Friday, May 31, 2013

Oif Simchas!

Walk to your fridge, look at your calendar, check out your scheduler on your cell phone, the boxes are full and scribbled in with reminders for the many Simchas during the months of may and June. Baruch hashem there are so many simchos in klal yisrael. We tend not to report on positive and good news. Yet how can we ignore the very fact that yidden are traveling every night to one, two, or even three weddings. Families are commuting throughout the Tri-state area, from Brooklyn to Lakewood, from Lakewood to Monsey, or from out of town. Many are traveling long road trips to or from the midwest or other places out of town to attened a family simcha.

We are witnessing the continuation and constant building of klal yisrael. The continuation of the promise of lo yomushu mpi zaracha. Yes we are getting home very late and than have a wedding the next night again. Not to forget the Shabbos aufruf and the excited family get together for Shabbos Sheva Brachos. 
Many yeshivos and mosdos are holding their annual fundraising dinners as well. We tend to take it for granted, however we must stop and pause and see what is going on around us. We should appreciate the kindness of hashem and to think about, and help those that are having a difficult time with shidduchim during theses times of Simcha.

Right now my mind is in shul Shabbos morning toward the end of Musaf. There's a kiddush in shul, the waiters are bringing out the bags of plastic ware and the smell of kugel fills the room. There is nothing I want to do more than crack open a bottle of Bourbon and drink a, Lechaim!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rav Shteinman, Rav Chaim Kanievsky issue joint letter

With the legislation pending in eretz Yisrael on drafting yeshiva Bochurim, Harav Aaron Leib Shteinman and Rav Chaim kanievsky call on everyone to be mechazek in Limud hatorah. It is the only way that klal yisrael will have protection from our enemies. The letter calls on Roshei yeshiva to strengthen Torah learning and establish extra Sidrei Limud on days that have distractions such as Friday and Shabbos. There was never a time when Jews tried to stop others from Torah learning  woe to us that this is happening in our time.  The letter did not call on any form of Hafganos at this time or state what action should be taken by the yeshiva Bochrim. Rav Chaim kanievsky added on the bottom of the letter that this is the only way to stop the gezeirah.

 Full English translation below.

BS”D
Much to our sorrow, at this time, there has risen against us a group of destroyers from among our nation, who plan to uproot the Torah and its students, something which has never been before that Jews should arise to prohibit the study of Torah  and prevent us from being involved in the Holy Torah, woe to us that this has happened in our times.
As we see that the Hester Panim has increased, and we do not know for whom this storm has become, and we do not have a prophet to say what we must correct in order to cancel this difficult decree from us, we must search our ways and investigate them, and perhaps because our hands have weakened from the Torah therefore in Heaven they are demanding from us about this.
Therefore it is an absolute obligation upon us at such a time to watch with every safeguard the Torah and its students, it is brought in Nefesh HaChaim (Sha’ar 4: Chapter 15) if you see punishment coming upon you, run to the chambers of the Torah and immediately the punishment will run away from you, as the Possuk says “go my nation, come into your chambers (Isaiah 26:20)”.
 We are suggesting to strengthen and to increase the uninterrupted study of Torah without disturbances, especially in those days when there is a weakness, such as Friday and Shabbos where the laxity is great, and to set certain times for Torah study that in those times there should be a tremendous strengthening in learning Torah. And the Roshei Yeshivos should implement this.
In addition to this we must strengthen ourselves in Prayer and pleading before the Master of the World to annul all of the decrees from upon us.
And through strengthening our involvement in Torah and Tefillah we hope that He will remove from us all of the bad and difficult decrees and we shall soon merit that the world will be full of recognition of Hashem as waters that cover the sea.

