frederica Wilson “wacky” and contending she is “killing” her party. Trump’s broadside came a day after the White House defended chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized Wilson’s remarks and called her an “empty barrel” making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was “inappropriate” to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general. The fight between Trump and the Miami-area Democrat began Tuesday said Trump told the pregnant widow of a service member killed in the African nation of Niger that her 25-y...
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On Friday, United Hatzalah volunteers responded to a call of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 99 near the Dan interchange in the north of Israel where a car had an accident with a motorcycle. The volunteers who arrived found that the motorcycle driver was none other that Ayal Gershuni, a new volunteer of the organization who had been riding his private motorcycle. Following lengthy resuscitative efforts, his death was pronounced at the scene of the accident. An official statement was made by the organization: “Ayal, may his memory be a blessing, recently finished his EMT training course and was volunteering as a trainee with the organization in the Kiryat Shmona chapter. His desire to save lives and help others was tremendous. The entire United Hatzalah family share...
Was it the incitement that followed the demonstrations of the Peleg faction that caused the serious attack? An avreich in Rishon L’Tzion was attacked this week for no reason at Shefa Deal on Rothschild Street in the center of the city. The incident was recorded on security cameras. His father-in-law Yaakov Rob tells told Kikar Shabbos News about the shocking and severe incident: “My son-in-law stood by the store quietly and suddenly the same person attacks him for no reason – beat him and put him on the ground. He was badly beaten in the middle of the street for no reason.” “I do not know if it’s because of religious hatred, or maybe it’s not normal, but what’s certain is that we’re dealing with a serious case,” says the f...
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Just after 5:00 a.m. on Shabbos morning, four rockets landed in Israel’s Golan Heights causing Red Alert sirens to sound across the region. The rockets were fired from Syria prompting a military response from the IDF. The IDF issued a statement saying that they marked five launches from Syria territory aimed at Israel and responded by destroying three artillery batteries belonging to Assad’s governmental forces. An IDF spokesperson was quoted by Israeli media as saying: “Even if we are talking about a trickle of aggression coming from the other side of the border, we want to make clear that continued actions of this sort will be met with an increase of force in Israel’s response.” Syrian sources said that: “Israel is instructing the rebels to fir...
Terror group denounces Trump administration demand that Hamas disarm, recognize Israel. 'No one can disarm Hamas.' A senior Hamas leader denounced demands by the Trump administration that the terror group be disarmed, and that its leadership must recognize the State of Israel following the reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Last week, Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization-led Palestinian Authority inked a “final” reconciliation agreement, forming a united government for the first time in a decade. Following the signing of the agreement, Israel announced it would not negotiate with the Hamas-PLO unity government. On Wednesday, President Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt demanded that in li...
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