Baltimore, MD - Mar. 17, 2023 - Seven Mile Market will be open on Motzaei Shabbos April 1st, from 9 pm to 11:30 pm for your Pesach shopping convenience.
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Baltimore, MD – Mar. 29, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Avi Mandelbaum, z’l, brother of Mrs. Esti Ziffer.
Shiva is being observed at 2710 Bartol Avenue, through Tuesday morning. Esti Ziffer can be reached at (410) 800-8385. The aveilim kindly request no visitors between 2:30-5:00 PM and after 9:30 PM. On Friday, no visitors after 3:00 PM. On Motzei Shabbos, no visitors after 10:30 PM please. Davening Schedule Mincha/Maariv on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:10 PM. Shachris on Thursday and Friday at 7:00 AM. Additional minyanim, if any, to be determined.
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 27, 2023 - Reposted upon request:Baltimore, MD - Mar. 26, 2022 - Kashering is certainly one of the most critical aspects of preparation for Pesach. To many, the process may seem daunting for a variety of reasons: It is not something people do regularly, there are serious safety risks involved in handling hot items and boiling water, and potential to damage the kitchen. Also, if not accomplished correctly, there is a risk that after all the work is done, with hot water running all over the place, the kitchen may not actually be really kosher for Pesach!
However, it really does not need to be that difficult and with a little know-how and effort, most people can be capable of kashering their kitchen. For a full step-by-step guide to proper kashering procedures, consult ...
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 24, 2023 - The State of Maryland has announced a program where you can submit a claim to recover a portion of the funds that were stolen from an EBT card.
Please see link below, and please note that there is a deadline to file the claim.
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Baltimore, MD - Mar. 28, 2023 - After being dormant for the pandemic (remember Covid??), O'Fishel's Mitzvah Motivators is happy to announce that the pined All-The-Brachos-You-Care-To-Make buffet will be open in a double shift: first for our Mitzvah Motivators who not only made brachos but had people answer amen and carefully documented them, and second for our new Mitzvah Motivators MDY R' Eli Stefansky recruiting program. Don't be a shoteh, start Maseches Sota!This Buffet is also open to anyone who had their wedding catered by O'Fishel and won 3 rounds of Jeopardy!
There is a long-standing tradition that the Shabbos before Pesach is referred to as Shabbos Hagodol – The Great Shabbos. Virtually every commentary relates this title all the way back to Yitzias Mitzrayim. The year Bnei Ysroel left Mitzrayim, Pesach fell on a Thursday. Hence, the preceding Shabbos was the 10th of Nissan. This was a particularly special day. It was on the 10th of Nissan that Bnei Yisroel were commanded to take the lamb which would eventually be used as the first Korban Pesach. (Shemos, 12:3) Accordingly, we mark the Shabbos which precedes Pesach as Shabbos Hagodol. (Tur Orech Chayim, Siman 430).
The Halachic authorities go into great detail as to the reason for the obser...
According to the World Health Organization, burnout is a syndrome resulting from workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It’s characterized by three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy (World Health Organization, 2019).
Burnout is widespread across the globe. According to a Forbes article from 2022, a study by Asana looked at over 10,000 knowledge workers across seven countries, and found that approximately 70% of people experienced burnout during the previous year. Every year, the percentage number of people who suffer burnout is both mindboggling and staggering.
In this week’s Pars...
Jerusalem, March 31 - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recently come under scrutiny following the introduction of a new bill that seeks to block a presidential candidate with a Jewish father. The bill, dubbed the "Tshiani Law," is named after its proponent, Noël Tshiani. The controversial bill on nationality has been considered by the opposition as a means of blocking the way for Moise Katumbi, the leading candidate in the 2023 presidential election and who is considered to have the best chance of defeating the incumbent president. The bill, introduced by an ally of current president Felix Tshisekedi, states that only candidates with two Congolese parents are eligible to run for president.
The same bill was rejected almost two years ago, b...
Wind gusts approaching 50 mph will whip through Maryland this weekend, bringing a risk of power outages and downed trees as a storm moves toward the Atlantic Coast, forecasters say.
Wind gusts in Maryland could reach 48 mph on Saturday night, the National Weather Service said.
"Severe storms will continue to press eastward through the Appalachians and a large part of the Atlantic coast on Saturday," AccuWeather said. "Along with the likelihood of potent thunderstorms, high winds, power outages and property damage can occur from southeastern New York and southern New England to the Carolinas, Georgia and part of northern Florida."
The forecast brings an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms on Saturday as a strong cold front approaches the Baltimore region, adds...
Q: There is a brocha which is recited once a year upon seeing a newly flowering tree. I have a number of questions regarding Birchas Hailonos:
(i) When is the optimal time to say this brocha? Does the brocha have to be said during the month of Nissan?
(ii) What rules apply concerning the location of the person when saying the brocha? How far away can you be from the tree when saying the brocha? Can you be inside a house or other structure? Can you be in a car? Is it necessary to be at a site where there is more than one tree?
(iii) What limitations are there regarding the type of tree over which this brocha may be recited? Does the tree need to be fruit bearing? How o...
Hagalas Keilim Around the Baltimore Community
Sunday, Apr. 2, 2023:
Agudah Park Heights:
Limited to 10 items or less - 9:30AM -10:30AM
Any number of items:1030-Noon
Suburban Orthodox: 10:00AM - Noon - Please bring the items you wish to kasher to the fleishig kitchen for hagalah.
Shearith Israel: 9:00AM-1:00PM.
Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion: 8:30AM -11:00AM
Fruit trees at Aish Kodesh
“And the flesh of his thanksgiving peace offering shall be eaten on the day it is offered up; he shall not leave any of it over until morning.” (Vayikra 7:15)
Among the various sacrificial details contained in this week’s Parsha, the Torah teaches us the laws of the Korban Todah (thanksgiving offering). This offering was brought when a person was saved from a life-threatening or inherently dangerous situation. It was a sacrificial rite which enabled the individual to thank God for deliverance and salvation.
The Imrei Emes (Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter of Gur, 1866-1948) raises a fascinating question. Every korban (sacrificial offering) has a consumption window. You are permitted to eat the sacrifice for a certain amount of time. After that permitted time has elapsed, t...
In Vayikra 13:52, the Torah tells us that one needs to burn clothing that was afflicted with tzoraas.
The Tosefta in 5:13 says that if a Jew dyes the clothing afflicted with tzoraas or sells it to a non-Jew, the clothing becomes tahor. The reason for this is that if a non-Jew has an article of clothing with tzoraas on it, it would not be tamei; so too, if a Jew sells an article of clothing with tzoraas on it to a non-Jew, it automatically becomes tahor. The Rambam in 13:15 of Hilchos Tzoraas brings the above opinion down le’halacha.
The Ohr Sameach and the Chazon Ish ask how can one sell something...
Let’s listen in to a round table discussion on the Do’s & Dont’s of Kashering with steam, between R’ Aaron Mendelson of Kosher Services, R’ Sholem Fishbane, Director of Kashrus for the Chicago Rabbinical Council and Executive Director of AKO, and R’ Yitzchok Hisiger.