We appeal to anyone who seeks to hurt the students of the Torah, “do not touch my anointed ones (Psalms 105: 15 )", because at this time when the enemies of Israel are coming against us to eliminate us G-D forbid, only our Holy Torah will provide us protection. Please do not hurt or cause to decrease the number of Torah students for this involves a danger to our bodies and souls chalilah.
Written and signed with pain,
A.L. Steinman
18 Sivan 5773

With the help of Hashem
All of the above words are clear and simple and this is the only way to cancel the decree









Monday, May 27, 2013

Yarchei Kallah events , Memorial day May 27, 2013

Cincinnati
 Memorial Day Yarchei Kallah Monday, May 27, 2013 9:30 AM  For men only. 
Speaker: Rabbi Doniel Neustadt, Av Beis Din of Detroit.
Topic: "The Virtual Challenge to Shmiras Shabbos" (frum-owned websites on Shabbos).
Location: CZE,  2455A Section Road  (Amberley Village) Cincinnati, Ohio 45237

Brooklyn- flatbush
 At Agudath Israel of Madison Zichron Chaim Tzvi 2122 Avenue S. Yarchei kallah program for men and women
9:00 AM- Rav Yisrael Reisman Topic: the Wisest of all men
10:00 AM- Rav Yosef Viener,Shaar hshomayim,Monsey The stunning succsess of our community
11:00 AM- Rav Dovid Weinberger-Sharei Tefilah Lawrence, NY- Travel and summer halachos
12:00 PM- Rav Gavriel Bechhofer- Eruvin, Practical applications of the Daf Yomi.

Lakewood
Memorial Day, a Yarchei Kallah morning program will be held at at K’hal Zichron Yakov – Rabbi Gissinger’s Shul. The event will present spekers, Rabbi Avraham Snyder from 9:45-10:15 a.m, and Harav Yisroel Belsky will from 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Khal Zichron Yakov is located at 175 Sunset Road.
Passaic
1.Yeshiva PTI invites the Passaic-Clifton Community to a Yom Iyun on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th featuring Rav Zev Smith, Shlita Maggid Shiur, Irgun Shiurei Torah Chaver Kollel, Nachalas Dovid,Yeshiva Torah Vodaas Rav Smith will be addressing "Frozen Products in Halacha" Practical Applications • After Bracha on Ices or Ice Cream • Bracha on Grape Ices • Bracha on Ices or Ice Cream for Dessert • Frozen Challah for Lechem Mishna • Making Ices Cubes on Shabbos/Yom Tov • Scraping Italian Ices on Shabbos 
Shacharis 8:30 AM Followed by Breakfast (Bagels & Lox) Chavrusa 9:45-11:00 AM  Shiur 11:00 am For Men & Women More Info. Contact: Yeshiva PTI Tel: 9735944774 ptitorah@gmail.com

2. The Passaic-Clifton Community Kollel invites the entire community to a Legal Holiday Yarchei Kallah The Yarchei Kallah Will Be At BTU 218 Aycrigg Ave. Monday, May 27th Topic: Summertime Halachos Common Shailos That Arise In The Summer By: Rav Moshe Heinemann shlita Noted Posek of the Star-K and Rav of Agudas Yisroel, Baltimore Hot Breakfast Buffet: 9:30 am Shiur: 9:45-10:45 am To sponsor or for more information email: PassaicCliftonKollel@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Be a reform rabbi and be married to a non jew

Unbelievable! This from Haaretz
NEW YORK – Should the Reform movement ordain intermarried rabbis?Hebrew Union College, which is the seminary of America’s largest Jewish denomination, is considering altering its current policy, which does not allow admission to its rabbinical, cantorial or education schools of applicants who are married to or partnered with non-Jews.
A growing chorus of voices — including newly-ordained and long-time Reform rabbis — says that changing it is the only way to be a truly inclusive movement. Other rabbis, including the HUC’s president, say that doing so would undermine their graduates’ ability to model ideals of Jewish commitment, a key part of a rabbi’s role.
While the issue has been percolating for some time, it came to a head when two rabbinical students — one on HUC’s Cincinnati campus and one in New York — in the same week last October in their student sermons called on the college to change its policy. And the administration took notice. Rabbi Michael Marmur, HUC’s vice president for academic affairs, immediately began writing what he describes as “a position paper” on the longstanding policy and soon shared it with the college’s top administrators. After discussing it with “the cabinet” of advisors to HUC president Rabbi David Ellenson, Marmur decided to initiate a faculty-wide discussion across HUC’s campuses in New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem.
The issue “was on my mind and I thought was worthy of being addressed with seriousness,” said Marmur in an interview with Haaretz. In the discussions, he said, “this highly contentious and volatile topic” is “evoking a strong response.”
Opinions on both sides of the issue — but especially by those who favor changing the current policy, which states that “applicants who are married to or in committed relationships with non-Jews will not be considered for acceptance to this program” — have recently been published in articles in "Reform Judaism" magazine, in The Forward and on blogs. click HERE for more.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Resolutions following Boro park Internet Asifa 5773/ 2013



