Friday, March 27, 2015

Do you say ויהי נועם on Motzei Shabbos when Erev Pesach falls out on Friday?

This motzei Shabbos,  Shabbos hagadol ,the Mishna berurah states (הלנות שבת סימן רצה רצו) that we do say Viyhi Noam since Pesach does not start during the six days of the week the first day Pesach is on Shabbos. Although Erev Pesach falls out on Friday and it is a yom tov, never the less it is not a yom tov Gamur it is like Purim and therefore we say ויהי נועם on the motzei shabbos before.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Maos chittim campaign for Yair Lapid - Pesach 5775

By: Effy koman

Yair Lapid has no where to go  for the seder this year. He asked Netanyahu  if he could come over, but the latter told him hes better off by Herzog {wines} for the four cups, instead. What have I in common with 'Labor", he retorted; !?מה העבודה הזאת לכם.

Eli Yishai wont be at Netanyahu's Seder this year either; he says its a whole "chad gadya", how that came be. 

Kachlon stole the Afikomen early on; but he has yet to reap all its dividends.

Naftali Bennet will be coming over to the Rosh Memshala this year. He says, his favorite part of the seder is  להסב על השמאל - leaning on the left.

When asked, how can one sit with the Agudah at the same table when he passed that law a year ago, he replied that he does as per the Hagaddah narrative: מתחיל בגנות ומסיים בשבח. R. Gafni and R. Litzman will sing for him the refrain, if you would have taken us all to בית סוהר and cancelled all our מלגות, stipends - Dayeinu, it would have been enough.

Rumor has it that Netanyahu will ask Bennet to open the door for שפוך חמתך. 

 כאשר זכינו לסדר אותו כן נזכה לעשותו                                            
.אמן כן יהי רצון

Shiva Info for Rav Gabi Sassoon in the US

Reb Gavriel Sassoon will be sitting shivah in Brooklyn today, tomorrow, Motzoei Shabbos, and Sunday morning at Congregation Keter Torah, located at 2220 Avenue L, at East 23rd Street, in Brooklyn, NY.

Shacharis Friday morning will be at 7 a.m. Shacharis on Sunday morning will be at 7:30 a.m.

The Sassoon and Jemal families have established a charitable fund that will assist parents who are struggling with extreme financial burdens so that they can pay yeshiva tuition.

he Sassoon Children Memorial Fund has no overhead or expenses and is being guided by community rabbonim.

Agudah Spends Day in Albany Lobbying for Tuition Tax Credits

 group of Agudah activists spent Wednesday in the Capitol cajoling recalcitrant lawmakers, strengthening allies and confronting opponents, in an effort to revive chances for a breakthrough on a potentially historic education tax credit.

 Hamodia -The Agudath Israel of America delegation, headed by Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, the groups’ vice president for community affairs, and Leon Goldenberg and Chaskel Bennett, members of the board of trustees, divided themselves into small groups.

The more than two dozen activists met in Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s office in the morning, then fanned out throughout the chamber, approaching individual lawmakers to garner support for the Education Investment Tax Credit.

The message, Bennett said, was that there was no reason a $142 billion budget could not find some leeway to help private school parents from the crushing burden of tuition.

“Billions of dollars are added to public education and the state can’t figure out a way to help private schools with 50 to 75 million dollars? Is this too much of a lift?” Bennett questioned.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video: Jewish couple who called 911 on the tragic Flatbush Fire describe scene

Video: Reb Gabi Sassoon speaks to Israeli media during Shiva about coping with his tragedy

A message With Wings

 Hamodia - By Harav Yisrael Reisman Rav of Agudah in Flatbush

Wednesday, March 245, 2015 |  ה' ניסן תשע"ה
My father, z”l, had yahrzteit on 13 Sivan, the day that he lost 22 members of his immediate family in the Holocaust. His own father, the only one who merited to come to kevurah, was beaten to death by the Nazis, and his mother and 21 other members of his family died too, all on that one day. My father was never able to speak about what had happened in those years. When asked, his response was silence.

Yesterday, I attended the funeral and I heard from Reb Gavriel Sassoon what was possibly the most amazing lesson of my life. This was a practical, real message for every day of our lives — that is, that when we suffer, we surrender our will to the Will of Hashem and that is how we go on. I heard my father’s voice from Heaven while I was standing at the funeral. He said, “I picked myself up and raised children with silence. I accepted without understanding and went on, because that is what we do when we do not understand.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Father who lost seven children in train accident consoles Reb Gabi Sassoon

 crying together over 14 neshamos
 At the shiva house of Rav Gabi Sassoon there wasn't a dry eye when Rav Avrohom Bernstein who lost seven of his children in a train accident a few years ago came to be menachem avel Rav Gabi who just lost his seven children. How do we cope? how do we go on from such a tragedy? asked rav Gabi. Rav Avrohom answered only with emunah can one move on its very hard but through Emunah in Hashem that enables us to continue on. Rav Gavriel Sassoon related when he lived in Israel he would bring two of his children Z''L for some after school kriah program that was run by Rabbi Bernstein. Mrs. Bernstein would show rav Gavriel  an album with pictures of her seven children who died in the fiery crash. Despite her loss she would show great strength in emunah. It was that memory  of  Rebbetzin Bernstein which helped me cope the past few days said Reb Gavriel.
Matzivos of the Bernstein children Z'L

Ultimate Lesson in Faith By Rabbi Joey Haber

 Hamodia-  speech given by  Rabbi Joey Haber

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | ד' ניסן תשע"ה
Over the past 72 hours most families have been sitting around  saying, “It’s crazy.”

