Governor-Elect Moore highlights partnership with Councilman Schleifer Baltimore, MD - Dec. 6, 2022 - Tonight’s Annual Reception in honor of Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer was jam packed with political star power. The brightest star in the room however, was Maryland’s biggest political star, Governor-Elect Wes Moore. Not only was it impressive for the Governor-Elect to choose Councilman Schleifer’s event as his very first post-election appearance in our community, but it was his respect and endorsement of Councilman Schleifer that truly resonated with the la...
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 2, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mr. Avraham Dov Wolfish z’l, father of Chaim (Shani) Wolfish.Shiva through Wednesday morning, Dec. 7, is being observed at 3108 Hatton Rd, Baltimore, MD, 21208 Minyanim Monday through Wednesday AM 6:45am Shacharis Mincha/Maariv 4:30pm Bila Hamaves Lanetzach...
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Baltimore, MD - Dec. 1, 2022 - Amudim is well known throughout Baltimore, having helped over 230 families with issues including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and therapy referrals since first opening its doors in 2015.  Amudim CEO Zvi Gluck spoke about the different components of abuse, addiction and mental health. He noted that while Amudim may be New York-based, it helped many families from the Baltimore community in the past eight years with an operating cost for case service management of $375,000 an amount which does not include therapy subsidies. “Unfortunately, there is no community today that is immune to these terrible problems and we are continuing to do all that we can to change lives and build futures,” said Gluck. “We want to le...
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 4, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Shaina Devorah Kuritsky, a’h, daughter of Rabbi Dovid Kuritsky and Mrs. Chana Kuritsky, sister of Chana Esther Kleinman, Yaakov Kuritsky, Chashy Kuritsky, Avrohom Dovid Fried, Yechiel Kuritsky, Zecharia Kuritsky, and Elchonon Kuritsky. Shiva will be observed through Friday afternoon at 3923 Clarinth Road, Baltimore, MD , 21215. Minyanim: Shacharis: 7:00AM Mincha/Maariv: 4:25PM Bila Hamaves Lanetzach...
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 1, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Sol Mogilensky, z’l, brother of Marsha (Avi) Grant and Judah (Lynne) Mogilensky. The Kevurah will take place in Eretz HaChaim cemetery in Beit Shemesh on Sunday. Shiva will be observed through Shacharis Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1902 Rookwood Rd., Silver Spring, MD, 20910. (Best parking is in the extra parking lot for Sniders’s grocery store.). All visitors should wear masks.Shiva following Shacharis until 12noon; 1:00-6:00p, then from 7:00-9:30p (Friday until 1:00PM)Shacharis: Tues/Wed/Fri: 7:00AM Motzaei Shabbos: Visiting 7Pm-10PMShacharis Thurs: 6:50AM (Sunday: 8:00AM) Mincha/Maariv: 4:30PM  Bila Hamaves Lanetzach...
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Baltimore, MD – Dec. 5, 2022 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Eva Youlus, a’h, mother of Menachem Youlus, Adinah Kutoff, and Tamar Englander and sister of Rabbi Avrom Landesman. Shiva is being observed through Tuesday, Dec. 13, at The Imperial - 6606 Park Heights Ave. Apt #115, Baltimore, MD , 21215 (Side Entrance Access off of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Parking Lot)Tuesday & Wednesday: Shiva visits from 9 AM until 10 PM with a break for lunch 12 to 12:30 & for dinner 5:30 to 6.Shacharis: Thursday/Fri/Mon- 7:00AM.  Mincha/Maariv: Thursday/Sun/Mon - 4:30PM (Erev Shabbos: 2:00PM)Maariv Motzaei Shabbos-TBA Bila Hamaves Lanetzach...
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As previously reported here, Baltimore native Chaya Fried (nee Kronglas) and her husband, Dov, have been actively advocating to protect the Snipiskes Cemetery of Vilna, where 50,000 orthodox Jews were buried between the 1400s and 1831, including the Vilna Gaon. Their battle was against efforts to turn the cemetery into a source of business revenue for the local non-Jewish community, which would desecrate the graves and violate Jewish law.The efforts against the cemetery were contrary to myriad of American legislation and agreements, including a signed agreement between the U.S. and Lithuanian governments in 2002 that would provide protection for the cemetery, and the 2014 U.S. Protection of Cemeteries Act that mandates the protection of cemeteries abroad, like the Jewish cemetery in Vilna,...
Congress is poised to use the annual defense policy bill to eliminate the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate — a major concession by President Biden’s Democratic allies that helps clear the way to passing the sweeping package before year’s end.  In a compromise with Republicans, House Democrats are allowing language into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that repeals the coronavirus vaccine mandate for U.S. service members a year after it was enacted, House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) confirmed to The Hill Tuesday.   The bill, which lays out how an $847 billion Defense Department top line will be allocated in fiscal 2023, is tentatively set to be released as early as Tuesday evening a...
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A New York jury on Tuesday found the Trump Organization guilty of tax fraud following a more than monthlong trial. Jurors began deliberating on Monday and returned the guilty verdict on Tuesday afternoon, according to The Associated Press.
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Parshas Vayishlach - Lack of Hesped for Rachel

