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First Report - Pardoned: With Hours Left to His Presidency, Trump Commutes Sentences of Shalom Weiss, Eli Weinstein, and Others Watch: Rabbi Shlomo Horwitz The Shocking Story that Happened at Midnight! (Video) Israel's Lockdown Extended, No Changes to Flight Rules, Tests to be Required Gov. Hogan's Proposed Budget Would Spend Heavily On Tax Relief, Education Trump Has Talked To Associates About Forming New Political Party: Report Biden Admin To Seek 2-state Solution To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Despite Skepticism Of 'Near-term Prospects': Blinken Video: Tlaib Calls Israel ‘Racist’ For Not Offering COVID Vaccines In Palestinian Territories Sheloshim For Israeli Terror Victim Esther Horgen, a'h, H'yd, To Be Observed Over Zoom Capitol Rioter Told His Children They’d ‘Get Shot’ If They Turned Him In NYC Will Run Out Of COVID-19 Vaccines By Friday, De Blasio Warns Graham: Biden’s First Days Ushering In Radical Agenda Poll Claims 20% Of Republicans Want Trump Convicted In Senate Doctors Suggest Wearing Two Masks To Create ‘Obstacle Course’ For Covid-19 Parler CEO Hopeful Platform Can Be Back By End Of January Panel: China, WHO Acted Too Slow To Stop Pandemic Trump Seeks To Box-In Biden With Executive Actions Trump Says He Is Declassifying More Documents In Russia Probe Watch/Read: Dr. Dov Frankel - What You Should Know About The New Strains of COVID-19 (Video) Virtual Azkara Event for Women: Shloshim of Rebbetzin Dr. Aviva Weisbord, a'h, Sunday, Jan. 24 U.S. Tops 400,000 Covid-19 Deaths
As President Trump enters the final hours of his term, he has pardoned a number of high profile individuals. As President Trump enters the final hours of his term, he has commuted the sentences of a number of high profile individuals. President Trump has commuted the sentence of Shalom Weiss, the recipient of what is believed to be the longest-ever white-collar prison sentence. This commutation was supported by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Solicitors General Ken Starr and Seth Waxman, former United States Representative Bob Barr, numerous members of the New York legislatu...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 20, 2021 - Virtual Azkara Event for Women: Shloshim of Rebbetzin Dr. Aviva Weisbord, a'h, Sunday, Jan. 24. Click on graphic, below
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In conjunction with our Anniversary, 7 Mile Market invites you to ENTER THE 2021 SHARE YOUR SEVEN MILE MARKET EXPERIENCE CONTEST! In 150 words or less, paragraph, poem, or song, share your 7 Mile Market experience in ONE of these categories: MOST HEARTWARMING • MOST HUMOROUS • MOST HASHGACHA PRATIS (DIVINE PROVIDENCE) Email entries to Sevenmilemarketcontest@gmail.com by Sunday, January 24, 2021, 11:59 PM All entries must be typed, indicate category in the email subject line, and include a full name, age, and phone number. By entering you agree to have your submission published if you are selected as a winner. One entry per person. Winners will receive a $100 7 Mile Market gift card!
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 18, 2021 - Accu Reference Labs Serology (Antibody) Testing will be available next Sunday, Jan 24th from 12-4 at 122 Slade. Ave. Suite 101. By Appointment only. You must have a written and signed prescription or letter from your Dr in order to be tested. No walk-ins will be accepted. Click here to sign up .
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Baltimore, MD - Dec. 28, 2020 - Tehilim for Women every night as a zechus for a Refuah Shleimah  for Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger, Harav Sheftel Meir Ben Chaya Yehudis. Sunday -Thursday - 10 PM Friday morning- 9:00 AM Motzei Shabbos- 10 PMCall-In: 425-436-6391.  Access code: 6260369
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Earlier this week, media reports claimed that Israeli authorities were set to severely restrict flights out of Israel. This news sent many with travel plans scrambling to leave Israel earlier than scheduled, due to fears of being barred from traveling. In fact, our governmental sources tell us that this proposal did not even come up for discussion at yesterday’s much awaited Cabinet meeting. The cabinet did vote to extend the current lockdown until the end of January. However, no further restrictions were made for travel out of Israel. A notable addition, however, is the requirement for inbound passengers to present a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of departure for Israel. This rule will take effect of January 23. As usual, much confusion s...
Thanks to belt-tightening done as the coronavirus pandemic hit Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday was able to announce a proposed budget he said would provide more than $1 billion in tax relief and aid to struggling Marylanders and small businesses while maintaining essential services. Hogan previewed the 2022 fiscal year budget at a news conference in Annapolis. He would not say what the total amount budgeted is but talked about key line items. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens The budget includes the proposals in the RELIEF Act, which Hogan said he wants lawmakers to take up an...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 18, 2021 - Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion is more than just a shul. Our communal approach, educational opportunities, spiritual programming and multi-generational appeal are the four directions that allow us to truly serve as the Baltimore community’s compass. As a pillar of the Baltimore community, our goal has always been to stand as a resource for all. The official home to Maalot and WITS, BJSZ also continuously offers an expansive array of educational classes, lectures, programs and shiurim throughout the year. BJSZ is known as a center of learning, both academically and spiritually, for men and women, from Baltimore and beyond. We pride ourselves on our multi-generational approach, appealing to community members of all ages. It’s not uncommon to see families...
President Trump has reportedly floated the possibility of starting a new political party as he prepares to leave the White House amid internal struggles within the Republican Party. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Trump has discussed the matter with associates in the last week, suggesting he would call it the "Patriot Party." Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens According to the Journal, it's unclear how serious the outgoing president is about starting a new party. The outlet notes that Trump's wide base of supporters were not heavily invo...
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Pashas Bo - Our Story

