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Number Of Coronavirus Cases In US Surpasses 100,000 Hillary Clinton Under Fire For Joke About US Leading In Virus Cases: Trump 'Did Promise America First' Whirlwind Week Ends With Unity Government In Israel, Netanyahu Remaining At The Helm Spain’s Crisis Deepens After Reporting Deadliest Day Of Outbreak Israeli Troops to Help Enforce Coronavirus Lockdown Cuomo Calls On Trump To Build Field Hospitals Throughout The City In Case You Missed Any of the Wonderful Words of Inspiration from our Rabanim... President Trump Signs $2.2T Stimulus After Swift Congressional Votes The Second Nossi Gross Kumsitz with Expanded ZOOM Capabilities - Don't Miss Out! Motzaei Shabbos @ 9PM Update To Whole Leaf Romaine Pick Up On Sunday April 5th From 9-12 At Machzekei Torah The Kovod of Our Covid Gov. Andrew Cuomo Admits Stockpile of Thousands of Unused Ventilators Announcing: The Pediatric Practice of Dr. Netanel Schwob is Now Offering Telemedicine Services Watch: For Those Who 'Don't Get It' Watch Rabbi Zev Cohen: "My Wife and Myself Are Going to be Alone at The Seder Table Even Though We Have 2 Children Living Within A 10-minute Walk" Halachos When Davening B’yechidus On Shabbos And Weekdays [Expanded From Last Week - Includes Chart] Listen To Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Consideration - 7 Minutes with Rabbi Menachem Goldberger (Audio) House Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, With Trump To Sign Quickly Watch Rabbi Shimon Freundlich/Chabad Shliach In Beijing: "This Concept Of Outside Minyanim Is A Terrible Idea" (Video) Bikur Cholim: As The Weeks Continue, We All Have More Questions…Please Call In For Answers BJL & the Entire Community Wish Mazel Tov To This Week’s Bar Mitzvah Boys (Parshas Vayikra): Shlomo Zalman Brody, Shmuel Dovid Eichorn, Moishy Sachs and Yisroel Moshe Shafranovich!
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States reached 100,040 on Friday, the highest number in the world, according to a Reuters tally. The tally also showed that at least 1,546 have died of the illness across the United States, with the largest numbers so far in New York and Washington state. Italy is second with 86,498 cases and China is third with 81,340 confirmed cases, according to the tally. The US on Thursday officially became the country with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. An all-time high of 3.3 million people filed for...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 27, 2020 - Bikur Cholim of Baltimore will be hosting a second conference call to answer the pressing questions that the community continues to grapple with. The call will be featuring Dr. Dov Frankel, Dr. Julian Jakobovitz, Dr. Ronnie Samet and Dr. Netanel Schwob on March 29, Sunday evening, at 8 PM. Please call 712-832-5552 and enter code 20319 when prompted.  Our own local physicians will be answering as many questions as they can on this call and sending email responses to the rest.  Please start submitting your questions to as soon as you can. Bikur Cholim of Baltimore urges all to listen to our Rabbonim and Medical Professionals and remain at home as much as possible and only go out when essential. May Hashem send the re...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2020 -  Hungry? So Are They!  Latest Updates on Our Community Eateries. Click the graphic below to see a 2-page printable PDF.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was blasted on social media Friday for her swipe against President Trump amid the growing coronavirus outbreak within the U.S. Since the availability of testing kits has broadened in recent days, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has skyrocketed. On Thursday, the U.S. has reportedly outpaced both China and Italy with more than 97,000 reported cases. Clinton took the latest developments as an opportunity to knock her former 2016 rival on Twitter. "He did promise 'America First,'" Clinton wrote, referring to one of the president's oft-repeated campaign slogans. Her tweet was slammed by critics across Twitter. "Delete your account. This isn’t the time. This can’t be the new normal, ...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 27, 2020 -  Last week, Nossi Gross led a virtual kumsitz for an estimated 300 people in the context of Etz Chaim's new online Jewish experience, "ETZtalks". While the dynamic of a virtual kumsitz was strange, everyone's spirits were uplifted, and some ladies even said they preferred the format as they were able to sing and dance with no concerns of Tznius :). Other highlights of this past week's ETZtalks included a Q & A with Dr. Dan Grove, a local ICU doctor who became infected by (and is almost recovered from) Covid 19. Etz Chaim has expanded the ZOOM capacity to 500 so don't miss out this Saturday Night at 9 PM. ZOOM info: ,  iPhone one-tap: US: +19292056099,,839715015# or telephone: ...
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After nearly a year of political paralysis, Israel is finally on its way towards a national unity government as the nation battles against the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Benny Gantz, who has stood as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival through three consecutive election cycles, announced that his party faction would join Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition to form a new government. According to the terms of the agreement, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for 18 months before handing the premiership as part of a rotation to Gantz, who will serve under Netanyahu as deputy prime minister and defense minister for the first 18 months, and then become prime minister in September 2021. Gantz’s dramatic move jolted Israel’s political system...
With Spain reporting its deadliest day yet of the outbreak, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez convened an emergency Cabinet meeting to try to chart a way out of the crisis rapidly engulfing his nation. Spain’s Health Ministry on Friday reported another 769 deaths, lifting the total number of fatalities to 4,858. Confirmed cases climbed to 64,059, with Spaniards near the end of a second week of a state of emergency set to last at least until April 11. With the country on almost complete lockdown, the government is counting on limited social interactions helping contain the spread of the virus, which has already killed more people there than in China where the pandemic originated. Spain is grappling with one of Europe’s worst outbreaks alongside Italy. The head of the World Health ...
Israel will deploy armed troops to support police on street patrols in enforcing a lockdown against the coronavirus epidemic, the military said on Friday. About 500 troops will join police squads from Sunday to help “in patrolling, isolating and securing certain areas, blocking routes and additional similar assignments,” the military said in a statement. Israel has reported more than 3,000 infections and 10 deaths from the illness. This week, authorities tightened a partial lockdown, requiring citizens to stay within 100 meters of home and setting sanctions for defying rules. Israelis have been told to stay home where possible, schools have been shut and many businesses have closed, prompting more than 500,000 layoffs. Police have set up roadblocks to enforce curbs on movem...
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump to approve the construction of 4,000 additional hospital beds across the city. The governor said he wants to build temporary hospitals ahead of the apex of Covid-19 patients crushing the hospitals, expected to take place within three weeks. “I want to have one for each borough,” Cuomo said at Friday’s press conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The state is looking at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx, the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the Port Authority-owned Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the College of Staten Island to set up temporary hospitals similar to the one set up at the Javits Center. Read more at POLITICO.
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Rabbi Shmuel Silber on Parsha Vayikra – A Time for Change