The Following resolutions were posted  Erev Shavuos 5773 following the Yiddish speaking Internet Asifa of the Ichud hakehilos Letohar Hamachaneh, which took place in Brooklyn on May 9, 2013. Most of the Signatories are Chasidisheh Rabbonim, this psak only pertains to their respective kehillos. Free translation from the Hebrew letter.

1. Internet use even with a good filter  should only be used for Parnassah and simillar instances.

2. 
a. Any Gadget or computer that is not properly guarded with a fool proof filter is assur to use with no exceptions.
 b. The Filter must be guarded under the auspices of a established organization which is under the supervision of Rabbonim and one that can not be removed on its own.
3. Principals and mechanchim and Roshei Mosdos have agreed to let children continue their learning in the respected schools for the coming school year, on condition that the parents are adhere to the Takanos which are agreed to by the Rabbonim.

4. Anyone who בעו'הר (due to our sins) owns a gadget or computer without a proper filter can not serve the tzibbur in any capacity of מילי דשמיא  such as a Shochet a Sofer and he is not worthy of  serving as a baal koreh or to be motzie the olam as a shliach Tzibbur.  

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Frum newspapers and magazines publish Shavuos issue.

Despite the challenging schedule and work week, the Frum papers came out with a special Yom Tov edition in time for Shavuos 5773. Some Papers included their Shavuos edition in last weeks issue, others printed a special edition this week.  Many of us will be staying up shavuos night learning Torah, there will be time to read up the Shabbos following Shavuos which will probably not have any new papers.

The Yated Ne'eman- published a Shavuos supplement with  stories and interviews related to Yom Tov. Stories of Gedolei Yisrael, Rav Shlomo Heiman, told over by Rav Simcha Schustal Zatzal. Special tribute on the 15th Yartzheit of Rav Moshe Sherer Zt"l written by various writers and askanim who enjoyed a special relationship with him. Reb Shlomo Werdiger, newly appointed chairman of the board of Agudas Yisrael of America, writes how Rabbi Sherer completely followed the Moetzes gedolei hatorah, even though he had the ear of presidents and world leaders, which to him is a example to follow. Interviews with Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsh, Rav Shalom Ber Sorotzkin, and a recap of the Torah Umesorah convention.

Hamodia- not printed yet!

Mishpacha Magazine- came out with an expanded Shavuos edition, including  Kolmus, the journal of Torah thought and Family First section. The feature story is about Rav Yehoshua Hartman, author of many seforim on the works of the Maharal of prague, How an encounter with Rav Hutner was a catalyst to his contributions to Torah scholarship. An article about the Dirshu revolution looking back 15 years of Torah learning programs. A second article on the topic of what's to eat, interviewing five  of North America's top Kashrus experts.

Ami MagazinePublished a 127 page expanded Shavuos issue, featuring a lengthy interview with Rav Nissim Karelitz of Bnei brak on how to fix the Beis Din System in America. An interview with James R. Waytsch, Shalom Rubashkin's lawyer on his only remaining legal remedy, and whats wrong with Dov lipman newly elected MK is awash in controversy, quoting many interviews Lipman gave to the press  questioning if his positions establish him as an apostate? The article ends.. We leave it to the Gedolim to decide. The Ami Livingsectionhas an expandedyom tov issue too.

