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Baltimore, MD - Feb. 2, 2023 - 2 Shevat 5783 - It’s only eight years since Khal Chassidim’s mosdos set foot in Baltimore – and already it’s made its mark.  It’s made its mark on the close to 150 kinderlach, it’s made its mark on the parents and it's made its mark on the wider yiddishe community. Their warmth and chassidishkeit spills over and everyone is benefitting from its existence.  The chassidishe parent body chose to move to Baltimore so that they could focus on Torah and chinuch undisturbed by the stress and pressures of unaffordable city life. Indeed, in Baltimore, they can bring up their children in a bucolic, spacious setting where there is nothing to distract them from their pure goals.  * The kollel is a thriv...
United Hatzalah has raised its alert level ahead of the onset of winter storm Barbara. “We have raised the alert level of our volunteers across the country and sent additional resources and vehicles to the north and central mountain regions. We are fully prepared to continue our lifesaving activities across the country in spite of the difficult weather conditions expected in the coming days,” said the President and Founder of the organization Eli Beer.   If traffic is disrupted due to significant snowfalls, snow chains and various off-road vehicles such as ATVs and jeeps will be used in order to provide medical assistance and rescue people trapped in areas that are difficult to reach by regular emergency vehicles due to the storm or complex terrain.  In additio...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 31, 2023: Tu B'Shvat 5783  This year, TU B'SHVAT (15 Shvat) will occur on Sun. Night Feb. 5-Mon. Feb. 6. Please refer to the STAR-K Checking Fruits chart below for guidance. Click on the image for a larger, printable copy of this chart.  Click on the image below for a larger, printable copy of the STAR-K's full guide to checking for bugs Click HERE or on the image below to download STAR-K's Shemita Primer for Chutz La'aretz.For SHEMITA DATES OF COMMON FRUITS imported from Eretz Yisroel: refer to the chart below, since Shemita times include fruits one might purchase for Tu B'Shvat.
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday, killing more than 1,300 people and taking down countless buildings.  The earthquake prompted a search for survivors in the rubble in cities and towns across the region. The death toll is expected to rise. Residents in both countries were awakened by the quake several hours before dawn and rushed outside to cold, rain and snow. Dozens of buildings in cities in the area were toppled. Rescue workers and residents searched for survivors under the rubble of destroyed buildings in multiple cities in both countries
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Arutz-7: The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly expect that Operation Break the Wave, which was launched in response to a series of deadly terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians in March 2022, will persist for some time to come, according to Israel Hayom. The report states that while the IDF has achieved substantial success, including the elimination of the terrorist organization Lions Den, other groups have emerged to continue perpetrating attacks. Despite objections from the Palestinian Authority, the IDF is continuing its counterterrorism efforts, with 35 Palestinians killed in combat with the IDF in January, 95% of whom were terrorists. This rate could result in more fatalities in 2023 than the previous year, which saw the highest number of Arab deaths sin...
According to the Baltimore City Liquor License Board, there are 1,221 liquor stores in the city. One of these stores was where 13-year-old Kesley Washington was shot and killed. Retired FBI agent Tyrone Powers believes that liquor stores contribute to the issues that city leaders are concerned about. "We don't talk about these open-air liquor stores, which attract drug dealing and the violence we are talking about," he said.
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Parshas Beshalach - The Way of the Wise-Hearted

The beginning of this week’s parsha briefly recaps the exodus of B’nei Yisrael from Egypt before going on to tell the events that followed. One previously unmentioned incident is recounted. Before leaving Egypt, Moshe Rabbeinu seeks out the body of Yoseif so that it may be carried to Eretz Yisrael for his eventual burial in Shechem. The midrash (Shemos Rabbah 20:19) says of this deed: "On him (Moshe) the pasuk (Mishlei 10:8) says, "The wise hearted grabs mitzvos," for when all of B’nei Yisrael were busy collecting silver and gold, Moshe was involved in the collection of Yoseif’s bones."

There is a commonly raised difficulty with this midrash. It’s not as if the rest of the nation was not also immersed in the fulfilment of a mitzvah. They were commanded by HaShem, through Moshe, to collect the silver and gold from the Egyptians. Why is Moshe singled out here as a "grabber of mitzvos" when the entire nation was involved in a mitzvah as well?

Rabbi Ephraim Eisenberg, zt"l, in a eulogy for his mother, offered a beautiful approach to this dilemma. Moshe’s action deemed him worthy of the title chacham leiv, wise-hearted, not simply because he was involved in a mitzvah. The wise-hearted is one who has the perception and the insight to sense which mitzvos need to be focussed on under the circumstances. A chacham leiv gains his title not simply with his performance of mitzvos but rather his choice of mitzvos. The entire nation was involved in the "cleaning out" of Egypt and the collection of Yoseif’s body was a job that needed to be done. Moshe realized that this was his job to do. He is therefore praised by Chazal for picking the right mitzvah.

