Sunday, March 18, 2018

Government Intervention for Chassidic squabbles


First, let me say how happy I am that you're kind of back to doing what you do best.

The most recent עלי זכרון has a good piece. If you don't see it regularly you should. They take pieces from the old Hungarian newspapers and translate it. Here they have a news clip that the Munkach/Belz rift was so harsh that even the government could not take it anymore. Looks like it's from the  Zsidó Újság = Jewish Newspaper. They coordinated a peace summit in the city of טשאפ between both sides. The government criticized the holy Munkacher Rov (could be a Belzer drelnak is behind the report?) It seems that afterwards there was peace in the land.  Some 2 months later RYD of Belz passed away and Reb Ahrele Belzer took over. Things were a bit different with him. But it seems nobody can take much credit and receive the Rabbi Sruel Hager Peace Prize, since it was government enforced. This is an important piece of info.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

אז ס'קומט צו כאסידעס זענען אלע בעלי דעה, אפילו דער קאוונער דאקטאר ראבינער'ס א זון

Not that I'm the last word on all people, but I haven't found anything on Reb Eliezer Zvi Revel, except the seforim that he wrote, and this kuntres is not listed there. I also don't see any interest in Chassidus attributed to him, but what do I know. One thing we CAN say is that he was a HUGE fan of his father. רשכבה"ג. That's touching. And why did I call Rabbi Revel Der Kovner Dokter Rabiner?" I couldn't answer that honestly. It just came to me. Now, if only I could figure out why the image is lopsided...


Rabbi Dov (Bernard) Revel

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What's Shimmy Meller up to in his new book on Reb Meir Soloveitchik?

Chortkover/Husyatiner Chassidim are up in arms. In their מחאה they don't mention the quotes that appear in the book, saying that they're not be repeated, that's how bad they are. Something he says there about הרה"ק ר' ישראל מהוסיאטין זצ"ל.  UPDATE: Here is the quote. Typical Brisker לשון הרע באיצטלא של קדושה. No difference than two chassidim sitting over a cholent Thursday night in your local deli or gas station. As if to say that the Chofetz Chaim in שמירת הלשון doesn't apply to them because they're discussing רשעים. The joke of it all is that the son-in-law, whom he calls "רציני" and would go up to the shul to learn after going to the Mikvah on Erev Shabbos was his successor as Husyatiner Rebbe, Reb Yakov of Husyatin, a FIRST RATE MIZROCHIST who said Torah in Ivrit on Hey Iyar. But Reb Meir האט גוט גיקענט דער... because he saw him in the Mikvah... נישטא ווער זאל לאכען....

Not sure why Shimmy sees the need to publish such statements; Is the matzav there so bankrupt that they need to laugh at others just to keep the people in line? 

Then there's Agav piece. Once we're attacking the Rebbelach let's go all the way. After all, they were Mizrochnikes, and Loshon Horah is a Mitzvah when it comes to them. The צושטעל to the Brisker dayan and that story is classic. Apples and oranges is an understatement.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

הרב ר' אברהם יהושע סאלאווייטשיק calls the bluff of certain American Roshei Yeshiva and the ארץ ישראל'דיגע ראשי ישיבה that came here to tell them how "terrible" life is there

Two clips, 10+ minutes each. אין א זאפטיגער אידיש. Blasting the American Yeshiva system among other things. Blasting the System in America in general, High School, college, degrees, tznius, blue shirts, etc. The guy with the בלויע בלוזקע learning a little בזמן שאינו יום ואינו לילה. But the main point is the bluff of the Rosh Yeshiva from the "Peleg" who came to New York and told the bochurim sitting here על סיר הבשר that the matzav haRuchni in Eretz Yisroel is mamish terrible. Stay home, he says, if things here so terrible.

Monday, March 5, 2018

We find Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin not being honest when it comes to Gedolim and Hespedim in Yeshiva

YRCB is having a hesped to mourn the passing of Rav Shmuel Auerbach. They're bringing all the Mechablim in America, Reb Elya Ber and Reb Malkiel, as well as R' Shmuel Markovitz, the Mechabel from Ponovezh. Which is fine. I'm just a little surprised that they're thumbing their noses at the leadership in Eretz Yisroel, Reb Chaim and Reb Gershon Eidelstein, etc. But that's their problem. The only problem is that just a few weeks ago, after the passing of the leader of עולם התורה Hagaon Reb Aron Leib Shteinman, zt"l, there was no such hesped. Why? because the Rosh Yeshiva at YRCB said despite being "the Rebbe B'Yisroel" he had no influence over the Yeshiva on Coney Island Avenue. Nor over the Rosh Yeshiva. But when RALS came to NY they shlepped him to the Yeshiva to speak, even at 95 years old. I wonder how much influence Reb Shmuel had over them.... Where's the intellectual honesty, folks?

RALS and יבלחט"א RAS upon his visit to YRCB

See this story, when RALS passed away

Reminds me of this gem on the blog, way back when...

