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THE blog for Bnei Teyreh & Heimishe Yidden Lubavitch, Chassidim, Yeshivos, And The Jewish World At Large, With Some Current Events On The Side. The big top for all things היימיש, חסיד'יש and Yeshivish. געאייגענט פאר חסי

Updated: 2018-02-19T12:30:36.703-05:00


דער וויזשניצער רבי שליט"א באזוכט היינט אין בית חב"ד אין פארט לאדערדעיל און באדאנקט דער שליח הרב משה מאיר הכהן שי' ליפשיץ פאר די שיינע אויפנאמע במשך פון וואכען דארט


ווי באוואוסט וויילט דער וויזשניצער רבי אין פלארדידע די וואכען נאך אריבערגיין א שווערע עאפעראציע אויף די רוקען. ער האט דארט אסאך פארברענגט אין די בתי חב"ד און אין די ישיבה גדולה פון חב"ד אין מיאמי. זיך באגעגנט מיט'ן דארטיגער ראש ישבה הגה"ח ר' לייבל שי' שפירא. יעצט איז געקומען די צייט אז דער וויזשניצער רבי פארט שוין אהיים, איז ער געקומען באדאנקען דער שליח הרב ליפשיץ פאר'ן צו שטעלן די שיינע אכסניא. פון א דארטיגער איד האט איז באקומען די פאלגענדע פאר שורות: לזכותו של הוויזשניצער רבי יאמר, אז א יעדען איינציגען מאל וואס ער האט דא אין פלארידע געפירט טיש האט ער אלעמאל גירעדט בשבחו פון דעם רבין'ס שלוחים וואס זיי טוען אויף בכל עיר ועיר ובכל פינה נידחת. [...]

א ליובאוויטשער זיצונג אין תל-אביב, תשכ"ג


Looks like a meeting to greet the distinguished guest. L-R: Harav Reb Moshe Ashkenazi,
Reb Pinye Althaus,
Harav Reb Levi haLevi Grossman author of the sefer שם ושארית,
הרב אלכסנדר יודאסין בעמח"ס תומכי תמימים,
Reb Chaim Shmaryohu Gourarie.
כל אחד בשמו הטוב יבורך. You can write a book about each one.
Photo is for sale on EBay.

More Belzer prohibitions...


Hirshel, here's another Belzer prohibition for you:

In Belz they did not say shir hashirim.  I never saw my elders, who had a strong connection to Belz, say shir hashirim. (I never knew why ) I guess it was part of the Belz in them. I was surprised to see that - or NOT to see that - because in Oiberland, where my family is from, and by other chasidim it was very holy to say it. After the mikvah, with the peyos still wet. Mamash a gevalt! In the footnote here they note a certain Sefas Emes (which by the way was not on the recommended learning list in old Belz, they would rather get caught learn Arugas haBosem) in Pesach that on regular weeks the parables of shir hashirim are a bad influence for people who are megushem. It's probably the reason why Belz avoided it too. But they never said that outright. But in Ger they were more explicit.

The History of the Belzer prohibition


Reb Shulem Fogel gives a very interesting lesson (published in this month's אור הצפון) on why Belz went so extreme against mashkeh. It was all caused by a drunkard on Simchas Torah that was rolling on the ground in front Reb Shia'le Belzer. He immediately put the brakes on the chasidic tradition of taking mashke by chasidic kumzitzes. It's not much different than the history of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's decree against mashkeh, but the LR made a limit of 4 drinks. Also, the event that caused the Lubavitcher decree was a wedding, not Simchas Torah, and the person affected was a very choshu've Rebbeishe personality... Belz went full dry and became the Starbucks of chassidus. All events are supposed to be coffee only - coffee is quite a lofty drink, it seems, according to Reb Shulem. But they still give maskeh by yohrtzeit seudos and tishen. I think the old Ruv preferred banana liquer, and all branches of Belz now serve that. What baffles me is that I doubt this was the 1st time a Chossid got drunk, and I'm sure his father also knew about the terrible sin of שיכרות, so why the need to ban it completely?

