Monday, September 30, 2013
With great sadness, we inform you that Rabbi Dovid Heller, the husband of Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, was nifter this afternoon. The levaya is tonight (Monday) at 9:30 PM (Israel time) at Yeshivat Pachad Yitzchak, Rehov HaKablan, Har Nof, Jerusalem.
TOMORROW, TUESDAY OCTOBER 1 SPECIAL TEHILLIM FOR RABBI SHLOMO RUBASHKIN TIME: 10:00 AM (9:00 AM CHICAGO TIME) CALL IN NUMBER: 212-990-8000, Pin: 2656#
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller's husband had a stroke last night and is in need of tefillos. Please daven and say Tehillim and do mitzvos for Avraham Dovid ben Chaya. If you see emails going around with Sara as his mother's name, it is incorrect. This is the correct name.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A child was struck by a vehicle in Flatbush, Tuesday night, and is in critical condition. The accident happened on Bedford Ave and Avenue M, around 8:00PM. Flatbush Hatzolah transported the 12-year-old child to Kings Highway Trauma Center, where he is listed in critical condition R”L. Please be mispallel for Gedaliyahu Yehonoson ben Miriam Sorah. (YWN Desk – NYC)
RAV MEIR MEISLES SAYS NOWADAYS THERE ARE A LOT OF PROBLEMS BRINGING THE KORBAN PESACH NOWADAYS.FOR EXAMPLE THERE A PROBLEM WITH A KOHEN YICHUS.THERE ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH THE BIGDEI KEHUNA B/C THERE NO MESORAH FOR THE AVNAIT.THEN THERE A 3RD PROBLEM NO KOHEN GADOL WEARING THE TZITZ TO MCAPER THE TUMAH.EVEN IF WE SOLVE OUR BIGDEI KEHUNA PROBLEM BY HAVING ALOT OF KOHEN WEARING DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE BIGDEI KEHUNA WE STILL HAVE A PROBLEM THE NOT KOSHER ONES ARE WEARING SHATNEZ.FOR THE REST OF THE SHIUR CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Learn Sefer Bereishis with the Rav! NOW AVAILABLE! Regularly $35.00 Now $29.75 Compiled and edited by Dr. Arnold Lustiger Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic commentary on Chumash, and, until now, the only way to study the Rav’s interpretation and analysis of Chumash was to search for pertinent material by wading through the Rav’s published essays and other writings and hard-to-find audio tapes of his lectures and shiurim. With the publication of Chumash Mesoras HaRav -- Sefer Bereishis, for the first time the Rav’s teachings have been collected together and organized according the verses of the Torah upon which they expound. Edited with great skill by Dr. Arnold Lustiger, this groundbreaking Chumash, the first volume of a contemplated set of the entire Torah, collects and adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a published commentary on Sefer Bereishis that reflects his intellectual breadth and depth, his exegetical creativity, and the timelessness of his insights. Dr. Lustiger performed the Herculean task of compiling the English commentary from already published sources, unpublished manuscripts, transcripts of relevant tapes, notes, and reliable reports of the Rav’s thoughts. Complete with the Hebrew text with vocalization and cantillation signs, an English translation of the Torah text, Rashi’s commentary, and an eloquent and original Torah commentary, the Chumash Mesoras HaRav is perfect for synagogue, home, and school use. In addition, Chumash Mesoras HaRav features introductions by Rabbi Menachem Genack and Dr. Lustiger. The Rav’s teachings on the Chumash have never been more easily accessible, and readers will welcome this monumental work with the same enthusiasm with which they have welcomed and embraced the Mesorat HaRav Haggadah, Kinot, and Siddur. This commentary provides entrée to the Rav’s writings like never before and encourages readers to explore the Rav’s extensive library of published works.(OU PRESS)SO GO TO YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE SO YOU CAN BRING THE RAV TO YOUR SHABBOS TABLE AS WE START THE TORAH AGAIN AND PRINT YOUR DISCOUNT HERE.
