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Plans for a conservative “America First Caucus” have been scrapped following blowback from leadership within the Republican Party, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney. Nick Dyer, spokesperson for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was reportedly setting up the caucus, along with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., told CNN in an email Saturday afternoon that the congresswoman is not “launching anything.”  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, e...
Baltimore, MD – Apr. 18, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Avigayil Lefkowitz and Moshe Feintuch on their engagement. Mazel Tov Joseph & Elizabeth Lefkowitz and Nachum and Riki Feintuch and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lefkowitz יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
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Baltimore, MD - April 11, 2021 - Shloshim in memory of Rabbi Marc Messing, ז״ל will take place this evening,  Sunday April 18, 2021. Mincha/Maariv will be at 7:40pm. Siyum and program to follow shortly after 8:00pm. For those who are fully vaccinated we welcome you to join indoors at Suburban Orthodox Congregation 7504 Seven Mile Lane, Baltimore, MD 21208 Masks required. Weather permitting, screens will be available outside for those who wish to join and feel more comfortable being outdoors or for those who are not fully vaccinated. Masks required. Virtually via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81586503906... Meeting ID: 815 8650 3906 Passcode: Messing Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 815 8650 3906 Passcode: 5721493 Find your local number: https://us02we...
On Friday, US president announced that he'd keep his predecessor's historically low 15,000-per-year limit In an about-face, US President Joe Biden said over the weekend that he will increase the maximum number of refugees admitted this year to the United States from 15,000, a figure set by his Republican predecessor.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Biden drew the ire of refugee advocates and certain Democratic lawmakers when he signed an order on Friday limiting US refugee admissions to the historically low cap set under former President Donald Trump, shelving a plan ...
Last quarter of 2020, however, sees impressive GDP growth of 6.5% Israel's economy contracted by 2.6 percent during 2020, the year defined by the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, revising from an earlier estimate of a decline by 2.5 percent.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Helped by its record-setting vaccination campaign, the country looks to emerge from the trying period, as earlier in the day the Health Ministry scrapped the ruling demanding that Israelis wear masks outdoors amid declining infection numbers.  In the fourt...
The petition charged Rivlin should not have assigned Netanyahu the mandate due to PM's graft trial Israel's High Court on Sunday ruled against a petition asking that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nomination to form a government be withdrawn in view of his standing trial on corruption charges. The motion, submitted by the “Democratic Fortress” group, consisting of anti-Netanyahu ex-officials, academic and other dignitaries, charged that President Reuven Rivlin should not have entrusted Israel's longest-serving premier with the mandate to form a new government. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official B...
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Demonstrators held up placards with the words "Shame" and "We are all Itzik Saidyan" on them Hundreds of people demonstrated on Sunday morning in the Kyria neighborhood - the headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) - and on the Ayalon highway against the poor care of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after an army veteran self-immolated there last week.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Last Monday, the eve of Israel's Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers, Itzik Saidyan, an IDF veteran set himself on fire in front of an office of the Defense Mini...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 7, 2021 - The Baltimore community COVID-19 testing is back to regular schedule. Click here to view the complete schedule.All our tests provide documentation that can be used for travelling. NEW:  Rapid PCR tests are now available. This is NOT a regular rapid test. It is a full PCR test with special technology that produces results in within 2-3 hours. This test is accepted for international travel destinations. Please note, insurance only partially covers the rapid PCR test, there is still a cost of $125. Without insurance, the cost is $200. Regular PCR tests are free.If you need a Rapid PCR, please fill out these forms and come to any of the testing sessions. When you arrive, be sure to let them know you are specifically requesting a Rapid PCR. No appointm...
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Baltimore, MD - Apr. 18, 2021 - 12:28 PM - Extra vaccine doses are available now at the Bikur Cholim Lifebridge Clinic at Ner Tamid! First come first served.
Parsha Hashavua
Parshas Tazria/Metzora -Bayamim Haheim Bazeman Hazeh

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h.


This week's shtikle is dedicated for a refuah sheleimah for my father.


Please include Reuven Pinchas ben Yehudis in your tefillos.



This year has already seen a number of unique circumstances in the calendar. Yet another consequence of this rare configuration is the fact that the 5th of Iyar, the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, lands on Shabbos. Of course, the actual commemoration is moved (as it is most years) to avoid chilul Shabbos. It seems the most glaring lesson to be gleaned actually comes from the haftarah – certainly one of the more captivating stories we read.


The story of the haftarah has its own interesting backstory, some of which is covered in the haftarah of Tazria which is very seldomly read (approximately 16% of years, credit: Shaarei Zemanim.) There is an important preamble which is only read in the Yeminite tradition. The prophet Elisha declares in the midst of a terrible famine and a siege from the nation of Aram that tomorrow there will be such bounty that the price of wheat and barley would drop to unbelievably low rates. So unbelievable, in fact, that one of the king's aides declares it impossible, at which point Elisha informs him that it will happen but he will not get to enjoy it.


The rest of us then pick up the story with the 4 metzoraim (traditionally assumed to be Geichazi and his sons) who have been left outside the city as per the rules stated in the parsha. In an act of desperation, facing what they believed to be a die-or-die situation, they dangerously entered the camp of Aram, only to find that it had been completely abandoned due to some miraculous delusions of an impending attack. The entire camp was there for the taking, including more than enough produce to alleviate the famine in the city. The skeptical aide was appointed to guard the gates where he was trampled to death, thereby fulfilling Elisha's prophecy.


