Parshas Tazria-Metzorah

Rabbi Berel Wein The laws regarding ritual purity and the metaphysical disease of tzoraat, which, by the way, is not the medically recognized disease of leprosy, affect three categories of human life and society: the human body, clothing and houses. These three areas of human societal existence are the basic building blocks of civilization and […]

The Power to Withstand the Pressure

Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow HaRav HaGaon Avrohom Kanarek, zt”l, of Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Yerushalayim taught Torah for many years in a humble and unassuming way. He shied away from kavod. Once, on Simchas Torah, the bochurim tried to dance around him. He ran away so quickly, that no one would have guessed that he was […]

I Won’t Go, Go, Go

Allan Rolnick, CPA When you were young, mom said, “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.” But now the rules are different. Now, it’s all fun and games until somebody winds up in rehab, as many actors’ and actresses’ lives are upended by various addictions and vices. As one famous singer said, […]

Swallow Your Words

Rabbi Zvi Teichman The root problem of the מצרע — the Metzora is evident in his very name: צָר עַ[ — a stingy eye.  One who possesses an ‘evil eye’, one laced with jealousy and contempt for all who disturb his narrow view of the universe and his machinations, will infiltrate negativity to every interaction, […]

Caregiver Guilt

Rabbi Azriel Hauptman Yehuda and Devorah have been married for fifty years and together they raised a beautiful family. Recently, Yehuda developed a medical condition that is chronic and requires constant care and attention. Devorah took it upon herself to be her husband’s primary caregiver and she told her children that this is the least […]

Mrs. Tzini Friedman, Program Coordinator, AIM

Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Brooklyn and my husband is from Baltimore. I moved here when we got married. For most of my married life I was a stay-at-home mother, but a few months ago I took on a role as the program coordinator of a new organization in town called AIM, […]

Efforts to Upgrade Fallstaff Playground

Councilman Yitzy Schleifer Nothing better than watching a two-year-long project that we put a ton of work into come to fruition! I grew up in the Fallstaff neighborhood of District 5 and spent many days playing on the playground at Fallstaff Elementary Middle School – MD. Over the years, I have also taken my daughters there […]

Baltimore’s Yitzie Pretter Elected to Orthodox Union Board of Directors

New York, N.Y. – The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, is pleased to welcome Yitzie Pretter of Baltimore, MD. to the OU’s Board of Directors. Pretter is among 14 new OU Board Members from across the U.S. and Canada elected to a two-year term. Professionally, Pretter is the founding principal […]

Mercaz Hosts a Booming Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim Program

Over Pesach, Mercaz Torah U’Tefilah become known as the “Mercaz Yeshivas Bein HaZmanim” for the Baltimore community, as hundreds and hundreds of Bachurim and Yungerleit back for Bein HaZmanim took advantage of the robust Bein HaZmanim programming. This includes a daily catered breakfast, refreshments and freshly brewed coffee throughout the day, hot fleishigs for night […]

Kesser Torah Bochurim Warmed by the Fire of Torah During Winter Zman

A highlight of the Kesser Torah calendar each year is the Retzufos Seder prior to the Pesach Bein ha’Zmanim.  This four-hour seder allows bochurim to end their Winter Zman on a high and, in turn, catapults them into their Yom Tov.  As in the past, this annual event not only involves Kesser Torah’s Mesivta bochurim […]