Friday, February 12, 2016

Harav Shmuel Neiman zt”l.

Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim of Queens mourned the passing of its long-time mashgiach and maggid shiur, Harav Shmuel Neiman zt”l. He joined the yeshivah in 1946, and was one of the early talimdim of Harav Henoch Leibowitz zt”l. In 1960, he assumed the position of mashgiach and began delivering a daily Gemara shiur. He is remembered as a master mechanach who built up generations of bnei Torah. (Hamodia)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Not the online voice of Torah Jewry

Some may have wondered what is going on over at The website that calls itself "The online voice of Torah Jewry". Recent articles and content published would not fall under the category of Torah Jewry. Feeling competition from other news sites that post anything to get hits such as Simchaspot and Onlysimchas, the editors have lowered the bar and its decline is obvious. Pictures of women now appear daily, they never published them previously, in fact a news article about Condoleezza Rice former Secretary of state had a photo of  rice as in the food that we eat. Following the Superbowl there was a article of the top Superbowl ads and another nonsense article about OJ Simpson and other sports related or tabloid front page news.  In an earlier post here we addressed the double standard in the frum media, still there should be standards online too.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Passing of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, 78, Leaves Deep Void in World of Kosher

 The passing of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky at the age of 78 last week left a deep void in the world of kosher, as was demonstrated by the outpouring of grief from diverse circles in kashrus. Tens of thousands of people attended his funerals in Brooklyn and Jerusalem. He served as the Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Vodaath in Brooklyn. “Rabbi Belsky was an irreplaceable man,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the OU Kosher. Rabbi Belsky, a brilliant Torah scholar, fulfilled many important functions within the Orthodox Jewish world but perhaps none as central as in the world of kosher. In an interview with Kosher Today, Rabbi Moshe Elefant COO of the Orthodox Union Kashrus Division, said that Rabbi Belsky’s “incredible knowledge extended well beyond Jewish law (halacha).” He added: “In great measure, we will be guided in the future with the thousands of halachic papers he wrote on kashrus issues.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rebbetzin Leah Kagen, a”h

(Hamodia) The Jewish community of Denver deeply mourns the petirah of Rebbetzin Leah Kagan, wife of, ybl”c, Harav Yisroel Meir Kagan, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Toras Chaim, and daughter of Harav Shmuel Ehrenfeld, zt”l, Mattersdorfer Rav. With her deeply rooted ahavas haTorah and ahavas chessed, the Rebbetzin played a key role in building the yeshivah, as well as the city’s kehillah. She was 83.

The Rebbetzin was born in 1933 in the Austrian town of Mattersdorf, where her father served as Rav. Her mother, Rebbetzin Rochel, a”h, was also a member of the Ehrenfeld family, who are direct descendants ofthe Chasam Sofer and Harav Akiva Eiger, zt”l. The Rebbetzin managed to meld an unassuming manner with a regal presence — an unmistakable inheritance from the noble home in which she was raised.

Shortly after the Anschluss, the Ehrenfelds fled Austria and emigrated to the United States. They settled on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where the Mattersdorfer Rav quickly set about establishing Yeshiva Chasan Sofer. Young Leah, together with her mother and siblings, worked tirelessly to help ensure the sustainability of what was then a fledgling mosad.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Jewish Community Mourns David Wichs, z”l

Hamodia-The New York Jewish community was shocked and saddened by the tragic petirah of David Wichs, z”l, 38, who was killed in a crane collapse in lower Manhattan on Friday morning. At his levayah, held on Sunday afternoon, he was remembered for his brilliant mind and giving heart.

“This is understandably unbearably painful for the family and all who love David,” Rabbi Elie Weinstock, Rabbi of Kehillath Jeshurun, where Mr. Wichs and his wife were members, told Hamodia. “David was a genuinely religious and most positive person who made an impact and impression on everyone — everyone — he encountered: family, friends, colleagues, strangers.”

