Sunday, February 1, 2015

Frum newspapers keep clean of ads mentioning superbowl

In what has recently become the norm during the 2 week build up the super bowl, many frum stores
would advertise Superbowl specials, especially take out stores with prepared menus for the big game.  The frum papers Yated, Hamodia, Ami Magazine, did not post any such ads this year. Credit to the editors for not getting caught up with the Superbowl fever. Super bowl related ads have dominated the frum media lately as the great American culture blends and seeps into our camps.  Although many follow or watch the big game, we still must not forget this is not our culture and way of life. Sports is a important staple of the American culture, professional teams play all sorts of games followed by ardent  loyal fans. As the country  gears up for super Sunday, many in the frum community have been following or getting swept up with  Superbowl fever.  No matter how big it may be, is not our culture and not an event we as frum yidden mark on our calender.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rav Shteinman on the recent snow storm to hit the Northeast

Rav Shteinman
Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman when told about the approaching storm to hit the northeast he davened that no yid should be harmed he than said jokingly that in America they were waiting for dollars to fall but snow fell instead.
He remarked how the US has now  become a country Full of Torah learning specifically in the glorified city of  Lakewood. Despite the flourishing of Torah in America much improvement needs to be made regarding the issue of Tznius which the rosh yeshiva did not elaborate on.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

שירת הים in yiddish- shabbos Shira Parshas Beshalach

Our creator צור ישראל or Bitzur Yisrael

Guest post by Moshe Harel
Paris is still reeling from the events of three weeks ago, but Mayor Deblasio hasn’t been the only one to stop by and say hello. Israel has decided to send the French Foreign legion to investigate.
  A joint team of Shabak and Mossad has spent time in Paris probing the attack. Within Mosad, there exists a unit called “Bitzur.” {Mivtzar is a fort, so the word bitzur means to fortify} Its purpose is to try and help beef up security for Jews throughout the world, working with communities and their local police department.
  France’s military and intelligence branches are on high alert everywhere, and the Jewish neighborhoods are no exception. The plot thickens here-since when do foreign agencies intervene in a sovereign state’s domestic affairs? Suppose, the Flatbush Shomrim would hop over and offer assistance wouldn’t that seem a little redundant?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Segulah for parnasah -Understanding the custom of reciting Parshas Hamon by Artscroll


There is a widespread custom to recite this chapter on the Tuesday of the week of Beshalach, which this year is today January 27th, 2015. Recited by many especially on the Tuesday of Parashas Beshalach, 
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    When our ancestors were in the Wilderness, a month after the Exodus from Egypt , they faced a tomorrow with no food. Justifiably, they asked Moshe if he had taken them into the desert to starve to death. Hashem responded that in the morning they would see that He had not forsaken them.
    In the morning – and every morning for the next 40 years – there was manna waiting for them. By evening there was nothing left, and the next morning,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blizzard! When 3 shevat falls out on Erev Shabbos 'ויגש' ו' יהיה ג' שבט שלג גדול יירד וקור there will be a Snow storm and cold winter ahead.

 In anticipation for the Blizzard that will pound the Northeast it is worthy to mention The Pri magadim brings down from the sefer Eliyahu Raabba in the name of Rav Eizak Chaver that when Rosh Chodesh shevat falls out on Wednesday as the case this year 5775 then Gimmel Shevat falls out on Friday. It will be a snowy and cold winter. The Roshei Teivos is ויגש  .ו' יהיה ג' שבט
Meaning  when Friday falls out on 3 of the month of shevat. שלג גדול יהיה וקור or
 'ויגש' ו' יהיה ג' שבט שלג גדול יירד וקור
ספר "אליה רבה" (תרפה,ד) שחי לפני כ-300 שנה: "מצאתי כתוב, לעולם כשחל ראש חודש שבט ביום ד' [רביעי, כמו השנה הנוכחית], אז הוא קור ושלג גדול באותו חורף".

