web analytics
September 16, 2014 / 21 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

A Letter to my Father, Rabbi Sholom Klass, on his 14th Yahrzeit

Rabbi Sholom Klass ZL

Rabbi Sholom Klass ZL

Dear Dad,

You have been a role model and an inspiration to us from as far back as I can remember.

When Hindy and I were very young we only saw you on Shabbos. Those were the lean years, when you were working practically around the clock just to make a living. Of course, to you “making a living” didn’t mean only supporting your immediate family. You carried your whole family on your shoulders – your parents, your brothers and sister and their families, and Mom’s father and sister as well.

But on Shabbos you were like a king at our table. We were young girls but we thrilled to your Torah stories from the parshah, from the Midrash, from the gaonim and from the Gemara. When you weren’t sitting with us at the table you were in your den learning Gemara. Every Shabbos afternoon for well over 50 years you walked to the Young Israel of Brighton Beach where you gave a Gemara shiur.

So what did Hindy and I learn from all this? We learned to love the Torah and its way of life and to appreciate dedication to its study. We also learned a work ethic. We learned how hard a person has to work to support his family, but even more than that we learned to appreciate what family means and how important it is to take care of each other.

The years passed and as we grew up you were just beginning to realize another of your passions – doing something for Klal Yisrael. You had been in the newspaper business for quite some time with the Brooklyn Weekly but when you saw your chance to follow your dream you grabbed it and started The Jewish Press.

Your goal was to have a weekly newspaper in English that would spread Torah, help Jews wherever they were, and support Israel.

In those years, yours was the only one. There was only one Jewish Press and everyone read it. Jews who had trouble with the Sunday blue laws (Jews who closed their businesses on Shabbos but could not open on Sunday) turned to The Jewish Press for help. Jews who faced discrimination in the workplace because they had to leave early for Shabbos observance looked to The Jewish Press for help. The list of causes was a long one, and you reached out to politicians and found a way to make a difference.

I still meet people today who tell me that because of The Jewish Press they kept their job or were helped in some other way. Best of all are those who tell me that through the Torah pages of The Jewish Press they became observant.

You also championed the cause of the agunah and were instrumental in freeing some agunot. This is something The Jewish Press is still doing to this day.

When it came to politics you were definitely right wing regarding Israel.

You championed Torah articles and gave young Torah Vodaath students a platform in your newspaper. And we learned from you how important it is to take a stand on issues that affect our people and our homeland.

Outspoken personalities such as Rabbi Meir Kahane, Hyd, and Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis became known to the public through the pages of The Jewish Press. Rebbetzin Jungreis is still writing her very popular column for us.

Your grandchildren felt the strong influence both you and Mom had on our lives. Your grandsons and granddaughters take joy in learning Torah and some of them (girls as well as boys) give Torah classes. It was as a result of your always asking “Avu shtayt?” (“Where is it written?”) that my sons were well aware they had better know chapter and verse when giving a dvar Torah.

About the Author: Naomi Klass Mauer is associate publisher of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “A Letter to my Father, Rabbi Sholom Klass, on his 14th Yahrzeit

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
rocketpopmap12009
IDF Confirms: Rocket Launched from Gaza
Latest Indepth Stories
IDF lone soldier and Ohio native David Menachem Gordon (z"l).

We talked about the responsibility that comes with the pen, its potential to influence and inspire.

.

Amnesty International:The crippling of the power station was “collective punishment of Palestinians”

Donny-Fuchs-medium

Originally scheduled to be held elsewhere, the hotel canceled, pressured by local missionary groups

syria_stratfo

It’s likely that some of the rebel factions, including US clients, have indeed made pacts with ISIS

Imam Tafsirli of the Harlem Islamic center: “You cannot be a Muslim without believing in Jesus”

If simple fuel choice were implemented, the power of petroleum and those who sell it would cease.

Value of IS: It enables people to see the place to which all other Islamist fascism is headed.

“When Frank does something he does it well and you don’t have to worry about dotting the i’s or crossing the t’s.”

President Obama: “ISIL is not Islamic. No religion condones the killing of innocents”

he time of the Uman pilgrimage is upon us, and we dare not ignore the opportunity to highlight the danger.

Healing requires that the victim be validated for being harmed and the guilty assume responsibility.

During the war, not once was Hashem’s name mentioned to the nation by Israel’s PM or gov’t officials

How many illegal Arab structures are there in the city? Why are they not being destroyed?

We did not win the war in Gaza because we are still captive to the concept of the 2 state solution.

Trapped in a false notion of power, America will lose the battle in the same way Israel now loses.

More Articles from Naomi Klass Mauer
Mauer-080814-Nadia-Yehudit

After they saw what happened in Gush Katif in 2005, they understood Judea and Samaria could well be next.

Abusive men are usually on their best behavior before marriage. But they do provide clues.

“It’s the one time and place where so many people can come together and tell the world that we support Israel.”

The new soldiers received a gun and a Tanach, in which the “deed” to the land of Israel is found.

My involvement with Frum Divorce corresponds to a lot of the work I do at The Jewish Press helping agunot and others going through divorce.

Almost every year I am invited to attend the grand banquet of the International Shluchos Convention, the climax of a four-day weekend that attracts some 2,500 Chabad shluchos from all over the world – from Argentina to Australia, from Thailand to Kazakhstan, and from every state in the U.S. It takes place the weekend of Chaf Bet Shevat, the yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l.

You have been a role model and an inspiration to us from as far back as I can remember.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/a-letter-to-my-father-rabbi-sholom-klass-on-his-14th-yahrzeit/2014/01/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: