Sunday, July 15, 2018

BARUCH DAYAN HAEMES

One of the Gedolei Haposkim in Eretz Yisroel was Niftar on‎ Layl Shabbos. Maran Harav Sraya Dublitzky, who resided in Bnei Brak was niftar on Friday night at the age of 93.

A talmid of Maran the Chazon Ish zt"l and of many Sefardi Mekubalim he was a light for the Bnei Brak community. The Levaya was today attended by thousands.

He authored close to sixty seforim the dealt with many contemporary Halachic issues.

Yehi Zichro Baruch - Utenu Kavod Ltorah 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dvar Torah - Shlach - From Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

Dear Friends

This week we are privileged to read the portion of Shlach. The portion begins with tragic event which brought about so much sorrow to Klal Yisroel, the spies that slandered Eretz Yisroel. Twelve spies were sent to explore the land and report to Klal Yisroel. All but two, came back with negativity. Yehoshua and Koleiv were the two that stood out and tried convincing the Jews that our land is very very great. It was then decreed that the Jews would have to wander in the desert for forty years. The entire generation (who were over the age of twenty during the exodus of Egypt) passed away in the desert aside from the two spies who defended the Holy Land, Koleiv and Yehoshua. Moshe once again begged of Hashem to forgive the Jewish people. Hashem forgave but the punishment remained. We later learn about adding libations (nisochim) to all the offerings. The Torah also discusses the mitzvah of challah, which needs to be separated from dough. The portion ends with mitzvah of Tzitzis.

There’s an obvious question which should disturb anyone who learns this portion. Why is it that by the sin of the golden calf (cheit ho’eigel), which seems much worse than the sin of the spies, Hashem accepted their atonement and forgave them, however here we find that the nation was sad and mourned, and still they needed to stay in the desert for forty years and no one except for Koleiv and Yehoshua survived. Why so much harsher ?

I’d like to offer an insight which perhaps will shed some light on the difference between the approach of the two methods of Tshuva. One can do Tshuva, regret the sin and feel remorse to a great degree, however, there’s no point on dwelling on sin, move on! Others may sit and dwell and be depressed over the terrible sin they committed and that remains the focus. This is not the right approach. One needs to be happy that Hashem gives us the opportunity to rectify the wrong and repent. The Torah tells us in Bamidbor 14/39, when Moshe repeated Hashem’s harsh punishment - vayisablu ho’om meoid - the nation mourned greatly. Depression and sadness has no place in Judaism, regret is ok remorse is ok, but one needs to move on and get closer to Hashem, not stay in the mud. This is perhaps why we are left with Tisha B’av as part of the remnants of this sin, you want to mourn, Hashem will give you what to mourn for. Tshuva needs to be done with Simcha and joy, that one can open a new page and Hashem will accept him under his wings.

The Rebbe of Kotzk gives a different explanation. The content of the sin of the golden calf, was the pursuit of spirituality, however the content of the sin of the miraglim (spies) was the pursuit of materialism. The sin of the golden calf although it was greater than the sin of the spies, it was however in pursuit of spirituality, therefore it can be atoned. A sin for pursuing materialistic gains, is much harder to atone.

The Baal Shem Tov adds another dimension that although they did Tshuva they referred to it as, Asher Omar Hashem ki chotonu - G-d said we sinned (Bamidbor 14/40). They didn’t recognize it deeply on their own they just referred to it as, Hashem said we sinned.
May we merit to rectify the sin of the spies, by always appreciating what Hashem gives us and thereby bring the ultimate redemption.

Gut Shabbos,

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chasdei Hashem the jobless rate went down by 18% in the U.S.
It is a major success for Donald Trump Hodu L'hashem.

Maran Harav M. Sternbuch Shlita, is being supported politically by the Satmar Rav, Harav A. Teitelbaum Shlita.

The Gaa'vad of the Badatz, Maran Harav Tuvia Weiss Shlita, is being supported by the other Satmar Rav, Harav Zalman L. Teitelbaum Shlita.

Maran Harav Sternbuch Shlita is in the U.S. To be Mechazek the Torah Olam.

Utenu Kovod Latorah  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Be careful of mistakes

We were requested to remind the Torah Tzibur that they should avoid looking at blogs‎ even  with a kosher jewish name that do not adher to staying away from writing "Dvorim Asurim". The only blogs that may be viewed are those that are Loshon Hora free‎ and do not embarrass another jewish person.

After all why is it the bloggers business if he believes something is done wrong by someone?

The concept of  "Ltoeles" has been abused by many bloggers.

