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Baltimore, MD – June 17, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Rabbi Mayer Zayon, z’l, husband of Mrs. Pearl Zayon, and father of Esti (Ari) Erenthal, Moishe Zayon, Effy (Marissa) Zayon, Ari Zayon and Nechama Zayon. The levayah will be held at 4:00PM, today, Monday, June 17, 2024 at Levinson’s Kevurah will take place at Shomrei Mishmeres Schares Haplata Cemetery 6307 Hamilton Ave, Rosedale, MD, 21237 Shiva will be observed through Sunday morning June 23rd at 9:00AM, at 3031 Fallstaff Rd, Unit 104C, Baltimore, MD, 21209.Visiting: From 730am until 10am,1PM-4PM, 7PM through end of Mincha/Maariv.Minyanim:Shacharis: 7:30AMMincha/Maariv: 8:20 PMMincha Erev Shabbos: 3:00PM Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
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Baltimore, MD – June 23, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Louis Lerner , z’l, father of Dr. Shaya (Brenda) Lerner. The levayah will be held at on Sunday, June 23, 2024  at 10:30AM at Ohav Emes 415 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ, 08904 Shiva details to follow Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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Baltimore, MD – June 19, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Dr. Robert Cohen, z”l, husband of Mrs. Jan Cohen, and father of Rabbi Yaacov (Suri) Cohen, Aaron Cohen, Aliza Polstein, Dani Cohen, and Eliana Schechter. Baltimore Shiva will be observed through Tuesday morning, June 25, at 6600 Edenvale Road, Baltimore, MD, 21209. Shacharis Sunday: 8:00AM Shacharis: Monday, and Tuesday: 7:00AM.  Mincha/Maariv Sunday and Monday: 8:20 PM The family respectfully requests no visitors between 1-2 PM and 6-7 PM and after 10:00PMBila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
The leader of the Hamas terror group in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, is stalling on the negotiations for a hostage-ceasefire deal with Israel in hopes that a new full-blown war will erupt on the Lebanon front before a deal is finalized, an unnamed Israeli official involved in the talks is quoted as saying by the Haaretz news site. “Hamas doesn’t want a deal now,” the source says. “It doesn’t want to release the hostages, but rather to play for time. Yahya Sinwar… wants war to erupt in the northern border and therefore will not move toward a ceasefire.” The report also says mediator Qatar is holding talks with the Hamas leadership to try and bridge the gaps between the latest Israeli proposal — endorsed by the US and the UN Security Council — ...
Months of heavy congestion and an overall sense of chaos at Ben Gurion Airport seemed to worsen on Wednesday, with long lines reaching outside the airport and attempts to ease the crowding by using a secondary terminal failing to address the thing needed most — more staff. Scenes of chaos at Israel’s main international airport have become the new normal over the past few months. Pictures published on social media on Wednesday showed long lines of travelers stretching outside the airport. In an attempt to ease the congestion at the main terminal building (Terminal 3), the Israel Airports Authority diverted some international flights to Terminal 1, which only seemed to create further disorder as the congestion spread, according to a report by Channel 12. The airport authority...
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview to Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News, in which he was asked about the video he posted and which raised the ire of the Biden administration. “I deeply appreciate the support we were given by President Biden and the United States administration for our war effort from the beginning. President Biden came here, he sent two carrier groups, and he gave us valuable assistance and ammunition and weapons from the beginning of the war. I appreciate that. And I remain appreciative,” stressed Netanyahu. He added, “We began to see that we had some significant problems emerging a few months ago. And in fact, we tried, in many, many quiet conversations between our officials and American officials, and between me and the p...
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Baltimore, MD – June 22, 2024  - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Ida Kosoffsky, a’h, mother of Elliot (Esther) Kosoffsky.   Shiva will be observed at 7524 Seven Mile Lane, Baltimore, MD, 21208 from Sunday through Tuesday. Minyanim:  Shacharis: Sunday: 7:15am Monday -Tuesday: 6:50am Mincha/Maariv: 8:30 pm. ...בלע המות לנצח ומחה ה' אלקים דמעה מעל כל פנים  
Baltimore, MD  - June 22, 2024 - Due to the extreme heat anticipated this Sunday, June 23, Baltimore County Public Library is opening the Arbutus, North Point, Pikesville and Towson branches as cooling centers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library services may not be available.
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Rabbi Zvi Teichman - You Never Know !(Parshas Beha’aloscha)

A traumatic episode between the members of the royal family of Amram transpires this week. 


Miriam, the heroic and devoted sister of Moshe, gets wind of Moshe separating from family life with Tzipporah, his loyal wife. Suspecting that Tzipporah has been left isolated and abandoned, she counsels with her holy brother Aharon sharing her dissatisfaction with the leader of the Jewish nation, their youngest brother, and his behavior. 


