Monday, December 30, 2013

Planned Giyus protest in the USA called off Admorim may Hold kinus in EY

The planned trip of Admorim From Eretz Yisrael to participate in a mass protest and Atzeres against Giyus has been cancelled for now. Despite having finalized on a location or the event, other logistical factors have weighed in and it was decided to cancel the Asifa. A mass mega Asifa is in the plans for a later date when the weather will be more cooperative. News reports in Israel, the Netanyahu Govt was  pressured  from the pending trip and asked askanim to call it off as they did not want bad PR now in the American media.

The Belzer Rebbe has informed the Admorim that he will not be able to travel to the US or personal health reasons. Inclement weather and snow in the forecast next week coupled with expenses and other logistical issues contributed to the decision to call off and postpone the kinus.

Video Yeshiva Darchei Torah Honoring Rabbi Eytan Feiner of the white shul

Rabbi Feiner discusses his own experience with Darchei's acceptance for special needs children

Yeshiva Darchei Torah - Rabbi and Mrs. Eytan Feiner from Kolrom Multimedia on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Giyus protest not only about giyus, organizers finalizing on large distribution center in Edison, NJ

האנגר הענק - ארה"ב: נמצא 'האנגר' ענק למסע
Kinus Gedolei Hador
Middlesex Logistics Center


Updated 12/30/2013 Following announcement The Belzer Rebbe will not be able to attend for personal reasons, Admorim now contemplating on postponing the Asifa and Giyus atzeres.

The steering committee for the upcoming  Atzeres and kinus Gedolei hador on Giyus and redifas hadas are said to have set on a location and will be filing for permits. The Middlesex logistics distribution center is located on Mill Road at Nixon Lane in Edison,NJ. The facility is located approximately 3.5 miles from Exit 10 of the New Jersey Turnpike and I-287.  It is said to hold  60,000 seats. It has heating and lighting and will be suitable for the event. The Asifa will take place Tuesday parshas beshalach January 7th, 2014 with the presence of Admorim from EY and Roshei Yeshiva of the Litvish Yeshivos in the US, along with thousands of Yidden from all backgrounds uniting for Kavod shamayim. The Moetzes of Agudas yisrael of Eretz yisrael will be flying in to attend this important and historic gathering.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Giyus protest to go ahead as planned location may change to large warehouse in Edison, New Jersey. Askanim call out doubters.

האנגר הענק - ארה"ב: נמצא 'האנגר' ענק למסעDue to security and other logistical concerns the organizers and steering committee of the planned large Giyus protest are looking into a large warehouse in Edison ,NJ a distribution cente the size of  9 football fields (900x500 feet) that can hold up to 60,000 people. The structure has a roof with open walls, askanim plan on encircling the perimeter with a tent and heaters to warm the interior. Nothing is finalized yet, location and time may still change. The previous Location for the gathering was at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. The date is set for January 7th, 2014 Tuesday parshas beshalach. (Sergulah for parnassah)

At the same time, organizers and newspapers affiliated with the Agudah Moetzes of  Eretz Yisrael have called out those who are to torpedo and make light of the large upcoming  Atzeres and Giyus protest.
"Now is not the time to put doubts into the hearts of klal yisrael when the gedolim are are giving their strength on behalf of the Asifa and fighting for the Torah"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Giyus protest mulling Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field in 50,000 seat tent.

Floyd Bennett field
Update 12/27/2013
 Pending a lst minute change it appears that after looking into a few options, it was decided the mass Giyus protest will take place Tuesday January 7th, 2014  at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. A Large tent of 50,000 seats will be erected. Organizers hired a company from San Francisco that will put up the tent within 8 days.

Askanim are working on logistics with transportation, financing and a PR campaign. Many Chasidisher Rebbes and Roshei Yeshiva are expected to join.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

End of year tax deductions an oppurtunity for Mosdos and Yeshivos

As the year 2013 comes to a close, many Mosdos and a Yeshivos can benefit greatly from end of year Tax deductions with a charitable giving. One fundraiser said, its his busiest time of the year people are giving more tzedaka now than before Rosh Hashana.  Only difference is "on Rosh Hashana they were looking for a write in, now they are looking for a write off". There are individuals looking to give money away, its a time to reach out to them now.