He went on to describe the niftar as someone with “a lot of love and positive energy who was generous and thought of others always before himself.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Good bye and Good riddance

To the delight of many the website FM known as failed mashiach or failed messiah will no longer be active. After 12 years of spreading every lashon hora and shmutz about frum Jews the founder has stated he is moving on to work on anti poverty issues. The portrayal of orthodox Jews and chilul hashem that spewed forth from that site was very damaging as many flocked to the site to check out the latest gossip. The many contributors, commenters who sent tips with juicy stories will hopefully realize its time to end this lifestyle and move on to  more productive days. Rumors swirling Shlomo Rechnitz may have played a roll in this

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Devastating Blow To Torah Judaism

Hamodia Editorial
 The decision by the Israeli government to establish a mixed-gender, “pluralistic” prayer space at the Kosel handed an unprecedented victory to the Reform and Conservative movements, and dealt Torah Jewry a devastating blow.

Let us not delude ourselves. This battle was never about individuals, but about the sanctity of the holiest place on earth, and by extension about the very soul of our people.

Every individual born of a Jewish mother, or who underwent a halachic conversion, is a bona-fide Jew, and every effort must be made to bring all Jews closer to Hashem and His Torah. But at the same time, it is imperative that it is recognized that the practices and beliefs of the Reform and Conservatives movements are the antithesis of Torah Judaism.

We adhere to a Torah given to us by our Creator on Har Sinai, and therefore the precepts we live by are non-negotiable. Their religion, l’havdil, is a set of beliefs drafted by mortals and continually adapted to suit their comfort level.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Formation of a new, integrated North American Jewish day school organization. challenges Torah Umesorah

From an editorial in the Yated neeman
Last week, I received a press release joyfully announcing a merger in the world of Jewish day school education. I care deeply about the cause, so I read the release with great interest. By the time I was done, I was heartbroken.

This is how it began: “We are delighted to announce that Day Schools of Reform Judaism (PARDES), The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), RAVSAK (The Jewish Community Day School Network), the Schechter Day School Network (Schechter), and the Yeshiva University School Partnership (YUSP) have all agreed to move forward towards the formation of a new, integrated North American Jewish day school organization.”

All the usual buzzwords appear: “The decision by our respective leadership to move in this direction is an affirmation of the centrality of day schools in Jewish life and reflects our dedication to seeing Jewish learning, literacy, culture and commitment flourish in a rapidly changing world. At the same time, it reflects the conviction of many in the day school community that we can all benefit from the knowledge, expertise and ideas of others, even if we express our Jewishness differently. As one organization, we can unify to strengthen day schools, the core of the Jewish educational enterprise.”

Klal yisrael mourns

It is almost impossible to gather our thoughts and put pen to paper after receiving such a devastating blow. The Rosh Hayeshiva loved every talmid in the Yeshiva. No one escaped notice.

Recently the Menahelim, Mechanchim and Roshei Yeshiva were zoche to spend a Shabbos away, together with our Rosh Hayeshiva. I believe that the Divrei Chizuk that the Rosh Hayeshiva delivered, speaks volumes about how Moreinu Horav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l lived his life.

Below is a transcript of what the Rosh Hayeshiva said (on Shabbos), written by Rabbi Moshe Shochet.

By Rabbi Yitzchok Gottdiener, Executive Director of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath,

A Rebbe has to do more than love every Talmid [even the difficult ones]. He has to also believe in each and every one of his talmidim. Even if the talmid does not believe in himself, when he sees the Rebbe believing in him, it will give him a healthy self-esteem to begin believing in himself.

A Rebbe has to see potential Kochos and Kishronos in a child. Even if the student resists your efforts, don’t give up on anyone.

Watch Live stream video broadcast Levaya Of Harav Yisroel Belsky Zatzal

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

BDH: Hagaon Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l

הגאון הרב חיים ישראל בעלסקי זצ”ל
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It is with hearts full of sadness and grief that we report the passing of Hagaon Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Kensington, Brooklyn. He was 78 years old.

