Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
The Manastricher Rebbe was imprisoned together with his son Rabbi Yaakov Rabinowitz, zt”l, later Manastricher Rebbe in Philadelphia, for the crime of encouraging children to learn Torah in yeshivas. Russian revolutionary authorities preferred that children be taught in their secular schools.
After the murder of his son and his own imprisonment, the Manastricher Rebbe intensively sought and finally received authorization to leave Russia. Arriving in the United States, the Manastricher Rebbe chose Brooklyn. His beis medrash was at Legion Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn. His son, Rabbi Yaakov, established the Manastricher Beis Medrash in Philadelphia, the third chassidishe shtiebel there.
The Manastricher Rebbe was the author of Divrei Yehoshua and Toras Avos. After his arrival in America, he served as president of the Hisachdus Ho-Admorim, the organization of chassidishe rebbes. He was in the leadership of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin as well as Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, and was recognized as the leading chassidishe rebbe in America, greatly respected by all of American Jewry. His huge funeral was reported in detail by The New York Times (April 28, 1939).
The Manastricher Rebbe was the son of Rabbi Yitzchok Yoel Rabinowitz, zt”l (1840-1885), Katikoziva Rebbe imprisoned from 1869 to 1874 by Czarist officials for the high crime of spreading Yiddishkeit; son of Rabbi Gedalya Aaron Rabinowitz, zt”l (1815-1878), Linitzer Rebbe and author of Chen Aaron who fled in 1868 to Romania; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Yoel Rabinowitz, zt”l (1793-1827), Linitzer Rebbe who succeeded his brother and also died young; son of Rabbi Gedalya Rabinowitz, zt”l (d. 1803), founding Linitzer Rebbe and author of Tshuas Chen who merited to having studied under the Baal Shem Tov.
Sacrificing The Korban Pesach, 2012
In Jerusalem a group of Torah activists assembled before Pesach to demonstrate and create familiarity with the procedures of the Korban Pesach. Citing sefer Ma’ir Einei Chachamim, where mention is made that Rabbi Israel Meir Hakohen, zt”l (1838-1933), revered author of Chofetz Chaim and Mishnah Berurah, assembled furniture items in his home to create an approximation of the ramp of the mizbeach (altar) in the courtyard of the Beis HaMikdash, and practiced running up and down the ramp. This was done in anticipation of the imminent arrival of Mashiach and the Chofetz Chaim’s readiness as a kohen to perform the holy duties required.
The Jerusalem group prepared a lamb and replica equipment to recreate the ritual of Korban Pesach. Of course they acknowledged their demonstration was not an actual sacrifice of Korban Pesach but rather a demonstration in contemplation of the arrival of Mashiach.
They went through the rituals of slaughter and the ceremonial bringing of the blood to be sprinkled on the replica mizbeach, as well as the roasting of the meat of the Korban Pesach. A kezayis (olive weight) was distributed to participants to be brought home and eaten, as was performed in the times of the Beis HaMikdash.
Specifically, the olive weight of roasted meat was not to be eaten on the evening of the Pesach night seder, at which time no roasted meat may be eaten. Absent the resurrection of the Beis HaMikdash, the sacrifice of a Korban Pesach is prohibited, as is any substitution thereof.
The event was thoroughly discussed by several Jerusalem Torah scholars who seemed to withhold their approval. They noted that Torah luminaries throughout the ages have never suggested such activities. Lacking any guidelines, the scholars were reluctant to have anything to do with the reenactment, as was evidenced by the lack of participation on the part of any leading Torah authority.
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Nearly half a million of them fought in Red Army uniforms, under communist slogans but with a personal vengeance that was solely the result of Jewish experience. More than the “Greatest Generation,” they were the living superheroes hidden in plain sight.
It’s all over.
The orchestra is still, the lights are dimmed. Your simcha outfits hang in your closet, silent witnesses to a time you will treasure in your mind and heart forever.
After noticing that you can’t log into your computer, your pulse quickens as you are called into your supervisor’s office. S/he has some bad news. You are being laid off. You have 15 minutes to clean out your desk and surrender your cell phone before security escorts you out of the building. Job termination, especially in the corporate world, can be heartless.
I have always had a problem with the Omer. Doing the mitzvah of counting the Omer was of course pretty easy. Remembering to start the second evening of Passover and remembering to stop the day before Shavous took a little concentration but somehow I always managed. No, for me the nagging problem was always why was I doing this in the first place, other than the fact it was a biblical (according to the Rambam) commandment.
With the semi-mourning period of Sefira behind us, and the festival of Shavuot as well (as evidenced by the tightness of our clothing due to over-indulging in irresistible versions of cheesecake that is an integral component of celebrating our receipt of the Torah), our community can look forward to participating in joyous engagement parties and weddings.
Dear Dr. Yael:
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From the moment they stand under the chuppah, newlyweds have two years to enjoy the special bliss that new love brings. This new finding, reported by the New York Times, is based on a study undertaken by American and European researchers. 1,761 people who got married and stayed married over 15 years were followed. The research shows that after two years the couples moved into a more companionable state in their relationships.
Shel Silverstein’s 1974 poem “Where The Sidewalk Ends” is intended to paint a magical picture of a world of peace and serenity far away from the “black and dark streets.” At the time, perhaps the end of the sidewalk was a place that was “measured and slow.” Today, however, for many parents, where the sidewalk ends can feel like a scary place.
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Leah Katz, a TeenZone camper at Oorah’s TheZone summer camp and an 11th grader at Midwood High School, read her winning essay about how TheZone changed her views on Judaism at the Jewish Heritage Awards Ceremony held at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’s office in April. The purpose of the Jewish Heritage Essay Contest is to acquaint public school students with Jewish history and customs and to help foster a deeper understanding of Jewish culture. The contest is open to students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Leah’s essay is reproduced in full below.
Moshe Sharett, the head of the Jewish Agency’s Political Department, visited Egypt in 1945. In Cairo he met a most remarkable young woman, a beautiful journalist who was the darling of Egyptian high society – from high-ranking military brass, to culture icons and Muslim sheikhs, to the court of King Faruk.
The two proceeded to talk about everyday things and surprisingly her mother-in-law did not find anything else to criticize. This occurred a few more times, with my client changing the topic every time by complimenting her mother-in-law or mentioning something positive about her.
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