Wednesday, October 1, 2014

" 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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Harav Moshe Pivovoz zt''l - "Ehr is gevehn fun di shtile vos haltn oif di velt"

Hamodia - On the morning of Shabbos Shuvah5775, Harav Moshe Pivevoz, zt”l, a beloved talmid chacham, rebbi to many people in the community, and a Gaon in middos tovos, passed away suddenly at the age of 96 — after spending Rosh Hashanah immersed in tefillah at his beloved Tzemach Tzedek shul on the Lower East Side.
 Rav Pivovoz-Hamodia

On Sunday afternoon the crowd at the levayah poured out from Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim onto East Broadway to give kavod achachron to a man, small in physical frame, yet larger than life in his Torah and yir’ah — who shunned the smallest measure of kavod his entire life. True to his character, Reb Moshe forbade hespeidim, and any words that his children said were strictly with the purpose of internalizing the lessons of his life.
Reb Moshe, a fixture on the Lower East Side, was born in the town of Plotnitze, and spent his childhood in Pinsk, near Karlin, then in Poland. He and his family were close to the Rebbe Harav Avraham Elimelech of Karlin, and continued their relationship with the Stoliner Rebbes on these shores.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Halachos laws and minhagim for Erev Rosh Hashana 5775

Laws for Erev Rosh Hashana- erev shmitta 5775

1. This year since erev shabbos is on second day of RH remember to make an Eruv Tavshilin on Wednesday Erev yom tov. One may not cook on Thursday for shabbos but only on Friday.

2. Some have a Minhag to write a PRUZBUL on erev shmitta most dont do it until the end of the shmitta year. download it HERE

3. Following selichos we say hataras nedorim on erev Rosh Hashana

4. Some have a minhag to purchase a new knife on Erev Rosh hashana as a segulah for parnassah.

5. The minhag is for men to fast on erev Rosh Hashana up to chatzos.

6. Some go to visit kivrei tzadikim on erev Rosh Hashana

7. Minhag is to go to the mikva on erev yom tov.

8. The beracha on candle lighting for Rosh Hashana is lihadlik ner shol yom tov, without mention of    Yom Hazikaron

9. We do not blow the shofar after shachris on Erev Rosh Hashana.

For general halachos of Rosh hashana, regarding the simanim, shofar, davening etc.. click HERE

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Segulah for Parnassah- purchase a new Knife on Erev Rosh Hashana

                                                החותך חיים לכל חי
Though this is not a common custom, It is brought down in Seforim to sharpen the knives on erev Rosh Hashana and to buy a new knife as a segulah for Parnassah, There is a discussion among poskim if one may buy a sharp knife it as a gift.
One of the reasons given  is that hashem  in charge of everything, yet He does have a whole slew of ministering angels who carry out His orders."Chatach," (חתך), which means "cut," is the name of the angel in charge of livelihood. Consider that the final letters of the Hebrew words, פותח את ידך, "You open up Your hand"  spell "chatach." Additionally, the word that follows in the verse, "u'masbe'a" – "and satisfy [the desire of every living being]" has the numerical value of 428 – the same value as the word "chatach."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Too many Schnorr letters? priorities in giving Tzedaka

Its the time before Rosh hashana and yom kippur when many Mosdos, Yeshivos and organizations ask for donations as klal yisrael is in a giving mode of tzedaka during aseres yemai Teshuva. As in previous years,
we are bombarded by Tzedaka letters known as schnorr letters. Many of us have an Image of our father going through his pile of letters writing checks to each one putting the stamps on and mailing it out. Back then there were not that many letters as we are receiving today on a daily basis. Ezras Torah, Diskin orphanage, Telz yeshiva to name a few.  Today the organizations have gotten sophisticated by soliciting Tzedaka, yet the good old envelope stills finds its way into our mail box.

If one can afford to give to all that would be wonderful, however not everyone is capable of that. Secondly, many of us have no affiliation or know anything about the Organization soliciting. They buy mailing lists and someone in Brooklyn can receive a letter for a local tzedaka in Los Angeles. 
Whom am I to give?

