Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lakewood Roshei yeshiva, Agudah call for Atzeres tefilla on behalf of missing yeshiva bachur Aaron Sofer

The Atzeres will take place this evening in Lakewood at Ateres Reva hall. at 8:30 divrei hisoirerus by Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, Rosh yeshivos Telz and Lakewood mesivta. The event is also called for by Agudath Yisrael of America.

Why the search for Aaron Sofer matters- did we forget what we did for the 3 missing teens h''yd On Fiday, August 22, Aaron Sofer was taking a shortcut through the Jerusalem Forest with his friend. The two became separated when his friend wanted to try hiking up a hill, and later that evening when the friend returned home, he discovered that Aaron was missing. When I came online Saturday night, I learned about Aaron’s disappearance on Facebook when somebody asked about all the vehicles they saw over Shabbat. It took almost another 24 hours before I heard anything else about Aaron, when one of my rabbis started asking why nobody was talking about his disappearance.

My rabbi’s question is an interesting one. Earlier this summer, when the three boys went missing, news about them hit the Internet like a tidal wave. Since then, people have been constantly posting about events in Israel, Gaza, and the entire Middle East. When an Israeli soldier went missing, everyone began to panic. When a 4 year old boy was killed by a rocket, many gathered online to mourn. Yet, when Aaron Sofer disappeared, in a place where an atrocity had occurred earlier in the summer, there is little more than silence. Why is this?

Aaron Sofer is 23. He isn’t a boy, he’s not our son, or our little brother.

Video- Aaron Sofer on Jerusalem light rail on way to his hike. FBI joins in the search

Rav Shteinman- Mir yeshiva, bochurim to join in search in jerusalem forest for missing American yeshiva bochur

Searching for Missing yeshiva bochur
Hundreds of Israeli Yeshiva bochurim learning in the Mir yeshiva and other Yeshivos in yerushalayim will participate and join in the search for missing yeshiva bochur Aaron Sofer whose gone missing now for 5 days. They will help comb through the Jerusalem forest where he was last seen. According to reports in the Israeli media Rav Shteinman specified that that only Israeli Yeshiva bochurim join in the search. American Bochurim are not as familiar with the area.

Since Elul zman  has begun, there is a shortage of volunteers and there's  still a need for manpower as not all areas of yaar yerushalayim have been thoroughly searched. please continue to daven for אהרן בן חולדה

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No shame, VIN article on missing American yeshiva bochur hosts comments attacking the yeshiva world

Aaron Sofer
We heard so much about the achdus when the three teens were kidnapped, where did it all go? does the hishtadlus to help look for him and hopefully find him safe and sound? do the parents not have a right to turn over every stone to help locate their missing son?  Mrs. Frankel who's son was kidnapped and killed by hamas met Aron Sofers parents  to give  Chizuk as they await the unknown, but the bloggers and commenters know better.
boys black hat make him not worthy of our tefillos and

Just when you think things cant get any worse for a family, imagine the pain and suffering of a family not knowing the ware-about of their son whose gone missing for 5 days. An article on VIN reporting the news of  Aaron Sofer a yeshiva Bochur from Lakewood whose gone missing while hiking in the Jerusalem forest, instead of being sympathetic, hosts the most vile comments against the yeshiva world and charedim. Allowing comments questioning the family's right asking for the IDF to help with the search. Others comments questioning what right did they have to go hiking?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

News of the Yeshiva world- Elul zman 5774 begins

Elul zman 5774 is about to get under way as the summer bein hazmanim comes to an end, yeshiva bachurim and Kolell youngeleit are heading back to the bais medrash in their respective yeshivos. Many yeshivos are starting the zman prior to Rosh Chodesh Elul, they will begin Elul zman Sunday evening 28 AV 5774. Yeshivos will recite Yom Kippur katan on Monday Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul.

Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal is leaving Torah temima and opening a new Yeshiva for Bais medrash bochurim. The yeshiva will begin elul zman in the Catskills at camp Morris and eventually move to Asbury park, NJ.

