Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kosher Turkey meets the Thanksgiving rush



On any given day in November, trucks will deliver some 10,000 live white turkeys to Empire Kosher Poultry’s Mifflintown, Penn., processing plant. The birds are destined for ritual slaughter, rabbinic approval, a salt bath, and, finally, a Cryovac sealing machine. They’ll go from live beings to packaged poultry in about three hours flat. In 24 hours, there’s a good chance they’ll be on the shelf of a Trader Joe’s, Costco Wholesale, Whole Foods, or BJ’s Wholesale Club in a city along the Eastern seaboard.

Welcome to the mass production of kosher poultry, which began at Empire some 75 years ago, when Joseph Katz founded the company in Liberty, N.Y. and helped move the traditional Jewish meat preparation process from the local butcher shop and Jewish home into the mainstream.

Decades later, privately held Empire is now undergoing another kind of transition. Ten years ago, half of Empire customers kept kosher, while the other half did not. Now, that breakdown is about 23%—77%. Nearly four out of five customers who buy Empire’s antibiotic free, vegetarian-fed chickens and turkeys do not keep kosher, according to Empire’s own market research.

Watch LIVE broadcast of Kinus in Har Nof following shiva for the 4 Kedoshim HY'D

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thousands of Lubavitch and Satmar Chasidim gather seven miles apart in Brooklyn, Lakewood gathering as well


 2014 Kinus hashluchim
Satmar gathering
It was two different events each one drawing thousands of chasidim. For Chabad it was the annual Kinus hashluchim 5775 International conference of chabad emmisseries. The convention took place at the South brooklyn marine terminal. Over Five thousand people gathered and join in the festive chabad farbrengen. Seven miles away in Williamsburg thousands of Satmar Chasidim gathered in taylor street to welcome the Thee gaavad Rav Yitzchchok Tuvia Weiss head of the Eidah Hachareidis of Yerushalayim. Thousands of men and children dressed in shabbos attire  waving flags and holding torches, came out in mass to greet the Rav. The 5 tier dais was flanked by Satmar rabbonim from new York including the Satmar rebbe Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum and the Toldos Aaron Rebbe of  Yerushalayim. Across the river in NJ thousands gathered in a Lakewood in Bais Medrash Govoha to commemorate the yartzheit of  Rav Aaron Kotler zatzal and the Mashgiach Rav Nosson Wachtfogel zatzal.
Lakewood Yartzheit gathering

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Several Funds set up to help families of Har Nof terror attack


There are several websites  set up to help raise much needed funds for the almanos and yesomim of the kedoshei Har Nof.  They are endorsed by Rabbanim involved with the families. To donate  to Help Har Nof fund click HERE  for the Eastern Union fund click HERE.










Video: Survivor of Har Nof attack returns to shul

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rav Matisyohu Solomon, on massacre in Har Nof

Rav Matisyohu Solomom, the Lakewood mashgiach spoke in Beth Medrash Govoha About the massacre in Har Nof. The Mashgiach mentioned that hashem has sent us a shock. He sent us a message in a very strong way he wants us to have Yiras hashem we should work on our יראת שמים . He pointed out the facts that hashem took the best and brightest away from us in such an extreme way in a bais hamedrash while they were davening wrapped in talis and tefilinn. That signifies, the magnitude of the message hashem is sending us to have yiras shomayim.  It is what is written in megilas eicha  we say on Tisha bav "אם יהרג במקדש ה' כהן ונביא". Upon hearing the news of the attack the mashgiach said one should have made a bracha of dayan haemes which one makes upon hearing bad news (על שמועות רעות מברך, ברוך אתה ה' אלקינו מלך העולם דין האמת), The bracha is meant to bring someone to have yiras shomayim. As the pasuk says ה' שמעתי שמעך יראתי. We are currently in the stage of חבלי משיח

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A request from the four Almanos and families of the Har Nof massacre

