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Baltimore's Purim Costume Drive for our Displaced Brothers & Sisters in Eretz Yisrael Seven Mile Market Weekly Specials in Effect Sun., Feb.25 - Fri., Mar. 1, 2024 Conference of Presidents Concluding Session (Photo Essay) Trump Easily Defeats Haley In South Carolina Watch: Baltimore Jewish Community Dentist Donates More Than 700 Towson Basketball Tickets To Middle School Students (Video) Watch: A Peek into This Week At TA – 13 Adar I 5784 - Feb. 22, 2024 – Parshas Tetzaveh (Video) BDE: Arthur (Avrohom) Weichbrod, zt"l Contagious Stomach Bug Spreading Across MD, South: CDC BDE: Michael (Moshe) Kreisberg, zt"l [Updated as of Feb. 23 1:40PM] Parshas Tetzaveh / Baltimore Zmanim / Eruvs Are Up Mazel Tov to Akiva Rosenfeld & Libby Goldfeder on their engagement! Daily Dvar Halacha - Feb. 23 / 14 Adar I: Purim Katan! Parshas Tetzaveh - Tightening Our Belts Watch Rabbi Shmuel Silber's Virtual Drasha on Titzaveh-Purim Katan - Make a L’chaim! (Video) HaRav Yehoshua Cohn Visits Yeshivas Toras Simcha Imparting Insights into Shas Mastery and Effective Chazara Rabbi Shmuel Silber - Parsha Perspectives: One Small Spark (Titzaveh) Mazel Tov To Meir Rosenberg & Henny Bobker On Their Engagement! Watch the Incredible Suburban Orthodox Building Holiness Update: Behind The Scenes Footage - 2/22/24 Weekly Walkthrough with Rabbi Silber (Video) Watch/Listen: Shoshanas Yaakov Composed By Chaim Schecter's Grandfather (Shloshim Yom Leefnay Hachag) - Baltimoreans Collaborate To Bring Century Old Music To Light (Video) Watch: Rabbi Ori Strum: Excuse Me Sir, Do I Look Like a Carrot? (Video)
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 22, 2024  -HaRav Cohn's visit is scheduled from February 22nd to 25th, Parshas Tetzaveh. This is a unique opportunity to learn and be inspired by one of the most  renowned Talmidei Chachomim in the world! EVENT SCHEDULE:Thursday 9:00 PM- FEB 22ND : Mercaz Torah U'TefillaThe first event is titled "From Darkness to Light: Our responsibility to our Nation during these Troubling Times". This shiur will delve into our obligations and duties during these trying times.  Scheduled for 9:00 PM on Thursday, February 22nd at Mercaz Torah U'Tefilla in the...
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 22, 2024  - Rabbi Ari Bensoussan is a Talmud of Mir Jerusalem and Lakewood BMG and is a Musmach of The Jerusalem Rabbinate and Rav Yitzchock Berkowitz shlita. He has been teaching students from all over the world for over 15 years. He co-founded Yeshivat Ruach Chaim in Jerusalem and was a Senior Lecturer in the Derech program at Yeshiva Ohr Samayach in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ari enjoys a very close relationship with his many students and constantly reflects on his own learning during his years in the Jerusalem Kollel under Rabbi Yitzchok . Recently , Rabbi Bensoussan moved with his wife and 5 children to L.A. where he is heading a new branch of Chazak International, a community outreach initiative. Rabbi Bensoussan’s Shiurim can be found on Torahanytime.com, the T...
Jerusalem, Israel - Feb. 24, 2024 - Key U.S. Jewish leaders convened in Jerusalem for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization's annual National Leadership Mission, February 18-22, 2024, in the aftermath of the Hamas October 7 attack. The delegation included presidents from the Conference’s 50-member organizations and its National Leadership Council. From the opening event at the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the delegation, the days were filled. In addition to meetings with Israel’s political and military leaders, during the week of the Mission, the group met with the families of hostages, bereaved families, and soldiers and commanders of the IDF. Israel Katz, Minister of Foreign Affa...
Former President Trump is projected to handily win the South Carolina GOP primary, dealing a crushing blow to rival Nikki Haley, according to an exit poll conducted by Decision Desk HQ.   The Palmetto State becomes the third state in a row in which Trump has trounced Haley on the ballot. The two did not compete together in Nevada, which held a dueling primary and caucus. Trump’s win was largely expected, given that an average of South Carolina surveys compiled by Decision Desk HQ and The Hill found Trump leading Haley 64 percent to 33 percent.  Haley is Trump’s last remaining major GOP challenger. Trump’s win will fuel further questions about her viability, especially given that she had previously served as governor of South Carolina.  Yet Hal...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 23, 2024  Kids and faculty at Dumbarton Middle School are all smiles after Dr. Joel Danziger, a local doctor, donated more than 700 Towson basketball tickets to students and faculty for exceptional attendance this school year. "The goal is to inspire these kids to continue to do well with attendance and with school work and strive to set higher goals like maybe becoming a TU alumni themselves," said Dr. Danziger, who is a dentist of Elite Dental of Towson and Baltimore Magazines top doctor in 2023. As a Towson alum, his goal is to pour into the Towson community. Dumbarton Middle School has been looking to incentivize its students for doing well. It's perfect timing for both parties. "For him to offer this is just one more reason why we love being i...
