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Watch - Message from Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer "Ahavas Yisrael Needs You" (Video) Watch: Keeping Pesach Together…Separately (Video) Oil Posts Biggest Gain Ever After Trump Says He Expects Saudis, Russia To Cut Output Family Of Jewish Orthodox 34-Year-Old Coronavirus Patient On Life Support Makes Plea For Experimental Drug Empire, Leading Kosher-Chicken Provider, Closes Due To Covid-19 MD Coronavirus Cases Surge To 2,331 As Virus Confirmed Statewide Five Towns Rabbonim: No Guests for Pesach Orthodox Union’s Yachad Launches “Yachad On Demand” Democratic National Convention postponed to August due to coronavirus concerns BDE: Rabbi Henry Ginsburg, z’l Israeli HMO Director Estimates There Are 75,000 Coronavirus Carriers In Bnei Brak Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Tzav Stocks Soar After Trump Predicts Russia, Saudi Arabia Will Slash Oil Output Israel’s Netanyahu Back in Isolation After Health Minister Litzman Gets Coronavirus F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan Attention Shuls And Schools: How to Prevent "Zoombombing" How Many Shabbos HaGadol Drashos Can You Attend This Year? Take Your Choice from This Menu of Baltimore Community Shabbos HaGadol Drashos 5780 / March 2020 (List in Progress) Watch: Shabbos HaGadol Drasha of Rabbi Menachem Goldberger: Broken and Whole - The Jewish People and the Matzos (Video) Fallen Constrution Worker Rescued By Groom On His Wedding Day Fauci Unsure Why Some Get Sicker Than Others
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 2, 2020 - Together we are in the midst of unprecedented times. The Coronavirus has affected members of our community in many ways. It is during these challenging times that we can especially demonstrate kindness towards others. Ahavas Yisrael is working hard to respond to the increased burden placed on some of our most vulnerable community members. Please, help us. We believe in Baltimore. We believe in you. We believe that we can get through this together.Wishing everyone health and a good Yom Tov. Please help someone else have a good Yom Tov too by donating to our COV...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 30, 2020 - Coronavirus isolation making you feel disconnected? ETZtalks, Etz Chaim's new online Jewish experience, is providing exciting and thought provoking inspiration and learning. Many of the Jewish worlds best speakers, including Charlie Harary, RAV GAV Friedman, and Ruchi Koval, as well as some local Baltimore talent such as Nossi Gross and Dr. Dan Grove, have joined with Etz Chaim's stellar staff to create a multi-dimensional experience enjoyable from home. After just one week of programming, hundreds of Baltimore's Jews have enjoyed the classes, the weekly Saturday Night Kumsitz by Nossi Gross, and the interactive Q & A on Coronavirus with Dr. Grove.  Don't miss Charlie Harary's presentation Tuesday March 31st and...
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The Posek Hador, Sar HaTorah, HaRav Hatzadik HaGoan Chaim Kanievksy, Shlita has encouraged and endorsed the Miracle Sefer Torah of Healing. Yesterday, on 6 Nissan in Eretz Yisroel, Reb Yisroel Meir Druk, the Rosh Yeshiva’s chavrusa for the past 30 years, met with Reb Chaim on behalf of the organizers to inform him of the project and it’s backstory:  When the town of Mezibush faced a pandemic, the Baal Shem Tov instructed them to write a communal Sefer Torah to banish the virus. They did, and immediately saw miraculous healing. Drawing inspiration and strength from this directive, Jews from across the world are joining together to write our generations' Miracle Sefer Torah of Healing.  Rabbi Druk asked the Rosh Yeshiva for his opinion... Watch this vi...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31, 2020 - Kosher Dunkin’ Update:Kosher Dunkin’ Update You can order via the Dunkin App and Select ‘Curb Side Pick Up’. We will come deliver your order to your car. Pre-Order via phone 15 mins prior and we can have your order ready. We will deliver to your car. You can order via GRUBHUB and they will deliver it to your location. Kosher Locations: 1508 Reisterstown Road, (410) 653 8182 (Old Court) 7000 Reisterstown Road (410) 764 6846 (Fallstaff) 7002 A Reisterstown Road (410) 580 9550 (Drive thru Only) PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ALL FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ENSURE WE HAVE A SAFE AND SMOOTH PASSOVER.