1ST WAS WHAT IF NOW THERE Veha'arev Na Halachic Challenges and Solutions Based on the Weekly Parsha We ask Hashem each day “Veha’arev Na – Please make our Torah learning sweet!” What better way than through the fascinating halachic challenges discussed in the bestselling Hebrew series, “Veha’arev Na”, now translated for the first time into English. What happens when the questions & challenges of daily life are viewed through the eternal prism of Torah? Well, you'll be surprised, shocked, and delighted to find out - as you travel through the captivating pages of Veha'arev Na. Based upon the shuirim of Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein and linked to the weekly parshah, this sefer tackles the unique and complex issues that characterize Jewish life today. Intriguing, fascinating, always thought-provoking, and written in a style all readers will find engaging, this is one Sefer Halachah you will truly devour from first page to last. Written in a deceptively easy style, “Veha’arev Na” brings excitement of Torah to everyone’s Shabbos table. (FROM FELDHEIM) Start the Torah Conversation What If... makes a wonderful addition to our Shabbos table. Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita is a noted rav and posek, as well as a son-in-law of Rav Elyashiv zt'l. What If... presents hundreds of halachic questions and answers in the order of the weekly parashah, making it the perfect starting point for fascinating Torah conversations. The questions are short, and each includes a practical, real-world scenario. The answers, too, are concise, and though they contain a world of Torah knowledge, they are easy to follow. A man jokingly tells his friend to microwave an esrog to make it ripen quickly - who is responsible for the damage? A surgeon learns a new technique from a presentation, without paying the entrance fee. May he use that technique, or is it stealing? A mother doesn't want to reveal her child's illness, thus keeping people from praying for him. Is that permitted? Challenge your family or guests with these thought-provoking halachic questions, and watch the energy around the table begin to surge. This is Torah conversation at its best.(FROM ARTSCROLL) AND BY THE WAY IF YOU DON'T HAVE WHAT IF YET GET WHAT IF AND Veha'arev Na AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE.WHEN WE START BERASHIS THIS WEEK BRING RAV ZILBERSTEIN TO YOUR SHABBOS TABLE.
Rabbi Yudin’s warm personality and divrei Torah have inspired tens of thousands of his community members, students and radio listeners for over three decades. In this volume- his first book – readers will be intrigued by original, fascinating questions and inspired by deep and uplifting explanations. Crafted over thirty years of popular radio drashos and beloved by listeners both old and young, these thoughts are ideal to being to your Shabbos table. Rabbi Benjamin Yudin has been Rav of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, New Jersey since 1969 and has taught at Yeshiva University for decades. Most famously, Rabbi Yudin gives a popular weekly radio drasha on JM in the AM.(FROM FELDHEIM)PICK THIS UP AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE AS THIS WEEK WE START THE TORAH AGAIN.
Monday, September 23, 2013
UPDATE 20:00: A name has been added to Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita due to the seriousness of his condition. The ceremony to add the name was conducted by Maran’s son, Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. The name “Chaim” has been inserted. Please be mispallel for מרן רבי חיים עובדיה יוסף בן גורג’יה לרפואה שלימה בתוך שאר חולי ישראל
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
In this Torah shiur (class) on Succot, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines the connection between Succot and the previous holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Mrs. Smiles also speaks about the idea that Succot is the time of our rejoicing. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats. SUMMARY PLUS MORE HERE(SHEM MISHMUEL ON SUCCOT ALSO SUMMARIZED)
In this Torah shiur (class) on Succot, Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses how Succot is a continuation of the holidays that precede it, and how they are connected. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.
In this class (shiur) Mrs.Shira Smiles discusses the holiday of Sukkot Available online in streaming video, and for download in mp3 and mp4 (ipod video) formats CLICK HERE Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein.
The Chol Hamoed Concert Previews Continue! Nachum Hosted Ding, Eli Gerstner, and Yossi Neuman Live at JM in the AM
Nachum had a busy morning on tap for the listeners as he continued his Chol Hamoed concert focus on JM in the AM. First he welcomed the incomparable Ding to the studio to discuss a number of important topics including the release of the HASC 26 CD/DVD, the packed Succos schedule of Uncle Moishy, the busiest uncle in Jewish music, the upcoming HASC 27 concert, and more. Next they were joined by Eli Gerstner and Yossi Neuman to discuss the Uncle Moishy-Yeshiva Boys Choir (YBC) concerts that will be taking place on Chol Hamoed. Nachum, Eli, and Yossi then took a bit of a walk down YBC memory lane as they get ready for the historic YBC concert that will be used for the YBC Live 5 CD taking place on Monday night Chol Hamoed at Brooklyn College. Avraham Fried called in to discuss his concert with Abie Rotenberg that will feature Eli Gerstner.
