Friday, August 28, 2015

Agudath Israel preparing for 2015 convention

Meeting at Agudath Yisroel Headquarters in preparation for the upcoming national Agudah convention. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

American Roshei Yeshiva travel to Lithuania to save vilna cemetery

(R-L) Harav Schlesinger of Geneva, Harav Kotler, Rabbi Niederman, Harav Kalmanowitz, Rabbi Yecheskel Kalmanowitz and Dr. Schaps, viewing a miniature of the plan for the Sports Palace and the surrounding area in City Hall.
Hamodia A delegation of leading Roshei Yeshivah, Rabbanim and askanim met with Lithuanian officials to plead for a cancellation of plans for construction on one of Jewry’s most sacred burial grounds, the Snipisek Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius. Harav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, Rosh Yeshivah of Beth Medrash Govoha, and Harav Osher Kalmanovitz, Rosh Yeshivah of the Mirrer Yeshivah-Brooklyn, traveled to Vilna to express their deep concern over the matter.

Local authorities claim that recently announced plans for a convention center will only affect a long-abandoned sports complex, built on the spot over 50 years ago. However, experts in cemetery preservation fear desecration of the holy spot will inevitably occur.

Extra learning in Ponovez in honor of Rechnitz- Goldstein wedding

As a zechus for noted Torah philanthropist Reb Shlomo  Yehuda Rechnitz and family who married off his daughter to last night  to Zevi Goldstein son of  DR.and Mrs. Shmuel Goldstein from Cleveland there was a few extra minutes of learning added in the famed Ponovez yeshiva. Video below.

Video of  Chupah at Rechnitz Chasuna in LA

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Time magazine explains the shidduch crisis

 Time Magazine explains the science behind the Shidduch crisis Orthodox Jews and Mormoms both religions are going through a dating crisis
Two thousand miles away in New York City, Lisa Elefant knows exactly what Hunt is feeling. “I don’t sleep at night anymore,” said Elefant, a shadchan—or Jewish matchmaker—affiliated with the Ohr Naava: Women’s Torah Center in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn. “My own sister is thirty-seven, educated, accomplished, attractive, and single. I told her to freeze her eggs.”

Secular-style dating is rare in the Orthodox community in which Elefant lives. Most marriages are loosely arranged—“guided” is probably a better word—by matchmakers such as Elefant. The shadchan’s job has been made exceedingly difficult, she said, by a mysterious increase in the number of unmarried women within the Orthodox community. When Elefant attended Jewish high school 30 years ago, “there were maybe three girls that didn’t get married by the time they were twenty or twenty-one,” she said. “Today, if you look at the girls who graduated five years ago, there are probably thirty girls who are not yet married. Overall, there are thousands of unmarried girls in their late twenties. It’s total chaos.”

The Rabbonim who did not sign

Over 100 Rabbonim signed a kol Koreh calling on any individual with firsthand knowledge or reasonable basis to suspect child abuse has a religious obligation to promptly notify the secular law enforcement of that information. The letter is not dated at all its hard to know when it was compiled. The "bloggers" and commenters were quick to point out the many prominent Roshei Yeshiva, Admorim and other top tier Rabbonim missing from the signatures. They question how can someone not sign? they must be protecting the molesters and covering up for them... bla bla bla, goes their argument. There is no need to respond to them.
The term "reasonable doubt" is very vague and is a loaded statement. The Agudah has set forth guidelines regarding what is considered raglayim ladavar in reporting abuse. Notice, no current member of the Moetzes has signed on to this. Perhaps they dont agree with certain things perhaps they do agree and did not sign we dont know. If they do or dont sign on, its up to them, and only them, not the charedi bashing bloggers.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

BDE Yossi Piamenta Z''L

Yossi Piamenta Z''L
Noted Jewish musician, Yosi Piamenta has passed away after an illness he was 64. Born November 29, 1951, Yosi was a singer, songwriter and guitarist, known for introducing the electric guitar to Jewish music. Video below, Just days before he was Niftar Yossi sang the famed  Chabad niggun Avinu Malkeinu, with Mordechai Ben David.
In addition to being an original songwriter, Yosi covered others’ music, including many Chassidishe niggunim from Lubavitch and Belz, and Sephardic niggunim and zemiros. Yosi was recognized as one of the premier guitarists in the world. -  Hamodia article

