Friday, May 29, 2015

Video: Rav Elya Svei Zt''l on listening to gedolim

Rav Svei was speaking a Agudah event at that time Rav Shach was not well and rav Elya Svei  was
reffering to it
  

Rav Reuven Feinstein Addresses Daf Yomi Siyum in Highland Park

Rav Reuven Feinstein
It was the day after Shavuos, and klal Yisroel was privileged tocelebrate another Siyum in the 13th Daf Yomi cycle. After 111 days of intensive learning, the daf yomi completed Maseches Kesubos.

The Daf Yomi Commission of Agudath Israel of America hosted a major Siyum that was broadcast live to over a dozen communities across North America, in addition to Mexico City and Panama City. A similar Siyum has been held for virtually every Masechta since Maseches Kesubos was completed during the last Daf Yomi cycle, seven and a half years ago. The Siyum was held at Congregation Ohav Emeth in Highland Park, New Jersey, where over 150 members of the Edison/Highland Park community gathered in honor of this momentous occasion. HoRav Reuven Feinstein shlit"a, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshiva of Staten Island, was the special guest speaker.

Short week most frum papers print for this Shabbos Parshas Naso

Despite having a short week since Shavuos was Sunday and Monday most of the weeklies came out with a new issue. The Yated Neeman  printed a double issue for both Shavuos and this week of May 29th.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shuls and Homes in Houston Jewish Community Severely Damaged by Flooding

Flooding resulting from torrential rains on Monday and Tuesday caused severe flooding in many areas of Texas. The Jewish community in the Meyerland area of Houston was one of those severely affected by the storms. Many homes, as well as the buildings of the Meyerland Minyan and the United Orthodox Synagogue, were affected, bringing back memories of Superstorm Sandy.
Rabbi Joseph Radinsky evacuated by canoe(robert Levy)
Flooding in Houston is not uncommon, and a series of bayous was constructed to control the flooding. However, this rain was so heavy that bayous could not handle it, something that has not happened in decades.

Rabbi Gidon Moscovitz, Rav of the Meyerland Minyan, describes the situation in his neighborhood:

“There were a number of families from our kehillah that took in quite a bit of water during the night on Motzoei Shavuos. One family had four feet of water in their one-story home — their entire home and their possessions were literally destroyed. One family spent the night in their crawl space; another family spent the night on their kitchen counter/island.”

Video: Agudah head discusses topics, tuition burden, achdus

Rav Shlomo Werdiger of Agudath Israel of America discusses various topics and issues facing the klal in America. The Agudah CEO was in Eretz Yisrael over Shavuos were he advocated for pidyon shevuyim on behalf of a yid in America. Watch Video below

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mechitza Letter in Name of the Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva and Rav Chaim kanievsky is a forgery

Rabbi Aaron Kotler CEO of Beth Medrash Govoha told Israeli website Bechadrei Chareidim that the letter circulating regarding placing a mechitza on buses, is a forgery. The Lakewood Roshei yeshiva never signed on to this. They absolutely have nothing to do with it. What happened is there is a bus route from Lakewood to Monsey and Lakewood to Brooklyn, There are those who want to hang a Mechitza on that bus and they tried forcing the issue to Lakewood as well. Such a mechitza might be acceptable by certain chasidic circles but not in Lakewood. The Roshei yeshiva didn't want to get involved and dont get involved in this. Rabbi Kotler added there is no reason to bother the Roshei yeshiva and issue another letter denying the first one.

What about the chilul shabbos in the MO teen community?

The haters were out in full force meddling in an issue they know nothing about. The blogging rabbis were quick to the draw. A Shabbos march took place in Lakewood to spread awareness of kedushas shabbos in an area where teens have been gathering and publicly desecrating the shabbos. Rabbis, Fink, Horowitz along with Harry the blogger were quick to the trigger, pointing the problem as a direct result of the golden standard of Lakewood's chinuch and that of the yeshiva world at large. Its laughable and even foolish of them to get involved in something that is beyond their keyboards and understanding of a culture they dont practice. First they spun  it as a "protest" when it was nothing of that sort, second, do they think for a second that rabbonim and the organizers dealing with this issue did not factor in all the ramifications. Do they think no one is dealing with these kids? Do they think no ne loves these children? where they privy to the meetings before during and after the shabbos march? How dare they stick their two cents and blame the charedi system for every shortcoming.

But more than that lets take a look at their great alternative the Modern orthodox approach of openness and alternatives one would expect perfection from such a system. Why is it that 7 out of 10 Modern orthodox teens admitted to text on Shabbos R""L. That is more than 60%! They keep what is called "half of shabbos". Who are you blaming now Fink Maryless and Horowitz??????????

What is wrong with this picture?

....יעמוד ברק חוסיין בן
One who gets an Aliya should be standing on the right side the baal korei on the left
President Obama called to the Torah in a reform shul

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Agudah Launches ‘Emergency’ Effort for Tuition Aid Bill

Agudah meeting on Tuition aid bill
 Hamodia  - Kicking off a frenetic three-week campaign to get a potentially historic tuition aid bill passed, Agudath Israel of America on Tuesday urged four dozen activists and yeshivah representatives to get the power of their 100,000-strong parent body behind it.