Har Nof Widows' Letter
We turn to acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be. Let us all come together to increase the rachamei Shomayim shown to us! Let us all accept upon ourselves that we will increase love and brotherhood – between each person and his fellow, between community and community, between major group and major group.
Our request is that every individual should see to it to accept upon himself on Erev Shabbos Parshas Toldos, to sanctify this coming Shabbos as a day of ahavas chinam. It should be a day that we refrain from all kinds of divisive conversation, lashon hora, and rechilus.
This will be a great uplift to the souls of the heads of our families who were slaughtered for the holiness of His Holy Name.
May Hashem look from above, see our affliction, wipe away our tears, and say, “Enough!” to our sorrow.

Frum media face challenge of posting graphic pictures of massacre in Har Nof

Hamodia
Editors of frum papers had a tough choice do they post the bloody pictures or not? On the internet there are different rules, almost anything and everything goes. There is much more room for error or leniency. Pictures of the bloodbath and murder of the 4 kedoshim were broadcast for the world to see. It was a time the world sees the savage murder of arab terror. However for the print media, newspapers and magazines editors had a tough call do we publish these pictures or not? Children and teens read them, parents cant censor the weekly shabbos newspaper. They dont want the kids traumatized by these images. Hamodia chose to publish a picture of the shul in Har Nof that showed a bloody scene. The Yated Neeman on its front cover had a background with one of the victims lying on the floor wearing his Tefilin. Rabbi Pinchos Lipshutz , editor, wrote on the front page that his Rebbe, Rav Elya Svei Zatzal guided them how to report on such incidents. They were told in reporting a tragedy to show the readers the enormity of the event, feel the pain and do teshuva. Here is the front page of the FJJ As the saying goes a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Some people are upset with these images yet there is a strong a argument to make on this subject.

Rav Avrohom Schorr on Kedoshim of Har Nof, we must make kabolos, Tallis and Teffillin for entire Tefillah

Hamodia  Agudas Yisrael Gatherings of Chizuk Held in Brooklyn
At an asifah Tuesday night at Khal Tiferes Yaakov, Mara d’Asra Harav Avrohom Schorr and Harav Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshivah, Mirrer Yeshiva of Brooklyn, delivered divrei hisorerus.

Harav Schorr spoke of the korbanos who were moser nefesh al kiddush Hashem. They were killed only because they were Yidden and died al kiddush Hashem.

He said that Harav Yechezkel Levenstein, zt”l, Mashgiach of Yeshivos Mir and Ponevezh, was once riding in a taxi in Israel when the driver told the Rav that he had a story to tell: The driver and his friends were traveling the world and ended up visiting a jungle. Suddenly they heard screaming — one of their buddies had a boa constrictor wrapped around his body. They tried pulling off the snake, but couldn’t. Even though they weren’t religious, one of them said, “You’re about to die. At least say Shema before you go!” So he started to say, “Shema Yisrael…” and as soon as he got to the word Echad, the snake released him. After that he became a baal teshuvah.

Harav Levenstein asked the driver, “But — what about you?”

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Media links- National US and British media profiles the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof who held dual citizenship

Washinton post Rabbi Moshe  Twerski Hy''d
Jewish Journal Rabbi Kalman Levine Hy''d
Detroit Free Press rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky Hy''d
The Guardian Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Goldberg Hy''d

Chesed at a Har Nof grocery

Mi K'Amcha Yisrael: Loving Chesed This Morning at a Har Nof Grocery
BJL

Moving story from the neighborhood where the morning's attack took place:
Har Nof Grocery
"And so I found myself in the middle of Har Nof, in a small neighborhood grocery store. The store owner is talking to one of the workers. Both are discussing the names, just released, of those murdered whilst at this morning's prayers in synagogue.

"At that moment a beautiful little 7 year old boy comes in accompanied by his rabbi. The rabbi, in a choked-up voice announces the full name of the smiling bashful child. The grocer immediately realizes that this is the son of one of those killed in the attack. The rabbi signals that the child has not been told anything.