According to Halacha there are priorities in who to give tzedaka to first. Please discuss this with your Local Rabbi as there are differences of opinions. 
.Category 1: Captives, prisoners and matters of life and death- pikuach nefesh
Category 2: Very close relatives
Category 3: Needy Torah scholars, support for dissemination of Torah learning, and other poor persons
Category 4: Communal needs
Category 5: To finance the cost of mitzvot

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Do we write a pruzbul at the begining of the shmitta year?

The minhag is to write a pruzbul at the end of the shmitta year. Is there a point to make a Pruzbul at the beginning of the Shmita year?

 In principle the lender can write a pruzbul (פרוזבול‎)  and give over his loans to Bais Din at any time he wills, even years before the beginning of the shmitta year. However the pruzbul will only have an effect on loans made before this pruzbul was signed. Poiskim disagree as to when shmittas k'safim or the cancellation of debts instructed by the Torah takes effect. Most maintain that it is only at the end of the shmita year and it is then that the pruzbul should be signed. (Rambam – H. Shmitta 7, Shulchan Aruch C.M. 67: 30, Chinuch 477 et. al.) The Chasam Sofer (C.M. 50) testified that so was his and mentor's minhag. Shaarei Tzedek (21: 9) writes that this was and still is the Yerushalmi tradition and it is the most accepted custom worldwide.

However, the Rosh (Gittin 4: 10) and Tur (C.M. 67) and others maintain that the prohibition to collect loans takes effect already at the beginning of the shmitta year, therefore the pruzbul would have to be written before the end of the sixth year. Nitey Gavriel (Shmitta p. 16 ) quotes Minchas Yitzchok mentioning that the Chasidim of Lubavitch following the opinion of the Shulcham Aruch Horav and the contemporary Rebbe that one should make two puzbulin, one at the end of the sixth year and another one at the end of the shmitta year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why are they silent, where are the child abuse activists ?

Why are the bloggers silent?? why are they not worried about the safety of the children. A bus driver in Monsey working for the  East Ramapo school district  private school route taking kids home from Cheder Chabad of Monsey,  was arrested for allegedly ditching students a mile from their designated stop. He was charged with a misdemeanor and suspended from his job. Floyd James was charged with child endangerment. Freed without bail, he is due in Ramapo Town Court on Oct. 7, police said Monday.

VIN which reported the story only less then 10 comments posted, FM didn't post it yet. Even more shocking is Rabbi Horowitz who is at the forefront of protecting children did not tweet or mention this story at all. Not only that but VIN reports this is not an isolated case. A similar incident happened in 2012 at Yeshiva Darchei Noam ( Where R' Yakov Horowitz is dean)  and officials did nothing about it initially. 
 The answer is simple the bus driver here is not a frum Jew. He is not a charedi its a non news story. So what if children were dehydrated and had to walk in high temperatures to their home. It dosent serve their agenda.  Had the driver been a yid  the haters would have come out  in droves. Even if he would have been arrested they would blame the frum for not obeying laws you would hear about the need to educate the frum bus drivers etc..Boy would the comments come pouring in. Its obvious, that charedi bashing is  their agenda masked and disguised as advocates for child abuse.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NYT, profiles the power of the frum Chasidish Jewish Vote

New York Times- For generations, American Jews, and particularly Jewish New Yorkers, have largely been identified as ardent liberals.
Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe formed a substantial core of early 20th-century progressives and socialists. More recently, 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama in 2012, about the same as Hispanics, and were exceeded in their enthusiasm mainly by African-Americans. But that liberal image is poised to change. A 2012 demographic study by UJA-Federation of New York found that 60 percent of Jewish children in the New York City area — the Jewish center of the United States — live in Orthodox homes, which suggests that in a generation a majority of the city’s one million Jews may be classified as Orthodox. A sizable percentage of those children happen to be Hasidim, the group that has fueled Orthodox growth with its astonishing fecundity. (Seven or eight children per family is common and one Hasidic woman, Yitta Schwartz, had about 2,000 living descendants when she died in 2010.) read more HERE

