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Chrein by any Other Name The “Eat More Horseradish” sign on the grounds of the Tulkoff Food Products plant outside Baltimore is not exactly subtle advertising, but the largest horseradish manufacturing plant in North America was never afraid of being on the sharp side. After we enter the state-of-the-art facility, ranging over more than 80,000 square feet of a business park in suburban Dundalk, Maryland, we leave behind our jewelry and cell phones and suit up in white lab coats and red hair nets that designate our visitor status. We’re soon met by Meir (Michael) Tulkoff, di...
Baltimore, MD – June 22, 2017 – It is with deep sadness that BJL informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Yehoshua Liebes, a’h. The levaya will take place at 5:00 PM today at Levinson's Shiva will be observed at 3224 Smith Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208 Shachris 7:30 Mincha/Maariv 8:20 The family requests no visitors between 12:30 and 1:30 or after 10:30pm   Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
A U.S. Air Force drone the size of a small airliner crashed in a remote section of California near Mt. Whitney. Edwards Air Force Base said in a statement that the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned surveillance aircraft, was making a routine trip Wednesday afternoon from Edwards to its usual home at Beale Air Force Base when it crashed for unknown reasons. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department said the crash caused a small wildfire that was quickly under control. The aircraft with a 130-foot wingspan is designed to fly at high altitudes for long distances. It’s slowly replacing the manned U-2 spy planes used for decades by the Air Force. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Washington - House Speaker Paul Ryan said he visited Rep. Steve Scalise on Thursday morning and that “his spirits are up” as he recovers from the gunshot wound he suffered last week. “He seemed like he’s doing real well,” said Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan said Scalise craved updates on work as he recovers at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Scalise, R-La., is the No. 3 House Republican, the “whip” responsible for counting votes and getting lawmakers to cast votes. He was struck in the hip when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The hospital said his condition had improved to fair. “I had a great meeting with Steve-O this morning and he’s bright, he’s alert,” Ryan said. “He just wante...
Washington - Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss. “So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you’re saying?” the California Democrat remarked dismissively to reporters when asked why she should stay on as leader. “Well, I’m a master legislator. I’m a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country.” “That is why I’m able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say,” Pelosi added, in a reference to her unparalleled fundraising hauls. Pelosi’s defens...
Queens, NY - A home health aide was charged with trying to aid the Islamic State group after he unwittingly planned his trip to Syria under the eye of law enforcement authorities, prosecutors said Thursday. Saddam Mohamed Raishani, 30, of the Bronx, was arrested Wednesday night as he prepared to board a plane at Kennedy Airport to begin his travel, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim. It was unclear who will represent Raishani at an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court. Kim said Raishani wanted to join and train with the militant group after helping another man get there. “Raishani allegedly acted on his own desire to wage violent jihad, planning to leave his family and life in New York City for the battlefields of the Middle East,” Kim said. Willi...
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Health Minister Yaakov Litzman on Thursday morning 28 Sivan spoke with Galei Tzahal (Army Radio). The interview addressed healthcare issues, but ended with talk about the brewing Chilul Shabbos crisis in the coalition. Litzman was asked if the Chilul Shabbos could result in dismantling the coalition. He explained “coalition agreements must be adhered to”, making it clear these demands are not new, but were discussed prior to the formation of the coalition. Litzman was asked if he threated PM Netanyahu with breaking the coalition over the matter, to which he responded, “ask him”. The chareidi minister made it very clear, that Chilul Shabbos is not viewed lightly and it would not be tolerated. He insists the Shabbos status quo seen over the years will have to...
The annual Herzliya Conference was held this week, from Tuesday to Thursday, 26-28 Sivan. Each year the Herzliya Conference brings together senior personalities from Israel and abroad in the fields of government, security, business, and academia, to discuss the national, regional, and global issues on the agenda. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman addressed the conference on Thursday morning 28 Sivan, opting to direct his attention to efforts to renew diplomatic talks with the PA (Palestinian Authority). The crux of his message was clear, that there would be no preconditions and Israel will not agree to the return “of a single refugee to the pre-1967 borders”. He added that unlike former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, this administration is not going to make generous proposals to ...
Jared Kushner, advisor to US President Donald Trump, met on Wednesday with PA (Palestinian Authority) Chairman Abu Mazen for two hours in Ramallah, discussing how to revive the diplomatic talks with Israel. The international community is skeptical as to Kushner’s capabilities, for while he is a successful real estate developer, the son-in-law of the US President lacks diplomatic experience. Nonetheless, he is serving in the capacity as special advisor and he is entrusted with trying to bring Jerusalem and Ramallah back to the negotiating table after years during which there has been no dialogue. Kushner met in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prior to heading to Ramallah. There was ample time for photos but no questions were taken from the media. The young adv...
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced that his ministry is about to release measures that will result in unprecedented security change in the area of Shar Shechem, which has been the site of many terrorist attacks against security forces. There was one such attack last Friday, which claimed the life of Border Policewoman Hadas Malka HY”D. According to Erdan’s statements on Thursday, 28 Sivan, new counter-terrorism measures will create a new reality in the Shar Shechem area, telling participants in the 17th Herzliya Conference that the terrorists understand the significance of Jerusalem and Israel’s sovereignty over the capital, and for them, Shar Shechem has become a symbol. Erdan explained there were no less than 32 terror attacks at or near Shar Shechem...
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Parshas Korach - A Good and Wise Wife; What Couldbe Better?

