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.
Photo is for sale on EBay.

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