RABBI ELEFANT BRINGS RAV ELYASHIV WHO SAYS WHEN THE WIFE HAS ENOUGH CLOTHING BUY HER MORE CLOTHING TO FULFILL THE MITZVA OF SIMCHAS YOM TOV AND NOT BOOKS OR FLOWERS BUT THE SHEVET HALEVEI ARGUES AND SAYS WHEN SHE HAS ENOUGH CLOTHES BUY WHAT MAKES HER HAPPY.THE POSKIM SAY SHE CAN NOT BE MOCHEL YOUR MITZVA OF SIMCHAS YOM TOV BUT RAV CHAIM KANIEVSKI SAYS SHE CAN BE MOCHEL YOUR MITZVA BUT YOU LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO A MITZVA.THERE IS A MACHLOKES RA"E(WHOSE YORTZEIT IS TODAY) AND SHAGAS ARYEH IF A WOMAN OBLIGATED TO REPEAT BENCHING IF SHE FORGOT YALEH VIYAVO BY BENCHING MITZVA OF KIDUSH EATING BREAD AND MEAT ON YOM TOV.SHAGAS ARYEH SAYS YES BUT RA"E SAYS NO.WE PASKIM LIKE THE SHAGAS ARYEH SO A WOMAN SHOULD NOT EAT B/4 KIDDUSH.THE POSKIM SAY TO AVOID THE BERACHA LIVATALLLA PROBLEM A WOMAN WHO FORGOT YALEH VIYAVO SHOULD WASH AGAIN EAT BREAD AND BENCH WITH YALEH YAVO.FOR THE REST OF THE SHIUR AND PART 1 AND 2 PLUS A LOT MORE CLICK HERE
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 5:06 PM To: COS Community Subject: [COS Community] Fwd: Carbon Monoxide Awareness Note This came from my fathers shul and I thought it was very important to pass on: ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Khal Zichron Mordechai Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Subject: Fwd: Carbon Monoxide Awareness Note To: Khal Zichron
From: Ari Friedman [mailto:AFriedman@ymhtchicago.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:54 PM
Subject: carbon monoxide awarness note
This past Shabbos morning (the third day of the “three day Yomtov”) I was awakened by the sound of the carbon monoxide alarm announcing high levels. We immediately cleared everyone out of the house and summoned the fire department. When they arrived, they informed me that the cause of the high carbon monoxide levels was due to leaving the stove and oven on over Yomtov and Shabbos. The buildup of these dangerous fumes was not due to a faulty gas line or leaking appliances, but rather to the lack of adequate ventilation. The constant burning of the gas range and oven - even on a low flame, will over time emit unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide. I was told that the fire department was tending to many such call over the last few days. The firemen implored me to please tell the Rabbis and announce to the community that if people need to leave on the stove or oven over the holidays, then must ensure that the area is properly ventilated. Turning on an exhaust fan or even opening the kitchen window a bit is enough to prevent terrible danger.
I would also like to stress the importance of a carbon monoxide detector. They are not expensive and often come together with the smoke alarm. I would not want to think what our Shabbos would have been like had we not had the alarm- especially since the gas travels upward and the levels upstairs where everyone was sleeping were much higher.
I have been told that in some communities there are public announcements to alert people to take the necessary precautions.
Nachum Segal hosted legendary choir master and composer Yerachmiel Begun live on this morning’s JM in the AM to discuss MIAMI and their incredible concerts coming up this Chol Hamoed Succot. Both Sunday and Monday Chol Hamoed Miami will be bringing their brand of classic Jewish musical entertainment to the Brooklyn School of Music. As always, there will be incredible guest performers including 8th Day, Benny Friedman, Yoeli Greenfield, and Ari Goldwag. Nachum and Yerachmiel discussed how the shows were put together, and how the special guests will be divided up between the two performances. They also discussed the latest MIAMI news and upcoming projects. Everyone is invited to get their tickets today for an incredible time this Chol Hamoed Succot.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2013 2:25 AM
Subject: please daven for my sister Orly bat Esther
My mom and sister were hit by a driver on their way to kol nidre. My mom passed away at the scene. I ask you to daven for Orly bat Esther. Who is in serious condition!
BS"D Rabbi Chananya Chollak's Shlita's wife Leah Esther bas Sarah who together with her husband founded Ezer Mizion is in great need of our tefillas, please daven for a refua schlema for her, thank you. In 1979 Ezer Mizion "started as a modest initiative, with hot meals cooked by Leah Chollak and distributed in hospitals, and a small group of neighbors who were drafted to relieve exhausted parents sitting at the hospital bedside of their sick children." It has since grown into a massive organization which "offers an extensive range of medical and social support services to help Israel's sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations." She has helped scores and scores of people over these years. May our prayers for her be heard. deborah mayer
Friday, September 13, 2013
Don't Forget Your Ner She'Shavas! The flame used for havdalah after Yom Kippur must be a fire kindled before Yom Kippur. (Orach Chaim 624:3,4) RABBI ELEFANT BRINGS RAV OVADIA YOSEF WHO SAYS A MATCH OR ELECTRICITY IS NOT GOOD FOR HAVDALAH AFTER YOM KIPPUR. FOR THE REST OF THE SHIUR CLICK HERE.