Photos- President Obama motorcade erev shabbos visit to frum neighborhood in Baltimore

This past erev shabbos president Obama attended a fundraiser at the home of Howard Tzvi Friedman in Baltimore. According to this report  close to 200 Frum yiddin who live nearby or on the motorcade
 Obama in Baltimore photo by Israel Orange

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hamodia newspaper redesigned

Always improving Hamodia has redesigned its weekly newspaper edition.  From

The changes you are about to experience were implemented after fielding research to determine what we could do to make the Hamodia experience an even better one for our loyal readers.  Part of the process involved listening to both the compliments — and the criticism — of our regular readers, first and foremost, as well as to occasional readers, and even non-readers.
Among the key elements we chose to focus on were:
  • A more compact paper, with fewer, more organized sections
  • Additional photos and visuals throughout a full-color paper
  • Expanded Inyan on higher quality paper with Kinyan content integrated
  • Redesigned Binyan to make following the news entertaining while edifying
We took your feedback seriously! To that end, you will find the news, columns and features

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The pitfalls of a "historic meeting"

A few months a go some frum bloggers were patting themselves on their backs, in a self congratulatory way for a historic meeting a groundbreaking meeting, known as the Monsey summit . Its purpose was to identify problems within the frum orthodox Jewish community spend an experimental, intimate evening of discussion together. Each speaker identified a problem in the community, its negative consequences, and proposed improvements and solutions.

Eleven people were at the meeting  five "prominent" members from the orthodox community and five "prominent" members of the formerly Orthodox Jewish community. The Orthodox members were from the non-Modern Orthodox, non-chasidic, non-Lakewood communities. Those who attended were, (in alphabetical order only dont know who the five and five are)
 Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein,  Ms. Avital Chizhik. Rabbi Ron Eisenman. Rabbi Aaron Fink, Eli Fink, Ms. Adina Kadden, Mr. Ushy Katz, Rabbi Avi Shafran, Ms. Frieda Vizel, Ms. Leah Vincent, Anonymous, Rabbi Yakov Hororwitz,was unable to attend simply because of a conflict.

What went  on at the meeting is a state secret (here is a report from one of the OTD who attended.) only those who attended are privileged to that. What we do know is that a great chilul hashem has come out of this meeting. Torah misinai, Frum Yidden are now being questioned of their practice and emunah bahashem. The orthodox members who were there, listened to those that are no longer frum, explain the reasons why they left the fold.

Instead of standing up to the criticism of the orthodox frum community, they took what was said and  are now writing articles attacking yiddishkeit. These articles, have generated debates which openly question ikrei haemunah.  Frum Yidden are now portrayed as orthoprax , Harry the middle of the road blogger has opened the floodgates of koifrim and apikorsim to spew their hate against Torah Misinai R''L. The nation of maaminim bnei maaminim has now become non believers r''l. Another wrote Articles on staying frum that appear to be based on a warped view of the few he met that abandoned yiddishkeit.

Torah is Vibrant today, klal yisrael is strong. There are thousands of children learning, thousands of yidden serving hashem with emunah, doing mitzvos and maasim tovim.  Its time to end all this madness, time for the skeptics to move away, time for these rabbis to get offline, to stop tweeting, and facebooking.  Let us daven that hashem bring all his children back to him and we can all say in unison hashem echad ushmo echad

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

President Obama will taste some טועמיה this Erev Shabbos in Baltimore

After ditching his first chance of eating chulent , President Barack Obama will have a second crack at tasting a bowl of hot cholent or stew, this erev shabbos at a fundraiser in Baltimore. President Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic senatorial campaign committee on Friday afternoon at the home of noted askan  past chair of AIPAC, Mr. Howard Tzvi Friedman. The event is called for 4:00 pm. With shabbos just a few hours later, there should be a pot of cholent simmering nearby for the president to taste, along with a piece potato kugel of course.

