The article you were looking for could not be found.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says the public is "going to be shocked" when it learns how little Dr. Anthony Fauci could recall during last week's deposition about "some of the most important actions and discussions" when he was chief medical adviser to Presidents Trump and Biden during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I think that the public is going to be shocked as to how much Dr. Fauci can’t recall some of the most important actions and discussions that he had at the time, when the pandemic was on our shores," the Republican AG said in an interview with Fox News Digital. "It is...
Former national security adviser John Bolton said he thinks Republicans are looking for a “fresh face” to lead the party, becoming the latest former Trump ally to suggest the GOP move away from the former president. Bolton, who served in the Trump White House from 2018 to 2019, pointed to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as a possible contender in a recent interview with The Guardian. “[DeSantis has] had a very successful run as governor of Florida. He won re-election on Nov. 8 with a big majority. A lot of people look to him as the next generation candidate,” Bolton said, according to The Guardian. “That’s one of Trump’s biggest problems – his act is old and tired now.” Former President Trump officially announced his thi...
PINNED
Scroll for more news
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 27, 2022 - For more information click on the graphic below. 
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday appeared to take aim at former President Donald Trump over his decision to host rapper Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes for dinner last week at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, NBC News reported. The GOP's Senate leader opened his weekly news conference by saying, "First, let me just say that there is no room in the Republican Party for antisemitism or white supremacy. And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States." McConnell did not mention Trump in his remarks and when pressed by reporters about whether he would support the former president if he wins the GOP nomination in 2024, McConnell did ...
A federal jury in Washington on Tuesday found Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, another member of the organization, guilty of seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, NBC News reported. Three other members of the group who were on trial alongside Rhodes and Meggs — Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell — were found not guilty on the seditious conspiracy charge, according to the report. All five defendants were found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting for their actions on Jan. 6. Watkins was also found guilty on a count of civil disorder and aiding and abetting because, as she admitted on the stand, she helped push against officers inside the Cap...
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 29, 2022 - Moreinu Harav Kulefsky’s 22nd Yahrtzeit On Gimel Kislev, Sunday Nov. 27,  Yeshivas Ner Yisrael had a Seudas Siyum marking the 22nd Yahrtzeit of the Rosh Hayeshiva, Moreinu Harav Yaakov Moshe Kulefsky zt”l. Harav Dovid Rosenbaum gave a shiur in the Yeshiva Bais Medrash of the Rosh Hayeshiva zt”l’s Torah. At lunch, following the siyum by Rabbi Sholom Tendler, the bnei hayeshiva heard divrei zichronos from the Rosh Hayeshiva, Harav Aharon Feldman shlit”a and Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua Schorr, Rov of The Woods Community, Lakewood NJ and talmid of Rav Kulefsky zt”l .
Read More
Baltimore, MD - Nov. 29, 2022 - 3:15PM -  Kashrus Notice: Due to a shipping error by one of our distributors we received a case of Non-Kosher Bush's Baked Beans, 28 ounce can. There is one can that we do not have accounted for.  While we do not see it being sold in our computer system, we are sending this out as a precaution in case it was inadvertently purchased by a customer this morning (11/29 between 730AM and 230PM). Reminder: Please check all items for proper kashrus symbols.
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Saturday called on soldiers to strive for “winning while maintaining humanity,” after two soldiers were suspended on Friday following a filmed confrontation with left-wing activists in Hebron. The footage showed one soldier, from the Givati infantry brigade, praising National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, telling left-wing activists that the minister would “create order here,” while a second is seen grabbing the head of an activist, wrestling him to the ground, and punching him in the face. Both soldiers have been suspended. In a letter, Kochavi wrote, “At the end of last week, we also witnessed an IDF soldier who did not only act in opposition to the IDF’s values and speak profanely t...
Leaked Palestinian Authority documents about Mahmoud Abbas, his entourage and his extended family’s participation in activities related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have once more revealed his priorities and the priorities of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. According to a report by Palestinian Media Watch on Monday, Abbas, the P.A., and the PLO have claimed that they have been in a severe financial crisis for almost a year. As a result, the P.A. has paid its employees (including terrorists) only 70-80% of their monthly salaries. This document from the office of Abbas provides details on his grandchildren accompanying him to Qatar and the World Cup:
Baltimore City's Board of Ethics has a problem with a recently passed council bill that changes the number of years elected officials have to serve in office before earning a pension. On Tuesday the Board wrote a letter to Mayor Brandon Scott requesting that he hold off on signing the bill into law, pending an advisory review. "The Ethics Board is concerned that it is impossible for the current Council, while in term, to have voted in favor of the amendment without giving the appearance of a conflict of interest; the terms of the Bill...serve the private and/or personal interests of the current Council." Council Bill 22-0292 as it's known, was sponsored by Council President Nick Mosby. It proposes that elected City officials who begin serving as of December 1 this year, would ...
Parsha Hashavua
Parshas Vayeitzei - Religion and Belongingness

