Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bentzion Weberman was toastmaster for an event featuring Rav Kook, and other fascinating links

BZW was the Williamsburg lawyer who found one Avrohom Ber Levin in a Catskills hotel and liked what he saw. He made sure all his kids knew about this man. He was a zealot, you might say. He didn't subscribe to the new style of Judaism being developed in America. But yet, he did what the headline here says he did. Well, I guess you could excuse it by saying that the event wasn't for RAYK himself, to honor him or anything, but for the Yeshivos in Europe. But we all know that a TRUE zealot would today not attend an event also attended by an adversary and ideological opponent such as the Yaffer Rov. Or maybe a true zealot could see the forest despite the trees and not be distracted by trivial matters such as who is attending. You might say just like RAYK himself, who left the comfort of the Holy Land to travel to the US to save the Yeshivos in Europe.

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In Boro Park don't distribute snuff during the Rov's derasha
Weberman/Schorr wedding


"... אפילו כל ה"אונגארישע ספרים

I don't usually like to post such clippings, simply because it seems like we have something to prove. But the "Ungarishe Seforim" line is what grabbed my attention. Ungarishe Seforim are basically scorned upon by their Polish and Russian counterparts. The Litvaks goes without saying. Other than the Chasam Sofer and a few others, of course. Most Geonim wouldn't bother with the Ungarishe Seforim, it's a waste of their time. But the Rebbe knew that תורה היא וללמוד אני צריך. There is a story of a Jew who met the Rebbe in Yechidus and was asked where he learned in Europe. The man foolishly dismissed the question, telling the Rebbe, איר האט מסתמא נישט געהערט פון אים, his name was Reb Shimon Greenfeld of Semihaly. To which the Rebbe responded, MaHarSHaG? He brings the Alter Rebbe in his Tshuvos some 77 times!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sadigerrer Rebbe sowing Ruchnius in the ד"לי camp - and other links that may be of interest

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The Dati Le'umi people are thirsting for inspiration. They're wired for Chassidus, often times much more than Bnei Berakkers. Looks like it's not all Chabad or Breslov either. They'll go anywhere they're accepted. From Toldos Aron to Kretchnif and everything in between. The Sadigerrer Rebbes have a long-standing tradition of having many of these people in their midst, from the old country to Tel Aviv.

R' Shlomo Aviner on his philosophical opponents

They're also pushovers, these very accepting Dati Le'umi people, if you ask me. Why do they turn the other cheek to these who deny their existence and make them into evil heretics? I assume for the same reason they cried on the shoulders of those who banished them from their homes in GK some 10 years ago. I guess the messianic form of Zionism they preach does it to them. It robs them of their self-esteem and self-worth. It teaches them that they deserve to be stepped on and spit at. That's the only reason I could come up with.

Boyaner Books

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chaim Dalfin's latest work - and other items that may pique your interest

 240pp. For more info: 212-444-9102
די חתונה פון ליפא דייטש צו אילת השחר בובליל
Chassidic culture or American greed?
A response to an earlier article article in NY Magazine. It seems like every wayward teenager now looks to make a name for him or herself by trying to make his or her people look bad. If they can't dredge up some accusation of abuse, then we're racists and worse.  And we plot and scheme how to shaft the goyim. Which is what the initial piece, which the above piece seems to be contesting, is all about. Crown Heights must be real proud of Ms. U.... NOT.[That didn't used to happen in the old days. You didn't spit like that in the well you drank from.]
R' Dovid Lifshitz (Suvalker) & Zipporah Yoselovich
Eli Fischer meets the Dejer Rebbe in, of all places, Dej!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

POTD - Williamsburg, יע"א

There are at least two ways to look at this: One, that the system there is באנקראט and this is the last cry of a wounded animal who knows his time is up. Two, the beginning of a flareup of hostilities. Yes, times are different, and Williamsburg of today is not that of 1983. But at the same time, all it takes is a few rabblerousers to cause a divide and ruin a good thing. Lubavitch has been active around Williamsburg for a while now, just as Breslov is. So what caused the sudden rearing of the ugly head now? נאר איין ג-ט ווייסט. They have attacked Reb Yoel Kahan verbally, all the while spewing hatred and vitriol. Most people see these fools for what they are, and distance themselves from them. They're the same ones who demonstrate against anything else that moves in Willi. Yet, some people will say that the organizers of shiurim and farbrengens there should keep a lower profile, not because we need to give in to terror, but because of the hatred against Chabad and the Rebbe that they preach on bullhorns.