There is a reason that it is men who charge to war.


When is the passion that drives a man to rise up to fight informed by the will of God?  When is his rush to arms “righteous indignation” and when is it simply hubris, or worse?  Men all too often become consumed with their passions to right a perceived slight; all too often afire by their quest for power.  In that heat of passion, of indignation, of perceived righteousness a man’s ability to reason is often overwhelmed and his ability to coolly assess his best and most appropriate way forward is too often lost.


He is awash in foolish pride.


When that happens, when the fire of the moment consumes a man’s ability to reason, he is fortunate indeed if he has a good wife by his side.  And if he has the good fortune to have a good wife, then his most sincere prayer should be for the good sense to listen to her.


As the rabbis teach us, the Korach rebellion offers a case in point. 


Our understanding of the rebellion is straightforward.  Korah, a wealthy leader of the Levites, and a cousin of Moses and Aaron, felt slighted by being overlooked when the highest priestly honors were assigned.  Jealousy and envy colored his relationship with Moses and Aaron, as well as his cousin, Elzaphan, who had been placed at the head of the Levites after Aaron's family had become elevated to the rank of Kohanim.


Recognizing that his riches and standing was not enough to undermine the people’s faith in Moses and Aaron, Korach sought a rebellion to overthrow their leadership.   


He went to the people of the tribe of Reuben and convinced their leaders to join him in his conspiracy, aligning with Dathan and Abiram, troublemakers since their days in Egypt.  With his co-conspirators, he convinced as many as 250 leaders to join him in rebellion.  250 men of standing!  Emboldened by their numbers, they felt ready to directly confront Moses’ leadership.


The horrible result of their hubris is well-recounted by the rabbis.  BaMidbar   Rabbah recounts how Korach suffered the double punishment of being burned and buried alive.  Indeed, the very earth became like a funnel and everything that belonged to him fell along with him into the chasm.


How is it that a man, a mighty and important man, could allow himself to be engulfed with such rebellious passion?  There are several explanations but the one that rings true is that he did not have a good and wise wife at his side.  The rabbis suggest that when he consulted his wife, she encouraged him to revolt.  “See what Moses has done!  He has proclaimed himself king; he has made his brother High Priest, and his brother’s sons priests…”


How much better for Ohn, the son of Peles, who had a good and wise woman at his side!


Ohn had been an early leader and organizer of Korach’s rebellion.  However, when the fight was engaged, he was absent.  It was not fear that kept him away from the confrontation.  It was his wife.  And she made sure that his co-conspirators would not have access to him, lest they try and draw him back into the ungodly morass.


Unlike Korach’s wife, who fed her husband’s wounded pride, Ohn’s wife, challenged him, “What have you to gain from this folly? Even should Korach win, he will be Kohen Gadol and you will be subservient to him, as you are now to Moshe and Aaron.”


In other words, “Think, you fool!  What have you to gain by engaging in this behavior?  Nothing!”


The Talmud praises her wisdom, citing a verse in Mishlei “Chochmos nashim bansa beisa” (the wise women [each one] builds her house.)  In contrast, the Talmud passes judgment on Korach’s wife, “veiveles be’yadeia te’arsenu” (and the foolish one destroys it with her own hands.)


Rav Chaim Shmulevitz explains that dispute, conflict, confrontation and chaos inevitably cloud a person’s rational thinking.  Fury, anger, emotions and tensions simply do not allow for one to view situations clearly and honestly. It is then, in the midst of that heat of passion, that simple, rational advice and guidance from a well-meaning, caring wife is praiseworthy.  To have a level headed, clever wife at one’s side who can see and evaluate life’s situations especially when chaos and confusion reigns supreme, and who can lead her hot headed husband away from his shtik is a wife such as Mishlei calls wise.


