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.
Raoul Wallenberg, Unforgettable Hero
Few if any individuals in history saved as many Jewish lives as did Raoul Wallenberg. He is credited with the rescue of more than 100,000 Jews – many of them saved one by one. In 1981, the late congressman Tom Lantos, who was among those rescued by Wallenberg, sponsored a bill making Wallenberg an honorary citizen of the United States. Wallenberg is also an honorary citizen of Canada, Hungary, and Israel and was designated by Israel as one of the Righteous among the Nations. A postage stamp was issued by the U.S. in his honor in 1997.
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, through the efforts of political consultant Ezra Friedlander and several elected officials, 13th Avenue, Boro Park’s main thoroughfare, was co-named Raoul Wallenberg Way. Boro Park is home to many Holocaust survivors as well as to individuals who are alive today only because of Wallenberg. The 100,000 Jews Wallenberg saved during the Holocaust rebuilt their lives, married, led productive lives, had and raised children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Last year Congress unanimously passed the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration act, conferring on Wallenberg a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The bill was signed into law by President Obama.
The legislation was shepherded through Congress by Ezra Friedlander, representing the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Commission. Friedlander is a grandson of Rabbi Yoizef Friedlander, zt”l (1918-1971), Liska Rebbe, one of those whose life was saved by Wallenberg.
Now that the Wallenberg Gold Medal has been approved by Congress, it must be designed and minted. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recommended to the secretary of the treasury that Ezra Friedlander be the “liaison to the United States Mint for the purpose of determining the design for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal.” If anyone has an original Schutzpass (protective passport) used by Wallenberg to save a Jewish life, which can be used in helping design the obverse of the medal, contact Friedlander at 212-233-5555.
Grand Satmar Visit To Israel
On Motzaei Shabbos Bo, January 19, at 8 p.m., thousands of chassidim will convene at the home of Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg to give him a grand sendoff on his trip to Israel.
He will be escorted by a large group of chassidim to the airport as well as on the trip itself. All meals and lodging for the visitors to Israel have been organized by special hachnassas orchim committees organized in Williamsburg and in Jerusalem.
The plane carrying the Rebbe is scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday at 4:45 p.m., where he will be met by a delegation of Satmar leaders. The Rebbe will then proceed to Jerusalem, where he will be received by Rabbi Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss, chief rabbi of the Eidah Hacharedis, and by the other members of the Eidah Hacharedis beis din. The Rebbe will then receive petitioners at Beis MedrashOhel Rochel on Yoel Street in Meah Shearim.
On Monday the Rebbe will be visiting the homes of leading chassidishe rebbes and rabbis in Jerusalem. Early Tuesday morning the Rebbe will daven Shacharis at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Miron and then visit holy sites in Tzefas and Teverya. Everyone will return to Jerusalem at night.
On Wednesday, January 23, the chassunah of the Rebbe’s granddaughter will be held in Beit Shemesh. The daughter of the Rebbe’s firstborn son, Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, serving as Yerushalayim Satmar Rav, will be married to Moshe Chaim Labin, son of Rabbi Yeshaya Labin, Zidichover Rebbe in Williamsburg.
The engagement was celebrated in Williamsburg in April. Coach buses will continuously ferry guests from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak to the wedding throughout the afternoon and evening. The first sheva berachos will take place in a gigantic tent erected in front of the Satmar Beis Medrash on Thursday, sponsored by the Satmar Kehilla in Jerusalem.
Shabbos Beshalach, January 25-26, will be celebrated in Jerusalem. All tefillas, tisch, and sheva berachos will take place in the tent in front of the Satmar Beis Medrash. Motzaei Shabbos sheva berachos will be hosted by the Toldos Aaron Rebbe in is beis medrash. On Sunday, the groundbreaking for a new Satmar community will be celebrated jointly with a sheva berachos. On Thursday, January 31, the Rebbe will leave Jerusalem and return to Williamsburg.
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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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