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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 21, 2016 - Shomrei Emunah will be hosting Rabbanim and hundreds of boys from many shuls in a first-time ever community-wide Hoshana Rabba night learning program from 8:30 – 9:30 PM in the Shomrei Emunah Social Hall and Sukkah Hoshana Rabba night, this Motzei Shabbos, October 22nd. There will be prizes for every boy + pizza + Grand Raffle with amazing prizes!!  Boys should  attend with their father, with a chavrusa, or alone.  Please bring whatever seforim you plan on learning. Click here for more information
Hacked emails reveal internal disagreement among top aides to Hillary Clinton about her determination to hold a Clinton Foundation summit in Morocco that later drew attention over its reliance on large financial pledges from foreign governments.   Clinton aide Huma Abedin bluntly wrote in the January 2015 email that "if HRC was not part of it, meeting was a non-starter" and then warned: "She created this mess and she knows it."   It was an uncharacteristic remark from a confidante known for her abiding loyalty to Clinton over the years.   The hacked email was among more than 4,000 messages posted Thursday on the website of the WikiLeaks organization. The emails were stolen from the accounts of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman.   In Wednesday's...
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff says she told him about plans for a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge a month before they began in 2013. Bridget Kelly is testifying Friday in her own defense while on trial on charges that she helped plot bridge lane closings for political revenge against a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse the Republican governor. She said she told Christie about a traffic study but did not testify that she told him it was actually to get back at the Fort Lee mayor as prosecutors allege. Kelly is on trial along with another former Christie ally whom prosecutors say launched the bridge closings as revenge against a mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie. After speaking to Christie, she sent an email to David Wild...
Senior Hamas official claims there is no proof Temples ever existed, no archaeological remnants have been found. Senior Hamas official and head of the Jerusalem Palestinian Parliament Ahmad Abu Helbiya praised UNESCO's declaration that there is no connection between Jews and the Temple Mount and called on the UN to investigate "Israeli war crimes" committed against Al-Aqsa mosque. At a Gaza news conference, Abu Helbiya called UNESCO's decision "brave," since it ignored the "Zionist narrative" proving that there was once a Holy Temple on the Temple Mount. He also called the Temple "imaginary" and claimed there have never been any remnants of a Temple found on the Temple Mount. As well, Abu Helbiya condemned UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for saying this decision was ...
Use Extra Caution Driving (October 21, 2016) – In the blink of an eye it can happen.  A deer darts out from the trees.  The natural instinct in drivers is to cut the steering wheel and slam on the brakes.  These actions could be deadly.  The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is offering autumn driving tips to reduce the chance encounter with a white-tailed deer during the “rut,” or deer mating season. “This is the season that deer become extremely active and present significant danger to drivers and passengers,” said SHA Administrator Gregory C. Johnson, P.E.  “Some of the most serious crashes can occur when drivers swerve to miss deer crossing the road.” Here are some tips ...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 16, 2016 – Due to the very positive feedback from this past Motzaei Shabbos opening, Seven Mile Market will, once again, be opening this coming Motzaei Shabbos, Chol HaMoaid, Oct. 22nd.
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Philadelphia will post prosecutors in the city on election day to handle voter intimidation claims. Authorities in Philadelphia will station prosecutors throughout the city on election day to respond to any reports of voter intimidation or other illegal activity after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that polling might be “rigged” in this mostly minority city. Philadelphia is one of many U.S. municipalities wrestling with how to respond to Trump’s call for supporters to “watch” polling places, and corresponding promises from civil rights groups that they will send their own backers to the polls. “All of our election judges will be provided with cell phones that have direct access to the district attorney’s office of Phila...
Two fizzy drinks a day could double the risk of diabetes - even if they are diet versions - a Swedish study has found. Research by the Karolinska Institute on 2,800 adults found that those who consumed at least two 200ml servings of soft drinks daily were 2.4 times as likely to suffer from a form of type 2 diabetes. Many fizzy drinks are sold in 330ml cans, meaning that one and a half cans would be enough to double the risk. Those who drank a litre of such drinks saw a 10-fold rise in their chance of suffering from the condition. The increased risks were the same regardless of whether the drinks were sugary or artificially sweetened, the research published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found. Researchers said the sugary drinks may have induced insulin resistan...
Daily Halacha
Laws of Hashana Rabba, Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah

The last intermediate day is Hoshana Rabba.  It is the custom to stay up the preceding night  and study Torah as laid out in the prayer book,  this is because on the festival we are judged on the water,  and all the life of man depends on water.  This day is the last day of the festival  and everything goes after the sealing (of judgement).  In the morning we increase slightly the lights in the synagogue  like (we do) on Yom Kippur.  The Reader wears the Kittel (white robe),  we say1 ''For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David'' like on a festival  and also say2 ''A Psalm of thanksgiving'',  we do not say ''The breath of every living being'',  we say ''There is none like unto You''  (and) ''Hear O Israel'' as on a festival day  in the additional prayers Kedusha (we say) ''We will reverence'' (KSA 138:1)
1) Psalm 19
2) Psalm 100

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"We have pledged to prepare an army of fighters by devoting our full abilities and energies to consolidate the option of armed struggle as the only means to liberate Palestine." — The armed wing of Fatah, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Martyr Nidal Al-Amoudi Division. The international community continues to perceive Fatah as the "moderate" Palestinian party with whom Israel should make peace. Yet Fatah is far from a single united bloc; many groups within the faction continue to seek the "liberation of Palestine" through armed struggle. Moreover, neither Abbas nor any of his senior Fatah loyalists have repudiated the war-set Fatah militias. Crucially, many of these Fatah militiamen continue to receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority. These Fatah gunmen who are prepa...
Washington (AFP) – A member of the US military was killed Thursday in a bomb blast north of Mosul, a senior US defense official said, as Iraqi forces in the region continued their push on the city. The official told AFP that the service member had died in what were likely “Mosul-related” operations, but did not provide additional details. More than 100 US troops are advising Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga as they advance toward Mosul, the Islamic State group’s last stronghold in Iraq, on multiple fronts. Officials did not immediately identify the service member and the US-led coalition fighting IS said further information would be released “as appropriate” — additional details often depend on when family members are notified of the ...
Parsha Hashavua
Succos; Appreciating Value

Succos is almost upon us so I will forgo the opportunity of discussing this week’s Parsha, Ha’azinu, and focus on this most beautiful holiday. Succos is referred to as “The Time of Rejoicing”. This needs explanation. Is not every holiday a time for rejoicing? Would we not consider the holiday of Pesach which celebrates our exodus from Egypt, the birth of our nation a more significant time of rejoicing?

The Torah refers to Succos as the Festival of the Harvest because it occurs at the period of the harvest. The summer has ended and all the grain has already dried and is ready to be milled. We are getting ready to hunker down for the winter. Could it be that this is the reason why it is the Time of Rejoicing?

The problem with this explanation is that it seems to be going against the flow of the calendar. This month of Tishrei began with the two serious holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Although they are holidays they are nevertheless somber days. They are the days of Judgement. On Yom Kippur we fast and refrain from worldly pleasures so as to be like angels. The first ten days of this month we are totally focused on our spiritual side. Does it not seem odd that five days after Yom Kippur we celebrate our material wealth and accomplishment?

Considering the frame of mind that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur engendered how should one feel about the abundant harvest he has brought in? Certainly the Torah does not wish that we frown upon material success. The Torah itself rewards our commitment to her commandments with a plentiful bounty from the produce our fields yield. It seems to me that the first ten days of the month helped the Jew in re-evaluating the priorities of life. What are the most important factors in my life and what are the less important important factors.

The greatest blessing a person can have is the ability to discern what is truly valuable and what is not. Consider the person who thinks his money should spent on drinking and partying. He will squander all his hard earned money in no time at all and will have nothing to show for it. The person who understands the value of money will save and invest his earnings in a way that it will work to make more money for him.

After having traveled through the first ten days of Tishrei and we have a clearer perspective of what is truly valuable and what is not. We have hopefully gained an insight of the eternal value of a mitzvah and of a Shabbos.

So now as we approach the period of the harvest in which we finally reap the hard earned bounty we rejoice over our newly refreshed outlook. We now know how to use our bounty. In what endeavors should we invest our time and resources.

