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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 25, 2020 - 11:52 AM - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira Mrs. Hannah (M. Leo, Z’L) Storch, a’h, mother of Mrs. Mindy Spetner, Mrs. Judy (Bregin) Gross, and Mr. Frank Storch. The levayah will take place today, Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2:00 PM outside in the parking lot of the Bais Yaakov Smith Ave. campus.Please remain in your carAccess for the Levayah and the Kevurah (Kevurah is private):A) Click here for Video Access   B) Call-In conference number: 712.775.7300 Code: 152533#  PLS DO NOT PRE...
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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 24, 2020 - Starting Sunday...While Being Apart, Let's Come Together for Bonei Olam 
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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.
Joe Biden';s vow to phase out the oil industry at Thursday's debate creates a problem for Democratic candidates in red-leaning states and swing House districts as it gives Republicans an opening to tie them to their party’s left wing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in April of last year that he wanted to make the 2020 election “a referendum on socialism.” 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 That strategy ran into a big problem when Democrats nominated Biden, a candidate who developed a reputation as a moderate during his decades in Washington, for president. Now Biden...
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Baltimore, MD – Oct. 22, 2020 - The name “Summit Park” may not ring a bell for many veterans here in the frum community of Baltimore. However, over the past few years, our community has grown by leaps and bounds causing many young families to make the move to this beautiful neighborhood where housing is more available and affordable. With the recent pressing need for a community shul in the area, a fledgling Friday-night minyan, who called themselves Congregation Ohr HaTorah, stepped up to the plate and hired a young and energetic rav, Rabbi Duvi Rubin. Since his hiring in April 2019, Rabbi Rubin has transformed the minyan into a thriving kehilla with over thirty-five young families and counting. Rabbi Rubin is a musmach of Yeshivas Ner Yisrael, a current member of its es...
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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. 18, 2020 - Cong. Tiferes Yisroel (Rabbi Goldberger's Shul) 34th Anniversary Concert 2020 Sunday, October 25, 2020 • 7 Cheshvan 5781 8:00 PM - 9:30 PMLivestreamed JOIN US FOR THE CONCERT! We are excited to be bringing Israeli entertainer and composer extraordinaire, Yonatan Razel, to Baltimore, via livestream, to join in our anniversary celebration on October 25 when we will be honoring Keely and Jillian Goldberger. Livestream begins at 8:00 pm.  "Doors open" at 7:45 pm. We will activate the livestream link, below, before the concert. MEET AND GREET! Join us on ZOOM at 7:45 pm for a Meet and Greet! Then, at 8:00, leave Zoom and join the livestream concert. The password for the Zoom will be sent in a reminder email for those who are subscrib...
President Trump's campaign took over YouTube's masthead on Sunday, placing a 7-figure ad buy to secure some of the most coveted and pricey real estate on the internet. The 24-hour takeover features five different ads, with two spots promoting Trump’s support among Black and Latino voters, and three spots attacking Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on taxes, the former vice president's mental sharpness, and Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. 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 By Nov. 3, the Trump campaign will have secured the YouTube masthead 20 times this cycle, i...
Republicans cleared a key hurdle Sunday for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, paving the way for her confirmation on Monday. 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 Senators voted 51-48 to begin winding down debate on Barrett’s nomination. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted with Democrats against moving forward A final vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court is expected to take place by Monday evening, roughly a month after President Trump announced his intention to nominate her to succeed the late Justice Ruth B...
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Parshas Noach - Quarantining for 14 Days

Just by matter of simple observation, it occurred to me that Noach's family's adventures in the teiva constitute the paradigmatic case of quarantine. They were certainly confined for far longer than any of us have (so far) but then again, it's not like they had any reason to want to leave. It was clear to them - for almost all of the time - that they were much better off inside than out.


However, Rav Moshe Feinstein, in Kol Ram, makes an intriguing and most appropriate observation on Noach's final days in confinement. At the beginning of the flood, Rashi comments (7:7) that Noach demonstrated a slight lack of faith in only entering the ark after the flood waters forced him to. However we are to understand this criticism of Noach, it appears he did not follow HaShem's command until the "facts on the ground" compelled him to.  Rav Moshe points out that Noach atones for this on the other end. After investing quite a bit of effort in bird-based testing and waiting at least 14 days (sound familiar?), Noach appears to have sufficient evidence that the waters have sufficiently receded and it was safe to exit. Nevertheless, Noach did not. He waited until HaShem explicitly commanded to leave.