Redemption was well under way as the entire country of Egypt had been ravaged by interminable calamities. Once a superpower capable of supporting the entire planet, the Egyptian empire was gradually reduced to rubble. Moshe’s fame was quickly spreading throughout Egypt as popular opinion swung against Pharo’s inflexible policies. However, despite all this rapid change, the Jews remained muted and sidelined. Before the makkot began, the Jews were incapable of rallying around Moshe's call to freedom; they were burdened by their bondage and their spirit was too compressed to believe in a future vision. During the first seven makkot they were invisible. How would this incapacitated people be awakened to the accelerating redemption?


The opening verses of parshat Bo provides the solution: the Jews are directed to study the final three makkot, and to retell this “story” to their children and grandchildren. Somehow this promise of “storytelling” awakens the spirit of the slaves, frees their imagination, and galvanizes them into redemptive mode. By the end of parshat Bo, the Jews have defied their tormenters by sacrificing a Pesach offering, and they ultimately march from Egypt with arms stretched to heaven in triumph. Telling their story has transformed them.

People are always transformed when they sense that their lives are part of a ‘larger story’. Generally, stories are told about and epic events with consequential outcomes; stories rarely speak of common or humdrum moments of daily life. By viewing our lives as part of a larger story we realize the value or import of our behavior and the magnitude of our decisions.


Additionally, stories contain a “narrative flow” of related chapters. A snapshot provides an isolated image whereas a story is a presents a current of different sections. A particular chapter in a story is shaped by previous chapters and will determine the arch of future chapters. Framing our lives as part of a larger story connects our individual lives to the heroes of the past and the unknown inheritors of our future. Living life as part of a “story” lends heft as well as verticality to our personal experiences.  


The midrash comments upon the lukewarm attempts of Reuven to rescue Yosef from murderous brothers.  Rather than swiftly spiriting Yosef out of harm’s way, Reuven tarries, and, ultimately, Yosef is unloaded.  Had Reuven realized that the Torah would document his efforts to save Yosef, the midrash asserts, he would have carried his brother on his very own shoulders to safety. Sadly, Reuven didn’t realize that this moment was historic and that his decision would shape a larger story. Had Reuven sensed the gravitas of the moment he would have acted more courageously and more definitely.  


Retelling this dramatic story of slavery and redemption transformed their ‘empty lives’ of slaves into historic lives of freemen. Slaves exist in perpetual “survival mode” empty of any larger meaning. Telling their story to future generations of Jewish conferred meaning and historical sweep to the lives of this newly minted nation. Hearing that they would bear grandchildren signaled the launching of a process which would ripple far beyond their lifetimes and far beyond the sands of the looming desert. This idea that their lives were in fact a “story” liberated their crushed spirits, unleashed their trapped imagination, and instigated their role in the redemption from Egypt.