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Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of Reb Menachem Stark hy'd on his 1st yartzheit

JPU- Hundreds of community members, friends and family members of  Menachem Stark a'h gathered on Saturday night to celebrate the dedication of a new Torah scroll that was written in memory of slain  philanthropist and businessman Menachem Stark.
Satmar Rebbe writes an ois
 The Hachnosas Sefer Torah was scheduled to coincide with the first anniversary of the brutal murder of Mr. Stark. Photos HERE

The Sefer Torah procession started at the residence of the Stark family, located at 259 Rutledge street in Williamsburg, and proceeded to the Siach Yitzchok of Lodani Synagogue located at 251 Marcy Avenue, which is the synagogue where the late Mr. Stark attended prayer services every Shabbos.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thousands attend levaya for Rav Chaim Epstein ZT"L in Brooklyn and Lakewood

 Photos of Levaya HERE
Over ten thousand mourners came to pay kavod achron to the Rosh Yeshiva of yeshiva Zichron
Levaya in BMG
Melech  Harav Chaim Leib Epstein zt'l. Following the early morning levaya at yeshiva zichron Melech the Aron was brought o Lakewood and hespedim were held in the bais medrash hayashan of Bais medrash Govoha. It was in this Bais Medrash were Rav Chaim,  a talmid muvhak of Rav Aharon Kotler zatzal learned  for many years as a youngerman.  All botei medrashim of BMG 7th street campus were full to capacity with an overflow crowd standing outside braving the cold despite the freezing temperatures. The Levaya went on for over three hours but started later so not to take away from the sidrei hayeshiva. Divrei hesped were delivered by Rav Malkiel Kotler, Lakewood Rosh ayeshiva, Rav Yerucham Olshin, Rosh yeshiva Bais Medrash Govoha, Rav Mattisyahu Solomom, mashgiach Beth medrash Govoha, Rav Shmuel Kamenetzky, Rosh yeshiva Philadelphia yeshiva, Rav Yehuda Svei, R'Y Philadelphia yeshiva, Rav Aaron Zuckerman, Rav

Hamodia: Brooklyn Levaya of Hagaon Harav Chaim Epstein, zt”l

Levaya of Rav Chaim Epstein at yeshiva Zichron Melech
Hamodia-Thousands gathered at Yeshivas Zichron Meilech in Boro Park Wednesday morning to bid a tearful farewell to one of the elder Roshei Yeshivah of the Torah world, Hagaon Harav Chaim Leib Epstein, zt”l, one of the prized students of Hagaon Harav Aharon Kotler, zt”l, rebbi to countless talmidim, and a foremost leader among Gedolei Yisrael.
The 18 prominent maspidim emotionally bewailed Klal Yisrael’s irreplaceable loss and spoke of Harav Epstein’s absolute dedication to mesorah and Torah l’shmah. The masses in attendance quickly filled the yeshivah’s beis medrash on Dahill Road in Boro Park, with hundreds more listening to hespeidim on speakers outside, on what was a particularly cold and dreary morning.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BD"H hagaon Harav Chaim Epstein Zatzal

Harav Chaim Epstein ZT"L
Lakeweood levaya recap HERE
Brooklyn Levaya recap HERE
The Yeshiva  world in America was plunged into mourning with the Petirah of Hagaon Harav Chaim Leib Epstien Zatzal. The Rosh Yeshiva of Zichron Melech in New York, for over 40 years, he was 79 years old.  He was one of the most prominent talmidim of Hagon Harav Aharon Kotler ZT"L.
The Levaya will take place first in Brooklyn, New York at Yeshiva Zichron Melech 10:30 am, Dahill rd and Ditmas avenue. The Levaya will then proceed to Lakewood at 5:30 , hespedim will be delivered in Bais Medrash Govoha (even though it is Rosh Chodesh) followed by the kevura in Lakewood where he will be laid to rest next to his rebbetzin A'H. The family will sit Shiva at 1608  46th street in Boro park.  For more,  read  here.
 Phone hook up number for Levaya  857-232-0159 code #900641