מי יעמוד בסוד קדושים

מלוה מלכה לכבוד י"ט כסלו שנת תשע"ח - נאומו של הרב יחיאל קלמנסון, ר"י תו"ת ליובאוויטש בעי"ת ברינוא, צרפת


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A very gentle attack on the New Belzer Nusach


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אָבִי אָבִי: מרן ראש הישיבה ונשיא מועצת גדולי התורה הגראי"ל שטיינמן זצוק"ל איננו




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מהפטירה עד הקבורה: סיקור נרחב, תיעודי וידאו וגלריה

"דיא טעלזער ישיבה עקזיסטירט ב"ה איצט אויך"



What kind of inspired this post was the Bene Beraq Vizhnitzer Rebbe's recent trip to Cleveland to partake in the sheva brochos of his grandson. The Mechutan is the Cleveland-Aleksander (or is it Aleksander-Cleveland?) Rebbe, brother of the one in Bene Beraq. There was a flyer printed, welcoming him to the mistake by the lake and announcing the sheva brochos schedule. Signed on that flyer were many local institutions, including Chabad(!) and their respective Rabbis. A Midwestern friend of mine noticed that conspicuously absent from the flyer was the late, great Telsher Yeshiva! At first I thought that only shuls were doing the welcoming, but he pointed out that the Hebrew Academy signed. So what's going on here? Is it ad k'dei kach? Did they cease to exist? Well, in 1917 they announced to the world that they exist. Maybe they need to do that again 100 years later?

{To be fair the Kolel Yad Chaim Mordechai, technically a by-product of Telshe,is also absent, yet they exist.}

Why is Mishpacha Mag going after the "Peleg"


Beats me. I think they're alienating many readers with this article. No need to bring it up at all. They don't gain readers from publishing it. It's not like they're writing about Lubavitch of Reb Hershel Schechter and thus adding YU Yeshivishers or Lubavitchers to their readership. Here it's a lose-lose. Plenty of their readers are Mamshichisten and thus see Reb Shmuel as their mentor and leader. They support the demonstrations and are deeply hurt by the fact that their Yeshivishe brothers are selling them out. Just stick to the usual veyberishe issues and you'll be ok. You hear me Rabbi Grylak? I know from what I'm talking.

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! עוד חדש במדף הספרים


חדש על המדף: ספר "יסודי השולחן" בענין אמירה לנכריבשבת בימים אלה עולה על המדפים בחנויות הספרים, הספר החדש "יסודי השולחן וזיקוקי אורותיו" על "אמירה לנכרי בשבת ובשאר איסורי תורה", מאת הרב שמואל זאיאנץ . יחודיות הספר היא ביגיעת המחבר להבין ולהגיש כשולחן המוכן לסעודה, לציבור לומדי התורה ומחבביה, את העומק וההיקף של דברי אדמו"ר הזקן בשולחנו בדיני אמירה לנכרי ובשאר איסורי תורה, שכל דבריו בעמקות נפלאה ובקצירת אומר, סברות מחודשות ועמוקות וחידושי הלכה רבים. שם הספר נקרא "יסודי השולחן וזיקוקי אורותיו" משום שמבוארים שם "יסודי שולחנו" הטהור של אדמו"ר הזקן בנוגע לדיני אמירה לנכרי, וכיצד כל מילה ומשפט מלשונו הזהב מיוסדים באופן מוצק על דברי הגמרא והתוס', הרא"ש, הטור, הב"י, השו"ע והרמ"א, ו"זיקוקי אורותיו" – כיצד מוארים דבריו באור יקר ומבהיק, ומתחוורות טעמיו ושיטתו היחודית בפסיקה הלכתית, אשר תורתו היא בבחינת מים שאין להם סוף. כמו כן מובאים בלשון צחה וברורה פיענוחים להלכות וסברות רבות ודקות בדברי השולחן ערוך והקונטרס אחרון—ובמיוחד במהדורה בתרא לסימן רמ"ג, שכידוע עמקו בו דברי רבינו מאוד. כמו כן מבואר בספר פסקי אדה"ז בדיני אמירה לנכרי בשכירות וקבלנות, וכן בירור שיטתו ב"שבותים" שונים, ובפרט ברפואה בשבת. הספר מעותר בהסכמות רבות מגדולי הפוסקים בדורנו. בולט במיוחד הסכמתו הנלהבת של הגאון הרב מאיר הייזלר, ר"י עמק התלמוד בירושלים, בו משבח את הספר כ"חידוש נפלא בדורינו", ומעיר ומפלפל בדבריו. הספר מתאים במיוחד לתלמידי הישיבות ואברכי כולל המבקשים ללמוד הלכות שבת בשולחן ערוך אדה"ז בעיון ובעומק, ולעמוד על דרכו ושיטתו המיוחדת של רבינו.ניתן להשיג את הספר בחנויות הספרים או אצל המו"ל בארה"ב info@seforimdeals.comובארץ ישראל אצל חתן המחבר הרב שניאור זלמן טורנהייםליצירת קשר עם המחבר:  Sefer Hakdomo by Hirshel Tzig on Scribd class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7729220222793488" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="800" id="doc_40567" scrolling="no" src="" title="Sefer Hakdomo " width="530"> link for non-Scribd readers[...]

