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August 30, 2016 / 26 Av, 5776

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South Florida Observes 14th Yahrzeit Of Rabbi Dovid Bryn

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Shabbos, May 14, marked the 14th yahrzeit of South Florida legend Rabbi Dovid Bryn, zt”l, founder of Chabad Chayil and the California Club Shul. Mostly known for his unending acts of kindness and genuine love for every human being, he is truly missed by all who knew him.

Some rabbis are known for their gigantic shuls and temples, but Rabbi Bryn had a much bigger “shul” – one not bound by walls. His shul was in the flea markets, soccer fields of the JCC, and in people’s homes where he spread his love. The rabbi often spent his Sundays in teenagers’ living rooms with a pair of tefillin, inspiring and changing lives.

Rabbi Bryn’s life was tragically cut short at age 40 by Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissue. For over a quarter of a century, Rabbi Bryn, the son of Holocaust survivors, courageously battled the fatal disease, yet he managed to minister to, counsel, and save thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike. The rabbi’s overflowing concern for others left no room for him to worry over his own well-being. He lived the equivalent of 120 years of good in a third of the time.

One friend commented on RabbiDovidBryn.org – which was created to remember the his middos and deeds – “If he could breathe, then he would talk to others about G-d’s good, the beauty of a mitzvah, or life’s bright spots. If he could walk, then he would go to share life with others and show a positive perspective as it should be seen. He showed strength not demonstrated by men who appear stronger. He showed love that is only written about…. When I will need an example of the unrelenting power of love, I will think of him.”

In honor of his yahrzeit, the entire community was invited to a special tribute farbrengen at Chabad Chayil and the Dovid Bryn Library to say a l’chaim, reminisce about the good times shared together, and, most important, to talk about how his chesed could be emulated.

To view or share photos or experiences of this remarkable man, visit RabbiDovidBryn.org. To learn about the Special Tribute Torah being written in his honor and purchase a letter, word, or parshah, call 305-770-1919 or visit the website.

Rabbi Moishe Kievman

The Legend Of Rabbi Hershele’s Wife

Friday, May 13th, 2016

The tzaddik Reb Hershele and his pious wife lived only to help others, and treated the poor and unfortunate souls they met with great kindness.

Rabbi Hershele would study Torah day and night and found it very difficult to make a living. But he had one goal in life: settling in the holy land of Israel. Day and night he would pray that his dream should materialize, until one day G-d heard his prayers. It came about through the following manner:

A state fair was held in the town of Kaminka, Poland, where the tzaddik and his wife lived. One day a peddler came to their home and asked whether he could leave his sack of merchandise in their place for the night. He could not carry the bag as it was too heavy and he had heard that they were very honest and trustworthy.

The rebbetzin pointed to a closet, which was rarely used and advised the peddler to drop the bag into it. The peddler thanked her and departed. The fair closed and spring turned into summer and the peddler never came to call for his sack. The rebbetzin soon forgot about it. Eventually winter came, followed by spring and Pesach.

Erev Pesach the pious Reb Hershele began to clean out the chametz from the house when he came upon the sack lying in the closet. Trying to pull it out he found it to be so heavy that he had to call his wife to help him. Imagine their surprise when they found it contained thousands of gold coins. The wife then recalled the incident of the peddler who had disappeared, never leaving his name or address.

“It must be G-d’s will that we received this money,” said her husband. “G-d must have finally hearkened to my prayers so that we may now go to Israel.”

Following Pesach the pious couple departed for Israel.

Soon after their arrival in Israel, a neighboring woman was having difficulty giving birth to her child and the doctors attending to her feared the worst. When Reb Hershele heard what was taking place, he sent his wife to see the poor woman. The moment the rebbetzin stepped into the bedroom the woman gave birth. People soon called what happened a miracle and began to visit the rebbetzin whenever they needed help.

In the city of Jerusalem, where Reb Hershele and his wife lived, there also lived the Pasha, the governor of the city. His daughter was expecting a child and she found it very difficult to give birth. The best doctors of the land were summoned, even professors from Constantinople. But it was to no avail and their opinion was unanimous – it was impossible to save both mother and child. One of them would have to die.

The Pasha and his wife were frantic; they loved their daughter and they looked forward to a grandchild in their old age. In desperation, the Pasha visited the chief rabbi of the city, with whom he was very friendly. He told him his troubles and pleaded with him to pray to his G-d for his daughter.

“Fear not,” replied the rav, “I will help you today. I know a pious woman, a saint, who works miracles with expectant mothers. I will bring her to your home today.”

The rav immediately visited Reb Hershele’s home and urged the rebbetzin to come to the Pasha’s residence.

“He had done many good deeds for the Jews in Israel,” said the aged rav, “and we owe him this favor in return.”

Reb Hershele’s wife accompanied him to the Pasha’s house. As they entered they saw all the doctors huddled together and shaking their heads. The poor woman was near death and nothing could save her. But no sooner did the Reb Hershele’s wife step into the room, when lo and behold, a miracle occurred. The struggling mother suddenly became calm and a healthy young boy was born.