Bloodbath in a shul

Hamodia- Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | כ"ו חשון תשע"ה

YERUSHALAYIM - This time the butcher knives and guns of the Arab terrorists burst into the Kehilas Yaakov shul in Har Nof, in the middle of Shacharis on Tuesday morning, and within minutes four Jews, Hy”d, were murdered, wearing their tallisos and tefillin. Eight others were wounded.

It did not take long for the lives of the victims and their families and friends, their talmidim and chevrusos, and all their neighbors in Har Nof, to change forever. The horror began at 7:01 a.m. By 7:08 it was over.  
A man holds a Gemara with bullet holes found inside the Kehilas Yaakov shul in Har Nof, Yerushalayim, after Arab terrorists armed with pistols and axes murdered four mispallelim wearing tallis and tefillin and wounded five others, including an Israeli Druze police officer who later succumbed to his wounds in Hadassah Hospital.

Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, Hy”d; Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky, 43, Hy”d; and Rabbi Kalman Levine, 55, Hy”d; andHarav Moshe Twersky, 59, Hy”d, all from the Har Nof neighborhood, were murdered by two Arab terrorists from east Yerushalayim.

Police, answering the emergency call, exchanged fire with the terrorists. Two policeman were injured, one, a Druze, eventually succumbing to his wounds. The other policeman was moderately injured.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Video in English Magen David Adom first paramedic at the scene of the massacre in Har Nof shul

Agudath Israel of America Statement on the Massacre in Har Nof


This morning's barbaric murder in Har Nof, Jerusalem of four Jews has left all caring people reeling - the tears are pouring this morning and our hearts are full of pain. 

 

This vicious attack on people wearing tallis and tefillin and immersed in tefilla is ugly testimony to the depth of evil faced by Jews in Israel and the world over, in the form of brutal terrorists who revel in the killing of innocents.  The celebration of the murders in Gaza and elsewhere reiterates the despicable nature of those who wish the Holy Land to be Judenrein.   When cold-blooded murderers attack a makom Torah u'Tefila in the Eretz Ha'kodesh, it is incumbent upon all of us to strengthen ourselves in Torah and Tefila on behalf of our dear brethren in the Eretz Ha'kodesh. Imahem anachnu b'tzara.   

Mar Cheshvan 6 years ago this week 6 kedoshim in Mumbai india now 4 Kedoshim in Yerushalayim HY''D

                      נחשבנו כצאן לטבח יובל


It was six years ago this week 29 Marcheshvan where Muslim terrorists slaughtered 6 Kedoshim HYD in a shul and house of chesed. Once again Klal yisrael mourns the slaughter of 4 Kedoshim who were in shul davening in Eretz Yisrael 25 Mar Cheshvan. HYD

 כי עליך הרגנו כל היום נחשבנו כצאן טבחה עורה למה תישן אדני הקיצה אל תזנח לנצח למה פניך תסתיר תשכח ענינו ולחצנו כי שחה לעפר נפשנו דבקה לארץ בטננו קומה עזרתה לנו ופדנו למען חסדך" תהילים מ"ד

American Gedolim call for Yom tefilah this Thursday Yom Kippur Koton

In wake of the Situation in Eretz Yisrael and the current matzav. The Gedolim in America are calling upon the klal to daven the Tefilah of Yom kippur Koton this Thursday for Acheinu Bnei Yisrael.

Names of kedoshim Z''TL killed in terror attack in Har Nof while davening HY'D- 4 Almanos 24 yesomim on one block!

