Tuesday, May 3, 2016

NYC Emergency Broadcast Expands to more Languages, Including Yiddish

Notify NYC – the city’s free, official source for information about emergency events and important city services – has expanded to offer common notifications in 13 languages, including Yiddish, as well as American Sign Language and audio formats.

“The best way to learn about emergencies – the city’s Notify NYC program – just got better with the ability to reach New Yorkers who speak languages other than English,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said in a statement on Monday. “In an emergency, getting up-to-date and accurate information to New Yorkers is critical. The new multilingual messages will help more New Yorkers to stay safe and informed.”

Monday, May 2, 2016

No shame in publicly shaming frum jews

The frum online media keeps sinking lower and lower it seems after Failed Messiah shut down these so called frum yeshiva websites felt the responsibility to pick up where FM left off. Yeshiva world news published a few videos publicizing shame on frum Jews. One video with the title "chometz fights on motzei Pesach" showing Yiddin "fighting" over chometz items in a store the day after Pesach. Obviously the title is meant to get hits while painting and showing frum Jews in a bad light. Why else would such a video be posted? Oh perhaps these anonymous websites  consider themselves the moral authority and it is their job to lecture and rebuke the behaviors of  frum Jews, that is what failed Messiah said too.

On its Facebook page Yeshiva world News has published another video under the guise of self righteousness  embarrassing frum Jews and spreading sinas chinom  by posting pictures or videos of  kids enjoying a ride on a Chol Hamoed outing. The caption reads:
  "Pay 25 cents for 1 person, and 12 others ride for free. Not to mention the damage that can be caused to the ride.We know. We will be called haters and anti-semites for posting this" Yes, posting these videos would be befitting for an anti Semitic publication. If a prominent Rav feels these are issues to be dealt with lets hear it directly from him not by an anonymous website posting anonymous op eds causing a chilul hashem and bashmutzing klal yisrael.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

BizTank- The frum Shark Tank a joint Ami-IMBC projec

Enter BizTank, a joint Ami-IMBC project, where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to "The Moguls," a group of top Jewish business investors. From $50,000 to $5,000,000 - Follow the full story in Ami Magazine's Business section beginning in this week's Mega Pesach edition. Get a chance for an investment! Submit your pitch at: http://www.biztankmoguls.com  The mission of BizTank,

Post Pesach Supermarket Scene 2016

Post Pesach Supermarket Scene 2016  5776-2016 Edition
By Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber on TorahLab.com
There is much ado every year as to where one can shop immediately following Pesach, how long the restrictions apply for and to what products. I hope this is found to be enlightening.

My goal is not to issue a halachic decision with this article, rather to present the fact on the ground. For a final psak please consult your Rav, who may appreciate you bringing some of these facts to his attention.
In order to properly understand the halachic implications we must first elucidate the basic supermarket structure. The general chain supermarket model is as follows:
Manufacturer → Distributor → Supermarket Warehouse → Individual Supermarket

In terms of Halacha, Chametz that was owned by a Jew on Pesach is forbidden. ‘Chametz’, for the purpose of this exercise, is a product that contains a kezayis (1.1 fluid ounces) of Chametz and more than 1/60th of the final cooked product is Chametz.

Therefore, if any company in the chain is owned by a Jew, and owned the Chametz on Pesach, it would be forbidden to eat after Pesach.

Stores where Chometz may be purchased after Pesach 2016

List from Star K

Friday, April 22, 2016

Video: Kedem grape Juice, More Than Just Grapes

Video: Nusach Tefilas Tal with chazan Yechezkel Klang

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kever of Rav Yaakov Ehrenreich Vandalized in Boro Park

Hamodia photo of kever
The kever of Harav Yaakov Ehrenreich, zt”l, in Washington Cemetery on the outskirts of Boro Park, was found to have been vandalized on Friday.
The candle-box, which is an extremely heavy stainless steel structure, had been toppled over but was not damaged. An askan who frequents the cemetery reports that teenagers from a local public school had been seen in the cemetery and were possibly the perpetrators. A great-grandson of Rav Ehrenreich put it back in place.

