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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2017 - Preparing for Pesach is not just about getting rid of chametz. As women, it is important to prepare for Pesach by emulating Miriam Haneviah, whose faith in the redemption led to the birth of Moshe Rabbeinu. She brought tambourines along with her in order to sing praises to Hashem. As we head towards the season of renewal, let us infuse our houses with the joy and hope toward the future, emulating Miriam's optimism and faith as we prepare for Pesach. Click here to listen
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2017 - Contemporary American Jewry is rapidly diminishing. The in-marriage rate and the number of children per family, outside of the orthodox minority is much diminished. In fact, the fundamental question of whether Judaism can survive in a free and open society is up for debate, at least, outside of our "bubble". When one looks for descendants of families who came to these shores in the 19th century and whose descendants are still Jewish, the numbers are not great. But there are exceptions. Today was the unveiling for my wife Feigi's first cousin, Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Siegel, ZT’L. His five children came in from Israel, Toronto, Saint Louis, Detroit and Far Rockaway. For many of his descendants, it was a rare opportunity to visit the graves o...
THOUSANDS have been ordered to evacuate as Tropical Cyclone Debbie barrels towards the north Queensland coast, bringing 280km/h winds, flooding rain and a 4m tidal surge. Residents in low-lying areas in Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach were ordered to evacuate their homes with the monster storm due to intensify into a “very destructive” Category 4 system hitting a 300km stretch of coast on Tuesday at 6am. As of 5am Monday morning it remained a Category 2 system, located about 400 kms east of Townsville and 285 kilometres east northeast of Bowen. The Bureau of Meteorology have specifically warned residents between Lucinda and Mackay of a dangerous storm tide as the cyclone crosses the coast on Tuesday morning. The sea is likely to rise steadily up to a level well above ...
A Lakewood-based company is finding itself in the spotlight after playing a role in nabbing the teen suspected of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish Centers and other institutions. The teen, an Israeli-American, allegedly used multiple different methods to prevent detection, and one of those methods was something called SpoofCard. What is SpoofCard? Lakewood resident Meir Cohen and Eli Finkelman launched TelTech and developed SpoofCard over ten years ago. It helps people protect their privacy and security by allowing them to change their Caller ID. This is particularly valuable for professionals. For example, if a doctor needs to call a patient from their home or mobile number, they can change their caller ID so that the patient sees their office number. Mystery shopper...
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Tempe, AZ - Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles. No one was seriously injured. Uber says its vehicles have been grounded as it investigates. Police in Tempe say the self-driving SUV was obeying the law and the driver in the other car who didn’t yield was cited for a moving violation after the Friday night crash. An Uber statement Saturday says there were no passengers in the self-driving Volvo SUV at the time of the crash but there were two operators in the front. Police say the Uber rolled over onto its side as a result of the collision.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said Sunday, presenting new population figures that he said put to rest the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Yaakov Katz issued his report as the Israeli government is locked in negotiations with the Trump administration over understandings that are expected to include some curbs on settlement construction. "We are talking about a situation that is unchangeable," he said Sunday. "It's very important to know the numbers, and the numbers are growing." According to Katz, the settler population hit 420,899 on Jan. 1, up 3.6 percent from 406,332 pe...
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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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The agreement signed between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Amona residents stipulates construction on their new community would begin no later than March 31, 2017, this coming erev Shabbos, 4 Nissan. According to Amona residents and community leaders, they have not been informed by any official agency that this is going to occur, for since their left their homes they have been waiting for a sign that construction of the new community is underway. Yesha Council Assistant Director Yigal Dilmoni on Sunday morning 28 Adar spoke with Kol Berama Radio explaining he and others are unaware of any promise made to the US administration involving Amona and new construction. “We can meet and speak with the with Americans and hear what they have to say but we are unwilling to accept Ame...
Senior Hamas military commander Mazen Fuqaha was assassinated in Gaza on Friday night as four shots were fired at him from close range. Hamas and Hizbullah points the finger of blame for the assassination at Israel. Israel has not commented on the reported assassination. The Izzadin el-Kassam military wing has already announced it will be responding at Israel, which it blames for the assassination of the high-ranking official. The IDF has fortified its presence along the southern border with Gaza in preparation for a possible Hamas attack.
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Listen to Rabbi Moshe Hauer on Rosh Chodesh Nissan Shuir - Women and Pesach (Audio)

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2017 - Preparing for Pesach is not just about getting rid of chametz. As women, it is important to prepare for Pesach by emulating Miriam Haneviah, whose faith in the redemption led to the birth of Moshe Rabbeinu. She brought tambourines along with her in order to sing praises to Hashem. As we head towards the season of renewal, let us infuse our houses with the joy and hope toward the future, emulating Miriam's optimism and faith as we prepare for Pesach.


