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Recent Mediterranean oil spill an act of 'environmental terrorism,' Gila Gamliel says A "pirate ship" owned by a Libyan company that departed from Iran is accountable for the recent oil spill in the Mediterranean sea, Israel's Environment Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday. 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 "After reducing the number of suspects in the incident, w...
Chief of Staff Kohavi slams ICC decision. 'We won't allow IDF servicemen to be placed at legal risk.' IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on Wednesday addressed a letter to IDF servicemen following the International Criminal Court's announcement it would investigate Israel for alleged war crimes. "IDF Commanders and Soldiers, The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) announced today that it has decided to open a criminal investigation into suspicions of war crimes in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This decision is fundamentally invalid and was made in a non-substantive manner and without authority. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL...
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Simchas Purim cannot be stopped! Along with Klal Yisrael, Covid Purim 5781 will be different. No bochurim to go around raising funds, no merry making in people's homes. But the simcha only grows! In Yeshiva Ohr Hatorah, no collecting means added time for learning - adding to the true Simchas Purim. "Simcha and Torah are brothers - they can never be separated!" Please watch the accompanying video for a flavor of the Ohr Hatorah simcha and then give generously to help support our Yeshiva!
Realizing they lack a path to 51 votes, Senate Democrats appear ready to abandon a plan to add a minimum wage hike to President Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending package. Senate Democrats said it’s now much more likely they will take up a wage hike in separate legislation and not on the broad COVID-19 spending package that they hope to usher into law. “We are going to find another path, which we need to do,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat. “Even though the parliamentarian has ruled and even though we may not have the votes right now, we will find another path.” 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 off...
Maryland will hear the loud mating call of billions of 17-year cicadas in May and June. The state will be the epicenter of the emergence. Summer nights in Maryland will vibrate with the mating calls of 17-year cicadas. The state will find itself at the epicenter of the 2021 emergence of Brood X, or Great Eastern Brood, cicadas. They only emerge from the ground in large numbers every 17 years, and they make a big impression when they do. The noise in the trees could be deafening from mid-May to mid-June. Count on billions of these periodical cicadas tuning up in Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states. There are two species of periodical cicadas — the 17-year cicadas, found in northern states, and the 13-year cicadas, found in the South. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Clic...
Baltimore, MD, March 3, 2021 — Responding to the announcement by the International Criminal Court of "an investigation respecting the Situation in Palestine," Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, International Liaison of the Coalition for Jewish Values, issued the following statement: 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 ICC said nothing while Hamas lobbed thousands of missiles at Israeli cities, awakening only once Israel responded. By "investigating" defense against terrorism, the International Criminal Court is openly encouraging terror and the murder of (Jewish) civilians, while also...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 3, 2021 - While many folks have understandably expressed frustrations with the state’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, Reisterstown native Mathew Steininger has launched this website to automatically monitor the online booking portals for major hospitals, retail pharmacies and state-run vaccine sites. 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 When appointments become available, Mathew’s system automatically sends out alerts on the Twitter feed @MDVaxAlerts. His website displays when appointment times are available, which are then tweeted to followers. A Carver Cent...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 3 March 2021) "The decision of the International Court to open an investigation against Israel today for war crimes is absurd. It's undiluted antisemitism and the height of hypocrisy. Without any jurisdiction, it decided that our brave soldiers, who take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties against the worst terrorists in the world who deliberately target civilians, it's our soldiers who are war criminals. 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 They said that when we build a house in our eternal capital of Jerusalem, it'...
U.S. Capitol Police are increasing security after obtaining intelligence to suggest a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, March 4. "The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex," they said in a statement Wednesday. "We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4." The Capitol Police said that they "have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers." Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engag...
After viewers noted that the stage at the CPAC conference was shaped like a Nazi symbol, the organizer of the conservative political conference said any resemblance was unintentional. But Hyatt, which operates the hotel that hosted the conference, called the prospect of the symbol being included in CPAC “abhorrent.” CPAC is perhaps the leading annual conservative conference, drawing a who’s-who of prominent Republicans, as well as lower-profile activists. This year, former president Donald Trump was the top-billed speaker. 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 On Friday, The Da...
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It is the night of Purim, as I sit down to share my weekly thoughts.




My mind wanders to exactly a year ago, when the seeds of fear for the dreaded pandemic were first sown. We withheld somewhat from any direct contact with one another, but more or less Purim was celebrated similar enough to what would be considered a normal Purim.




