Wednesday, September 28, 2011
DO YOU KNOW THE MINHAGIM OF ROSH HASHANAH THERE MAY BE THINGS YOU DONT KNOW CILCK HERE TO FIND OUT Rosh Hashana- the Beginning of a New Year, the Beginning of a New Self
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
I(YOSSI ZWEIG) spoke with the Marcus Brothers and they are VERY excited about doing a show in Chicago and promise that it will be a once in a lifetime experience for all who attend. After performing in Spain, San Francisco, and Summer Camps all over this past summer, the band is ready to take the show to the windy city.
Please say urgent Tehillim for a one-year-old who is currently undergoing emergency surgery for a brain tumor and is in a coma, Meir Menachem ben Malka.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
And you will return unto Hashem (Devarim 30:2). When we contemplate the rewards that the Torah promises for the mitzvah of "teshuva", not only in the world to come but in this world as well, it's astonishing that we're not putting all our efforts into teshuva. Many people think that the mitzvah of teshuva, literally "returning to Hashem", is for the secular alone; nothing could be further from the truth. Our Torah requires us to "return unto Hashem", that is, until we fully reach Hashem, we haven't yet completed the mitzvah. Hashem's phenomenal rewards for those who return to Him include mercy, ingathering of the exiles, the Land of Israel, protection from enemies, and all sorts of abundance (Ibid, 3 – 9). With Hashem's loving grace, the following parable actualizes the benefits of listening to Hashem and fulfilling His commandment of teshuva; in other words, it's a good idea to do business with Hashem…
In this week's parsha the Torah gives us the last of the 613 mitzvos: the mitzva for every Jew to write his own Sefer Torah. The sefer Yesod Veshoresh Ha'avodah (Shaar Hakolel chapter 15) says that this is one of the mitzvos that merit a person long life. However, this is somewhat puzzling because the Torah only says that a king who writes a sefer Torah merits long life. Harav Hagaon Rav Chaim Kanievski Shlita and Harav Hagaon Rav Yaakov Chaim Sofer Shlita both answer that since the Torah says that a king must write a second Sefer Torah, the Torah is teaching us that the merit of long life refers to the writing of a Sefer Torah by any Jew as well as by the king. (See Sefer Knesses Yaakov pg. 23.) This week's journal will focus on the mitzva of writing a Sefer Torah.
Tehillim on Rosh Hashona It is an inyan to finish Sefer Tehillim twice on Rosh Hashona-if you would like to gather your group together on rosh Hashona, you can finish the Sefer in an Abbreviated amount of time, and get the zchus of all the Tehillim said in the room.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
JM365 started as a monthly FREE download on right here on theJewishInsights.com this past January. Before we knew it we had over 2,000 + download and counting. Seeing the writing on the wall we took JM365 to the next level. Starting today 5,000 glossy copies of this 14 month (September 2011-October 2012) collectors calendar will be distributed FREE in the tri-state area. Each month we have extensive biography’s and backgrounds into the artists featured, as well as some photos which highlight their careers. Some might inquire why their favorite artist isn’t in these amazing pages. Well there’s two parts to that answer, either the star asked us to respect their privacy or our “Board” felt that regardless of how successful a particular star is…or was, they didn’t really change the Jewish Music landscape as much as enhance it. Again we respect your right to differ with our superstar selections and we welcome your thinking on our thinking (just email us at 4JM365@Gmail.com). Besides as they say after the Superbowl “There’s always next year”. In any case, the artists we DO feature in this debut edition of JM365 (yes we’re already at work on next year’s version) is a very diverse mix. From MBD to Yossele Rosenblatt and Jo Amar to Yisroel Lamm we feature a wide variety of talented individuals who have contributed to JM in the last 20-30 years. You’ll find we also featured some non-performers who we unanimously felt should be included because they are instrumental in changing the face of Jewish music. In any case, we hope you enjoy JM/365 as much as we enjoyed creating it …and more important as much as you enjoy the superstars you’ll find in it. If you didn’t see a copy of JM365 and want one you can send a self addressed /stamped envelope (big enough for a calendar+$1.45 in US postage) to: JM365/Jewish Insights PMB 157 1080 McDonald Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11230 you can also print the calender by clicking on the picture
YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of HaRav Sholom Dovber Lifschitz ZATZAL, the founder and head of Yad L’Achim. Earlier Thursday YWN had posted an urgent Tehillim request for Rav Lifschitz, whose condition was reported as critical. The Rav, 84, had been hospitalized about a week ago in Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital with a severe case of pneumonia, and his condition took a drastic turn for the worse earlier today. His condition continued to deteriorate, until his Petira on Thursday night. Advertise On YWN » In addition to countering missionaries, Yad L’Achim had been active in the fight against the phenomenon of Jewish women who marry Arab men and get trapped in their villages, as well as the fight against assimilation. Borsch Dayan Emmes… (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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Dear Friend, On Friday, September 16, 2011, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a draconian sentence on Sholom Rubashkin, a sentence which is essentially a life sentence for him and his wife and 10 children. But six former attorney generals have called this sentence harsh and unfair. We now have a unique opportunity -- for the sake of justice -- to express our outrage for this sentence and actually make a difference. If it can happen to Sholom Rubashkin it can happen to anyone! CLICK HERE TO SIGN The White House has released just TODAY a new tool to allow people to influence goverment called "We the People." It is essentially a petition site, and they promise: "If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and an official response will be issued. And we’ll make sure that the petition is sent to the appropriate policy makers in the Administration." The White House promises an official response to every petition that garners at least 5000 signatures in a span of 30 days. This is a petition that really matters, use this as an opportunity to help Sholom Rubashkin. Tell President Obama to stop ignoring 6 attorney generals and 47 members of Congress and many others in the Rubashkin case! Sign this petition today and join the fight for justice for Sholom Rubashkin. Please forward this to all your contacts and spread the word. That's right. 47 U.S. Congressmen, along with numerous law professors and U.S. Attorneys, have expressed outrage with the way Iowa prosecutors have handled the Rubashkin case from beginning to end. Well they had their turn. Now it's our time to act. Our goal is to accumulate tens of thousands of signatures. Yes we can do it! We have a rare opportunity to let the White House know how disappointed we are that our concerns expressed through our elected officials and many legal scholars have not been taken seriously. This petition urges President Obama to respond with action to the request of 47 Congressmen and 75 law professors and U.S. Attorneys, including 3 former Deputy Attorneys General -- Philip B. Heymann, Charles B. Renfrew and Larry D. Thompson -- who have in an unprecedented fashion asked the Department of Justice to initiate an investigation in what they called "allegations of impropriety and unfairness in the Sholom Rubashkin case." Every U.S. citizen 13 years or older with a valid email address can sign this petition. President Obama is facing elections next year, and he wants to know what is on people's minds. By having thousands of people all across America express their outrage with the overzealousness and misconduct in the case of Sholom Rubashkin, it will send a powerful message that we really do care! 1) Visit "http://wh.gov/gWM 2) Click "Create An Account" and fill out form 3) Check your email and click link 4) Click "Sign This Petition" And please don't forget to spread the word and forward this email to all your contacts!
There is an urgent request for tefilos on behalf of HaRav Sholom Dovber [ben Zlata Masha] Lifshitz, the founder and head of Yad L’Achim, whose condition is reported as critical. The Rav is hospitalized in Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital, reportedly with a severe case of pneumonia in addition to a serious illness afflicting his body. The rav, 84, was hospitalized about a week ago and family members report his condition has taken a drastic turn for the worse during the past hours. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Yeshiva World Growing Concerns Over Maran R’ Elyashiv’s Health (Wednesday, September 21st, 2011) Gabbaim to Maran Posek HaDor HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita are concerned over the Rav’s declining health. Of late, the Rav, who is over 100, has not been doing well and it appears he is not improving. Just this past Friday, emergency medical service personnel and the Rav’s personal physician were summoned when the Rav briefly lost consciousness. The decision was made by his physician, Dr. Gavriel Muntar, not to transport him to a hospital. Following his cataract surgerylast week, his sight has not improved and his overall condition is weak. If a bris is held in his home, the Rav will be sandek but he is reportedly not leaving his home. On Tuesday night at 8:00pm, many took part in tefilos on behalf of the Rav, Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Musha, in a Meah Shearim beis medrash. Leading the tefilos was HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Weissfish, who is close to the posek hador. In a notice appearing in Yated, the tzibur is called upon to increase tefilos, learning and Yiras Shomayim on the Rav’s behalf. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The ‘King of Cable” takes the Chabad Telethon Prime Time with his 2011 Rosh Hashana Special. After stepping down last December from the throne he held for 25 years on “Larry King LIVE”, the Television icon steps back up on the air for what could be called “Larry King ‘To Life!,’”-hosting the 31st Chabad “To-Life!” Telethon, broadcasting live from Hollywood on Sunday, September 25th, from 8PM – 11PM (PDT)(10:00PM-12:00AM CHICAGO TIME). This perennial favorite is already famous as a magnet to celebrity guests-Adam Sandler, Jackie Mason, Martin Sheen, Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel-all of whom joined the dancing rabbis to help raise money for the good work Chabad does for people in need from all faiths and backgrounds. There are always surprise celebrities who show up on the Chabad Telethon: Neil Diamond stopped by to sing “Coming to America,” Bob Dylan dropped in to sing “Hava Nagila” and NBA Champion Jordan Farmar popped in to shoot hoops right on the live Telethon set! So far, the growing list joining host Larry King on Sept 25th include Oscar winners Jon Voight and Elliot Gould, TV personalities Howie Mandel and Tom Arnold, a surprise NBA star and co-hosts Sam Rubin, and Stella Inger. There will also be special Rosh Hashana performances by Jewish music stars Mordechai Ben David, Avrhahm Fried, the Yeshiva Boys Choir and Broadway & Yiddish Theater legend Mike Burstyn. Asked why he chose to come back to Prime Time to host this Rosh Hashana fundraiser for Chabad, Larry King said: “We all have friends and family who’ve fallen upon bitter times, and this Rosh Hashana it will take more than just ‘an apple in honey’ to bring them a sweet year. So many lost their jobs, their savings, their homes and the stress has torn apart families. So I’m joining to help the thousands of people from all faiths and backgrounds who’ve turned to Chabad in dire need.” “The Telethon supports Chabad’s network of over 200 community outreach centers, and a broad range of educational and nonsectarian programs providing social services to the needy and support for children with special needs” said Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, head of West Coast Chabad. Last year’s broadcast generated more than $6 million in charitable gifts, with donations ranging from a single dollar to tens of thousands. The Telethon is co-chaired by Hollywood mega producer Jerry Weintraub and all-star attorney Marshall Grossman. John Moczulski, Vice President of KTLA 5, is excited about the partnership. “KTLA 5 is proud to partner with Chabad to bring the Telethon to Los Angeles. As Los Angeles’ marquee news station and the only station with ‘LA’ in our call letters, we see Chabad’s dedication to helping people, and we want to be a part of it. They’re an amazing part of our community; they represent the heart and soul of what makes LA special-its generosity and commitment to those in need,” he said. For the first time the Telethon will reach more than 150 million households worldwide and will be available nationwide on DirectTV on Jewish Life Television’s (JLTV) Channel 366, as well all major Jewish markets, including, NY on WLNY 10/55, South Florida on Comcast and Atlantic Broadband and the Telethon will stream live on the web at ToLife.com. King said he loves the energy and boundless joy of the dancing rabbis and was especially drawn to become host of the Telethon because of Chabad’s unique approach to fundraising “before we ask you to open your wallets, we ask you to open your hearts,” he said. This year Larry King will be dedicating a memorial wall in the UCLA Chabad House in honor of his parents and is inviting viewers to join him in dedicating a “Yizkor” memorial plaque in memory of his or her dearly departed. “I know my parents are proud of me as I join Chabad in helping the needy” he said. Asked why he chose the world’s first Chabad House for his parents’ memorial wall, King explained: “Chabad House is a place where anyone in need finds an open door to an open heart. Their approach to tikkun Olam is to fix the world one broken heart at a time.” FOR MORE GO TO TOLIFE.COM
Monday, September 19, 2011
I received the following tragic note: It is with an extremely heavy heart that I am writing to tell you to take Leah Batya bat Seelah off of your tefilla lists. I can't tell you how comforting it has been to my friend and myself knowing that so many people have been davening and asking for her life to be saved. Unfortunately the answer was no this time. I was just informed that she has no brain activity and is gone. May there soon be a day when no one experiences such pain.