Here's Rabbi Schechter: (Yiddish & English)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

מאמר ד"ה יעשו עץ מכ"ק אדמו"ר רבי שלמה זלמן מקאפוסט זצוקללה"ה, יו"ל לראשונה מכת"י מעתיק, י"ב אדר תשע"ח‎

Shalom U'vracha, 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Here's what constitutes "Purim Shtick" for the fine Bnei Towrah at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College High School

A word to my fellow Lubavitcher Chassidim and friends of Lubavitch: 

There are several pictures that "cross the line" so to speak. Yet, after deliberation and consultation with friends, I've decided to post all the pictures that have reached the desk of this blog. To show the world where misplaced differences can sometimes lead. As of now, several hours after these pictures surfaced, no word has been from the הנהלה of Ner Israel. Maybe they think it's OK because it's Chodesh Adar. Maybe they're naive as to what year we live in. I don't know. But I do know that nobody I showed it to, even the lighthearted ones, thought some of this was funny. 

If you'd like to voice your displeasure you can call the Yeshiva office and ask to speak to the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Aron Feldman, who is also a sitting member of the Moetzes Gedolei haTorah of the Agudath Israel of America.  Phone: (410) 484-7200 . I'm not sure who the HS Principl is these days.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

דער וויזשניצער רבי שליט"א באזוכט היינט אין בית חב"ד אין פארט לאדערדעיל און באדאנקט דער שליח הרב משה מאיר הכהן שי' ליפשיץ פאר די שיינע אויפנאמע במשך פון וואכען דארט

ווי באוואוסט וויילט דער וויזשניצער רבי אין פלארדידע די וואכען נאך אריבערגיין א שווערע עאפעראציע אויף די רוקען. ער האט דארט אסאך פארברענגט אין די בתי חב"ד און אין די ישיבה גדולה פון חב"ד אין מיאמי. זיך באגעגנט מיט'ן דארטיגער ראש ישבה הגה"ח ר' לייבל שי' שפירא. יעצט איז געקומען די צייט אז דער וויזשניצער רבי פארט שוין אהיים, איז ער געקומען באדאנקען דער שליח הרב ליפשיץ פאר'ן צו שטעלן די שיינע אכסניא. פון א דארטיגער איד האט איז באקומען די פאלגענדע פאר שורות: לזכותו של הוויזשניצער רבי יאמר, אז א יעדען איינציגען מאל וואס ער האט דא אין פלארידע געפירט טיש האט ער אלעמאל גירעדט בשבחו פון דעם רבין'ס שלוחים וואס זיי טוען אויף בכל עיר ועיר ובכל פינה נידחת.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

א ליובאוויטשער זיצונג אין תל-אביב, תשכ"ג

Looks like a meeting to greet the distinguished guest. L-R: Harav Reb Moshe Ashkenazi,
Reb Pinye Althaus,
Harav Reb Levi haLevi Grossman author of the sefer שם ושארית,
הרב אלכסנדר יודאסין בעמח"ס תומכי תמימים,
Reb Chaim Shmaryohu Gourarie.
כל אחד בשמו הטוב יבורך. You can write a book about each one.
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

More Belzer prohibitions...

Hirshel, here's another Belzer prohibition for you:

In Belz they did not say shir hashirim.  I never saw my elders, who had a strong connection to Belz, say shir hashirim. (I never knew why ) I guess it was part of the Belz in them. I was surprised to see that - or NOT to see that - because in Oiberland, where my family is from, and by other chasidim it was very holy to say it. After the mikvah, with the peyos still wet. Mamash a gevalt! In the footnote here they note a certain Sefas Emes (which by the way was not on the recommended learning list in old Belz, they would rather get caught learn Arugas haBosem) in Pesach that on regular weeks the parables of shir hashirim are a bad influence for people who are megushem. It's probably the reason why Belz avoided it too. But they never said that outright. But in Ger they were more explicit.

Monday, January 29, 2018

The History of the Belzer prohibition

Reb Shulem Fogel gives a very interesting lesson (published in this month's אור הצפון) on why Belz went so extreme against mashkeh. It was all caused by a drunkard on Simchas Torah that was rolling on the ground in front Reb Shia'le Belzer. He immediately put the brakes on the chasidic tradition of taking mashke by chasidic kumzitzes. It's not much different than the history of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's decree against mashkeh, but the LR made a limit of 4 drinks. Also, the event that caused the Lubavitcher decree was a wedding, not Simchas Torah, and the person affected was a very choshu've Rebbeishe personality... Belz went full dry and became the Starbucks of chassidus. All events are supposed to be coffee only - coffee is quite a lofty drink, it seems, according to Reb Shulem. But they still give maskeh by yohrtzeit seudos and tishen. I think the old Ruv preferred banana liquer, and all branches of Belz now serve that. What baffles me is that I doubt this was the 1st time a Chossid got drunk, and I'm sure his father also knew about the terrible sin of שיכרות, so why the need to ban it completely?

מי יעמוד בסוד קדושים