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With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region. From their hotel on the Dead Sea, they have a view of the Israeli-occupied West Bank on the opposite shore — a visual reminder of the stalled Palestinian quest for statehood, an issue that host Jordan says will take center stage this year. Here is a look ahead. ——— WHO’S ATTENDING? Jordan’s King Abdullah II plays host. Key participants include King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Staffan de Mistura, the U...
Iran announces sanctions against 15 US companies which do business with Israel in retaliation for US sanctions against Islamic Republic. Iran said Sunday it will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for supporting Israel's "terrorist actions" as part of reprisals for the increasing pressure being announced by Washington lawmakers. The decision, which is largely symbolic since the firms do not do business with Iran, come two days after the US announced new sanctions against groups and individuals that it accuses of collaborating with Iran's nuclear weapons program. The sanctions target firms that provide arms and equipment to Israel "for use against the Palestinians", IRNA said. "All transactions with these firms are forbidden, their assets will be seized and their official...
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Defense Minister says Israel has changed its way of fighting Hamas since he assumed office, said Iran is source of security threats. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman held a live chat with supporters on his Facebook page Sunday, during which he was asked about his promise to have Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh killed within 48 hours of becoming Defense Minister. "The wisdom is to act responsibly and with determination," Liberman replied. "Talk to me about Haniyeh at the end of my tenure as Defense Minister." Liberman said that "we are conducting a new policy against Hamas in a responsible and determined manner, and anyone who sees our actions [will realize that it] is another kind of policy, one of determination and responsibility." In response to a question about when the incitement ...
Chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel says President Trump will keep campaign promise to relocate US Embassy, but without fanfare. Establishment Jewish organizations in the US were quick to pin the blame for a recent spate of bomb threats against Jewish institutions on the election of Donald Trump, his supporters, and even the president himself. The claim was made despite a dearth of evidence that the president, his entourage, or his supporters were actually responsible, directly or indirectly, for the uptick in anti-Jewish harassment. That did little, however, to dampen the oft-repeated claim by left-leaning media outlets and establishment Jewish groups that Trump’s election and the legitimization of a vaguely defined “Alt-Right” somehow encouraged anti-Semitic act...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2017 - Are you interested in saving for college for your child’s tuition? If yes, perhaps a 529 plan contribution may be right for you. While contributions to a 529 plan are not deductible on your 1040, the earnings do grow tax free. When the funds are used for eligible higher education expenses, the distributions are tax free as well. If you live in Maryland and contribute to one of the two 529 plans run by the State- Maryland Prepaid College Trust or Maryland Investment Plan- your contributions are a subtraction from Maryland Adjusted Gross Income, up to $2500 per child per parent. You can contribute to a plan even if you do not have an account with a plan, but the contributions will not have the income tax benefit. In addition, individuals who open a new...
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor’s sweeping plan to curb global warming. EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considers a challenge by coal-friendly Republican-led states and more than 100 companies. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Pruitt said Trump’s intention is to bring back coal-mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity. Supporters of former President Barack Obama&rs...
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“If you had a benign regime in Iran, all of the problems in the Middle East would be resolvable,” ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday. Speaking at the opening session of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, DC, Blair called for a tough line against the Islamic Republic. Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Blair — a former Mideast Quartet envoy who still travels often to the region — expressed his view that a “new way forward” was needed. “We’re not going to reach peace in the old way,” Blair said. “Up to now, people thought if you do a peace deal, then the circumstances will change. I think it’s the other way around.” Israel and ma...
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ISIS called for attacks on key British targets – among them Jewish schools, museums, pubs and political leaders — mere weeks before “lone wolf” terrorist Kahlid Masood plowed his car into innocent people crossing Westminster Bridge last Wednesday, killing two and wounding dozens, then rammed the gates of the Parliament building and stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead, the Sunday Mirror reported on Sunday. According to the report, based on a probe conducted by the UK daily, ISIS members used the secret messaging service Telegram to convey its message – “Fight Them” — along with a picture of a Jihadi John look-alike in front of Big Ben, next to a fireball and tattered Union Flag. Telegram, a network with m...
A pro-Israel student organization at Canada’s Ryerson University pulled co-sponsorship from a controversial event this week, after being harassed by the Jewish community for participating, a group executive told The Algemeiner Friday. The school’s chapter of Students Supporting Israel (SSI) was set to back Wednesday’s program on free speech featuring Ezra Levant, the Jewish founder of the right-wing online platform Rebel Media, but rolled back its involvement after being flooded by antagonistic messages from Ryerson students and the greater Toronto community, said the student executive, who asked to remain anonymous. “We got a lot of flak and harassment, all from other Jews. We receive...
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