....נו, לסבא הי' מותר לפרש כך


בבריסק תמיד ידעו ש"משפחה שאני", נכון? כן

New on the Chabad bookshelf! - חדש! (לפי"ע) במדף הספרים החב"די

2017-11-13T19:48:04.394-05:00 link for non-Scribd readers   כתבה בעתון כפר חב"ד על הספר יסודות ושורשים by Hirshel Tzig on Scribd class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="1.4160125588697017" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="800" id="doc_66428" scrolling="no" src="" title="כתבה בעתון כפר חב" width="520"> Press release:The roots and principles of Shaar Hayichud Vehaemuna A scholarly treatise, attempting to reach the bedrock and very heart of The Alter Rebbe’s approach to the principles of faith in Hashem and the unity of Hashem * “Yesodot Veshorashim BeShaar Hayichud Vehaemunah”  Author: Rabbi Nachum Wilhelm The author strives to show the complete structure of the Alter Rebbe’s profound edifice and development of ideas .He quotes from and elucidates on the seminal works of Chazal, and the commentaries of the Rishonim; the Rambam and the Abarbanel. He brings the subsequent revelations of the Kabbalistic masters; the Ramak, the Arizal and their respective schools. The core of the manuscript is derived from Derech Mitzvosecha of the Tzemach Tzedek, and from the Rebbe’s Hadranim. Further source materials were gathered from the works of our Holy Rebbeim and the interpretations of the venerable Mashpiim; R. Aizik of Homil, R. Hillel Paritcher, R. E. Y.Rivlin, R. Chaim Moshe Lieberman, R. Gronem Esterman, R. Yechezkel Faigin and ylct”a Rav Yoel Kahan, in his famed Sefer Haerchim. Utmost care was taken to keep the form and writing style as close as possible to the original text. We are pleased to present a small selection of approbations from present day chassidic scholars and esteemed Rabbi’s, expressing their warm reception and strong recommendation.“Following decades of his scholarly articles of deep chassidic thought published in our journal "Heoros Ubiurim", this book promises to illuminates the words of our Holy Rebbeim.” Rabbi Avrohom Gerlitzky, Rosh Yeshiva Oholei Torah  “Rabbi Wilhelm’s erudition was already apparent when he was a student in our Kolel. After perusing the manuscript I could not restrain my excitement by his exceptional ability to take lofty mystical concepts and make them approachable to the everyday person. It is my belief that this gift was bestowed on him from the Almighty in reward for his incredible diligence in the study of Torah.” Rabbi Chaim Shalom Deitsch, Rosh Kolel Tzemach Tzedek and noted Mashpia “How great is his merit to have utilised his talents in revealing the great wonders hidden in the footnotes and glosses to the works of our holy Rebbe in his work on the Tanya!” Rabbi Chananya Y. Aizenbach Noted Rosh Yeshiva “It is widely known that the ideas brought forth in Shaar Hayichud Vehamuna, and further developed in numerous maamorim, are the backbone of Chassidic thought and service of Hashem. Certainly this volume will invigorate the study of serious and devoted Torah scholars.”Rabbi Laibel Altein Chassidus Mevueres, editor Heichal Menachem, director  “It was much appreciated that the book begins with a discussion about eliciting love and fear of the Almighty, for these principles are the foundation and soul of Chassidus Chabad. As the well known saying of C”K Admur n”e,” the chassidic interpretation to the proverb, “great is study as it brings to deed” , relates to the deed of serving Hashem in earnest prayer.”Rabbi Yosef Y. Ofen, Mashpia Toras Emes  The print[...]

File this under "לא הי' ולא נברא" please


Apparently this was published (!) in an Israeli newspaper called כל ישראל in honor of the recent yohrtzeit of the late Ponovizher Rosh Yeshiva. How any editor would publish something without taking just 2-3 minutes of his/her time to verify this.... is beyond the publisher of this blog.

Rabbi Berel Levy and Torah uMesorah


An excerpt from the new book available for purchase HERE. Courtesy of the author. link for non-Scribd readers

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א נעוועלער זון מיט א נעוועלער איידעם האבען זיך אמאל באגעגנט


see here

FYI: SMR's father, R' Avrohom Aron haLevi Rubashkin, zg"z, was born in the small town of Nevel, White Russia. As was Reb Yeruchem's shver, HaGaon Reb Berel Shvartzman, זצ"ל.  יחוס שוורצמאן But that's beside the fact. I'm not trying to sway the spotlight, or anything like that.

