Baltimore, MD – Sep. 18, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Fejgy Jacobovits, a”h, mother of Nachamah Jacobovits, Dena Leiter, Malki Jacobovits and Moishe Jacobovits Shiva was observed until 5PM today.   Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 18, 2020 - COVID-19 testing this Motzaei Yom Tov 930 PM -1015 PM.  The testing will be available in the Star-K Parking lot at 122 Slade Ave between the hours of 9:30-10:15 PM. We are asking for a $10/car donation to cover incurred costs. Please stay off of your cell phones while on the campus. The swabs will be administered and results will be interpreted at a lab. This is not rapid testing and results should be available within 24-48 hours. Your insurance plan will be billed for this test. If you do not have insurance the federal government should pay for it. To prevent cross-contamination, please bring a pen, hand sanitizer with you as well as a tissue to blow your nose prior to the test. (It is important to wash hands and blow the nose to get ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 14, 2020 - Our world is tired.  Tired of uncomfortable masks and failing markets.  Tired of changing guidelines and challenging circumstances.  Tired of children at home and heart-breaking stories.  Tired of uncertainty and unknowns.  The shofar calls us to wake up, but we are exhausted.  Simply put, we are weary and ready for the COVID crisis to end. Once in a lifetime crises call for one of a kind inspiration.  Rabbi Y. Y. Jacobson is a wildly sought out speaker, who has been energizing and invigorating audiences around the globe. One of America’s premier Jewish thinkers and leaders, he serves as a mentor to hundreds of thousands and is considered one of the most passionate and mesmerizing communicators of Torah and Hashkafa...
Next Monday evening, restaurants in Maryland will be able to open for indoor dining at up to 75% of capacity. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the order Friday, which came after a letter to his office from the Maryland Restaurant Association. Restaurateurs said indoor dining needed to expand as outdoor dining becomes less feasible in the fall. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: bit.ly/34zdGuF Local jurisdictions may choose to adopt the governor's latest order or reopen at a slower pace. The governor on Friday visited McGarvey's Saloon and Oyster Bar in Annapolis to present a proclamation marking the Friday start of Maryland Restaurant Week, which runs ...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 12, 2020 - Hayom is the title track and the latest single to be released from singer/songwriter/guitarist Yitzy Kaplowitz’s upcoming debut album. A number of years ago at a time when there were many tragedies happening in Eretz Yisrael I sat down at the piano and composed this song. It’s a heartfelt tefilah, a call for the RBS”O to bench us with shalom, true peace, the ultimate blessing. The events that occurred this year prompted me to release this song now. In my lifetime I can’t think of a time where the world seemed to be more upside down. Our yeshivas, and our shuls were forced to close. Our lives were upended, jobs and incomes were gone, we lost gedolim, family and friends. Yet this was all decreed last Rosh Hashanah. As I prepare to s...
Baltimore, MD – Sep. 18, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petira of Joyce Rosenfeld, a”h, mother of Phil (Cheryl) Rosenfeld. Shiva was observed until 5PM today.   Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
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Most recent Statements/letters/etc. from the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbanimVaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: An Important and Encouraging Rosh Hashanah Update [Sept. 14, 2020]Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: 'Our Guard Has Been Let Down' (Aug. 11, 2020)Vaad HaRabbanim Of Baltimore: "Despite Our Diligent Efforts And Vigilance Locally, We Have Had A Slow Trickle Of New Cases In The Past 2 Weeks That Raises Concern." [July 2, 2020]Vaad HaRabbanim Of Baltimore: "Those Shuls Which Are Able To Open In A Manner Deemed Safe May Do So Already For Shabbos" (June 19) Vaad HaRabbanim of Baltimore: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Yesterday’s Vaad Harabanim Letter [June 11, 2020]Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: A Smorgasbord of Good News (June 10, 2020)  Baltimore's Vaad HaRabbanim: Pl...
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Dear Friends around the Globe, This Elul, merit the unshakable Bracha of the venerable Tzadik of Jerusalem, Harav Hagaon Rav Gamliel Rabinowitz Shlita, who personally visited R' Dovid and said: "Whoever will donate generously to Rav Dovid Frid (Father of 8 with ALS) in this merit will never be sick, not them or their families for all generations." As the world has been "turned upside down" in 2020, there are so many NEW "normals", but one thing hasn't changed. My husband, Rav Dovid Frid, has been living with ALS for nearly ten years, fighting to live as a quadriplegic, on life support, only communicating with his eyes. It's a tall order, but with G-d's help, your support, and our family's love, he has the strength to carry on! Please Tip the Scales this E...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 11, 2020 - If you are like most people I’ve spoken to, they’ve been watching their weight during COVID…watching it go up, that is! The Weinberg Park Heights JCC’s recently reopened Fitness Center may be just the answer for your personal battle of the bulge - or to stay in shape. Its former fitness space has been reconfigured and split into two comparably-sized separate-gender fitness rooms. What better timing for these changes, especially since Curves and Lynne Bricks have recently closed! The Weinberg JCC employs staff that are sensitive to the needs of the orthodox community and is always looking for new ways to expand their services to satisfy the needs of observant members. In addition to being closed on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim, it is one...
President Trump, during a White House press conference on Friday, said the United States will produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for “every American” by April. The comments come as the president has been saying a vaccine could come within weeks. He said the U.S. will have at least 100 million doses before the end of the year, but “likely much more than that.” Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: bit.ly/34zdGuF “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April and again I’ll say even at that later stage, the delivery will go as...
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Rosh Hashanah 5781 - Musings from a Bee's Sting

[Ed. Note] Out of the respect and recognition of the impact made by longtime BJL friend and contributor, Reb Shaya Gross, z’l, we will maintain a living memoriam to Shaya through the sweet words and thoughtful insights of  his Divrei Torah. BJL readers will remember his weekly column on the Parsha and on various Torah ideas and concepts. These meaningful words will help us remember this special young man who will be sorely missed and for those who did not merit to know him, this will be the most appropriate way for them to become familiar with who he was.


