Friday, June 24, 2011

Parashat Korach

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Korach. We read how Korach and his associates disputed the legitimacy of Moshe and Ahron's leadership and as a punishment and a lesson to all, the earth swallowed them and all their belongings.  The essence of this portion is terrible effect that quarrel and dispute bring about.

The Torah states that when Moshe heard the arguments of Korach and his associates, he fell on his face to the ground. Rashi explains that Moshe was distraught because this had been the fourth time that they had rebelled, and always Moshe defended them. By the golden calf, Moshe prayed and begged G-d to forgive them. By the spies as well, and the same took place by the misoninim. Now Moshe was at a loss.

The obvious question is, what happened suddenly that Moshe, the leader and defender of klal Yisroel suddenly could no longer defend them?

Perhaps in order to understand the answer, we need to see the method of defense which Moshe used when he defended the Jews after making the golden calf. Moshe argued that when G-d said the ten commandment they were said in singular form 1- I am the L-rd YOUR (singular) G-d. YOU (singular) shall not have other gods... Moshe argued that the Jews may have considered the commandment applicable to Moshe only. However Korach came before Moshe with the following argument the whole nation is holy and G-d is amongst them and why are you above them ? Rashi brings the words of the Tanchuma which says, that Korach argued with Moshe saying, "we were all at Mt Sinai and G-d spoke to all of us, why do you think you are greater than us" ? This in turn removed Moshe's defense that he used during the sin of golden calf. This is why Moshe was at loss. His defense on behalf of the Jewish people was now in jeopardy.

Let us learn to follow our righteous leaders and stay away from quarrel and dispute. May G-d bless us with peace at all them items.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Parashat Shlach

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Shlach. Perhaps one of the most troubling events in our nations history took place, when Jews decided to send spies to "tour" the land of Israel and inspect it. The Meraglim - spies, returned with an unfavorable report which caused an uproar and as the Talmud teaches us, G-d's response was "you cried an unnecessary cry I will give what to cry for". This day was the 9th of Av, the day two Temples (Batei Mikdash) were destroyed and remains a day of mourning until this very day. Later in the portion we learn about the Mitzvah of separating chalah from dough, and the portion ends with the mitzvah of Tzitzis.

In Bamidbar 13/32 the Torah repeats the slander of the Meraglim (spies) about Eretz Yisroel. The Torah quotes them saying "eretz ocheles yoshveho - a land which eats/destroys its inhabitants".  Rashi explains that wherever they went, they
Saw people burying their dead. The Sha"ch explains that it was custom of the Knaanites, when someone died, they didn't bury him/her immediately, they rather waited until a pious man died and when they buried him, they buried everyone else. This they believed, will help everyone else get to Heaven. The Talmud (Sotah 35) tells us that Iyov passed away on that day (when the meraglim started), perhaps says the sha"ch that's why there were mass burials.

We find that one of the things Moshe told them (the spies) to inspect, was whether there's a tree tree three, Rashi says this means a Pious man. They were to inspect whether there's a righteous man whose merit can defend them.  Likely we find Yehoshua and Koleiv said their shadow was taken away from above them, referring to the death of Iyov whose merit may have protected them.

The lesson is a person sees what he wants to see. Had they thought properly with a good attitude, they would have seen the good in these events, instead they chose the contrary.

Let us merit to always see the good in everything and may we speedily merit to return to the land of promise.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Maran Harav Scheinberg Shlit"a

This past week Maran Harav A.L. Steinman Shlit"a visited Harav Scheinberg Shlit"a in the hospital.

Harav Scheinberg was in the hospital for the past week suffering from an internal infection.

Maran Harav Steinman Shlit"a spent roughly a half hour speaking with Harav Scheinberg Shlit"a.

Maran Harav Scheinberg Shlit"a is Bla"h over 100 years old. Ad Meah V'esrim!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pleasant Suprise

Eilat, once considered a spiritual wasteland, is blossoming with Shuls.

It is anticipated that in the coming Jewish year there will be 25 Batey Kneseeyos in Eilat, iy"h.

Antwerp and Wedding Rules

In an effort to keep people solvent and not have to be burdened with serious debt the Antwerp Rabbonim established and enforced rules on the amount of guests one may invite to a wedding.

The Kehilas Machzekei Hadas in Antwerp set 250-300 people as a maximum allowed to be invited to a Chasuna.

Under extenuating circumstances, if one needs to invite more than the above he must have written permission from the Mara D'asra, Hagaon Harav Shif Shlit"a.

Mazal Tov

Warm Mazal Tov to Maran Harav Eliyashuv Shlit"a, upon the marriage of his great grandson, Hachasan Dov Yisroelson.

Mazal Tov the parents, Harav Lipa Yisroelson Shlit"a and the Rebbetzin Shtichye.

The Chasuna is on Sunday nite in Bnei Brak.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Parashat Naso

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Naso. The tribe of Levi was counted. The Torah also discusses the laws of Sotah followed by the laws of nozir. Thereafter the Torah discusses the completion of the Mishkan and the blessing of the Kohen and the offerings that each nosi (head of tribe) brought.

A Nozir is a person that wants to separate himself from the mundane world, by abstaining from drinking wine and cutting his hair.

The Torah states (Bamidbar 6/1 A man or Woman who shall dissociate himself by taking a Nazirite vow of abstinence for the sake of Hashem...... Ish o Isha kiy Yafleey lindor nede nozir..... The word Yafliy has several meanings one meaning is seperation, the other translation comes from the word wonder. It would appear that the two translations are far from each other.

There's a story told about the Rebbe of Husyatin. The   Husyatin Rebbe was aked by a German Jew if it was true that he was a Vunder Rabbiner (Rabbi that performs wonders/miracles), what is it you do ???

The Husyatin Rebbe explained  it is well known that there are diferent statuses of Rabbis. There's a Lands Rabbiner - a Rabbi who is in charge of an entire country. There's a Shtadt Rabbiner, a Rabbi in charge of an entire city, and also there's a Vunder Rabbiner. What is a vunder Rebbe ?  The Husyatiner  responded a Vunder Rebbe is someone who rules and takes charge over himself. Says the Husyatin Rebbe, this is what the word kiy Yaflee means, Wonders. A person who separates himself is then a "Vunder" - wonder.

The lesson to be learned for us is, that the greatest miracle one can perform, is controling oneself.... And that only one who separates himself from the mundane can perform wonders.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Shmuel Hanavi - 28 Iyar

Thousands of Jews will be visiting the Kever of Shmuel Hanavi this Tuesday nite - Wednesday on  his Yom Hazikoron.

Rabbenu Ovadia Bartenura writes that davening by the Kever of Shmuel Hanavi was an accepted tradition for women who were childless  and were seeking a blessing.


Sunday, May 29, 2011


As a result of Harav Amar's support for the conversions performed by the IDF, the government is allowing the Chief Rabbi to run for an extended term.

The position of C.R. is usually a ten year maximum. After this new law, his term could continue if he is to win the election.

Difficult Teens

The popular magazine, world of psychology, shares some important tips for teens in depression.

1. Find the right doctor or therapist.
2. A proper and definite diagnosis.
3. Stay away from liquor.
4. Exercise.
5. Never avoid asking for help.
6. Notice your negative thoughts.

To be cont'd...

Friday, May 27, 2011


P.M. Bibi Netanyahu has had a surge in his popularity since his visit to the states.

The news reports that his various speeches including his expressed commitment to the security of Israel earned him the respect of the Israeli's and the U.S. Politicians.

His meeting in the oval office with the president was uncompromising  re: Jerusalem and most settlements.

He stood up to the president and clarified his position that “We do not need America to send troops to Israel, we can deal with the enemy alone”.

Parashat Bamidbar

This week we begin the book of Bamidbar also known as the book of Numbers (sefer hapkudim). Once again the Jews were counted and the tribes were encamped in groups each carrying their own flag, surrounding the holy Mishkan.

The Medrash on this weeks portion states: The Torah was given in fire, in water and in the desert.

Reb Meir Shapiro (Lublin) explains this Medrash as follows. There's a pattern of the Klal Yisroel (the Jewish nation), from the day of our existence to be ready under any circumstances for selfless devotion and sacrifice for G-d's name. Jews went into fire in Auschwitz with Shma Yisroel on their lips, Jews were also murdered during the Spanish inquisition for not wanting to give up their faith. Many more examples can be given, where Jews were forced to give up their lives for the sake of their faith.

