Tuesday, May 29, 2018

ירחי כלה תשמ"א (מוצש"ק) בקרית גן ישראל, פארקסוויל נ.י. 12768

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The Yarchei Kallah in camp Gan Yisroel Parksville, NY was created in memory of the Rebbe's father Rav Levi Yitzchak Schneerson zt"l. It started on Friday with a session of a few pilpulim by the visiting Rabbonim. On Shabbos afternoon there was another session. Motzei Shabbos was the main session. (like the Agudah convention...) People would make the trip from Crown Heights, and if there was a farbreingin on that Shabbos the Rebbe would give a hishtatfus by saying a pilpul at the farbrengen. On Sunday morning would be the last session. In the good old days many non-Lubavitcher Rabbonim would participate. Rav Yolles from Philadelphia, Rabbi Tuvia Stern from Miami, Rabbi Simcha Elberg, HaRav Hirshprung from Montreal, Rabbi Hershberg and more. When Rabbi Hirshprung would come for Shabbos he would have a trail of bochurim following him around constantly testing him and talking in learning. These pics are from the Motzoei Shabbos session. We'll bring some more pics, including Friday session pictures, בהמשך, אי"ה.

הרב ר' מרדכי מענטליק ע"ה

Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler

הרב ר' אהרן סאלאוויטשיק ע"ה

הרה"ח ר' יואל שי' הכהן (ימין) ולידו (מוסתר בחלקו) הרה"ח ר' יוסף מענדל טענענבוים ע"ה

הרה"ח ר' יואל שי' הכהן

החסיד ר' יעקב יוסף ראסקין ע"ה

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.

Click to enlarge. 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.