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Great music, guests, and baked goods to help celebrate Nachum's visit to the Holy Land, Israel. One of the highlights of Nachum's visit to Israel was his Live Lunch broadcast from the Marzipan Bakery in the Rova, the Jewish Quarter of the Old city of Jerusalem. Guests included Rabbi Yigal Segal, Chaim Dovid, the proprietor of the shop, and several patrons as well. Click the link to listen to the great show that included live music by Chaim Dovid.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Due to the current situation in Eretz Yisroel, there will be an Aneinu Tehillim kinus for women to beseech mercy from Avinu Shebashamayim, our Father in heaven, on Sunday morning, Tzom Gedalaya, Oct. 2 at Cong. KINS at 10:30 AM. Rabbi Zev Cohen will speak to us for about 20 minutes following Tehillim. This kinus will be specifically to say Tehillim and we will not be reading the cholim list. We should be finished by 11:30 AM.
From an Aneinu Member: Please daven for my close friend's sister Leah Batya bat Seelah. She took an undetermined amount of pills and cut herself in an effort to commit suicide 4 days ago. She has been in a coma since then and as it is her neurologist says her prognosis is poor. She's a really wonderful person and her family is heartbroken, praying and hoping that she wakes up herself soon. I was told to include her story in case it could help someone to know that no matter what you think people love you.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Lifnei Iver - Virtual Stumbling Blocks By: Rabbi Yakov Borenstien Adapted from this week’s feature shiur given by Dayan Shmuel Fuerst Shlit”a In this week's parsha the Torah mentions thirteen curses that the Jews were commanded to pronounce upon individuals who violated certain prohibitions. One of them is the curse upon anyone that "places a stumbling block in front of a blind man." The Chofetz Chaim (end of pesicha), based on Chazal, explains that this curse not only applies to one who literally places a stumbling block before one who is blind, but it also applies to anyone who causes another person to sin. The Chofetz Chaim warns that these curses are no simple matter. He says that one who violated any one of the prohibitions on which there is a curse attached to it should worry that perhaps it was decreed in heaven that he is in cherem. This week's journal will focus on the prohibition against causing someone else to sin as it applies in monetary matters. Click here to listen to this week's feature audio shiur by Rav Shmuel Fuerst:
The simple interpretation of the above passage is that one is truly blessed when he receives his livelihood for an entire year by way of minimal effort in the field. Contrastingly, Adam was cursed after he sinned and ate from the Tree of Knowledge. Hashem told him (Breshit 4:17-19), "Cursed is the soil because of you; through suffering you shall eat of it all the days of your life … thorns and thistles it shall sprout … by the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread!" Since the Torah calls severe toil a curse, then we can certainly conclude that the opposite - "eating our bread" through minimal effort - is the Torah's blessing. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that we are all capable of attaining the blessing of an ample livelihood without breaking our backs from sunup until sundown. On the contrary, Rebbe Nachman suggests that we heed the Torah's advice and spend minimal time and effort trying to make money. At this point, most people raise a skeptic brow and argue, "If I don't put in a solid day's work, my family will starve! Even at ten hours a day, I'm not making enough to make ends meet!" Such a reaction is the perpetuation of the curse, "By the sweat of your brow you shall eat…"
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 12, 2011 Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, the world’s only kosher food and lifestyle magazine, is kicking off the Jewish New Year in style with its first-ever Rosh HaShanah Issue. The magazine’s 350,000 readers will be treated to a record-breaking 96 page issue, including holiday-and back-to-school themed editorial and 80 original recipes to celebrate the season. For a limited time, the magazine’s publisher, Kosher Media Network, is offering a 1-year or 2-year subscription for 25% off the newsstand price. “Our special Rosh Hashanah Issue is our best yet – a culmination of months of creativity and hard work – the magazine is the perfect gift for anyone who loves food,” said Jamie Geller, Editor-in-Chief. “We are very thankful for our continuous growth in both readership and ad sales. There is no better way to celebrate the Jewish New Year.” Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller is available at Barnes & Noble and in Shoprite, Wegmen’s and Giant stores throughout the country, as well as at kosher supermarkets and newsstands nationwide. For the September/October Issue, the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller editorial team has been cooking up a feast, including: - 80 of the Best Jewish Holiday Recipes, featuring incredible food photography and special recipes from acclaimed cookbook author Poopa Dweck and famed Chef Laura Frankel - Great tips for designing the ultimate Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot tables; plus, amazing gift ideas for the home cook - Jamie Geller captures the flavors of Rosh Hashanah with special Quick & Kosher holiday dishes - Holiday Wars! Chef David of The Prime Grill and Chef Makoto of Prime KO face off in a duel to create the ultimate holiday feast - Save Room for Dessert – Make those last bites the sweetest – with holiday-worthy cakes by best-selling author Paula Shoyer Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller garners a diverse range of advertisers – its top 3 ad categories are food & beverage, household appliances and travel. Ad revenue is increasing and, based on presale estimates, 2012 is expected to be the largest year ever in terms of ad pages. About Jamie Geller and the Kosher Media Network Jamie Geller is the best-selling author of the Quick & Kosher cookbook series (Quick & Kosher Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing and Quick & Kosher Meals in Minutes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing, Feldheim Publishers). She is also a “mompreneur” and co-founder of the Kosher Media Network, which recently launched a social networking website for foodies called JoyofKosher.com as well as the print magazine Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller. The Kosher Media Network, spearheaded by Grey Advertising veteran Milt Weinstock, is the first multi-platform network for the kosher market combining traditional media (magazines, books, and broadcast) with the latest in digital, online, and social media. This novel combination provides clients with a totally integrated multimedia and marketing platform which reflects the way today’s consumers communicate and live.
Friday, 09:15 IL: Posek HaDor Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv appears to have “lost consciousness” for a brief period a short time ago. It is unclear exactly what occurred, perhaps a syncopal episode. From the limited information available at this time, it appears that EMTs and paramedics are in the rav’s home, checking on his condition. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 09:30 IL: According to information being released at this time from Rav Elyashiv’s home, following a consult with a physician, it has been decided not to transport the Posek HaDor to a hospital. Advertise On YWN » 10:07 IL: Ichud Hatzalah EMTs were on the scene at the Posek HaDor’s Meah Shearim home along with MDA paramedics. They responded to a call that the Rav “lost consciousness for a brief moment”. The Rav’s personal physician, Dr. Gavriel Muntar was summoned and after consulting with the doctor, it was decided the Rav will not be transported to a hospital. It appears the syncopal episode was the result of a sudden drop in the Rav’s blood pressure. The tzibur is requested to be mispallel for HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Musha. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
What can we say, how can we justify ourselves?" (“Lecho Hashem Hatzdaka,” first Slichot prayer, said daily after Ashrei and Half Kaddish). Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches (Likutei Moharan I:9) that when a person utters words in truth, Hashem illuminates that person with His Divine Presence. The biggest liar is one who lies to himself. To avoid the pitfalls of fooling ourselves, we should make honest, cogent self-evaluation and soul-searching a high-priority of our daily routine, especially during this period of Slichot. When we compare our actual actions to the Torah's requirements, we come up lacking. Western society teaches a person to hide his or her shortcomings; the Torah teaches the opposite. If we're smart, we'll turn to Hashem, lower our heads, and cry, "What can we say, how can we justify ourselves?" Rather than being punished, our souls will receive the reward of Hashem's illumination for telling the truth.
What are Selichot? The word selichot means forgiveness (as in the modern Hebrew word, selicha.) Selichot refer to a series of penitential prayers recited in preparation for the High Holy Days-- Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Selichot prayers revolve around the "Thirteen Attributes of Mercy" (Yud Gimmel Middot) which God taught to Moshe (Moses) after the sin of the Golden Calf. These thirteen attributes are the ways in which the Almighty relates to the world. They are: "Merciful God (Hashem), merciful God (Hashem), powerful God (E-l), compassionate (Rachum) and gracious (v'Chanun), slow to anger (Erech Apayim), and abundant in kindness (v'rav chessed) and truth (v'emet). Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations (Notzer Chessed La-Alafim), Forgiver of iniquity (Nose Avon), willful sin (Va-Phesha) and error (VeChataah), and Who cleanses (VeNake)" (Shemot 34:6-7).
