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



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.


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.”

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