In Bereishis 35:19 it says that Rachel was nifteres and was buried on the road leading to Efras, Bethlehem. Why do we not find in the Torah that Yaakov cried and was maspid Rachel the same way we find that Avraham was maspid Sarah? 


One answer could be based on the Baal HaTurim that says the reason why Avraham was maspid Sarah for only a little bit was because it was considered as if Sarah was “MeAbed Atzma Ledaas.” She was Moseres Din LaShomayim by complaining. Here too Rachel was the cause of her demise because she stole her father’s trafim. She did this on her own without seeking advice and consent from Yaakov. 


A second reason is because Sarah was the akeres HaBayis so the loss was that much greater requiring a hesped. She was megayeres es haNashim. Thereby there was a need to make a hesped for Sarah. On the other hand, Rachel’s demise was terrible but did not destroy the Bayis of Yaakov as Leah and the Shfachos were still alive. 


A third answer is based on Gemara Moed Katan 28a the Halacha of a woman who dies in childbirth should not be lying in state as it could be embarrassing. Since Rachel died while giving birth she had to be buried right away. This is also the reason why she was buried while travelling and they did not wait till they arrived at a cemetery. 


A fourth answer is that Yaakov was worried that Leah would be offended. Leah would feel as if even after Rachel was nifteres Yaakov still does not want her. We find the Chasam Sofer after his first wife died and he re-married he would not light candles leiluy nishmas his first wife so as not to offend his new wife.  


A fifth answer could be that really both Yitzchok and Yaakov were maspid their respective spouses. The reason the Torah does not mention it is because the Torah wanted to teach us that women get a hesped. For this limud it was enough to tell us that Avraham was maspid Sarah. There is no need for the Torah to tell us about Yitzchok and Yaakov that they were maspid


A sixth answer could be that Yaakov was worried that if he would be maspid Rachel they would be Toeh BaDerech. They would get mixed up and get lost on their trip. 


A seventh and final answer is that really Yaakov did not want to marry two sisters even though it was before mattan Torah. He really wanted to marry Rachel but once Leah was the first wife, he only married Rachel to fulfill his neder. This is the reason that Rachel had to die before arriving to their home so that Yaakov should not be married to two sisters. That is why he was not maspid Rachel. 


May we all be zocheh to live in Eretz Yisrael and have techiyas hameisim.             