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Some of the details are still murky. What we know is that it happened during Hurricane Irene. Actually, it was after the worst of Irene had apparently passed. At about 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, I felt safe enough to leave the house (where we had no electricity), get in my car and drive to my office where there was electricity, to catch up on some work. Little did I know that around the corner from my home a horrific tragedy was about to take place, and the victim was not only my neighbor but my friend, Moshe Yosef Reichenberg. At about 2 a.m., early Sunday morning, as Irene raged through our sleeping, wooded neighborhood in Rockland County, an hour north of New York City, there was a loud “boom!” The storm had brought down some high voltage power lines at the corner of Merrick and Union. The transformer had been damaged, shooting sparks in all directions like a fireworks display. Moshe Yosef was awakened by the blast, quickly put on a bathrobe and ran outside to see if anyone needed help. His house was one street over from the danger of the sparking transformer, yet he ran out into the night worried about his neighbors’ safety. That’s who he was. If anyone embodied the biblical ethical imperative “not to stand idly by one's neighbor's blood,” it was Moshe Yosef. At that time, no one's blood had been spilled.At this time, when the books of life and death are opened, and the scribe is writing all our deeds for good or bad, I make a personal plea to open your heart with the utmost generosity. This is what Judaism is about. Helping others in their time of need. The Reichenbergs time of need is upon us. Donate online at, https://www.duvys.com/simple/reichenbergfund or send your generous support to The Reichenberg Fund, c/o Rabbi Jonathan Wosner, 3 Manor Drive, Monsey, NY 10952, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 845-232-0067
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Amshinover Rebbe Shlita called upon the tzibur to be mispallel on his behalf. He underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim on Wednesday morning. One prominent chossid quoted anonymously by Chadrei Chareidim explained the Rebbe called upon all his chassidim to daven on his behalf. Many chassidim are planning to daven for the Rebbe on Wednesday (Sept. 14) night at the Kosel. In addition, Tehillim are being recited for the Rebbe in the Amshinover Beis Medrash in Zichron Moshe. Chassidim also gathered to daven in Beis Medrash Hadras Menachem in Betar Illit during the surgery on Wednesday morning. The tzibur is requested to daven for HaAdmor Rav Yaakov Aryeh Yishaiya [Milkovsky] ben Chaya Nechama.
Dear All, For many months, many of you have been davening, doing acts of chessed, giving tzedakah, etc., as a segulah for a refuah shleimah for Refael Matityahu Yaakov ben Gittel Rivka, Jason Botnick. This Friday, erev Shabbat Kodesh, iyh, Jason will be undergoing his bone marrow transplant, b'sha'ah tova umutzlechet. In this regard, we ask that you give an extra "push" for him that day, or beginning Thursday night. To those of you who are involved in chinuch, or have connections to various day schools and yeshivot, we ask you to please contact those schools and yeshivot and ask them to say tehillim and dedicate the day's learning as a segulah for a refuah shleimah for him. In addition, please say perek daled of Tehillim 3 times in the morning on Friday. Before "Neitz HaChama", which in our area is 6:36 AM, is the most preferable time to say it, but, any time in the morning will be a segulah for him. We were also advised to have as many people as possible bring in Shabbos a little early as an additional segulah for Jason's full recovery. We are grateful for your help in bringing about his refuah shleimah Wishing you all a Shannah Tova, Kol Tuv, and tizku l'mitzvot.