The second of the sins that form the liturgical confession on Yom Kippur is the sin of hardness of the heart. What does that mean, and how are we guilty of this transgression? As the ArtscrollMachzor points out, this sin is not only about lack of compassion and refusing our help when we had the ability to help someone in need, but also about also about refusing to admit our shortcomings. Rabbi Meislish explains our hardened hearts as our refusal to acknowledge our shortcomings and do teshuvah for them, including listening to our parents and rabbis. Our hearts are so hardened, says Rabbi Moshe Aron Stern, that we do not tremble at the call of the shofar, a sound that brought trembling to entire cities in the days of the Prophet Amos.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
This past summer season Shalsheles made their triumphant return to JM with the release of the smash accapella single (a first for the group) “Lmaan Achai” featuring the world renown Maccabeats as the collaborating artists. Lmaan Achai, was released in anticipation of Shalsheles’s upcoming album which for the first time ever will feature collaborations with other artists. That’s right, this winter/Chanukah season music fans everywhere will be treated to the famed music stylings of Shalsheles as the group is joined by many of their “friends” in the music business. Aseres Yemei Tshuva is a time when Jewish everywhere strive to do better and be better. It’s about getting closer to Hashem and getting to a higher level of spirituality. With that in mind Yitzchok Rosenthal the frontman and composer for Shalsheles decided that it was time to release the second single off the upcoming album entitled “Yaaleh.” Those fans of Shalsheles that fell in love with songs like Ekrah, Gadol and Yofyafisa will absolutely LOVE Yaaleh. The powerful message of the song coupled with the masterful composition by Yitzchok Rosenthal will have YOU striving to reach higher and be a better you. If that isn’t enough for you, the song also features a new choir of boys from Ramat Beit Shemesh in Israel directed by Shalsles own Simcha Sussman which gives the song that special hauntingly touch. This amazing new song was arranged by the vetern Dudi Kalish with post production and mix by Nochi Krohn, edits by both Ruli Ezrachi and Aryeh Kunstler and post production work and concepting by CD Eichler of A.K.A> Pella fame.
Rosh Hashana: The Beginning of a New Year; the Beginning of a New Self By: Rav Yitzchok Basser We are all familiar with Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the year, as being a day of awe; a day of judgment. The day that “Angels are confused and are overcome by trembling, and declare: behold the Day of Judgment!” It is interesting to note that the Torah is largely silent about the fact that Rosh Hashanah is the Yom Hadin, the Day of Judgment. In fact, the primary source for Rosh Hashanah being a day of judgment is inferred by Chazal from a verse in Tehillim (81:4) Blow the shofar at the moon’s renewal, at the time when the festive day is covered. For it is a decree for Israel, a judgment [day] for the G-d of Jacob. The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 8a-b) says, “[At] what festival is the moon covered?
The special nature and all of the events of Jewish history are outlined for us in this week’s parsha. Ramban in the 13th century comments that anyone who can, so many centuries earlier, accurately foretell the later fate of a people is an exceptional prophet. Moshe certainly fits that description and test. And what more can we add to this phenomenon, now seven hundred-fifty years after Ramban!
The advent of the new year always occasions within us the urge to look and plan ahead. I spent some time this past week filling in my calendar for 5774 with commitments made and projects planned for the coming good and blessed new year. Yet there always hovers over us the uncertainty, which is the basic stuff of life itself, of the unknown future that lurks ahead. We are all aware that man merely proposes but only God actually disposes.
While Rosh Hashanah is the Day of Judgment, Yom Kippur is the day we are purified of our sins. Wouldn’t it be more logical, asks Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer, to have Rosh Hashanah after Yom Kippur so that we can come to judgment with a clean slate? Rabbi Blazer himself offers one answer: Yom Kippur is a day of such sanctity that it is very difficult to reach. By celebrating Rosh Hashanah first, we can use the sanctity of Rosh Hashanah and our trepidation as a stepping stone to reaching the sanctity of Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah evokes two contradictory emotions in us. On the one hand, there is joy. After all, this is a yom tov and we are commanded to eat, drink and rejoice. On the other hand, we experience awe and trepidation, for this is the Day of Judgment. How can we reconcile feeling these opposite emotions, these two states of mind, and how can we balance them? The most obvious instance of this anomaly is perhaps the fact that, although it is a yom tov, our feelings of awe and trepidation dictate that we do not recite Hallel as part of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, the prayer whose every paragraph exudes joy and praise of Hashem,.