This inner strength comes from three historic events. Fire - Avrohom Avinu was thrown into fire, for not having accepted Nimrod's idolatry. One may think that this is an act of an individual, therefore we take the following example. Water - an entire nation accepted G-d's decree to move into the (Red) sea. Now one might take this for granted as well, thinking that this was only a temporary bravery, not long term, to this  the answer is. In the DESERT - jews followed Hashem's command and guidance forty years in the desert, not questioning the wilderness (snakes and scorpions ...).

It is thanks to these three tests of fire water and desert, with which Jews proved themselves to receive the Torah as an eternal gift.

Our selfless devotion as our eternal guarantor.

May we merit to be devoted to the path of Torah and Mitzvohs in good faith at all times.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lag Baomer and Chabad

The annual Lag Baomer parades sponsored by Chabad were a huge success this year.

500 marches which totaled 250,000 Jewish children marched in various locations in Eretz Yisroel.

Many of these children who participated in the parade are not yet familiar with Shmiras Hamitzvos.

The Lag Baomer parade, as a concept was developed by the past Lubavitch Rebbe Zy"a.

Maharam of Ruttenberg

The Yom Hazikoron for Rabbenu Meir of Ruttenberg Zy"a is on the 19th of Iyar which is the 34th day of the Omer.

The Talmidim of the Maharam of Ruttenberg include the Rosh, the Mordechai and the Tashbatz Zt"l.

His Rebbe was Rabbenu Moshe of Vina Zt"l otherwise known as the Or Zorua.

Rabbenu meir of Ruttenberg died in prison.

The Tashbatz wrote a Sefer that notes five hundred Minhagim of his Rebbe Zy"a.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


President Obama addressed the powerful pro - Israel group known as AIPAC this morning.

In an attempt to assuage concerns amongst most Jews in the U.S. regarding his declared expectation that Israel eventually return to the pre 67 borders, he scheduled his visit to AIPAC.

Many lobbyists have called upon AIPAC to cancel meeting with the

The result of this morning's meeting has yet to be examined though one participant said it did not satisfy the concern of the group.

Mrs. Hillary Clinton spoke with the Israeli P.M. on Thursday but refused to understand the position of the Israeli P.M.

The immediate effect on the eroding support for Mr. Obama has not been assest though many dems are distancing themselves from his position.

Teffilos for Rosh Yeshiva

The Torah world is Davening and hoping for a Refuah Shlaima for the great Rosh Yeshiva of Lucerne, Switzerland. Hagaon Rav Koppelman Shlit"a.

The Rosh Yeshiva developed a digestive problem that interfered with his eating. Surgery was the remedy of choice. However due to his advanced age (100+) that was not an option.

Rabbi E. Firer of B"B traveled to Switzerland to consult with the doctors to see if there is an alternative.

Declaration of Maran Harav G. Edelstein Shlit"a, Rosh Yeshiva – Ponoviz

This past week, Maran Harav Edelstein made it clear that included in Sinas Chinam is hatred of the secular Jew.

Basing it on the words of the Chazon Ish Zt"l, that the non observant Jew in our time has a status of "Tinok Shenishbo", there is no excuse to hate them.

Mentioning the Gemara in Kiddushin (34) That “All Jews are children of Hashem” he emphasized the importance of embracing all of Hashems children.

Novel Idea

The Chernobler Rebbe Shlit"a said last week “Everybody wants to be successful in their Learning Torah, so let's begin the week with Limud Hatorah. Let us show our "Cheshkas" Hatorah”.

With that introduction, the Rebbe asked that all the Bachurim in the Yeshiva establish a Seder Limud immediatly after Havdala on Motzei Shabbos.

The Bachurim adhered to the Rebbe's request and established a 15 minute Seder after Havdala in the Bais Medrash.


Friday, May 20, 2011

A Letter

Dear Zelig,

The Chazal teach us that Moshiach will come in a generation of a community of Jews who are either guilty or Innocent.

However I find it quite difficult to understand. The Mishna in Sota says that in the pre-messianic era “Chutzpa” will reign, Talmidei Chachomim will be ignored and many other evil behaviors will exist.

Can you please help me to understand this obvious contradiction?


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Womens in Sfirat H’Omer

Are women obligated to count Sefira?

The shulchan aruch clearly says that women are exempt from mitzvos that are confined to time.
However the Rama in Shulchan Aruch says that women may fulfill those Mitzvot with the appropriate blessing.

The Sefadrdim follow the Shulchan Aruch and do not make a blessing on the above Mitzvot. The Ashkenazim follow the Rama and the women do make a blessing on those Mitzvot.

The Chofetz Chaim in his Mishna Berura suggests that women should not make a Brocho when they count the Omer though on other time confined Mitzvos they can.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Napproriate Article

It is quite disappointing to read an article in a so called 'Frum' magazine that spends 2 pages attempting to diminish the greatness of Maran Harav Y.B. Halevi Soloveitchik Zt"l.

From the late Kovna Rav to the great Torah giants of the last generation there was a special appreciation for Maran Harav Y.D. Halevi Zt"l's genius and his ability to communicate the Brisker Derech with unique clarity.

Maran Harav Yaakov Kaminetzky Zt"l, would admonish people who would refer to him as 'JB'. He would declare that they are “Asid Leetayn Es Hadin”.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Gutnick Visits P.M.

The renowned philanthropist, Rabbi Gutnick Shlit"a, visited one who he considers his friend, P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rabbi Gutnick, a member of Chasedei Lubavitch encouraged the prime minister not to give in to outside pressure in anything that is related to the security of the population in Eretz Yisroel.

Rabbi Gutnick left the meeting with the feeling that the P.M. will not compromise when it comes to matters of security.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Harav Yaakov Meir Shechter Shlit"a

During the the last few days Hagaon Rav Yaakov Meir Shechter  Shlit"a of Breslov started delivering lectures on the spiritual dangers of the internet. He declared that these lectures will continue. He added that there was a "Zohar" that he saw as very complicated until he realized that it was referring to dangers similar to the internet.

Meanwhile in America the battle against the so called "Frum internet" moved into the classroom as teachers are communicating directly to students about the dangers of the so called "Frum internet".

Sefer Torah Falls in Williamsburg

A Sefer Torah Fell out of the Aron Kodesh in the Pupa Beis Medrash in Brooklyn.

The Pupa Beis Din declared that all men who Were in shul when it occured should Fast Taanis B'hab at least 1/2 a day and should contribute money to Tzadaka as well.

Women do not fast.

The Rebbe Shlit"a, delivered a warm and passionate Drosha at Seuda Shlishis to highlight the tragedy of a Sefer Torah seen on the floor.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Parashat Behar

This week we are privileged to read the portion Behar. The portion begins with one of the important mitzvohs given at mount Sinai, the mitzah of Shmittah.

We are commanded to refrain from working with the ground one out of seven years. One doesn't plant or prune his trees during the Shmita year, it is simply a year of rest, so to say, for the ground.  This Mitzvah demonstrates our complete faith and trust in Hashem, who controls the world, and we are  reliant only on Him. By obeying this mitzvah properly, one brings upon himself an abundance of blessing.

In this weeks portion, additionally, we learn of the mitzvah to loan money to a needy friend and the  prohibition to take interest for a loan given to a fellow Jew. In vayikra 25/36 the Torah states do not take from him interest and "your Brother shall live with you."

The Talmud (Bava Metzia 71) states that one who lends money to a fellow Jew for interest, is compared to one who signed a document that he doesn't believe in the G-d of Israel (see Chazon Ish).

The question arises why did Torah choose the wording "and your brother shall live with you", specifically by this mitzvah ?

I'd like to share with you an explanation that explains the wording beautifully . When someone borrows money and he has to pay back more than the loan, when days pass by, he does not look forward to the coming day, which is bringing closer the day that he needs to pay some additional money above his debt. However the lender looks forward to this date, by him, time is flying. This perhaps is what the Torah means "vchei ochicho imoch" - your brother shall live with you. His calendar should not move at a slower pace than yours.

Let us merit to have true trust in Hashem and always act with kindness one to another.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A “Maaseh Shehaya”

Recently reported

A man visited Maran Harav Chayim Kanyevsky Shlit"a, and was discussing various personal things.

Amongst the issues brought up was that he and his wife are suffering from mice running around their house. Maran asked him if he gives Maaser Kesofim. He said that his financial situation was quite difficult and that he found it hard to give maaser. Maran told him that if he gives Maaser he will not have this problem. The man started giving and the mice disappeared.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Parashat Emor

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Emor. This portion begins with the honorable status of Kohanim and the prohibition for Kohanim to become impure from coming into contact with a deceased, aside from the seven relatives. In addition the Torah prohibits a Kohen from marrying a divorcee. Also, in this week's portion discusses all the Festivals/Holidays of the year and mitzvohs that apply to each of them.

