Saturday, April 18, 2015

Are the frum news websites really an alternative?

The frum websites should be the same alternative the frum newspapers are to the secular press. Never has there been a  frum newspaper whose editor is anonymous, many also have a rabbinical board as well. The websites that deliver news to the frum Torah community seem to have a different set of rules. The editors are all anonymous, none of them have any public rabbinic board taking responsibility for the content. Even those who claim to have a Rabbi it is not a mainstream rav accepted by the readership of that particular blog or website.
Unlike the print media, its a wild west with these frum websites. they post whatever they want articles that would never print in any of the frum papers. They seem trusting with yeshivish and yiddish sounding names and call themselves the voice of Torah Jewry and the yeshiva or heimish oilam but much of the content is far from what the yeshivish chasidish and Torah community would want to see. People trust these sites to filter the shmutz and bad hashkafos instead they sneak in articles of Lashon Hora and hashkafos that are   foreign to the intended audience. It appears there are  two sets of rules one for the print media and one for online.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Shlissel Challah, the Key to making it, the reasons behind it.

There is a minhag to bake shlissel challah (shlissel means key in Yiddish) for the Shabbos after Pesach. Shlisel challos are best known as a segula for parnasa,Some bake the challah with an actual key inside,

THIS SHABBOS: Special Krias Hatorah of Tzria/Metzora For Those Returning To Eretz Yisroel

BJL As is well known, this Shabbos will be Yom Tov in Chutz La'aretz, but in Eretz Yisroel it will be Shabbos Parshas Shemini, Isru Chag. Individuals returning to Eretz Yisroel after Pesach are confronted with the obvious problem - when can they hear the krias haTorah for Parshas Shemini?

On the first Shabbos they are back in Eretz Yisroel, the krias haTorah is already Tazria and Metzora. While there is much discussion amongst the poskim as to what if anything needs to be done to rectify the problem, one solution offered is to hear the entire Parshas Shemini at Mincha on the last day of Pesach. The regular laining on Achron Shel Pesach afternoon in chutz la'aretz is Parshas Shemini until Sheni. In this special minyan, for the third aliyah, instead of stopping at sheni, the baal koreh continues and reads the entire parshas Shemini (making that aliya 81 psukim).

 If you live in Baltimore ,This Shabbos, Erev Rosh Chodesh, April 18, Shabbos Parshas Shemini, at 5:45 pm, there will be a special Mincha Minyan at Khal Ahavas Yisroel Tzemach Tzedek for those going back to Eretz Yisroel on or after Rosh Chodesh (who will miss hearing Tazria and Metzora). The entire Tazria-Metzora will be lained (shlishi will be 149 psukim). All are welcomed to attend.

Yidden in Chutz La'aretz and Eretz Yisroel will read different parshios every Shabbos until the 27th of Iyar, May 16th, when, in Eretz Yisroel, Bechukosai alone will be lained and in Chutz La'aretz both Behar and Bechukosai will be lained allowing those in Chutz La'aretz to "catch up" with Eretz Yisroel.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alert Frum woman on plane saves passengers from a possible serious mid air malfunction

from 22-year-old Mussie Weinfeld most likely saved the lives of a plane full of people when she suspected a malfunction with the aircraft just moments before takeoff. Despite being mocked and ridiculed, her insistence led to the plane being grounded after a serious malfunction was discovered.

Mussie Weinfeld, 22, a member of the Crown Heights community, was scheduled to return from a trip to Israel, where she spent the holiday of Passover.
Her father, Rabbi Kalman Weinfeld, related the story to

“My daughter was scheduled to return to New York on Motzai Shabbos from Israel with a stopover in Moscow on Russian airline TransAero. She boarded her flight at Ben Gurion Airport and was seated at the window.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Video: Another potential red Heifer? this one in upstate NY

There is a potential Para Aduma near Lakewood NJ HERE  now There may be one at Oorah's camp The Zone in upstate Stamford, New York.

Why did Matzav not post about the JCW org event in Los angeles has been posting many articles and press releases about events by the JCW organization in various Jewish communities. A MO org, who are advocates for victims of abuse. Their practices have been questionable and not within the hashkafa of the Yeshiva world and Torah community.  There was an event in LA, where a scathing public indictment of the ‘Halachic Advisory Board, four Choshuvah and well respected  Rabbonim were publicly shamed to the cheers and clapping of the audience. Why wont matzav post that speech?? are they not supporting this organization? what are they embarrassed about? There are frum organizations dealing with abuse within the frum Torah community why is pandering to the left.
 The Rabbanim have issued a statement clarifying their position following the public chilul hashem in which they were shamed.

Hagaon Harav Yehudah Aryeh Treger, zt”l

Hamodia- It was with great sadness that the Torah world and particularly the community of Antwerp learne
Rav Yehuda Treger Zt"l
d of the petirah of Hagaon Harav Yehudah Aryeh Treger, zt”l, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Eitz Chaim and son-in-law of  Hagaon Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt”l. He was 81 and passed away after a protracted
Harav Treger personified a talmid chacham whose whole life-source was drawn from his study and teaching of Torah. His knowledge spanned all areas of Tanach, Midrash, Shas and Poskim.

Talmidim recalled the great clarity and depth of his masterful shiurim. The Rosh Yeshivah built several generations of bnei Torah through a combination of instruction in derech halimud, sage advice and the example he set of what it means to live a life of dedication to Torah.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Who is the anonymous author that wrote the "op ed" which continues to make a "massive Chilul Hashem"

 The Op ed (Editorial see here)  that  lives up to its title, continues to make a massive chilul Hashem. It was not signed by any particular person only by Yeshiva World News editor whom is an anonymous person. It appears that the editorial was written by a Charedi Rabbi as some comments are alluding to know who it is. Also the style of writing is indicative to previous articles written by this "Rabbi". Why wont he sign his name if its really him? Why is there no video or letter from Rav Chaim Kanievsky as done with other shailos asking if that was the correct thing to do. To publicize episodes that the writer decided on his own is a chilul Hashem. To spread lies and lashon Hora on klal yisrael on a public forum that continues to add fuel to the fire of the haters of Torah and klal yisrael. why hide behind a stone ?
Who took upon themselves such an achrayus??????
man up and sign your name!

Is Lakewood closer to accepting the Halachic prenup?

 In an interview with the Jewish press  April 1st (its not a April fools joke )Lakewood yeshiva President Rabbi Aaron Kotler was asked about Beth Medrash Govoha's involvement with prenuptial agreements, read his answer:
 Does BMG get involved in marriage issues like prenuptial agreements?
The roshei yeshiva have repeatedly expressed their immense pain at seeing destructive costly court battles among families. They wish for the beis din system to be strengthened, and for clear resolution, if not a form of shalom, in a timely fashion.
BMG does not have or plan to have a beis din, so it has no direct role in this issue. Yet there are highly regarded dayanim and batei din in Lakewood, including leading halachic experts such as Rabbis Feivel Cohen, Yaakov Forchheimer, Simcha Bunim Cohen, and Shmuel Meir Katz, among others. I am personally aware of their interest in finding solutions, including exploring the halachic and social ramifications of a tenaim or prenup.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thousands attened Levaya of haGaon Rav Chaim Greinamn Z"TL

 Rav Chaim Greineman Zt'l  Photo taken Erev shvii shel Pesach this year day before he was niftar.
Thousands in Bnei Brak attended  the Levaya of Harav Chaim Greineman Zt'l. Rav Chaim Shaul Greineman was a nephew of the Chazon Ish through his sister Tzivya, He was niftar Friday morning on Shvi’i shel Pesach at the age of 89 years old. Rav Dov Landau the R''Y of Slobodka  Yeshiva said of rav Chaim, that the Sefer Torah of our dor has passed away. He was one of the biggest talmidim of the Chazon Ish and kept the Shittos and mesorah of the Chazon Ish with great Kannaus, said rav Lando. Rav Greinemann was renowned for his Talmudic genius and his wide-ranging yedios in Torah. His seforim, Chiddushim U’biurim, are studied by bnei Torah cross the globe who benefit from his peirush and chiddushim on masechtos of Shas. His expertise in p’sak was often tapped into by those seeking halachic guidance. Rav Greinemann was a primary source of the p’sakim of his illustrious uncle, the Chazon Ish. His brotherRav Meir Greineman said at the Levaya how exactly six years ago on Isru Chag Pesach  his brother asked Hashem for yesurim so he should go to straight to Gan eden. The next day he fell and suffered tremendous yesurim since then thus knowing that his prayer was answered.

