Latest update: April 16th, 2012
Satmar Rebbe Visits Israel
Immediately after Shacharis on Monday, February 6, Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, taught a chapter of Tehillim to his students. At the close of the session, the Rebbe took leave and headed toward Newark Airport, on his way to Israel. The Rebbe, together with his escorts, conducted Minchah in an airport VIP room, after which he boarded the plane.
On Tuesday morning the Rebbe arrived in Israel. He was greeted by a delegation of Israeli Satmar leaders. After Shacharis, he was visited by the son of the Sadigura Rebbe, as well as by the Boyaner Rebbe, dressed in Shabbos clothing, who invited the Satmar Rebbe to his daughter’s wedding later that day.
The Rebbe then visited with Rabbi Shmuel Wosner, author of Shevet Levi. Leaving Rabbi Wosner, the Rebbe headed to the Satmar Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak for the kabbolas panim for the Meisels-Beer (Satmar-Ratzfert) wedding, for which the Rebbe came to Israel. The Rebbe was accompanied by family and a select few chassidim who make significant contributions toward supporting Satmar institutions, particularly those in Eretz Yisrael.
The wedding was that of Chanania Yom Tov Lipa Meisels to the daughter of Rabbi Meshulem Zisha Beer, Ratzferter Rebbe in Brazil; son of Rabbi Yoel Beer, zt”l (1923-1992), late Ratzferter Rebbe in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The chassan is the son of Rabbi Chaim Zvi Meisels, Bnei Brak Satmar rosh yeshiva; son of Rabbi Dovid Dov Berish Meisels, Boro Park Satmar Rav and brother-in-law of the Satmar Rebbe. Rabbi Chaim Zvi is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yisroel Hager, son of the Bnei Brak Vishnitzer Rebbe. The Satmar Rebbe is a son-in-law of the Bnei Brak Vishnitzer Rebbe.
Upon the Satmar Rebbe’s arrival at the kabbolas panim, the paperwork was immediately begun. The traditional tanaim (engagement document) was immediately drawn up, signed, and read aloud. This was followed by the preparations of the kesubah. After the chuppah, participants were taken by bus to the Ganei Atzulah Hall in Petach Tikva where the wedding meal was served. On the way, the Rebbe stopped at the Boyaner chassunah to wish mazel tov.
Late Wednesday evening, the Satmar Rebbe traveled to the Telz-Stone neighborhood of Jerusalem, where Rabbi Yesochor Dov Rokeach, fifth Belzer Rebbe, maintains a home away from home for rest and relaxation. The much-anticipated meeting of the two rebbes included warm discussions about their chassidishe predecessors. That evening, the 23rd of Shevat, was the 118th yarhzeit of Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach, zt”l (1825-1894), second Belzer Rebbe, and a lengthy discussion ensued regarding his minhagim.
The two rebbes spoke late into the night. When the Satmar Rebbe left, the Belzer Rebbe ushered him to his waiting car, a great honor among chassidishe rebbes.
Alcohol Restrictions At Flatbush Agudath Israel
Beis Medrash Beis Binyamin at 2913 Avenue L, an Agudath Israel minyan in Brooklyn, enacted alcohol restrictions in response to two occurrences that resulted in Hatzolah calls on Shabbos for alcohol-related incidents. In both cases a youth had over-imbibed and was adversely affected. The youths reportedly were from outside the shul and had been “cruising” for simchas where, traditionally, alcohol is available.
The shul issued strict guidelines, including no hard liquor of any kind to be served at a shalom zachor; only beer and wine can be served, and only from the head table by the simcha celebrant or designated person; no beer can be served to children; at all other events – aufruf, bar mitzvah, chassunah, kiddush, sheva berachos, vort, yahrzeit, etc. – the simcha celebrant must designate a responsible person to oversee all alcoholic beverages; adults who see young people drinking alcoholic beverages must admonish them as well as advise the simcha celebrant.
Bikur Cholim Milestones
Bikur Cholim of Antwerp was organized several years ago as an impromptu organization without any official recognition or registration and without any municipal or governmental authorization. It simply began its work of helping patients of hospitals as well as attending family members. Nor did anyone seek any endorsement from any health ministry.