As is our custom on Rosh Hashana night, we dip the apple into honey as a merit to have a sweet new year.  The Avnei Nezer explains that the reason we use honey is because honey comes from bees that sting us and cause us pain.


The obvious question is that if we are trying to signify something sweet, why should we choose something which is acquired with such pain? In order to get the honey out of the beehive, a person has to cover himself up as much as possible and then take the honeycombs out of the hive. The bees are not happy and find a way to get under his protective clothing and sting him. It is a lot of work and causes him tremendous pain. Why should this be the symbol of a sweet new year?


Rabbi Yisroel Reisman explains that something which is easily sweet is just not sweet, it is not the sweetness that human beings experience. Sweetness is something which comes with hard work. Something which comes with a few bee stings attached to it. Life and success in life comes about with sacrifice. That is why we use honey from bees to symbolize that just as honey is acquired through suffering and hard work but ends up being sweet, so too, the pain and suffering that we endured this past year will be the sweetness of our future.


A second thought: I heard a beautiful thought from Rabbi Yosef Berger (a Rav in Baltimore). Rabbi Berger said that when Rosh Hashana is approaching, people will often reflect on all the bad things that happened in the past year to themselves or to people they know. They think about all the people who died or experienced sickness etc.  But they neglect to think about all the good that Hashem has bestowed on them as well.  The countless births, marriages of young and older singles, simchos, parnasah, etc.  He said that we have to keep in mind all the good things that happen to us and that if we would think about how much good Hashem does for us on a daily basis, we would feel indebted to Hashem and act differently.


May we all use these precious upcoming days to get closer to Hashem and daven for all the things we need and to recognize that Hashem is our King and can do anything and through that merit, the ultimate Geulah with the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days! 


Ksivah Vchasimah Tovah!

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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 16, 2020 - The Halachos of davening Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah, and Tekias Shofar When Blowing Not During Davening were reviewed by Rav Moshe Heinemann and written by R' Shalom Aryeh Greenfield (The halachos of Tekias Shofar when not in shul were written by R' Mordechai Weiskopf)For a larger, printable copy, click on the graphics below: (The halachos of Tekias Shofar when not in shul were written by R' Mordechai Weiskopf) For a master copy of all as one document, click here. 
Close contacts without symptoms need to be tested, agency says The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its controversial Covid-19 testing guidance on Friday, stating clearly that close contacts without any symptoms need a test. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: bit.ly/34zdGuF “Due to the significance of asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission, this guidance reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented Sars-Cov-2 infection,” the update, posted on its website, reads. Read more at WSJ
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 17, 2020 - The ERUV of Baltimore would like to remind everyone of the walking instructions for the new Eruv extension on Green Summit Road and wishes everyone a K'sivah Vachasimah Tova
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China 'demonstrated means and motives to use these apps to threaten national security,' Commerce Sec. says The US Commerce Department ordered Friday a ban on US downloads of WeChat and TikTok -- two popular social apps -- starting from Sunday. From September 20 and on, TikTok, a short videoclip sharing app owned by China's ByteDance company, and WeChat, a messenger app owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, will be removed from the Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store in the US.   Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: bit.ly/34zdGuF "The Chinese Communist Party has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps ...
Top US official asserts Lebanese terror group could conduct major attacks with chemical compound A senior US State Department official accused Hezbollah of storing explosives across Europe for terrorism purposes, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday. Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: bit.ly/34zdGuF “Why would Hezbollah stockpile ammonium nitrate on European soil?” State Department coordinator for counter-terrorism Nathan Sales was quoted as saying. “The answer is clear: Hezbollah put these weapons in place so it could conduct major terrorist attacks whenever it or its masters in Tehran deemed necessary,” he asse...
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Jewish State hits highest number of patients in serious condition since pandemic outbreak Israel registered 5,328 coronavirus cases over the course of 24 hours on Thursday, new data released by the Health Ministry showed on Friday morning.Join BJL status for engagements, births, deals, levayos, events & more:  bit.ly/32HUBnJ Join an official BJL WhatsApp group for breaking news as it happens: bit.ly/34zdGuF The number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition rose to 577, the highest figure since the outbreak of the pandemic in March. Out of the 577, there are currently 153 individuals on artificial respirators -- the highest figure to date as well. As of Friday morning, Israel’s death toll stood at 1,169, and the infection count hit 176,933 -- adding 481 new...
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Baltimore, MD - Sept. 16, 2020 - At this time of year when many of us are using a variety of fruits and vegetables, the STAR-K reminds you to check these itemsproperly, For more information and pictures, click here. Also, enjoy Starting the New Year Right: A Guide to the Simanim on Rosh Hashana For a larger, printable copy click on the graphic
[Ed. Note] Out of the respect and recognition of the impact made by longtime BJL friend and contributor, Reb Shaya Gross, z’l, we will maintain a living memoriam to Shaya through the sweet words and thoughtful insights of  his Divrei Torah. BJL readers will remember his weekly column on the Parsha and on various Torah ideas and concepts. These meaningful words will help us remember this special young man who will be sorely missed and for those who did not merit to know him, this will be the most appropriate way for them to become familiar with who he was. As is our custom on Rosh Hashana night, we dip the apple into honey as a merit to have a sweet new year.  The Avnei Nezer explains that the reason we use honey is because honey comes from bees that sting us and cause us ...
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