Using a public forum after the fact to lecture and bash frum Jews

The YWN blog posted a "editorial" on Chol Hamoed Pesach that has over 150 comments and counting, many dripping with hate, sinas chinom, lashon hora, motzie shem ra and rechilus on segments of klal yisrael. Reading the  article would make you think you landed on the front page of an anti frum anti charedi blog or website.
 First off, this hate filled Lashon Hora post has no signature attached to it nor is there a name of a Rav who approved of its content and posting. Had any other non Jewish website or blog posted it you would have been met with screaming  condemnations and calls of anti semitisim but so far, silence!

Secondly, is publicizing these few episodes to the masses really going to fix the problems the writer seemed soo concerned about?. Had it really bothered someone, the right approach should have been to speak to Rabbonim Admorim and Roshei yeshivos a few months before Pesach, address these concerns with them and if they felt in necessary they would reach out to their followers with guidance concerning these major chilul hashem issues described by the editor. To instead defame klal yisrael and let the hate filled comments go on like that during yom tov and yemei hasefira is shameful and a massive Chilul Hashem.
  Ed Day mentioned in the Yeshiva world article deleted a Facebook posting full with anti Semitic comments,  YWN should have that post  removed as well.

Star K- CRC List of stores where chometz may be purchased immediately after Pesach 2015

Stores in the Baltimore metropolitan area  Consumers in other communities should check with their local Vaad Hakashrus for regional store information.
 7-11 Fords Lane, Hooks Lane, Old Court Road, Reisterstown Road- north of Slade Ave A-Z Savings 6307 Reisterstown Road BJ’s Costco CVS Dugan’s Liquor Dunkin Donuts 1508 & 7000 Reisterstown Road Earth Origins Market Food Lion K-Mart Mars Petco Petsmart Rite-Aid Royal Farms Sam’s Discount Warehouse Save-A-Lot Savings Center 4003 Seven Mile Lane Seven Mile Market Shoppers Food Warehouse Shoprite 37 W. Aylesbury Road, Timonium Trader Joe’s Village Liquors Walgreens Walmart Whole Foods. 
CRC list of stores in the Chicago area

The following Chicagoland stores are either owned by gentiles or arranged to sell their chometz for Passover.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FEH! The following anonymous hate article was posted on Yeshiva w news and Failed Mashiach

"Op-Ed By YWN Editor: Enough of The Massive Chillul Hashem On Chol Hamoed Outings!"
 bla bla bla...
Despite the thousands of families that went on chol hamoed trips the YWN editor found the few who in his own mind did not behave properly  and publicizes it for the world painting klal yisrael in a bad light. spreading LH and Motzie shem ra on Yiddin the world over.

This article is surely making a very big " Kiddush Hashem"..NOT!!....First of all its not an op-ed its should be called an editorial. So, before lecturing Klal yisrael, anonymously bad mouthing the am hanivchar to the entire world one should have proper writing skills and basic knowledge of the English Language.

From Wikipedia -"An op-ed (originally short for "opposite the editorial page") is a piece typically published by newspapers, magazines, and the like which expresses the opinions of a named author usually not affiliated with the publication's editorial board.[1] Op-eds are different from both editorials (opinion pieces submitted by editorial board members) and letters to the editor (opinion pieces submitted by readers)."
Secondly One only sees what he wants to see.
Third why is there no name signed on to the letter? who authored it? is there any rav that approves of bashmutzing klal yisrael to the masses publicizing lashon hora on such a grand fashion? On chol hamoed of all days??? FEH FEH

Reisman's bakery issues explanation about "gebaken noch Pesach" sticker on cookie

Reisman's cookie
Resiman’s Bakery first issued the following explanation following the release of the a photo showing a cookie with a sticker that it was baked after pesach 5775:

Firstly, we have no chometz left in our bakery over Pesach, as has been verified by our kashrus agencies.
A vendor at JFK airport placed an order a few days before Pesach for 24 pieces of Jumbo Black & White Cookies. The labels that were meant to be used after Pesach were mistakenly put onto these cookies.
We have the highest standard of kashrus, with supervision by the best Kashrus Agencies.