Rabbi Sholom Klass

An American Rabbi’s ‘Experience’ at The Temple Mount

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Following is the experience of an American rabbi who went with his wife to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this week, thinking it would be the exciting Zionist experience it once was decades ago.

It was indeed “exciting” but not quite in the way he expected.

“My wife and I almost earned a spot in the news today. Or at least on a police blotter. And I was mostly innocent.

“Since the 1960s when my family and I freely and unafraid explored all of the Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I have wanted to revisit it,” he told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview. With the recent excitement about who controls the area, my wife and I decided that this time we would have to include it.

“We arrived on time for visiting hours at the end of a long queue of people anxious to climb the long ramp from the plaza level of the Kotel to the Temple Mount. We saw people from every nook and cranny of the world and enjoyed listening to all of their languages as we waited for the gate at the front to open. Naturally, security is very tight,” he acknowledged.

“After roughly 100 others had filed through we brought up the rear. My wife placed her purse on the table and walked through the metal detector to the other side without arousing as much as a blink from the police. I emptied my pockets, set my cell phone and pen on the table and the guards motioned for me to remove my hat.”

That’s when the “excitement” began.

“A gasp and hurried instructions to one another were immediate, and they demanded our passports. There, to the apparent shock of every guard, perched on my head was a kippah. The chief of the micro police force receded into a small office, emerging about five minutes later still holding the passports and glaring at me. Obviously I was a troublemaker.”

The police chief was clearly irritable, according to the rabbi, who said he was told to “calm down” when he asked him whether they should leave or whether his wife could go up on her own.

“Do you want to go to jail?” the burly police chief reportedly rasped. About 20 minutes later, after a few more office retreats and whispered conversations with the other guards, the officer strode over to the rabbi.

“Where is your Kippah?” he demanded to know. By then the rabbi had removed it; he showed him that he had placed it in a carry bag. “I was willing to suffice with the hat to avoid looking Jewish; I shared with him my business card identifying me as a rabbi, to further assure him that I was aware of the delicate situation and would act responsibly.”

That was clearly a mistake: the police chief now appeared to be convinced the rabbi was intending to do “something religious” up on the Temple Mount, the rabbi said. “He retreated once again into his office, ostensibly to check with “the office” to determine if I was previously known to the police as an agitator.

“With only a few minutes left in the one hour allotment, he finally reemerged, handed back my business card, and told me to put on my kippah. ‘Come, go up,’ he groused at me. My wife and I began the trek up the ramp, a bit surprised but glad nevertheless. A young haredi-religious guard – kippah, tzitzit, long peyyot and unarmed – joined us. Halfway up we were greeted and flanked by two heavily armed policemen.

“At the top of the ramp, as we approached the holy ground, several more police surrounded us in a very tight circle. In this formation we begin a slow march onto the grounds.

Hana Levi Julian

Woodmere Shul Rabbi Named Chair of Medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) Rabbi Aaron Eli Glatt, M.D., FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, an internationally recognized infectious disease specialist, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine and division chief of infectious diseases at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Glatt is also an ordained Rabbi, and serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Anshei Chesed (South Shore) in Hewlett, NY, and Assistant to the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere.

As chair of medicine, Dr. Glatt will lead the overall administrative, academic and clinical activities of the department of medicine and work closely with the other clinical departments, nursing and pharmacy leadership, and directors to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of high quality, patient-centered care.

“Dr. Glatt is a respected physician leader and is in the forefront of medicine, epidemiology and infectious diseases in the medical community,” said Adhi Sharma, MD, South Nassau’s chief medical officer. “His experience and acumen in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening and common infectious diseases such as pneumonia and shingles to more complex infections such as those caused by HIV and MRSA will be of benefit to the communities and patients served by South Nassau.”

Rabbi Glatt received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Wosner at Machon LeTorah Vehora’ah. He is currently in his third cycle of teaching the Daf Yomi daily Talmud class, and also gives a weekly Talmud in-depth lesson, daily halachic reviews, and other classes.

An international lecturer on medical halachic issues, Rabbi Dr. Glatt has recently published a popular down-to-earth advice book, Visiting the Sick: A Halachic and Medical Guide (ArtScroll, 2006). He also wrote Women in the Talmud, published by the Orthodox Union.

JNi.Media

Kabbalist Sails to IDF Ship to Ask Soldiers to Say ‘Shema Yisrael’ [video]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Kabbalist Rabbi Dov Kook of Tiberias visited Eilat this week and sailed in a boat to reach an IDF Navy ship to encourage soldiers to say “Shema Yisrael” but almost landed in the sea.

The Hareidi website Kikar Shabbat reported that Rabbi Kook spoke with officials of the southern tourist city as part of a campaign to persuade Jews to say the prayer, recited three times daily in prayers and before going to sleep at night.

After visiting the maritime observatory in Eilat, Rabbi Kook sailed in a boat towards a Navy ship. As seen in the video in the link here, he began to lose his footing while trying to board the ship as others told him, “Rabbi, be careful.”

He settled for remaining on the boat and shouting out loud, “Say Shema Yisrael. This is most important. You can say it now but especially at night.”