Monday, January 19, 2015

Photos: 15th annual Agudah Yarchei kallah gets underway in yerushalayim

Rabbi Shlomo Gerzulin welcoming the Lomdim to the Yarchei Kallha
Recap of day One HERE  Photos HERE  
Recap  photos day two HERE 
Recap  photos day Three HERE
 The 2015 Annual Yarchei kallah of Agudas Yisrael of America got underway this morning in yerushalyim. The day started out with Shachris at the hotel followed by a lavish breakfast. The over 300 Participants then went  to the ballroom of the Jerusalem Ramada hotel which was converted into the Yarchei Kallah Bais Medrash. The Sugya dekala is הלכות ברכת המזון: פרק שלשה שאכלו. After first seder and learning the sugya bechavrusah the olam will hear shiurim from Magidei shiurim in Yerushalyim and across eretz yisrael. The Yarchei kallah will run from January 19-22, 2015. HaRav Asher Weiss rosh Yeshiva darchei Horaah gave a hakdama Shiur on the sugya.

Ask the internet, not the Rabbi

"I wanted to know if its assur to go to a mixed gym. If anyone can add their thoughts on this I would really appreciate it". This is one of the many question both in hashkafa and halacha posted to anonymous members in the coffe room. Members weigh in on the issue each one adding his or her two cents of course with their vast knowledge of halacha. The answers are laughable to borderline  kefira in many cases. The sad part is that unassuming young teenagers and even older people take these forums seriously and consider it a psak al pi Toras Moshe. There is not one RAV who moderates or puts his name on these forums. The yeshivish sounding name fools people to think that all is well and al pi torah. Such discussions should not be taking place on a open forum with anonymous commenters and moderators. There are many websites that have a "Ask the Rabbi" feature. These sites are not anonymous and neither is the Rabbi who answers the questions.

Chinuch Fund set up for family of Reb Dovid Winiarz Z''L

                                                              Click HERE to Donate
Dovid Winiarz was a special individual who lived to make the world a brighter place. Never content to just enjoy his own little corner of the world, Dovid was a people person who wasn't happy unless he was doing something for others. Constantly widening his circle of friends with his trademark humor, his genuine smile and his perpetual good mood, Dovid literally lived his life for others.

Dovid died in a tragic car accident on his way to a kiruv convention in Baltimore, leaving behind a wife and ten beautiful children, seven of whom are still single. Dovid spent his life helping others and now it is our turn to perpetuate his legacy by helping his family face the future.

Every penny contributed to this campaign will go directly to the Chinuch Fund for the Winiarz family. (This site charges no fees.) Please give what you can in honor of a man who made the world a better place, each and every day he was in it. Tizku L'Mitzvos!
To donate click HERE

Sunday, January 18, 2015

BDE: Reb Dovid Winiarz, Z'L, R'L, Killed In 'Ice-Storm Crash' In Maryland- Levaya tomorrow morning

Update:  Levaya for Rabbi Dovid Winiarz, 9:30 AM tomorrow morning at Young Israel of Staten Island, 835 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY
 BJL From Benzion Klatzko's Facebook page "It is with incredible sadness and a broken heart that we mourn the passing of our dear beloved friend and Rebbe, Rabbi Dovi Winiarz, z'l, also known as the
R' Dovid Winiarz Z'L 
Facebuker Rebbe, who passed away in tragic traffic accident this morning.
Rabbi Winiarz,49, always stood up for the Torah way of life, with an optimistic and hopeful smile and comforting words to thousands. Our grief knows no bounds."

Rabbi Winiarz was on his way from his home in Staten Island's Willowbrook community to the AJOP Convention in Hunt Valley, MD, to help him further his hatzlacha in Kiruv in which he was responsible for "bringing so many Jews back."

Misaskim reached out to Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, Director of Agudath Israel of Maryland, among whose many responsibilities for the Baltimore Jewish community, is also as our representative at the Office of the Medical Examiner.

A call for Shalom למען אחי ורעי אדברה נא שלום בך

Submitted as a comment in a previous post
Dear Chaverim,

I would like to thank the many many people who responded to my email of two weeks ago with such enthusiasm. My friends, a quiet movement was started where the participants of the Yarchei Kallah, and others, voiced their opinions and made their positions clear: We will not be a part of machlokes in any way!  As many of you know by now, this effort has borne fruit. The official position of the Yarchei Kallah no longer represents any hint of faction, but is again as it should be, a completely neutral endeavor, with only one goal, complete immersion in learning Torah for the days that we are zocheh to be in Eretz Yisrael. 
I wish everyone a week of hatzlachah in their learning and real ruchniyus enjoyment!

