Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Morning Links

Maliner Rebbe's Business Card
American Judaism May Change
R' Avigdor Miller: What to do about a meddling shvigger
1923: Gerrer Rebbe lifts railway ban

I guess the Gerrer Rebbe didn't hear about the terrible sin of התגרות באומות - Telling Jews to boycott the Polish Railway?! What was he thinking?! Did Moshiach come yet? no. So we're supposed to "turn the other cheek" and say thank you, sir! I am your humble servant until the Messiah arrives. Also, the Rabbi Schneerson of Homel is probably Prof. Fishel Scheerson's father, Reb Schneur Zalman Schneerson, (son of the Retchitcher Rebbe, Reb Sholom Ber, son of MaHaRiL of Kopust) great-grandson of the Tzemach Tzedek and Rov of Homel. I'm not sure what it means when it says that Rabbi Barashansky, who was the Misnagdishe Rov, was a witness that the Rabbis had performed these functions...

The oylem is scratching their heads about the ad that appeared in an Israeli leaflet that gets distributed in Bnei Beraq and Beit Shemesh. Tanya, Maamorei HaRaSHaB and V'Yoel Moshe.... who is giving these shiurim and what does he want?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

!אוי, ווי די ליטוויקעס האבען מורא פאר די שקיעה

Don't get me wrong, ביי אונז אין ליובאוויטש we also light soon after the shkiah, but these guys are like terrified! And how does the saying go? Shabbos ahin, Shabbos aher, m'darf doch tzinden Chanikeh licht! This sefer is about Reb Dovid בהר"ן, a great gaon and tzaddik in Yerushalayim, son of Reb Nochum Shadiker, hence the name בהר"ן. I heard a story from a Yerushalayimer Yid who was Reb Dovid's son's - Reb Hillel Vaisfiche - neighbor. ממש א טיר נאך א טיר. Reb Hillel would wait for the muezzin at the mosque to start croaking - they pray at sunset too, להבדיל - and he'd yell "פייגע, די גוי שרייט שוין!" and immediately begin the brochos....

Friday, December 12, 2014

ביאור פרשת גדולת החג י"ט כסלו

Read it on HebrewBooks

מכתב כ"ק אדמו"ר זי"ע לישיבת טעלז אודות י"ט כסלו

A letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe to one of the Telsher Roshei Yeshiva/Chavrei HaHanholoh where he goes through all the hanhogos and sayings and that Chassidim through the generations said and did. The Rebbe writes about his hesitation, whether or not to answer the letter, since he's not sure what the point of the letter was, i.e. do they REALLY want answers?... Worth your time. 

From ספר שערי המועדים י'-י"ט כסלו.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

טעם למה חוגגים את י"ט כסלו הלילה

למה הה"מ ממעזריטש נ"ע נטמן באניפאלי - מספרו של הגה"ח ר' ישראל גרוסמן זצ"ל

Thursday Links

שיעור בוידאו: המאסר והגאולה - עפ"י המסמכים שנתגלו
Ner Israel's 81st annual dinner
Kupat HaIr's giving out toys this Chanukah
Ami Magazine: Oops!
מעמד חנוכת הבית והכנסת ס"ת בקרית צאנז טבריא
שרבי אלי' לאפיאן אמר שצריך ללמוד תניא

POTD - Williamsburg

Menu: Shtop Gentz with Goulash
Mashpia: Lemel Shvartz
Sugya: על הגאולה פרק ז
Conclusion: Nishtakcho Toras... from the era of the Tzemach Tzedek
Nigunim: רבינ'ס זעקסטע הקפה ניגון for a Freilekhs and רבינ'ס שלום עליכם ניגון for התעוררות
Dancing: Bonfire burning Volumes of חסידות מבוארת

בדרך צחות, כמובן

שני מאמרים - לכבוד י"ט כסלו

עבודת הלוי - להבין הטעם של י"ט כסלו

מאמר ד"ה להבין הטעם שאין תקיעת שופר - תקס"ח

Shalom Uvracha, 

In honor of Yud Tes Kislev, please find attached a newly revised edition of the Maamar, Lehavin Inyan Bechinas Haneis from Reb Aharon Helevi Horowitz of Stroshelye, with Chassidus Metzuyenes. B"H over the last several years we have been able to spread the teachings of chassidus through sending out Mamarim with Biurim of Chassidus Metzuyenes. 