A year later, many of us have lost those we shared so many glorious Purims together over our lifetimes. Whether a beloved parent, a spouse, a cherished Rebbe, or a dear friend who are now just memories of happier times.




Our lives have been disrupted in a way never experienced before. Illness, death, and financial struggle are part of the cycle of challenge we endure during our lives, but the unchartered territory of an unknown and unpredictable enemy, and its impact on our families’ normal daily routines, has upset all our previous notions of what is normal in life.




Yet, for the most part we are still here, learning to survive and perhaps even thrive, adapting to the new realities we are still facing.




Part of our frustration stems from the roller coaster of emotions we face that rise with hope, and often then dive steeply into the unknown. When, we wonder, will it all resolve?




The lesson in the story of Esther, is about the hidden hand that directs that which seems so random.




The verse that foretells of a time when G-d will conceal himself from His children, ואנכי הסתר אסתיר פני — I will surely have concealed My face, alludes to אסתר, whose very name intimates something hidden.




This verse follows an earlier reference that speaks of His concealing His face in allowing much evil and distress to befall the nation, prodding the nation to regret their errant ways, and confess their guilt when they exclaim, “Is it not because my G-d is not in my midst that these evils have come upon us.”




The Ramban understands the Torah to be reporting that they truly regretted their behavior. Nevertheless, their mission had not been accomplished, as G-d would no longer have to conceal his ‘face of mercy’ as He earlier had but would now conceal the ‘face of redemption’.




Rav Wolbe explains this to mean, that we would not have to endure distress as much as face the challenge of dashed hopes. We would go from thrilling moments of longed for redemption to dashed hopes and disappointment.




If we have regretted our failures and repented why the need to hide further?




Only someone who finds happiness in His service even during the ‘dips’ and the ‘valleys’ of life, will never become stale and stagnant, and vulnerable to lapses of consciousness, succumbing to despair.




The nation rationalized all sorts of halachic compromises in dealing with the political realities of their days. They had lost their enthusiasm, even while they remained committed to Torah and its precepts.




They would come to realize their error, renewing their spirit to serve with joy and enthusiasm, knowing that only equipped with that excitement could they survive the long rock road ahead.




The famed Rav Meir Shapiro directs us to the verse immediately following this allusion to Esther and her times, that commands us to, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the Children of Israel... , the command to write a Sefer Torah.




It is no coincidence, since the Megillah is the story that teaches us not only how to write one but how to sing its message in joyous song.




The Talmud states that קריאתה זו הלולא, the reading of Megilla is the fulfillment of reading Hallel, singing His praise.




Whereas on other holidays we recite the formal Hallel, on Purim we infuse it into the Torah itself. We enthuse it with the joy and privilege of serving Hashem.




My dear friend, Dr. Edo Lavi, was offering me condolence yesterday over the loss of my mother a’h, and commented how with this past year and all its experiences, we each all have a unique, Megillah — story to tell.




Indeed, we each have a journey we have traveled, fine tuning the instruments that play exquisite music — our souls, as we conquer each challenge with purpose and a renewed closeness to Hashem, to ourselves, and to others.




May each of our ‘stories’ generate an exquisite symphony of joy, as we await that final day of redemption.  




באהבה, 


צבי יהודה טייכמאן 

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Fox News said Tuesday that it had signed former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany as a contributor to offer commentary on various network programs. McEnany, former President Donald Trump’s final press secretary, didn’t speak about her new role during an interview with Fox’s Harris Faulkner that aired Tuesday. It was reported in January that McEnany had disclosed to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics while still in office that she would work for Fox after leaving the White House. Fox said at the time that it had been in discussions with McEnany but had paused them. Before working for Trump, McEnany was a commentator at CNN. Join BJL on WhatsApp Status: Click here to Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more Join BJL on Wh...
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A House of Representatives panel has reissued a subpoena seeking Donald Trump’s tax and financial records, saying in a memo made public on Tuesday it needs the documents to address “conflicts of interest” by future presidents. In a court filing on Tuesday, House lawyers told a judge that the House Oversight Committee reissued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP, on Feb. 25. The committee issued a similar subpoena in 2019, but that subpoena expired in January when new U.S. lawmakers took office. 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 Tuesday’s court ...
Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday accused the media of ignoring President Joe Biden’s “radicalism” to advance the “ultimate goal of putting Democrats in charge.” In an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” former President Donald Trump’s eldest son said that “everyone knew what this radical administration would do, but no one would say it.” “The media went to great lengths to try to cover [up] Joe Biden’s radicalism [and] the radicalism of the people within his agenda,” Trump Jr. asserted. 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 ...
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