 


 

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A lawyer for the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is disputing the government’s right to take possession of the property in Austria’s highest court, saying authorities are using the measure “like a club” because his client refused purchase offers from authorities that were too low. The challenge is in response to a government bill to take the house after owner Gerlinde Pommer refused to sell it. Hitler was born in 1889 in the house in Braunau am Inn, a town on the German border. The government wants to remodel the property’s facade to reduce its draw as a shrine for admirers of the Nazi dictator and to offer it to an agency that runs workshops for disabled people. Ahead of the first day of Constitutional Court hearings Thursday, lawyer G...
New York - New York City police say a woman was slashed on the knee after a dispute with another passenger over a subway seat. The woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The slashing occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday at the Parkchester station in the Bronx. The attacker got off the train, and police were looking for her. It’s not clear what the weapon was. WCBS radio station (http://cbsloc.al/2rVq0nd  ) says police have received nearly 50 reports of subway riders attacked with blades or other sharp objects so far this year. That compares to 38 for the same period last year. ___ Information from: WCBS-AM, http://www.wcbs880.com
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President Donald Trump doesn’t have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter, capping weeks of speculation about whether such tapes exist. Trump himself raised the question of whether he was taping his Oval Office conversations when, days after firing Comey on May 9, he blasted out a series of tweets suggesting the existence of tapes as a way to try to deter the ousted FBI chief from talking to reporters. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote. He concluded with a tweet calling the investigation into Russian interference in the election and his campaign’s possible involvement a “w...
 Washington - The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in prospective commercial deals — including one involving arms sales to foreign governments — with an international businessman who was one of his key sources. The reporter, Jay Solomon, was offered a 10 percent stake in a fledgling company, Denx LLC, by Farhad Azima, an Iranian-born aviation magnate who has ferried weapons for the CIA. It was not clear whether Solomon ever received money or formally accepted a stake in the company. “We are dismayed by the actions and poor judgment of Jay Solomon,” Wall Street Journal spokesman Steve Severinghaus wrote in a statement to The Associated Press. “While ou...
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The Congressional Black Caucus turned down an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump, telling him Wednesday they believe their concerns are falling on “deaf ears” at the White House and his policies are devastating to the millions of Americans in the nation’s black communities. A White House spokeswoman said the development was “pretty disappointing” and pledged to arrange for individual members to meet one-on-one with Trump. Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond told Trump in a letter that his proposed budget, his efforts to dismantle Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law and actions by Attorney General Jeff Sessions are detrimental to many African-Americans. Richmond said the caucus had expressed its concern several times, including in eight lett...
Japanese authorities said Thursday they have obtained a data recording device from a container ship to help determine why it collided with a U.S. destroyer, killing seven American sailors. Japanese transport safety officials said they obtained the voyage data recorder, similar to an airplane’s “black box,” from the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, which is currently docked in Yokohama near Tokyo. Investigators are examining the ship’s movements, including its location, direction, speed and other data to determine the cause of its collision with the USS Fitzgerald early Saturday off Izu Peninsula, west of Tokyo. “By analyzing the data, we should be able to determine the circumstances of how it crashed,” Transport Safety Board spokesman Katsunori Takahas...
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Five people are recovering from injuries after a steam pipe explosion Tuesday night on Eutaw Street in downtown Baltimore. A 12-inch steam line burst through the pavement on Eutaw Street, sending a plume of steam and debris --including chunks of asphalt -- about 50 feet into the air. The upper-floor windows of the Marriott hotel looked drenched in dirt but not broken. Repair being handled by a private company that owns the steam pipe is slow. Cyril Bell is beyond frustrated. His vehicle is all covered in dirt, mud and who knows what else. He stood just feet away during the explosion, picking up his wife from work when it happened. "It just blew up, 'boom.' It hit the front of the car. We tried to back up to get out of the way because we thought the ground was going to ope...
Updated - Baltimore, MD - June 22, 2017 - Mrs. Shuly Ambush is sitting shiva for her mother, Esther Taubenfeld z"l. Schedule as follows:  A) 9 Rechov David, Alroi, Yerushalayim until Motzai Shabbos. B) 3402 Labyrinth Road, Baltimore, Sunday noon until 9:00 pm. C) 390 Daub Avenue, Hewlett, NY Monday, thru Tuesday morning, getting up Tuesday morning 6/27. ### Baltimore, MD – June 20, 2017- It is with sorrow that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Esther Taubenfeld, Z’L, mother of Mrs. Shuly Ambush. The levayah took place this evening at 6:00 PM in Long Island. Shiva information is forthcoming Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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A top Israeli minister has issued an impassioned plea to the leader of Saudi Arabia to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an official trip to Riyadh. In a speech he delivered at the 2017 Herzliya Conference on Thursday, Yisrael Katz — the Jewish state’s intelligence and transportation minister and a member of the ruling Likud Party — said, “I call upon Salman, the king of Saudi Arabia, to invite the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, to visit Saudi Arabia.” Addressing Salman directly, Katz stated, “We saw what a wonderful host you can be…when President [Donald] Trump was there.” “You can also send your heir, the new one, Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Katz continued in his remarks at the annual event...
The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors has finally been revealed, setting off a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare. The unveiling of the legislation marks the first time that the majority of the Senate GOP conference gets a comprehensive look at the health care proposal. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators are likely to have only a handful of days to decide whether to support or vote against the bill. Read the full text of the legislation here.
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