US President Joe Biden told reporters in New York on Monday that he hopes a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that would allow for hostages to be released can take effect by early next week. Asked when he hoped such a deal could be finalized, Biden replied, “Well I hope by the beginning of the weekend. The end of the weekend. My national security adviser tells me that they’re close. They’re close. They’re not done yet. My hope is by next Monday we’ll have a ceasefire.” Earlier on Monday, media outlets in France reported that the parties will soon meet aga...
Jerusalem, Israel - Feb. 26, 2024  - The Besheva Publishing group sponsored its 21st Jerusalem Conference at the Vert Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, on Sunday and Monday, February 25-26, 2024. Opening with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, the two full-day programs were filled with government officials and Jerusalem Prize winners and moderated again by Yoni Kempinski.  Highlights on the second day included the presentation of two special Jerusalem Prizes.  On the morning of October 7, Rami Davidian, a 58-year-old farmer from Moshav Patish, an Israeli farming community near the Gaza Strip, risked his life and is credited with saving hundreds from the deadly Nova Festival site. He drove back and forth between the site of the festival and the moshav...
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Baltimore, MD - Are you nervous about Kashering for Pesach; unsure you will get it done properly? Are you afraid the water will ruin your cabinets and create a mess in your kitchen? Are you moving into a new house and need the kitchen kashered; stress-free? Click here: https://t.ly/v57WNFor the last six years, The Kashering Konnection, has been servicing the Baltimore and DC communities. Coordinated through Star-K Kashrus Administrator Rabbi Sholom Tendler, professional Mashgichim are available to come to your home and ensure an easy, mess-free and 100% properly-done Kashering of your kitchen and appliances. From ovens to stoves, counters to sinks, The Kashering Konnection can help you prepare for Pesach in an easy and affordable way.“We have received so many calls at our office over...
Emergency crews responded Monday after a letter containing an unidentified white powder was sent to the Florida home of Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President and GOP front-runner Donald Trump. A person familiar with the matter said that results on the substance were inconclusive, but officials do not believe it was deadly. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm details of the letter, which were first reported by The Daily Beast. Trump Jr. opened the letter, which also contained a death threat, in his home office, and emergency responders wearing hazmat suits responded. Jupiter police said the investigation is being handled by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, which didn’t immediately have any details to release. Trump Jr. is one of his ...
A professor at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine is donating $1 billion to the New York City school, the largest gift of its type ever given in the United States, to pay the tuition of all of its students, the institution says. Dr. Ruth Gottesman is making the donation from the fortune made by her late husband David “Sandy” Gottesman, a Wall Street financier and early Berkshire Hathaway investor, who died in September 2022. “I am very thankful to my late husband, Sandy, for leaving these funds in my care, and I feel blessed to be given the great privilege of making this gift to such a worthy cause,” she says in a joint statement with the school. Gottesman joined the medical college in 1968. During her time at the school, she researche...
“Shalom Sivan,There was an important event on Motzaei Shabbat from which we can draw inspiration during these challenging times. Thousands of Jewish youths from all over the world gathered in Times Square in New York City for the Havdalah ceremony following a Shabbat sponsored by  the Chabad for Youth organization.Two brothers who were at the Nova Festival and managed to survive recited a chapter of psalms with deep emotion, repeated in unison by the assembled crowd. This was followed by shouts of support for the hostages, whose images were projected on a giant screen.We heard speeches that emphasized how each individual present needed to be an emissary and a leader upon returning home to Toronto, to Texas, or to Tel Aviv.In my eyes, Havdalah itself was the climax of the evening...
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The IDF is considering founding a haredi yeshiva at a relatively safe border crossing - possibly on the Israel-Jordan border, Yediot Aharonot reported Monday morning. The yeshiva would allow haredi soldiers to maintain their religious lifestyle while at the same time serving in the IDF According to the report, the purpose of the initiative is to allow haredi soldiers to perform security tasks while at the same time continuing regular Torah study. The report also said that the IAF has advanced a project to set up a command center where those serving in technical and administrative jobs can serve, with the goal of ensuring the usability of aircraft parked at a protected space at the Ramat David base. The command center would be staffed only by haredi soldiers. In this case, vari...
Lord Jacob Rothschild, the financier and member of the Rothschild banking family, has died at the age of 87. In a statement on Monday, his family called Lord Rothschild "a towering presence in many peoples' lives". His career begun at the family bank, NM Rothschild & Sons, before he moved on to start his own wealth management fund in 1989. The Rothschild family has an estimated fortune of about £825m, according to last year's Sunday Times Rich List. Lord Rothschild was described as "a superbly accomplished financier, a champion of the arts and culture, a devoted public servant, a passionate supporter of charitable causes in Israel and Jewish culture, a keen environmentalist and much-loved friend, father and grandfather," in a statement released by his family. Born ...
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday pointed to the deaths of his Jewish ancestors during World War II in his push for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to put the $95 billion foreign aid package, which includes aid for Ukraine, on the House floor. Schumer, speaking at a press conference from New York, pushed back on the “isolationist” approach to global conflicts and the death and destruction caused by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in World War II.  “There are those in the House — these far-right people — who are isolationists. They said, ‘This is far away, we don’t have to bother,’’” Schumer said Sunday. “That’s what the world said in 1938 with Hitler, and America...
