Sunday, October 4, 2015

הושענא ההרוגה עליך

הושענא למען קדושים מושלכים באש
Levaya of hakadosh aaron Benita z'l Hoshana Rabba 5776

Video: Hoshanos at Ger on Hoshana Rabba

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Video: Rav Chaim Kanievsky shaking Lulav by naanuim of Hallel on Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5776

A impromptu Sukka at the airport

A Chabad Chasid sets up a Sukka at Moscow  Sheremetyevo Airport while in transit to New York.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Erev succos is for men what Erev Pesach is for women

Talk about Erev Pesach the pressure of getting ready for the Seder, making sure there is no chometz, turning over the kitchen, cooking the zeroa, making charoses etc. Men usually have easy chores when it comes to Erev Pesach its the Nashim tzidkaniyos that are the ones knocked out when we sit by the seder.
Its on Erev Sukkos that the men get to feel a bit what it is for the women on Erev Pesach. Talk about the stress of getting the sukkah up, making sure its sturdy, adding 2 new panels, last minute runs to the local hardware store- a screw and bolt here, a light fixture, oops need to run back for an adapter since its 3 prongs, Setting the shabbos clock, putting up the decorations. Then its back to the store for another 6x4 mat for the schach and a fold-able cot for the son in law who sleeps in the sukkah.

A message to frum Jews in the NYC metro area for Sukkos 5776

Last Chol Hamoed Pesach 5775 the Yeshiva world news posted an anonymous op-ed criticizing the behavior of frum Yiddin on the chol hamoed outings across the tri state area. The op ed was posted after the fact not before yom tov. In order to prevent this major chilul hashem in the eyes of the op ed writer we remind everyone to not look for or see fault in other Jews. To be loving and accepting of all types not only of those on the left but on the right too. Gut Tom Tov.

Hospital Sukkah guide

The number one selling sukkos decoration poster

Look out for the Chofetz Chaim to adorn the walls of many sukkos as the now famous video led to new pictures and artwork of the tzadik.

Over 3000 pages to read between major frum newspapers for Sukkos 5776 issues

Make sure you set some time to learn. The frum newspapers and magazines published their Sukkos issues. The competitive market has them all one upping each other in features and content. Between the Hamodia, Yated Neeman, Ami, Mishpacha, Zman and Bina magazines alone there is over 3000 pages to read over yom tov. The Yated added an insert called "The Peg" (yated in hebrew) with fiction stories. Mishpacha published a mega succos issue over 700 pages with an article about Rav Chaim Kanievsky. Ami magazine with a mega sukkos issue tackles the Parnassah crisis taking place in all communities across klal yisrael. Hamodia  published the Yom Tov issue and Zman magazine printed a expanded sukkos issue.

Oregon Court Scrutinizes Rebbetzin’s Role In Trailblazing Case

By Debbie Maimon Yated Neeman
In a case that sparked a nationwide uproar, a female county clerk in Texas last month defied a court order to issue a marriage license in circumstances that violated her religious beliefs. Her refusal to comply landed her in jail. A recent case in Portland, Oregon tested the moral courage of two kollel wives in a different conflict of conscience: Disclose confidential information sought in a divorce case? Or cite religious convictions against breaching confidences and slandering people — and risk the consequences?
Is a rebbetzin a religious leader? Or is the term an honorary title denoting nothing more than “wife of a rabbi?”
The question lay at the heart of an unprecedented court case in Portland, Oregon, in which Mrs. Esther Fischer and Mrs. Sarah Goldblatt, two kollel wives employed with their husbands by the Portland Community Kollel, were subpoenaed in a divorce trial. The women were asked to disclose personal and confidential information they had received from the wife in the divorce case, which might have bearing on child custody issues coming before the court.

Roots and Blossoms on Rechov Rashbam

It’s the conduit, the bridge that connects Rav Chaim and Klal Yisrael, the home of Rav Chaim’s oldest son. Rav Avraham Yeshaya Kanievsky is Rav Chaim’s third child, preceded by Rebbetzin Chana Steinman a”h, who passed away two years ago, and tblch”t Rebbetzin Rus Tzivyon. While for many years Rav Chaim refrained from calling his son by his given name out of respect for the Chazon Ish — Rav Avraham Yeshaya’s namesake — more recently Rav Chaim has begun referring to him as “Shaya.” As a child, Rav Avraham Yeshaya learned all of Shas with his father, in line with Rav Chaim’s view that a boy should learn Shas in its entirety before bar mitzvah. “Even if he doesn’t understand everything,” Rav Chaim would explain, “it’s still worthwhile, so that when he grows older and learns it, it will be the second time around.” Rav Avraham Yeshaya’s vast Torah knowledge isn’t relegated to writing, though. After the passing of his grandfather the Steipler Gaon, Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, in 1985, Rav

