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My Machberes

Torah Vodaath Melaveh Malkah Yeshiva Torah Vodaath will hold its annual melaveh malkah on Motzaei Shabbos Parshas Va’eira, January 21, at Ohr Hachaim Viznitz Hall in Boro Park. The evening of chinuch and recognition will be graced by the presence of distinguished rabbonim and Torah leaders and honor the following friends of the yeshiva:

Yaakov Hirsch

Mr. And Mrs. Yaakov Hirsch will be the Guests of Honor. R’ Yaakov was a parent at Torah Vodaath for many years. Today the yeshiva is proud to have several of his grandchildren in its Yeshiva Ketanah. A devoted askan and businessman, R’ Yaakov, together with his wife Eleanor, have built a beautiful home of Torah and chesed. In addition to their full time dedication to bikur cholim and other chesed achievements, they welcomed orphans into their home and brought them under the chuppah.

The Mesivta Parents of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. and Mrs. Menachem Levitin. R’ Menachem was a talmid of the yeshiva from his earliest years. When it came time to be mechanech his sons, he and his wife chose Torah Vodaath to help mold their boys in the derech of which they are so proud. R’ Menachem and his wife, Chaya, embody the goals and ideals of the yeshiva.

Mr. And Mrs. Yitzi Weis will be recognized as Yeshiva Ketanah Parents of the Year. Yitzi spent many years b’koslei haYeshiva as an outstanding talmid. His wife, Simi, is heavily involved in the yeshiva’s PTA, serving on its presidium, devoting many hours to the yeshiva. They are very involved in the chinuch of their children and praise the hanhalla of the Yeshiva Ketanah for all the efforts that are extended on behalf of the talmidim.

Shmuel Avigdor Finkelman, z"l

This year’s melaveh malkah is dedicated to the memory of a special and unique couple, Mr. And Mrs. Shmuel Avigdor and Selma Finkelman. R’ Shmuel Avigdor became mekushar to the yeshiva as a young talmid, a relationship that continued throughout his life. The Finkelmans were the first shomer Shabbos family to move onto their block in Kensington, just to be close to the then-new campus of Torah Vodaath. Their sons were all talmidim of the yeshiva. Their children, Rabbis Mordechai, Shimon, and Dovid Finkelman, Rabbi Mordechai Anteby, and Rabbi Yaakov Mandel are all well-known mechanchim in the metropolitan area and remain close to the yeshiva. They are dedicating the melaveh malkah in the memory of their parents who were devoted heart and soul to the Yeshiva.

A special tribute will be made in memory of Mrs. Zlata Uhr, a”h. A dedicated employee of the yeshiva for more than six decades, Mrs. Uhr cared deeply about the talmidim, rebbeim and the yeshiva. Mrs. Uhr was also well known for her decades of service in Camp Bnos and had a special relationship with its staff and campers. Her sudden passing several months ago left many in the yeshiva stunned and saddened.

Building on the success of previous years, an informative and exciting program will be presented. Rabbi Mordechai Finkelman, mashgiach ruchni of Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim, will deliver a special address titled “Powerful Positive Chinuch Lessons in Turbulent Times.” To keep the presentations brief and focused, the rest of the evening’s presentations will be presented via pre-recorded video.

For more information on the melaveh malkah, contact the yeshiva at 718-941-800 or mm@torahvodaath.org.

Skverer Rebbe Visits Los Angeles

The Skverer Rebbe was scheduled to arrive this week in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening, January 11. The last Shabbos the Rebbe conducted in Los Angeles was in February 2006. The Rebbe will be returning to New York on Thursday, January 19. The hachnosas orchim hotline (323-424-4147) is receiving a large volume of phone calls from those seeking and offering lodging, all being handled by the hachnosas orchim committee.

Sholom Dov Fishel, president of the Skverer Kehilla, assumed the enormous task of organizing the Rebbe’s visit. The Rebbe will be received at the airport by the committee. From the airport, the Rebbe will be brought to the family home of Yesochor Dov (Berel) Weiss, 151 S. McCadden Place, where the Rebbe will be stationed.