Also see what we wrote in the past about Reb Yeruchem Olshin's visit to SMR

!ערעב ציג! ס'נישט קיין איינע פון די מונקאטשער רביצינ'ס


A reader was quite upset with the post that "accused" the Munkatcher Rebbetzin of accompanying the Rov on a walk whilst on דאטשע. מ'קאן שוין מיינען, ווער ווייס וואס... According to him it was NOT the Rebbetzin, or his mother, the דרכי תשובה'ס Rebbetzin, and he provided the pictures to prove it. He says it was the wife of Reb Mordche Wulliger, later of New York. That she only looked old because of her frum style of dress. Maybe he just wants to set the record straight. Maybe he's a stickler for the truth, and isn't so bothered by the idea of the Rebbetzin walking nearby.

In any case...

Here's the Rebbetzin Ruchel Perel, daughter of Reb Yakov Moshe of Komarna (center, with the "shteren tichel") at the wedding in Munktach in 1933

Here's Esther, born Horowitz, the Darkei Tshuvah's Rebbetzin. She was a granddaughter of Reb Yankele Melitzer. 

How the holy Sochatchover celebrated... 100 years since the Balfour Declaration


Hirshel:I know real Lubavitchers aren't into Zionism too much, but here's my 2 cents.Rav Yehuda Mamlek, one of the חשוב'ע סאכאטשאווער תלמידים, writes in אביר הרועים that the holy שם משמואל was very excited upon hearing about the declaration of Lord Balfour stating that the British Government appropriates Eretz Yisroel for עם ישרא-ל. A Meeting was called by the שם משמואל to get orthodox עסקנים and גבירים to buy land in ארץ ישרא-ל to build שיכונים and ישובים in the new land. At the event he showed them a אבן עזרא in מגילת אסתר saying that certain גאולה'ס have to happen when you see a sign from Hashem that the time has come. At the same time we had the holy Munkacher Rov זצ"ל calling the declaration בעל פעור etc.... נוסח אונטערלאנד - A place that was (in)famous for name calling. The Munkatcher's opposition didn't stop the train and the vision of the שם משמואל succeeded. One hundred years later and we now have almost a million Jews learning and davening in Eretz Yisroel , while several more millions are saved from definite assimilation.  Obviously this does not play well in certain circles, you know who they are, who are blindfolded to reality. Not being comfortable going after the שם משמואל they'll kill the messenger, so to speak, which in this case is Rav Mamlek. That's fine.  But we have now a new letter from Rav Michoel Forshlager,  a סאכאטשאווער תלמיד (kosher in סאטמאר because he once glanced over at their side) vouching for Rav Mamlek's גדלות and honesty. So now we're in kind of a pickle... Their next move to discredit these facts will be to show that there is a letter from the שם משמואל against מזרחי, and Zionism, which is also part of their tactic that whoever disagrees with their philosophy, is on the same page with Ben Gurion on עקירת הדת. even though this plan for building the ישובים was to build חרדי ישובים against בן-גוריון ... but they don't care for the facts.... I hope my point is clear enough.[...]

מאמר ד"ה וירא והנה איל - מאחד מבניו הקדושים של כ"ק אדמו"ר הצמח צדק זצוקללה"ה נבג"מ זי"ע


Shalom Uvracha, 

 please find attached a remarkable Maamar Chassidus on Parshas Vayera. This amazing Maamar is being published for the first time from Manuscript! A tremendous amount of time and effort has gone into preparing the text for publication, your financial support would be greatly appreciated. 

All contributions can be made out to: Akiva Shavrick, 6414 Park Heights Ave, Apt A3, Baltimore Md. 21215. May we see the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days. 

Wishing you Kol Tuv, 

Akiva. link for non-Scribd users

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POTD - צוויי פיילישער רבי'ס


L-R, Reb Itzikel Of Amnshinon-Boro Park; Reb Yankel Alter, then son of the Gerrer Rebbe, currently Gerrer Rebbe. Reb Itzikel was a nephew of Reb Shimele Amshinover (who was in Japan and Shanghai during WW2) and had a small shtiebel on 15th Avenue in Boro Park. You could've lived around the corner your whole life and never seen or heard of him. That's how low-key he was.

And here's a sefer, recently published, about his father zt"l and older brother hy"d:

why RBB didn't want to bring לימוד המוסר into his Yeshiva


Recived via email:

Hi Rabbeinu, Still love your blog. I found this and thought of you. It's a maysa about Rav Baruch Ber from Rav Yehuda Gershuni, otherwise known as Yud'l Grodner, one of the greatest illuyim of the pre and post war generation. He had semicha from Rav Baruch Ber, among others. He was later a talmid of Rav Kook and eidem by Rav Eliezer Silver. This is from a sefer zikaron about him called Afikei Yehuda.

מאמרי חסידות חב"ד לפ' לך-לך


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