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A food festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was supposed to take place over the weekend was cancelled in the wake of outrage after it disinvited an Israeli food truck after experiencing anti-Semitic threats. The “Taste of Home” festival was slated to take place on Sunday, June 20. It was organized by Eat Up the Borders and Sunflower Philly. It was to feature international foods as a pro-immigrant statement, including Israeli food from the Israeli Moshava food truck. The event was cancelled on Sunday less than 24 hours after organizers made the announcement that the Mo...
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Baltimore, MD  - June 15, 2021 : Celebrate 94th Anniversary of Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe's Liberation from Prison. Downtown at Tzemach Tzedek Shul, 2120 East Fairmont Ave. Tuesday evening June 22, 6-8pm, prompt Light refreshments, couvert $10, Armed security Limited restrooms, rides available. Info/RSVP:  Toby   410-764-6570     Yehudit    443-386-8226
Baltimore, MD - June 21, 2021 - Today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime Day.  When taking advantage of the deals, please make the purchase using Amazon Smile to help support our local chesed organizations! When you make a purchase go to smile.amazon.com and select your charity of choice (contact your charity directly if you cannot find them).  Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization—no fees, no extra cost.   Deals and Chesed make everyone Smile!
Baltimore, MD - June 5, 2021 - Starting Sunday June 6th, the following changes will be in effect for Covid testing.   1.  ALL testing will take place at STAR-K location, 122 Slade Ave. Baltimore, MD, 21208.   2.  Anyone testing for travel, school, work, camp or any other non-symptomatic reason, will be tested INSIDE Suite 101 (first door on left). If you are not feeling well or have any covid symptoms, do NOT come inside; pull into a parking space and call 443-228-6004 ext. 2. Someone will come out to your car.   3.  New testing times are as follows: Mornings: Sun: 10am-12pm M-F: 930-11:30am Evenings: S-TH: 7:00pm-8:15pm Motzoei Shabbos: 10-10:30pm All tests including rapid PCR and serology (antibodies) are available during all testing times....
Following the tragedy at Meron, EMT received new defibrillator and medical kit and used them to save a life in Beitar Illit on Sunday Beitar Illit - On Sunday night in Beitar Illit, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Shlomo Caap was in the local synagogue attending a lecture when his communications device alerted him to a nearby medical emergency. A block away, right across from Shlomo’s apartment building, a 60-year-old man with no severe medical background suddenly collapsed in his apartment. A family member quickly called United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center as the man’s son-.in-law began attempting chest compressions with the guidance of the dispatcher on the line.  Shlomo quickly left his lecture and ran up a block with his vest and medical bag in hand, as...
A federal judge said Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can’t enforce its rules for coronavirus-era sailing against cruise ships in Florida starting July 18. The decision was hailed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — who filed suit against the public health agency in April — as a “major victory.” “The CDC has been wrong all along, and they knew it,” DeSantis said in a statement, alleging that the agency was trying to “sink” the industry. “Today, we are securing this victory for Florida families, for the cruise industry, and for every state that wants to preserve its rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach.” Under the 124-page ruling from U....
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis edged former President Trump in a weekend presidential straw poll conducted at the annual Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Mr. DeSantis received 74.12% support in response to a poll asking conference attendees to “vote for all candidates you approve of for President in 2024,” followed by Mr. Trump, who garnered 71.43% support, according to results issued Saturday. The survey of 371 respondents released at the end of the two-day summit offered an unscientific but intriguing glimpse at how conservative voters are leaning well ahead of the 2024 presidential race. Coming in third behind the two Florida Republicans was Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, who received 42.86% support, followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 39.3...
Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday issued a warning to the Hamas terrorist group in his address at a state ceremony in Jerusalem commemorating Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers who perished during the 2014 Gaza War. “Our enemies should know the rules, and they should know that our patience is running thin,” Bennett said. “Those living in communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip are not second-class citizens. The residents of Sderot, Ashkelon and Kfar Aza are entitled to live in peace and security,” Bennett said, referring to both the rocket attacks and the continued incendiary balloons launched on southern Israel from the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave. “Our rivalry is not with the Gaza population. We have no intention to harm th...
In the dimly lit war room of the Romanian frigate Regina Maria, glowing radar screens illuminate a cheat sheet for identifying Russian vessels. The ship’s commander points to the newest warships, Grigorovich and Sviyazhsk, that have appeared on the horizon since Russia seized Crimea in 2014 and began to expand its Black Sea fleet. Romanian Cmdr. Alexandru Gobjila then points to older vessels, armed with the latest technology and weaponry, including supersonic Kalibr cruise missiles capable of reaching 1,600 miles into Europe. The Russian Black Sea navy now numbers over 200 large ships, all in a body of water twice the size of the Great Lakes. Vladimir Putin’s power projection in the region is designed to secure unfettered warm water access through a war o...
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the Biden administration is preparing another round of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Why it matters: The news of a potential new sanctions package comes days after President Biden warned Vladimir Putin during their summit in Geneva that if Navalny died in prison the consequences for Russia would be “devastating.” The state of play: The Biden administration has already sanctioned Russia twice this past Spring. In March, the administration announced sanctions against 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of Navalny. Then in April, it followed up with e...
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Parshas Chukas - Taking One for the Team