The charitable contribution must be made to a qualified non profit organization click HERE for IRS tips.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Large Atzeres protest on Giyus bnei yeshiva planned for January 7th, 2014 in New York attended By Gedolim from EY and America.

 updated 12/26/2013

American Agudah leadership discussing planned  Giyus protest

Following the meeting of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas yisrael in Eretz yisrael, it was decided a delegation of Admorim and some Roshei Yeshiva from Eretz yisrael will travel to America  in an effort to pressure the Israeli Government on the drafting of  bnei Hayeshivos to the army. The delegation will be led by the Gerrer Rebbe and Belzer Rebbe who has not been to the states in 20 years. The Belzer Rebbe conferred with Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman  prior to his decision to participate.
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While the delegation is composed of mostly Chasidishe rebbes, American Roshei Yeshiva will be joining in the protest as well. Agudath Yisrael of America is involved with the logistical preparations but will not be taking an active role. Not clear at the moment if  Yeshivos including the Lakewood Yeshiva will be joining in the historic Atzeres. Due to the weather, organizers say there is an option for an indoor venue that will host the large expected crowd. As of this writing the organizers did not find a suitable venue, Madison square garden in Manhattan is a possible option. The event may get postponed for a later date.

The Rebbes plan on meeting and lobbying US Government officials in the US on behalf of the cause  hoping to put pressure on the Israeli Government. They will arrive in the US on Sunday January 5th, 2014.

Tthe atzeres Giyus protest will take place on Tuesday Parshas beshalach January 7th. Its a segulah to recite parshas haman on that day too. perhaps a large tefillah together can bring a yeshuah.

Monday, December 16, 2013

American Roshei Yeshiva sign letter for yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael- Gedolim from Eretz Yisrael to travel to America to protest Giyus army draft

Following a meeting of the Moetzes gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel in Eretz yisrael regarding the threat to draft yeshiva Bochurim it was decided that some Admorin will be joining massive protests in new York and Europe

Jacob Ostreicher a free man, Returns home to reunite with his family in the USA

                                                         ברוך מתיר אסורים
Jacob Ostreicher who was jailed in Bolivia and than got house arrest for over a year is now free and has already arrived in USA. Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind  reports “I am *thrilled* that Jacob Ostreicher is finally home in America!”  Details of the story how he got out are still developing..

Friday, December 13, 2013

Snow in today's Daf Yomi Erev shabbos in Teves

With the snow storms in Both yerushalayim and in the Northeast, today's Daf yomi ( יומא לה ע"ב)  relates the story of Hillel which occurred on Erev Shabbos in the month of טבת,  who wanted to learn Torah but could not afford the entrance fee to the beis medrash that he climbed to the roof and listened to the shiur via the skylight. He was later found on the roof covered in a drift of snow. They removed the snow and brought him inside to warm up.
ת''ר עני ועשיר ורשע באין לדין לעני אומרים לו מפני מה לא עסקת בתורה אם אומר עני הייתי וטרוד במזונותי אומרים לו כלום עני היית יותר מהלל

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Frum papers ignoring the Giyus issue- barely reporting on arrest of yeshiva Bochurim

You spend $2 on the Yated Ne'eman expecting to get the news of what is going on in the Yeshiva world. What should have been a screaming front page headline "IDF arrests 3 yeshiva Bochurim for ignoring orders to show up at induction centers". Instead the Yated ignored the issue only burying it in the back of the paper among other stories in its Charedi news section. No mention about the Gedolim going down to protest at the prison. The Satmar Rebbe is even planning a mass protest in New York against the arrests.

It should have at least gotten the same attention the paper dedicated close to 50 full page ads wishing mazel tov to the Tomech Torah Reb Shlomo Rechnitz and family on the engagement of his daughter. The Yeshivos and mosdos are more than happy to share in a simcha and show hakoras hatov  to the machzikei Torah. (If they were pressured to give the ads by a sales person is up for discussion.)

But for someone spending money on his weekly paper you would expect that it deliver the news. For the last few years all we heard about was the giyus bnei hayeshivos. Front page after front page, now that it has started there is a blackout.