Speculating that perhaps his physically distancing from Tzipporah is due to his spiritual stance as a prophet that justifies his always maintaining a level of purity which will be compromised by intimate contact with his wife, she questions why then she and Aharon is, who are also prophets, not similarly prohibited. 


G-d angered, responds by distinguishing between Moshe’s heightened state of prophecy, and their lesser degree of connectivity. Miriam is punished with leprosy for her slander against Moshe, enduring a seven-day isolation, with the entire camp ceasing their journey, waiting for her to be cured and return, before traveling again. 


In this entire episode there is a glaring omission of one character, Tzipporah. 


Did anyone inquire about her feelings? Was she upset with her fate as a lonely spouse, lacking a bond with her esteemed and no doubt loving husband? Are we to sympathize with Tzipporah and her plight? 


The Midrash describes the sequence of the unfurling emotions. 


In an earlier episode Moshe is frustrated with the gripes of the people. They are constantly dissatisfied and pining for pleasures they miss. Moshe appeals to G-d for assistance in managing this restless folk. G-d concedes asking Moshe to gather seventy elders who will be conferred of the spirit of Moshe, becoming prophets, fortifying them in their ability to effectively communicate the message of G-d to the nation. 


The Midrash reports how the people celebrated this event by lighting candles. Miriam observing this inquires of Tzipporah as to the nature of these candles. Tzipporah reveals to her that the people are celebrating the newly appointed elders. Upon hearing this great news Miriam expresses ‘how fortunate are the wives of these elders that have merited to see their husbands attain שררה, leadership roles.’ 


Tzipporah reacts to Miriam’s joy by bemoaning these women’s fate, saying “Woe to them who will no longer be with their husbands.” 


Miriam baffled by her response inquires how she knew that to be true, to which Tzipporah goes on to reveal to her, how since the day Moshe ‘was sanctified through his communication with G-d’ they have been separated from family life. As soon as Miriam hears this, she goes off to Aharon to take matters into her own hands. It would now seem that Tzipporah was actually the initiator of the resulting discontent that led to the sad conclusion. 


Not quite the silent player. 


If indeed Tzipporah was unhappy with her lot, then how come there was no evidence of it prior. The simple understanding according to the Talmud was that this parting of ways between Moshe and Tzipporah was already implemented after the giving of the Torah. Nearly a year has gone by before the catalyst for this discussion, the appointing of the elders, develops. Could the sensitive Miriam not have picked up on Tzipporah’s unhappiness until first now?  


There is another nuance in the dialogue between Miriam and Tzipporah that needs to be addressed. 


When Miriam relates to Tzipporah the significance of the candles lit in honor of the women’s husbands’ selection, it emphasizes their glee in seeing their men rise to שררה, positions of ‘authority’. Wouldn’t ‘greatness’ be more of an appropriate achievement, or perhaps ‘holiness’ having now been elevated to the exalted status of prophet? 


I would like to boldly suggest that Tzipporah, who certainly sacrificed much in her role of the greatest prophet who ever lived, never batted an eyelash when that opportunity came here way. She was devoted to the will of G-d unfailingly and happily, even if it meant forfeiting a more material aspect of her life with Moshe. Just as the pain of childbirth will always be there, the dividend makes it all worth it. So too, Tzipporah would remain the loyal wife of Moshe who as a couple no doubt epitomized the ideal of שכינה שרויה ביניהם, The Divine Presence dwells between a man and his wife, even lacking a component that might be a necessity for others. 


But she knew that not everyone can achieve that; she understood the sacrifice as none other did. When hearing from Miriam that they were rejoicing over their ‘men’s prominence’ as leaders, perhaps she sensed that it would take a much more heightened appreciation for the role they obtained in order to be satisfied and happy even if they would lose the intimacy of their husbands. 


It was truly Tzipporah’s great character that felt deeply for these noble women, sympathizing with the challenge they would face, that is being portrayed here. She clearly was totally at peace and happy with her lot, never betraying that sense of privilege in the manner she continued to act with others. 


It was Miriam’s misreading of Tzipporah’s comment, blinded by her misunderstanding of Moshe’s truly elevated status, that devolved into slander. 


There is an ancient kabbalistic tradition that there are ‘three revealed couples’ who are buried in the Me’aras HaMachpelah, and ‘two hidden’ ones. (ספר התמונה) 


The three are Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchok and Rivkah, Yaakov and Leah, and the two not as evident, Adam and Chavah, Moshe and Tzipporah. 


Although we are told Moshe was physically buried elsewhere in Mount Nevo, there are mystical attempts to explain this assertion according to kabbalah. 


Perhaps the message within this notion is that one should never make assumptions. Miriam did and ended up being taken to task for it. 


You never know. 


What might have appeared to be an imperfect marriage, turned out to be eternalized, together with the world’s first couple, as the paradigm of a perfect union as outlined in G-d’s original plan, despite apparent deficiencies. 


You never know! 


באהבה,


צבי יהודה טייכמאן

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