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Jilly's Bar and Grill collapsed early Wednesday morning in a 3-alarm fire. Fire officials began receiving calls around 4 a.m. for a building fire in the 1000 block of Reisterstown Road, Baltimore Fire Department Lt. Travis Francis said. Arriving firefighters found Jilly's Bar and Grill in heavy flames and quickly escalated it to a 3-alarm fire. Heavy smoke married with fog made for tough visibility. The building has collapsed. The fire is under control, but over 75 firefighters remain on the scene to control the fire. The fire did not spread to the adjacent building, which is Br...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own. What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about? TableTalk features: •        ...
Trump says additional peace agreements will be announced between Israel and Arab countries after the US presidential election. US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that additional peace agreements will be announced between Israel and Arab countries after the presidential election. Speaking to reporters before leaving for a rally in Michigan, Trump said, “We have five but we really have probably nine or ten that are right in the mix. We’re going to have a lot — I think we’ll have all of them — eventually.” Asked when those prospective deals will likely be finalized, Trump replied, “It’ll be largely after [the election]. “We’re doing a lot of work right now and I’m involved in all of those deals. The beauty is it&...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 23, 2020 - Tehilim for Women every night this week Sunday-Thursday at 9:30 PM and Friday morning at 9:00 AM for Rebitzin Dr. Aviva Weisbord, Aviva bas Shaina Chana Call-In: 563.999.2090   Passcode 387377Tehilim led by Rebbetzin Etti Rosenbaum.
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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 26, 2020 - As BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) continues to support our community by building on the information provided by, among others, the JCOVID Medical Team, we are now offering E-Mail registration for daily updates. For additional needs we have also added a chat service that will be monitored throughout the day. Be among the first to be informed by clicking on the graphic below and entering your information. 
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 22, 2020 -  COVID-19 testing for this week is as follows:Testing on Motzoei Shabbos October 24th from 9:15-10pm. Sun., Oct. 25 -Thurs., Oct 29 from 7:30PM - 8:15 PM at the Star-K building parking lot at 122 Slade Ave Baltimore, MD 21208. NEW - DAILY session for rapid (only) testing is available every morning (Sun-Fri) at Bnos Yisroel. Sunday 10:30-11:30am, Monday-Friday 9:30-10:15am. This is for symptomatic patients ONLY. Regular PCR testing will not be available. The evening sessions at STAR-K will offer both rapid and PCR.  For children age 8 or younger who need an earlier time slot, please call 443-961-7285 to arrange. If you have questions about the rapid testing, please call 443-961-7285, visit https://hatzalahbaltimore.o...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 26, 2020 - The building has been a landmark of our community, sitting on the busiest and most visible corner in Pikesville. Yes, the familiar yellow building on the corner of Reisterstown Road and Old Court Road, with Shua Bier's Platinum Law Group, LLC, as its most visible tenant, has office space vacancy.  There are a few vacancies for both suites and executive offices, with month-by-month pricing starting at just $595 per month for a private office (with use of the conference room and many other included amenities). This building has been a breeding ground for many young successful businesses in our community, with several flourishing small businesses established and comfortably operating. There has been an uptick in demand for the private a...
The United States has recorded more than 500,000 new cases over the past week for the first time as states and cities resort to imposing new restrictions that range from nightly business curfews to barring indoor dining, an effort to contain the virus that is again raging across the country, especially the American heartland. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday that he was ordering a halt to indoor restaurant dining and bar service in Chicago, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30. The city joins New York and Wisconsin, states that earlier this month issued restrictions or outright bans on indoor dining in restaurants and bars to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions have been loudly opposed by a restaurant industry that has been de...
Antibodies against the novel coronavirus declined rapidly in the British population during the summer, a study found on Tuesday, suggesting protection after infection may not be long lasting and raising the prospect of waning immunity in the community. Scientists at Imperial College London have tracked antibody levels in the British population following the first wave of COVID-19 infections in March and April. Their study found that antibody prevalence fell by a quarter, from 6% of the population around the end of June to just 4.4% in September. That raises the prospect of decreasing population immunity ahead of a second wave of infections in recent weeks that has forced local lockdowns and restrictions. Read more at NEWSMAX.
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Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Lech Lecha

Baltimore, MD – Oct. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.


What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?


TableTalk features:


•             Weekly halachic dilemma creating lively discussion


•             Parsha thought offering insight into the Parsha


•             Mitzvah Meme; a short aphorism with some depth


•             Story of a great person and great deeds


•             Small riddle related to the Parsha


•             An insight to HaShem’s incredible world of science


•             Answer to last week’s halachic dilemma




Click on the graphic below for this week’s parasha to read the most interesting 4-pages your Shabbos table will ever experience.