Utenu Kovod Latorah

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dvar Torah - Shavuos - From Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

This week we are privileged to read the first portion of the fourth book of Torah, Bamidbor. This book is also known as the book of Numbers, as the first portion The portion begins with Hashem recounting klal Yisroel one tribe at a time. Later the tribe Levi is counted separately.

One very important lesson one can learn from this count and it is repeated when later in the book of Bamidbor we learn the order in which the Jewish nation traveled. The Tribe Don was extremely large and they were actually last to journey, behind all other tribes, because Don numbered 62,000. Don, the son of Yaakov, had only one son, named Chushim. Chushim, was deaf. Sometimes people tend to make conclusions and just give up. Let’s think, if Don the son of Yaakov would have just given up on this only son, who was an invalid, the largest tribe of Klal Yisroel would not be. The important lesson to us is, One never knows the potential of an individual.

The words l’mishpichosom l’beis avoisom - according to their families, according to their fathers’ household, are repeated many times in this portion. The Medrash tells us that when the Jews received the Torah the nations of the world were jealous. Why are the Jews so privileged? Hashem responded with one request “bring me your daily trees, as the Jews do”, as is written l’mishpichosom l’beis avoisom - according to their families according to their fathers’ household. The commentaries explain that the Torah is eternal, and in order for it to continue, there needs to be a strong bond between father and son to grandson,  to create a mesora - tradition passed on from generation.
Shavuos, and bamidbor are strongly intertwined and the message to us is that our eternity is dependent on how much effort we put in to our future generations. A hint to this is also written in the first mishna in Rosh Hashono, B’atzeres al peiros ho’ilan - on Shavuos G-d judges the fruit of the trees”, according to many, this is a hint to our fruit, our children.

Let us remember to utilize this special Holiday and pray to merit an understanding of Torah and reaffirm our commitment to Torah and mitzvohs.

Gut Shabbos
Gut Yom Tov


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Chazon Ish Says - Words to Live by


Rosh Chodesh Sivan - Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

The month of Sivan is here. On the first day of this month we arrived at Sinai. This is when and where the final preparations for the BIG event of Kabolas Hatorah (receiving the Torah) took place. We say in the Hagodo on Pesach that arriving at Sinai in itself was a tremendous event, and our sages teach us that Klal Yisroel arrived united as one man with one heart. (Ilu keirvonu lifnei Har Sinai Dayeinu).

King Solomon refers to the day of receiving the Torah as the day of a wedding. Our sages also refer to a phrase in Torah hinting to the same idea (תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה, אל תקרי מורשה אלא מאורסה). We all know that any wedding as small as it may be required preparation, and this is no small wedding. In the holy book Bais Ahron  it is repeated that the event of Kabolas Hatorah repeats itself every year. Although not with the same revelation as it was then, whereby everyone saw the thunders and the flames and the smoking mountain, yet it does occur on the Holiday of Shavuos. Specifically this year when we have a Shabbos just prior to Shavuos it is a greater opportunity to prepare ourselves spiritually for this great event.

May we all merit to prepare properly and utilize the next few days to strengthen our commitment to studying Torah and observing its mitzvohs.

A gutten Chodesh,

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

Sunday, May 6, 2018

News - A victim of Fedex

This past week a jew ( Yaakov Ben Yocheved) was stabbed in manhattan by a FedEx driver and is in critical condition.

The incident happened on 33rd street & 5th ave.

FedEx printed a public apology to the jewish community. Please Daven for a full Recovery for
Yaakov ben Yocheved.

News - Hard to believe!

Hundreds of Germans celebrated the birthday of Hitler, Ym'sh this past week.

The participants wore Nazi shirts with bold themes of Nazi history.

Thank G-D the German police were mobilized and effectively dispersed the disgusting participants  ‎.

Friday, May 4, 2018

News

The English Hamodia appears to have captured people's interest. It is the most popular read weekly torah newspaper in the U.S.

Absent of propaganda, no loshon Hora, and substantive articles about all groups, chassidic, litvish and the sefardi community has earned the paper a reputation not to be surpassed.

It is a paper, well written and respectful to all groups. A true Kiddush Hashem

Utenu Kavod LTorah!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lag Ba’omer - from Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

We are approaching a very special day, known as LAG Baomer (33). This is the day in which Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed to his close disciples many hidden Secrets of Torah and then passed on to the world to come. Reb Shimon desired that this day be celebrated for all future generations. There are various different customs related to this holy day. Some of the great chassidic masters wrote that this day has holiness similar to Yom Kippur. The Chasam Sofer writes that it is the beginning of the horizon of Yom Kippur. It is known that twenty four thousand disciples of R’ Akiva died during the days of Omer counting and on the 33rd day the plague stopped.