Search intensifies for missing American yeshiva bochur from Lakewood in yerushalayim

Staging area for the search
Over 600 volunteers including many yeshiva bochurim, are joining in the search for missing American yeshiva Bochur from Lakewood. Aaron Sofer, 23, went missing after hiking with a friend Friday at the forest outside  Yerushalayim. Name for tehillim is Aaron ben Chulda he is currently learning at Rav Tzvi Kaplan's yeshiva in yerushalayim. His father is a kollel member in Lakewood yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha. His friend was walking ahead of him and lost contact with aaron on erev shabbos..


Yated Neeman, FJJ did not print this week other papers trim down during bein hazmanim

 Looking for a Yated at the news stand? no it was not sold out ,some frum newspapers and magazines did not print this week. The Yated Neeman, Flatbush Jewish Journal and others took advantage of  bein hazmanim and gave the writers some time off. In a way a week without papers is refreshing read here. On the contrary, its during these weeks that many are vacationing and enjoy reading up the frum newspapers. Some magazines publish feature articles for the summer reading season.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our own #Icebucketchallenge

מים טהורים

The Social media frenzy, the ALS Ice bucket challenge  used to raise awareness and funds for research for the terrible  machla of ALS,  is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. President George Bush, Microsoft ceo Bill Gates and other celebrities all joined in and participated, Obama has yet to respond he opted to give a check.
While this is a meshugass for a good cause, when it comes to our own mosdos and tzadakas are we only giving when we are challenged in one way or another. The amount of money that Mosdos have to spend on marketing just to get our attention is mind boggling.

Rebbe asks for cameras to be installed in his classroom.

A veteran Rebbe in  upstate NY who doubles as a English teacher at another school, asked that cameras be installed in his classroom after he was falsely accused by a first grader no less. The student said that he sat on the Rebbe's lap. The principle of the school immediately took action to investigate and confronted the rebbe about his version of the story. Not only was this made up as the student himself admitted but there was a therapist in the classroom the whole time acting as a shadow to another student who gave witness that the story was fabricated. Not taking any more chances  under a culture of threat from students who can use any allegation to retaliate, the rebbe asked for cameras to be installed. Its sad that one has to be scared to become a Rebbe and transmit Torah to tinokos shel bais Raban..

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

pouring salt on a tragedy..

Aharon Follman z”l, a three year old boy Lo aleinu passed away Sunday evening August 17th in the Catskills, due a tragic fire that struck the bungalow he was sleeping in. The fire started apparently from a faulty clip on fan in the master bedroom and spread to the other rooms. It happened at the Mareh Yechezkel bungalow colony in Swan lake, NY. The Colony is frequented by karlsbug Chasidim under the leadership of Rav Yechezkel Roth shlita. Not knowing the facts, It didnt take to long for the self hating frum blogs to put the blame on the lack of smoke detectors in the colony. Instead of being noseh bol during a time of tzara the blogs were out there portraying chasidim as careless negligent, individuals who dont know the basics of fire saftey. The article and comments below were full of hate and mocking how chasidim are third world, and don't comply with regulations. The mother of the boy was present during the fire as was the father, they heroically

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ami Magazine editorial why it refused to publish article printed in secular paper.

In defense of observance by rote, a article  was published in the secular forward newspaper, Ami magazine editor Rabbbi Yitzchock Frankfuter explains why he rejected the article even though the author asked him to carry it. The author claimed, an upstanding person with a nonobservant lifestyle is, on a spiritual scale, light years beyond those who go through motions of observance but without giving much thought to what they are doing. The editorial counters putting  to much emphasis on intention, which while important can lead to negative consequences-and mislead people into thinking that intent and kavannah is equal to or even more important than the act itself.
A over emphasis on intent can lead people to repudiate the very dictates of the Torah as having no inherent value. The editorial brings various sources supporting this. Halacha has demphasized intent lest heretical tendencies seep into Judaism and corrupt the observance of Hashems commandments. It is better for a Jew to observe mitzvos by rote, even in almost a robotic fashion than to deviate from a single mitzva of Hashem. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Terry the UPS shadchan working on his next shidduch helping the shidduch crisis

Terry the UPS matchmaker shadchan 
UPS delivery driver Terry Spiers has been working his Crown Heights route for 23 years, giving him plenty of time to become acquainted with the families he serves. In fact, he's known as a matchmaker, of sorts, to his Orthodox Jewish customers, who have their own matchmaking system called "shidduch."