The Kuntris Torah Magazine- in its Third issue, the kuntris covers various halachic articles pertaining to Shavuos. "The Red  eye Brachos" why its always a well rested individual who recites the Birchas hatorah on Shavuos morning,why and when do we eat Milchig on Shavuos, The kashrus issues of Whisky production.  Remembering Rav Zelig Reuven Bengis on His Yartzheit 7 Sivan. Shmuesen from Rav moshe Meiselman shlita and Rav shmuel Berenbaum zt"l. The Daas Torah files from the Shabbos tishof Rav Gershon Ribner.

Zman Magazine-  Sivan 5773, June 2013 issue, a Drasha given by rav Simcha wasserman in 1982 of the importance of Torah on the world. Feature article, Legacy of Hiroshima how a young Jew from Baltimore played a role in the deployment of the Atom Bomb. The History of new Yorks stone walls.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Its Dinner time!



Please come and show your support today, May 12, 2013 to the following Mosdos and yeshivos.  ג" סיון תשע''ג שלשת ימי הגבלה

Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury 13th Annual Dinner
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Terrace on the Park 52-11 111the Street, Flushing, NY
Reception 5:30 Dinner 6:30 Email: Dinner@yasw.org

Yeshivas Novominsk- Kol Yehuda Annual Dinner and hachnosas Sefer Torah
Sunday ,May 12, 2013
Ateres Chaya hall 1415-54th street, Brooklyn, NY
Dinner 6:00 pm Email: Sefertorah@Novominsk.com

Lakewood Cheder- Bais faiga 47th Annual Dinner
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Lake Terrace hall, Lakewood, NJ Reception 6:15 Dinner 7:15
Email: Dinne@Lakewoodcheder.net

Yeshiva Derech Chaim 38th Annual Dinner
Sunday, May 12th, 2013
The Palace, 780 Mcdonald Avenue , Brooklyn
Reception 5:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm Email: Dinner@derechchaim.org

Yeshiva Bais Binyomin - Stamford, Siyum and tribute Dinner- Harav Simcha schustal Z'TL Sunday May,12 2013
The Orion palace 2555 McDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Reception 6:00 PM Dinner: 7:00 PM Email: Dinner@Baisbinyomin.org

Yeshivas Ruach Chaim, 18th Annual Dinner Sunday May, 12, 2013
Young Israel of Avenue K, 2818 Avenue K booklyn, NY 11210
Reception 6:30 pm Dinner 7:30 pm



Friday, May 10, 2013

Frum Torah Websites choose to Ignore, barely report on the Internet Asifa

A Big event took place last week, 45,000 Yidden came together in different communities for a Kinus and Asifah of chizuk vehisoirerus in keeping our selves as a Goy Kadosh. Those of us who count on getting our news from the Torah and Yeshiva Websites would not have known about it. These sites simply chose to not report, or only a small mention about the Internet Asifa in passing with some pictures. It got no coverage at all, the Asifa did not get any headline story, or receive the proper placement as an important news Item. For whatever reason, The Anonymous editors of these sites chose to ignore it. Are they on the same level as the Lakewood mashgiach Shlita? or the Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva ,The Admorim and Zkeinim who came out with Mesiras nefesh to attend the Asifa? Is it irrelevant that thousands of yidden came together to grow in Yiras shomayim? These sites can post and report on every narishkeit in der velt but an uplifting derhiobeneh maamad they choose to ignore?? 
We will give them the benefit of the doubt, but how is that the voice of Torah Jewry and the Yeshiva velt if they dont cover or report on a kinus hisoirerus attended by thousands of Litvishe and Chasidisheh Yidden. The Ichud hakehilos does not advertise on the Internet ,ok, thats not a reason to ignore the event when everything else is reported.
  This only strengthens the Argument made HERE there is no such thing as a  online Torah voice or good frum yeshivish website if there is no vaad harabonim with names for all to see who guide the editors. If these torah sites are backed by Rabbonim let the editors come out and say who they are and who they follow.