If you can help support this effort, please send your donation to Akiva Shavrick, 6414 Park Heights Ave, Apt A3, Baltimore, MD. 21215. 

Thank you.

 גוט יום טוב! לשנה טובה בלימוד החסידות ובדרכי החסידות תכתבו ותחתמו

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Afternoon Links

the NYT discovers shmaltz
WSJ: How did Moses part the Red Sea?
עתון "המבשר" על ממלכת חב"ד בפאריז
יא"צ: כ"ק אדמו"ר הרה"ק ריי"צ מאוורוטש נ"ע
ראש השנה לחסידות: מנהגי חב"ד לי"ט כסלו
Monah Rosenblum and 28 piece band to perform at Satmar 21 Kislev function
2 Chassidei Shuvu Bonim bochurim die in crash, r"l

רבי ברוכ'ל קריגט נישט קיין הרה"צ, און אויך נישט קיין זצ"ל אדער זי"ע

זעהט דף ב' ביי די סדר הדורות

'דף השבוע חגיגה כב:א ב

Sunday, December 7, 2014

נפטר געווארען ר' יוסף וואלדמאן ע"ה

Reb Yosef Waldman, the man who has a big part in the Rashi Sichos
More in English

 I knew Reb Yossel's brother somewhat. I think he was Hershel. He lived around the corner from us in Boro Park and I would see him on the street and in shul sometimes, although he didn't daven in our shtiebel for the most part. Then, when I started becoming closer to Lubavitch, I somehow got to know that he was a תמים who had a shaychis to the Rebbe, even if his family didn't really. I think he passed away some years ago. Then I discovered that he had a brother Yossel that lived in Crown heights and קאכט זיך זייער שטארק in the Rashi Sichos. He was the one who convinced the Rebbe to continue with the Rashi Sichos after officially he would stop due to lack of interest. He asked the Rebbe to provide him with Marei Mekomos, which he did, and often times he would know of a farbrengen before even the mazkirim would, since the Rebbe would tell him on his way into 770 on Shabbos morning. I heard that his whole davening Shabbos morning was consumed with preparing, looking at every conceivable sefer that would discuss the Rashi and discussing his findings with anybody shayech to it. By the actual farbrengen he would שלינג מיט דורשט every word that the Rebbe uttered. At word in the Diamond District any ben torah he came in contact with knew about the farbrengen and the Rashi sicha...

It seems like they were originally from Munkacs and came to this country in 1939. They soon entered the Lubavitcher Yeshiva, and Yossel especially formed a very special kesher with the Rebbe. Maybe if I was more of a yenta I would have spoken to him when I saw him in Crown Heights. But alas!

We bring you here - for the very first time - a recording of a speech by RYM to a small women's group in the spring of 1969/5729. You can skip ahead to 2:50 on the recording to skip the introductions and crowd noise. It is interesting to note that he starts in English and then switches to Yiddish at the request of the crowd.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

How Lakewood פראוועט ליל שישי

The truth is that it's mamesh heartwarming to see the קירוב לבבות between Lubavitch and Lakewood. Only music can bring hearts and minds together. Not only music, kugel & chulent help too. I hear they sell, like, heaps and mounds of that stuff every week in Lakewood. Not what the original Kletzkers had in mind, that's for sure. Chassidus can bring people together too, but we'll take what we can...

Friday, December 5, 2014

to Yankel: with Love

This goes out to my friend, the commenter Yankel, who said things about what defines a true Gadol B'Yisroel. Maybe this will enlighten him a bit. In truth we can all learn from this.
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