The Talmud in Yivamos 62, describes the reason for the death, that they failed to honor each other. After their passing the world was barren until Rabbi Akiva went to the south and taught Torah and established five new Rabbis who saved the Torah world. The most prominent was R’ Shimon bar Yochai. Let’s imagine how R’ Akiva must have felt. We know that he only started to learn Torah ate age forty. He reached the highest levels and became the teacher and famous leader of so many great people, and now he was facing such great loss. An ordinary person would have said “it wasn’t meant to be” and at best would move on in life. Reb Akiva is not phased, he begins rebuilding and merited to have the greatest teacher of the hidden secrets of Torah, Rebbe Shimon, as his prime student. This is the message of Lag Ba’omer. No matter what the situation, if one is determined to do the right thing, there’s no limit to what can be reached.

Let us hope that the teachings of R’ Shimon will continue to shed light on all of us and defend us from all harm. May we merit to be blessed.

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

Monday, April 30, 2018

The situation in Eretz Yisrorel

Yes there is a difference of opinion how to handle the threats of drafting Yeshiva Bochurim into the army.

The True Gedolim ask us not to get involved. It's not for a yeshiva bochur or yungerleit to start protesting and carrying on with abusive words. And then when you hear the wives of kolel men expressing what 'They Hold'... the whole issue becomes laughable.

We should be saying tehilim that there should be Shalom amongst the different groups. And that type of achdus will bring the Geula shlaima.   

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Words of Rav Dessler


News

Lakewood

A New Mashgiach alongside Maran Harav M Solomon shlita has been selected for the lakewood yeshiva. Morenu Harav Aba Brudna,shlita son of Maran Hagaon Harav shmuel Brudna,zt'l. Has been appointed and is very well accepted‎ by the enthusiastic Talmidim.

Meanwhile every few months the Lakewood population almost doubles bla'h. It is unquestionably the fastest growing Torah community in america.

Monsey

As chassidim continue to populate monsey, price values have gone up dramatically. B'H many New chassidishe Yeshivas are appearing all over monsey.

Utenu Kavod Ltorah

Friday, April 27, 2018

Dvar Torah - from Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

This week we are privileged to read the portions of Acharei and Kidoshim. (In Israel they are one portion ahead). The portion of Acharei begins describing the service of the High Priest -Kohein Godol, during the holies day of the year, Yom Kippur. The Torah also discusses all the form of prohibited relations and their punishment. The Torah requires that we live a more holy life, and separated from the way of life of other nations.

The portion of Kidoshim has one of the highest amounts of mitzvohs (commandment), than the rest of the Torah portions, both commandments and prohibitions. The greatest and perhaps the litmus test to see where one is holding in his service to Hashem is, “love your fellow man as Yourself.”
Acharei

The Torah (Vayikro 18/2) tells us: “do not perform the practice (deeds) of the land of Egypt and do not perform the practice of the land of Cannan... and do not follow their traditions. One of the great Chassidic masters explains why does the Torah tell us not to follow the practice of the Egyptians or the Cannanites ? The Torah is talking to someone who has bad desires and tells him, “you want to know what one who follows their desires look like ? Look at the faces of the people that gave in to all their desires, see what they look like, and you won’t desire to sin anymore”. There is also a deeper meaning to this phrase. There’s of course practices that are permissible and practices that are prohibited, however, even permissible practices such as eating and drinking need to be performed appropriately and in a manner befitting for a Jew. This is also reiterated in the beginning of the portion Kidoshim. The portion begins with the command Kidoshim tihiyu - you shall be holy! Our sages translate this to mean - Kaddeish atzmicho bimutar loch - one shall sanctify themselves even with what is permissible. Even if something is permitted, it has limits and a manner how to practice as a mentch or as an animal. Being holy means, not only to refrain from what is forbidden, but even what is permitted, should have measure.

The portion of Kidoshim begins, with Hashem telling Moshe to Speak to the entire congregation and tell them “you shall be holy”. Our sages teach us that this portion was said while everyone was gathered together (bihakheil). One may think that to be holy that’s only for a specific element of Klal Yisroel but not for me. This thought is incorrect. Everyone can achieve holiness, of course on different levels, but one can only strive to reach some form of holiness.

It is getting closer to the holiday of Shavuos and these portions are part of the preparation for the upcoming holiday when we will be accepting and receiving the Torah. May we merit to make the appropriate preparations and be worthy of being the Torah Nation.