We regret the error, but please be assured that, other than those 24 Black & White cookies, all of our product that you will see with the “after Pesach” label will indeed be baked after Pesach.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact our Kashrus agencies, or our office after Pesach when we reopen.
Reisman’s Bakery

Reisman’s later stated that after learning of the label error, a company representative went to John F. Kennedy Airport to ensure that the products were disposed of.

“We have become aware that people are circulating letters allegedly

BD"H HaChosson Baruch Yitzchak Samet, Z'L Second Victim from Levayah Stampede

18-year-old becomes second to die as a result of trampling at Rabbi Shmuel Wosner's funeral, in which 100,000 participated.
A second victim has been claimed by the deadly stampede that occurred at the Bnei Brak funeral of leading haredi Rabbi Shmuel Wosner on Saturday night, after 18-year-old Yitzhak Samet was declared dead by the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva on Wednesday.

Samet was one of four who were critically wounded by being trampled during the funeral as some 100,000 mourners surged towards the stretcher bearing the body of Rabbi Wosner.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tehillim for those injured during Levaya of Rav Vosner zt'l due to surging crowds

update : נא התפללו עבור יצחק בן איידל לרפואה שלמה His condition took a turn for the worse.
 During the levayah, Hatzalah volunteers tended to dozens of participants, injured due to the surging crowds.
An avreich, Reb Mordechai Gerber, z”l, 27, was niftar of his wounds. He was buried on Sunday afternoon in Petach Tivkah’s Segulah cemetery, where both his parents are buried. He is survived by, lhbch”l, his wife and a young boy. Others are still hospitalized, in various states. The names of the most serious wounded were released for tefillah. Please daven for: Yitzchak ben Eidel; Yisrael Meir ben Rosa; Tomer Tanchum ben Shoshanah Susan, amongst the sick of Klal Yisrael.

Friday, April 3, 2015

BD'H HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Halevy Wosner, ZT'L

Shiva info for his son in the US- Rabbi Yosef Vosner, Son of Hagaon Rav Vosner Zt"l, sitting Shivah only today at his home on 12 & 47 in Boro Park.
                                                       בד''ה: הרה''ג רב שמואל הלוי וואזנר זצ''ל
Rav Shmuel Wozner ztl
BJL It is with immense sadness that we report the passing several minutes ago of Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner zt”l, senior posek, author of the Shevet Halevi and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin in Bnei Brak. Rav Wosner was niftar just as Chag HaPesach descended upon Eretz Yisroel. Rav Wosner had been hospitalized at Mayanei Hayeshuah Medical Center in Bnei Brak.

He was 101 years old.

Born in 1913 in Vienna, Austria, Rav Wosner learned in the famous Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin in Poland led by Rav Meir Shapiro, and married and moved to Eretz Yisroel before World War II, living in Yerushalayim where he learned at the Dushinsky Yeshiva. Despite his young age, he became a member of the Eidah Hachareidis.

When Rav Wosner moved to the Zichron Meir neighborhood of Bnei Brak, at the urging of the Chazon Ish, the Tchebiner Rov, Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer and others, he established his Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, bearing the same name as the one in Lublin where he had learned in his youth.

The passing of Rav Wosner is truly the end of an era, plunging Klal Yisroel into mourning with the petirah of the gedolei Torah of our day.

Yehi zichro boruch.

AS explaind in Wikipedai, HaRav Wosner was born in Vienna,

Segulah for Erev Pesach to recite letter from Rav Shamshon Astropoly

The following mystic and great segulah was written by Mekubal Rabenu Shimshon Magid of Austropoli, zt'l HY'D. Any person that reads this, especially Erev Pesach, is promised to be saved the entire year from stumbling, unusual death, tragedy, no person will rule over him, his enemies will perish, and will succeed in all business endeavors till the Redemption will arrive. 

Click HERE to download  איגרת רבי שמשון מאוסטרופולי