Chaverim, I should really end here, but my heart pushes me to add one more word of chizuk: 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rav Matisyahu Solomon- terror attack in Paris grocery same message as Har nof massacre

The Lakewood Mashgiach Rav Matisyahu solomon Shlita spoke recently regarding the tragic events facing klal yisrael across the world. The shooting of 4 kedoshim HY'D in Paris said the mashgiach is messages hashem is sending to us. No matter were we are in Galus we are not safe and we constantly have to be thankful that hashem protects us each and every day. We daven each day על חיינו המסורים בידך ועל נשמותינו הפקודות לך The Mashgiach mentioned that hashem has sent us a shock he wants us to daven and thank him aagin and again. He sent us a message in a very strong way he wants us to have Yiras hashem we should work on our יראת שמים. Its a nes that nothing happens to yidden each day only because hashem is protecting and watching over us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Agudah pledge to keep machlokes in EY from spreading to America

 A meeting took place yesterday  in Agudath Yisrael headquarters in New York with members of the Moetzes gedolei HaTorah of Agudas yisrael of America. ( Photos HERE)The meeting was a regular scheduled meeting. One of the issues brought up was the itinerary of the upcoming Yarchei Kallah of Agudah in Yerushalayim which was taking sides and getting involved in the machlokes of the Yeshiva world in Eretz Yisrael. Rav Aaron Shechter threatened to leave the Agudah Moetzes if the issue is not rectified and they dont remain neutral. The Agudah took the Rosh yeshiva very seriously and came to a solution which was enough for the Rosh Yeshiva to withdraw his resignation and keep things beshalom here in America. The details of the compronise were not publicezed. However organizers promised to keep it machlokes free and not invite one side over the other. The Rosh Yeshiva and other Moetzes members will keep a close eye and make sure that it will work out as promised and the organizers of the YK avoid getting involved and dragged in to the machlokes.

Where is the seichel? they could have used other pictures like most frum newspapers did

The world media are up in arms about the doctored photo in a frum newspaper of the unity march in Paris. The Hamevaser newspaper in EY  removed the few females featured in a photo of 40 world leaders at the Sunday rally. The alteration is part of the paper’s Orthodox policy to not publish pictures or even names of women.
Hamodia front page
Had it not been the Internet age no one would have known about a small frum newspaper in Israel, However in the Internet age everything is posted and shared for the world to see the editors should have known better. The editors, while defending their longstanding  policy to not publish pictures  in its pages could have easily chose other news photos of the march in France. The Hamodia, Yated Neeman and other papers who have a policy of not showing photos of women all figured it out. Theres no shortage of stock photos to use for a front page headline.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photos: Moetzes gedolei HaTorah meeting today 23 Teves 5775

 Meeting of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisrael of America at Agudah headquarters in New York
 Meeting of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America at national headquarters of Agudath Israel of America (23 Teves 5775 / January 14, '15). (Photo credit: Agudah press office)
 After coming to an agreement Rav Aaron Shechter attended the meeting. A compromise was reached regarding the upcoming Yarchei kallah in EY by agudah avoiding taking a side in the machlokes.
R Chaim Dovid Zwiebel escorting Rav Aaron Shechter following the meeting
Visible in the picture: Harav Dovid Feinstein, Rosh Hayeshiva, Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim; Harav Aaron Schechter, Rosh Hayeshiva, Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin; Harav Yaakov Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe; Harav Yosef Frankel, Vyelepoler Rebbe; Harav Aaron Feldman, Rosh Hayeshiva, Yeshiva Ner Yisroel; Harav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Hayeshiva, Bais Medrash Govoha; Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President, Agudath Israel of America. The Matersdorfer rav Harav Simcha bunim Ehrnfeld, joined in by Phone. Rav Avrohom Chaim Levin could not participate due to health reasons. Rav Shmuel kamenetzky did not attend.