Thursday, September 18, 2014

וואס שטופטץ עטץ ענק? מיין שופר בלאזען הערט מען ב"ה אויף דער גאנצע וועלט

This story is from Reb Shulem Brander in ספר תכין לבם page 77

כידוע how in Belz everything was אויסגעהאלטען ע"פ הלכה

but what do we do little mentshelech understand?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

הגאון הרב שמואל יעקב וויינבערג ר"י נר ישראל באלטימאר שרייבט א בריוו צום ליובאוויטשער "אלגעמיינער זשורנאל" און לאזט וויסען ווי ער איז שטאלץ מיט זיין חסידישער אפשטאם

Well, actually that's not the entire point of the letter. I have yet to discover the reason for him writing this letter, but it seems that the AJ "accused" RSYW of saying something in an article and in an interview with an AJ correspondent like "the Holocaust being G-d's punishment on the irreligious," that "G-d has no connection to the irreligious and unaffiliated," or something to that effect... It would also seem that the late Gershon Jacobson probably dubbed Rabbi Weinberg a "Misnaged," as they were wont to do. So RSYW, scion of a proud Slonimer Rebbishe family, responded in kind. A very kind and gentle letter, yet one that makes strong points. I have yet to find out whether or not the AJ actually printed this letter. Read for yourselves and see what you can come up with.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

הרב נפתלי טייטלבוים אב"ד נירבאטור גיט א הכשר אויף קאקאנא"ט אויל אינדערהיים

"First Hungarian Coconut Oil Factory"

Looks like back then they weren't so concerned with 1) the content of the advertisement, and 2) That things be more than כשר. No mehadrin or Mehadrin min haMehadrin. Just plain כשר. You want something more than that make it yourself. Or maybe there was no חשש of hirhur in this case? Then again maybe this newspaper was like in the 5TJT or Jewish Week or Forward equivalent, a place that had more lax standards. Tough to know what they were thinking back then. But who knew that they mass produced stuff back in Europe!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

יארצייט הרש"ל - ארבעים שנה

Reb Shmuel Levitin was the zkan and most respected Lubavitcher chossid from his arrival in NY in 1938 until his passing on 11 Elul תשל"ד. The Rebbe had great derech eretz for Reb Shmuel  as well and would write his name as such: הרש"ל. There are countless such stories. Reb Shmuel was Rov in Rakshik, Lita until he left Europe. He was a grandson of the great Reb Gershon Ber of Pahar, and would call himself a 5th mekabel of the Alter Rebbe. He was sent to the US by the Frierdige Rebbe as a שד"ר in 1938 and was thus saved from the horrors of WWII, but he lost his wife and several of his children, r"l.  In Crown Heights he was the Rov of the Lubavitcher shul - 770, until his passing. He was the first when it came to kibbudim, went along with the Rebbe to shiva calls or to visit the camps, etc. Bekitzer, he was the man. He was already a "zach" בחייו  of the Rebbe Rashab, being sent on shlichus to the Republic of Georgia, where he exhibited great mesiras nefesh and brought many closer to Torah, as well as to Chassidus. Anybody who came in contact with him will tell you one thing for sure, he was a great פקח. Anyway, we all know that in Lubavitch we say Yisgadal VeYiskadash, not "deil" and "deish." Reb Shmuel, however, had this minhag to say "deil" and "deish," which was apparently how the Rebbe Rashab would say it. Here we bring you a recording from Reb Shmuel davening for the amud and being oleh leTorah in the summer of 5725/1965, where we can hear saying it as such.

Thanks for listening.

Friday, September 5, 2014

קצת ע"ד שיטת רבינו תם בזמן מוצש"ק באמעריקא ואיך שהרבי מוויזשניץ-מאנסי לא נכנע להלחץ

על הקול קורא להחזיק 72 דק' מוצ"ש. בהזמנים בהלכה ח"ב עמוד תע"ד כתוב שכן היה אסיפה. ראה מצורף צילום הקול קורא הישן שנדפס בהזמנים בהלכה ח"ב עמוד תע"ה, ושם נדפס שהאסיפה התקיימה באור ליום ד' טהרה ד' ניסן תשי"ד. שים לב שהשמות ע"פ סדר א"ב, ושמו של הרבי מסאטמאר מגיע בדיוק לתחילת השורה האמצעית. ובמפתח הכשרות של התאחדות (מצורף) הדפיסו ג"כ את הקול קורא הזה באותיות חדשות, ושם הגדילו את שמו של הרבי מסאטמאר. והבן. גם בשו"ת ברכות שמים או"ח סי' ע"ז כתוב שהיה אסיפה. האדמו"ר מוויזניץ-מאנסי מכחיש שבכלל היתה אסיפה, רק שסיבבו לאסוף חתימות, כנראה שלא קראו לו כי ידעו שיתנגד.

One thing we see about the Vizhnitzer Rebbe shlit"a is that he sticks to his guns and never backs down. No matter what kind of pressure from how many people. No matter what his shver does or expects from him. That kind of approach is sometimes useful, I suppose.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reb Chaim Ozer's Mivtza Sefer Torah l'ilui nishmas the Chofetz Chaim, zt"l

You guys are always telling me how the Lubavitcher Rebbe always took things from others and made as if they were his own, original ideas. You cite examples and "proof" such as the entire "Shlichus" system, which he took from the Novardokers, which he got from R. Hodakov, the man from Riga who was educated by Reb Yoel Zaitchik. If only you'd know the half of it! Here's another thing that we took from the Litvakkes, Mivtza Ksivas Sefer Torah. Except the Rebbe didn't go as far with מבצע כתיבת ספר תורה as Reb Chaim Ozer did when he initiated the writing of the sefer Torah after the passing of the Chofetz Chaim. RCO calls it a Mitzvah, and tells us that by buying a letter we fulfill the mitzvah, which customarily has been done בשותפות, the Rebbe didn't say that having an אות was being מקיים a מצוה. Or at least that wasn't the idea behind writing the sifrei torah, which continue to this very day. It was simply a means to unite Jewish children by getting each one a letter in the ST. And whoever buys a letter will have his name recorded in a journal which will be placed on the CC's place! Another Chabad plagiarizing act, placing new Chabad seforim and pidyonos at the Rebbe's seat in the cheder haYechidus, just like they did with the Chofetz Chaim.

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