 To be fair, as the Yated itself points out in the article there is a disagreement among the Gedolim  on this issue, if yeshiva bochurim should show up at the induction center or not. No one is asking to take sides here. However, a newspaper's job is to report the news not to ignore.

Asarah B'teves that falls out on a Friday 5774/2013

Halachos from sefer  נטעי גבריאל  for more here
When the fast of Asara B’teves falls out on a Erev Shabbos, the fast must be observed until nightfall. We break the fast by making Kiddush friday night.
-Shachris is like any other fast day.
Mincha we lein ויחל and read the Haftorah, we recite עננו during shmoneh esrei. We do not say Tachanun or אבינו מלכנו. It is best to Daven Mincha earlier preferably Mincha Gedolah. (when we dont דוכן)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tolna Rebbe decries Pictures of Rebbes in weeklies.

 In a recent speech, the Tolna Rebbe of Yerushalayim, Rabbi Yitzchak Menachem Weinberg , criticized the phenomenon of weekly magazines posting Photographs and pictures of  chasidisheh Rebbes. The Rebbe said we have lost the middah of bushah. There is no shame, everything we do must be advertised and publicized for the world to see. If its not publicly known, its as if it never happened. The only ones to blame said the Rebbe, are the customers who support and buy these weeklies.

The Rebbe explained how the industry works, charging different amounts depending on which other Rebbe  is in the picture or weather its a smaller picture or a close up of the Rebbe. Unfortunately they pay for these photos thinking it will bring honor and fame. They invite photographers to each simcha in order to get coverage in the paper. The Eye can not take it anymore, said the Rebbe.

 This is not only limited to the chasidisher world but the Litvish yeshiva world has also gotten into the pictures phenomenon. Not so long ago there was one picture accompanying an article covering an event. Today pictures dominate the papers usually repeating the same faces every week but in a different pose. 

We no longer show pictures of women- maybe we should cut down on  pictures of men too.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

White house Chanukah party 2013 attended by representatives of the frum community-

President Obama shows off the White house "Menurkey"
President Obama celebrates zos Chanukkah with a pair of White House receptions. The minhag at the white house is to say 2 Brachos  the first שעשה נסים the second one שהחיינו. Since The hadlaka was after shkiah the bracha of lehadlik ner shel Chanukah was omitted.

Watch Video of white house 2013 hanukkah ceremony HERE
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Agudath Israel leadership at the white house
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Mincha with a heicha kedusha at the white house
He noted the rare quirk in the calendar that overlapped Thanksgiving with the start of eight-day Jewish holiday. He also recognized some of the people in the audience who are credited with coining unusual phrases to mark the holiday, such as "Thanksgivukkah," a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and "menurkey," a blend of the words menorah and turkey.

Video- Koshering the white house kitchen for the Chanukah party 2013

Help save a boys life, sign the petition

The Cohen family, of Houston, TX, is facing a battle none of us should have to go through - aggressive brain cancer in their 6-year old son Refael Elisha (Refael Elisha Meir ben Devorah). Having recently received the devastating news from their doctors that "there is nothing more we can do for him", the Cohens are turning to a last resort - Antineoplaston Therapy at the Burzyinski clinic. However, the FDA pulled their approval for this treatment in 2012 pending further clinical trials. They are told that the FDA is nearing approval to resume this treatment, but Refael Elisha does not have time to wait.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ותן טל ומטר לברכה Tonight December 4th- 2 Teves

Klal yisrael  in Chutz laaretz will begin saying V'sein Tal Umatar Livracha Tonight by Maariv. 2 Teves 5774  December 4th 2013.
It also falls out on the last night of Chanukah known as Zos chanukah there are special tefillos to recite and segulos for parnasah on זאת חנוכה. There is a מנהג ספרדים to recite 308 times the פסוק of
 "שובו שברו לנו מעט אוכל"  as a Segulah for Parnasah on Zos Chanukah

 A old minhag in Yerushalayim to daven for rain-
 "זאת חנוכה" - היום האחרון
של החג היו מביאים קערות גדולות אל תלמוד תורה, ליד בית הכנסת
יוחנן בן-זכאי".