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Stories To Light Up The Dark Winter

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

This may be Rabbi Paysach Krohn’s best “Maggid” book. As one reads story after story (it is almost impossible to put it down, so know that you may become sleep deprived), one becomes entranced in the episode, spellbound by his choice of expression and captivated by the penetrating lesson inherent in each story.

With the book coming out just a few weeks before Chanukah, the story about Rav Shraga Shmuel Schnitzler (later known as the Tzchaber Rov) in Bergen Belsen is not only timely but breathtaking. It should be told after the candles are lit this year so that all get an appreciation of the freedom we have and the mesiras nefesh our ancestors had in the most difficult times. Incredibly the Satmar Rebbe unknowingly becomes an integral part of the story.

The delightful story of Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Leiff on an El-Al flight will make everyone smile. The story “Grandfather of Grandeur” is almost unimaginable except that Rabbi Krohn, as he most often does, spoke to the people involved. It is a lesson on forgiveness on the highest levels. The ehrlichkeit of a young man in Detroit, Yaakov Meir Roberg, becomes apparent as he returns a bike he bought in Michigan to a college student in Montana. It becomes an incredible kiddush Hashem.

It is known that Rabbi Krohn travels to many countries where he lectures and gives tours. Over the years, thousands have benefited from these tours and tens of thousands have gained from his memorable speeches. In this book, his ninth Maggid book, he takes us along for the ride. You will experience the gut wrenching graveside of the children in Tarnov, Poland, you will be amazed as you are on a fascinating Shmittah farm in Israel; that story is cleverly entitled, “The Holy Rest Stop.” You will shake your head in astonishment at an incident in a slum along a highway in Brazil, you will be thrilled in Hamilton, Ontario, moved in Manchester, mesmerized in Miami and absolutely stunned by Rabbi Isaac Halevi Herzog’s visit to Chicago in 1946. A well-known Torah personality who witnessed it had his life redirected because of Rav Herzog, Read the book to find out who this great person is and you will understand his unrelenting drive to accomplish throughout his life. Okay, I’ll tell you, it’s Rabbi Berel Wein.

Rabbi Krohn is a deeply emotional person and this comes through in his dedication of the book to three sterling Teachers of Torah who all passed away this year. Rav Arye Finkel, one of the Roshei Yeshiva in Mir (Israel), Rav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon in Jerusalem, and Rabbi Avrohom Respler who was in chinuch for more than fifty years as both Rebbe and menahel of Yeshivas Toras Emes in Brooklyn.

Perhaps, though, the most startling story is the one that Rabbi Krohn tells about himself. He was only 21 when his father Rabbi Avrohom Zelig Krohn, z’l, passed away. He had to leave the yeshiva, and support his mother and younger siblings. He had learned milah from his father and wished to continue his father’s practice in some of the Queens hospitals where his father had been appointed. In the 1960’s many brissen were still being done in hospitals, as there was a bris room separated by a glass partition so the visitors could see the proceedings but still not be close to the infant. Some hospitals even had an assigned caterer for the event. Rabbi Krohn had to get onto the staff of those hospitals his father had been in, in order to support his family. Others tried to thwart him.

Through the efforts of Mr. Chaim Israel, Rav Moshe Feinstein wrote a long, hand written letter, extolling the virtues of Rabbi Krohn, his revered father and their family. You must read the letter to gain an appreciation of how a gadol hador takes the time to write a long letter on behalf of a yossom, almanah and their family.

Go out and get the book. It’s a great investment in Ahavas Hashem, Ahavas Hatorah and Ahavas Yisroel. And oh do we need all three today!

Ezra Banner

The Dark Clouds

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

{Originally posted to Rabbi Weinberg’s website, The Foundation Stone}

Seventy women, the wives of the men temporarily gifted with prophecy and newly appointed Elders of Israel, gathered in The First Annual Conference of Rebbitzens to discuss the challenges of their communal role. They were thrilled to learn that Tziporah would be the keynote speaker sharing her experiences as the wife of Moses. They were further honored by the presence of Miriam the Prophetess, their leader’s big sister. The women breathlessly awaited to learn of the inspiring life that lay ahead of them.

Miriam and Tziporah sat on the side listening to the opening speeches. Miriam was concerned over the dark cloud that seemed to hover over her sister-in-law, which she did not understand until Tziporah turned to her and said, “I pity these women, for their husbands will separate from them as Moses separated from me.”

Miriam was shocked.  Her heart broke for Tziporah, and she ran to Aaron to complain about Moses’ actions and the pain he caused his impeccably charactered wife. Aaron was horrified, and immediately joined Miriam in strategizing how to speak to their younger brother.