Thousands gather again at Internet Asifa 2013 for chizuk and inspiration-watch video

 Missed it?  Click HERE to listen and  watch a video replay of the Internet Asifa 2013
 Nesw report on Monsey Rockland Boulders Asifa HERE   Boro park 18th ave Asifa video HERE


Boro Park – Thousands at Internet Asifa in 18Ave Park. http://bit.ly/YJ6R3f
Inline image 1Close to 45,000 Yidden gathered in frum communities on Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5773 in an effort to be mechazek and reach a higher level of kedusha. The speakers stressed the progress that was made since the first Asifa  last year at Citifield but challenges and struggles still lie ahead. The mashgiach Harav mattisyahu Solomon mentioned the definition of Addiction "to surrender to your habit" how we should work on ourselves to overcome our habits and desires. The mashgiach said while many have installed filters for their computers and phones, that is not the lechatchillah of the level we should be holding at. It is only a bedieved, we should strive to reach a higher level of Kedushah. We have to be afraid of Hashem and have Yiras shomayim. Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, spoke about how we must be careful not to fall into the tumah and reiterated the takanos of installing filters. The Mir Rosh yeshiva Rav Elya Brudny spoke about the havdalah Bein hamim that is lacking,  he said  hashem is sending us messages via all the tzaros and gezeiros on the klal. The mere fact that in  America where there was always freedom of religion and now they started up with Bris Milah and Tznius, is all messages that we have to be mechazek in kedusha and seperate ourselves from the secular society and cultures. The R'y also emphasized the addiction that we've been enslaved to by continuously checking our gadgets all day for the latest news non stop, as well as being exposed to lashon hora and rechilus. Other Asifa's took place among the Chasidish and Yiddish speaking crowds where the Rabbonim and Admorim reiterated the takanos they imposed on their respective kehilos. Ironicaly the technology for the live hook up did not go smoothly as the program was readjusted.
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Monsey – Internet Asifa at Rockland Boulders Baseball Stadium.







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Monsey Asifa rockland Boulders stadium

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Watch live stream hookup of Internet Asifa 2013

Click  HERE for live stream hookup of 2013 Internet Asifa Kinus Klal Yisrael Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5773

Internet Asifa updates May 9th, 2013 live phone Hook up info

 watch the Live stream Hookup of the 2013 Internet Asifa HERE  or HERE
                              Ichud hakehilos kinus klal yisrael rosh chodesh Sivan There will be a live video Hookup of the internet Asifa in many cities for info call 732-333-2263 or email Asteinberg@madisoncres.com
You can hear the Internet Asifa Live on the Phone hook up sponsored by Kol Halashon  call:       718-906-6400  or 732-719-3374 press for a live shiur

Satmar Rebbe Rav Aaron Tetelbaum will attend and speak at the Boro park Asifa at 18th Avenue park

Brooklyn-The Yiddish speaking Asifa will take place Thursday erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5773 in Brooklyn-, May 9,2013  at the 18th Avenue park in Boro Park, starting at 5:45 pm. There will be 10,000 seats set up. Rav Yosef Liefer of Satmar will emcee the event, Speakers Rav Aaron Schiff of Antwerp, Rav Dovid Olevski of Gur, Rav Tzvi Halperin of Adas Yereim. Askonim ask to bring umbrellas to the Asifa at 18th Ave park due to weather forcast of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Lakewood- The English speaking Internet Asifa will take place in Lakewood Thursday may 9, 2013 at Bais Faiga hall and Lake Terrace hall with a live hook up to frum communities across North America. The program will begin at 8:15 Speakers, Rav Mattisyahu Solomon Shlita Mashgiach Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav malkiel Kotler R'Y Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav Elya Brudny, R"Y of yeshivas Mir Brooklyn, Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin R"Y Telz. A highlight of the event will be a special presentation "the evolving digital challenge". The Asifa's are for men only, upcoming asifas for women to follow.

