Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memories of old Pupa


I saw this yesterday in a Satmar shul. This is a book published by a Jew Ortner; (originally from Galicia) its in back of his sefer of sermons. He can quote from Reb Chatzkel Sarna to Rav Amiel, and everything in between. Looks like a cool jew who davened in meor hagolah Montreal by the Reb Shaye Yakov thé son of the Skulener, who gives a haskoma.  These 3 pages I send you say a whole lot. He and his brothers learned in Pupa. They were from Preshov, by the Galicia border. 280 boys learned there.  They had a list who goes to mikvah, and you didn't get hot soup if u did not go. Pupa Ruv gave שיריים then already, lit Chanukah licht like a real Rebbe, meaning very late, 2.5 hours after the z'man, with a few hundred boys looking on - more than he had in NY. Not before he went to an icy lake to toyvel beforehand. It seems that Ortner had no personal relationship with the Pupa Rebbe, Look at the schedule: 4:45am wakeup time. 5:30am by the גמרא already שוין נאך די מקוה. I don't see why they woke up the boys so early; The learning was not so great and important that they needed so many hours.  In Poland Jews were already almost all exterminated r"l, and in the Hungarian Yeshivos they served chicken and sometimes beef with shmaltz.   Not bad. The old Badansky bachi looked like a generous person, gave good food. Hungarian women may have been holy, but spoke no yiddish. But we knew that. All in all it seems like in the holy town of Pupa they emphasized chasidus more than Torah.

Read and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kotler, Grosowski, Belkin, Soloveitchik

Source: Seforim Blog

Looks like amohl we knew that in times of crisis we can band together, put our differences aside, petty or stark as they may be, and fight for the common cause. 

My friends, The לעז on the FR didn't start in New York about Shanghai....

What we have here is a letter from the Gaon Reb Chaim Ozer zt"l to Rav Shmuel Yitzchok Hilman Hilman of London (Chief Rabbi Herzog's shver) asking him to intercede on behalf of the 3 Million Jews living under the Soviet regime. Seems part of the issue was that people were hesitant to give or help, since people said that the Frierdiger Rebbe focuses on helping his own Chassidim. As if that's a crime. But Reb Chaim calls it a לעז - i.e. to defame him. So what was the issue back in 1929? What excuse did they have back then? The letter is part of a greater dossier (!) of letters found in the State of Israel archives.

Monday, April 30, 2018

LBJ and RFK campaigning in Boro Park, 1964

a young Yoka Ruv, zt"l on your left

In those days candidates didn't take our votes for granted. Or New York, I suppose. Today why bother? It'll go to the Dem anyway. And who wants to be seen as supporting those Jewish Bible-thumpers anyway?

Monday, April 16, 2018

"יש לנו מדינה יהודית־ציונית נפלאה ומדהימה"

צילום: מתצלומי אדי הירשביין בביתמונה

יהודי משה-זהב פותח פה (עט) על דודו הקנאי ר' עמרם ברש"י בלויא ע"ה

זעהט אויס אז אפשר איז סאטמאר רב גאר גערעכט געווען. טאמער וואוינט מען אין ארץ ישראל קען מען זיך נישט האלטען פעסט אין די שיטה. די הצלחה פון די מדינה פארבלענדט די אויגן און מ'מיינט אז אפשר איז דאס  דאס דער אמת. אפילו דער גרעסטער קנאי - און אפשר דוקא די קנאים, ווייל זיי זענען שטענדיג עוסק אין די ענינים, זענען זיי דוקא די מערסטע עממפענגליך צו די ציוניסטישע נאראטיוו. א פארעווער חסיד גייט אים נישט אן נישט אהין און נישט אהער. ער שטימט אין די טריפה'נע וואלען ווייל זיין רבי האט אים אזוי געהייסן, אבער מער גייט אים נישט אהן די ציונות שבמדינה מער ווי זיין גלייכצייטיגער פריינט אדער קרוב אין ברוקלין. משי-זהב איז נישט דער ערשטער און אפשר גאר נישט דער לעצטער וועלכע זעהט אז א מדינה איז אפשר נישט אזוי שלעכט פאר אחב"י. איבערהויפט נאך דער גרויסער חורבן אייראפע.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

אסתיר פני | סיפור החורבן והשיקום של חייו של האדמו"ר מצאנז- קלויזבורג וקהילתו

פרישע סחורה - הערשט געבאקען אויף דער אינטערנעץ. א גוט שטיקל ארבעט האבען די צאנזערס אנגעמאכט. מ'ברויך זיי געבן קרעדיט. נישטא קיין ברירה
I just don't see how Sanz goes together with Prof. Leibowitz.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