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Nachum and guests explored Magen Lacholeh's work, and belief that all people have the right to obtain top quality medical treatment. Nachum completed his great week of broadcasting in Israel with a visit to Magen Lacholeh in Jerusalem. Nachum interviewed Rabbi Benny Fisher and Zvi Gewirtz about the invaluable services of this great organization. Magen Lacholeh (literally: "shield and Protector of the sick") is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, created in 1991 to bridge the growing gap between patients and health professionals. They provide the knowledge, contacts, support and often the equipment and funds as well, that allow every patient access to the best possible medical care available. Headquartered in Jerusalem, Magen Lacholeh not only provides the road-map but also walks that road alongside patients and their families, regardless of their background and the nature of their needs. All services are provided free of charge and those served are under no obligation whatsoever. Click the link to listen.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Nachum and guests take an in-depth look at the Israel Land Fund and their work for the future of the Jewish Homeland. Nachum continued his great Israel trip this morning, broadcasting from the heart of the Holy City of Jerusalem, at the offices of the Israel Land Fund. Nachum interviewed Arieh King and Judy Grossman as well as other special guests about the organization and their vital work for the future of the Jewish Homeland. The Israel Land Fund was established in 2007 as a registered not-for-profit organization. It was created to continue the original efforts by the Jewish Forefathers, and in more recent history, over a century ago, by pioneers of The State. This includes acquiring all the land of Israel for the Jewish people. Nachum and guests spoke about an array of issues facing the citizens of Israel and the importance of concentrating resources on the Holy Land's future. Click the link to listen.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Let us not forget that terrible day just ten short years ago. A day felt around the world, a day that shattered thousands of lives and changed the face of America forever. Of course I am talking about 9/11. Yesterday and Shabbos memorial ceremonies were help across the globe honoring and remembering the victims of 9/11. As Jews, we love using the power of music to get across to the masses feeling inspiration and messages of positive outlook. Therefore we are proud to present this song “Changing The World One Smile At A Time”, sung/performed originally at HASC 23 with the HASC choir (lead by Shloime Kaufman). The song was composed by none other then Avraham Fried and arranged by the maestro Yisroel Lamm. Avremel said the message of the song is simple “if a few individuals could come together and reach such havoc and destruction imagine what would happen if more of us came together to do good”. This song was originally going to be included on Avraham Fried’s upcoming English album. When Ding of Suki & Ding productions heard about it he convinced Avremel to sing it at HASC 23. A similar version of the song yet different song WILL be on Fried’s upcoming English album as well. Click PLAY below to hear the song
Daniel Weiner will be sitting shiva for his sister Alita Weiner a"h until Wednesday morning. The rest of the Weiner family will be getting up Tuesday morning. Mincha on Tuesday will be at 6:50 PM (note change from 6:55) and Shacharis on Wednesday will be at 7:30 AM. Anyone who can help make these minyanim would be greatly appreciated. HaMakom Yenachem Eschem B’soch Sh’ar Aveilei Tzion V’Yerushalayim
Many special guests and Hebron-centric music helped celebrate Nachum's first day of this Holy Land visit. Nachum Segal once again visits our Holy Land of Israel to help bridge the gap between our brethren there and our brethren in the diaspora. He kicked off the special programming with a visit to the Holy City of Hebron for this morning's JM in the AM. Situated in a great location across from the Mearat Hamachpela, Nachum presented many special guests and Hebron-related songs to help create an atmosphere and appreciation of our Holy city. Nachum and guests encourage everyone to take part in a potentially life-changing experience by visiting Hebron and Israel at large for the High Holy Days, Shabbat Chayei Sarah, special occasions, and any other time of the year as well. The list of special guests included Ari Lieberman, David Wilder, Noam Arnon, Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum, Dr Aaron Abraham, and Yoni Bleichbard. Click the link to listen.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
As the world remains in shock from the horrific terrorist attack that brought down the world famous World Trade Center buildings and the terribly sad news of the number of lives lost r"l and people injured there has been some good news. There are a number of Lubavitchers who work in the World Trade Center and one of those is Zalman Lazaroff. Zalman who works for Morgan Stanley, has his office on the 72nd floor. Behashgocha Protis Zalman was busy this morning arranging for his nephew who arrived to Crown Heights from Montreal earlier than expected and had to be picked up by other relatives. It was for this reason that he arrived late and was about a block away when the first plane crashed into the building. A short while later the second plane crashed into the 40th floor of the building where Zalman worked! Zalman immediately called his wife to inform her that he was B"H all right and started walking back to Crown Heights, where he arrived B"H 2 hours later.