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August 28, 2015 / 13 Elul, 5775
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Rabbi Binyomin Klein, Member of Secretariat to Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l, 79, Passes Away

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Rabbi Binyomin Klein, 79, long-time aide and member of the secretariat of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt’l passed away on Friday morning in Brooklyn, New York. He will be remembered as the “Rebbe’s Ambassador” to Israeli officials.

Rabbi Klein also served on the boards of several major governing bodies of Chabad, including Machneh Israel, the social service arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Rabbi Klein was the liaison for Israeli diplomats, political, military and other leaders from Israel who came to see the Rebbe. During the 1977 visit of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, the Rebbe introduced Rabbi Klein to the Prime Minister as “my general.”

Rabbi Klein was born in 1935 to Menachem and Rochel Klein. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by his father, who headed the Jerusalem Chevra Kadisha, the Jewish burial society. As a teen he studied in the Chabad Torat Emet school in Jerusalem. In 1956 he traveled to New York to study in the court of the Rebbe.

After his marriage to Laya Schusterman, the couple moved to Australia where Rabbi Klein was among the founders of Yeshiva Gedolah of Melbourne, Australia and New Zealand. In 1963, the Kleins returned to the United States where Rabbi Klein joined the Secretariat of Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Rabbi Klein spoke little about his work in the Rebbe’s office. He was beloved by so many who interfaced with him as they corresponded with the Rebbe. He was also the person with whom many others spoke as they brought their precious tzetlach, their notes and letters to the office in “770” to be handed sometimes immediately to the Rebbe as he sat in his office just a few feet away.

Upon occasion, Rabbi Klein would tell a visitor to wait for a response, rather than the more common written or telephoned reply that often came later — hours or even days later. Despite his high position, One of the Rebbe’s main secretaries, he never forgot a face; he was also unfailingly courteous, gentle and kind.

Rabbi Klein kept long hours, often returning home at 2 a.m. Yet his home was famous for its hospitality, open always to guests and visitors. It was a second home to countless young women who came to Crown Heights as they began to learn about Judaism and return to their roots. It was here that they found a welcome place for meals, a listening ear, some good advice.

The funeral passed by Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway late Friday afternoon before Rabbi Klein’s body was brought to the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

Rabbi Klein was laid to rest near the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l and that of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, z’tl, in the Chabad-Lubavitch section of the cemetery.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmes. May his memory be for a blessing.

Technical Problem Forces El Flight to NY to Return to Israel

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Passengers flying to New York at 1 a.m. Monday enjoyed a short flight before finding themselves back at Ben Gurion Airport after a technical problem was discovered.

El Al technicians had fixed the problem, or at least thought they had fixed it, before the plane took off after a four-hour delay at 5 a.m.

After approximately one-third of their way to New York, the pilot and crew turned back to Ben Gurion after discovering that the problem occurred again.

Passengers took off for a second time around 11 a.m. on a different plane.

Marchers Danced Through Rain at 2015 NY Israel Day Parade

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Parents carried little ones on their shoulders, and held five-year-old children by the hand. Older children gripped their blue-and-white flags tightly and waved them in the breeze as the marching bands played music to dance by — some of them not understand the tears in their grandparents’ eyes.

Tens of thousands of Jews turned out Sunday (May 31) to show their pride in being Jewish, in their visceral connection to the Jewish State, the reborn State of Israel. Politics aside, military threat aside, Israel’s desire for peace was in citywide evidence in the very theme for the event: “Israel Imagines Peace.”

Sponsored by some 35 organizations that included the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the government of the State of Israel and the UJA Federation, this year’s lineup featured some 40,000 marchers, according to UJA Federation CEO Eric Goldstein.

This year’s Grand Marshals were two representatives for the Russian-speaking Jewish community, Alan Meskin and Angela Reyzelman. “Jews originating from the Soviet Union were instrumental builders and warriors of the State of Israel and also directly benefited from the creation of the state in 1948, as for many, Israel became a safe haven, a land of opportunity and a new home,” explained organizers on the Celebrate Israel New York (CelebrateIsraelNY) website.

Representing the State of Israel were Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York; Science, Technology & Space Minister Danny Danon; and Minister Without Portfolio Ofir Akunis. Also marching were Knesset Members Yoav Ben-Tzur, Avraham Nagosa, Ksenia Svetlov and Revital Sweid.

Numerous prominent Jewish personalities participated in the parade; Dr. Ruth Westheimer made a surprise appearance as well, telling FOX television co-anchor Becky Griffin: “It is very important to support this parade, especially today… Imagine living with a Palestinian neighbor, and everyone living in peace – that’s the most important thing for you and me.”

At least 100,000 people lined both sides of Fifth Avenue to watch the marchers make their way up the famous avenue from 57th Street to 74th Street.

Marching up Fifth Avenue. The parade seemed endless.