We have certainly faced many challenges over this last while with all sort of decrees - whether they come from rabbinic leadership, medical personnel or government officials - which we find difficult to follow and perhaps even at some times not logical in our minds. Noach's care and patience should serve as an inspiration to us all to get through these difficult times.


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On the lighter side (since, as illustrated below, the teiva was quite heavy): A good friend of mine and noted author, Mordechai Bodek, wrote a humourous book called Extracts From Noah's Diary. Check it out!

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Baltimore, MD - Oct. 25, 2020 - 1:13 PM - Following a sudden power outage in the area causing its sudden closure, Seven Mile Market announces its reopening at 1:30 PM. Seven Mile Market thanks all customers for their patience and understanding
A sign of the times? Reuters/Ipsos has conducted a poll asking respondents whether or not they will accept the results of the 2020 US presidential election. That in itself could be news… but no one seems to be batting an eyelid. After all, this is the post-truth generation, the generation of “fake news,” of “lamestream media,” of allegations of Russian and/or Iranian meddling with election results, of conspiracy theories both small and large… and so, no – the fact that such a poll has been conducted at all is not news. The results, presumably, are. Donald Green, a political scientist at Columbia University, quoted by Reuters, says that the poll’s findings are reassuring and that they have “eased his concerns about post-election findi...
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More than 50 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election with 11 days to go in the campaign, a pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in over a century, according to data from the US Elections Project on Friday. The eye-popping figure is a sign of intense interest in the contest between Republican Donald Trump and Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger, as well as Americans’ desire to reduce their risk of exposure to Covid-19, which has killed more than 221,000 people across the United States. 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 Many states have expanded in-person early voting a...
'The situation we are going through is extreme,' Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday Spain declared a national state of emergency Sunday, and a curfew covering all of Spain except the Canary Islands, in a bid to curb a second wave of coronavirus cases. 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 The new state of emergency will last until the beginning of May, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised speech, adding "the situation we are going through is extreme." The measures were agreed earlier Sunday at a two-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting convened to respond to calls from the regions for powers to impos...
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'Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health' US Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a spokesman said, the latest in a list of figures connected to Donald Trump's administration to do so. 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 Marc Short began quarantine and was assisting in the contract tracing process, Pence spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement. "Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," he added. Pence, who has been campai...
Meanwhile, a malfunction caused by switching to winter time has prevented the release of new morbidity data Israel’s Covid-19 czar Prof Ronni Gamzu warned Sunday that if the state does not increase the number of screening tests he will not recommend lifting lockdown restrictions. 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 Speaking to Hebrew-language outlet Ynet, he stressed his hope that by next week Israel will reach its morbidity goals in order to reopen elementary schools. However, he did mention that the Finance and Education Ministries are still at odds over the budget required for applying the reopening outline. &...
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But new appointment of Sultan may delay landmark deal The next Arab country most likely to sign a normalization deal with Israel is Oman, broadcaster Channel 12 reported Saturday night. 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 Washington and Jerusalem are working extensively to make the deal come to pass before the US election on November 3, the report added. However, due to Oman’s recent appointment of new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Israeli officials cast doubt an announcement would arrive in the next 10 days as Oman is interested not to haste with its decision-making, outlet Maariv reported...
Baltimore, MD – Oct. 25, 2020 – 12:20 PM - Due to a power outage in the area, Seven Mile Market has just closed but hopes to reopen at 2:30PM. More details to follow as available. Seven Mile Market apologizes to is shoppers for the inconvenience.
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Foreign citizens have been banned from entering Israel since the beginning of the Corona crisis. Today, Ofer Lafler, spokesperson for the Israeli Aviation Authority notified Chaim V’Chessed CEO Rabbi Paysach Freedman that this ban will be extended until at least December 1.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   Israeli passports holders, as well as toshavei keva and toshavei arai may enter Israel, though they must keep 14 days of quarantine, unless they arrive from a Green country. There are certain exceptional circumstances under which foreign citizens may receive entry permits to I...
 Following are excerpts from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the Cabinet meeting, today (Sunday, 25 October 2020):  "Today, I am submitting for Cabinet ratification the historic peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates, which has been approved by the Knesset. The Cabinet will also approve sending to the Knesset the agreement on establishing peaceful ties with Bahrain.  As you know, over the weekend we also declared an additional normalization agreement, this time with Sudan, which had been an enemy country until a few years ago. It cooperated with Iran in smuggling very dangerous war materiel to Hamas for use against Israel. This change began as the result of our steadfast stand against Iran, as the result of our taking actions agains...
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