Tomorrow, 9 Tammuz, is the 6th yahrtzeit of my sister-in-law, Batsheva Yeres. The shtikle is dedicated le’iluy nishmasah, Batsheva Blima, a”h bas HaRav Moshe Yosef HaLevi, ybl”t.


 


The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Oma, Chaya Sara bas Zecharia Chaim, a"h.


 


This week's shtikle is dedicated for a refuah sheleimah for my father.


Please include Reuven Pinchas ben Yehudis in your tefillos.




This week's parsha contains the unfortunate events of mei merivah. The tragic outcome of that incident was that neither Moshe nor Aharon were allowed to enter Eretz Yisroel. Moshe's role is clear although the actual understanding of exactly what the wrongdoing was is the subject of extensive discussion. One can't help but wonder if more ink has been spilled on the subject than the water that came out of the rock.




This is indeed a very difficult episode to understand, such that Ramban (20:8) concludes that it is indeed from the deeper secrets of the Torah. What seems to be largely left out of the conversation, however, is comprehending Aharon's role and why he is held responsible to the point that he received the very same punishment.




I wasn't able to find too much discussion on this in the commentaries. Some suggest that Aharon should have objected to Moshe's hitting of the rock. The command to Moshe was (20:8) "vedibartem," and you (plural) shall talk. However, HaShem commanded Moshe directly and it is unclear that Aharon even knew Moshe was doing something wrong.




R' Moshe Shternbuch, in Ta'am VaDa'as states simply that Aharon was punished merely because he was together with Moshe. They worked as a team, and they went down as a team. It's not that there was any specific wrongdoing on his part - just his being there alongside Moshe is what included him in the punishment. With this, he explains a Midrash on the pasuk following Aharon's death. The pasuk states, (20:29) "And the congregation knew following Aharon's death (or because Aharon died.)" The Midrash explains that B'nei Yisrael were afraid that they, too, would meet the same demise as the generation of the spies who would all perish before entering Eretz Yisrael. R' Shternbuch explains that they observed Aharon taking the fall after mei merivah, even though he was not guilty of any crime. They were therefore afraid that even though they, themselves, were not responsible, nor technically involved in the sin of the spies, their mere presence at the time would be enough to doom them to the same fate. Fortunately for them, this was not the case.




Indeed, the events of the last year-and-a-half – as well as tomorrow's yahrtzeit – have given us much more opportunity than we would like to reflect on how tragedy seems to befall those who are undeserving from our perspective. We are certainly no greater than the generation of the midbar and thus, it is not unreasonable to be moved by this phenomenon, albeit with the understanding that there are many aspects of this world that are far beyond our comprehension.




Have a good Shabbos.