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New York-based Center for Jewish History launching the DNA Reunion Project DNA testing is helping Holocaust survivors locate long-lost loved ones. The New York-based Center for Jewish History is launching the DNA Reunion Project, which offers free DNA kits to Jews who endured the Nazi genocide and have been searching for family members they haven't seen since World War II. "DNA can be a miraculous tool for making connections between people when the paper trail is severed and our (Jewish) community is particularly affected by that and we put our heads together and said 'this is a technology that should be used more widely by this community because it can do miraculous things,'" Jennifer Mendelsohn, a co-founder of the project alongside Dr. Adina Newman, told i24NEWS...
A granddaughter was born to Rabbi Mordechai Sternberg, ZT'L, the Rosh HaYeshiva Yehsuivat Har Hamor, who was niftar yesterday at the age of 74, on the day of his funeral Tuesday. The child was born to Ephraim and Emuna Shachor, Rabbi's Sternberg's son-in-law and daughter. During the levayah, Rabbi Avichai Sternberg, son of Rabbi Mordechai Sternberg, gave a eulogy: "There is no substitute for a father. We were lucky to have a father and more than that - we are lucky to have a father. He was a father who was so present in the lives of his children, a grandfather who was present in the lives of his grandchildren - and that presence was not only expressed in the practical contexts - but in a personality that was present and found in each of the children and grandchildren. We w...
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Former President Donald Trump's fired National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a televised interview Sunday he "is prepared to get into the race" for president in 2024 to stop his former boss. "I think to be a presidential candidate you can't simply say I support the Constitution; you have to say I would oppose people who would undercut it," Bolton told NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "We used to have a thing in the House of Representatives called the House Un-American Affairs Committee. I think when you challenge the Constitution itself the way Trump himself has done, that is un-American. I'm prepared to get in the race." Bolton, who served as one of Trump's national security advisers from 2018-19 before being fired, was reacting to a Tr...
Boston, Massachusetts city councilors recently voted to allow residents age 16 and 17 to vote in municipal elections, WBUR reports. Councilors voted 9-4 to pass a petition calling to lower the voting age for municipal elections, provided they meet the other preexisting criteria for casting a ballot. "We have a lot of young people who are working — oftentimes two jobs — just to help support their families, paying taxes, and on the frontlines protesting and trying to find ways to have their voices heard. And every day we make decisions on their behalf," said Councilor Julia Mejia, one of the petition's co-sponsors. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu will make the next move on the issue when the docket reaches her desk. If passed, it would move onto the state Legislature, ...
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Baltimore, MD - Dec. 6, 2022 - More Israeli produce being sold in our markets! Citrus fruits that grew during Shemita are now being sold in Costco and other stores. Buyer beware.
The CEO of the American Jewish Committee, Ted Deutch, will joint a White House roundtable on combating antisemitism along with other heads of US Jewish organizations. Deutch applauded the Biden administration for hosting the summit, which will take place on December 7. AJC said in a statement that it has long called for such a meeting with antisemitism and other hate crimes in the US dramatically increasing in recent years. “Antisemitism is not a problem for the Jewish community alone. Venomous hate targeting Jews threatens American society, indeed our democracy,” Deutch said. “By convening this important roundtable, the Biden administration has demonstrated that it recognizes the severity of the problem and is committed to taking additional steps, in partnership with ...
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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol plans to recommend that the Justice Department make criminal charges tied to the assault, according to panel Chairman Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.).  Mr. Thompson, speaking to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday, said a formal decision hadn’t yet been made, and that the committee hadn’t decided on a range of details surrounding the referral, including whom it planned to refer and whether the referrals would include former President Donald Trump.  “We’ve not made a decision as to who, but we have made decisions that criminal referrals will happen,” he said. The Jan. 6 committee met Friday to discuss the matter and review recommendations made by ...
Gov. Larry Hogan issued an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit the use of certain Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms, including the popular social media site TikTok. According to a release, it states that these entities present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk to the state, and may be involved in activities such as cyber-espionage, surveillance of government entities, and inappropriate collection of sensitive personal information.Hogan added the following statement: "There may be no greater threat to our personal safety and our national security than the cyber vulnerabilities that support our daily lives," said Hogan. "As the cyber capital of America, Maryland has taken bold and decisive actions to prepare for and address cybersecurity threats. To ...
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Jerusalem, Israel - Dec. 6, 2022 - Winter is here, with much shorter cold days with less sunlight. Feeling the winter blues and feeling forgetful? Memory expert Rena Yudkowsky of Memory Matters has provided BJL with tips to incorporate into your daily routine to improve how your brain works, and help short-term memory. Meditate to Clear Your Thoughts Your brain never stops, even when you are asleep. So, finding ways to help your brain to relax is crucial. Meditation can do that for your brain. The common advice is to clear your thoughts, but that might not be helpful. Better advice is to observe your thoughts and let them pass by. Focusing on the tefillah when you daven is good for your health!  Get More and Better Sleep Sleep is ...
The U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, tweeted that he was "horrified" that a Palestinian terrorist was killed in what he called a "scuffle" with Israeli border police and sent "heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family." The terrorist, armed with a knife, had tried to break into a civilian vehicle and was repelled by the occupant. He then attacked a police patrol, stabbing one officer in the face. Joined by several other assailants, he then attempted to snatch an officer's firearm, at which point he was shot.  Responding to Wennesland’s comments, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, "I fully condemn the attempts to present the incident in a false and manipulative manner, and the statement by the U.N. envoy to th...
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