Monsey -will also a live hook up to the Lakewood event at the Atrium plaza at 8:45 and a Yiddish speaking asifa have  at the  Rockland Boulders baseball stadium in Pomona, Thursday night  May 9th, 2013 From 7-10 pm , The  Viznitz Rebbe from Monsey Rav Mordechai Hager shlita is said to attend the event. There will be a $10 ticket fee

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Internet Asifa 2013 not about the Internet

Inline image 1 The 2013 internet Asifa has changed its message its not just about filtering the internet, but more about rising to the next level of challenges, the effects and side effects of modern technology, such as time wasting and reduced attention span. The Youtube phenomenon where everything private such as wedding videos is uploaded or the leitzanus clips making fun of kol davar shebikdusha is of great concern. The Ruchniyus challenges to use technologu more safely is more severe as the use of technology has increased significantly over the last year. A string of follow up Asifas are planned for cities across North America.
 The Ichud hakehilos will be starting with 3 Asifa's on the anniversary of the Citifield asifa.
The Yiddish speaking Asifa will take place Thursday erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5773 in Brooklyn, May 9,2013  at the 18th Avenue park in Boro Park, starting at 5:45 pm. There will be 10,000 seats set up. Rav Yosef Liefer of Satmar will emcee the event, Speakers Rav Aaron Schiff of Antwerp, Rav Dovid Olevski of Gur, Rav Tzvi Halperin of Adas Yereim.

The English speaking Internet Asifa will take place in Lakewood Thursday may 9, 2013 at Bais Faiga hall and Lake Terrace hall with a live hook up to frum communities across North America. The program will begin at 8:15 Speakers, Rav Mattisyahu Solomon Shlita Mashgiach Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav malkiel Kotler R'Y Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav Elya Brudny, R"Y of yeshivas Mir Brooklyn, Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin R"Y Telz. A highlight of the event will be a special presentation "the evolving digital challenge". The Asifa's are for men only, upcoming asifas for women to follow.
Monsey will also have an Asifa at the  Rockland Boulders baseball stadium in Pomona, Thursday night  May 9th, 2013 for a rally about use of the Internet. From 7-10 pm , The Viznitz Rebbe from Monsey Rav Mordechai Hager shlita is said to attend the event. There will be a $10 ticket fee. 
There will be a Live hook up in Monsey to the English speaking Asifa at the Atrium plaza starting at 8:45 pm.
There will be a live video Hookup of the internet Asifa in many cities for info call 732-333-2263 or email Asteinberg@madisoncres.com
watch  LIVE HOOKUP INTERNET ASIFA CLICK HERE 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Moetzes gedolei Hatorah of America call for yom tefillah this erev rosh chodesh Sivan


  In light of the verbal attacks  by politicians on the yeshivos and kollelim in Eretz yisrael as well as the  Israeli Govt intervention in the  Mosdos haChinuch in changing our mesorah, The gedolim in America join with the gedolim in Eretz Yisrael and call upon all to gather in the Yeshivos and shuls erev Rosh chodesh Sivan 5773 to recite tehillim and daven Yom kippur katan ,to do teshuva and hashem will hear our tefilos.                                                                                   
עם ה' חזקו ונתחזקה    והרבו בתפלה ובקשה למען תורתנו הקדושה בארץ הקודש עת דאגה היא בעת הזאת להתורה ולומדיה בארץ ישראל. קמו ויתיצבו אנשי כוח ובעלי פוליטיקה למיניהם לחתור חתירה תחת סגולת חיינו ונשמת אומתנו- תלמודה של תורה בישיבות הקדושות והכוללים המלאים בחורי חמד ואברכים יקרים השוקדים על התורה וגדילים בה, ואשר מהם תצא תורה לכל ישראל.ועומדת לפנינו סכנה של ממש, חלילה,  לנתק ולהעביר לומדי התורה מבי מדרשא באופנים שונים של לחץ ודחק, הן על הישיבות, הן על האברכים, ולהעיק על חייהם בחומר וברוח, היו לא תהי'.כן הושמעו לגזור מצד גורמי השלטון על החינוך הטהור של צעירי הצאן, ועומדים להתערב בתכני הלימוד של מוסדות החינוך ולשנות מהדרך והנהוג המסורה לנו מרבותינו עיני העדה מדור דור.ובעת צרה כזאת צו השעה היא לשאת למרום עינינו ולהרבות בתפלה ובתחנונים, בתשובה ומעשים טובים, למען תורתנו ומסורת קדשנו בארץ הקודש. והננו מצטרפים לקריאתם של מרנן ורבנן, גדולי התורה בפלטרין של מלך, לקבוע יום תפלה בערב ראש חודש סיון הבא, להתאסף בהיכלי ישיבות הקדושות ובבתי כנסיות לאמירת תהלים ותפילת יום כיפור קטן, ולהתעורר בתשובה לאבינו שבשמים, והקב"ה ישמע קול צעקתנו ויחון אותנו ברחמים וחסדים ובתשועת עולמים.
                                                                                               אייר תשע"ג
                                                                                    מועצת גדולי התורה בארה"ב

