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At the first of two Chanukah parties hosted by the first family at the white house, the president opened his remarks on the release of Alan gross a Jewish American held captive in Cuba. President Obama said that he was makayem the mitzva of Pidyon Shevuyim on Chanukah by the realese of Alan Gross. watch video Here There were many frum yidden in attendance representing Agudah and other local organizations. The bracha of shehechiyanu was recited on the second night. There was also a Minyan for Maariv.
An interesting article, about An ancient, anonymous song for Shabbos Chanukah, Ichlu Mashmanim, appears in siddurim and is chanted in some communities. The whole composition sings the praises of food, meals, meat dishes, wine and miscellaneous culinary delights to be consumed on that Shabbos and the line ending each stanza goes: “A beis kur sell or lease; rent a beis kur for Shabbos Chanukah!”
Growing up, around the Chanuka menorah and the dreidel playing were those delicious Doughnuts or latkes frying in the kitchen waiting to be served hot to all those gathered around the table. The Doughnuts were fried and rich with oil as was the costume to eat oily foods on Chanuka. Recently this most important staple of the Chanuka festival has been commercialized. The bakeries cant give them the oily taste that mom would put into it. Some don't put any oil in it at all. Its missing the yiddisher taam of a chanuka doughnut.
For many families shabbos Chanukah means going away and spending shabbos with family and friends, getting together at bubby and zaidy's house. Some go away for an early midwinter vacation.
Boruch Hashem, many mishpachos can no longer pile in to bubby's house. There is just no room even for the immediate family. What many families are doing now, is going away to a hotel. A cheap reasonably priced hotel and spending shabbos there with the relatives. The meals are not catered at all, rather each family brings a specific food and jobs are distributed among the siblings in making sure everything is brought such as a Sefer Torah, a Minyan, crock pot's, tableware and toys for the kids. What used to be a luxury has now become a norm but not in an extravagant way.
During his Drasha at the kuf alef kislev event marking 70 years the day Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum Ztz’l, the founder of Satmar Chassidus in America, escaped from the Nazis YM”S during the Holocaust, the Satmar Rebbe rav Aaron Teitelbaum called on his chasidim to install the geder filter on their internet devices. The Rebbe stated just as you wouldn't put food in your mouth without a hechsher so to you can not walk around with an unfiltered device or smartphone. The Rebbe said if one needs it for parnassah he should filter it if however he does not need it than there is no excuse to own a internet enabled device.
They arrived here in the US shortly after Sukkos and trekked acrross the country asking us for help. Our fellow brothers from Eretz yisrael unfortunately have to come on to us for help they are away from their mishpachos with the burden of parnassah on their mind. They rise at vasikin and dont stop making their rounds until late at night. Its not an easy task having to ask another person for something let alone to ask for money.
Many will be returning home for Chanukah to be with their families for this special time of the year. Please when you see them within the next few days make sure to give them something be mechazek them let them be able to go home with simcha and not have to come running back here again. Its a zechus for us to give the m Tzedaka.
Besides for football or other sporting events, Sundays, host fundraising dinners for Yeshivos and Mosdos. Please come and show your support to the following Yeshivos and Mosdos. wondering where? when? what time is the dinner? see below. Sunday December 14, 2014 - 22 Kislev- 5775 Mir Yeshiva Brooklyn Building completion Dinner
The palace Ballroom 780 Mcdonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Reception 5:30 Dinner 6:30 pm- email Mirreryeshiva@thejnet.com
BJL It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Elozor Levi zt”l, longtime rosh mechinah of Yeshivas Telshe and rebbi to thousands of talmidim, including many in Baltimore. The levaya will take place tomorrow, Sunday, December 14, at 9 a.m., at Chesed Shel Emes, located at 26640 Greenfield Road in Oak Park, Michigan. The levaya will then continue at 2 p.m. at the Telshe Yeshiva of Cleveland Bais Medrash, located at 28400 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe, Ohio. To listen in to the hespeidim in Cleveland, dial 567-314-1830, pin 28400#.
Yosef found himself in the dungeon together with Pharaoh's wine butler (Sar HaMashkim). He interpreted for him his dream: "The three clusters are three days. In another three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and will restore you to your post and you will place Pharaoh's cup in his hand as was the former practice when you were his cupbearer." [Bereshis 40: 12-13]
Yosef then added the following words: "If only you would think of me (ki im zechartani) with yourself when he benefits you, and you will do me a kindness, if you please, and mention me to Pharaoh, then you would get me out of this building." [Beresis 40:14].
Last night it came to my attention that in this week's edition of Ami Magazine there is a banner ad for Yaffed, an organization with a mission to change the state of Orthodox Jewish chinuch. In the furtherance of that goal Yafed is also reportedly pursuing legal action against New York City and State.
Ami Magazine has repeatedly advocated against such efforts and has condemned organizations like Yaffed. We have asked the community to unite against all those who seek to reform the Orthodox way of life, and we remain steadfast in our resolve to defeat such misguided initiatives.
A article in the the NYT claims " Crisco was the number one factor in helping Jews assimilate into American society in the 1920s and ’30s,” said Tina Wasserman, the former food columnist of ReformJudaism.org and author of “Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora.” Now that shmaltz is making a comeback will that turn the trend?
The butt of countless jokes about clogged arteries and an early grave, this rich, rendered, onion-scented chicken fat is synonymous with the heavy, plodding food of the shtetls. Even now, as medical science has given a nod to the moderate consumption of saturated animal fats, and the culinary elite has fallen hard for the likes of lard, tallow and duck fat, poor schmaltz remains the babushka-clad cousin not invited to the table.
Hamodia A New Jersey State Senate Committee heard testimony on Monday from Agudath Israel, among several other public advocacy groups, regarding a bill to legalize doctor-assisted suicide in that state.
“Both Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky and Rav Malkiel Kotler said that this is a core issue and that it is tantamount to legalizing murder,”
Collive.com A 22 year old Bochur Levi Rosenblatt (name for tehillim Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel for a refuah shleima), was stabbed in Chabad New York headquarters inside 770 Eastern Parkway. At approximately 1:45 am, according to witnesses who were sitting in 770 Eastern Parkway - Lubavitch Headquarters, a black male entered with a serrated 9-inch kitchen knife, police said. Watch video below of NYPD cops shoot suspect inside chabad Lubavitch synogogue
One bochur saw him and shouted at him to drop the knife, but he approached a bochur who was standing near the bima, and stabbed him once in the neck, witnesses described. Bystanders also reported hearing the attacker shout "kill the Jews."
Flagged down by witnesses, cops then ran into 770 and demanded that he drop the knife. After a standoff with police at gunpoint, he did drop the knife, but after a few moments grabbed it again. He then lunged at the cop, who shot him in the torso.
The 15th annual winter Yarchei Kallah of Agudas Yisrael Torah projects commission, will take place this year in Yerushalayim. It will be held January 19- 22, 2015 at the Ramada Jerusalem hotel. for mire info check out the Yarchei Kallah website http://www.aiayk.org/ .