This concept is easily applied to the Jewish outreach setting. There are 613 mitzvos but it takes a chacham leiv to sense where to begin, in which area to initiate growth in order to achieve maximum results. In the building of small communities, in which R’ Eisenberg’s parents were greatly involved, one must devote extra attention to the areas that are the foundations of such communities such as the construction of a mikveh and establishment of Jewish schools. This is the way of the wise-hearted.

Have a good Shabbos.

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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 5, 2023 – 7:05PM - A right turn out of the Seven Mile Market parking lot cannot be made now as Reisterstown Road in front of Seven Mile Lane is closed down.
Chag Tu B’shvat At first glance, Tu B’shvat seems to be a mere technical halachic marker for the new year of fruits (as pertaining to fruit-oriented mitzvot).[1] Surprisingly, though, we treat Tu B’shvat as a holiday by skipping tachanun[2] and avoiding fasting.[3] What are we celebrating?  In addition to the holiday atmosphere, we also have the minhag to eat Israeli fruits on Tu B’shvat.[4] What is the reason for this custom? What is the significance of eating Israeli fruit? Yearning For Israel’s Fruit The Al Hamichyah berachah recited after eating grain products or one of Israel’s special fruits also attributes significance to eating Israeli fruit. In the berachah, we ask Hashem to return us to Israel so we can “eat its fruit and be sa...
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The Cabinet, at its weekly meeting today (Sunday, 5 February 2023), approved the proposal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Construction and Housing Minister Yitzhak Goldknopf to establish a new community in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip.Prime Minister Netanyahu:"The most important thing in order to give an answer to terrorism is give a proper response and the second thing is strengthen settlement – and this is what we are doing now. We decided on the establishment of the community of Hanun during our previous government and today we are completing its establishment by budgeting for the planning of the community. We will thereby put the establishment of the community into action.Setting up the community is additional testimony to the resilience of the area adjacent to th...
When I got up in the morning several days ago, I noticed a WhastApp message that had been sent at 2:17 a.m. I quickly checked to see what it was all about. "Shalom Sivan, I need a video greeting for my youth movement contingent. Is there any chance you can do this?" First of all, I was relieved that this was not an emergency matter. But then at 6:55 I received an additional message from the same source: "???" Not one question mark, but three.I have not come here to complain about the "state of our youth" since we are really all like this. I hear numerous stories of this kind regarding people of all ages and professions. We are living in an era where everything is constantly accessible, from information to human beings. So if it's possible to order a couch or a food item at three o...
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Baltimore, MD – Feb. 5, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Wendy Linder, a’h, mother of  Bonnie Linder. The levayah will be tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 6 at Sol Levinson's, @1:00 pm. Kevurah will take place at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, 430 Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown, MD, 21136. Shiva will be observed through Motzaei Shabbos, Feb 11, at 1902 Tadcaster Road, Catonsville, MD, 21228 Bila HaMaves LaNetzach…
In an effort to upgrade their different systems and improve their customer service, the Jerusalem Municipality has announced that their Collections Department, which includes Arnona, will be closed to the public this month, from February 5-26. They will not be providing service by phone during this time, either.  Arnona discount applications can still be submitted online during this time. As you may have noticed, the Municipality has sent out Arnona bills for the 2023 calendar year, due to be paid by January 31.  Failure to pay by this date causes the bill to accrue interest and may eventually lead to lawyer fees and other penalties including liens on bank accounts.  It is important to note that the Arnona bill must be paid, or at least a payment plan put in place...
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Update as of Sunday, Feb.5: The children of R’ Aryeh Leib Goldstein a”h  will be at the shiva home in Baltimore until after Mincha & Maariv on Sunday. They will complete shiva in Lakewood. Mincha/Maariv on Sunday will be the last minyan at the shiva home, however, Mrs. Shaina Shifra Goldstein will continue to obeserve shiva in Baltimore on Sunday night and Monday until 9:00PM. Please do not visit between 1 & 2 p.m. and 6 & 7 p.m.###Baltimore, MD – Jan. 31, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of R’ Aryeh Leib Goldstein , z’l, husband of Mrs. Shaina Shifra (Shelley) Goldstein and father of R’ Bentzy Goldstein, Manny Goldstein, Mrs. Tova Goodman, and Mrs. Tammy Riegler.Shiva will be...
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