At what Agudah officials described as an “emergency meeting” at their Manhattan headquarters, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, the group’s executive vice president, told the assembled that the “exciting” new bill, the Parental Choice in Education Act, would represent a “tremendous breakthrough for our yeshivah community.”

Daf Yomi live broadcast siyum of Maseches kesubos

The Daf Yomi Commission of Agudath Israel of America is delighted to offer a complimentary live worldwide broadcast of Siyum Maseches Kesubos.  The program hosted by the Lomdei HaDaf of Highland Park - Edison, NJ, will be broadcast live from Congregation Ohav Emeth in Highland Park - Edison on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 / Isru Chag HaShavuos, 8 Sivan, 5775 at 8:00 PM ET.

This event will be addressed by:
HaRav Reuven Feinstein Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Tifereth Yerushalayim, Staten Island


Rav Chaim kanievsky visits the Kosel on Isru chag


Friday, May 22, 2015

Segulah to ask for a Refuah during leining first day of Shavuos

In the name of Rav Elyashiv zatzal it is said that on Shavuos there is a segulah to daven for a Refuah. Just like during matan Torah Hashem healed all the sick, so too on every Yom Tov of Shavuos there is a  hashpaah from har sinai. When asked when is the best time to daven for a Refuah, Rav Elyashiv replied one should do so during the krias haTorah of the Aseres hadibros which is read on the first day of Yom Tov.

Video: Shavuos flowers go up at KAJ Breuer's

Hilchos uminhagei Shavuos- Yizkor on Monday 25th of May

906. On Shavuos at night the minhag is to wait until it is night (Tzeis Hakochavim) to daven Maariv in order to have 49 complete days. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 494:1
 
907. Likewise, it is preferable for women to wait until it is night to light candles and say Shehechiyanu on Shavuos night. Luach R' Yechiel Michel Tukatchinsky, Piskei Tshuvos 494:2
 
908. There is a minhag (brought in The Zohar) to stay up the night of Shavuos and learn Torah. This is based on the Midrash which says that Klal Yisroel overslept the night before Matan Torah and Hashem had to awaken them to receive the Torah. Therefore we stay up all night to rectify their oversight. Shulchan Aruch with Mishnah Brurah 494:1

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CHOLOV YISROEL: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES

by Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer, RC Dairy
 “There is no purpose in drinking cholov yisroel today, as the government inspects the dairies and makes sure that all the milk is kosher.” “Isn’t all milk with a hechsher considered cholov yisroel?” The topic of cholov yisroel is fraught with confusion and misunderstanding. Let’s try to clarify and demystify things. The halacha Chazal decreed that milk is only permitted when the actual milking was supervised by an on-site Yisroel, serving as the mashgiach. (Avodah Zarah 35b, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 115:1) This gezeirah is due to the concern that milk from non-kosher animal species may be mixed into the otherwise kosher milk. In modern times,

More on the Red heifer near Lakewood, NJ

Rosh Yeshiva of MTJ Hagaon Harav Dovid Feinstein inspects the Para Aduma (red heifer) in lakewood

Lekovod Shavuos-Niggun kad yasvin as sung by the Siyum hashas 2012 and other versions.


 The stirring song is sung on several occasions in the jewish calender most prominntely on Shavuos and Simchas Torah there is great debate on who composed the niggun and where the lyrics come from some attribute it to the Chazon Ish, Rav Meir Shapira, others say the vilna gaon, click HERE for more. Article in Mishpacha Magazine HERE the story behind the song. Watch video below for a different niggun sung by Benny Frieman to the words of Kad Yasvun. Listen to kad yasvin HERE sung by the Werdyger mishpacha in 1969

כד יתבין ישראל ועסקין בשמחת התורה, קודשא בריך הוא אומר לפמליא דיליה חזו בני חביבי דמשכחין לצערא דילהון ועסקין בחדוותא דילי

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A great Way To Help Support Our Struggling Mosdos- Target giving away $6 million

Target is giving $6 million to schools as long as you thank a teacher. For every thank you they will donate $25  to the teacher’s school with the opportunity for each school to receive up to $25,000. But here’s the best part: Target won’t stop until it’s given away a grand total of $5 million.   Click HERE

OU KOSHER Presents FAQ’S on Cheese in honor of Shavuos…

How is cheese made kosher? from  OU KOSHER.org
As with any food, all of the ingredients in the cheese as well as the equipment used during the manufacturing process must be kosher. However, a special prohibition makes kosher certification of cheese a bit more challenging: the ban on gevinat Akum (“non-Jewish cheese”), which means that cheese made by non-Jewish companies and/or individuals is not kosher.
What is the source for gevinat Akum?
The Talmud (Avodah Zarah 29b, 35a-35b) states that the sages of the Mishnaic period forbade eating cheese manufactured by non-Jews. Although the Talmud offers various reasons