Sunday, March 24, 2013

Army Draft Dominates Shabbos Hagadol Drashos

Just as the Internet was a  hot topic discussed last year at many Shabbos Hagadol drashos, this year, 2013  the burning issue at hand, spoken about by Rabbonim both here and in EY, is the pending daft of Yeshiva Bochurim to the Israeli Army. The Satmar rebbe Rav Aaron Teitelbaum in his Yearly Drasha among other topics, he spoke about the draft and said we must daven everyday to be mevatel the gezeirah. A large Gathering and protest is in the works to take place in Manhattan mid April-May opposite the Israeli consulate where all Yidden will come together and unite in protest over this gezeirah.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Frum papers and Magazines Pesach issue 5773/ 2013

With Yom tov and shabbos chol hamoed this year, there will be plenty of time to learn and read up on your favorite newspaper and magazines, the frum papers all came out with expanded yom tov issues. total cost  around  $23.

Hamodia  has a special yom tov edition, included places to go for Chol hamoed. Various Pesach supplements "Saga of the Marranos" from the inquisition to today. A story supplement and a supplement co- produced by project witness titled" beyond the ghetto walls" commemorating the 70th anniversary of the warsaw ghetto uprising, it was one of the last works rabbi Yosef Friedensohn Z"L was involved in and encouraged the editors to publish it. One  may ask how does it enhance the simchas Yom Tov but there is also  the mitzva of vehigaddeta Levincha says the editor we must talk to our children about the rebirth of the jewish nation. Inyan Magazine has Articles from spending Yom tov in Mt Sinai hospital with the Klausenberger Rebbe, to Chumras and Hidurim on Pesach. The main paper covers the current situiation in Eretz Yisrael with regarding the Army drafting of yeshiva Bochurim, articles from prominent Roshei Yeshiva such as Rav meshulam Dovid Soloveitchick, Rav Shmuel Auerbach. 

Yated Ne'eman has exclusive interviews with Rabbanim and Mechanchim discussing the issues of the day. Rav Eliyahu Levin on the Shidduch crisis, a shadchans take on how the publicity of the shidduch crisis is backfiring Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, on the challenge of making yiddeshkeit geshmak for us and our youth. an exclusive interview with Shas MK Aryeh Deri, and  a Visit To the Biblical zoo in Yerushalayim  included is the famous Chol hamoed guide for places to go with the family for pesach 2013.

Ami Magazine features a Mega Pesach issue for 2013  with the featuire story-an plea from the Rosh Yeshiva of Brisk rav Dovid Soloveitchik begging Klal Yisrael to unite in defense of torah learning and the yeshivos in Eretz yisrael that has come under attack. An article by Yehoshua Soudakoff, what its realy like to be Jewish and Deaf. The Ami Living has an expanded Yom tov edition too with fascinating articles, jewish cults- an inside look at the Burqua cult. Parents who adopted children discuss what its like. A Ami collection for pesach.

Mishpacha magazine came through as usual with a yom tov issue One package 8 magazines!  An interview with the Motty Herzog of the Herzog family winery known as the first family of kosher Vintners. An article from Majesty to Mystery in Boyan covering the dynasty of Ruzhin Chasidus ,the current Rebbe abbi nachum Dov Brayer leads his Chasidim with the same holiness. The feature article "on the wings of a song" an interview with Avraham Fried one of the jewish music world most poopular singers. Special Sukkos supplementsCalligraphy,- todays best fiction, Kulmus,The journal of Torah and jewish thought. Flashes in time, Moments inscribed on the jewish Heart.

Zman Magazine came out with their expanded yom tov issue over 270 pages  featuring fascinating articles from  the CIA agent who saved Israel from Nuclear destruction during the Yom Kippur war, Rulers who went mad, Disaster of the HIndenberg nnot far from Lakewood, NJ. close encounters with Venemous Kind, the man who survives 172 venemous snake bites. 
Sorry ladies I dont read Binah magazine.

