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Rav Wosner and the Vishnitzer Rebbe had warm words for the hospital and its staff. They praised the amazing work done as per the strictest adherence to halacha.

Man Convicted In The murder Of Moshe Berkowitz

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced the conviction of Anel Kolenovic on charges of second-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle while impaired, and second-degree assault.

Moshe Berkowitz

Moshe Berkowitz

He was charged with killing Moshe Berkowitz, the driver of the car the 25-year-old Kolenovic struck while speeding and running a red light on Brooklyn’s Ocean Avenue on November 29, 2010. Two passengers in Kolenovic’s car were injured. He faces a maximum sentence of 5-15 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 18 before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram.

Gayle Dampf, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Seth Zuckerman of the Trial Bureau Orange Zone prosecuted the case.

Moshe Berkowitz was a talmid at Ohr Yitzchok. The rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, has since written a sefer Torah in Berkowitz’s memory.

Spinka Rebbe Visits Flatbush

Spinka Rebbe dancing with chassidim

Spinka Rebbe dancing with chassidim

The Flatbush community was graced with the presence this past Shabbos, parshas Ki Sisa/Parah, of the Spinka Rebbe, HaRav Abish Horowitz, shlita, of Williamsburg. The Spinka Rebbe, well known for his tremendous ahavas Yisrael, is recognized for creating a special relationship with every person he encounters. Many flock to his door for guidance on issues like shalom bayis, chinuch, business decisions and other personal matters. All of his visitors are greeted with warmth, and leave with chizuk and inspiration.

The Rebbe brought with him a legacy that dates back to his saintly great-grandfather, the Chakel Yitzchok of Spinka, zt”l. The Rebbe’s legendary father, Reb Hershele Spinka, zt”l, replanted the seeds of the Spinka dynasty on American soil after the war. He became a magnetic force for any Jew looking to become closer to Hashem, giving berachos and counsel to thousands of people from all parts of the community. The Rebbe, having absorbed his father’s outstanding example of ahavas Yisrael, continues to follow in his giant footsteps. His days and nights are filled with helping all Jews, instilling Torah, yiras shamayim and middos tovos in the hearts of klal Yisrael.

Among the many great accomplishments of the Rebbe is a tzedakah fund he established. This fund feeds dozens of needy families, supports many broken homes, and helps the poor marry off their children. All of its work is done in a discreet fashion.

Coming on the heels of the Rebbe’s visit last year, which left a lasting impression on all who were privileged to meet with and spend part of Shabbos with him, the community once again shared in the experience of his warm davening, beautiful tisch and uplifting Shalosh Seudos.

The Rebbe davened Mincha and Kabalas Shabbos on East 21st Street in K’hal Bnei Shlomo Zalman, the newly built shul of HaRav Yosef Frankel. The Friday night tisch was held in the shul’s simcha hall. The Rebbe also davened Shacharis in Rav Frankel’s shul, followed by Kiddush in Rabbi Weinfeld’s shul on East 22nd Street and Avenue L.

The Rebbe returned to the simcha hall in K’hal Bnei Shlomo Zalman for Mincha and Shalosh Seudos, where visitors benefited greatly from the Rebbe’s inspiring divrei Torah. Rabbi Usher Langsam hosted the Rebbe on Motzaei Shabbos, where he held private audiences.

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