I did the same. When I was asked to speak, I had no idea what to say.
Most people look at this in three parts: the children, the parents, and the community. We will start with the children.

A story was told by Rav Chaim Vital about 500 years ago. A woman lost her husband. Two years later she was still struggling terribly with the pain of her situation. One of her sons needed a shidduch, another was struggling financially, and a young child had died.

Misaskim launches project to write a Sefer Torah leilui nishmasom of 7 young kedoshim a"h

It is with a broken heart and spirit that Misaskim, together with all of Klal Yisroel, mourns the incomprehensible and devastating loss of the seven young kedoshim, A”H that tragically perished in a fire that consumed their home on Shabbos Parshas Vayikrah.  Misaskim pooled all its resources, and much more in order to offer support to the stricken Sassoon family in the aftermath of this harrowing nightmare.

Misaskim volunteers were dispatched to the hospital to ensure the utmost kavod hames for these pure souls. The organization was instrumental in facilitating positive interactions between law enforcement officials, the investigation team, and the Medical Examiner's Office. Misaskim arranged the transport of the niftarim to Israel and was called upon to join with NYC's finest in arranging for the sorrowful levayah that was attended by thousands of people.

Welcome home!

Welcome home signs spotted on many front doors in the frum neighborhoods. The boys are back.Yeshiva Bochurim are back from Eretz Yisrael after spending a year (some more some less) learning in yeshiva away from home. Some will stay and continue in a post EY yeshiva and begin shidduchim others will return for another zman or year of learning. For now we welcome back all yeshiva bochurim as they bring the ruach of yeshiva back home to the local shuls and communities. Ashreichem! Ashreichem! Welcome home.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Video: Moment of silence at the Barclay center in Brooklyn for the Sassoon children a''h

At the Nets basketball game tonight in the Barclay center the crowd stands in silence remembering the Sassoon children A''H


Photos: Roshei yeshiva attend Groundbreaking for Kleinman holocaust museum

American Roshei yeshiva from Lakewood and Brooklyn were on hand at the hanochas even hapinah for the new Holocaust museum in Boro Park. The new building will be located next to the Agudas Yisrael zichron Moshe Sherer  building off 16th avenue.
Rav Malkiel Kotler, Novomisker Rebbe, Mateersdorf Rav, Viyalopoler Rebbe

Klal Yisrael’s Heart Is Shattered

 Hamodia  editorial- There are no adjectives which can possibly describe the depth of the pain that enveloped our community when the news spread of the unfathomable tragedy in Flatbush on Friday night. As thousands gathered in the streets of Boro Park for the heartbreaking levayah, the grief in the air was tangible, and the calamity dominated every conversation.

As we beseech Hashem for the recovery of the heroic mother, Gila Gail bat Tzipora Frances, and her daughter Tzipora bat Gila Gail, there are no words with which we can possibly offer consolation to Gavriel Sassoon, the shattered father who exhibited such a lofty level of emunah at the levayah. All that can be said is “Hamakom yenachem eschem” — only the Omnipresent can possibly offer consolation.

As we grapple to try to come to terms with this indescribable tragedy, it is imperative that we bear in mind what Mr. Sassoon said in his hesped.

Hundreds paying shiva visit to Reb Gabi Sassoon in Yerushalayim שבעה על שבעה

                                       שבעה על שבעה
Rav Gavriel Sassoon is sitting shiva for his seven children a''h, in Eretz yisrael at Rechov Ramat Hagolan 47 (or rechov Paran) in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood of yerushalayim. He said the only way he can go on is with the help that Hashem gives him to survive such a tragedy.
He will be there until Wednesday afternoon at 12 pm where he will then fly back to the US to be with his wife and surviving daughter may they have a Refuah Shleima. Please continue to daven for the mother Gila bas Tziporah and  daughter  Tziporah bas Gila.

על אלה אני בוכיה

No words

Hamodia- Mourning an Unfathomable Tragedy

FLATBUSH - The tranquility of a chilly Friday night was broken by the sound of relentless sirens from first responders and medical personnel on Bedford Avenue in Flatbush. Along with it was broken any sense of tranquility in the Orthodox community, as the majority of a beautiful, holy, vibrant Jewish family was ripped
from the heart of our community, in the most unfathomable way.

At about midnight on Shabbos, as the Sassoon family — pillars of the Sephardic community — were peacefully asleep, a fire broke out in the kitchen on the lower level of their home at 3371 Bedford Avenue. The fire, the deadliest in New York City since 2007, spread very quickly and soon engulfed much of the home.

"Why Seven? was One not enough?" Father eulogizes children R''L in Eretz Yisrael

Rav Gabi Sassoon at the Levaya in Yerushalayim
At the Levaya in eretz Yisrael for the Sassoon children killed in the fire R""L their father began his eulogy with a phrase from the Song of Songs (6:2): "My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies." Referring to the rabbinical interpretation of the book as a metaphor for the Jewish people's relationship with God, he noted that the rabbis viewed the flowers as a metaphor for the righteous. "God went down into His garden and picked the flower at the height of its beauty, before it began to wither," he said. "He wanted to catch the righteous man at the height of his righteousness. so he would stay that way (forever)."
"He came here to pick seven flowers. Why seven? Was one not enough?" he cried.

VIDEO: Father speaks at Levaya of Sassoon Children a''h Now in Eretz Yisrael at Har Hamenuchos

Live feed has ended. Kevurah taking place now. Watch  Video of  Fathers hesped Rav Gabi Sassoon in yerushalayim, below

Photos: Levaya for Sassoon Children A''h beginning now at Har Hamenuchos

Kevarim at Har Tammir