Hundreds will be waiting at the Weiss home in anticipation of the Rebbe’s arrival. A grand formal kabbalas panim will take place at Beis Medrash Eitz Chaim Vishnitza, led by Rabbi Chaim Boruch Rubin, where Los Angeles rabbis and roshei yeshiva will participate. At the Weiss home, the Rebbe was scheduled to receive petitioners on January 11 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on January 12 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Shabbos Shemos will have the Rebbe staying at the home of Yosef Eliezer Treitenl and family and conducting tefillas and tisch at Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov Ohr Eliyahu. Minchah Erev Shabbos begins at 5:20 p.m. The Friday night tisch, at which thousands are expected, will begin at 8:30 p.m. Shabbos Shacharis starts at 9:30 an with the Shabbos day tisch at 3:30 pm. Shabbos Minchah is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. but may begin a little later. The Sholosh Seudos tisch follows at 5:30 p.m. Havdala with a musically accompanied procession will take place immediately after. The shalosh seudos tisch will extend for at least two hours. Those not living within walking distance will be able to drive to the event. Plentiful parking space will be available.

After Shabbos, the Rebbe will be hosted by Zev Moskovits and family at 364 N. Martel Avenue, where the Rebbe will receive petitioners: on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (January 15-18) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday (January 15, 16 and 18), from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition, the Rebbe will receive petitioners on Tuesday evening, January 17, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the home of Mike Horowitz and family, 9418 Oakmore Road.

Mevakshei Emunah Rebbe In New York

Rabbi Yosef Yoel Kohn, the Mevakshei Emunah Rebbe, had been married and childless for 32 years when, nearly a year ago, the Mevakshei Emunah Rebbetzin, at the age of 52, gave birth to twin girls.

The joy cannot be exaggerated. The Mevakshei Emunah immediately visited his two brothers, the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok rebbe and the Toldos Aaron Rebbe, and they danced joyously the whole night. Chassidim joined them in the celebration. Yidden all over the world were overjoyed in hearing the wonderful news.

Mevakshei Emunim Rebbe with the Pupa Rebbe.

The Mevakshei Emunah Rebbe is now in New York giving fiery speeches to rapt audiences. On Monday, January 1, he spoke at the Main Satmar Beis Medrash in Williamsburg. All of the seats were filled. On Shabbos Mikeitz, speeches were given at Beis Medrash Toldos Aaron and at the Pupa Beis Medrash to standing room only assemblies.

The Mevakshei Emunah Rebbe is renowned for visiting different cities and settlements in Israel and conducting Shabbos and tisch in chassidishe outreach efforts. Blessed by Heaven, the Mevakshei Emunah Rebbe is working hard to have everyone embrace the Torah and pray for their own miracles.

The Pupa Rebbe’s Great-Grandfather’s Siddur

Several of the Pupa Rebbe’s students joined together to acquire a valuable antique siddur that was being sold at one of New York City’s better Judaica auction houses. They combined to meet the steep price of the siddur that was used by Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, zt”l (1853-1911), revered Chuster Rav and author of Arugas Habosem. The siddur was presented to the Pupa Rebbe as a gift from his students.

The event was an emotional one. The Pupa Rebbe sat down and examined the siddur. He turned its pages, stopping at those that had handwritten notes with interpretations. Some of the notes gave alternate versions of the prayer.

When the Rebbe finally caught his breath he thanked and blessed all who participated in the gift presentation.

Rabbi Yaakov Yechezkel Greenwald, the present Pupa Rebbe, is a son of Rabbi Yosef Greenwald, zt”l (1903-1984), author of Vayechie Yosef and Veyaan Yosef; son of Rabbi Yaakov Yechezkel Greenwald, zt”l (1882-1941), Pupa Rav and author of Vayaged Yaakov: son of Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, zt”l (1853-1911), revered Chuster Rav and author of Arugas Habosem.

The current Pupa Rebbe is a son-in-law of Rabbi Meir Greenwald, zt”l (d. 1965), Tetcher Rav in Toronto; son of Rabbi Avrohom Yosef Greenwald, zt”l (1878-1928), Ungvarer Rav and son of the Arugas Habosem.

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