As we are now in the days of counting the Omer, and we well know that these days are the time when the disciples of Rebbe Akiva passed away, due the lack of respect they demonstrated to each other, it is incumbent upon us to work toward unity and character improvement specifically in relation to one another.

The Shach writes that the reason why a Kohen is prohibited to marry a divorcee is, because a Kohein is supposed to be a uniting force (as was Aharon Hakohen - Oheiv Sholom v'Rodeif Sholom - Loved peace and chased after it), therefore he can not marry someone who went thru division. It is interesting to note, that parshas Emor is always read during the days of counting the Omer.

Later in the portion the Torah teaches us the Mitzvah of counting the omer seven full weeks from the second day of Pesach until Shavuos, in anticipation of receiving the Torah.

When the Medrash discusses sefiras haomer, the Medrash relates the following story: Rebbe Shimon the son of Rebbe married off his son and he failed to invite Bar Kappara (a great Tanna - sage). Bar Kappara felt hurt. When R' Shimon became aware of that, he made a special party and invited all the sages of that time to participate. When the waiters brought the food to the table, Bar Kappara rose and delivered a lengthy speech, until the food became cold. When R' Shimon asked him why he needed to speak just then, he responded "I wanted you to realize that it wasn't the food which I wanted, it was rather the company of the great people, my friends, (at the wedding) that I missed".

The M'aor vAshemesh explains that the reason the Medrash brings this story concerning the Mitzvah of counting the omer, to teach us that during these days when we prepare for receiving the Torah, we need to be most cautious and sensitive to other people's feelings. Then and only then can we be worthy of receiving the The Torah.

May we all merit to have a good chodesh (month of Iyar), the month in which the Man began to fall from Heaven, and may we all be blessed with an abundance of good will to each other and the ability to assist one another both materially and spiritually.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gedolei Olam

These are Three Gedolei Olam whose Yahrtzeit is celebrated today, the 30th of Nissan.

1. Rabbenu Chaim Vital, Zy"a a Talmid Muvhak of the Holy Alshich Zy"a, And Talmid of the Holy Ar"i Zy"a.

2. Karbon Nesanel Zt"l - HaRav Nesanel Weil. He was a Rosh Yeshiva in Prague.

3. Rabbenu Yaakov Emden Zt"l. He was the son of the Chacham Tzvi. He lived in Altuna then he went to Emden. After 4 years he returned to Altuna. He left again to Amsterdam for a year and a half. He returned to Altuna where he was Niftar and buried.

Saturday, April 30, 2011


A disturbing proposal for a ban on Bris Mila was revealed in the media Today.

This ban, though only proposed currently in San Francisco has sent shock waves thru the Jewish community. This is the first time that this kind of proposal was introduced in the United States.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Parashat Kedoshim

We hope you all had a meaningful Yom Tov, and hopefully we will all bring the inspiration into action.

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Kedoshim. The Torah tells us (Vayikra 19/2) You shall be holy for I, Hashem your G-d, am holy. This is rather hard to understand. What relation does G-d's holiness have with our being holy ? There's an interesting Medrash, which can perhaps shed some light on the issue. The Medrash says, three will testify one on the other: Hashem, Shabbos and the Jewish people.

The Medrash is telling us that we, the Jewish nation are testifying, that although we are human beings and a human naturally desires mundane and materialistic things, yet since we as Jews have a Neshomo (soul), which is a part (so to say), of Hashem , we desire holiness and spirituality. However, the nations of the world don't have this natural leaning. This is what the Torah is telling you Kedoshim tihiyu - you shall be holy, for I am holy, meaning that this is the reason that you'll be able to achieve holiness for you are a part of Me and I am holy.

Now we can understand the the meaning of the Medrash. When Jews are holy they are testimony to G-d's sanctity. The same is true for Shabbos. How does Shabbos become holy as naturally all times (days) are the same, only because Hashem sanctified this day, does it have a holiness. This along with the Jews who sanctify the Shabbos makes the circle complete. G-d's sanctity was given to Jews (human) and to Shabbos (time) and they are testimony to the holiness of their source.

May we merit to follow in the ways of G-d, and be holy.

Gut Shabbos,

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Parashat Achrei

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Acharei. The portion discusses how the Kohein should conduct himself on Yom Kippur when he enters in to the Kodesh Hakodoshim.

Later, the Torah describes laws of forbidden relationships (arayos), the different improper ways and their punishment.

When beginning to discuss forbidden relationships, the Torah (vayikrah 18/23) begins as follows: as the actions of the land of Mitzrayim, which you sat (lived) in,  and as the action of the canaanites where I will bring you, one shall not do (imitate).

Rebbe Bunim of Przesischa explains this Phraise as follows. When one wants to get someone off a lust/ addiction to Alcohol or any similar lust, the best way to teach him is by taking him to visit another drunk, and say to him "you see how awful it looks and is, when you are drunk, don't follow in his footsteps! The Torah says the same thing "you lived in Egypt, you saw the lives they lead, this is not what you want. You remember what they looked like, and you certainly don't want to follow. You saw their empty lives ....don't follow in their footsteps!

This week the Shabbos preceding Pesach, is called Shabbos Hagadol - the Great Shabbos. There are many reasons given for this name. One reason is, that on the Shabbos preceding the exodus of Egypt, the Jews took the sheep/goats in preparation of bringing it for an offering. As we know, the Egyptian worshiped cattle (sheep), this however did not stop the Jews from taking it in front of their eyes and prepare it for an offering.  Due to the GREAT miracle which occurred at that time, this Shabbos is known as the Great Shabbos.

In addition, we know that the Shabbos preceding a Holiday has an influence on the upcoming Holiday, and being that Pesach is the first of all Holidays, it too has an influence on the remaining Holidays, thereby this Shabbos is empowered with great influence.

May we merit to benefit from the abundance of light that comes from this Great Shabbos and utilize it properly to strengthen our Emunah in Hashem.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Notice to Our Readers

No new posts until after the Pesach Yom Tov.

We wish you all a true Chag Kosher V'sameach!!!!!!!

A Pure World - Let's Imagine

  1. What a World would look like without Loshon Hora?
  2. What would the World look like without one 'Tzelem Elokim' destroying another 'Tzelem Elokim'?
  3. What would the world look like without Sinas Chinom?
  4. What Would the world look like without the poison of the internet?
  5. What Would the world look like if Shalom Bayis would be strong?


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Parashat Metzora

This week we are privileged to read the portion Metzorah. The Torah teaches us the laws of someone who was punished with tzoraas and the laws of negoim that appear on a home. The Torah also describes the offering that a metzorah has to bring after he is clean (cured).

Regarding the negoim the Torah teaches us that until the kohein says "tomei (impure)", it is not tomei, and the same is required to purify a nega. (See rash"I Vayikra 14/36).

The Chofetz Chaim explains that the reason for this law is, to teach us the value of words.  Whereas, tzoraas comes, for not being cautious with ones word, in the same way, it only becomes pure by word of the Kohein. The biggest scholar may give his opinion, it will still not change the status until a Kohein says Tomei or Tahor.

The Medrash tells us a story regarding a peddler who came to various cities and announced that he has a remedy for long life, whoever wants to live long, can come and buy. Rav Yanai was fascinated by this man and he approached him, as did many other people. The man took out a Tehillim and showed R' Yanai the phrase in Tehillim 34 who is the man who wants life, loves days to see good. Guard your tounge from speaking evil....

The question is what was so fascinating about what the man said ? The answer may be based on an anecdote told by The Zlatypoly Rebbe. Reb Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev had once been thru Zlatypoly and met the local Rav (not the Zlatypoly Rebbe), and he noticed that the man was a man of a higher caliber. The Berdichever asked him "how he had obtained such a high level"? The Rav answered that in his youth he once came from a far way and stopped in a shul, tired and weak. When he entered the shul, the Rabbi repeated the Mishna in Avos 4/4 me'od me'od hevey shfal ruach, shetikvas enosh rima. "One shall be very very humble spirited, for the anticipated end of mortal man is worms". I was not fully able to follow the entire speech, said the Rav, however, after hearing those words I became a different man. Later, he found out that the Rabbi who was speaking at that time, was Reb Nochum of Chernobyl. The influence of a tzaddik can be so great, that although one may not be able to follow the depth of the lecture, the message can still penetrate.

Reb Shimon Zhelichover explained that Rav Yanai saw that this peddler's words, although they were simple, they had a tremedous influence, and that is what fascinated him.

May we always be influenced and influence others for the good. May we always merit to speak only positive words.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Celebration in Yerushalayim

The whole Jewish world joins the communities in Yerushalayim who are celebrating with Tefilos of gratitude to the Boreh Olam upon the 101st birthday of Maran Harav Eliyashuv Shlit"a, which took place this week.

The Gadol Hador still answers Halachic questions sharply and immediatly.

Klal Yisroel is Mispalel that we should be Zoche to have him amongst us for many more years.

Chodesh Nisan

We have already ushered in the month of Nisan, the month which is called the head of all months, as the Torah calls it Rosh Chodoshim.

The word chodesh (month) the route of the word means new -  renewal. The moon has a renewal cycle every 29 1/2 days, which symbolizes renewal. We were given the mitzvah of keeping a lunar (parallel to solar) calendar and making Rosh Chodesh following the renewal of the moon cycle (molad). We were given this mitzvah together with the mitzvohs applying to Pesach, to teach us that no matter what level we have fallen to, we can still return to the light.

R' Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel of Apte says that while searching for chametz, one shall also search his character traits and burn the bad character traits which are similar to Chometz. Just as we are considered adults after the age of 13, so too we wait until the 13th day of nisan when we are prepared to truly fight the yeitzer horah.

What is clear, that we now have 13 days to grow and be properly prepared for true searching and burning of chometz.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Teens and Chinuch

From David Seltzer.

A teacher who sees a young teen with problems in Yiddishkeit does not mean that the teen has emotional 'Issues'.

He may very well be conflicted by Hashkafa issues. No more no less.

The armchair Psychologist dressed in the name or garb of 'Rabbi', could be very well be dangerous for the teenager who DOES have emotional problems.

1. Check out if the Rabbi who is practicing counseling on your son / daughter has a real degree.
2. After he/she present their degree inquire about their professional experience.

Beware! it is your child's life!

Sefer Kuntres Hateshuvos

In 1952 the famous Sefer Taharas Yisroel on laws of family purity was published in America for the first time. It was published by Rav
Yehuda Tropper Zt"l. Since then it was published 10 more times.

The author of the Taharas Yisroel received various haskamos. Mongst them is a Haskama from Maran Rav Chaim Halevi of Brisk Zt"l.

The author also left unprinted a Sefer called "Kuntres Hateshuvos" on 4 Chelkei Shulchan Aruch. This Sefer was recently published by R' Leib Tropper, founder of Yeshivas Kol Yaakov in Memory, of his most respected father.

This new Sefer with notes and comments from the publisher seems to be turning into a best seller.

Lehagdil Torah U'lahadira

New Seforim

Hagada - Mepee Sofrim Useforim a most popular Hagada filled with meaningful Chassidic thoughts. This Hagada was put together by Rav Friedman a well known Magid in the area of Chassidus.

It isn't just a random collection of Words & thoughts of Gedolei Hachasidus. It is a sefer that makes every thought germane.

A mocher seforim remarked that as soon as he orders 100 of these Hagados he has requests for 120.

Lehagdil Torah

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Parashat Tazria

This week we are privilged to read the portion Tazria. The portion begins with the laws of purity after a child is born and the obligation of performing a bris on an eight day old boy. The rest of the portion discusses the laws of Tzara'as (negoim) - leprosy, which are the punishment for lashon horah (talking bad about others. The Torah describes different types of negoim. There can be a  Nega (leprosy) on a home, on clothing or on a human body. Each of these are reminders for the person to repent and improve.

When the Torah discusses the laws of Negoim on a person's body, when one thinks they may have tzora'as the posuk says (Vayikra 13/2) He shall be brought to Aharon hakohen or to one of his sons the kohanim.   Later in the Torah (vayikra 14/35), when referring to negoim on houses the Torah says "and the one to whom the house belongs shall come to the Kehen and declare something like an affliction (nega) appeared to me in the house".

Reb Shlomo of Karlin asks, why when referring to tzara'as on a person does the Torah say and "he shall be brought" to the kohen, however when referring to tzara'as on a home, it says that he "comes to the kohen" ?  Reb Shlomo provides an explanation based on the Medrash. The Medrash says that the Merciful Father (Hashem) does not afflict a person immediately. First he sends an affliction to his home, if he doesn't improve, Hashem will send an affliction on his clothing and if he still doesn't improve, then he's personally going to be afflicted (on his body). It appears, that when a person finds a tzora-as on his home he is not yet deeply involved in sinful ways, therefore it makes sense that he comes to kohen on his own. However, a person who has sent numerous messages from Hashem, and still hasn't repented, this person will most likely not even come to the kohen, but rather need to be brought to the kohen.

What we can and should learn from here is, G-d often sends us messages and waits for us to come closer to Him. Let us get the message before it hurts.


This week in addition to the weekly portion, we read a supplement called parshas hakhodesh (from parshas bo). This supplement begins with the obligation of keeping a lunar calendar with Nisan being the first month. Then the Torah discusses the laws of the Pesach offering.

May we all merit to make the proper preparation for Pesach.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rabbi Disqualifies Witness

Most recently a Rav disqualified a potential witness for a Kidushin.

The Rav is a Magid Shiur in a respected Yeshiva in E.Y. and a Rav of a Beis Knesses in Northern E.Y.

The Rav knew the designated witness and knew that on a number of occasions he was a "Kofuy Tov" to people who gave him Great opportunities.

The Rav asked that they not use this witness and explained himself.

He said that he heard from a Gadol BeTorah that Maran Harav Chaim Ozer Zt"l considered a 'Kafuy Tov' someone who deserves to be a "Psul Kahal"! He based it on the Ramban in Parshas Ki Tetzei.

And the Rav added “Someone who deserves to be a "Psul Kahal" should not be a witness”!

Utenu Kavod L'Torah!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Power of Tefila

The Greidetzer Rav, Hagaon Rav Eliyahu Gutmacher Zt"l writes in Mesechet Shabbos page 130-A that there is a special guarantee for one who davens while a baby who is being circumcised is crying, that their Tefilo will be accepted if the designated chapter in Tehilim is Said. It is Tehilim Perek 6.

The Greidetzer Tzadik Zt"l was a Talmid of Rav Akiva Eiger Zt"l.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Tuesday in Tiveria

A Siyum Harambam will take place this Tuesday at the Kever of the Rambam.

Thousands are expected to join this event sponsored by Chabad.

Twenty seven years ago, the Lubavitcher Rebbe Zy"a introduced this idea of learning Rambam every day. If one learns 3 Perakim daily they finish the Sefer of the Rambam in one year.


Japan, Tzunami and Nuclear Reactors

The Rachomstrivka Rebbe in Eretz Yisroel made a strong statement about why he believes Japan is going thru such a unusual crisis.

He blamed the continued incarceration of the Yeshiva boys for crimes not committed as the reason for their catastrophe.

The Rebbe Shlit"a may have said what many orthodox jews believe.

Purim Miracle

The youngest son of the previous "Toldos Aharon" Rebbe Zt"l, became a father after 33 years of marriage. The twin babies were born on Shabbos Parshas Zachor.

The new parents would visit Kever Rachel regularly.

The father, the Tzadik, Rabbi Yosef Yoel Kahn Shlit"a the Rebbe of "Khal Mevakshei Emunah" made a grand Kiddush this past Shabbos in Lizonsk.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Real Estate

Real estate in America is at a 10 year low according to the media.

Previously predicted to go up a bit it actually took a turn for the worse.


Former candidate for vice president of the United States, mrs. S. Palin is currently visiting in Israel. She is scheduled to meet P.M. Binyomin Netanyahu in the next few days.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Purim in Yeshiva

This year many yeshivos in E.Y. will have a night Seder for 3-4 hours after Megilah reading.

The recognition that Torah is the only refuge from the anti-semitism that we are surrounded by is the catalyst for this new initiative.

In the Yeshiva of South Fallsburg there has been a long standing tradition that the Bochurim learn all thru the nite, Daven, read the Megilla, Mishloach Monos and Matonos L'evyonim and go to sleep until Seudas Purim.


Mashgiach of Lakewood

Hagaon Harav Matisyahu Solomon Shlit"a declared this week that the best dormitory for Bochurim is home. Of course this is not always convenient for a variety of reasons.

Maran Harav Y. Kaminetsky Zt"l also declared a number of times that until a bochur is 16 he should not leave home.

New Yeshiva in Carmiel, Israel

Under the direction of Maran Harav A.L. Steinman Shlit"a a new yeshiva bearing the name of his Yeshiva "Orchos Torah" will open its doors after Pesach. The Yeshiva is located in Karmiel which neighbors Miron.

The Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a made it clear that Bochurim should be discouraged from visiting the Kevorim in Miron during the Zman.

He continued to tell the Rabbeim to convey to their Talmidim that R' Shimon Bar Yochaey would not be happy if they took off time from learning to visit his Kever.

Harav Amar, Shlit"a in Lakewood

The Sefardic Chief Rabbi visited Lakewood recently. He came to the U.S. for a relatives wedding.

His Visit was very short.

He delivered a Shiur in the Beis Medrash Eitz Chaim.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Purim 5771

As the Holiday of Purim is approaching, I want to share with you a thought which is brought in Toldos Yaakov Yosef in the name of the Baal Shem Tov.

What purpose is there in drinking on Purim ? Isn't the Holiday supposed to be something spiritual ? The same could be asked about every Shabbos. What's the point in making Festive meals and having Seudos ?

The Baal Shem Tov answers with the following parable: a pince was once sent away from his father's palace into exile. He ended up on a farm with very simple people, who needed no more than farming clothes and food with some alcohol and tractor ... After a long time in exile, the prince received a letter from his father, the king. He was so excited and really wanted to express his joy, but he didn't have with whom to share his joy. So he decided to make a big party and he fed all the peasants meat and strong wine. They were all rejoicing with the food and he was rejoicing with the letter.

So too with a person, his soul gets excited with Shabbos, with Yom Tov, with a Purim, but the body gets happy from some meat, some chulent, and some good wine/whiskey. So in order for the soul to be able to be joyous with his neighbor the body, we are commanded to drink on Purim. However let us not forget the soul. We dhould come to the recognition and appreciate all the miracles Hashem performed for us!

Have a Happy Purim!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cont'd from Yesterdays Editorial

Continued of...

How do I know? I don't. I can only look at the past ... at what Khadafy has done – and conclude that he will do the same in the future. He can be stopped. When president reagan retaliated for the La Belle attack by bombing Libya itself, Khadafy got the message and quieted down.

It would be productive if the Obama administration got its marbles out of its mouth. Its pronouncements have been all over the lot. Khadafy must go! but not if he doesn't want to. A member of the National Security Council has rightly called “The Obama doctrine” it goes like this “You first”!

President Obama has taken prudence to the point of  PROCRATINATION!

Obama & Khadafy are a mismatch. The president is a thinker, Khadafy is a killer. Unless Obama & the west do something there is a bloodbath coming.

Just ask the Cohens. Khadafy Killed their Daughter!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Moving Editorial

In a popular New York newspaper an editorial by Mr. Cohen caused a quick sellout of the Paper.

This is how it begins:

On Dec. 21,1988 Moammar Khadafy killed Theodora Cohen. That's one way of putting it. Cohen was one of 259 passengers & crew on Pan Am Flight 103. I remember her for obvious reasons (daughter)and also because to paraphrase Erich Maria Remarque, “the death of one woman is a tragedy, the death of millions a statistic”. Khadafy has his statistics but it is a tragedy we are talking about today. There is much more to come.

Khadafy's agents also blew up the La Belle nightclub in what was then West Berlin. Khadafy praised the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich olympics as well as the assasination of Anwar Sadat. He killed dissedents in Libya and sent agents to kill them overseas ,too.

If he wins the current civil war,he will kill his enemies. A bloodbath is coming.

(To be cont'd Tomorrow)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Chief Rabbi Tries for Another Term

It appears that Harav Amar Shlit"a Sefardic Chief Rabbi of Israel would like to continue his Job after his term is finished in 2 years.

There was a law passed that the C.R. could attempt to extend his position for an extra term.

Rav Amar is quite popular amongst the Sefardic community in E.Y. and has the support of Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a.

Rav Amar was the center of controversy when he validated the quick conversions of the IDF.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Fascinating Story - Maran Rav Chaim Kanyevsky Shlit"a

This week

A young Bachur went to Bnei brak to ask  Maran Harav Chaim Shlit"a, 
a question.

The question was that though he resides in the U.S., he is planning to remain in E.Y. for Pesach. Should he keep 1 day or 2 days Yom Tov?

Maran Harav Chaim Shlit"a, asked him if his parents are going to be in E.Y. for Pesach . The Bachur said that they were not planning to be in E.Y. and that his parents wanted him to come home for Yom Tov but he decided to Remain in E.Y.

Upon hearing his response, Maran Harav Chaim Shlit"a said “Instead of asking me a question about 1 or 2 days Yom Tov you should ask me a question about Kibud av V'aym”.

Purim in the Spirit of Kovod Hatorah

In concert with previous statements made by Maran Harav Aharon L. Steinman Shlit"a regarding the special concern one must have with Mitzvos "Bein Adam L'chaveyro" a new Purim request was made.

The Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a signed a letter asking that the Purim plays that include any kind of mocking another Yid should be stopped.

He added that when one hurts another Yid, even on Purim “They are playing with fire” and explained that years later the person that made the hurting remark can suffer and not realize that the remark making fun of another Yid is the cause of the Person's Tzoros.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Toras Harav Zt"l

The New Seforim from the great Gaon Harav Y.D. Halevi Soloveitchik Zt"l are just a small view of the breadth of his greatness. "Al Hateshuos" on Chanuka and Purim is a riveting, deep and profound work.

The Rav Zt"l, had so many talents, so much genius that it is hard to believe that he had Talmidim in all aspects of his being.

There are some who perhaps share a great photographic memory similiar to him.

There are those who have a resemblance of his creative thinking, though very few. And there are those that share his depth of thought.

Yehi Zichro Baruch!

Dvar Torah

This week we are privileged to read to portion of Vayikra, the beginning of the third book of the Torah. The portion begins with Hashem calling Moshe to the Ohel Moed and describing to him all the laws of the different offerings/sacrifices which one can/must bring to the Bais Hanikdash.

There's an intersting dispute between Rambam and Ramban as to the reason behind korbanos (sacrifices/offerings). Rambam writes (Moreh Nevochim), being that some nations worshiped animals and some worshiped demons that are similar to sheep (maybe in looks), therefore we offer that on the Altar (mizbeiach), to prove that we believe only in one G-d, the creator of all animals and humans.

Ramban learns, that the animals are the closest creatures to humans and therefore when we sacrifice them on the Mizbeiach, one should feel that what is/was happening to the animal is precisely what was supposed to happen to him/her. By bringing an offering one brought himself to atonement for all his sins.

The Akeidas Yitzchok says a more simple explanation. The truth is that G-d doesn't need our offerings he created all animals and all humans, he can take what he wants. G-d gave the laws of korbonos as a favor to us, so that we can somehow express our appreciation to Him. When someone gives a gift and the recipient refuses it, it causes aggravation and pain to the giver. On the other hand when he accepts it causes great pleasure. Hashem provided us an opportunity to have him accept our gifts, providing us pleasure.

The Torah Vayikra 1/2 the Torah states - ODOM Ki Yakriv mikem Korbon - a man who wishes to bring forth from amongst yourselves an offering... Rash"I says, that the reason the Torah uses the word Adam when referring to a man and not ISH or any other term, because just like Adam didn't bring fron stolen goods you shouldn't either.

The Klei Yakar explains what does Rashi mean from stolen goods, do I think that one would steal in order to bring an offering ? Says the Klei Yakar, unfortunately, we see many people made their money by being dishonest with others and even stealing at some level and thereafter they may be big charity givers.... G-d wants you to sacrifice honest money.

May we blessed to always offer of "ourselves" to G-d by serving Him with passion and being devoted to one another.

Parshas Zachor

We are not here to instruct anyone regarding Halachic issues.
The controversy regarding women hearing "Parshas Zachor" is one that will not go away.

Here are the different opinions:

  • Obligated:
    Rav Nosson Adler Zt"l, Teshuvos Binyan Tzion, Minchas Chinuch - mitzva 603, Chasam Sofer - Drashos, Minchas Elazar - resp vol 2, Chofetz Chaim - Sefer Hamitzvos Hakatzer, Responsa Yeshuos Malko - o'c -50, Shearis Yaakov, Rav Y.L. Diskin - derabanon.
  • Not obligated
    Sefer Hachinuch, Responsa Keren L'Dovid, Leemudei Hashem-142, Erech Hashulchan, Mateh Yehuda-282-O'C, Responsa Divrei Chaim, Maran Harav Moshe Feinstein Zt"l, Chazon Ish, Kaf Hachaim, Hisorerus Teshuva, Responsa Degel Reuven, Responsa Tzitz Hakodesh, Klausenburger Rebbe Zt"l, Maran Harav Shternbuch Shlit"a.

However our Poskim tell us that is customary that women go to Shul to hear Parshas Zachor.

See Teshuvos Minchas Yitzchok.
See Moadim Uzmanim - Hagaon Hagadol Harav Sternbuch Shlit"a.

Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef & Gilad Shalit

Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a, join the effort to free Gilad Shalit Shyechye.

He is requesting from his followers to take off 5 minutes of work and dedicate that time to daven for the release of Gilad.

The Rav Shlit"a, will also dedicate 5 minutes on Tuesday to daven for his release.

MK, Eli Yishai made a statement yesterday calling on the Israel Gov't to do more for the release of Gilad Shalit.

Agudah Sponsors Commemorative Event

Agudas Yisroel of America is sponsoring a commemorative event in memory of the 2 Manhegei Hador, Maran Harav Moshe Feinstein Zt"l and Maran Harav Yaakov Kaminetsky Zt"l.

The featured speakers are Hagaon Harav Shmuel Kaminetzky, Hagaon Rav Reuven Feinstein and Hagaon Rav Yisroel Belsky, Shlit"a.

Rav Belsky Shlit"a,  was a close Talmid to Maran Harav Yaakov Kaminetsky Zt"l.

These Gedolim passed away 25 years ago. Time has not mitigated the pain of the loss. America has not yet recovered from their absence.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Kavod Hatorah - News

A magazine called World of Psychology reports that most psychiatrists do NOT practice psychotherapy any longer.

The veteran psychiatrists are very disappointed at this discovery, also reported in the times.

This development has caused many psychiatrists not to accept insurance. Dr. Levine who used to devote 45 minutes per patient has educed it to 15 minutes only reviewing medications.

Years ago these psychiatrists knew their patients better than their own family. Today they rarely remember their names.

A survey in 2005 found that only 11 percent provide talk therapy.

Shlomo Hamelech says in Mishlei "Da'ag Blev Yashchena" Chazal say "Yaseechena l'achyrim".

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Word From Maran Harav A. L. Steinman Shlit"a

In a recent conversation with the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a, he declared unequivocally that the focus of our Avoda in our times should be on "Bein Adam L'chavero" - Mitzvos between one person and another.

Sinas Chinam, Kina'h, Ona'as Devorim, Malbin Pnei Chaveiro Berabim and Miskabed Bekolon Chaveiro not to mention Loshon Hara and Rechilus are of utmost concern particularly in the pre Messianic era.

The health and abundance of Brocho this Avoda will bring is immeasurable.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Viznitzer Rebbe of Monsey Changes Custom

The day of the wedding of the Rebbe Shlit"a family is a special day.

Across the world his Chassidim refrain from saying "Tachnun" the whole week of the Chasuna.

However recently the Rebbe Shlit"a has decided that only in the Shul where the Choson Davens should they refrain from saying Tacnun.

Reason: bla"h there are so many family Simchas that if they were to continue with the original custom, Tachnun would hardly be said. In order to preserve the Tefilas Tachnun he decided that there should be a change.

Rebbe of Skver & Internet

The Skverer Rebbe Shlit"a has involved himself in the battle against the internet.

In an article in this weekend's Bakhila it is reported that the Rebbe Shlit"a has met with advisors who discussed ways of filtering the internet to protect the young and old from reading & seeing Loshon Hora, Rechilus, Hotzas Shem Ra and other sorts of damaging content.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Halacha L'maaseh

It is quoted in the name of Maran Harav Moshe Feinstein Zt"l that the difference in price between Cholov Yisroel and Cholov Stam does not serve as an allowance to drink Cholov Stam.

(Rabbi Felder-Phila)

The Tzadik Reb Shlomo of Radomsk Zt"l

This Shabbos is the Yahrtzeit of the Tzadik of Radomsk Zt"l.

His popular Sefer "Tiferes Shlomo" is a master work of Chassidus in it's great warmth.

He would often visit the Apte Rebbe Zt"l and Reb Simcha Bunim of Pashischa Zt"l and he would visit the Divrei Chaim of Zanz Zt"l infrequently.

The Teffilos of the "Radomsker" were known to bring all those around him to great Hisorerus.

Yehi Zichro Baruch!

Two Giants

This month we all commemorate the Yartzeit of the two Manhegei Hador, Maran Harav Yaakov Kaminetsky & Maran the Posek Hador Harav Moshe Feinstein, Zichronom l'virocho.

These two Gedolim led Klal Yisroel and the Olam Hatorah for 4  decades if not more.

Rav Aharon Kotler Zt"l, once declared that the Pashtus of Rav Yaakov belies his greatness in Torah.

Maran Harav Moshe Zt"l, the Posek Hador whose Halachic genius has not seen such parallel in America, wWas also the Gadol of "Midos" in America.

Yehi Zichrom Baruch!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Parasht Pikudei

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Pikudei, completing the second book of Torah, Shmos. The portion begins with a full accounting of all the gold silver and copper that was used for different articles and vessels of the Mishkan (temple). Thereafter the Torah describes in detail how all the priestly garments were made in accordance with the specifications given in Parshas Tetzave. In addition to the weekly portion, we read a supplement called parshas Shkolim. In the supplement we read about the obligation to give a half Shekel to the mishkan, which was used for the adonim (sockets). This was an equal obligation to all rich and poor, Half Shekel from all. The reason we read this supplement now is, because in the Bais Hamikdash the collection of funds for public offerings began on the 1st of Adar. That is why we read this portion on the Shabbos preceding the 1st of Adar.

The midrash teaches us that some light headed individuals were saying that Moshe became rich off the contributions of the Jewish nation for the Mishkan (i.e. he pocketed goods for himself). Therefore, Moshe devoted time to count exactly what came in and gave an exact count as to where all the goods went.

If one thinks in to this, one can not help but wonder. Did anybody ask for an accounting from Aharon when they contributed for the golden calf ? The answer is, clearly not. Why is that ? Because when it comes to holiness people always find reason to dispute, however when there's no substance, anything goes.

Another very interesting observation: After Moshe gave the exact figures as to how much of each commodity (god, silver, copper ..) was contributed, Moshe detailed what was done with the silver (adonim - sockets for the sanctuary and for the partition) and what was done with copper (hooks for the pillars......), but no mention as to what was done with the gold. Why didn't he announce what was done with all the gold ?

The answer, says Reb Yonoson Eibshitz, is simple. 
Who were the people demanding a count ? Who are always the people at every tzedokoh appeal shedding reasons not to give ? The people who lack an understanding and a desire to contribute with their whole heart. The people with generous hearts who contribute big sums wholeheartedly never ask for a count. Therefore Moshe only gave a count for the people who gave silver and copper, for those may not have been contributed with generosity and wholeheartedly. However the contributors of gold, did not even think of asking for a count.

Parshas Shkolim
Rashi explains (medrash), that Hashem showed Moshe a half shekel coin made of fire.
The Chidushei harim explains that Hashem was trying to show him, that the contribution should be given with fire (whole heatedly).

Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk says that this was an important  message. Fire has two different purposes. It can warm someone and protect them from cold and it also has the ability to burn someone. This was the message G-d was sending to the Jewish people. If money is used properly, it can warm you up, however if it is used improperly, it can burn someone.

May we all merit to give tzedoko with generosity and always be from those who are kind not those that criticize.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rabbanim Datyim-Leumiyim Send Letter of Support

Rav Shlomo Aviner Shlit"a and a group of other Rabbonim sent a letter of support to former Israel president, Moshe Katzav.

Rav Aviner from Beit"el and the Rosh Yeshiva of Har Mor - Rav Tzvi Tau Shlita and others sent a public letter of support  stating that the “light of truth should shine etc.”

The above Rabbonim asked that the people treat the previous pPresident with reverance as before.

The Rabbonim themselves signed and wrote “As was is” followed by their signature.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Missing Money

Money raised towards the campaign to free the long time prisoner, Gad Shalit, lay' missing.

The thief who was caught and identified has a history of raising Money for causes and then skimming much of the money for himself.

He was imprisoned previously for 4 years.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Techiyas Hamaysim" According to the Mabit. The Toldos on Suffering.

A) In the Sefer "Bais Elokim" written by the Mabit he describes the process of "Techiyas Hamaysim".

He writes that people will come to life again in the order of the "Aleph Bais". Hence Adam Harishon will rise before Avrohom Aveinu and Aharon Hakohen before Moshe Rabbenu etc....

This of course will be done with every generation.

B) One who is pained over another Jew's suffering like it would be his own, will be exempt from "Yesurim". (Toldos Yaakov Yosef Parshas Noso).


Parashat Vayakhel

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Vayakhel. In this portion the Torah tells us how the Jews contributed generously, and constructed the Mishkan with all the details as described in the portion of Terumah and repeated again in this weeks portion.

As we discussed three weeks ago, when G-d commanded Moshe to have the Mishkan constructed he repeated several times the term, as you were shown on the mountain (Sinai). We discussed an explanation as to the significance of the fact, that he was shown on the mountain. This week I would like to share with you another explanation.

We know, that before receiving the Torah, the Jews were united - k'ish echod b'leiv echod - as one man with one heart. This was perhaps the main ingredient for being a nation worthy to receive the Torah. Perhaps, this is what Hashem was telling Moshe when the Mishkan would be constructed; when people will bring donations of gold, they are not to be treated better than the person who will bring wool or red thread. Everyone should be treated as one. The wealthy man did not get a tablet with his name and the poor man was not mistreated. Everyone was united, just like the time of Kabolas HaTorah. Without absolute unity there can be no G-dly presence.

This explains why this weeks portion begins with Vayakheil Moshe, Mosher gathered the entire Jewish nation the reason for the gathering was, because without unity the mishkan can't be constructed.

Another interesting observation perhap: we find in this weeks portion (Shmos 36/7) that the Jews brought donations and there was enough (dayom) and extra (v'hoseir). This seems to be a contradiction, if it was enough then there wasn't extra ? The commentaries (sichos tzadikim) explain this text. Had there been exactly enough, one could have thought that thanks to his contribution the mishkan was constructed, and without him nothing could happen. With such an attitude there would not be a chance for a G-dly presence. On the other hand, when people knew that there was extra they may think maybe they didn't really merit to have a part in the mishkan thereby being humble and equal to others. That's what the Torah says it was enough, the reason is, because there was extra. had there not been extra the mishkan could not exist only after there was extra was it enough. This is the way the large contributor along with the small contributor who gave his last property, were all equal. Everyone gave with their whole heart in unity.

New Activities to Curb Loshon Hora

A new organization to preserve the laws of Loshon Hora are adopting a campaign against the "So Called" Frum internet sites in Israel.

They met with 4 Roshei Yeshiva last week to ask them to push for sanctions against those sites. Visits are planned to more leading Rabbonim and Gedolim who will join this campaign.

The meeting was held in Ramot.

In the U.S. there has been similar activity headed by RCB of Lakewood.

The Gedolim of Eretz Yisroel and Chutz L'aretz have warned those who are running those web sites that it is in the category of  “Lo Yove Hashem Seloch Lo”!

We ask Bnei Torah: protect your Neshomo from these toxic sites...
Protect your life from the Klolos issued in the Torah!
Do not give your Neshomo over to the influence of UOJ , FM, DIE or RW.... Arba Avos Nezikin!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Almost Word for Word

The online Daily Forward.
Wed. Feb 23,11
Posted 12:41pm

Dozens of Rabbis from North America are protesting against the Israel's Interior Ministry after reports that converts  are being denied the right to immigrate to Israel because they received an ORTHODOX conversion.

The right to I

Former White House Chief of Staff

Former white house chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel defeated all 5 candidates in the mayoral race in Chicago. It will make him the first orthodox (modern) leader of this Windy city.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

One Jew dead in Earthquake in New Zealand

Amongst the 65 killed in the Earthquake in Christchurch, NZ, was at least one Jew from Eretz Yisroel who was touring.

The earthquake registered 6.2 on the richter scale.

A bus was also trapped under the rubble…

Baruch Dayan Emes!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Geirus Problem

As the Eidah Hacharedis prepared to organize protests against the acceptance of conversions of the military which are absent of "Kabalat mitzvos", things have changed.

Meor Yisroel, Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef Shlita released a new statement where he states that a Geirus can only be valid if there is full Kabbalat Mitzvot.

This is in contrast to rumors that were circulated that he said otherwise.

Maran Harav A.L. Steinman Shlit"a was not prepared to be involved in a protest that was understood to be against Maran Harav Ovadia Shlit"a.


The "Pnei Menachem" Zt"l

Chassedei Ger and others, commemorate the 15th Yartzeit of the previous Rebbe of Ger, Rav Pinchas Menachem Zt'l.

His mastery of Shas Bavli, Yerushalmy, Tosefta, Sifri, Sifra, Michilta and Arba Chelkei Shulchan Aruch was frightening. He was a throw back from previous Doros.

His heart was totally devoted to Klal Yisroel and for the 4 years that he was the 'Rebbe' he shouldered the burden of Klal Yisroel in a very personal way.

His Avodas Hashem that merged with his unusual Middos Tovos was extraordinary and inspirational.

He was Niftar on Motzei Purim and left over a family of great Gedolei Torah & Chassidus. His Seforim on Chumash & his recently printed Mamaorim have captured the hearts of many and is a true depiction of an elevated Neshoma.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Viznitz (EY) and Kavod Hatorah

Hagaon Hatzadik Harav Yisroel Hager Shlit"a, made it clear that cell phone use is not acceptable in Viznitz. Bochurim who use cell phones will not be allowed into the Beis Medrash and will not have members of the Viznitz Yeshiva participate in their wedding.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Parshat Ki Tisa

This week we are privileged to read the portion of ki sisa. The portion begins with the mitzvah of giving a half shekel. Later we learn about the sanctity of Shabbos and further we learn about the tragic sin of the gloden calf. The Torah tells us how Moshe defended the Jewish nation befor G-d and begged for forgiveness.

We find that when Moshe asks Hashem for forgiveness he says (Shmos 32/31) please! This nation has committed a tremendous sin ... And now if You would but forgive their sin! But if not erase me now from your book.

This needs clarification. Moshe was defending the Jews, why then would he describe the greatness of the sin ? Also, what would erasing him from the book accomplish ?

The Dubno Magid explains this conversation with the following parable: a minister had a relative who was a well known thief. Every time he was caught he would run to his relative to beg mercy of the king and get pardoned for his crime. The pattern continued several times, until once he committed a tremendous robbery. The minister was stuck, how can he possibly defend this crime? He decided to come to the king and say "please fire me immediately"! why ?, The king will ask. You see my relative keeps stealing, relying that I will save him by defending him before the king. However, if I will be released from my position he may stop his criminal activity, as he will lose his advocate.

So too, Moshe came before Hashem and said this is a tremendous crime release me, and they won't commit any crimes as they will have no defender...

Chassidic masters write a slightly different explanation. When Moshe said ono choto hoam hazeh chato'oh gedolah (This nation has committed a tremendous sin). The word chet means a sin and also a "mistake". Moshe was saying that they committed a tremendous mistake, which is consider to be a crime only because of their greatness. As we know our sages teach us that Hashem judges tzadikim precisely even as a thin hair, meaning that the greater the person the greater the judgment. What may be considered a mistake to a simple man would be considered a sin to a righteous man.

Moshe was saying to Hashem that the Jews made a mistake, and the only reason that they're being judge so harshly is because they are great people. So what appears to be offensive is now being used as the defense.

May we merit to always do the right thing, yet be able to defend other's wrongdoing.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

From our Gedolim Zt"l

Rav Akiva Eiger Zt"l, would go to the Mikva everyday even if it meant chopping thru Ice.

New Sefer - Imrei Baruch

Recently published "Imrei Baruch" from Harav Baruch Simon Shlit"a is a most popular Sefer.

This Sefer of 4 Volumes on Chumash is written with the flavor of "Lumdus" that is quite attractive.

Rabbi Simon, a graduate of Yeshivas Rabbenu Yitzchok Elchonon (YU) is a Magid Shiur in the Yeshiva.

The Haskomos are from his Rabbeim, Rabbi H. Schechter and Rabbi Willig Shlit"a.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Eldest Rosh Yeshiva Visits London

This week Hagaon Harav Koppelman Shlit"a, flew to manchester where he will spend Shabbos. After Shabbos the Zkan Rosh Hayehivos will be travelling on to London.

A Rosh Yeshiva over the age of one hundred is rare to see. Hagaon Harav Koppelman Shlit"a was a Talmid of Maran Hagaon Harav Shimon Shkop Zt"l.

"Ad Meah V'esrim"!!!!!!!

Simcha in Bnei Brak

Rosh yeshivas Chug Chasam Sofer, Hagaon Harav Shmuel E. Stern Shlit"a is marrying off his first grandchild.

The Kallah who is the daughter of Harav Yom Tov Stern Shlit"a, one of the members of the organization “Tiferes Bais Yisroel” formerly known as EJF or Netzach Mishpachas Yisroel is getting married this thursday, be"h.

The grandfather is a well known Moreh Horoa in Bnei Brak and a member of the Bais Din of Maran Harav Wosner Shlit"a.

Mazal Tov!!!!

New Translation of Tehilim

For the first time the Sefer Tehilim has been translated with the commentary of Rashi. It is a Russian Translation.

This obviously makes Sefer Tehilim more useful to many as a sefer to learn.

The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Harav Lazar Shlit"a was very involved in this great project together with other Talmeidei Chachomim.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A True Simcha

The Chasuna of the son of Hagaon Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel shlit"a brought many Talmedei Chachamim and Roshei Yeshiva together.

The Chasuna took place in lakewood this past Wednesday nite.

Paticipating in this Chasuna were all the Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva Shlit"a, Hagaon Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, Hagaon Harav Ausband and Hagaon Harav Meir Hershkowitz Shlit"a.

The Rosh Yeshiva Harav Elya Ber Shlit"a, came back to South Fallsburg after the Chasuna to deliver his daily Shiur.

....A True Kovod Hatorah!

The Rosh Yeshiva will be returning to Lakewood for Shabbos Sheva Berachos.

Parashat Teruma

This week we are privileged to be reading the portion of Terumah. This portion begins with G-d's command to Moshe to tell the Jews to take contributions from everyone whose "heart motivates him"...

The Jews were to contribute 13 different items for the Mishkan, a dwelling for G-d. In the Mishkan, there would be a constant feeling of G-d's Presence.

All the articles of the Mishkan, the Aron (ark), Shulchan (table), Menorah, Mizbeiach (altar) and so on,  needed to be built with exact measurements and specifications, as the Torah describes.

In Shmos 26/30 Hashem tell Moshe "you shall erect the mishkan according to its manner, as you have been shown on the mountain (sinai). The Torah repeats several times similar phrases regarding articles of the mishkan that it should be made as you were shown on the mountain.

We need to understand, what is this referring to ? What's the reference to the mountain ?

To understand this, perhaps we can benefit from an explanation given regarding Kabolas Hatorah. The medrash teaches us, that G-d approached all the nations, whether they would like to accept the Torah. Upon their question, as to what is written in the Torah ? G-d replied to each nation just that which was against his nature thou shall not steal, thou shall not kill etc..... Naturally they were not willing to accept something which would require a lot of work (breaking their nature). The nations might however argue, that had G-d put the Jews in same situation they may have refused as well. This is why G-d gave the mitzvah of hagbeil. The Jews were commanded to create a boarder around Mount Sinai, Moshe and Aharon go up and the rest of the nation must be restricted to an exact area not  even centimeter closer than allowed. The nature of being fenced in and LIMITED, this is not characteristic for a Jew. However when they were commanded to do so they accepted with pleasure to do G-d's will.

Similarly, when it comes to the mishkan, one might think I'll build a couple of meters bigger, what would be so terrible ? That's why G-d told Moshe "as you were shown at the mountain", to say that when G-d commands limitations, we accept it precisely according to His will. Just as we did at Mount Sinai, so too at the Mishkan, when limitation is required, we accept it despite our possible desire to build bigger.

In conclusion what we learn from this is that sometimes being limited may bring about unlimited opportunities. But we must remember that this is only applicable when G-d requires that of us.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Sefer Grabs Attention of English Speaking Torah Community in The U.S.

The newly translated Sefer "Chovas Hatalmidim" written by the great Piaseczna Rebbe hy"d has become a great source of inspiration amongst the english speaking Torah community.

Published by Feldheim, this Sefer  has the original Loshon Kodesh side by side with the english translation.

This new Sefer gives the Rebbe's unparalleled chizuk a voice in our "Dor".

The Piaseczna Rebbe zt"l is a descendant of the Rebbe of Koshnitz zt"l.

The Rebbe inspired the broken souls in the ghettos during the Churban of Europe.

He was killed by the Nazis ym"sh on the fourth day of Cheshvon 5704 in a camp near Lublin.

The Rebbe hy"d often quoted his father the Imrei Elimelech zt"l who wrote “One who sacrifices himself for another Jewish soul is greater than one who gives his life for Hashem”.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Parashat Mishpotim

From Harav Wolpin

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Mishpotim. The Torah describes many different rules and laws, the majority of which apply to man and his fellow (bein odom lchaveiro). Immediately after we read about kabolas haTorah, we read about the laws applicable to man and his fellow. One should remember that without being honest and kind to a fellow human, the mitzvohs between man and G-d are worthless.

The Torah (shmos 22/24) encourages lending money to the needy and the details of how to collect debt, when applicable. It is written when one lends money to my nation, the poor man, with you..... The chida explains this phrase in several ways.

There was once a king who was in a very upbeat mood and he asked his prime minister "tell me, how much are "your" net assets worth"? The PM answered "approximately, twenty thousand dollars". The king became angry, as he knew, the PM was a wealthy man and he felt betrayed. The PM explained, "twenty thousand is the amount that I gave to charity, that is mine, the other assets can be taken away from me, they're not eternal".

Says the Chid"a, when one gives to a needy person he should give it as a loan so that the poor man is not embarrassed to take it and remember that what you give him, remains with you. Im kesef talve es ami, when you'll loan (give) money to my nation, es haoniy imoch - remember that what you give the poor man, remains with you.

The Chid"a adds another explanation, when a man of means withholds money from a poor man, G-d may punish him as if he stole from the poor man. As G-d put wealth in the hands of some and made others needy, it is only to spare the wealthy man in the merit of charity, and he is no more than an executive on G-d's estate. If he will not distribute the money according to G-d's will, he may be held accountable for mismanaged funds.

That is what the Torah is telling us "es He'oniy  imoch - the poor man is with you",  he is a partner.

May we all merit to always be kind and generous and always pass the trials we are placed in, whether between man and G-d or between man and his fellow mankind.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Yahrtzeit of Rav Leibel'e Aiger Zy"a

This Wednesday nite begins the Yahrtzeit of the Great Gaon and Tzadik - Harav Leibel'e Aiger Zy"a.

Rav Leibel'e Aiger was a grandson of the Gaon of his "Dor", Rav Akiva Aiger zt"l.

He was also a Talmid of the Cheidushei Hari'm zt"l.

Rav Leibe'le married a woman from Lublin where he set up residence. Lublin was a city considered a metropolis of Chassidus. The spirit of the "Choze" Of Lublin hovered over the city.

Rav Leibe'le davened in the Bais Medrash of the "Choze".

Subsequently he became close to the Kodosh Rav M. Mendel of Kotzk Zt"l. Eventually his grandfather, Rav Akiva Aiger zt"l embraced his grandson realizing that he truly was a great person.

In the "Kotzker" Rebbe's surroundings he met the "Ishbetzer" Zy"a. He became very devoted to the "Ishbetzer".

Rav Leibel'e Aiger was Niftar on the same day of the month as his Rebbe, The "Kotzker".


Belzer Rebbe Pained Over Assimilation

In a recent talk given by the Rebbe Shlita to his Chassidim, he expressed strongly that we must wage a major campaign to turn the tide of assimilation.

The intermarriage rate is above 50% in the U.S. alone.

Merkaz Rabbonei Europe at their most recent conference made the problem of intermarriage  a theme of their gathering. The Conference was held in Milano, Italy.

New Book on Child and Domestic Abuse

A new book on the issues of child and domestic abuse (in the orthodox world) has been published and being sold at various jewish bookstores.

The author, Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn has been working on this project for a while and deserves recognition for generating an awareness of a serious issue.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Maran Harav Eliyashuv Shlita Concerned Over IDF Conversions

Posek Hador - Maran Harav Eliyashuv Shlita, has warned against accepting the quickie conversions performed by the IDF and accepted by the chief rabbinate of Israel .

Along with Maran Posek Hador Shlita, Harav Chaim Kanyevsky Shlita, Harav Nissim Karelitz Shlita, also proclaimed those conversions null & void.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Geirus Problem in Israel

Maran Harav Eliyashuv, Harav Steinman and Harav Kanyevsky Shlita, have protested against accepting the quick conversions performed in the army.

The chief Rabbinate in Israel is commited to accept these conversions despite the opposition of the Torah community in Eretz Yisroel.

The three Gedolei Eretz Yisroel Shlita claim that there is no sincere “Kabalas Mitvos” in the IDF conversions.

Lakewood in Monsey this past Shabbos

The Lakewood Yeshiva's effort in Monsey appears to have been a success. The Shabbos & the Melave Malke were extremely meaningful and also assisted  their fund raising effort. The community of Monsey enjoyed the presence of the Roshei Yeshiva.

Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, founded by Maran Harav Ahron Kotler zt"l, is the largest yeshiva in North America with over 5,000 students.

The largest Yeshiva in the world is the Mirrer yeshiva in Yerushalayim with over 5,000 students.