Agudath Israel -exercize your right to vote this primary election Tuesday September 9th

Monday, September 8, 2014

Another website joins the charedi bashing band wagon

For a while this site labeled itself as "a journal of thought and reflections, from an array of Orthodox Jewish writers". On their about us page they write:
 Like most journals in blog format, editorial control is extremely loose, and writers are free to disagree and debate. Through reading Cross-Currents, we hope that you will become aware of diverse views representing a traditional Jewish perspective. Any impressions you may have had of the Orthodox as being monolithic or humorless should rapidly be dispelled; we’ll see about the other stereotypes as we go. By hearing about Orthodoxy from the Orthodox, it is our hope that you will — if not a member of our community — develop a more balanced and nuanced perspective than that which you find in the general and Jewish media.
However recently there's been many articles, that portray charedim and frum Jews in negative light. Articles poking fun at the Torah world, articles questioning and making fun of the kollel system. Articles calling for achdus -only to blame the frum Torah community for the ones not working on achdus, by sticking to their core beliefs.

The articles, as they say in yiddish iz a halbeh Tzurreh. The comments in the comment section,

Gedolei yisrael in Tzaar- Petirah of Rebbetzin Chana Shteinman A''H

Rebbetzin chana shteinman A''H,61, was nifteres earlier today following an illness she was the
Nichum availim R' Shteinman  at home of Rav Chaim kanievsky
daughter of Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita and married to Rav Shraga Son of Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman shlita. The Levaya took place in Bnei Brak.  Her husband is the Rosh Yeshiva of kehilos Yaakov. She took great care of her father in law all her years, preparing his food for him and cleaning the house. Many times she was appointed to ask shailos to her father, Rav shteinman reffered to her as an אשה כשרה.  Shiva will be at the home of Rav Chaim kanievsky.

Harav Naftali Landau Zt''l Chuster Dayan

 Hamodia : On Sunday, 12 Elul, Klal Yisrael lost one of the last of the pre-war Hungarian Rabbanim with the passing of Harav Naftali Landau, zt”l, at age 97.  Known as the Chuster Dayan, Harav Landau was a trusted posek for the most intricate Choshen Mishpat cases for over 65 years.

Harav Landau was born in 1917 in the Hungarian town of Legenmihay, where his father, Harav Binyomin Zev, was Rav.  Learning mostly under his father, young Naftali absorbed the Hungarian method of study and halachic teshuvos.
All his life, he clung to the practices and traditions he had been brought up with. To compromise on the minutest detail of a minhag or practice was unthinkable. This dedication to the ways of his ancestors was at the core of who he was and what he inculcated into his children.
He married the daughter of Harav Yaakov Friedman, zt”l, Dayan in Chust. A short while later he joined the town’s beis din, beginning his long career in Choshen Mishpat — adjudicating business halachah.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

ELUL! hundreds of listeners scream E-L-U-L live on the air as they get ready for the yomim noraim

Hear 500 listeners yell the word ELUL, live on the kol chai radio in Israel, as they get ready for the yomim noraim with אלול. This feeling of fear overflows into the preparatory month of Elul. Rav Yisrael Salanter describes it thus: "Every man is seized with terror at the holy, summoning voice of Elul.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Statement of Agudath Israel of America on the Lakewood School district

The new school year has started in Lakewood, New Jersey and more than 30,000 nonpublic school students came to school and discovered that there were no nurses on premises to deal with their

basic medical needs, no textbooks to help them learn, no remedial classes for those who require some extra help – despite the fact that by law, and by longstanding precedent, nonpublic school children in New Jersey are entitled to receive and have in fact received textbooks, remedial education and nursing services.  It was especially disheartening to learn that nonpublic school students are being deprived of these services and benefits while their counterparts in the public schools are continuing to receive them.  This selective withholding of benefits and services is unprecedented and unacceptable.