It has been a busy week.  it began with a Bar Mitzvah on Motzai Shabbos, a wedding on Tuesday and a funeral on Wednesday.  Truthfully, this is not all that different from what a typical week looks like.  The difference was, the Bar Mitzvah was on zoom, the wedding livestreamed on YouTube and the funeral took place in the parking lot of my shul in the pouring rain with 10 men, standing 6 feet apart, while I delivered a eulogy standing under the open trunk door of the minivan containing the casket.  These are challenging times.  During these last two weeks we have seen the normal rhythms of life come to a grinding halt.  The way we do virtually everything has changed.  The social and religious norms that many have known their entire lives have changed.  It feels like everything is different.  As Jews, it is our sacred mission to realize that within every set of circumstances is a lesson to be learned.  God speaks to us in times of good and in times of challenge. 

This week I learned a lot.  From the funeral I conducted, I was reminded that life comes to an end.  I realized that there are things I have to fix in myself and I can’t delay it any longer.  I must do Teshuva (repentance).  I have been to and conducted many funerals and yet I never had this feeling before.  We are living with the specter of illness hovering above us at all times and we are constantly confronted by the reality of our mortality.  It really hit me – I won’t be here forever.  And if I won’t be here forever, what do I want to accomplish?  Who do I want to be?  What is my legacy?  Am I leading a meaningful and fulfilling life?  Is Hashem happy with me?  Am I happy with myself?  This is probably the appropriate reaction after any funeral, but it must have been the driving rain, the grayness of the sky, the 6 feet in between each of the attendees and the contemplative state I find myself in that propelled me to the inner recesses of my soul. 

But as I mentioned before this was also a week of incredible simcha.  I learned that the ability to generate genuine joy is not related to the menu, centerpieces, venue choices or apparel options.  I listened to a Bar Mitzvah boy deliver his Dvar Torah with a genuine simcha despite the lack of “party” trappings.  I danced with my sons in my home as the Bar Mitzvah boy and his family danced in their home and yet, somehow, we were all together.  I saw a bride and groom who possessed so much love for each other and yet all they had was one holy Jew playing the guitar for them.  We live in a time of unparalleled affluence (IY’H the market will recover) and too often we think that it is the material trappings which create the joy around life events.  Lest you think that this is a rant against materialism, in full disclosure, I too (really) enjoy the finer things in life.  But we must strive to create balance.  The COVID 19 crisis will come to an end IYH.  The question is who will we be on the other side of this crisis?  Will we breathe a sigh of relief and go back to business as usual?  Or will we take a critical look at how we do things and consider changing course.  We have seen firsthand that you can create incredible joy with very little.  It is the people who make the simcha jubilant.  In fact, we see this concept in this week’s Parsha:

And if a person (nefesh, soul) brings a meal offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil over it and place frankincense upon it (Vayikra 2:1).

Rashi comments:

And if a person brings: [literally, “And if a soul brings.”] Regarding all the sacrifices which were donated voluntarily, the only instance where Scripture states the word נֶפֶשׁ “soul” is in the case of the meal-offering. Now, who usually donates a meal-offering? A poor man [because flour is less expensive than


birds or animals]. [Hence,] the Holy One Blessed is He, says: “I account if for him as if he has sacrificed his very soul!” - [Menachos 104b]

God says to us lest you think that the wealthy man’s offering is more important than the poor man’s; it is not the value of the offering that matters, it is the feeling, the heart, the emotion you invest that is most important to me.  God doesn’t judge successful spiritual service by the girth of the animal you bring, He bases it on the joy and commitment with which you serve.