With imminent death by hunger along with the sword of Aram at their throat, one is inclined to be somewhat sympathetic to the skepticism of the king's aide. But there is still no excuse to doubt the word of HaShem. One can only imagine a navi walking into Auschwitz on January 26, 1945 and proclaiming that not only will you be liberated tomorrow by none other than the Soviet Red Army but in just a matter of years, the nations of the world will decide to grant the Jews an autonomous homeland in Israel. Who would have had the strength to believe it? But so it happened, further evidence of what we proclaim every year at the sedervehaKadosh Baruch Hu matzilaynu miyadam.


The haftarah ends in a rather puzzling manner. The introductory story which us non-Yemenites had skipped is repeated nearly word-for-word as we are told of the demise of the king's aide. Why is this necessary? What is the purpose of the last three pesukim? Perhaps, the lesson is that when the going is good, even after a great salvation, it is all too easy to forget our previous circumstances and how far we've come. As I have noted previously, the maror at the seder is meant to remind us of the bitterness of the subjugation in Mitzrayim. But it is clear (Shemos 12:8) that even the korban Pesach eaten on their way out of Mitzrayim was eaten with maror! Remembering our previous dire circumstances and how distant salvation seemed helps us continue to appreciate the deliverance that ensued.

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Athens approved deal on establishing Elbit-run International Flight Training Center in early January Israel and Greece signed their largest defense deal on record, worth NIS 5.4 billion, or about $1.65 billion dollars, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The deal includes an International Flight Training Center to be set up and operated for Greek pilots by Israel's Elbit Systems defense contractor for 22 years. The school will be equipped with 10 M-346 training jets, manufactured by the Italian Leonardo company. Elbit will pro...
Jerusalem - Like many other countries, Israel is no stranger to unity in the name of sport. With soccer being the national sport in Israel with hundreds of teams and multiple leagues, large games containing thousands of fans occur regularly. In every sporting event, as mandated by law, there must be a medical crew on sight, ready for any emergency. United Hatzalah saw the need for medical aid on the field and in the stands, and began to get involved. Recently, the organization’s efforts in this area have picked up steam and they have begun providing on-field medical security to more and more teams. The project began in 2017 when United Hatzalah started providing medical security to large sporting events  in Be’er Sheva. What began as a small collaboration with the Hapoel ...
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Schools fully reopen for students from all classes as new coronavirus infections drop below 100 Starting from Sunday, Israelis do not have to wear face masks outside as the government officially scrapped the rule amid declining COVID-19 coronavirus infections. The enforcement of the mandate has been lax in the past few weeks, with the police reportedly instructed to keep it this way by the top brass.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Under the new rules, effective since 00:00 Sunday, face masks are still a must in indoor public spaces. The ministry also recommends keeping them o...
The Justice Department on Friday sued Roger Stone, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, accusing Stone and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in unpaid income taxes.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says the couple underpaid their income taxes by $1,590,361 from 2007 to 2011. It further says Stone did not pay his full tax bill in 2018, coming up $407,036 short. Read more at NBC News.
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The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause dealt a blow to the U.S. vaccination effort, but given that the vaccine only made up 5 percent of the shots given domestically, experts think it will likely have a much greater impact abroad. Here are five ways the pause could reverberate worldwide: Jeopardize the global vaccine effort Safety warnings about Johnson & Johnson's vaccine and a potential link to a rare but serious type of blood clot could hamper efforts to speed vaccinations in developing countries. Combined with the vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot is meant to be a major part of the global supply of coronavirus vaccines. The company is slated to provide up to a billion doses to countries around the world. It's easy to ...
Boeing Co. has found potential electrical flaws in two additional areas of the 737 Max’s cockpit, a week after a similar manufacturing defect prompted a temporary flying halt for recently delivered jetliners, said people familiar with the matter. The planemaker has been inspecting the Max’s flight deck for other electrical faults near the flaw revealed last week with the plane’s standby power-control unit, and is crafting plans for repairs. The maintenance isn’t expected to be time-consuming or complicated, requiring only basic hardware such as nuts and bolts, according to a Max customer briefed by Boeing.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Gro...
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State TV shows photograph of Reza Karimi, 43, with red card that has 'Interpol Wanted' written on it Iran has identified a man that was behind the recent blast and power outage at its Natanz nuclear facility, Iran’s state TV reported on Saturday. “Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage... has been identified” by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, the report noted, cited by news agency Reuters.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens It said the suspect managed to flee the Islamic republic before last Sunday’s explosion, which Iran blamed ...
India experiencing huge new coronavirus wave with 234,000 new daily infections The global Covid-19 death toll passed 3 million on Saturday as the pandemic continues to speed up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiraling infection numbers.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens It is the latest grim milestone after the novel coronavirus surfaced in central China in December 2019 and went on to infect more than 139 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns and ravaging the global economy. An average of mo...
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Earlier this week, it was reported that Sudanese delegation comprising security and intelligence officials would travel to Israel next week. Sudan on Friday denied reports that it would send its a first delegation to Israel, Reuters reported. Earlier this week, sources told the news agency that a Sudanese delegation comprising security and intelligence officials would travel to Israel next week.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens However, two official Sudanese sources told Reuters on Friday that an invitation to visit Israel had been accepted, but that pl...
Oddsmakers give Vice President Harris better chances than President Biden to win the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination and election, according to a Friday release from online betting site US-Bookies. “Kamala Harris remains the favorite to win the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election. Her 7/2 odds (22.2% implied probability) put her just ahead of Joe Biden, who’s 9/2 (18.2%) to win re-election in 2024,” the release read.  Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The site gives Harris 7-to-4 odds of being the 2024 Democratic nominee, compared to 9-to-4 ...
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