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This will be the fifth Shabbos conducted by the Rebbe in Lakewood. The last time was Shabbos Vayakheil, February 24-25, 2008. The first was in 1989 and that Shabbos was actually the first time a chassidishe rebbe came to conduct a Shabbos, with tefillahs and tisch, in the yeshivish community of Lakewood.
The Rebbe’s ties with the yeshivish community actually began decades earlier, when he was being raised by his father in Jerusalem. Today’s Rebbe, born in 1931, was an outstanding student in Yeshiva Eitz Chaim of Jerusalem led by Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer, zt”l (1870-1953), with whom he achieved a warm relationship. That connection continued with Rabbi Meltzer’s son-in-law Rav Aaron Kotler, zt”l (1891-1962), founding Rosh Yeshiva of Lakewood’s Beth Medrash Govoha (BMG), and with Rav Aaron’s son Rabbi Shneur Kotler, zt”l (1918-1982), Rosh Yeshiva BMG, and with today’s Lakewood leadership as well.
The Rebbe’s first chassidishe Shabbos in Lakewood created a bond with the Lakewood community, and many Lakewood residents began visiting the Rebbe in Boro Park, especially during the Yamim Noraim. A beis medrash, known as the Rachmestrivka Shtiebel, was established in Lakewood. Rabbi Sholom Lowy serves as the Lakewood Rachmestrivka Dayan.
Shortly thereafter, an elementary yeshiva was organized, carrying the name of Zecher Yochanon Rachmestrivka. Today, the yeshiva has more than 200 students. In 2008, property was purchased and the Rebbe set the foundation stone. The building, which will serve as yeshiva and beis medrash, is in the final phase of construction. Yonason Strasser, a major philanthropist, has acquired dedication privileges to the new building, as he has to the beis medrash and yeshiva building in Boro Park.
Klausenberger Chassunah in Israel
On Sunday, Asarah B’Teves, December 16, Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Halberstam, Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe in Netanya, escorted his eldest grandson, Chaim Moshe Halberstam, together with a large group of chassidim, to the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron where they prayed for blessings on Chaim Moshe’s upcoming wedding to the daughter of Rabbi Nachman Biderman, son of Rabbi Alter Elozor Menachem Biderman, zt”l (1935-2001), Bnei Brak Lelover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Biderman, zt”l (1903-1987), Lelover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Shimon Noson Nuta Biderman, zt”l (1870-1929), Lelover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Shlomo Biderman, zt”l (1844-1918), Lelover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Eleazar Mendel Biderman, zt”l (1827-1882), Lelover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Moshe Biderman, zt”l (1776-1851), Lelover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Dovid Biderman, zt”l (1746-1814), founding Lelover Rebbe.
The chassan, son of Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam, Natanya Klausenberg Rav and firstborn son of the Rebbe, is a grandson of Rabbi Aryeh Leibish Halpern, Rav of Ramot Jerusalem, son of Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, Radomishla Rav.
Last week Hersh Leib Friedman was engaged to the daughter of Rabbi Pinchas Chaim Greenwald, Monsey Pupa Rosh Kollel and son of Rabbi Yaakov Yechezkel Greenwald, Pupa Rebbe. The chassan is a son of Rabbi Shaul Simcha Friedman, Rav of Khal Shemen Lamaor in Lakewood; son of Rabbi Chaim Elozor Friedman, Tenke Rav son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Friedman, zt”l (1907-1999), revered Tenke Rav and author of Chemed Shlomo. Rabbi Shaul Simcha is a son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Taub, Kaliver Rebbe of Williamsburg: son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shlomo Taub, zt”l (1901-1977), Kaliver Rebbe of Williamsburg and author of Chakal Tapuchin. The shidduch was finalized at the home of the kallah and celebrated in the Pupa Beis Medrash.
The kallah is also the granddaughter of Rabbi Mayer Yosef Rosenbaum, Strozenitzer Rebbe in Williamsburg; son of Rabbi Yerachmiel Usher Mordechai Rosenbaum, zt”l (1926-1990), Clevelander Strozenitzer Rebbe in Williamsburg; son of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Rosenbaum, zt”l (1905-1981), Strozenitzer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Isomor Rosenbaum, zt”l ((1886-1973), Nadvorner Rebbe; son of Rabbi Mayer Rosenbaum, zt”l (1852-1908), Kretchnifer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Mordechai Leifer, zt”l (1824-1897), Nadvorner Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yesochor Bertche Leifer, zt”l (d. 1848), founding Nadvorner Rebbe. The Strozenitzer Rebbe is son-in-law of Rabbi Sholom Krausz, zt”l (1915-2010), Udvarer Rav and author of Divrei Sholom.
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Rewind sixty years to 1953.
Television was considered kosher by most and featured the likes of Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, George Burns, Red Buttons, Perry Como, Arthur Godfrey, Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, Dinah Shore, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Jack Webb as Joe Friday on “Dragnet” and many others who provided great memories.
Yet all are part of one neshamah, planted in rich, verdant soil, determined to grow. May our garden continue to produce a glorious assortment of flowers and trees, each attached firmly to its roots. Our diverse southern vegetation flourishes and grows into different trees, flowers, and fruits, and a rainbow of glorious shades and hues appears. Yet each shoot is rooted in the same soil, stretching its branches and blossoms heavenward in an endless pursuit of growth and connection to the One above.
This past Lag B’Omer, we were blessed to make our first upsherin, where we celebrate our son’s first hair cut. It’s a wonderful milestone that mimics the three years that we refrain from plucking a tree’s first fruits and symbolizes the entry of the child into the world of Torah learning. It’s a clear sign to everyone; this boy is no longer a baby.
Although there are more direct and faster routes to Beer Sheva and Eilat and all the sites and towns in-between, the Basor River is one of the beauties of the Negev that defiantly justifies a diversion.
The importance of death customs has been ingrained in me since birth. When I served as a shomeret for my grandmother, I was instructed not to eat, drink or perform a mitzvah in the same room. In the shock of death, it seemed rather inane to be told it would be considered mocking the dead. My grandmother was gone; she couldn’t do those things because she didn’t exist anymore, a fact that still makes me tear up.
I would have to say that one of the most annoying things about having a newspaper advice column, aside from all these people writing to me and asking for advice, is that they frequently don’t tell me WHY they’re asking.
Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l, who passed away on 28 Tammuz, (July18) this year at age 102, spent all of his days and most of his nights learning Torah. He was the paramount leader of our generation, and inspired tremendous awe and reverence in everyone who knew him. Now, every woman has the stunning opportunity to do something in his memory. A Sefer Torah is being written in his memory and women around the world have the chance to dedicate a letter.
Due to her family situation, it is understandable that she will have more responsibilities than other girls her age, but she would benefit from having some free time and receiving more appreciation for her hard work.
For children, summer means outdoor sports, picnics, and of course, no school! Teachers and students work hard all year long – and everyone deserves a break from education over the summer. However, this two-month break can often have some pretty devastating consequences.
It was only after we celebrated the great news that we were expecting twins that we saw the first sign of problems. First of all, my wife was losing, not gaining weight, even as the babies continued to grow normally. Soon after, routine blood work revealed that my wife was suffering from gestational diabetes.
Rabbi Pinchas Gruman is the new rav of the Minyan at Aish Tamid.
One of the most respected Torah figures in Los Angeles, Rabbi Gruman has been described as “The Los Angeles link in the mesorah of the yeshiva world” by Rabbi Nachum Sauer. As a talmid in Lakewood in the 1950s, Rabbi Gruman received semicha from Rav Aaron Kotler, zt”l, and Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles.
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