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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 17, 2017 – It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) informs the community of the petirah of Mr. Jerry Lass, a’h, father of Mrs. Phran (Adam) Edelman.The Levaya and burial will take place today in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Edelman ( 443-392-6166) will begin shiva in Houston and return to Baltimore on Wednesday evening (7:30 PM) through Sunday morning at 2705 Waco Ct. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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The battle is not only trying to find the refuah, it's also trying to stay up with the financial obligations which are so overwhelming.ALS has paralyzed his body, but it will not break his family’s spirit - Your kindness and generosity will save the life of former Baltimorean Rabbi Dovid Frid and change the lives of his family I once heard from my Rebbi in the name of the the “Avnei Neizer,” a beautiful explanation of the Gemoro Shabbos105b “Whoever lets down/ weeps over the passing of an adam kasher -- upright, virtuous man -- Hashem counts his tears and puts them aside in His treasury." The Avnei Neizer explains why the term Adam Kasher is used as opposed to Chosid, Tzadik, Gaon… He brings the Gemoro in Chulin 58a which says “A Treifah, an ani...
An Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in Washington state, causing a train car to fall onto an interstate highway, officials confirmed to Fox News. The derailment happened on Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in Pierce County, Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted.  Surveillance photo showed a train car spilling onto the road, causing a traffic jam. WSDOT tweeted drivers should expect delays and avoid the area.  It's unclear if there are any injuries or what caused the derailment.  View image on Twitter   WSDOT Tacoma Traffic✔@wsdot_tacoma All SB lanes of I-5 blocked near Mounts Road in Pierce County due to derailed train car. Avoid area! 10:45 AM - Dec 18, 2017  1818 Replies    266266 Retweets ...
You have the best of intentions.  After years of sedentary living, you now realize that exercise is really an essential part of healthy living.  Besides that, your wife has been on your case to start getting in shape and reducing the size of your continually growing stomach.  And every single Motzei Shabbos, you reaffirm that this is the week.  You have already mapped out a course for a 35 minute walk daily and you even purchased a book about muscle building exercises for beginners.  You wake up Sunday morning all ready to go.  But on Sunday your Shule has a later minyan, you don’t work at your job Sundays and there is a family gathering in the early afternoon.  Okay, but Monday is the day you are really going to start, until there is overtime at wo...
הדלקת הנרות אצל כ"ק אדמו"ר מניקלשבורג שליט"א First couple photos of Rabbi Mordechai Jungreis of Niklesburg lighting the the Menorah at the Woodbourne shul were the Rebbe lights each year at least once on Chanukah to let the locals know he is there for them..
A base used by the U.S. Air Force in England was put on lockdown Monday after a vehicle tried to force its way onto the facility, according to officials. “The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation,” according to a statement on the base’s Facebook page. “Individuals in the area surrounding the installation are asked to avoid the base at this time.” Local police said they were responding to “reports of a significant incident” at RAF Mildenhall, a British base 75 miles northeast of London where American personnel are stationed. “Police are responding to reports of a significant incident at RAF Mildenhall, further details shortly, follow us for any updates,” Suffolk Police said. The facility ...
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A union ordered a strike by workers at Israeli drugsmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA.TA) on Tuesday after two days of protests by employees over planned job cuts by the indebted firm. Hundreds of Teva (TEVA.N) employees, many wearing white lab coats, blocked the road and entrance to the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, where union leaders met ministry officials and Teva representatives. After that meeting, Avi Nissenkorn, head of Histadrut, an umbrella organization representing public sector unions and also workers at some private firms such as Teva, ordered a suspension of activity at all Teva sites in Israel on Tuesday. He also said workers would protest in front of the prime minister’s office on Tuesday. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said the gove...
MK Yuli Edelstein responds to plan by Joint Arab List to boycott speech by Vice President Pence in Knesset this week. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein sent a letter to all Knesset members Monday urging them to attend the Knesset plenum during the speech by US Vice President Mike Pence this Thursday amid threats by the Joint Arab List that they will boycott the speech. In his letter, Edelstein noted that this is an important event held at the request of the Vice President, whose purpose is to express the warm relations between Israel and the United States. "The presence of all Knesset members in this meeting is of the utmost importance," he stressed. "Those who are absent from it will harm the image of the Knesset, express contempt for the vital interests of the State of Israel...
Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday the Transportation Security Administration should speed up plans to deploy the technology nationally. Last Monday’s explosion in a crowded subway passageway near Times Square was the first attempted suicide bombing on American soil. At the time, counterterrorism experts said it is nearly impossible to screen for explosives on a subway system as large as New York’s. “The fact that we have this new, potentially life-saving technology at our fingertips — an ability to detect concealed explosives worn by cowards looking to do us harm — demands the federal governmen...
Due to last night’s tragic and fatal fire in Flatbush, Chai lifeline has opened their 24 hour crisis line to the public. Trauma and Bereavement professionals are available and are standing by to assist you with helping yourselves, your children and your spouses in ‎coping with this enormous tragedy. The Crisis line can be reached at 855-3-CRISIS or crisis@chailifeline.org‎
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Parshas Miketz/Chanukah - No, Thanks!