Time will tell.

Monday, May 11, 2015

when Lag BaOmer came around it was time to play that game

Like the song goes... Except that sometimes, and with some people, we needn't wait till Lag BaOmer to play. We can play all year round. I'd thought that I was long past worrying or criticizing poses such as these, but I guess not. You never get over some things. גם על הדיין נראה לענ"ד שקצת רחמנות עליו אז ער דארף דאס מיטמאכען. ער איז דאך א איד וואס איז שייך צו לערנען. אבער ער האט דאך אים מכתיר געווען, דארף ער היינט "געניסען" פון די פירות.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

פנימיות התורה לכבוד ל"ג בעומר תשע"ה

היום יום י"ח אייר, ל"ג בעומר

 אצל אדמו"ר האמצעי הי' ל"ג בעומר מיו"ט המצויינים. מען פלעגט ארויסגעהן אויפ'ן פעלד, ער פלעגט זיך ניט וואשען, אבער נעהמען משקה, וואס מצד הבריאות האט ער עס ניט געטארט. מען האט דעמאלט געזעהן א סך מופתים. דאס רוב מופתים איז געווען בנוגע קינדער. און א גאנץ יאהר האט מען געווארט אויף ל"ג בעומר.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

In case you missed it; י"ג אייר was our 10th anniversary

10 years. It's a chunk of life. And for 10 years I've been writing. Making friends, enemies, admirers. Bringing you the material you've come to love and expect. Each piece may not be so much work, and often times, especially those long megillos, were quite long, but when you add it all together ----- wow!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

?"די באבע האט געהייסען "אלישבע

They tell the story of a Jew, who is ל"ע prematurely on the עולם האמת, who once went to the late Klausenberger Rov with a kvittel. One of the names of his daughters was נעמי. This was a Chassidishe Yid, not some Harry from Flatbush, so I guess the KR realized that this was out of the ordinary. The KR asked him: די באבע האט געהייסען נעמי? Like, why did you give such a name?! Chassidishe Yidden are bichlal allergic to modernities such as modern names, it doesn't take much avodah. On the other hand, most Yeshivaleit in America have names like Ahuva, Avigail and Elisheva; it makes them feel like like those Hasids.  Or maybe it's the women that are to blame. They're kinda grossed out by names like Shprintzie and Rashi. But that's a relatively new idea. In the old days people were named for their bubbes and zeides. So I was kinda surprised to see that Rebbetzin Kahaneman, o"h, daughter of Reb Shlaymke Berman, granddaughter of the Steipler, was named אלישבע. And get this: she was named for her Bubbe, Rashe Leah... They made Elisheva out of Rashe Leah, something about some of the same letters. Apparently the ציונים did a number on the Jews in Bnei Berak. It sounded too גלותי to have such a name, even if you were a daughter of the Steipler's son-in-law. I say this without chas veSholom speaking about the nifteres herself, who was a real choshuv'e פרוי

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Scary looking dudes at the Greineman levayah

The whole Greineman clan has been in the shadows ever since you-know-who made him persona non-grata. He was a young 40-something talmid chochom who defied the establishment and told them to vote for a Charedi mayor in Bnei Beraq, not a מזרחי'ניק. After that he also didn't join the attempted lynching (for lack of a better term) of Rav Moshe Landa. So he was באזייטיגט - as they say in Yiddish, and the only way you heard about him was if you made it your business to get to know him. For those of us in חו"ל you didn't see much of him. You may have known a bit about the politics, but not much more. So I was kinda surprised about the unusual בכיות and what looked like quite sincere pain and crying at the levaya. A lot more than what you usually see. Not the standard R' Shmuel Auerbach funeral grimace, but pain and hurt. So I asked around and found that I wasn't the only one who saw it as such. Apparently the "hiskashrus" that his talmidim had to him was quite strong. Like nothing we ever see in those circles. They outdo chassidim in that sense. So much so that after יציאת נשמה one of the talmidim cried out: העולם נגמר!

Reb Chaim left 12 sons.

More Pics from levaya

A little less scary looking at the בית הקברות but still very impressive.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Like, if I would go away and N E V E R write again.... M O S T of you - even those who say they've been loyal readers from Day 1 - wouldn't skip a beat. Just saying.

Busy season is over for me, so I figured you'd be banging the doors down asking for new סחורה. After all, it's almost three months that the posts haven't been coming down on a regular basis.

I guess everybody's expendable.