Ya'akov barely escapes his homicidal brother, fleeing from his family, penniless and alone. Traveling at night to a faraway sanctuary, he is uncertain about his future and uncomfortable about his past. Though his mother supported him and promoted his interests, his father always favored his violent older brother. Even though Ya'akov secured his father’s blessings, he never received his father’s explicit endorsement.  As Yaakov departed for the unknown, he was still unsure whether his father endorsed his behavior. Carrying all that pain, uncertainty, and feelings of abandonment, Ya’akov flees to a safe refuge, hiding from his angry and vengeful brother. His nighttime journey is probably the loneliest scene in the entire book of Bereishit.


Lost and bewildered, Ya'akov goes vertical. dreaming of a heavenly ladder. Observing the angels hiking up and down, he realizes that he is no longer alone. Positioned atop the ladder, Hashem assures Ya'akov’s safe voyage and guarantees his ultimate return to Israel. Realizing that he now journeys under the watchful eye of Hashem, Ya’akov becomes more confident in his future prospects.


Before he dreams of the ladder Ya'akov discovered an additional anchor for his journey. The midrash narrates, that suddenly he realized that he walked where his grandfather Avraham once prayed. Halting his voyage, he too prays on this sacred ground, the very mountain of courage where Avraham was prepared to sacrifice it all. Between his heavenly dream and the memory of his grandfather, Ya’akov no longer travels alone. Protected by Hashem and accompanied by the memories of his legacy, he is filled with belonging and with purpose. With refreshed determination he sprints to his uncle’s house, brimming with confidence and optimism. Empowered by his new sense of purpose he hoists a heavy stone covering a well of water, personally lifting a load which an entire team of herdsman couldn’t budge. A lonely and frightened traveler has now transformed into a confident and formidable provider. He has been empowered by his meeting with Hashem and by his unexpected encounter with his past. He feels as if he belongs.




Belongingness


Identity is partially composed of our personal traits, values, achievements, dreams, and aspirations. However, these components only form one part of our identity. Additionally, we form our identity based upon the larger groups and institutions to which we belong. Human beings possess a primal need to belong to something larger than themselves. Social scientists refer to this as “belongingness”. Biologists trace this inner need to the evolutionary advantages of belonging to a tribe. In a harsh world of survival of the fittest, membership in larger groups assured safety, shelter, and food. Psychologists trace our need to belong to an inner loneliness which produces an unrelenting desire to bond with ideas and people beyond our own small lives. Either way, human identity is forged not only through personal experience and personal values, but through “belonging” as well.


Belongingness also shapes religious identity. As individuals, we yearn for a personal and private relationship with our Creator in heaven. We search for Him in the heavens and in the solitude of our souls. However, we aren’t just individual creatures of Hashem, we also belong to a long and illustrious lineage of people who found Hashem and lived according to His will. Religious identity is carved from personal belief coupled with collective belonging.  Since we received the eternal word of Hashem at Sinai, religious experience has been draped in human traditions transmitted across time.  Practicing those traditions along with the actual word of Hashem, enables our collective national belonging and forges religious identity.


For this reason, “masorah” or the collected traditions of Jewish ritual life are crucial to successful religious behavior and identity. The norms and conventions of “masorah” may not be legally institutionalized in the same manner as halacha proper, yet they anchor us to our heritage, convey belongingness and enrich religious experience. Whenever we adapt Jewish practice to changing realities, we must take care to also preserve traditions and masorah. Altering a tradition may not violate halacha and may also serve a larger beneficial purpose. However rearranging traditions can also disrupt historical continuity and sever us from belongingness.


