Friday, October 26, 2018

Chabad always had Breslov's back

Breslov kind of has that approach to things; Everybody always loved us besides for a few Chernoblers in Ukraine. And they were just power hungry people. (They have a few such stories with Chabad Rabbeyim, from the Alter Rebbe and on.) But we're (Breslov) better than anybody anyway, and our chassidus is the deepest of the deep. I never quite understood that. If you're better and deeper and holier who cares what anybody else says? 

Now, all that's left to ponder is did the story really happen....

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

אדמו"ר מנדבורנא צפת זצ"ל - העברעאיש

רבי אהרן יחיאל לייפער זצ"ל בן רבי דוד מבאניא הי"ד בן רבי בערטשע מסאטמאר זצ"ל

Monday, October 22, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

'תורה מחזרת על אכסניא שלה - בבא מציעא פ"ה א

Yeshiva Torah Vodaath welcomes its new Rosh Yeshiva, Harav Reb Yitzchok Lichtenstein. That's ben Reb Aron, חתן הגרי"ד סולובייצ'יק זצ"ל מבוסטון. You heard it correctly. "JB"'s eynikel is the Rosh Yeshiva at Torah Vodaas. I'm told he's a זייער חשוב'ר יונגערמאן. A big lamdan and a ירא שמים. Seems to be a trend among the young princes of the Soloveitchik clan; they're going back to being Charedi. We saw it with Reb Moshe Twersky hy"d, and I'm sure there are others. We hear that young Yitzchok went right wing already as a bochur. He published his zeide Reb Yoshe Ber's הגדה של פסח. He married into the Grozovsky family of Monsey, so he's at home in Torah Vodaath, I suppose. (Reb Reuven was RY at YTV, for those of you who may not know) And a קנאי to boot. What remains o be seen is can he bring back some of the glory of YTV? The cheder is booming, and even mesivta is doing quite well. But when it comes to Yeshiva Gedola/Beis Medrash the rooms are empty. Looks like it's not cool to say you learn at Torah Vodaath. Or maybe there are too many Harries there? Seems like they need a Gadol that's gonna sit on the Moetzes to run it. A man who's gonna make baaleibatim/gevirim feel proud to know him. A Rav Pam, I suppose. Not sure if that's what they got in RYL.

יהא בואו לברכה להרמת קרן (ה)תורה (ודעת) - אמן

Monday, October 15, 2018

Reb Aron Soloveitchik on Torah coming to America

   1975 by Hirshel Tzig on Scribd

Friday, October 12, 2018

Seeking info on one Pinchas Schneersohn, last of Berditchev

Received via e-mail:

I am trying to identify Pinchas Schneerson. In the attached photo R-L Chaya Ita Twersky, daughter of Admur Shlomo Benzion of Chernobyl. She married her mother's brother Yehoshua Elazar Chodorov son of Zalman Chodorov of Berdichev;  Sarah Chodorov daughter of Zalman Chodorov Admur of Berdichev - Married a Schneersohn, Pinchas Scheersohn - was he the husband of Sarah Chodorov? Who was his father? He was from Retchica (Belorussia - white russia) - Killed by the Fascists with wife and 3 daughters in Berdichev. עד כאן

I was thinking this was Pinchas Schneersohn, son Yehuda Leib, son of the Retchitcher Rebbe, Reb Sholom Ber, son of Reb Yehuda Leib of Kopust, son of the Tzemach Tzedek. But that Pinchas died in the Holy Land, and it didn't seem like he had three daughters. There also does NOT seem to be such a Pinchas in the ספר הצאצאים - which is the source for all things Schneersohn. But then again, the letter is from a cousin who would know about this.

See letter below. Any and all would be greatly appreciated. You can email me at

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

We mourn the passing of Reb Shmuel Knopfler, שבת פ' בראשית, כ"ז תשרי

This past Tuesday we were notified of the very sudden and untimely passing of a friend of the blog, Reb Shmuel Knopfler. It came totally out of the blue. I hadn't heard from Shmuel since before the new year, but that wasn't necessarily a surprise. There were ups and downs in our stream of contact. Then suddenly I see a message on whatsapp:

[11:09 AM, 10/9/2018] Sam Knopfler: Hi Hirshel
[11:09 AM, 10/9/2018] Sam Knopfler: This is David, Sam's Son
[11:10 AM, 10/9/2018] Sam Knopfler: Sam passed away on שבת 😭

Imagine the shock.

Shmuel was unabashedly Zionist and made sure everybody knew about it. Every good thing that happened in the Holy Land warmed his heart. Every "Shabbat Shalom" from an irreligious person in Israel was the realization of biblical prophecies. Every Ani Maamin" sung by a חיל was the advent of moshiach. And we all should know about it. I never got to meet him in person but we had mutual friends and acquaintances, and the sudden passing of any Jew is always shocking. We did have several phone conversations, though. I would like to take this opportunity to ask him מחילה if I ever did not treat him with the proper respect.


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Friday, October 5, 2018

POTD - דער אלטער רבי און דער ראש ישיבה ... און זיין אידענע

Rav Hutner's daughter was married in Rabbi Weberman's shul in Far Rockaway. He later moved to Miami where he lives today. Those wedding photos were taken in some room in that shul or perhaps in a rabbinical residence or office area on the premises.