Rav Ehrenreich resided in Sabrantz, Hungary, and, at the recommendation of the Divrei Chaim, married the daughter of the Kol Aryeh.
After his arrival in New York, Reb Yaakov was a co-founder and the president of Kehillas Ahavas Yeshurun on the Lower East Side. He passed away in 1902. Hamodia

Viznitz Monsey machah on Mishpacha Magazine

Mishpacha magazine features an article on its Pesach issue front cover about the viznitz rebbe in Monsey. Apparently the Rebbe was unaware that a private conversation would end up in the paper. The Rebbe does not allow his photo to be published even partially,says the letter. The Rebbe is also particular about publicizing anything of his personal private hanhagos without prior permission

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Video: Rav Chaim Kanievsky medical marijuana "Kanabis" Kosher for Pesach

HaGaon Rav Chaim Kanievsky ruled medical marijuana is kosher for Pesach and can be eaten or smoked.  

Mishpacha interviews Donald Trump

Agudath Israel Says "Vote: It Matters!"

April 19, is Primary Day across New York State. Voters will be selecting the candidates within each political party who will be running for President of the United States in the General Election. Voters in selected districts will also have a chance to participate in a special election for vacant seats in the New York State Assembly and Senate. Agudath Israel urges all of its constituents and friends to vote.

Voter turnout in primaries is generally low. That makes each vote count even more than it ordinarily does. That is especially true in this year's presidential primary, when none of the candidates has yet clinched his or her party's nomination.

Bernie Sanders reaching out to Chasiddish voters in NY

Mrs. Henie Meisles, a”h

Hamodia-BORO PARK - Mrs. Henie Meisels, a”h, daughter of the legendary askan, Reb Elimelech (Mike) Tress, z”l, and wife of, ybl”c, Harav Yehudah Michoel Meisels, was niftar on Sunday night, 10 Nisan. She was 74 years old. The nifteres stood at her husband’s side for over four decades in leading the Sara Schenirer Seminary of Boro Park as well as its branch in Eretz Yisrael. She was remembered for her tremendous generosity, palpable simchas hachaim, and deep sense of emunah and bitachon.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ponovez Rosh Yeshiva visits Harav Aaron Shechter

Rav Shmuel Markovitz visits Rav Aaron Shechter

Of Falafel and Herring

Have we lost our ..falafels? The tabloidization of the frum news websites and online media keeps sinking to new lows. In a competitive market for ratings and hits the content keep on getting shallow, lower and sicker emulating the secular media. First a story of a stabbing over a "shtikle herring" made its rounds getting hits and clicks for everyone's enjoyment. Not to soon after came a newsworthy story, about  a noted philanthropist if he likes chumus in his falafel pita sandwich or not. The websites reported it about in in a round about way poking fun of the initial photo report in an Israeli website for mixing up the two philanthropic brothers. Needless to say this is what frum news has become. This is the kosher news protecting us from the secular media.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why Is This Matzo Different From All Other Matzos?

NYT  article on the different taste and textures of Shmurah matzah.

SEVERAL years ago, at a family Seder, I tasted a matzo I actually liked. It was misshapen and lightly burned, distinguishing it from the machine-made matzo of my youth. And this one possessed something that I had never experienced with matzo: It had flavor. What can I say? Up until that moment, the best matzo of my life was not much better than the worst matzo of my life; you could taste the struggle in every bite. For the first time I ate matzo and thought, This is delicious. In the spirit of the Four Questions, which the youngest child always asks at the Passover Seder, and which begin with: Why is this night different from all other nights? I asked myself, “Why is this matzo different from all other matzos?” I’m a chef, so of course I was tempted to credit the baker. Kosher restrictions for Passover prohibit any leavened grain. According to the Torah, the Jews fled Egypt in such haste that there was no time to allow dough to rise. In remembrance, kosher law mandates that Jews avoid any grain that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and rise — “chametz” in Hebrew. A visit to the bakery where the matzo was made, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, allowed me to see how this law plays out on the ground. There were roughly 40 workers, with earlocks and yarmulkes, white shirts and black pants. For each batch of matzo, from the moment the water met flour, the workers frantically mixed, rolled and baked — all within 18 minutes — guaranteeing no fermentation.

Photo: Rav Aaron Feldman RY Baltimore visiting Rav Shteinman