When the brothers return home after their first confrontation with Yoseif, Yaakov refuses to let them bring Binyamin back down with them. Reuvein boldly declares (42:37) that both his sons shall be put to death if he does not bring Binyamin back. Despite this impressive expression of dedication, Yaakov refuses to let the brothers return with Binyamin. Later, as the famine grows stronger, the return to Egypt seems imminent. Yehudah proclaims (43:9) that he will take responsibility for Binyamin and that if he does not return him and stand him up in front of Yaakov, then he will have sinned to his father for all of days. Rashi comments that "all of days" refers to the world to come. Yehudah was declaring that if he fails to return Binyomin, his sin shall be everlasting. Yaakov subsequently sent the brothers back down with Binyomin.


From a practical point of view, the reason why Yaakov accepted Yehudah's proposal and not Reuvein's may simply be because time was just running out. Reuvein's offer was presented when the brothers had just returned and could survive without returning to Egypt for a while. Later on, however, there simply was no other alternative.


The Ohr HaChayim, however, offers a comparison of the sincerity of the two offers. Reuvein, in fact, had four sons. He only offered the sacrifice of two of them because he was not willing to lose all his children and be bereft of the mitzvah of procreation. He was willing to sacrifice possessions of this world but not his reward in the world to come. Yaakov sensed this slight insincerity in Reuvein's offer. Yehudah, however, was willing to sacrifice even his portion in the world to come, according to Rashi's interpretation. Yaakov, therefore, felt that Yehudah's acceptance of responsibility was sincere enough that he could trust with the life of his youngest son.


In the past, we have discussed different nuances of Chanukah as they pertain to the miracle of the war and the miracle of the oil. I would like to explore the actual significance of the two miracles. Specifically, why was it necessary to have these two miracles?


To begin, let us backtrack and approach the issue based on our understanding of our reactions to the miracles. At the end of Al HaNisim, we recount that the eight days of Chanukah were instituted lehodos ulhalel. There are two distinct purposes for Chanukah. Lehodos is simply understood as giving of thanks. As we have discussed in past years, the Al HaNisim text mentions nothing of the miracle of the oil. As R' Chaim Kanievsky explains, it was not a miracle of eternal significance as it pertains to our existence. We would still be standing here today with or without the miracle of the oil. Thus, we are not expected to give thanks for it. The same cannot be said about the great miracle of the defeat of the mighty Syrian Greeks by our tiny army. That is why the thanks is focused exclusively on that event. (I have heard a number of people, speaking about Chanukah, commenting that we "do not celebrate military victories." Based on the above, that approach seems questionable at best.)


Hallel is usually understood as praise. This is clearly different than thanks. Hallel, in our context, is expression of recognition of HaShem's greatness. Whereas the miracle of the war, as unbelievable as it was, was more discrete, the miracle of the oil was a blatant miracle. As we have mentioned in the name of P'nei Yehoshua, the miracle of the oil was not "necessary," per se. Nevertheless, it was a clear stamp of approval on the entire episode of Chanukah and, at the same time, a clear display of HaShem's greatness.


The two miracles of Chanukah represent the two aspects of HaShem's deliverance. Our commemoration of this holiday is meant to give thanks and to give praise - to thank HaShem for our defeat of the Greeks and to give praise and recognize His ultimate greatness.