Imagine if we stop making Bar-Mitzvahs that are full catered affairs and create an incredible amount of social pressure.  Perhaps, a beautiful kiddush and then meals for family only?  Do we need a full Bo Bayom celebration in additional to a Bar-Mitzvah celebration?  Imagine if we accept that weddings should always be family with a few close friends of the families and of the Chosson and Kallah.  Do we realize the financial and social pressure we would remove from so many of our brothers and sisters?  Do we need to plan a l’chaim, vort and wedding?  Save the money (and time) and give it to your children (or keep it and go on vacation or if you are pious give it to charity).  I have seen firsthand how simchas become a source of incredible tension for families.  It is expensive to be an observant Jew, and most don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to spend on a celebration.  But there is pressure.  There is pressure from family, community and friends, it’s a pressure to keep up.  No one wants to be the person who does things differently.  Again, in full disclosure I too have made (and paid) for these extravagant events.  I am not advocating for forcing people or enacting communal standards which require people to do or not do certain things.  I am a believer in free choice.  Every person has the right to make their own decisions and plan their own celebrations.  I just feel that we need to start thinking about this now.  Because when all of this is over, we will run back to Shul, yeshiva, school and the office and the rhythm of life will once again pick up.  But right now, we all feel it - the world is changing, we are changing, something is different. 

When all of this is over, I hope I can find the courage to do things differently in many areas of my life. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic. Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American life in many places to a virtual standstill. “This will deliver urgently needed relief,” Trump said as he signed the bill in the Oval Office, flanked only by Republican lawmakers. He thanked memb...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 25, 2020 - Considering the continued uncertainty because of the Coronavirus virus across the world, we are pleased to present A Light In A Time of Darkness, where we will hear words of inspiration from local community Rabbonim. Please join us every evening beginning at 9:00PM with Tehillim (Perakim 91 and 142) followed by Devrei Hisorerus.   We have been privileged to hear inspirational words from Rabbanim in our community and offer download and/or replay opportunities for you, below:To watch on BJL, click on the name:Rabbi FeldheimRabbi Silber Rabbi Frand  Rabbi Hopfer  Rabbi Spero  Rabbi Seidemann  Rabbi Neuberger Rabbi HauerRabbi Teichman To download, click on the name.  R Feldheim  R Silber R Frand  ...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 27, 2020 -  Unless we are worthy of Moshiach before this coming Pesach, it looks like most of us will be spending our Yom Tov with those currently residing in our own household.  With the combined authority of Das Torah, government and physicians, the ban on “mishing” this Pesach has the force of “Lo Saamod al Dam Rayecha,”  “you shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.”  Indeed, this is one of those instances where the deed coincides directly with the simple meaning of the verse. Merely “standing by” and breathing droplets of infected air can, Heaven forfend, make an unwitting carrier into the Angel of Death.  Both Civil Authorities and Religious Leadership are enjoining us to stay awa...
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged Friday the state did have a stockpile of unused ventilators, despite his complaints the federal government was not sending enough. Cuomo responded to a comment from President Donald Trump on Twitter that there were thousands of ventilators in New York not being used. “Yes, they’re in a stockpile because that’s where they are supposed to be, because we don’t need them yet,” Cuomo said. “We need them for the apex, the apex isn’t here, so we’re gathering them in a stockpile.” Cuomo’s comments demonstrate there is not an immediate shortage in ventilators in the city, despite alarming reports. “We don’t need them today, because we’re not at capacity today, that...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 27, 2020 - The following article and expanded list of times for this Shabbos was prepared by Rabbi Dovid Heber for his kehila, Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzemach. The article expands on some of the issues addressed in last weeks article. (To print this chart, click on the graphic below.) As we begin the second Shabbos with shuls closed and no minyanim due to COVID-19/coronavirus, we continue to be mechazek ourselves in the area of tefilla on behalf our families, community, and the entire globe which has been effected by this illnees r”l. Our tefillos are critical, so we must make every effort to daven with kavanah.  In general, one should daven in a quiet, designated place (makom kovua applies even at home), with shoes and proper attire, as is appropriat...
Baltimore, MD - Mar. 27, 2020 -  Rabbi Menachem Goldberger - Consideration - 7 Minutes with Rabbi Menachem GoldbergerClick arrow below to listen
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The House on Friday passed a historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, overcoming 11th-hour hurdles erected by a GOP lawmaker that sent furious lawmakers across the country racing back to Washington to move the emergency legislation to President Trump's desk. The enormous package, approved by the Senate late Wednesday night, provides hundreds of billions of dollars for the industries, small businesses, unemployed workers and health care providers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated economies around the world. House Democratic leaders were able to move the package by voice vote, a rarely used procedure allowing a few members to air their objections without forcing the entire chamber to reconvene. But it didn't happen without a good dose of l...
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