Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2019 - 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 li...
WASHINGTON (VINnews) — President Trump tweeted a link to Ami Magazine’s website on Wednesday.
Ami Magazine wrote an article called “The Exclusive Ami Magazine Poll, What Orthodox Jews really think about President Trump.” The poll showed overwhelming support in the Orthodox Jewish community for the president.
President Trump acknowledged the support by tweeting a link to the article.
“The Exclusive @Ami_Magazine Poll, What Orthodox Jews really think about President Trump” @JakeTurxhttps://t.co/bYaDIbKPAapic.twitter.com/TRtFKA8bGj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2019
The support from the Orthodox Jewish community comes amid reports that President Trump will sign an executive ...
Money, power, position.
The fervent desire for and pursuit of these things has defined much of human history. Our lust and need of these things, lays at the foundation of our behavior as individuals and nations. The pursuit of these things has sometimes resulted in the best of what the world offers, and, more often, the worst. Men who have lusted for these things have built transcontinental railways; they have built libraries, museums and hospitals. They have also destroyed countless lives.
The pursuit of these things seems to exemplify our greatest strengths when, in fact, they often betray our greatest frailties. So often, the fire that burns within us, driving our lust for money or power or position, is the emotion that cries out “me, me...
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 11, 2019 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Rabbi Chaim Wallin, ZT’L, in Eretz Yisrael.
The levaya will be tonight 11:15 pm at Shamgar.
BaltimoreJewishLife.com (BJL) is proud to partner with STAR-K CERTIFICATION that realizes that there is no substitute for a person’s own Rav. In an effort to offer a possible solution, it has launched its Institute of Halachah as a public service. Over the years, the agency’s Kashrus Hotline has answered generic halachic questions from kosher consumers the world over, including inquiries regarding the kosher status of foods and certified Sabbath mode appliances. The formation of a separate official division within STAR-K testifies to the need for addressing these issues.
The Institute of Halachah is directed by HaRav Mordechai Frankel, under the guidance of HaRav Moshe Heinemann, STAR-K’s Rabbinic Administrator. It is an invaluable resource for a diverse array of rabbis to discuss general halachic matters, as well as gain access to source materials for shiurim and answers to congregants’ questions.
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An apparent road rage incident led to a white box truck having two of its tires shot at on I-83 Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore police said.
Officials said they received a call at 12 p.m. for a white box truck on I-83 that had been shot.
A preliminary investigation suggests a road rage-type incident occurred near the Dunkin' Donuts on Reisterstown Road in northwest Baltimore. Police said a silver pickup truck followed the box truck onto I-83. The driver of the box truck told police that someone in the pickup truck began shooting at his box truck between Northern Parkway and Coldspring Lane.
A front and rear tire of the box truck were shot out, police said.
No injuries were reported.
No arrests have been made.
Baltimore City schools will begin classes before Labor Day next year.
School Commissioners approved the 2020-21 calendar at their regular meeting, deciding to start school on Monday, August 31.
The last day of classes is scheduled for Friday, June 11, 2021 with five days built in for inclement weather, allowing for the school year to end as late as June 18.
In 2016 Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order mandating a post-Labor Day school start, but lawmakers overrode it allowing local school boards to decide when to start classes.
During the Second Temple, the Greek empire reigned (over Israel),1 and they (the Greeks) passed decrees against the Jews and (tried) to erase their religion, and did not allow them to carry out Torah (study) or the commandments. They put their hands on their property and their daughters. They entered the Temple, destroyed and made the pure unclean. The Jews were in great distress because of them and were much oppressed, until the G-d of their fathers had mercy on them, delivering them from their hands and saving them. Then overcame, the sons of the Hasmonean High Priest, (the Greeks) and killed them and saved the Jews from their hands. They appointed a king from the Priests, and the kingdom of Israel was restored for more than 200 years until the destruction of (the) second (Temple). When the Jews overcame their enemies and destroyed them, it was the 25th of Kislev2 when they entered the Sanctuary (inner room) and did not find pure (olive) oil in the Temple, except one jar sealed with seal of the High Priest, and it did not contain enough to light except for one day only. But they lit from it the lamps of the Menorah3 for eight days, until they could crush olives and produce a (new quantity) of pure oil. For these reasons, decreed the Sages of that generation that these eight days that begin on the 25th Kislev, will be days of joy and praise. One lights on them lamps at evening at the entrance to the houses, every evening of the eight nights to show off and demonstrate the miracle. These days are called ''Hanukah'' that is to say ''they rested'' (chanu) on the ''25'' ('th of the month) because on the 25th they rested from their enemies. and also because of those days they (re)-dedicated the house (Temple) which their foes had defiled. Also some say that it is a commandment to increase slightly the festive meals on Hanukah. Another reason is because the work of (building) the Sanctuary (in the desert) was completed in these days. One should tell one's children the story of the miracles that were done for our fore-fathers in those days, (see Josephus) However, these meals are not considered as part of the commandment unless one says at the meal songs of praise. One should increase charity in these Hanukah days, for this can help mend any defects in our souls. This charity, should be given particularly to poor Torah scholars. (KSA 139:1) 1) 352 BCE until 70 CE 2) 139 BCE 3) The Menorah was made of gold and had seven branches.
Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday outlined a slew of proposed funding and legislation to further assist Baltimore City officials in curbing violent crime.
At a press conference in Annapolis, Hogan announced millions in support to local, state and federal prosecutors, and harsher penalties for repeat violent offenders.
Hogan would fund 25 new positions in Attorney General Brian Frosh's office and $21 million to the Baltimore Police Department and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office. He said the state is also working with U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur to task new federal prosecutors with focusing on violent crime in Baltimore.
Hogan also directed 500 state, federal and local officers to back up city police and asked state law enforcement agencies to maintain a more vis...
Chai Lifeline is heartbroken to inform you that one of the victims of yesterday's horrific attack in Jersey City was our own dedicated Bike4Chai and Achim B'yachad - Chai Lifeline volunteer, Moshe Hersh Deutch, Z'L, HY”D. Our thoughts and tefilos are with all those impacted by this senseless act of violence. Project Chai, our crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement department, is currently on the scene working closely with the local community. We encourage anyone in need to contact our 24-hour crisis hotline at 855-3-CRISIS or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Professional counselors are on standby to offer assistance in English and Yiddish.
Bring Your Shabbos Table Alive with Your Own Copy of ‘TableTalk’: VaYishlach
Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2019 - 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.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is considering announcing at the Knesset plenum Wednesday that he intends to waive immunity if a unity government emerges in the final hours before the dissolution of the 22nd Knesset.
Netanyahu may declare that he is giving up immunity only to reveal that the Blue and White Party refuses unity at all costs.
Over the last few hours, the prime minister has held consultations with senior Likud officials, and even with his lawyers. At the end of the meetings, he will decide whether to waive the immunity.
Earlier, the Knesset approved a bill to dissolve the 22nd Knesset and to hold elections for the 23rd Knesset on March 2, 2020.
Blue and White chairman MK Benny Gantz on Wednesday afternoon accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of seeking to force third electio...
NEW YORK (UJO Williamsburg) The community is saddened and is mourning the loss of two innocent, people, the most-special of our community.
Mindel Ferencz may she rest in peace, was a pioneer. She and her husband were of the very first to relocate from Williamsburg, due to the sky-rocketing prices of housing, to settle in Jersey City. They did not do it for themselves, but to pave the way for a new community that lives harmoniously with their neighbors. She was a caring and nurturing mother for her five children, and at the same time helped her husband who ran the first kosher grocery in the area, to ensure that the community’s families have were to shop and feed their children.
A life of selflessness, and dedication to others, full of love, was cut short by vicious hate-filled murd...
NEW YORK – (NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo) “My heart breaks for the police officer and the three victims killed in yesterday’s attack on a kosher market in Jersey City.
“We now know that this disgusting act of violence was a deliberate attack on the Jewish community in Jersey City. Out of an abundance of caution, I am directing State Police to increase patrols and security around synagogues and Jewish establishments while New Jersey law enforcement further investigates this horrific act.
“Anti-Semitism and violence against the Jewish community are on the rise both in our state and across the nation. We must stand united, be vigilant and stamp out this vile disease of hate wherever we see it. New York is a proud home to the Jewish community and we will continue to rej...
JERSEY CITY, NJ (VINNews) – On Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials revealed that one of the shooters involved in yesterday’s attack which left multiple people dead, had previously posted anti-semitic content online.
Officials did not reveal whether those posts involve general anti-semitic sentiments or if they were targeted specifically towards the ultra Orthodox Jewish community in Jersey City.