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 19, 2024 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Arthur (Avrohom) Weichbrod, father of Shimmy Weichbrod. Shimmy (443-854-1541) will begin sitting shiva in New York. Further shiva details will be forthcoming. Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
Cases of a nasty stomach bug known as norovirus have spiked in recent weeks across several southern U.S. states, including Maryland, according to recent data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Often called the "stomach flu" or gastroenteritis, anyone can become infected or sick with norovirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health. Norovirus is often spread through direct contact with an infected person, eating food or drinking liquids contaminated with the virus, or touching contaminated surfaces, health officials said. It also spreads through the feces and vomit of an infected person. According to CDC data published Feb. 22, the three-week average for positive no...
Baltimore, MD – Feb. 19, 2024 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Michael (Moshe) Kreisberg, z’l, husband of  Dawn Kreisberg.Shiva will be observed through Sunday at 6341 Red Cedar Place, Baltimore, MD 21209.Friday:Visiting hours: 9:00-2:00 pmMincha: 2:00 pmMotzei Shabbos:Visiting hours: 7:30-11:00 pmSunday:No minyanimVisiting hours: 9:00-1:00, 3:00-6:00, 7:00-9:30Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 23, 2024 -  BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Akiva Rosenfeld & Libby Goldfeder on their engagement. Mazel tov to Ahron & Alisa Rosenfeld and Avi & Shani Goldfeder יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
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Of all the garments discussed this week in the context of the 'glorious and splendorous' vestments the Kohanim were to wear in their service of G-d, there is one that seems to have a parallel in its significance, in our own daily wardrobe — the אבנט — the sash, or more colloquially, our belts. The Avneit was a thirty-two amos long sash of embroidered material that girdled over the midsection of the Kohen above his heart. We are taught that each vestment of the Kohen served to atone for various sins. The Avneit amends for הרהורי עבירה — impure thoughts. Each morning as we dress there are various morning blesses that focus on specific articles of clothing. The blessing we express praising G-d Who, אוזר ישראל בגבורה — girds I...
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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 23, 2024 - HaRav Hagaon Yehoshua Cohn, affectionately known as “Shas Cohn” for his mastery of Shas, visited Yeshivas Toras Simcha yesterday afternoon. The Rav enthralled the rebbeim and talmidim with his vast knowledge of Shas. He quoted gemaras from all over Shas, even indicating the exact location within the gemara where the quotation can be found. Additionally, he delighted the students and staff with stories about gedolei Yisroel. Great emphasis was placed on the importance of chazara and the most effective methods for it.
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V’Ata Titzaveh es Bnai Yisroel, V’Yikchu Elecha Shemen Zayis Zach Kasis La’Maor L’Haalos Ner Tamid   You shall command the Children of Israel and have them bring you clear olive oil, [made from olives that were] crushed for lighting, to keep the lamp burning constantly (Exodus 27:20-21).”  It has to be pure. Not just any oil can be used for the kindling of the Menorah. As Rashi explains, “it must be pure without dregs or sediment … only from the first oil which emerges from the olive.”  The deeper meaning seems obvious – we must strive for purity in our service of God. If we choose to kindle the fire of spirituality within ourselves, we must find the personalistic oil of purity. We must reach into ourselves a...
Baltimore, MD – Feb. 23, 2024 -  BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Meir Rosenberg  & Henny Bobker on their engagement. Mazel tov to Avi and Judy Rosenberg  and Eli and Hadassa Bobker and Grandmother Mrs. Marion Gutman יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
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Baltimore, MD - Are you nervous about Kashering for Pesach; unsure you will get it done properly? Are you afraid the water will ruin your cabinets and create a mess in your kitchen? Are you moving into a new house and need the kitchen kashered; stress-free? Click here: https://t.ly/v57WNFor the last six years, The Kashering Konnection, has been servicing the Baltimore and DC communities. Coordinated through Star-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Sholom Tendler, professional Mashgichim are available to come to your home and ensure an easy, mess-free and 100% properly-done Kashering of your kitchen and appliances. From ovens to stoves, counters to sinks, The Kashering Konnection can help you prepare for Pesach in an easy and affordable way.“We have received so many calls at our office over...
Baltimore, MD – Feb. 22, 2024 - As everyone knows, thousands of families in Eretz Yisrael were displaced from their homes on Simchat Torah with few or none of their belongs. Now, as Purim is just around the corner, they are asking for Purim costumes so that, even though this year is unlike any other, they can still have a fun and exciting Purim. Please help the wonderful people who have been providing families from the North and the South with clothes throughout the past few months to help them out again with costumes. From now through Feb. 25th, please drop off or have store-made (no homemade) costumes shipped to one of the addresses indicated in the graphic below and bring Simchas Purim to these children and families. Please do not drop off any very used, dirty, or torn costumes....
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