Hapeles newspaper now sold in the US

The Israeli Hapeles newspaper which is published by the Eitz faction led by Rav Shmuel Auerbach  is now available in the US. Copies are currently distributed in major Frum markets such as Brooklyn and Lakewood. The paper was launched in response to the takeover id the Israeli Yated Ne'eman.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Frum research astrophysicist at the NASA explains the blood moon on Sukkos

 We usher in Sukkot, will there be a blood moon rising?
John Hagee, the San Antonio pastor who wrote the book “Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change,” would have us believe so.
Hagee predicts that because of a cycle of four lunar eclipses called a tetrad — two this year and next on Passover and Sukkot — that something big is about to happen, like the Rapture. The eclipse will be seen throughout much of the world on Oct. 7 and 8 — the latter the eve of Sukkot. It will be visible throughout much of the United States on Oct. 8, but only in New Zealand on the actual holiday. During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves directly behind the earth and into its shadow.  Seeing the first so-called “blood moon” following the first night’s seder this year — it looked more like watered-down kiddush wine — did fill me with wonder. Or maybe that was just the Four Cups talking.  So is some sort of cataclysm on its way? Should I even bother putting up my sukkah?
Jeremy Schnittman, a research astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and an observant Jew, is putting up his, so maybe we shouldn’t worry.

“The lunar tetrad event is perfectly normal,” Schnittman told JTA.

Monday, September 21, 2015

" אל חטא" Viduy al chet for the internet age

Inspired by the internet Asifa? did you follow up, if not here is the Viduy. For Frum Bloggers too!

Internet Viduy Al chet

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Erev Sukkos traffic near Philadelphia and surrounding areas

Jewish travelers should be aware of the papal visit in the tri state area.  Sunday Erev Sukkos the city of Philadelphia will come to a halt with one and a half million people expected. Authorities will be shutting down major roadways, and expect major delays at the airports. Plan ahead use alternate routes.

Where is the sympathy?

A abuse activist is asking for sympathy, he is being sued is an Israeli court. Where was the sympathy for all children, when fighting against a book teaching  about child safety. The book has b''h hit the stores and many are buying it, why did they try preventing it from being sold taking the author and publisher to a din torah? Where was the sympathy for the family of  Mr. Webermen when the one year anniversary of him sitting in jail was marked? Where was the sympathy for the boy who is deaf and was made fun of in class by the rebbe imitating the way he  speaks?? Where was the sympathy for the hard working  Rebbeim with the constant bashing of the frum chinuch curriculum? dont beg for sympathy when people are constantly bashed under the guise of standing up for victims of abuse.

Agudath Israel Advocacy Continues to Ease Way for Arbaah Minim

As in past years, Agudath Israel of America’s Washington Office has worked closely with agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help avoid potential problems for travelers carrying arbaah minim.

Both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have notified their respective field personnel about the upcoming Sukkos holiday and the increased level of travel by Jews, many of whom will be carrying arbaah minim.

The notifications, which have been sent out to federal officials at airports and border crossings, emphasize the religious significance of these items and outline the rules and procedures that would help allay possible security and health issues that are of concern to the federal government.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Shabbos Shuva 5776

Sign of shabbos shuva drashos 

A Powerful Story For Aseres Yemei Teshuva

Lz"n R. Yitzchok Amram Eliyahu ben R. Avrohom Ashi Zt"l
(who was a Holocaust Survivor*)Yahrzeit 2nd day Rosh Hashanah

A holocaust survivor asked R. Itzikel zt"l (Antwerp) . We say the Avinu Malkeinu "harugim al sheim kodshecha- t'vuchim al yichudecha.

Why two leshonos, sheim kodshecha and yichudecha.

R. Itzikel was stumped and had no answer.

The holocaust  survivor said "let me give the rebbe my answer".

When the nazis ym"s marched into the town, they assembled 100 men and lined them up in front of the river.

The nazi with a machine gun started shooting from the right side and moved his gun towards the left till he killed all the men.

When the  shooting began, all men started to say the shema together.

The people on the right died when they said hashem elokeinu.

They did not manage to finish the posuk(harugim al sheim kodshecha)

The people on the left managed to stay alive for the extra second to say hashem echod (yichudecha)

R. Itzikel zt"l couldn't stop crying after hearing this pshat.

Guide to chodosh 5776 released for those makpid on Yoshon

The prelimanary guide to chodosh for the year 5776/ 2015 has been released HERE
Latest Yoshon update as of September 10, 2015
The oats used in General Mills cereals has been Chodosh from most factories since the packaging date of Aug 3. (There is one factory that is later, Aug 15. We will issue a new bulletin when we find out the factory code for this factory.) This means that all Cheerios and other General Mills cereals that contain oats will have a Chodosh "Best if used by" date on the package of Aug 10 2016. This development took the staff the OU and General Mills by surprise since no one can remember having such an early Chodosh date from General Mills.