At that moment, “God said ‘suddenly’ to Moses, to Aaron, and to Miriam (Numbers 12:4).” God was angry with Miriam because she ran to Aaron, not to Moses. God was furious that the two siblings were angry before asking Moses for an explanation. God appeared ‘suddenly’ to demonstrate Moses’ uniqueness as a prophet; he, unlike all other prophets, had to be in a constant state of readiness to receive God’s messages. After God explained their mistaken assumptions about Moses and that their conversation, no matter how well intended, was considered speaking evil of another, Miriam, the instigator, was punished with leprosy.

Although there was an implied criticism in the suddenness of God’s appearance to Miriam and Aaron, it was also a gift; they experienced what it was like to receive a Divine message as did the greatest of all prophets. Surely, if Miriam and Aaron received such a gift, they must have done right!

Word of Miriam’s impurity spread through the camp, and the people made it clear that they would not travel until Miriam was purified. They would wait for her as she had waited to watch what would happen when baby Moses was placed in a basket on the Nile. The people stood by Miriam even after God described His anger with her as a “father spitting in a child’s face”!

The people did not focus on Moses’ stature as a prophet, but on his being Miriam’s baby brother. They were being led by, they were entirely dependent on, a man who lived in a constant state of the highest spiritual readiness, and yet, they saw him as a human being. They understood that even a Moses could have a bossy older sister who demanded that he treat his wife with as much care as he committed to his spiritual readiness.

Moses acted properly in his role of prophet. He failed in his role as a husband; he did not see Tziporah’s suffering, her black cloud. Miriam certainly feared to take on her great brother, but she insisted that a leader never miss a single dark cloud. If Moses failed to see his wife’s pain, how could he see the suffering of the people he led? God rewarded Miriam’s stance by allowing her to experience, just the once, the elevated status of Moses.

Was it worth the price? Miriam would say, “Absolutely!” The people agreed.

All teachers, all parents, all spouses, must pay attention to the dark clouds that result from their behavior, even when acting according to the letter of the law. Is our observance worth causing dark clouds for the children who don’t fit in? Is our spiritual readiness worth so much that we can ignore those who are not prepared to live on the highest level? Are we not obligated to address the heaviness we create for so many when we demand too much?

Rabbi Simcha Weinberg

Leftist Leader Appalled by Police Gratuitous Tasing of Settler (Video)

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

“How can you be nauseated when you watch the riot police using the taser again and again on the settler Boaz Albert who’s lying on the floor screaming in pain,” writes on her Facebook page MK Zehava Gal-On, chair of the left wing Meretz party, who has no love lost for the settlement movement. But the level of abuse and brutality on the part of the police in this case has cut through political dividing lines.

A video produced and distributed by the Yitzhar outpost spokesperson’s office shows local resident Boaz Albert being subdued by a team of policemen who arrested him for breaking an administrative restraining order banning him from setting foot in the settlement.

His wife and children are living there. He sneaked in to see them. Somebody called the cops.

In the video, police barge into Albert’s home, the screen goes dark and we hear him screaming in pain. Then a police officer is seen holding a stun gun and threatening to use it against Albert who is begging not to be tasered again, crying out that he’s emphatically not resisting arrest—while one of the cops is saying:”Electricute him already.” Then four police carry Albert out in a manner that could not possibly enable him to resist them – then, in the dark we hear him screaming in agony as some cop apparently shot him full of volts just for the fun of it.

“There is no justification in the world for using this cruel weapon on a man who is not acting violently and does not present danger to the four cops who hover over him and who could easily arrest him without a problem.”

Gal-On said that she is fighting for the rights of settlers against police abuse, just as she’s fighting on behalf of Palestinians who are arrested without trial. She called on the right to join her in condemning both kinds of police violations of people’s civil rights.

Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar of “Women in Green” also condemned the “scandalous arrest of Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar, a father of six, in a violent military operation in which security forces shot him and his brother with iron arrows from a Taser gun and wounded him. All this because of Albert’s ‘crime’ of refusing to obey the immoral and anti-democratic edict of expulsion that was given him.”

The Women in Green contend that “these expulsion orders are used solely against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and not against Arab stone-throwers nor against the European anarchists that attack soldiers.”

Katsover and Matar call on the “Eretz Israel” lobby MKs to intervene in the case. Meanwhile, Albert has been set free by a district court judge in Lod on friday afternoon.

A demonstration is planned for 10 PM israel time, in the Beit El area, to protest police cruelty against Boaz Albert.

Yori Yanover

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/leftist-leader-appalled-by-police-gratuitous-tasing-of-settler-video/2013/08/17/

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