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Yeshiva World News Tragic Petira Of Chaim Dovid Herbst A”H – Electrocuted During Hurricane Irene (Friday, September 9th, 2011) Spring Valley, NY – YWN regrets to inform you of the tragic Petira of Chaim Reuven Dovid Herbst A”H, the six-year-old child who was seriously injured after being shocked and burned by high-voltage power lines during Hurricane Irene, two weeks ago. On a flooded street in Spring Valley, David Reichenberg Z”L saw a father and his 6-year-old child entangled with a live, downed electrical wire from the storm. Both of them were shocked and burned. Police say Reichenberg rushed to save them, pulling them away from the power line, but it cost him his life. Reichenberg was R”L electrocuted from the wire, killed trying to save someone else’s little boy. Chaim Dovid was rushed by Hatzolah Paramedics to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The name “Chaim” had been added to his name for Tefillios, and Yidden around the globe were Mispallel on his behalf. Unfortunately, he was Niftar late Friday afternoon. Further details will be published when they are available to us. Boruch Dayan Emmes…
Before the age of the digital and mechanical scales, people conducted their business with balance scales, where an exact predetermined weight was placed on one side, and the goods were placed on the other side. So, when a storeowner put a one-pound weight on one side of the scale, and six tomatoes on the other side of scale, if the sides of the scale stood perfectly balanced, then the owner and the customer both knew that they were conducting a transaction over one pound of tomatoes. Dishonest merchants used to walk around with two sets of weights in their pockets. For selling, they'd use a deficient weight; for example, their one-pound weight might have weighed only fifteen ounces instead of the prescribed sixteen. The average customer wouldn't discern the deficient ounce and would be cheated by six percent, paying for sixteen ounces, but receiving only fifteen. On the other hand, for buying, the dishonest merchant would have a one-pound weight that weighed seventeen ounces. When he'd buy tomatoes from a local gardener, he'd pay for sixteen ounces, or one pound, but by using a false weighing stone, he'd get seventeen ounces of tomatoes thereby cheating the gardener out of an ounce. Such dishonesty is not only a blatant violation of Torah law punishable by lashes, but it is also called an abomination. Two sets of stones not only refer to cheating in commerce, but symbolize a double standard between the way we judge ourselves and the way we judge others. Naturally, human beings are subjective – lenient with themselves but stringent with others. We have fifty four reasons why we neglected to return another person's greeting – we were preoccupied with pressing matters, we were guarding our eyes, we were reviewing the day's learning in our mind – the list goes on and on. Yet, if someone else fails to return our greeting, we're devastated. We accuse the other person of arrogance, of snobbery, and are ready to throw the book at him or her. The double standard is downright dangerous. Notice that the subject of two weights – the overweight and the underweight – appear in Parshat Ki Tetzei which always comes out in the middle of Elul when we're preparing for Rosh Hashanah. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev writes (Likutei Moharan II: 1.14), "When a person speaks about another person, it resembles Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment. Therefore, one must look carefully at himself if he has the right to judge the other person." Rebbe Nachman explains that no one has Hashem's measure of mercy, and therefore no one can judge his fellow man as mercifully as Hashem. What's worse is that when we judge others stringently, according to our non-merciful standards, we forfeit – heaven forbid – Hashem's loving mercy, for a person is judged the same way as he or she judges others.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches (see Likutei Moharan I:113) that before an accused person is finally sentenced in the Heavenly Court, the judges ask that person if he/she agrees to the verdict. Who would be so daft to agree to a guilty verdict against themselves? You're right - no one. Ah, but here's the trick: If the Heavenly Court would ask us about ourselves, surely we'd have a whole string of "justified" reasons and excuses to get ourselves off the hot-seat. But, the Heavenly Court is crafty; we are asked to judge another person. Our judgment of a fellow human is in effect our judgment against ourselves, what's known as "the judgment trap". Let's view an example: Elaine is an outgoing, highly popular college student with dozens of friends. Susan is bashful, and has one good friend, Jill. Elaine is jealous of Susan's relationship with Jill, and attempts to lure Jill away from Susan, using a number of underhanded methods. Elaine finally succeeds, and Susan is left with no friend, devastated and broken hearted.
Dear Rabbi, I’ve always wondered what the widows and widowers of those killed in the 9/11 attacks have done about remarrying. I know that Jewish law requires one to obtain either confirmation of death or a Jewish certificate of divorce before remarrying. What happened to the women and men who, in many cases, did not know whether or not their husband or wife was in the building at the time of the crash? As recently as August, 2011, 41% of the victims remain unidentified. AND FOR MORE GO TO YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE TODAY OR SUNDAY AND BUY THIS What is done in such cases? FIND THE ANSWER HERE
The Tehillim teleconference for Chaim Reuven Dovid ben Chava Leah who was burned by a live wire in Monsey will be Friday at 1 PM Chicago Time and Motzei Shabbos 9:30 p.m. Chicago Time Telephone Number - 1-270-400-2000 Pin Number - 5637196