Several months ago, the directors, seeking to expand their services, applied for official recognition. This, they realized, would facilitate bikur cholim volunteers in communicating with doctors and hospital staff and thereby be of greater significant service. The Ministry of Health dispatched a review committee to familiarize themselves with Bikur Cholim’s activities and functions, including training, funding, and bookkeeping. Impressed with Bikur Cholim’s mission, volunteers, productivity, and success, the Ministry of Health’s review committee quickly granted official recognition.
This will enable bikur cholim volunteers to gain greater cooperation from hospital bureaucracies on behalf of patients and their attending family members in Antwerp, as well as in Brussels, Gent, and Leuven, where large observant communities are found.
Prominent rabbis and community activists from the greater Miami area met with hospital officers and staff at the Miami University hospital. Together, they dedicated a Bikur Cholim Wing, which will serve patients, family members and attendants hot and cold kosher food and provide them tables, chairs and recliners.
Local rabbis were instrumental in explaining to the hospital administration the bikur cholim mission and the innumerable benefits to be gained by patients, doctors and hospital staff. The observant community’s reliance on bikur cholim organizations and volunteers corresponds to the selfless dedication of an inordinate number of observant volunteers. We pray for the time when the need for bikur cholim will become obsolete.
Chahter And Torna
The Chahter Rav and the Torna Rav are brothers, sons of Rabbi Sholom Dov Tannenbaum, zt”l (1918-1991), Mildower Rav; son of Rabbi Moshe Tannenbaum, zt”l Hy”d (1886-1944), Mildower Rav and author of Masios Moshe; son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Tannenbaum, zt”l Hy”d (1849-1944), Torna Rebbe, author of Shaeris Menachem, and honorary president of the Vaad Horabbonim of Czechoslovakia. Rabbi Moshe was the son-in-law of Rabbi Mayer Tannenbaum, zt”l (1854-1928), Putnaker Rav and author of Imrei Meir and Ginzei Meir.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel and Rabbi Mayer were both sons of Rabbi Yaakov Tannenbaum, zt”l (1832-1896), Putnaker Rav and author of Nihari Afarsemon. Rabbi Menachem Mendel was the son-in-law of Rabbi Shraga Zvi Tannenbaum, zt”l (1826-1897), Chahter Rav and author of Nita Sorek. Rabbi Shraga Zvi and Rabbi Yaakov were both sons of Rabbi Zev Wolf Tannenbaum, zt”l (1787-1872), Verpleleter Rav, author of Rechovos Hanohor, and patriarch of the Tannenbaum rabbinic dynasty.
Chahter Shabbos In Monsey
Rabbi Meir Yehuda Tannenbaum, Chahter Rav in Kiryas Yoel, was in Monsey for Shabbos Yisro, February 10-11, to celebrate a melaveh malkah for the Chahter (Mezocsat, Hungary) Kollel he heads in Kiryas Yoel.
Tefillas were conducted at the Ateres Zekanim Hall. On Friday night, after the Chahter Rav delivered divrei Torah, he joined the tisch being conducted by the Vishnitzer Rebbe just a few doors away. Minchah and shalosh seudas at the Ateres Zekanim hall had a huge participation.
Torna Melaveh Malkah In Kiryas Yoel
Rabbi Yaakov Menachem Tannenbaum, Torna Rav in Kiryas Yoel, established the Torna (Tornaszentandras, Hungary) Beis Medrash in Kiryas Yoel in 1991. The shul expanded in 2003, and in 2007 the addition of an up-to-date mikveh commenced.
Completed in 2010, the mikveh now serves the growing community. In addition, the shul has a huge library that attracts many scholars who come to learn Torah uninterrupted for many hours of the day and night.
The annual Torna melaveh malkah has become one the largest yearly events in Kiryas Yoel, with an outpouring of enthusiastic support. The shul’s many weekday morning minyanim make it extremely popular. Accordingly, the community’s response is heartwarming.
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