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 31, 2020 -  Sterling Care Kosher Assisted Living was approved by the Maryland Department of Health to accept residents who have not tested positive for COVID, and currently do not have any respiratory symptoms or fever. We have a limited amount of rooms available for elderly individuals who are isolated and at risk of harm while alone in the community. For further information please call 410-318-8999.
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We are all impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in big ways and small. For many couples and families, one of the biggest challenges is making Pesach for the first time, and for many others, the challenge is not having their children and grandchildren with them at their Yom Tov table. The Agudah reached out to people in different communities and asked them to share their thoughts on this. Please watch, their message applies to us all. Pesach 5780: Celebrating Separately, Together. from Agudath Israel on Vimeo.
Oil prices soared Thursday after President Trump said he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will make huge cuts to their oil production in order to calm the market. The U.S. benchmark surged by 24.67 percent to $25.32 - the biggest gain since record-keeping began in March of 1983 as tracked by the Dow Jones Market Data Group. Brent, the global benchmark, also posted its biggest gain on record, rising 21.02 percent to $29.94 per barrel. “I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!” Trump tweeted in regard to Saudi Arabia and Russia. Following Trump's announcement, Saudi Arabia called on OPEC members, their allies and other coun...
The family of Michael Goldsmith, a 34-year-old father of two who is on life support after being diagnosed with COVID-19, has made a desperate plea to get him the experimental drug treatment remdesivir. The antiviral, which is awaiting regulatory approval as a coronavirus treatment, is being used in a number of clinical trials across the globe. Goldsmith’s wife Elana told Fox News that her husband started showing coronavirus symptoms on March 11 and was diagnosed as positive on March 15. Initially sent home for self-quarantine, his condition worsened and within days, he had 104.9-degree fever. He was admitted to the hospital on March 18. Numerous therapies, including antimalarials with antibiotics, have failed and remdesivir has been described as Goldsmith&...
Empire Kosher, the leading kosher-poultry supplier in New York and most everywhere else, closed its processing facility for at least two weeks after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The closing comes a week before the Jewish holiday of Passover, but chickens are expected to be available for those planning to serve them at seders next week, said Rabbi Menachem Genack, chief executive of the Orthodox Union's kosher-certification agency, which supervises the Empire facility in Mifflintown, Pa. “Empire is being careful and cautious,” Genack said. In a letter to customers, Empire President Jeff Brown said "the very difficult and unprecedented decision" to close the plant stemmed from employees testing positive "beyond the previ...
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Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: Tzav