The soldiers promised they would, and the rabbi sailed back to Eilat.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Islamist Stabs Jew, Punches Rabbi in Marseille, France

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Rabbi Yehuda Malul of the Menuchat Shalom synagogue in Marseilles, France, was attacked this past weekend with another congregant while on their way to morning prayers.

The synagogue is located in the center of the southern French city, where there are many hareidi-religious Jews, synagogues and yeshivot.

According to a report posted on the Hebrew-language website Bhadarei Haredim, the attacker was a “young man of Arab appearance.”

The rabbi, who spoke with a writer at the website, said the attacker yelled, “Yahud, Allahu Akbar!” The attacker punched the rabbi with his fists, and he shouted again, “Itbah al-Yahud!” as the rabbi fell to the ground.

When the rabbi’s companion went to the rabbi’s side to try to protect him, the attacker pulled out a knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen.

The rabbi told the site that he was “not hurt” and continued on to the synagogue. However, his companion was rushed to the hospital where doctors “said it was a real miracle, and that the knife was blocked due to the heavy coat he was wearing. If not for the coat, the injury could have been critical.”

The attacker had been released only a few days earlier from prison, according to the rabbi, who said the incident was “frightening” when taken in context of the normal Marseilles lifestyle.

“Here in Marseilles, it’s not like Paris,” he said, “ we have had no anti-Semitic incidents; that this has happened at a time of stabbings in Israel is frightening, especially since after the stabbing the stabber continued to curse the Jews after being arrested by police.”

On Sunday, the Jewish community in Marseilles is set to hold a solidarity rally for Israel, walking from the city center to the Israeli consulate.

Hana Levi Julian

Survey: 95 Conservative Rabbis Say They Would Conduct Intermarriage Weddings

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) An organization named “Big Tent Judaism” which seeks to embrace intermarried families in the Jewish fold (presumably without the expectation of a conversion of the non-Jewish spouse down the road), sponsored a survey of 249 Conservative rabbis which found that 38 percent— 95 rabbis, would officiate at the marriage of a Jew and non-Jew if the Conservative movement lifted its prohibition on these unions. This sample corresponds to roughly 15% or the Rabbinical Assembly’s approximately 1,700 members.

The survey finds that intermarriage is part of the daily reality addressed by Conservative rabbis and Conservative congregations. Eight in ten respondents have an intermarried family member; seven in ten work with an intermarried volunteer leader in their congregation. Four in ten respondents have attended interfaith weddings, usually of close family members; a handful already officiates at interfaith weddings under some conditions.

On the whole, according to the survey, Conservative rabbis will not marry a person of patrilineal Jewish descent to another Jew, citing halacha, but the survey suggests “their views on Jewish identity are nuanced, as many distinguish between Jewish identity and halachic status.”

In the hypothetical scenario that the Conservative movement’s policy would change, just under four in ten rabbis would officiate at interfaith weddings. Also, according to the survey, almost half of Conservative rabbis interviewed feel that some discussion of their movement’s position on interfaith marriages, recognizing patrilineal descent, and admitting intermarried rabbinical candidates is warranted.

Respondents in small Jewish communities are more likely (45%) to see themselves officiating in interfaith weddings if RA rules changed, compared with respondents in large Jewish communities (33%). Female pulpit rabbis are almost twice as likely to change their practices if RA rules changed (56%) when compared to male rabbis (35%).

Here’s a counter-intuitive discovery: when comparing respondents by age and ordination date, the survey found that respondents over 50 years old and those ordained before the year 2000 are slightly more likely to officiate at interfaith weddings. The authors suggest that the difference can perhaps be explained by the fact that older, more seasoned rabbis have “softened” their attitude toward interfaith weddings after having had to repeatedly turn away intermarried couples.

The survey’s presentation is rife with opinion, not to the point of skewing the results, but certainly to add spin to the numbers. The line in the above paragraph, explaining why older Conservative rabbis are more likely to conduct an intermarriage wedding, actually says the differences are explained “by the fact that older, more seasoned rabbis have “softened” their attitude toward interfaith officiation after having to repeatedly turn away intermarried couples, many of whom would have created Jewish homes.”

Paul Golin, Big Tent’s associate executive director, says the group isn’t advocating that the Rabbinical Assembly change its policy, but rather that it should open a conversation on it. But God—and advocacy—are in the details.

The section headed, “Half of Conservative rabbis believe discussion of some RA rules is warranted” is dizzyingly biased:

“The survey asked Conservative rabbis for their view on whether three specific issues should be opened for discussion among members of the Rabbinical Assembly: allowing officiating at interfaith weddings, recognizing Jews of patrilineal descent, and accepting intermarried rabbinical candidates to Conservative seminaries. Four in ten (39%) respondents agreed that the RA should open for discussion among its members the issue of officiating at interfaith weddings; a third (33%) agreed that the RA should open for discussion the issue of accepting patrilineal descent; and one in seven (14%) agreed that the issue of admitting intermarried or inter-partnered rabbinical candidates should also be opened for discussion. Half (51%) of the respondents disagree with all three statements and think that none of these issues should be open for discussion.”

JNi.Media

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