Achdus Album- Capturing the Catskills 72 lively moments of yidden across the spectrum

Photographer Baruch Ezagui captures vacationars up in the Catskill mountains. click HERE for entire photo album
waiting for a ride

fun in the pizza shop

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pictures inside the Attic of the Altneu shul in Prague where the Golem is said to be buried

The Golem 
Altneu shul Attic in Prague under construction
An Israeli film crew recently went to the altneu shul in Prague and filmed the attic where the Golem is said to be buried.  The attic which is going under renovations now is partialy open and they took some pictures. apparently they did not find anything. According to legend, the body of the Golem of Pague  still lies in the synagogue's attic of the altneushul. When the attic was renovated in 1883, no evidence of the Golem was found. Some versions of the tale state that the Golem was stolen from the genizah and entombed in a graveyard in Prague's Žižkov district The attic is not open to the general public. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the last Rebbe of Lubavitch) wrote that his father-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, told him that he saw the remains of the Golem in the attic of Alt-Neu Shul. Rabbi Chaim Noach Levin also wrote in his notes on Megillas Yuchsin  that he heard directly from Rabbi Yosef Shaul Halevi, the head of the Rabbinical court of Lemberg, that when he wanted to go see the remains of the Golem, the sexton of the Alt-Neu Shul said that Rabbi Yechezkel Landau had advised against going up to the attic after he himself had gone up. photos below.

Jewish Penicillin for the Pew Report

An article  published in the  Huff Post  about thezone kiruv camp run by Oorah
At the time of its release, a Pew report on the state of American Jewry released last October had the Jewish world in a tizzy. "We're shrinking!" they kvetched. "We're losing our people!" they shried. The Pew survey results found that as many as one-in-five American Jews (22%) describe themselves as having no religion. Moreover, the survey found that the percentage of adults in America who describe themselves as Jewish has dropped by half since the latter part of the 1950's and now stands at slightly less than 2%. These were significant (and shocking) stats.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Shidduch crisis is not a result of the age gap or numbers.

  Many factors and reasons are given for the so called "shidduch crisis" its blamed on the age gap between boys and girls when they enter the shidduch market.  An article in the Yated Ne'eman by Reb Shaya Ostrov  L.C.S.W. says, the problem is not caused by data as in numbers or an age gap. It is a direct result of the western culture which has impacted the thoughts, feelings and values of our society especially the frum singles. The failure of so many singles to find their bashert is not because there is a shidduch crisis the reality is every young unmarried man or woman carries this crisis within. 

Intermarriage, a solution for the Shidduch crisis.

 Yes, intermarriage! Well, we're not talking about marrying out of faith, but intermarrying within. Let me explain: there have been many suggestions  and solutions on fixing the so called shidduch crisis, such as closing the age gap, marrying older girls the NASI project etc. Of all frum singles of shidduchim age, many are not compatible for each other to begin with. We have within our own frum community many differe
nt camps and  societies.You have chasidish, litvish, modern orthodox, Lubavitch, Sefardi and so on. Most camps marry each other since they share simillar backgrounds and cultures.

 One can't expect a satmar chosid or a Lakewood yeshivish boy to marry an idealistic Lubavitch girl. The ideologies are far apart and the goals and way of life are different. However, all this leads to the normal baale batish yeshivish crowd who are the most effected by the shidduch crisis, with a smaller pool of boys and girls to choose from.

The issue at hand is within the yeshivish baale batish circles. We created our own camps and boundaries- some by nature, some at will. We created closed knitted circles among ourselves that will only marry with each other, not availing ourselves as prospects to the general pool.