Baltimore, MD – Feb. 19, 2024 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Arthur (Avrohom) Weichbrod, father of Shimmy Weichbrod.(443-854-1541) Shiva in Baltimore at 6714 Woodbury Rd., begins Tuesday morning, Feb. 27 through Thursday morning.  Minyanim: Shacharis Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 6:45 AM Mincha/Maariv: Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:40 PM Visiting hours until 9:00 PM Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...  
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The Government, today (Monday, 26 February 2024), approved a decision that will address the needs of the survivors of the festivals that were held in the south during the Hamas terrorist assault of 7 October 2023, and will provide them with extensive treatment and support while also creating for them a clear government 'address'.  The decision was jointly submitted for Government approval by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Welfare and Social Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi, following staff work coordinated by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Department of Governance and Social Affair together with the Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry, the Health Ministry, the Negev and Galilee Development and Social Resilience Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Finance Ministry...
Former President Trump on Monday appealed a judge’s decision ordering him to pay more than $450 million in the New York attorney general’s sprawling civil fraud case against his business empire. Judge Arthur Engoron’s decision earlier this month marked a stunning legal and financial blow to the former president, barring him from serving in a leadership role in any New York business for three years and ordering independent officials to monitor Trump’s companies. The decision followed a months-long trial after which the judge determined Trump and top executives for years conspired to alter his net worth to receive tax and insurance benefits.  Trump’s appeal was expected because he and his lawyers have attacked the judge’s ruling as politi...
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 The average price of gas in Baltimore has dropped 7.4 cents per gallon in the past week, according to GasBuddy's new survey. Prices in Baltimore are 13.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and 16.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 2.6 cents in the last week. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Baltimore was priced at $3.03 yesterday while the most expensive was $3.69. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $2.98 per gallon. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.24 today, according to GasBuddy data.
Maryland ranks #6 on the list of Best States for Women in 2024, according to a study from WalletHub. Baltimore, MD - Feb. 26, 2024  - With Women’s History Month coming up in March, WalletHub just released its report on the Best & Worst States for Women in 2024 on Monday. The report highlights the areas that provide an ideal living environment for women and the places that are in need of improvement.
“Women in the U.S. still face a lot of adversity, so living in the right state can greatly impact their quality of life," Cassandra Happe, WalletHub Analyst said. "The best states for women provide equitable economic conditions, encourage robust political participation, have quality health care, and ensure safety for the women who reside there.&rdqu...
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 An active duty member of the United States Air Force has died after the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said he self-immolated in front of the Israeli Embassy Sunday afternoon. Around 1 p.m., MPD officers responded to the 3500 block of International Drive, NW, to assist the United States Secret Service (USSS) after 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell, of San Antonio, Texas, set himself on fire in front of the embassy, police said. A spokesperson for the United States Air Force later confirmed that "an active duty Airman was involved in today’s incident." D.C. Fire and EMS told 7News On Your Side that when their crews arrived at the scene, they saw officials with the USSS working to extinguish the flames. Police said the man was taken to a local hospital in critical con...
Israel identified a few hours before the surprise attack on October 7th that hundreds of phones were activated in the Gaza Strip with Israeli SIM cards. In the first weeks after the massacre, it was disclosed that Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi and major-generals of the IDF General Staff held at least two consultations during that night. The first telephone consultation was in the early hours of the night, when the first signs of an invasion appeared from the field, during which it was decided to consult again at a later time, but IDF forces were not redeployed to the region. Another consultation was held before the attack, and again it was decided not to redeploy the forces or raise an alert in the region, but to hold another consultation in the morning. The Israel Security Agency (Shin ...
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Jerusalem, Israel - Feb. 26, 2024  -  At the beginning of September, Ishay Ribo and Akiva Turgeman performed at what has been called 'the largest Jewish concert in history' at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The Israeli superstar Ribo on the 'Elul tour' performed his traditional tunes with his new styling to a sold-out crowd of 15,000 enthusiastic fans in the United States. On Thursday night in the Old City at the Aish World Center Building in Jerusalem, Israel, Ishay Ribo was again joined by Akiva to perform for a packed standing-room-only crowd. The Israeli appreciative audience at the benefit concert was composed of families forced to leave home because of the October 7 War and IDF soldier...
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AT&T will issue credits to customers impacted earlier this week by a significant wireless outage, the company said on Saturday. The Dallas-based company, whose network covers around 290 million people in the U.S., had to restore service to about three-quarters of its customers after they woke up Thursday morning unable to make calls or send texts. The company stated on its website, in very fine print at the bottom, that customers will receive "one $5 credit per account" within two billing cycles. The service interruption lasted for more than 10 hours on Thursday, finally getting restored later in the evening. AT&T said the outage appeared to be caused by a technical glitch, not a cyberattack.  "We recognize the frustration this outage has caused and know we ...
There is a well-known summary of the way we should behave in giving tzedakah on Purim in the Talmud Yerushalmi (Megillah 1:4): אֵין מְדַקְדְּקִין בְּמִצְוַת פּוּרִים אֶלָּא כָּל־מִי שֶׁהוּא פוֹשֵׁט אֶת יָדוֹ לִיטּוֹל נוֹתְנִין לוֹ.  One does not check eligibility for the money given as Purim charity; one gives to anybody who extends his hand to take. This informs how we should spend our day regarding charity.  But there is a broader meaning.  We can extend our hand in supplication to Hashem on Purim. He does not check the eligibility; He gives to anybody who extends his hand to take.  Purim is a time to ask Hashem for our needs and desires. But we may lose sight of what to as...
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