NPR: Ultra-Orthodox In Israel: Keeping Cool While Keeping Customs

In the hot sun of a Jerusalem afternoon, kids wait for a fountain to turn on. When water spouts into the air, 9-year-old Tzipora Baranas jumps right in. She's wearing black tights, a black, below-the-knee skirt and a long-sleeved black shirt. "It's fun when the water spritzes up in my face," she says. She is Orthodox Jewish and her outfit is in deference to religious modesty. She says she's not hot at all, despite the temperature hitting the 90s and the dark clothes covering all but her face and hands. Of course, she is dripping wet at the moment. Nearby, in the shade, an Orthodox mother, Rinat Kuperman, says it's good that the city has a place where kids can get wet without having to wear a swimsuit in public. "They understand that people like us want to be happy in the summer and still keep ourselves like we want," she says. "Covered and refreshed." Her family swims only in pools with times separated by gender, in keeping with their religious custom of covering their bodies when away from home and in the presence of members of the opposite sex. Kuperman isn't dressed all in black, but her skirt brushes her ankles. She wears a long-sleeved blouse over a T-shirt and has wrapped a colorful scarf over her hair.

Despite Waze and GPS a Yid is never lost

Many people did not make it to the Catskills for Shabbos. They spent Shabbos parshas Shoftim 5775 in Monsey, Monroe and other locations in NY or NJ.
The fatal accident that shut down of the New York state Thruway on Erev shabbos created a traffic nightmare for Frum Yidden traveling to the Catskills. The artery, is the main thoroughfare used to get from the city to the mountains. Alerts went out warning travelers of the current traffic conditions advising them to use alternate routes. Apps such as WAZE and other traffic apps helped motorists navigate alternate routes.
Despite early warnings from chaverim and other news organizations not everyone was aware of the traffic. Also, many of the alternate routes were backed up due to the heavy diverted traffic. As a result not everyone maid it to the Catskills. Husbands whose family were in the Catskills had to spend Shabbos elsewhere.

The story goes about a frum family who got lost and ended up in a far away community for shabbos, they were put up by a Yeshiva in the community. The Rosh yeshiva greeted them as they told him how they got lost getting to their original destination. The RY smiled and told them you are not lost at all "a Yid vert keinmul nit farblundget".

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Iran deal, the only hishtadlus is to Daven

Many have asked Rav Chaim Kanievsky how to respond or what to do regarding the nuclear threat from Iran. In a letter published by Rav Chaims grandson he said over in the name of his grandfather that there is nothing to be scared of.  Yes, we should daven thats what we should do but we should have no fear.
כי לא יטוש ה' עמו ונחלתו לא יעזוב, אין מה לפחד... להתפלל, זה כן, אבל לא לפחוד
A Jew from the US with relatives living in Israel asked if he should arrange passports or a safe place in the event of an Iranian threat rav Chaim told him הנה לא ינום ולא ישן שומר ישראל, ה' יעזור.
 Heres the letter in Hebrew

אמירה מפתיעה באשר ל'דעת תורה' בנושא הגרעין האיראני, מתפרסמת היום (ו) על ידי נכד מרן שר התורה הגר"ח קנייבסקי שליט"א, העורך את גליון 'ידידי יושר', הרב אריה קנייבסקי.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Talking Tachlis

The Tachlis calling itself  "The Most Widely Circulated Jewish Magazine In America" is a new weekly magazine distributed free across the tri state area. The magazine is distributed to thousands of households in the Frum communities of New York and New Jersey. 75,000 copes and 250,000 readers according to their numbers. To have it delivered to your grocery email to
The Tachlis

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Agudah to host conference call with NJ senator Cory Booker on Iran deal

Agudath Israel  will have a conference call with NJ Senator Cory Booker regarding the Iran deal. It will take place 10 am Thursday morning number  to join. 844-290-4272

Mrs. Goldie Steinberg, a”h, Dies at Age 114

Hamodia NEW YORK - Mrs. Goldie Steinberg, who was recorded as the world’s oldest living Jew and the sixth-oldest living person in the world, passed away in a Long Island nursing home this past Sunday evening, only a few months short of what would have been her 115th birthday. A living piece of history, Mrs. Steinberg retained her selfless regard for others and her clarity of mind until her last days.

“She had her family around her and said her goodbyes,” Moshe Heller, the corporate administrator of Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach, New York, where Mrs. Steinberg resided, told Hamodia. “She was thinking of others until the end. An hour before she passed away, she called over her roommate’s grandchildren who were visiting to say hello to them.”