Gut Shabbos,

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Extreme volatility of the stock market

The extreme volatility of the stock market recently,  causing much loss of Money is starting to effect The Orthodox Jews as well as non orthodox.

Because the orthodox do not use government
Sponsored education, tuition is high and difficult in the turbulent "Trump Era stock market"

Much of the volatility is caused by the presidents indecision, tweeting threatening words etc..

We hope our Honorable President will do what he needs to bring back a strong upward stock market.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dvar Torah - from Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

This week we are privileged to read the portions of Sazria and Metzora. (In Israel they are one week ahead). The portion of Sazria begins with the laws pertaining to a woman who gave birth and the offerings she must bring. The Torah also repeats the mitzvah of circumcision - Bris Mila. In the remaining part of Tazria and Metzora, the Torah discusses the different leprosies which can occur either on a person, clothing or a home. Each case must be shown to the Kohen who is to determine whether it is a true leprosy which is impure or just a warning sign. The stringent one of all is leprosy on the human body, which if found to be impure, the plagued individual must leave his home and go outside the residents area and call out loud Tumey tumey - meaning impure, impure, so that people stay away from him. When cured, the mitzora (leprotic) must bring a special offering. These leprosies come onto a human as a punishment for slander and evil talk.

The Ohr Hachaim Hakodosh writes that the reason why we wait until the eighth day to do a Bris, is to ensure that a Shabbos passes, in order to obtain sanctity from the Shabbos in preparation for this holy event. Why is it that the Torah chose specifically in this portion to write that one needs to perform this mitzvah on the eighth day? Perhaps there's a theme connecting this entire portion. The Shem M'Shmuel writes, why is it that at first the Kohen locks person up for seven days to see what develops with the leprosy? It is do that a Shabbos passes by and on Shabbos a person is more focused on his spirituality than on the rest of the week, because when one is less involved in the pursuit of materialism one can connect to his soul better. Therefore the Torah gives him a chance to wait a Shabbos to see if he repents, and the leprosy will disappear. Both, Bris Mila and the Tzoraas (leprosy) bring out the potential of the holy Shabbos.

The commentaries explain why is it that a Metzora needs to yell Tomey Tomey (impure impure), double language ? There are two types of impurities. There's an impurity that is a result of a pure person who came into contact with an impure object, such as a corpse or other impure objects. The impurity is from an outside source a Metzora is impure from the inside, due to his inappropriate behavior toward his fellow human being, this is a much more severe impurity, therefore it requires him to yell twice Tomey (impure). Maybe that is also the connection to Shabbos, as suggested earlier. Shabbos is a day which is sanctified on its own, unlike Yom Tov which is dependent on when we declare Rosh Chodesh (the new month). Let one who is impure on his own do tshuva on the day that is holy on its own.

Gut Shabbos,

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dvar Tora - from Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

As Pesach is approaching and we're all preparing for this special night, I want to remind you what is written in Beis Ahron in the name of his father, Reb Osher of Stolin. The reason why the Pesach night meal is called Seder, which means order (arranged), because in this evening we set the tone for the entire year. We are organizing the rest of our future year on this night, and the way we conduct ourselves on this night will have an influence on the entire year. Further the Beis Ahron explains that many mitzvohs are performed throughout the year to commemorate the exodus of Egypt, therefore specifically on this night one should be more tuned in to the way one conducts himself.

In a letter to his followers, the Beis Ahron writes that the tremendous enlightenment that came down to the world during our exodus from Egypt returns every year during this special night and one can draw tremendous spirit from this holiday.

May we all merit to set a Seder for the entire year in the best possible way and prepare ourselves properly for the ultimate redemption - Lishono Habo b'Yerusholayim habinuyo.

Wishing you all a Happy and Kosher Pesach,

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

New Sefer about Maran Harav Gustman, zt"l

A new sefer called 'Ish H'eshkolos' was recently published. This Sefer is the life story on one of our previous illustrious Gedolim Maran Harav Yisroel Zev Gustman,zt'l-Rosh Yeshivas Netzach
Yisroel in Rechavia.

Maran Rav Gustman,zt'l was a Talmid of Maran Harav Shimon Shkop‎, zy"a in Grodna, Poland.

It is in Grodna that he became friends with Maran Harav Chaim Shmulevitz,zt'l‎ and Maran Harav Shmuel Rozovsky‎,zt'l plus many others.

