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.
On Shushan Purim, encouraging news emanated from the hospital and was widely embraced: The rosh yeshiva was “breathing more or less on his own with very limited use of the ventilator.” In addition, Rabbi Belsky was “also getting out of his bed, sitting in chair, and even starting to walk a little bit.”
On Sunday, March 11, Rabbi Belsky was breathing on his own and feeling stronger.
On Wednesday, March 11, the Torah world learned that the rosh yeshiva had been taken off a ventilator and was out of the bed for several hours at a time. Hospital visits to Rabbi Belsky were possible but had to be pre-approved and prearranged.
Two days later Rabbi Belsky was transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit and assigned a private room. The steady progress was heartening.
Improvement continued. Deluged by requests for visits, the family, on March 20, advised that those wishing to see the rosh yeshiva should wait until individually asked. The volume of calls was impossible to handle. Rabbi Belsky’s improving condition led to speculation of a release date. A need for a period of rehabilitation was anticipated.
On April 4, a slight fever interfered with a possible discharge to a rehabilitative facility.
Shortly afterward the rosh yeshiva was transferred to the Kessler Institute, a superlative health institute in West Orange, New Jersey. A minor setback forced Rabbi Belsky to return to an intensive care unit for observation. On Wednesday, April 25, the rosh yeshiva, carefully monitored, returned to the rehabilitation center.
At every step of recovery, Rabbi Yitzchok Gottdiener, executive director of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, shared news about Rabbi Belsky and his recuperation with Klal Yisrael.
In the weeks immediately prior to his discharge, though still weak, Rabbi Belsky resumed giving shiurim to a select small group. At the last shiur at the Kessler Institute he profusely thanked West Orange residents who walked almost an hour on Shabbos to ensure a minyan and to daven with him.
The news of Rabbi Belsky’s homecoming was celebrated by b’nei Torah throughout the world who had devoted so much prayer and performance of mitzvahson his behalf.
Torah Vodaath 93rd Annual Dinner
With the festive homecoming of Rabbi Belsky, this year’s annual dinner for the yeshiva becomes a really special event, to be attended by thousands who will come to share in the great joy.
An outstanding group of alumni, parents, and good friends of the yeshiva will be honored at the dinner, to be held June 17 at The Palace Hall in Brooklyn.
The theme of the evening, “Where Legendary Leadership Begins,” will feature awards to a select group of distinguished alumni who have made, and continue to make, a real difference in their communities.
The Kesser Torah Award will be bestowed on Rabbi Yitzchok Scheiner, one of the world’s leading Torah personalities, who will be coming from Israel specifically to grace the dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Cywiak will be the Guests of Honor, having accepted the tribute in honor of their parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Moshe Dovid Stahl will serve as Honorees.
Rabbi Zalman Leib Hollander will accept The 25 Year Tribute to The Class of 1987.
Sixty years of service to Klal Yisrael will be acknowledged as tribute is paid to the class of 1952, represented by Rabbi and Mrs. Yosef Feit, Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Rosenfeld and Rabbi and Mrs. Joel Skurnik.
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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:
Do you really believe that the Internet is the reason why the divorce rate is so high among young couples? This may be so in some cases, but what about the fact that many singles are pressured to get married at a young age despite not having any idea what they are looking for in a mate? And add to that the fact that many are pressured to make a decision about marriage after dating for a very short period of time.
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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Florida is famous for sparkling water. We have the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico surrounding our coast. We have bays, lakes, canals and, of course, an incredible abundance of swimming pools in homes, resorts, apartment complexes and city parks.
The buzz is back as Camp Gan Israel Florida Overnight gears up for another fantastic summer, CGI Florida style. What makes CGI Florida so different from all the other overnight camps? It’s all in the details.
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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