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Two US lawmakers are expected to unveil a bipartisan bill that would open the door to the US transferring bunker-buster munitions to Israel if the Iranian nuclear threat escalates, the Jewish Insider reported Tuesday. According to the report, the bill, co-sponsored by Democratic New Jersey Representative Josh Gottheimer and Florida Republican Brian Mast, zooms in on the so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). The MOP is a munition with a weight of some 14,000 kilograms (30,000 pounds) that is specifically designed to destroy targets hidden deep underground. Other bunker-buster munitions in the US arsenal include missiles capable of breaching through meters of concrete; in 2015, such weapons were part of a massive $1.9 billion US arms sale to the IDF meant to quell the Isr...
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov urged the Palestinian Authority to resume cooperation with Israel, speaking in a special briefing on the Middle East in the UN Security Council Monday. These concerns came amid concerns over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Palestinian-controlled territories. “As we remain focused on urgent health concerns, the viability of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is being severely undermined by an economic and fiscal crisis that has been exacerbated by the Palestinian decision to end civilian and security coordination with Israel,” the UN envoy said. The Palestinian leadership stopped accepting tax revenue in protest of Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, con...
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, a status one step closer to citizenship, his lawyer told state media on Thursday. Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client is not considering applying for Russian citizenship at this time. Snowden’s residence permit expired on April 30 but was automatically extended until June 15 amid the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic, TASS reported. When the country’s lockdown was lifted, Snowden applied for another extension, according to the outlet. Read more at Fox News.
Antisemitic graffiti was found on a campaign sign for a Jewish candidate in Arizona. Seth Blattman, a Democrat running for the Arizona State Senate, told a group of local TV stations that “it was extremely sad” to see a swastika drawn on his forehead and the word “killer” written in all capitalized letters across his neck on the sign. “Someone that I’ve never met, never seen, hates me for a reason I can’t control, because of who I was born to be,” he said. Blattman mentioned that he lost family members in the Holocaust. “I had a great aunt that I remember as a kid asking what the number on her arm meant,” he said. As of Saturday, Blattman had said he’s considering filing a police report. In Arizona, vandalizing a politi...
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A 1700-year-old boundary stone, inscribed with the name "Kfar Nafah" in Greek, was uncovered in an archaeological excavation led by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) near the Nafah army base on the Golan Heights. According to archaeologists: It is exciting and amazing that the name of the place has been preserved for so many years, even when no signs of settlement continuity were found in the area. The "Nafah army base" recently made headlines in the famous Israeli TV series on the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Valley of Tears  (Hebrew: Sh‘at Ne‘ila) on Channel Kan 11; but, an archaeological excavation conducted on the Golan Heights last month revealed for the first time that the name "Nafah" was given to the site as early as 1700 years ago. The boundary stone was disc...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 27, 2020 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira Mrs. Harriet Schimmel, a’h, mother of Mindy (Gary) Rockwood, Jay Schimmel, and Karla (Gary) Miller Shiva will be observed on the deck, (weather permitting, otherwise by phone 410.370.1907) on the left side of the house, at 2832 Taney Road, Baltimore, MD 21209, through Monday morning, Nov. 2.  Visiting hours: 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 7pm-8pmVisits outdoors on their deck, when weather permits, or by phone 410-370-1907. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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When, as they approach Egypt, Avram asks Sarai to pretend she is his sister, he explains “so that it will be good for me and I will remain alive because of you.” (Beraishis, 12:13) Rashi’s comment on the words “it will be good for me” – “so that they [the Egyptians] will give me gifts” – puzzled me, as they surely have many, for years.  Avram, who later in the parshah (14:23) spurned even a shoelace from the king of Sdom, is concerned with gifts? An intriguing possible understanding of Rashi’s words occurred to me. Shlomo HaMelech, in Mishlei (15:27) teaches us that “the one who hates gifts will live.” It may be that the greatest expression of that attitude isn’t only “in theory,&rdq...
Curbside recycling will remain suspended in Baltimore City through at least mid-December, Department of Public Works officials said Tuesday. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  https://bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: https://bit.ly/3aYxo4v “National health reports indicate that the COVID-19 virus is beginning to surge. Some contributing factors to the surge include individuals moving from congregating outdoors to indoors," acting DPW Director Matthew W. Garbark said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, DPW will not resume curbside recycling collections at this time." An update is expected on Dec. 15. Read more at WBAL
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