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 Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu called Sunday not to purchase agricultural produce from Israeli Arabs in the aftermath of the violent riots in which a number of Jews were killed by Israeli Arabs during the Guardian Of The Walls campaign. In response, MK Musi Raz (Meretz) called on the Attorney-General to investigate the rabbi on counts of racial incitement. Rabbi Eliyahu had called on his followers to purchase only from Jews, stating that “we are after continued fighting against the Arab enemy who wishes to eradicate us, shooting at innocent people indiscriminately. We have seen that even within the country there are those who wish to kill us and not just in Gaza. “Thousands of Israeli Arabs threw stones at women and children because they are Jewish. We saw petrol bomb...
After Palestinian leaders refused to accept the vaccines sent by Israel over the weekend, claiming that they were close to expiration date, three other countries have reportedly asked Israel to send them the vaccines, according to the Haaretz newspaper. If an agreement is reached it will mirror the terms of the agreement with the Palestinians whereby Israel would be repaid from future vaccine shipments to these countries. The deal would need the approval of Pfizer. The Palestinians have not abandoned the possibility of a deal with Israel altogether but are seeking to receive vaccines which do not expire until the end of July. Israel had sent the original shipment of 100,000 vaccines out of a possible 1,000,000 to Ramallah in exchange for a part of the PA’s shipment expected lat...
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Gov. Larry Hogan calls it, "another major milestone," this Father's Day as Maryland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland Department of Health reports that were no additional deaths from COVID-19 since Saturday, the first time there has been no daily increase in the state's death rate since Oct. 18, 2020. Officials report 42 new cases first daily increase under 50 since Mar. 23, 2020. The 7-day positivity rate was .72% on Sunday, a new record low. Hospitalizations declined by three since Saturday, to 150. That's the lowest total since March 27, 2020. As of Sunday, 72.9%  of adults have received at least one dose of vaccine, and about 3.25  million people are fully vaccinated. That's about 53% of the state's total population. WBAL...
There has been endless discussion and speculation regarding entry rules to Israel for students for the upcoming school year. Claims have varied widely; with some stating that all students will be allowed into the country. Other rumors have suggested that only vaccinated students will be allowed to enter Israel. Today, the Igud of Foreign Yeshivos & Seminaries, headed by the indefatigable Rabbi Nechemia Malinowitz, issued a letter regarding this fraught topic. In the missive, the Igud offers preliminary guidance to institution heads. Though not final, the Igud advises that vaccination or recovery from Covid will apparently be a requirement for students to receive visas for the upcoming school year. Recovered Covid patients will be required to present positive PCR tests&...
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Baltimore, MD - June 20, 2021  - This past Thursday evening, close to 70 girls gathered at Milk and Honey Bistro for an evening of appreciation to all the dedicated staff and volunteers of Menucha.  The girls all had one thing in common: using their time wisely to care for a child with special needs while providing the families a well needed break. The event emcee was Bella Herman, the director of Sunday Funday. She started off by thanking everyone for all they do for the children and their families. She then introduced Mrs. Rivky Danziger, a Menucha parent. Mrs. Danziger spoke about the challenges of having a child with special needs and the impact it has on the family.  She then thanked the girls for providing such a positive place for her daughter to spend time, givin...
Baltimore, MD – June 20,  2021 - It is with regret that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of  Senator Barbara Hoffman, a’h, sister of Sheila Eller. Levayah & Shiva Details forthcoming Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
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Baltimore, MD – June 20, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Ari Poliakoff and Aleah Morantz (Atlanta) on their engagement. Mazel Tov Abba David & Laura Poliakoff and Boruch & JoAnn Morantz יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן
What's the main headline this morning? That depends on us. In reading about the death of Miriam the prophetess this past Shabbat, Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl reminds us of a central chapter in Miriam's life: the week she spent in isolation healing from tzara'at (a leprosy-like skin condition) while the nation waited for her to recover.  Rabbi Nebenzahl writes as follows:"Many years before, when Moshe Rabbeinu was floating in a basket in the Nile River, Miriam very briefly waited and watched over him. As a reward for this act, she merited that the nation would wait for her for an entire week. Because every minute of lovingkindess, and every second of a good deed, counts. A small act of lovingkindness by a little girl is valued beyond logic. We must understand its tremendous ...
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