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Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company.    On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites. Domain name systems (DNS) are essentially the GPS of the internet, taking the text URLs you type into a browser and figuring out where those websites’ data is located on the back end. So when you type in a browser, it shows you both the real Mashable and can quickly and easily locate the nearest server that hosts the site’s data.  The ...
Republican nominee Donald Trump recently sent shock-waves through the press by stating during Wednesday night’s debate that he would keep the nation “in suspense” regarding his acceptance of a possible Clinton victory. Senator John McCain spoke out against Trump’s position Thursday, saying that graceful acceptance of defeat is “the American way.” “In every previous election, the loser congratulates the winner and calls them ‘my president,’ McCain pointed out, according to NBC News Correspondent Hallie Jackson. “That’s not just the Republican way or the Democratic way,” McCain was quoted as saying. “It’s the American way. This election must not be any different.” The Arizona senator added that, whil...
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Shin Bet, Israel’s Internal Security Agency, said in its monthly report this week that terror attacks in September doubled compared to August. 26 attacks occurred in Jerusalem in September, compared with 13 the previous month, according to the report. Attacks included the throwing of a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle on September 27, a stabbing attack which injured six security personnel, the wounding of soldier in a shooting attack near Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, and a pipe bomb attack on Israeli soldiers in the Bethlehem area on September 20. The report found that attacks increased in September to 109 (78 of which were Molotov cocktail attacks), in contrast to 93 in August. 26 attacks took place in Jerusalem, compared with the previous month’s 13. 5 attacks attac...
Boca Raton, FL - Hillary Clinton dispatched to Florida one of her most effective surrogates to Jewish voters on Thursday, hoping to shore up support within a community that has repeatedly proven crucial to Democratic victories there. A political independent who leans heavily to the left, socially liberal and muscular on foreign policy, former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman tracks closely with the Democratic presidential nominee on a host of issues– and with many Jewish Floridians still on the fence just seventeen days before the general election. Addressing a temple in Boca Raton, a shul in Miami and a group of rabbi and community leaders, Lieberman emphasized that Clinton is precisely the type of candidate the Jewish community has been waiting for. “On Israel a...
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MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank –  In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans. To get there, Israelis drive up a steep, winding road, near ominous red road signs posted by Israel's military that warn them against entering the nearby Palestinian city of Nablus. Palestinians get to the top by driving up a steep, winding road from Nablus on the opposite side of the mountain. At the top live about 380 Samaritans. They, and about 420 Samaritans based near Tel Aviv in Israel, comprise one of the world's oldest and smallest religious minorities. Israelis and Palestinians are locked in continued conflict over land a...
“Who can count, who can measure, The bounds of his heart’s breadth? His novel Torah insights are endless, Into Hashem’s perfect Torah, All as clean as fine meal, As it was given at Sinai, Would that they be engraved in a book.” — from an introduction by the sons of the Gra to a volume containing their father’s Bi’ur al Kammoh Aggodos, Vilna, 5560 (1800) The following is translated and adapted from the monumental three-volume work HaGaon by Rav Dov Eliach. It is taken from the second volume, chapter 21, entitled, “Toras Hashem Temimoh.” Whole and Perfect Becoming acquainted with the vast corpus of the Gaon’s Torah writings is a very revealing experience, which transforms one’s understanding both of Torah&rsqu...
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An Israeli hiker was killed while walking along a cliff next to the Ganges River in northern India this week, Ynet reports. Ariel Freeman, 50, from Moshav Nir Tzvi, was hiking with his wife and fellow trekkers when the tragedy struck. Those accompanying Freeman were only able to report the incident on Wednesday after they reached an area with cell phone service. His body was recovered at the scene and was taken to the police station in the town of Uttarkashi. The local police reported that this is the second time in two weeks that a foreigner had fallen victim to the treacherous mountainous area while hiking.
Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War as it aims to effectively end the war in Syria on the eve of the US election, NATO officials warn, The Telegraph reports. The Kremlin is sending the full might of its Northern Fleet and part of the Baltic Fleet to reinforce a final assault on the city of Aleppo in a fortnight, according to Western intelligence. The final bombardment is designed to shore up the Assad regime by wiping out rebels – paving the way for a Russian exit from the civil war. The assault on the city will also serve to highlight US inaction in the run-up to election day and may aid Donald Trump. Read more at THE TELEGRAPH.
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It was bound to be awkward from the beginning. On a night in which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would meet for perhaps the final time, the staging called for speeches by the two presidential candidates. The choreography at the Alfred E. Smith charity dinner benefitting the Catholic Church’s charities – an annual New York tradition for the city’s well-heeled and a quadrennial circus when the presidential candidates come to town – was perfectly set. Melania Trump entered first and took her seat. Clinton entered next, moving deftly behind her to take a chair a few feet away, with nothing more than a polite greeting. As Trump took the stage in white tie, he flashed a thumbs up and a wave, shaking hands with those on stage but seeming to make no acknowle...
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