Rav Belsky passed away this evening after being hospitalized over the last few weeks.
The levayah will be held at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, located at 425 East 9th Street, between Ditmas Avenue and Courtelyou Road, in Brooklyn, NY. Levaya will be at 10:00 am for live hookup call into 712-432-4217. The Aron will be flown motzei shabbos for kevurah in Eretz Yisrael Rav Belsky was one of the greatest Torah minds of his generation, a preeminent posek and rosh yeshiva whose guidance was sought by tens of thousands of Jews across the globe. His genius was unparalleled and his breadth of knowledge unsurpassed in his time.

Shlomo Yehuda rechnitz- I apologize and ask mechilah of people using my comments out of context

Following the Bashing of Bnei Torah and the city of Lakewood by so called "frum websites" who twisted and used a speech to spew venom at the torah world, Reb Shlomo Rechnitz issued a letter.

Dear Readers,

As there is a lot of confusion regarding my speech, I would like to clarify some of my points and my intentions. I apologize for any typos, etc., but I am writing at a very inconvenient time from a very inconvenient place (Maimonides Hospital). I nevertheless feel that it’s important to write now to avoid anymore potential lashon hara.

I apologize and ask mechilah for not for seeing the possibility of people using my comments out of context. The point of my speech was to deliver one message, and one message only, and that is to make sure that there is a place in school for all our children in Lakewood. It was not meant in any way to “bash” Lakewood or its leaders. Anyone using my comments to support their own ulterior agendas are twisting my words.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tefillos,the situation by Moreinu Horav Yisroel Belsky shlita is very serious

The condition of Harav Chaim Yisroel Belsy, shlita, noted posek and Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaath, has become extremely dire, and urgent tefillos are needed for his recovery.
“The situation by Moreinu Horav Yisroel Belsky shlita is very serious!” read an email sent Wednesday by Yeshiva Torah Vodaath. “We urge one and all – Yeshivos, Batei Medrashim, Bais Yaakovs, places of business etc. – to please daven NOW for Chaim Yisroel ben Chana Tzirel l’refuah shlaimah b’soch shaar cholei amo yisroel.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Urgent Tefillos Needed for Harav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, Shlita

Harav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, shlita, noted posek and Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vodaas, continues to suffer from a serious illness, and the yeshivah sent an email Wednesday urging Klal Yisroel to plead for rachamei Shamayim. Harav Belsky “continues to be hospitalized due to a serious health condition,” said the message from Torah Vodaas. “Despite the best efforts of his doctors, the Rosh Hayeshiva has weakened and the condition is not improving. Everyone is asked to daven and be marbeh their tefillos, tzedakah, hachzakas haTorah and maasim tovim as a zechus for Chaim Yisroel ben Chana Tzirel l’refuah shelaimah b’soch shaar cholei amo yisroel.”

שירת הים in yiddish- shabbos Shira Parshas Beshalach

Klal Yisrael Mourns Noted Askan Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald, z”l  - The petirah of Rabbi Ronnie (Refael) Greenwald, z”l, world-renowned askan, shocked the Jewish community on Wednesday morning. He was 82 and passed away while on vacation in Florida.

A humble man with larger-than-life accomplishments, Rabbi Greenwald played the role of community activist, international diplomat, educational innovator and so much more with skill and finesse that was matched only by the modesty with which he carried out his work. With a caring heart and a sincere drive to help others, he was one  of the Jewish community’s most respected and beloved ambassadors.

“Some people want to make a difference; he was the difference,” said Rabbi Aaron Fink, dean of Ateres Bais Yaakov of Monsey and a nephew of the niftar. “Ronnie didn’t talk about himself because it was not about him; he just did what he did because somebody had to do it.”

Rabbi Greenwald was born in 1934 to Yeshuah Falik, z”l, and Chana Freidah Greenwald, who had emigrated from Hungary several years earlier. The family lived on Manhattan’s Lower East Side before relocating to Boro Park. Young Ronnie, as he was known, studied in Mesivta Torah Vodaath before moving on to the Telshe Yeshivah in Cleveland.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Petirah of Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald Z'L

The petirah of Rabbi Ronnie (Refael) Greenwald, z”l, world renowned askan, major community activist and founder of Camp Sternberg, hit the Jewish community with shock Wednesday morning.

Rabbi Greenwald, 82, was niftar while on vacation in Florida. Levaya will take place in Monsey details to come.