At the young age of twenty (after he got married) he earned a position on the Beis Din of Vilna headed by Maran Rav Chaim Ozer,zy'a

He was held in high esteem by Gedolei Eretz Yisroel including Maran Harav Schach, Maran Harav Eliyashuv & Maran Harav Shlomo Zalman zt"l.

He often gave shiurim to his talmidim for 2 1/2 hours.

He was niftar in 1982 during the month of June.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Dvar Torah

This week we are privileged to begin the third book of Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus). The portion discusses the various different offerings and sacrifices which one can bring either as atonement or as a gesture of good will. There’s are offerings that are obligatory and those which are relevant only due to an occurrence. The most important element is the intention and the thought during the process.

The portion begins with Hashem calling Moshe and telling him the process of contributing an offering and the laws and details. The word vayikro - and He called is written with a small letter Alef at the end of the word. This can be read as vayikor to mean ant it occurred. Our sages teach us that this was due to Moshe’s humility, he didn’t want to write that Hashem called him but rather that it was an occurrence that it so happened that Hashem spoke with him, and not like the was a steady occurrence.
The Beis Avrohom of Slonim adds another dimension to this phrase. Pious Jews would always draw a message from anything they saw or anything that they heard for serving Hashem. For example, Reb Moshe Leib of Sasov was once traveling and a peasant asked him to help lift a heavy item. Reb Moshe Leib apologized and said I’m sorry but I can’t. “You can, you just don’t want to” responded the peasant. Reb Moshe Leib said that his whole trip was worth it just for that one message he heard from the peasant - you can, you just don’t want. Many times we convince ourselves about different things we should do, that we simply can’t, in reality, we can we just don’t have a desire strong enough.
Says the Beis Avrohom, vayikor el Moshe- anything which occurs to a pious Jew, vayidaber Hashem eilov- Hashem is talking to him. Everything that occurs around us, everything we see and hear, is G-d speaking to us.

In addition to the portion of the week we will be reading excerpts from the portion of Bo which discusses the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh and the laws of the Pesach offering. As we all know we are dependent on the lunar calendar. The moon is renewed every month, as do we. The Jewish nation has the ability to renew and start anew, even from the most difficult situations spiritually and physically. As our sages teach us Jews are compared to the moon, they may look like they are about disappear and they renew like a full moon. Our sages teach us that the month of Nisson has the juice to feed us all year. Let us utilize it and be blessed with the power of renewal for the better in all areas of life.

Gut Shabbos
Gut Chodesh,

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolpin

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cleveland Kolel - a big success

The Cleveland Kolel - Yad Chaim Mordechai under the leadership of Hagaon Rav Yaakov V. Katz, shlit"a, son of the founder of Telz in Cleveland, Maran Harav Chaim Mordechai Katz, zt"l, is a tremendous success, attracting yungeleit from all over. 

The new beautiful building serving as the Beis Medrash is truly magnificent and a display of
Kovod Hatorah!

תתפלל בכל לשון שאתה שומע


כי ממנו ניקח

"קדושינו אבות החסידות זי"ע אמרו שלא די לו לאיש שיתאפק מתאוותיו הרעות, רק גם חוב עליו להפוך כל רצון רע לקדושה, שברצון הזה שרצה את הרע, מעתה את הטוב ואת הקדושה ירצה. וכנ"ל מצאו בקדשם לזה רמז בתורה בהא שאמר משה רבינו לפרעה כי ממנו ניקח לעבוד את ד', גם ממנו מן החלק הבהמי הרע ניקח לעבודת ד'"
(הכשרת האברכים פרק ט)

מרא דנפש שלך

"אם באמת רוצה אתה שלא תהיה חס ושלום מן הרשעים שהם ברשות לבם רק מהצדיקים שלבם ברשותם ולא תהא הפקר ונכנע לכל תאווה חס ושלום, רק אתה תהיה מול על עצמך מרא דנפש שלך (דברים רבה פרשה ב) ... אז צריך אתה להתחיל בהתרגשויות קטנות המתרחשות בך.
למשל אם הביאו לפניך באכילתך שני מיני בשר, ונפלה הבטתך על מין אחד כי תתאווה לזה המין יותר, אז אכול מין השני וחתיכה זו שאתה מתאווה לה אל תאכל, ולא תאמר ומה בכל הלא גם זו של התר, וגם אין תאוותי כל כך חזקה עד שיהיה לי חוב לעמוד נגדה, רחם עליך ועל נפשך והחל את מלחמתך בניצני תאוותך הקטנים ועשה את עצמך לאיש גיבור חיל המושל על עצמו, ולבו אף כולו בידו"
(הכשרות האברכים פרק ט)