Baltimore, MD – Apr. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.

What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?

TableTalk features:
•    Weekly halachic dilemma creating lively discussion
•    Parsha thought offering insight into the Parsha
•    Mitzvah Meme; a short aphorism with some depth
•    Story of a great person and great deeds
•    Small riddle related to the Parsha
•    An insight to HaShem’s incredible world of science
•    Answer to last week’s halachic dilemma

Click on the graphic below for this week’s parasha to read the most interesting 4-pages your Shabbos table will ever experience





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All jurisdictions in Maryland have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, according to the state health department. MARYLAND — One month since the first three cases of the new coronavirus were reported in Maryland, the virus has spread to every part of the state. Allegany County, the lone jurisdiction that had not seen a coronavirus test come back positive, is now among the places in Maryland where the 2,331 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. For the second day in a row, the state reported a record increase in the number of confirmed cases. "The surge unfortunately is just starting," Gov. Larry Hogan said in an interview with WBFF. "Today was our worst day ever, our most deaths and our most positive cases, and our hospitalizations are increasing." He was interviewed Wedn...
Many of us are asking ourselves a new question this year: “Why is this Pesach different from all other Pesachs?” We are keenly aware of the extreme challenges to all aspects of life that have been created by the need for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. Each of us personally shares the enormous burden that this has placed on all families. Every decision for theTzibbur is carefully weighed with the full understanding of its myriad implications. With Siyata Dishmaya,our joint commitment to community guidelines has certainly contributed to the saving of many lives. Our community is ahead of the unfortunate trend being experienced by other frum communities because of our repeated emphasis and success in social distancing. While many of us ב”ה remain healthy a...
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New platform offers digital community for individuals with special needs NEW YORK – The Orthodox Union’s (OU) Yachad, the leading group for individuals with disabilities in the Orthodox community, has launched “Yachad On Demand,” a new digital platform for those with special needs to communicate during these times when personal interactions are being stymied in light of the spread of COVID-19. Yachad On Demand offers a plethora of virtual programming, including online support groups, Partners in Torah, educational materials and events – such as cooking demonstrations, shiurim, pre-Shabbat schmoozes, games etc. The Yachad IVDU school system and their dayhab programs have continued online with all-day virtual classes and programming. An online buddy system has...
The Democratic National Convention will be postponed until August due to coronavirus concerns, planners said Thursday, in a historic and stunning change to the presidential election calendar. The convention committee said the event will be held the week of Aug. 17, in Milwaukee, Wis. It was originally slated for July 13-16. “In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention. During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders,” Joe Solmonese, C...
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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 2, 2020 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Rabbi Henry Ginsburg, z’l, father of Mrs. Sora Rochel (Azriel) Osofsky. Shiva will be observed through Tuesday morning. Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...
BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — The director of the Maccabi HMO, Professor Ran Sa’ar, said Thursday that “Maccabi treats about a half of the residents of Bnei Brak and according to various indications we are receiving, about 38% of Bnei Brak’s residents are sick, which corresponds to about 75,000 people.” Sa’ar, who was speaking at the corona committee set up by the Knesset, added that ” I call from here to all those responsible to place police there on the eve of Pesach, otherwise the situation there will go from bad to worse. We will find ourselves with lots of fatalities in Bnei Brak if we do not prepare beforehand for Pesach.” City Council member Moshe Morgenstern who holds Bnei Brak’s health portfolio, claimed in an interview with Srugim t...
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Baltimore, MD – Apr. 2020 - Every Shabbos table offers every Jewish family an incredible opportunity by which they can share their joy for Shabbos, for Yiddishkeit and for HaShem with their children. Unfortunately, our schedules are hectic and many people don’t have the time to prepare themselves to utilize the Shabbos table to its fullest. Therefore, we at ACHIM created TableTalk as a pre-packaged talking points pamphlet which is attractive, fun and has something for everyone. Limited copies are distributed to many shuls on a weekly basis but they are snatched up very quickly. Get yours ASAP or click on the graphic below and print your own.What’s in it and what’s all the excitement about?TableTalk features:•    Weekly halachic dilemma creating l...
All three of the major U.S. averages had opened the second quarter with losses U.S. equity markets surged to session highs Thursday morning, shrugging off a record number of first-time unemployment filings, after President Trump said he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia will sharply cut oil production. The announcement sent West Texas Intermediate crude oil soaring by more than 30 percent to as high as $27.39 per barrel. Also on Thursday, China said it would begin filling up its reserves. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained as many as 534 points, or 2.55 percent. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite rose as much as 2.55 percent and 1.92 percent, respectively. The announcement from Trump provided a lift to a stock market that was searchin...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is returning to self-isolation for another six days after his health minister was diagnosed with coronavirus, the premier’s office said on Thursday. Netanyahu, 70, the nation’s longest-serving leader, had just ended a two-day period of isolation on Wednesday night after a parliamentary aide was diagnosed with the disease. He immediately went on national TV to announce new measures to curb the epidemic. But his office said the prime minister would self-isolate again — for six days this time — in line with medical recommendations after Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and his wife tested positive for coronavirus. Litzman, 71, has appeared regularly alongside the premier to give coronavirus updates. Netanyahu tested negative ...
The $2 trillion relief bill will send money directly to Americans, greatly expand unemployment coverage and make a number of other changes. President Trump has signed a bipartisan $2 trillion economic relief plan to offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Its components include stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules and more. Here are the answers to common questions about what’s in the plan. We’ll update this article as we know more about the details. More information on getting assistance can be found at our Hub for Help. Stimulus Payments How large will the payments be? Most adults will get $1,200, alt...
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