All his ways are justice (Devarim 32:4)). Hashem created the world in the manner that He did, so that we would be able to observe our environment and learn from it. A basic law of physics states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The stronger a bowstring is pulled back, the further the arrow will be projected. Young children learn that their parents remove an object from the store only after giving the shopkeeper the equivalent value in currency. The moment we become aware of the basic action-reaction principle, we begin to see the tremendous harmony and wisdom within Hashem's creation, both in the natural order and in the social order. That's why Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches (Likutei Moharan I:1) that a person must observe the Divine wisdom within every phenomenon of creation; by observing the Divine wisdom instilled in a creation, a person attaches himself to that Divine wisdom, and achieves enhanced proximity to Hashem. All his ways are justice alludes to the Divine wisdom that exists in every part of creation. For example, if a person burns a finger because he was playing with fire, he cannot accuse Hashem of being unjust. The action of carelessness with fire triggers the reaction of a burn. In like manner, Hashem has promised throughout the Torah that the action of observing the Torah's laws will bring about a reaction of Divine blessings in this world and the next; the opposite holds true as well. Maybe you disagree, and say, "Wait a minute – there are wicked people that do evil things and they don't get hit with a bolt of lightning or swallowed up by the ground. Where's Hashem's justice? Even worse, how many times do we see wicked tyrants on top of the world, enjoying money and success? The score of a football game at halftime doesn't determine the winner. A person that pays for an expensive ticket certainly doesn't leave the stadium in the middle of the game, without knowing the outcome. Therefore, when it appears that wicked people are living happy, carefree, and affluent lives, don't be impressed – the game's not over. All his ways are justice – rest assured that every human on earth is held totally accountable for everything that he or she does
An old anecdote relates how a certain a Jew was stranded for many years on a deserted island. When he was finally rescued, he boasted of his many accomplishments on the island — including the construction of two synagogues. 'Very impressive,' responded his rescuers. 'But why two synagogues?' 'This is the shul that I attend', the man replied. 'The other is the shul I refuse to step foot in.' The joke would not be humorous if it didn't contain a kernel of truth. The Jewish people often seems to be 'blessed' with an overabundance of infighting. Why so much division and conflict? The Borders of the Nations The song of Ha'azinu compares the heritage of Israel to that of the other nations of the world: "When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance ... He set up the borders of the nations, corresponding to the number of Israel's children." (Deut. 32:8) The verse is unclear. What are these "borders of the nations"? (PAGE 353 IN SPLENDOR FROM THE LAND OF ISRAEL)
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The public is requested to pray and arouse G-d's mercy For Chava Esther bas Kreindl Chiyenna for a refua shleima b'soch sh'or cholei Yisroel. A young woman, mother of four, has suddenly suffered from sudden bleeding in the brain and is in intensive care in critical condition...The family is organizing reciting Psalms 1000 books as a merit for her and her complete recovery. To register, contact this email or please register by phone morning 02-5803196 afternoon & evening 02-9992059 America until 5 pm EST 718360 0433
Monday, September 9, 2013
Hot off the release of his latest hit album “Am Echad”, Ari Goldwags just released an amazing music video for the title track. After hearing this new album most of the world is finding out that Yesh Tikva was just the beginning. The cover of this hit album features Ari as 5 Jews from different backgrounds. The video produced and directed Sarah Gordon take s the cover story to the next level, bringing it to life and furthering show that no matter what your background is we are all AM ECHAD!.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Please take a moment to be daven for a New York Hatzalah member Shlomo Zakheim, one of the greatest Baalei Chesed living in Brooklyn, who is in need of tremendous Rachmei Shomayim, and is now in critical condition. His name for Tehillim is Shlomo Eliezer ben Chaya Sara Elka. Besuros Tovos.
Monday, September 2, 2013
It was another historic morning at JM in the AM as Nachum Segal hosted Eitan Katz at JM in the AM for some great live music and to feature his latest CD entitled “Shuvu.” Unbeknown to Nachum, the JM in the AM staff had planned a celebration in honor of Nachum’s 30th anniversary as host of JM in the AM; which takes place this Wednesday, Erev Rosh Hashanah. Various members of the JM in the AM Staff, the Nachum Segal Network, and Nachum’s family and friends were on hand to share in the celebration. Mazal Tov to Nachum and JM in the AM!