Marching up Fifth Avenue. The parade seemed endless.

The New York Police Department’s Shomrim Society — the organization of Jewish police officers — was one of the first groups to lead off the parade, as always. The city’s Fire Department also marched, as it does to honor every ethnicity in New York, most of whom are also represented on the force as well.

The parade stepped off at 11 am and continued through until 3pm; at about 2 pm, a light rain began to fall on marchers and spectators – but no one paid any attention to the droplets.

Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center was also represented at the parade.

Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center was also represented at the parade.

“This year’s parade is the largest in the history of the event,” JCRC executive vice president and CEO Michael Miller smiled. “Next year it will be just as big – if not bigger!,” he added.

Perhaps the group that summed up the experience best was RAJE, the Russian American Jewish Experience, which ran the banner, “Let My People Know!”

Former NY Gov. Pataki Running for GOP Presidential Nominee

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is the latest Republican to throw his hat in the crowed GOP ring of presidential hopefuls.

He declared his candidacy in a video post Thursday morning and touted his actions as governor following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“We need to recapture that spirit, that sense that we are one people,” Pataki said n the video.  “When we do, we will stop empowering politicians and empower ourselves with the opportunities to have an unlimited, bright future.”

He has almost zero notice from anyone outside New York.

At this rate, the Republican party will have nearly as many candidates as it does voters.

NYPD Cop Shot in the Head

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

A NY Police Department plainclothes officer, Brian Moore (25), was shot in the head in Queens, NY.

Moore and his sergeant, Eric Jensen, where sitting in an unmarked car when they saw a suspicious man.

They pulled up beside him, and the man, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, allegedly shot at the cops three times. Two bullets hit Moore in the head.

Moore was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma after 4 hours of surgery to reduce pressure on the brain.

He is the 5th NYPD cop to be shot in the past 5 months.

Borough Park Crowned NY City’s Baby Capital

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The NY Post on Monday sounded the alarm on the city’s birth rate, which, according to the paper, is the lowest since 1936.

The numbers are truly troubling: half the city’s babies belong to foreign-born moms, mostly Asians; almost 6 out of every 10 mothers are on Medicaid; and some 40 percent of all new mothers are unwed.

In that gloomy scene, one group shines through with a robust birthrate and a sound family structure–you guessed it, Orthodox Jews. In fact, Borough Park, one of the city’s half dozen bastions of Orthodox Jewish life, was dubbed by the Post “easily the city’s baby capital,” with a birth rate of 27.9 per 1,000 residents. A whopping (and hopping) 5,458 babies were born in Borough Park in 2013, kein ein hora.

Upper middle class Bayside, Queens, received the dubious honor of having the city’s lowest birthrate: 652 babies in 2013, 5.5 per 1,000.

“Our community is making up for the rest of the city,” grandfather of six and also Borough Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the Post, adding, “In our community, having children is fundamental. They are our most precious resource.”

The richest and the poorest New Yorkers apparently share the lowest birthrate citywide, with 55 percent of African American women opting for abortions. 2013 saw only 12.7 babies per 1,000 in the black community.

One upside to this sad state of promulgation is that fact that the city’s teen birthrate has dropped a full 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, marking a 37.6 percent decline since 2004.

MTA Hopes to Change Rule, Ban ‘Killing Jews’ Anti-Jihad Ad

Friday, April 24th, 2015

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency plans to pass a new regulation this month allowing it to ban an ad the US courts say that it must run.

The ad, submitted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, portrays a man wearing a kefiyyah (Arab man’s head scarf) wrapped around his face in the manner of an Islamist. The ad carries a quote attributed to “Hamas MTV” that says, “Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah.” Just below is the kicker line: “That’s his jihad. What’s yours?”

The MTA has been fighting for months against the AFDI, which contends that its Constitutional right of freedom of speech should support its right to post the ad.

An MTA attorney submitted a letter to Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court today (Friday, April 24, 2015), however, giving due notice the agency’s board of directors would vote on a proposal changing the MTA property to a “limited public forum”. The vote, set for April 29, would enable the MTA to reject “all advertisements of a political nature” – and thus the AFDI ad as well.

It was Judge Koeltl who ruled this past Tuesday in favor of the organization, forcing the MTA to run the ad. The judge said in his decision that the ad campaign run by the pro-Israel group on buses and trains did not meet criteria for incitement, as the MTA argued.

MTA officials “underestimate the tolerant quality of New Yorkers and overestimate the potential impact of these fleeting advertisements,” Koeltl ruled. “Moreover, there is no evidence that seeing one of these advertisements on the back of a bus would be sufficient to trigger a violent reaction. Therefore, these ads – offensive as they may be – are still entitled to First Amendment protection.”

AFDI president Pam Geller called the ruling a “triumph for liberty and free speech.”

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