KUNTRIS MAGAZINE, published its inaugural issue for Pesach 2013 price only $1. It is A Torah Magazine Published by Rabbi Raphael Fuchs. Articles by leading Poskim and Roshei Yeshiva giving you the Hashkafa and torah perspective on issues of the day. A Kushyos atzumos feature where halachic questions are asked and readers can answer or give suggestions and receive a gift certifacate for a satisfactory answer. Rabbi yisrael reisman discusses common Ribbis questions, articles by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, Rabbi Meiselman RY of Toras Moshe, Rabbi Yitzchock Laskin a talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum. A timely Message by an Esteemed Mashgiach- we would be more than happy to know his name.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Bracha on Obama

As president Obama begins his first visit to Israel as president in 2013, many will get a chance to see him for the first time. Rav Ovadia Yosef paskened that upon seeing the president one makes a Bracha  ברוך שנתן מכבודו למלך בשר ודם Blessed are You, who has given from His glory to (humans of) flesh and blood. Its a Bracha used upon seeing a king. The president has the power of launch a war against the enemy and to grant a pardon sparing one from death, thus he has a status of a melech. One must see him live with the naked eye in order to recite the blessing. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Seder in only 60 seconds

Zivug Zone- profiling a shidduch website

 Ma Nishtana Why is this site different than all other shidduch sites??
In an effort to help klal yisrael find shidduchim, some have taken to the web in an innovative way in forming a shidduch website that could bring potential soulmates together. is new shidduch website that is truly fresh and innovative. It has a cutting-edge personality matching system.  ZivugZone has registered over 4,000 singles in less than 8 months!  The website has the haskama of Rav Moshe Heinemann, Rav of Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore and Rabbinic Administrator of Star-K Kashrus.  B"H", a number of singles on the website have already gotten engaged! ZivugZone is 100% free! has been written up in feature articles in Frum websites and Blogs and the Five Towns Jewish Times.  Here is just a sampling of what members are saying:
"You're running the best possible method for a shidduch website in the frum world." C.R.
"I have tried most of the other shidduch venues and your model is the best so far...It is clever and brilliant on a number of levels. I'm a fan and will spread the word." B.R.
 for other shidduch sites click HERE 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Message from Rav Aaron Leib Shteinman shlita on Draft

This speech was delivered on Motzei Shabos vayikra 5773/2013 at a gathering to yeshiva leit in Bnei brak.

It is a yom tzarah, a difficult day, for us. Each and every one of us knows what a tzarah gedolah, a great difficulty, it is. For many years now, Boruch HaShem, thank G-D, we have had the opportunity, and we were able to learn and to teach Torah to our children. There was growth, Boruch HaShem, thank G-D, and the Yeshivos, the schools are growing with bochurim, students learning Torah. Suddenly it has come upon us such a tzarah, a difficulty like this one, where they want, chas veshalom, Heaven forbid, to destroy Klal Yisroel, the Jewish people from Torah. Chas VeShalom! Heaven Forbid! HaShem Yerachem! Heaven have Mercy! A very great tzarah. We are asking for mercy from HaKadosh Boruch Hu, from G-D, that he grant us the gift of being able to continue to teach our children Torah for our whole entire lives, so that the Torah should not be amiss from our mouths or from the mouths of our children, forever. There is one point however, besides that we must increase our strength in Torah, for, the more we will increase our strength in Torah, then HaKadosh Boruch Hu will cast light upon us, and the merit of the Torah will stand for us, there is one other point, and that is, that whenever there are people who are pained by the potential of the tremendous Chillul HaShem, desecration of G-D's name, that can come out this, Chalilah veChas, Heaven forbid, if there were to be a decrease in Torah study among Klal Yisroel, the Jewish people, such a tremendous Chillul HaShem, if it pains him, so that the whole heart is pained, chas veshalom, that it should not come to be chalilah, G-D forbid, such a painful thing. HaKadosh Boruch Hu should help that we shall merit only good, and it should never come to be that Torah study be diminished, until the coming of Moshiach Tzidkenu, our true and righteous redeemer speedily in our days. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pesach guide 2013 links to products, medicines and More

Links to various Pesach guides from leading Kashrus agencies pertaining to kosher for Pesach products, Medicines, Halachos and laws of Pesach.

For Star-K Pesach Directory 2013 HERE

Mechiras Chometz  sell your Chometz online HERE and HERE

CRC Chicago Rabbinical Council Passover 2013 Medicine guide HERE

Rabbi Scheinberg Famous guide to EASY Pesach cleaning HERE

 OU kosher pre pesach webcast  5773 Video HERE Audio HERE

Kosher for Pesach, Passover recipes HERE and HERE

 Listen to Pesach Music while you prepare for Yom Tov HERE

Help a Family make pesach, donate to Maos chitim HERE  and HERE

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rav Chaim Kanievsky at Birchas Ilanos Rosh Chodesh Nissan

In Eretz Yisrael the trees are blossoming, In America its still a bit early in many places.

For more pictures of Birchas Ilanos 5773/2013 click HERE

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Share the burden.. the real burden

Help share the Yiddish there is a saying Pesach is called pesach because you pay asach.
In Yiddish a lot)  The expenses that come along with yom tov are known to all. It was back in the days of the Gemara that chazal instituted the minhag of Maos Chitim, wheat money. It was collected to help pay for the wheat to bake the matzos with. 

Today its more than just the matzah that's expensive, the cost of making Yom tov includes wine, Meat, fish, Kosher l"pesach foods and new utensils. Those making pesach for the first time incur great expenses buying new dishes, utensils, pots, pans, appliances and more. 
Pesach had become the time when many buy new clothing for shabbos and yom tov for the year. Yeshiva Bochurim restock their wardrobe during pesach bein hazmanim looking for bargains on  Suits, Shirts, shoes, ties, hats, and on and on.

Many shuls and communities have maos chitim campaigns. By now your daily mail has at least one letter asking for a donation to help alleviate the burden of a family making yom tov. For this we say don't turn an eye feel for them Share the burden!!
have a  kusherin pesach.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Kuntris- a new Torah Magazine

Not enough frum magazines out there?? "The Kuntris" calling itself a Torah Magazine will publish its first issue in time for Pesach 2013. It is advertised as a Magazine for every Ben Torah with interesting articles from world renowned Rabbanim and Poskim discussing various subjects in halacha and hashkafa. The pesach issue discusses topics such as; is grape juice ok for the Daled  Kosos, a toen's perspective on cases he has litigated. Check your local newsstand or better it should  only be sold in a seforim store. Click HERE for a review on the inaugural Pesach issue

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Daf Yomi Siyum on מסכת שבת on to Eiruvin..

Those learning Daf Yomi will soon be making a Siyum on Maseches Shabbos and getting ready to start מסכת עירובין one of the 3 complicated masechtos in Bavli known as עני which stands for עירובין נדה יבמות.
The Daf Yomi commission of Agudas Yisrael will be hosting a  Live Shiur broadcast nationwide lichvod Siyum Maseches Shabbos. The shiur will be broadcast live from Young Israel of Deerfield Beach,  202 Century Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 / 24 Adar, 5773 at 8:00 PM EST. The Shiur will be given by Rabbi Eli Mansour, Rav, Congregation Bet Yaakov, Brooklyn, NY. Maseches Eruvin will begin on Sunday 28 Adar 5773

 212-797-9000 ext. 266 or

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Its Dinner time!

Sunday March 3, 2013 Come out and show your support for these torah institutions

Yeshivas Mir yerushalayim annual Dinner
Brooklyn Marriot Hotel 6:30 pm
333 Adams street Brooklyn

Mosdos Rizhin Boyan
60th annual Dinner
The Palace, Mcdonald Avenue
 Brooklyn, NY

Friday, March 1, 2013

Yess- A tribute to Zaidy

 The double album a tribute to the music of  Moshe Yess, recorded by Jewish singers and and composers including friends and fellow performers who worked or performed with Moshe back in the 70's and 80's. Abie Rotenberg, Rivie Schwebel, Yossi Green, Avraham Rosenblum, Rabbi Baruch Chait, Benny Friedman, Shlomo Katz, Soulfarm, Lenny Solomon, Nochi Krohn, Moshe Hecht, Aryeh Kunstler, Marc Levine, Sam Glaser, Zevi Kaufman, Country Yossi, Menachem Weinstein Yosi Piamenta, Avraham Rosenblum, C Lanzbom, Andy Statman, Yaron Gershovsky, Gal Gershovsky, Moshe Antelis, Tony Montalbo, Aryeh Kunstler, Nochi Krohn and others.

 Click HERE to listen