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 shul’s doors are opened early. Weekday morning Shacharis officially starts at 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30 and 11 – and, for night shift workers from 12 p.m. onward. Minchah on Sundays begins at 3 p.m. and continues every 15 minutes thereafter; Minchah during the workweek begins at 5 p.m. and every 15 minutes thereafter; Maariv begins at nightfall and every 15 minutes thereafter.
The last minyan for weekday Maariv is scheduled for 11:45 p.m., but there are times when minyanim continue well past midnight.
Those having a yahrzeit in the Catskills now have a shul where a minyan is guaranteed. Sponsorship of a yahrzeit tikun with lekach and bronfun is no longer a pipe dream.
On Shabbos in Woodbourne, the Nikolsburger Rebbe leads tefillahs and tisch in the shul. The shalosh seudos that lasts beyond the regular Havdalah and a grand melaveh malkah draw large crowds and are appreciated not only by those living nearby but by those who drive there as well.
Another component the Nikolsburger Rebbe introduced in Woodbourne is a constant smorgasbord of cake, nosh, and drinks set out at all times. In addition, during late afternoon and evening hours, chulent and kugel (potato and noodle) are served to all takers. As he does in Boro Park, the Nikolsburger Rebbe generously provides physical as well as spiritual nourishment.
This is reminiscent of Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner, zt”l (1852-1925), beloved Keresturer Rebbe. Reb Shayeleh Keresturer, as he was and still is affectionately known, had an overpowering love for his fellow Jews. He is remembered as a people’s rebbe. In those days, when food was not as abundant as it is today, he always made sure plenty would be on his tisch and that no one would go away hungry. On Rosh Hashanah, in the hour before the sounding of the shofar, when other rebbes isolated themselves and were in deep meditation and contemplation in preparation of the holy moments of tekias shofar, Reb Shayeleh would personally slice and served kokosh cake and other sweets to his chassidim.
With sefarim being brought into the shul on almost daily basis, visitors to Woodbourne have a retreat where they can study their Daf Yomi, Mishnah, Gemara, Chumash, Rambam, Chitas, or Shulchan Aruch daily shiur, check on a halacha or recite Tehillim in sanctified tranquility, mere steps away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street while wives and children shop nearby.
The shul’s 24/7 schedule has had a pronounced and profound effect on Woodbourne. Seeing people on Main Street rushing to the Woodbourne Shul to catch a minyan at all hours is no longer an exception. It is now commonplace.
Brezna Kehilla Hachnassas Sefer Torah
On Sunday, June 17, the Brezna Kehilla of Boro Park celebrated the Siyum HaShas taught and led by Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Neuschloss, Brezna Dayan. Simultaneously, the kehilla celebrated the hachnassas Sefer Torah dedicated by Avrohom Ephraim Kaller in memory of his parents, Menachem Mendel ben Moshe Dovid z”l and Fradel Rochel bas Amron a”h.
The final letters of the Sefer Torah were ceremoniously written at the Kaller home. Then a beautiful and huge escort, featuring much music, song, and dance, was given to the new Sefer Torah as it was brought to the Brezna Beis Medrash at 1563 42nd Street. The joy was indescribable. The exhilarating event was followed by a formal banquet dinner held at the Skverer Hall on 43rd Street. The dinner encapsulated the combined special events of the Siyum HaShas and the Siyum Kesivas Sefer Torah. Rabbi Shulem Neuschloss, esteemed Brezna Rav, was the keynote speaker.
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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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