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While all your lovely BJL readers are cleaning up your homes for Pesach, here are a few wonderful tips to keep in mind. These are wonderful Decluttering Secrets from the Guru of organizing Himself, Peter Walsh!!!! The tip in #11 is the one that speaks to me most. "If you can get things out, you can put them back." That's pretty much the bottom line! 1. STOP PUSHING IT OFF You have to stop using the word "later," as in "I'll do that later" or "I'll put that away later." Clutter is decisions delayed, so the moment you use the word "later," you start letting clutter accumulate....
BALTIMORE, Md. - They were the darlings of the World Baseball Classic and Yoni Rosenblatt was there for it all. “I love Israel. I love sports medicine. I rehab elite athletes every day. It was a great fit,” said Rosenblatt. The 35-year-old from Pikesville, son of Alan & Rachel Rosenblatt, is a physical therapist and owner of True Sports Physical Therapy in Fells Point. He’s a proud Baltimorean and a proud Jew. Rosenblatt was one of the physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches for the Israeli baseball team that made history in the WBC. “We were thrilled, very proud of what we had accomplished,” said Rosenblatt. What they accomplished was sweeping their way through Israel’s first round of its first World Baseball Classic. Th...
A land claim made by Arabs from al-Khadar has been dismissed by the court, giving the green light to move ahead with the project of constructing fifty new homes. According to Galei Tzahal (Army Radio), the land claim halted progress on the project for a year or so, now dismissed and clearing the way to begin building. A military court however rejected the land claim, clearing the way to move forward.
United States Ambassador to the UN blasts the body's anti-Israel bias, vows to end it. Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the UN, on Monday afternoon spoke at the 2017 AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, and stressed that “there’s a new sheriff in town” at the United Nations. “I was confused” when she saw that Israel was the focus of discussions on the Middle East at the UN, admitted Haley, adding she expected the discussions to focus on issues such as Syria, the Islamic State (ISIS) and Hezbollah, not on Israel. “I didn’t expect an Israel bashing session. I knew they said it was bad, but until you hear it and see it, you can’t comprehend how ridiculous it is,” she added. The Ambassador criticized the nuclear...
Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions. Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the “Big Maple Leaf” coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived. A ladder was found by nearby railway tracks. The three-centimeter (1.18-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches), has a face value of $1 million. By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices. The museum says the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records for its purity of 999.99/1000 gold. It has a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on one side and maple leaves on the...
The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump’s associates were caught up in “incidental” surveillance, the congressman’s spokesman said Monday. The meeting occurred before Rep. Devin Nunes disclosed at a news conference last Wednesday that U.S. spy agencies may have inadvertently captured Trump and his associates in routine targeting of foreigners’ communications. “Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source,” Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said. Previously, Nunes, R-Calif., would not say where he me...
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A French prosecutor has requested a third life sentence for the man known as “Carlos the Jackal,” once the world’s most-wanted fugitive, for a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade. The Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is already serving two life sentences in France for a series of murders and attacks he has been convicted of perpetrating or organizing in the country on behalf of the Palestinian cause or of communist revolution in the 1970s and ’80s. Prosecutor Remi Crosson du Cormier on Monday asked a Paris court to give Ramirez Sanchez the harshest sentence in French law for “the horror of this terrorist attack.” Known worldwide as “Carlos,” the 67-year-old has denied involvement, saying there’s no proof against him. ...
As efforts continue to reach agreement between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Yahadut Hatorah MK Moshe Gafne announced on Monday, 29 Adar, that despite what is believed, the chareidi party has no problem going to early elections if that is what is decided. He explained that is not what is preferred, but if this is what is occurring his party will not prevent the Knesset from dissolving and calling for early elections. He adds however, that since there are no “major issues” facing the government, going to early elections over the Israel Broadcast Authority issue “Would be irresponsible” but if this is what occurs, the chareidi party is okay with it as “it might even improve our situation”. Gafne stressed “We ...
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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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As a billionaire developer, Donald Trump built casinos, luxe condo towers and lush golf courses. Now, as president, Trump aims to develop perhaps his most ambitious and surely his most contentious project yet: A wall along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. How? At what cost? And who would benefit? Much remains unknown. Ultimately, though, experts say the project, if built, could deliver a windfall for some large construction companies and their suppliers. Engineering and infrastructure companies that have worked on previous government projects could capture a chunk of the multibillion-dollar work. Among them are Kiewit and Flour Enterprises. Subsidiaries of both have signed up as interested vendors. But the project would likely also be stymied by the struggles that have beset th...