Large crowds attend Agudath israel Dinner 2013- Video

Large crowds came together last night to show their support at the 91st Annual Dinner of Agudath Israel of America. The event was attended by many Rabbonim Roshei Yeshiva, and politicians from across the spectrum including Senator Dan Coats R-Indiana and Senator Chuck Schumer. The speakers mentioned the importance of What Agudah does for the Klal helping in all areas from yeshivos to social programs to fighting to protect our religious rights.
 Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel of Agudah in a fiery speech when he referenced mayor bloombergs comment about Black Hats he defiantly got his black hat from the table.

Full text of Rabbi Zwiebel speech HERE    Photos of  Agudah Dinner 2013 Below
 Video credit to Gifter Photos


Photos and pictures of Agudah israel Dinner 2013
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Frum blogs are setting the narrative in the frum media.

The recent news story of an investigated report of a prominent Modern Orthodox Rabbi who was accused of deceptive use of fictitious names, has lit up the frum Blog world. The story was covered by many of the  blogs and websites with shock and sadness, while others jumped on the opportunity to bash and show the hypocrisy. As is the case in Blogsphere there is no hadracha or guidance by Rabbonim it is each to his own. There is no accountability or responsibility most of the frum blogs are anonymous (this one too). Any scandal that the frum print media would never have covered or reported, is open forum and top news on the frum blogs and websites.

The frum print media, the newspapers and magazines usually wouldn't and has not covered a scandal or print the name of the accused. Perhaps do to the exposure and popularity of the blogs where everything is reported  and brought to light, this has had an affect on the frum papers to report or reference to these stories. One paper went all out in reporting the aforementioned story immediately  in great detail, something it has rarely done before. The exposure on the blogs contributed to their quick and thorough coverage.

 This weeks Ami Magazine had an article referenced to the story titled "A False Testimony Revealed". It started with an editors note: Ami magazine is publishing the following news story per the directive and psak of various gedolei torah, to refute false claims that have been made in the name of several gedolim" The article did not mention the Rabbi by name, but focused on the  lenient psak that married woman dont have to cover their hair which was proven that claims of various gedolim who approved of the psak was a clear and brazen falsification.  Being a Editor of a Frum Paper is a tough job, the Bloggers make that work even harder and we cant let them set the narrative.



Sunday, May 5, 2013

Its Dinner time!


Please come and show your support today, May 5th, 2013 and rest of the week to the following Mosdos and yeshivos.

Agudath Israel of America 91st Annual Dinner 2013
 Sunday May 5, 2013 New York Hilton 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019
Reception 5:00 pm Dinner 6:00 pm Email
 Dinner@Agudathisrael.org or call Agudah Dinner office 212-797-8177

Yeshiva gedolah Bais Yisroel 30th Annual Dinner
Sunday May 5th, 2013
Kings Terrace, Brooklyn, NY
rmtapes@Yahoo.com

Yeshiva of Spring Valley Chanukas habayis celebration 70th Anniversary Dinner
Sunday May 5, 2013  Reception 6:30 Dinner 7:30
Valley Terrace, Monsey, NY

 Yeshiva Karlin Stolin 57th annual dinner
Sunday May 5, 2013 Tiferes Rivka hall 1257 38th street Brooklyn, NY
Email: Dinner@yks.edu

Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel Waterbury 13th Annual Dinner
Monday May 6, 2013  Reception 5:30- Dinner 6:30
Terrace on the park, Flushing, Queens, NY   Email: Dinner@yasw.org

Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Melech 67th Annual Dinner (Rav Chaim Epstein)
Monday May 6, 2013 
Kings Terrace 815 Kings HIghway Reception 6:30 Dinner 7:30 pm
yzm@yeshivanet.com
 Yeshiva and Mesivta of Brooklyn Anniversary Dinner 105 years
Monday, May 6th, 2013
Ateres Chynka hall  718-376-4280

Merkaz hatorah of belle Harbor 26th Annual Dinner
Monday May 6th, 2013- Celebrating Yeshiva's homecoming after Hurricane Sandy
The Palace 780 Mcdonald Avenue Brooklyn


Mosdos Veretzky Dinner
Tuesday May 7th, 2013
Dyker beach golf course 1020 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY
www.Ohrshraga.org

Yeshiva Ketana and bais Yaakov of bensonhurst
 Tuesday May 7th Ateres Chaya hall Borough Park
ykb@thejnet.com

Vaad Lehatzolas Nidchei Yisroel Annual Dinner
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Ateres Chaya hall, Brooklyn NY
www.thevaad.com Email  zvaad@aol.com

Yeshiva Ohr Hameir Peekskill yeshiva 50 years Yovel Dinner
Thursday May 9, 2013
Sheraton meadowlands hotel, East Rutherford, NJ
Dinner@Ohrhameir.edu
http://ohrhameirdinner.org/


Friday, May 3, 2013

Oorah Kiruv Radiothon this Motzei Shabbos May 4th

The famed oorah-thon will be going on, this Motzei shabbos May 4th. 2013 Starting at 10:00 pm with a live drawing of over $200,000 in prizes.  a special Fiveish hour plus live musical entertainment, inspiring kiruv stories and more excitement as prizes are picked and Winners are called live on air.

List of Winners for Oorah Auction 2013 HERE

watch it live Here at Oorah.org   or HERE

Donate Here to the oorah auction.
Listen in on the hotline 212-990-8000 pin #7587

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lebron James takes lesson from Internet Asifa

NBA star Lebron James has entered the playoffs in a serious note he has ditched his cell phone and Twitter use for the duration of the playoffs. No, not because of the shmutz but because of kavana He wants his team, the Miami Heat, to win the trophy. So how can he make it happen? Apparently the celebrity has decided to ditch the cell phone and Twitter use until after the games and on Wednesday fans noticed just how quiet the player has been online. That’s right, he hasn't been emailing or texting the fans like normal as he is focused on the playoff mode.

 Lehavdil the playoffs are compared to chodesh Elul when the games take on a more serious tone. How often do we stay focused even for a single tefillah. Perhaps we can ditch our phone for just one Mincha or for that time we learn with our chavrusah or children. We are not here to learn from a NBA star but we can put in perspective how they approach a serious game, כל שכן for us to stay focused when it counts.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

First Anniversary of Internet Asifa - String of Asifa's planned in frum communities

Its been almost a year since the Internet Asifa took place at Citifield last year on Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan. The Ichud Hakehillos in continuing their message and awareness of the dangers of the Internet and technology, plan on having many Asifa's taking place this coming Thursday May 9th 2013, 29 Iyar Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5773, Yom Kippur Katan.

 While the Internet Asifa brought awareness to the issue and dangers of the internet, there is still a long way to go as this is a constant battle that will require to keep on having an Internet Asifa in each community. While many got filters for their computers or got rid of the smart phones, the askanim did not do the proper follow up in implementing ideas and solutions from experts in the field.                                                          
                                                                    הדר קבלוהו

 Internet Asifa Thursday May 9, 2013  8:15 pm
    Lakewood internet Asifa-  Lake Terrace hall/ Bais Faiga hall Live hook ups between both venues
Speakers: Rav Mattisyahu Solomom, Rav malkiel Kotler, Rav Elya Brudny
    Brooklyn internet Asifa- 18th Avenue park in large courtyard. 5:45
    
MONSEY Asifa- Thursday May 9th Rockland Boulders Stadium. Viznitz Rebbe will attend. 
Monsey will have Hook up to the Lakewood Asifa at the Atrium plaza at 8:30