Jersey City, located in Hudson County, New Jersey, is home to nearly a quarter of a million people. Over the past few years, a few dozen Orthodox Jewish families from New York City moved into the Greenville neighborhood which was targeted in yesterday’s attack.
A 2017 NY Times article reported this development as a concern for the city as a whole. For example, the Time...
The two suspects who engaged in a deadly, hours-long gun battle with law enforcement at a kosher deli in Jersey City appear to have targeted the grocery store, the city’s mayor said early this morning.
A review of security footage from the store during the Tuesday-afternoon shooting that left five people dead, including the two suspects, made it “clear” that the gunmen chose the Jewish establishment, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (D) said on Twitter.
“I’m Jewish and proud to live in a community like Jersey City that has always welcomed everyone,” Fulop wrote on Twitter. “It is the home of Ellis Island and has always been the golden door to America. Hate and anti-semitism have never had a place here in JC and will never have a place in our city.&...
A suspect involved in a prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts online and investigators believe the attack was motivated by those sentiments, a law enforcement official familiar with the case said today, the NY Times reports.
The attack claimed the lives of two frum Yidden.
The law enforcement official could not provide more details about the suspect’s online posts or where they had been published. He said that investigators were still reviewing that information.
So far, the authorities have not identified the shooters, who were killed in the firefight.
The Jersey City mayor said surveillance footage indicated that the two shooters had targeted the JC kosher supermark...
The two people who stormed a kosher grocery store in Jersey City with rifles, killing three people inside and also murdering a veteran detective, have been identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, four law enforcement sources familiar with the case tell News 4.
Three sources say Anderson was a one-time follower of the group, the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. There was a note with religious writings in the U-Haul he and Graham allegedly drove to the scene. Officials also said there were online postings connected to Anderson’s social page with anti-police and anti-Jewish writings. Investigators are looking to see if Anderson himself posted that material.
The new details came shortly after local authorities announced a review of surveillance video clearly showed the market...
Agudath Israel of America and its constituents were heartbroken and outraged over the murders of three civilians and a police officer yesterday at a kosher market in Jersey City, N.J. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the innocent people who were killed, and we pray for the speedy recovery of those who were wounded in the brazen attack.
We commend the law enforcement teams that arrived so quickly at the scene of the shooting and whose members put their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens.
That two of the murdered were Jews, that law enforcement officials have indicated that that the store had been targeted because of its Jewish connection, and that an anti-Semitic, anti-police manifesto was found in the vehicle the murderers had stolen only add to our ang...
Jerusalem, Israel - Dec. 11, 2019 - President Reuven Rivlin on, Wednesday, December 11 / 13 Kislev, welcomed a delegation of United Nation ambassadors. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon is leading the delegation of 22 international ambassadors. American Zionist Movement President Richard Heideman (AZM) and President of International March of the Living Phyllis G. Heideman also participated in the event.
The president welcomed the ambassadors to Israel and to Jerusalem, noting that over the last 72 years, Israel has been transformed from a developing state into a start-up nation and innovation hub. “Israelis see every challenge as an opportunity, and we are ready to share our expertise with all nations, in order to advance the UN’s Sustainable Devel...
JERSEY CITY (VINnews) — Leah Minda Ferencz, a'h, H'yd, the co-owner of JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City, was named as one of the civilian victims killed in the horrific shootout Tuesday in Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Ferencz had incorporated the store, the only kosher store in the vicinity, together with her husband, Moishe Ferencz, in 2017.
Ferencz and her husband were both present in the store Tuesday morning, but Moishe had walked out of the store and stepped into the adjacent shul just prior to the incident.
Chabad Rabbi Moshe Schapiro, who shops at the kosher store and attends the shul next door, said he spoke with the store owner, Moishe Ferencz, who was unaware of what had happened to his wife.
“He told me he had just walked out of the store into the s...
The White House Chanuka party Wednesday night will feature a first for America’s chassidishe community — it will mark the first time a chassid will light the menorah at the annual event, Yochonon Donn reports for Boro Park 24.
Mr. Moshe Margareten, who first conceived the idea of prison reform which culminated in President Donald Trump signing the bill into law last year, will be honored with the kindling, although it will be without a bracha, because the White House is hosting the Chanukah party two weeks early due to the year-end vacation season.
“I got a call from the White House a month ago, saying that they’re considering me,” Mr. Margareten said. “They asked for some information. The Secret Service wanted to spe...