 


Each generation has its distinctive challenges. One hundred years ago, immigrants arriving in the West struggled to observe Shabbat in a six-day work week. Subsequent generations battled against trends of secularization and the weakening of Halachik fidelity. Thankfully, the past 30 years has witnessed a revival of religious interest and an uptick in religious observance. Perhaps our current struggle lies in acknowledging that our lives are part of a larger story of the Jews. In past generations, persecution of Jews created an immediate “alliance” with past chapters of the Jewish story which also were characterized by discrimination and suffering. Thankfully, the world has turned friendlier toward Jews making it difficult for many to sense the contemporary chapter of this story of the Jews. Furthermore, Jews have now become part of many ‘alternate’ stories: Jews now see themselves as authors of the story of democracy, of science, of modern culture, of social justice, and of many other stories. Many of these ‘agendas’ can be viewed as part of the larger “Jewish story”, but often they are ‘read’ as separate storylines, unrelated to our common Jewish story. An additional challenge to viewing our lives as part of the Jewish story is the wealth and comfort which our communities has acquired. Wealth and material comfort impact our personal lives and certainly empower us to achieve more important goals. However, the pursuit of material comfort per se, isn’t part of any “larger story”. It is a very fleeting and individual value and threatens to sever us from any larger story beyond our own narrow lives. Perhaps, our generation should give some thought toward restoring our ability to place our lives within this larger story.  


In some ways the corona crisis (and the hopefully conclusion of this pandemic) can help us appreciate that our lives are part of a story. This experience will be studied extensively over the next twenty years and this story will profoundly impact our culture, our economics our politics and many other sectors of our society. Living through an event of this sweep and magnitude should help us envision our lives as part of a larger story of human history.


A few weeks ago, our generation lost its greatest spokesman of Judaism- Rabbi Sacks z"l. He reminded Jews that “our” story is also “their” story. For the past two thousand years our eternal story seemed peripheral to the more “prevailing” story of humanity at large. Rabbi Sacks eloquently articulated that the Jewish story was a microcosm of the larger story of humanity. The Jewish odyssey provided vital messages for the larger narrative of humanity. Rabbi Sacks reminded us that Jews live an eternal story which is also a universal story. This reminder should also make it easier for us to align our lives with the story of the Jews. This is the story of all humankind throughout all eras; we are expected to be part of this grand story.


Of course, having returned to the land in which this entire story began also helps. Recently Rabbi Yehuda Henkin, an important Israeli Rabbinic leader passed. Tragically, in 2015, his son and daughter-in-law were murdered in a terrorist attack in front of their four children. I visited his wife Chana during her shiva. Having pioneered women’s learning through her institution called Nishmat, she was visited by many ‘comforters’. A group of seminary girls visited, and Mrs. Henkin addressed the group by asking how books of Tanach were written. A girl responded correctly that there were twenty-four. At which point Mrs. Henkin corrected her “There are now twenty-five books. Our people are writing a new book and it details the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland. My children are written in that book”. Living in this new era of Jewish history we must be able to view our lives as part of that Book.


 


 

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Benjamin Horgen said he has been focused on “continuing in Esther’s path of positive thinking and seeing the good in life,” while at the same time noting that he has been thrust into the realm of Israel advocacy Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens  Family and friends of Esther Horgen, the 52-year-old Israeli mother of six who was murdered by an Arab terrorist last month, are organizing a Zoom event for the general public on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, to mark her shloshim—the culmination of the traditional 30-day Jewish mourning period sinc...
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President-elect Joe Biden and his administration, in their first 100 days, will usher in the most “aggressive,” socialized agenda in U.S. history, but it will also ultimately lead to victory for Republicans in future elections, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. “I’m really worried he’s going to stand up to the radical left on anything,” the South Carolina Republican, who has become a close ally of President Donald Trump’s over the past four years, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Features With Maria Bartiromo.” “I think we are going to have in the first hundred days by the Biden administration the most aggressive socialized policy effort in the history of the country.” Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click her...
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About 20% of Republicans now “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the Senate taking action to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll. The number marks an increase from the 14% who had said in an earlier poll this month that they would approve of a Senate conviction. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on WhatsApp Groups: Click here to Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens Here are highlights from the new poll: 86% of Democrats say they “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of a potential Senate conviction. 50% of independents say they “str...
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