In addition to belonging through religious traditions we also belong through affiliation with our national historical project of representing Hashem in this world. Throughout the ages we have paid a heavy price for disseminating knowledge of Hashem to a resistant and often hostile world. Identifying with that historical project also generates historical belongingness, which in turn, deepens religious identity.




Unbelonging


Modern man feels less “belonged” than ever before. The modern world stresses personal identity but devalues collective experience. Political democracy, and personal and economic freedom have all strengthened personal identity at the cost of the identity of belonging. The ideas and groupings to which human beings once belonged have begun to fray. Religious belief has diminished, national narratives have been shattered, and value systems have become muddled. In the past, people had a clearer sense of belonging and possessed a well-defined notion of which culture, religion or nation they were associated with. These associations have weakened and in the absence of more meaningful belonging, people latch on to superficial groups of belonging such as sports teams or political parties. Without authentic belonging human experience is becoming brittle and identity is becoming less sturdy.  


The modern challenges of belonging are severely damaging religious identity. It is difficult to craft successful religious experience solely through personal identity, without belonging to Jewish past and to the overall world of Judaism. In a world of unbelonging, attempts to build religion solely based upon personal experience are faltering. In previous eras multiple generations lived in the same city, providing a geographical anchor for belonging. In today’s mobile world, we are constantly migrating to new communities, rarely spending our entire lives in one location. We rarely attend the same schools as our parents, and we rarely pray in the same synagogues. There is less in our lives for our children to latch on to.


Recently I was asked which subject is most neglected in Jewish education across North America. As a Rabbi I was expected to select an area of Torah study which is overlooked and deserves more attention. Instead, I encouraged greater investment in the study of Jewish history. The current crisis of religious identity is, in part, a product of unbelonging. Studying additional Torah texts will not always create more belonging. Knowing our past and sensing our role in our future just might.


Rabbi Soloveitchik penned a famous religious essay entitled “The Lonely man of Faith” which captures private odyssey of religious experience. Have we become too lonely and is this damaging our faith? Can we be more successful if we don’t build religious identity alone?




The writer is a rabbi at Yeshivat Har Etzion/Gush, a hesder yeshiva. He has smicha and a BA in computer science from Yeshiva University, as well as a master’s degree in English literature from the City University of New York. The writer is a rabbi at Yeshivat Har Etzion/Gush, a hesder yeshiva. He has smicha and a BA in computer science from Yeshiva University, as well as a master’s degree in English literature from the City University of New York.