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Video: Selichos at the Kosel Elul 5775

Elul zman 5775 begins in the Yeshiva World

Bein hazmanim comes to a close, and Elul Zman begins  in the yeshiva world. Yeshiva Ner Yisrael of Baltimore will begin the new zman on Sunday night at Maariv. Lakewood yeshiva BMG will begin the new zman a day earlier on Motzei Shabbos, the first day of Rosh chodesh Elul. There are some yeshivos (Telz) who started the Zman already.  B"H there are new yeshivos opening to accomodate the growth and need for more yeshivos. Many new shtelles were created as well, adding new shiurim , or replacing positions previously held by other maggidei shiur who moved to other yeshivos.

Agudah Constituent Services department asists in religious freedom case

The Constituent Services department has been receiving an increased volume of calls from employees and students complaining that their firms and schools are not respecting their religious rights for Sabbath and holiday observance.

Last week, Agudath Israel received a call from a young man in Phoenix, Arizona who is employed by a Fortune 100 company. He submitted a request for days off for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Sukkos and was denied. His supervisor warned him that if he was absent on those days, he would lose his job.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Photos: 18 Crockpots of Chulent at the Woodbourne shul

A record of  18 large 18 qt Crockpots of chulent and other refreshments were given out to travelers who came for Mincha and Maariv at the Woodbourne shul last night. Known as the hachnosas Orchim house of the Catskills were the Nikelsburg Rebbe Rav Mordechai Jungreis greets everyone and makes you fell at home.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hamodia: The Tosher Rebbe, zy”a Harav Meshulem Feish Lowy

(The Rebbe’s  son, Harav Elimelech, shlita,  who serves as the Rav of Kiryas Tosh was appointed as the successor at the Levaya.)
Hamodia The Torah world was plunged into mourning Wednesday with the petirah of the Tosher Rebbe, Harav Meshulem Feish Lowy, zt”l, at the age of 93.

One of the eldest and most venerated Rebbes of the generation, the Tosher Rebbe was frequently hospitalized in recent years. Since Adar 5768/2008, when he contracted severe pneumonia, his health was in a state of decline.
Communities all over the Jewish world davened fervently for his recovery, and the name Reb Meshulem Feish ben Tzirel was constantly on the lips of those who admired him, as his health fluctuated over the past years.

Several weeks after the pneumonia, the Rebbe recovered and returned home to Tosh, in Canada. But since then he has been very weak. When he appeared in the beis medrash that Purim, the Chassidim cried with joy at what was seen as a medical miracle.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cries as Mitah of Tosher Rebbe ztl brought into the Bais Medrash in Kiryas Tosh ZTLt

Video: Anti-Semitic graffiti in San Antonio Jewish community

SAN ANTONIO —  Video below
A Jewish community on the North Side woke to widespread anti-Semitic vandalism Wednesday morning that included spray-painted swastikas, “KKK” lettering and other hateful slurs. “(We are) saddened and outraged,” said Howard Feinberg, a board member of the Rodfei Sholom Congregation, located near Northwest Military Drive and Huebner Road. “When we were finishing our morning prayers around 7 a.m., we became aware that in the neighborhood around our synagogue, there was a lot of graffiti of the anti-Semitic and racial nature.”

BDE Tosher Rebbe ZT""L

Tosher Rebbe Zatzal
                           אבל כבד בעולם החסידות. זקן האדמו״רים בארה״ב, הרה״ק מטאהש זצ״ל.
Levaya will take place tonight in Kiryas Tosh 6:00pm in Bais Medrash Hgadol Kevura will be before shkia.
Last known Picture of Tosher Rebbe taken last week 
The Tosher rebbe Rav Meshilum Feish Lowy ,94 was niftar moments ago. The Rebbe passed away at his home in Kiryas Tosh Quebec, Canada. The Rebbe was from the oldest Chasidic admorim in America. Born in Hungary 1921, his father was  known as the Demetcher rov. The Rebbe survived the holocaust and then  founded the Tosh Kehilla near Montreal. There are Tosh Botei Medrashim across the world in Boro Park, Williamsburg, London, Kiryas Yoel, and other communities.The Rebbe was known for his brachos where thousands flocked to him for yeshuos. His writings were printed in sefer Avodas Avoda.
Tosh,  טאהש is a Hasidic dynasty originating in Nyirtass, Hungary.The first Tosher Rebbe was Grand Rabbi Meshulam Feish Segal-Loewy, a disciple of Rabbi Yitschok Ayzik of Komarno, author of Heichal HaBrocho. Rabbi Yitschok Ayzik was a disciple of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh of Zidichov, a disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin. The Chozeh was a disciple of Rebbe Elimelech Lipman of Lizhensk, author of Noam Elimelech. The Rebbe Elimelech was a disciple of the Rebbe Dovber, the Maggid (Preacher) of Mezeritch, the primary disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism.