Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
This may be difficult for some of you to believe; but I didn't post this to make fun or to point fingers. I was not trying to point out that "Litvaks don't believe in Moshiach." It never crossed my mind until one of you who thought you know what's in my mind brought it up. I saw it as a limmud zechus! That he realized that many of us have a hard time with this Ikkar, and he was "defending" that difficulty. It was not an attack on him, nor were we trying to point out any weakening of his abilities because of age, etc. RALS needs nobody's haskomoh.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I was struck by the עולם כמנהגו נוהג aspect of the calendar. שובבי"ם and all... The world is going to h*ll and they're.... never mind that. I wasn't there, I can't point fingers. But what gets an Hungarian like myself is the treyfene names and dates! In the treyfene language! Did not the תקנות of 1866 outlaw such heresy?! And what's with the 43-46 minutes after shkiah צאת הכוכבים?!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A reader writes:
This Teshuva of the Satmar Ruv is a very important teshuva to study... It wavers constantly, many parts of it go against his standard philosophy, but he also derides the people who were against it as Zionist sympathizers... I have so far no idea where this town was; Maybe in the Helmetzer seforim we can figure out more details. It's my assumption that they were some kind of Aguda/Yeshiveshe people that were against it. On the other hand, did he not believe in the הלעיטהו לרשע וימות idea on which the Hungarian Orthodoxy had built their whole existence as of 1866. Somehow if it was not Zionist Klausenburg, Neologen Viznitz --- it seems had no problem and considered them Jews ... between the lines he is saying that the yeshiva velt is full of Bnei Ni**h. This teshuva should be the Constitution of Mikveh USA.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I'm not sure Shliach Reb Peretz Chein even remembers; but I know other long-time readers do. I know because
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
אילן היוחסין שמקורו ברבי חיים מוואלוז'ין זצ"ל
I didn't know Reb Zundel. I may have heard about him, but it's not like I learned his seforim or anything. I just mumble some Tanya and Rambam for a few minutes daily to please my handlers. But if you look at what they write about him, (and the fact that he never was part of the whole mass Gedolim branzhe ---- ) you can't help but stand in awe. A life of learning Torah and not much else. Gan Eden! You can imagine what Yidden in the Old Country who had the good fortune and intestinal fortitude to have a Jewish education and zitsfleish, and who were able to learn Torah well into their later years - what they were like. Someone was to have said that RZK had the siyata d'shmaya that he was able to learn Torah מתוך מנוחה, and at the same write wonderful seforim. He didn't have people bothering him with their naarishe questions day and night. As you can see from the link above he was - as Rav Soloveichik would say - from בית הרב - הרב being Reb Chaim Volozhiner. That's what I see as unique with RZK. Below we find the words of a relative of his who takes things easy in life who got a "wake-up" call at his levaya.
סוג של דילמה
החיים שלי בגדול זה סביב הפייסבוק, והאוואטסאף , עושה כמעט מה שבא לי , בסלנג זה נקרא חרדי לייט, נהנים זוללים. בקיצור, שמים את אלוקים והדת טיפה בצד. חזרתי עכשיו מהלוויה של דוד שלי רבי זונדל קרויזר, יהודי מהליגה העליונה, ,טוף שבטוף. נתחיל מזה שכל החיים שלו היה קם ב3 לפנות בוקר, לומד ומתפלל נץ, דמות ירושלמי, עניו שקט. תכלית ראיתי בהלוויה אלפי אברכים , אולתרא חרדים, שלוקחים את הדת בשיא הרצינות כל מצווה כל הלכה עם כל הפיטשיפקעס וזה עף לי לפנים, ואמרתי לעצמי לך תדע, אולי הם צודקים ואני טועה? אולי בסוף נצטרך לתת דין וחשבון על כל...בקיצור, דילמה
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
a Litvak bleibt a Litvak. Don't come to him with "Chassidishe" pshetlach why you need to say Hallel....Box.com link
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Click on the links for the following חלקים of Reb Akiva Shavrick's Chassidus Meluketes on Masechta Sotah
And the 3 above links for Box.com users:
And the 3 above links for Box.com users:
Friday, May 2, 2014
Ravitz was b'etzem a nice guy. Gafni had a nice beard going then. I guess they told him that for parnassah he needs to keep it "neat." I think had they kept the anti-Chabad rhetoric out of their platform - and it WAS in there - they'd have had a much easier time breaking away from the Gerrer stranglehold on the Agudah. Now, we just look at it as machlokes.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Funny how Mr. Wiesel is so taken by Reb Nachman. Not funny, just interesting. What is funny is how we were so horrified by EW's connection to Rabbonim and Rebbes, and how the zealous ideology had already so taken over by the time I was of age to take note of it in the 80's. As if he was to be excommunicated for speaking of the pain and suffering he endured both during and after the War.