Read More
Police Sergeant Majors David Yoel and Menashe Naftali, the officers who responded to the terrorist ramming attack in which a female soldier was moderately injured Tuesday morning and eliminated the attacker, described the pursuit of the terrorist. The policemen said: "We noticed a vehicle driving wildly, and at the same time we were hearing reports about an attack. We realized that it was the terrorist's vehicle. We spread out and stopped the vehicle, and fired at him, and he continued to escape towards Givat Assaf. We drove after him - he was endangering the other drivers on the road - and in the area of the checkpoint we approached him." The terrorist had a work permit and had been employed at a Rami Levy store in Binyamin about a month ago. He was also armed with a knif...
Dan's Deal reports that most of the passengers who were collectively denied boarding on their connecting flight 1334 to Budapest after flying on Lufthansa flight 401 from JFK to Frankfurt earlier this year have come to a settlement with the airline. Sources tell me that the airline has agreed to settle for $20,000 plus $1,000 to cover expenses related to the incident. The law firm that negotiated that settlement is taking 18% of the $20,000, leaving passengers with $16,400 plus $1,000 to cover expenses, for a total of $17,400 per passenger. Those checks are now being sent out. Roughly 128 passengers were denied boarding and 2 were allowed to board. If the airline paid out $21,000 to each of them, that would be an expense of about $2.7 million. However some passengers weren’t ...
SimchasSimchas Simcha
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said that House lawmakers will take up legislation on Wednesday to stop a nationwide strike by railroad workers, saying Congress needs to intervene to prevent devastating job losses. In a press conference, Mrs. Pelosi said that the House will aim to quickly pass legislation that accepts the original labor union agreement negotiated by Biden administration officials plus additional railway worker benefits added from subsequent negotiations. “I don’t like going against the ability of unions to strike, but weighing the equities, we must avoid a strike. Jobs will be lost, even union jobs will be lost, water will not be safe, product will not be going to market,” she said Tuesday after meeting with President Biden...
 Baltimore, MD – Nov. 29, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Stu Indecks, z’l, father of Mrs. Bonnie (Eric) Horowitz. The Levaya will be Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022  in Los Angeles Shiva will be observed beginning Dec. 1 at 7505 Slade Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21208 Shiva times: Starting 12/1/22 from 9:00am-9:00pm - Friday,  until 1:00PM Bila Hamaves Lanetzach...
Nichum AveilimNichum Aveilim Aveilim
Baltimore City and county police are looking into reports of fake ride-share drivers after at least two reports of robberies and kidnappings early Monday morning. The victim told police he ordered a ride-share from the valet area of Horseshoe Casino. From the start, the alleged driver headed in the wrong direction and when the victim started asking questions, the driver pulled over. That's when another vehicle showed up and five or six men armed with guns approached, ordering the victim out of the car and demanding his cellphone after striking him several times, police said. Police said the suspects then got back into their cars and drove away. "It's a little shocking because I personally use Uber to get home safely, so it's kind of the opposite of what I want," said Div...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 28, 2022 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Zelig Davidson & Tova Cohn on their engagement. Mazel Tov parents Yakov & Breindy Davidson and Gobbie & Shayna Cohn. Mazel Tov to grandparents Mrs. Florence (Ralph, z’l) Davidson, Mr. Louis and Mrs. Helen Kaplan and Mrs. Bracha (Avi, z’l) Strimber and Jeff & Karen Cohn.   יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
Job Listings Jobs
Two amazing passages appear in this week's Torah portion and both of them teach us much about the power of love.At the beginning of the parasha, we read that Rachel Imeinu comes to water her flock at a well which is covered with a massive stone. Generally speaking, a combined effort of several shepherds is needed to move this stone from the mouth of the well. But what happens when Ya'akov takes one look at Rachel? "When Ya'akov saw Rachel . . . he went up and rolled the stone off the mouth of the well." Suddenly the heavy stone becomes light. Inspired by the sight of Rachel, Ya'akov virtually defies the law of gravity itself.Afterwards, Ya'akov works seven years in order to marry Rachel, and this period is described in the following beautiful verse: "So Ya'ako...
Five House Republicans have thrown Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s chance to become speaker in jeopardy by publicly opposing his bid. McCarthy (R-CA) needs every Republican vote he can pick up to become speaker. The position requires the support of 218 members of the House. With Republicans estimated to have a slim 222-seat majority, McCarthy can lost four votes form his party at most if he is to be elected speaker. Currently, there are at least five GOP House reps who oppose his speakership. There are also others who remain undecided, Fox News reported. Members vocally opposed to McCarty include Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Classifieds Classifieds
The vast majority of U.S. voters want to avoid a rail strike that would rattle the nation’s economy, according to a poll commissioned by the Association of American Railroads.  The survey, conducted by Forbes Tate Partners, found that 92 percent of voters believe it’s “important” for the U.S. to avert a strike, including 71 percent who say it’s “very important.” Eighty-five percent of those surveyed said that a rail strike would worsen inflation.  Roughly 115,000 freight railroad workers could go on strike as soon as Dec. 9 if labor unions cannot reach a contract agreement with railroads that satisfies workers’ demands for paid sick leave and more flexible scheduling.  Four of the 12 unions have not ratified a deal...
“Gaslighting” — behavior that’s mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Lookups for the word on merriam-webster.com increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before. But something else happened. There wasn’t a single event that drove significant spikes in curiosity, as it usually goes with the chosen word of the year. The gaslighting was pervasive. “It’s a word that has risen so quickly in the English language, and especially in the last four years, that it actually came as a surprise to me and to many of us,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s unveiling. “...
More articles