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U.S. stocks opened sharply higher on Monday as investors eagerly awaited a vote on a bill that would cut corporate taxes. A slew of corporate deals also helped lift sentiment. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped about 200 points. The S&P 500 gained 0.6 percent, with financials and tech as the best-performing sectors. The Nasdaq composite advanced 0.6 percent. The major averages hit intraday records at the open. "I think this is largely predicated on the belief that the tax plan is going to be passed tomorrow," said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist at SlateStone Wealth. "With the belief that corporate taxes will go down, ... investors think the market is not too expensive." Congress is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a plan tha...
A mother and three of her youngest children were killed early Monday in a Brooklyn blaze that engulfed their home, officials said. Several other family members and six firefighters were among the 10 people injured as the Bravest struggled to knock down the fast-moving fire in Sheepshead Bay, officials said. The family was asleep when the inferno erupted in a home on E. 14th St. near Ave S. around 2:30 a.m., according to FDNY officials. The 40-year-old woman died alongside her sons, ages 11 and 7, and a daughter, 3, according to cops. The father and surviving children — one of whom jumped from a window — escaped. Two boys who were sleeping on the first floor of the home they’d moved to only about eight months ago also were injured, neighbors and family friends said. T...
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In a tip of the hat to Charedi soldiers fulfilling their national service, the IDF is working dilligently to set up Mikva’os for Charedi soldiers fulfilling their mandatory service. The Mikva’os are being installed on all bases in which a company or battalion of Charedi soldiers is serving. According to the HR department of the IDF, and the supervisors of the project Major Amir Vaknin and Mendi Katz, the Mikva’os are currently being built on the training bases of the Givatiת Paratrooper and Kfir Corps with future expansion to other bases where Charedim serve already slated for the future. In the mean time, until the work is finalized, some bases such as the Paratroopers base has reached an agreement with the nearby town to allow the Charedi soldiers to use the to...
We are pleased to inform you that Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police Departments have apprehended perpetrators in both carjacking and burglary crimes in our area, and at the moment, the uptick in crime in our community seems to have slowed down. The NWCP continues our expanded nightly patrols and newly instituted day patrols and relies on the community's participation in our safety efforts. Please remember to stay vigilant and always be aware of your surroundings. As always if you see something, say something. Together we can help keep our neighborhoods safe! In the area of safety and security we wish to discuss the topic that may be on many minds: Pepper Spray. The NWCP has investigated if one may lawfully carry pepper spray as a defensive item to use if being attack...
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ISIS has issued a new social media message in which they claim that: “We will spill the blood of all Jews and all Cross-Worshippers, by cutting your necks on the stones of the al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everywhere else. This is the promise of Allah. What is coming for you will be even worse and more bitter,” the organization said in a  newly published video. The Islamic State published the new video on their social media channels featuring the images of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The two national leaders appear dressed in orange garb and kneeling before an ISIS terrorist who appears to be planning to behead them. The background of the image is the al-Aqsa Mosque. The video is the delayed response of ISIS to the decl...
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4 killed, 10 injured when Brooklyn home goes up in flames. Four people were killed in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn early Monday morning. Authorities say a 40-year-old woman, her 11-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter died as a result of a house fire that broke out overnight. At least 10 people were injured in the fire, including three people who suffered serious injuries. Five of the injured were firefighters attempting to rescue people trapped inside the burning building. Firefighters say the blaze began on the second floor of the private home, and spread to the first floor and attic. “There were big flames shooting out the front of the house,” one witness told The New York Daily News. “Firefighters went straight into the fire.&rdq...
Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, shlita, tells family to recite Psalms, learn Torah, instead of visiting grave on Hanukkah, as is the custom. Ponevezh Yeshiva dean Rabbi Gershon Edelstein advised the family of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, zatzal, not to visit his grave at the end of the seven-day mourning period, but to say Psalms and learn Mishnah in his merit instead. Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, 104, passed away Tuesday morning. The reason for Rabbi Edelstein's instructions is the celebration of the new Jewish month, as well as of the Hanukkah holiday, which ends on Wednesday, December 20. On Sunday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter of condolence to the Shteinman family, heaping warm praise on the recently deceased rabbi. "Besides for his impressive and humb...
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The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, says the city is helping to provide extra security following a threat on the life of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. Democratic Mayor Ras Baraka said Newark police were notified by U.S. Capitol police about the threat against the former mayor and his family. Members of the police division’s executive protection unit have been assigned to provide security at the Democratic senator’s home in Newark. Baraka said city police are working with Capitol police to ensure that the senator “is able to carry out his duties.” He said the security detail will have no impact on police services. No information was provided about the nature of the reported threat.
North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show. The purchases, tallied by The Associated Press from invoices obtained through a public records request, included pepper spray, flash-bang and smoke grenades, riot helmets, gas masks, night-vision goggles, more than 2,000 rounds of non-lethal ammunition and more. The equipment ultimately made up a small share of the $35 million in policing costs associated with the pipeline, and state officials defend the purchases as reasonable for a protest that attracted thousands of “water protectors” to southern North Dakota who skirmished — sometimes violently &mda...
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