 
                                                      Rav Moshe Twersky HYD                                                                             
Rav Avrohom Shmuel Goldberh HYD
Rav  Aryeh Kupinsky (43) HYD
Rav Avrohom Goldberg (68) HYD
Rav Kalman  Zev Levin  (55)HYD
R' Moshe Twersky (60)

Seif Zidan (35),  druze police officer that died in terror attack, he was shot while attempting to take down terrorists


Hagaon Rav Moshe Twersky ZT'L 59,  from the chashuvei Har Nof, Rosh kollel in yeshivas Toras Moshe in yerushalayim. Levaya will leave from at yeshivas Bais Hatalmud in yerushalayim kevurah in har Hamenuchos. He was born in America, was a son in law to Rav Abba Berman zt'l Rosh yeshiva Iyun HaTalmud zatzal. He lived in har Nof and was a Choshuv Talmid Chochom and Marbitz torah HYD. He leaves behind an almanah and 5 Yesomim R'L

The Lavayos for the other three kedoshim will leave together from their shul in Har nof.

Rav Kalman Zev Levin, Zt'l was an American who learned in Kollel in Kolell in Har Nof since his chasunah. He was known for his hasmada at Kollel Lev Avrohom in Meah shearim. He went out of his way to be mesameach chosson vekallah by chasunos. He had true simchas haTorah, he lives behind 10 Yesomim L'A HYD.

Rav Aryeh Kupinsky Zt'l Born in America, He was a mispalel kovuah in the minyan. He was a man full of chesed. He had a freezer gemach that would help people. Chesed was in his bones he always helped at kiddushim in shul. He lost his daughter 3 years ago when she died in her sleep. His son  learns in the gaon Yaakov Yeshiva. HYD

Rav Avrohom Shmuel Goldberg ZT'l was a British citizen, He davened daily in the netz minyan. He was an Educational advisor to the frum community. He was kovea itim and was a masmid in his learning. he leaves behind anAlmana and six children. HYD


Rav Chaim kanievsky on the slaughter in Har Nof "we are in עקבתא דמשיחא"

When told of the slaughter and terror attack in Har Nof,  Rav Chaim Kanievsky said we are currently holding in the days of ikvasa demashicha. He went on to say we must be mechazek in Torah and Tefilah and strengthen ourselves with Torah learning and daven with kavanah. He concluded that hashem should tell the Soton to stop. In another twist, Rav Shteinman was asked by someone making a bris soon about naming a boy about naming a baby after one of the kedoshim killed in the massacre. He responded it is a big zechus to name after him he was killed in kedusha and tahara davening with his Tallis and Tefilin he died al kiddush hashem.

Survivor of terror attack in Har Nof "I asked Hashem to save me"

Yossi barzani was davening shachris at the 6:30 minyan in the Kehilos Bnai Torah shul of Rav Rubin. He described hearing gun shots outside and the terrorists yelling allal akbar. I tried to escape my Tallis got caught I left it and ran. There was only a table and chair between me and the terrorist he said. There were two terrorists one with a gun the other wielding a butcher knife. People were shot from point blank range, The terrorists came at me with a knive, a Bochur near me fought back throwing a chair at the terrorist when I escaped and ran out the other door. I felt that I spoke to Hashem like never before asking him to save me.
Video below






Video: Terror attack in Har Nof shul, yerushalayim, 5 killed R''L many injuries

                       

Terror attack in Har Nof Jerusalem
אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ עֲשֵׂה לְמַעַן טְבוּחִים עַל יִחוּדֶךָ

Arab terrorists ym''s one who worked as a janitor in the shul and the other in a nearby grocery, entered the kehilos Bnai Torah shul in Har Nof on Shimon Agasi street at around 7:00 am and began shooting than stabbing people with butcher knives during davening shachris. 4 mispalelim were killed while wearing their Talis and tefillin. Both terrorists have been killed they were aisraeli arabs from East Jerusalem, according to sources. A responding Police officer who was first on the scene was shot upon by the terrorists while he tried administering first aid to the victims. He died of his wounds later on bringing the total to Five Israeli casualties R"L, others in serious condition. Thirteen injured  be mispalel for Shmuel Yerucham ben Baila Chaim Yechiel Ben Malka Avraham Shmuel Ben Shaina .



אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ נְקם נִקְמַת דַּם עֲבָדֶיךָ הַשָּׁפוּךְ