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Nikki Haley received a hero's welcome at AIPAC on Monday as she reminded the pro-Israel lobbying group of her early successes as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and promised to continue with a sharp break from the Obama administration. "For anyone who says you can't get anything done at the U.N., they need to know there is a new sheriff in town," Haley said during an appearance at AIPAC's annual conference in Washington, D.C. The former South Carolina governor, drawing on her experience in retail politics, uncorked a series of red meat remarks attesting to the Trump administration's commitment to backing Israel. Her early advocacy at the UN — such as her successful demand that the UN withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid — has ende...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has famously declared himself “not a big media press access person,” isn’t alone in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But it’s too early to call him a trendsetter, either. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho, both with extensive private sector backgrounds, have similarly been press-averse at the beginning of their tenures. Others seem to be following the leads of predecessors. In some cases, it’s just too early to tell. Tillerson’s decision not to make room for reporters on the plane for his first major overseas trip earlier this month drew scrutiny because his job is generally considered the most important in the Cabinet and there’s a rich tradition of secretaries of...
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A terrorist was neutralized by soldiers at about 11:00AM Monday morning 29 Adar as he tried to perpetrate a stabbing attack at Bahad 3 Junction in Shomron in the direction of Chawarah, which is south of Shechem. B’chasdei Hashem the soldiers reacted in time, neutralizing the attacker before he could harm any of the intended victims.
According to coalition chairman (Likud) MK David Bitan, while chareidi representatives continue announcing they are opposed to early elections, they are preventing an agreement from being reached between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. Speaking to Reshet Bet Radio on Monday morning 29 Adar, Bitan explained draft agreements have been drawn up, explaining any of the possible agreements would result in a delay in opening the new broadcast corporation and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon must show some flexibility towards the Likud’s position. Bitan adds that statements from the chareidim and other coalition members opposing elections are meaningless for if the proposal is introduced in Knesset, it will pass. As he did earlier this week, Bitan explained...
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Israeli citizen Fadel Tzaber Knaneh, 25, a resident of Yafia/Nazareth, was arrested, on 2 March 2017, in a joint Shin Bet Israel Police operation in the wake of information according to which he had been in contact with Islamic State (IS) activists. It should be noted that Knaneh’s brother, Muhammad Knaneh, left for Syria in 2014, joined IS and was killed in combat. The Shin Bet investigation revealed that Knaneh, an ideological supporter of IS, was in contact with his brother prior to the latter’s death and with Israeli citizen Muhammad Keilani, who is currently serving as an IS fighter in Syria or Iraq. During 2016, Keilani notified Knaneh regarding his brother’s death in combat. In March 2017, Keilani requested Knaneh’s assistance in transferring funds from I...
Yet another poll asking respondents how they would vote if elections were held today places Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. The poll was released on Friday, 26 Adar, conducted by Panels Politics including 572 respondents representing a cross-section of Israeli voters. The margin of error is +/-4.5%. Yesh Atid emerges the largest party once again, with 28 seats as compared to Likud with only 25 seats, dropping five seats from its current 30 while Yesh Atid gains 17 from its current eleven seats. Parenthesis is party’s current number in the 20th Knesset Bayit Yehudi 13 (8) Arab Bloc 13 (13) Machane Tzioni 10 (24) Kulanu 7 (10) Yahadut Hatorah 7 (6) Shas 6 (7) Yisrael Beitenu 6 (6) Meretz 5 (5) The poll inclu...
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The Maid of the Mist tour boats at Niagara Falls are being readied for their earliest launch ever. The famed boats that bring passengers from the New York shore to the base of the falls in the lower Niagara River will open the 2017 season on Saturday. A similar attraction, operated by Hornblower, launches from the Canadian shore the same day. The early opening comes after a winter that saw less ice form on Lake Erie, which flows into the Niagara River at Buffalo. The previous earliest launch date was April 2, 2016. Last year, 1.6 million people rode the Maid of the Mist boats during the tourist attraction’s 131st year. The season runs through early November.
Peleg Yerushalmi protests are continuing outside the home of the head of the ‘Beinish’ (Bnei Yeshivot) soldiers in the IDF. ‘Beinish’ is the term used generally for hesder soldiers. The protests are taking place outside the Beit Shemesh home of Yaakov Rashi as well as outside the home of his parents in Petach Tikvah. Military police and commander view the protests most seriously, as well as the incitement as there are calls to be mispallel for his demise. Military officials report that any threats against him and his family will be addressed expeditiously, with the full weight of the law. A flyer was released by both the Eida Chareidis and Peleg Yerushalmi to daven for Rashi’s death for they perceive him playing a major role in bringing religious soldiers i...
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Benny and Zafrit Binyamin, Israeli couple living in Miami, killed in a car accident in Florida, leaving behind eight-year-old daughter. Benny and Zafrit Binyamin, an Israeli couple who lived in Miami, were killed in a car accident in Florida after returning from a vacation. They left behind an eight-year-old daughter. According to local police, the woman's friend was under the influence of alcohol and was moderately injured in an accident. The Foreign Ministry said it was working through the consulate in Miami and the department for Israelis abroad to help the family during their difficult time. Earlier this month, Elad Cooper, 20, from Or Yehuda, was found dead in a hotel in the city of Pokhara in Nepal. The Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu and the Department of Foreign Israelis of...
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper interviewed live on stage at AIPAC Conference, says Israel and Canada face the same threats.
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