כ'קען שוין נישט ווארטען אויף די חמשה עשר מי יודע.... I'm Kinda Shocked Here

This has been going on for a while now. Every Yomtov they seem to cross the line with their ads. The לוחות in the shape of some Hungarian meat delicacy before Shavuos, and so on. Like some letz is sitting there and popping out the ads and waiting to see the reaction of people. Waiting to see somebody blow up at him. Phone calls to the stores from irritated vayblech and such. But it doesn't seem like it's happening. The meat (!) of the fight between the 2 Satmars seems to be heavily centered on the butcher shops. Lee Avenue has 4 Satmar Fleish Geshefts. The Aronim built a new meat market at the Corner of Ross Street in Williamsburg, it looks like an old-fashioned smoke house. Every weekly publication has ads from both Satmar Meats, and only a sharp eye can discern between them. Maybe that's why the usually zealous Satmars step back and watch the fireworks; they realize there's a lot riding on the meat wars...

חמשה עשר מי יודע? סאטמאר שלומא אליעזריא. חמשה עשר רביא

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

האדמו"ר מדינוב מכיר בשורשיו

The New פרוכת just installed in the big Dinover shul in Williamsburg has the name of כ"ק מרן אדמו"ר רבי ברוך יהושע ירחמיאל אבדק"ק מונקאטש והגלילות proudly displayed on it. This is a new chapter and brings some closure to years of pain and hurt. I imagine the decision wasn't easy for the Dinover, but he ultimately did the right thing. Let's just that the zealots don't get any ideas into their their warped little heads...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Please help אחב"י in Virginia פראווע פסח

Lodz, Poland, Children of the Lodz kibbutz during the Passover seder, 1947.   Belongs to collection: Yad Vashem Photo Archive   Additional Information: Children of Kibbutz Lodz after the war. The album depicts daily life, religious life, the children and their counselors. The album was presented as a gift to William Bein, by the staff of the Joint Distibution Committee.

Verified cause.

we did this last year as well.

Received via email:

Hirshel: I turn to you once more, as I've done in the past. Your readers have been very kind in previous years and I hope they can be kind again this year. I am on my way with a few others to a small town in Virginia to bring the Festival of Liberation ככל משפטו וחקתו to a Jew who hasn't celebrated it in 9 years. Yitzy, (not his real name) lives in a shack without running water or a bathroom. He comes from a prominent religious family and is still frum but suffers from mental illness and is isolated from his family and society. This is but one of several endeavors that me and a few others have undertaken; namely, to help those that would otherwise be forgotten.  The expenses are great and I won't be able to afford the whole thing alone. If you can please PayPal you will have helped me with this great mitzva.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"מ'זאל נישט מאכען פון די מצה א פרעס"

Leave it to the שארפע in Prszyscha to get straight to the point, so that even גראב יונגען like us can understand. Although as I'm writing this I can't help but think that it wasn't the חפצא of the Matzoh that he didn't want made into a fress, but rather the whole inyan of Oneg YT and פלייש, etc. But maybe I'm just delving too deep. Try to explain this to a non-chossid and you'll get lots of blank stares. or maybe he'll tell you how it's עונג יו"ט to have Matzoh brei/farfel/toast and kneidlakh. יהי להם אשר להם. I fargin everybody his simchas YT. The interesting thing is that in today's day and age it's specifically the "Heimishe", i.e. Chassidim that seem to be so heavily invested in the פרעס. Even without the gebrokts. Just check out the circulars and the Charedi publications. And the whatsapp clips from the various supermarkets לולי דמסתפינא we would eat a simple gebrokts and less of the meats and pesach cookies.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What excited young Yoshe Ber בר"מ Soloveitchik on the seder night...


Here's a piece you may have missed if you don't read the OU publications. I assume the highlight of the night by regular chasidim is probably the piece of zohar that all the angels and the shechina are coming to the seder. It helps that it's at the beginning of the seder, when people are still excited. By others it's the matzoh. With some others it's the kneidlach or the brisket. כל חד לפום שיעורא דיליה. In Brisk - at least the Khaslavich/Boston branch thereof - it's the halachic concept of יקנה"ז. And already at such a young age! Gei farshtey what excites a Brisker. Read the drama of the kiddush with the tall athletic uncle.

Sorry about the food stains...

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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