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Friday, April 3, 2020

Zera Shimshon Pesach





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Sasregen Rebbe of Flatbush Passes on

 
Rav Rubin zt”l, Sasregener Rebbe of Midwood, Brooklyn.
The rebbe was a son of Rav Yaakov Yisroel Yeshurun Rubin zt”l, Sulitza-Sasregen Rebbe who hailed from the Ropshitz dynasty, and Rebbetzin Alta Nechama Malka (Dachner) Rubin. Both of the rebbe’s parents were killed in the Holocaust.
The rebbetzin‘s wife shetichyeh is a daughter of Rav Yehoshua Eichenstein zt”l.
The rebbe carried on the legacy of Sasregen, a chassidishe dynasty from Szászrégen (Reghin), Transylvania, Romania.
The rebbe was the author of Kol Hamikra’os ShebeTalmud Bavli, which he began in 1955 and published in 1987, containing the full pesukim and location of any posuk mentioned in the Gemara. He led a popular shul, K’hal Sasregen, in the heart of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
The rebbe was a brother of the Muzhayer Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Rubin, and the Sulitzer Rebbe, Rav Shmuel Shmelke Rubin,both of New York.
Yehi zichro boruch.

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R Avrahom Rubashkin Victim of Corona

Reb Avrohom Aharon Rubashkin Z”L unfortunately died from COVID-19. He was 92.
The Niftar was born in the 1920’s in the Russian town Nevel in the former Soviet Union. He is the son of Reb Getzel and Rosa Lubavicher Chasidim, who raised their two sons and daughters as observant Jews in spite of the anti-religious repression in the Soviet Union. When the Germans occupied Nevel in July 1941, the Rubashkin family fled east, eventually reaching the Uzbek city of Samarkand, where he married Rivka Chazanov of the Chein family of Nevel.
After the war, the Rubashkin family left the Soviet Union via Lemberg and spent time in Austria, before they settled in Paris in 1947. In Paris, his father ran a grocery shop and his mother served as a cook at a Jewish girls school, and he became a butcher. In 1953, the family moved to New York City, where he and his partner opened Lieberman & Rubashkin Glatt Kosher Butchers on 14th Avenue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.

But he was best known for the slaughterhouse and meat-packaging factory Agriprocessors, that he founded in 1987 in Postville, Iowa. Managed by two of his sons and a son-in-law, it was the largest kosher meat operation in the country with distribution centers in Brooklyn and Miami, Florida.
The New York Times dubbed the family a “kosher meat dynasty.” With the operation of the plant, Rubashkin employed many Jews who moved with their families to the remote city, a 90-minute drive from the nearest shopping malls. He and his family built for there a vibrant Jewish community with a shul, schools and a host of institutions.
The Rubashkin family was also known for their generosity, giving tzedaka to many Jewish institutions and causes. This was in addition to the steep discounts he gave to families in need and shuls around the country.
Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

I’m an ultra-Orthodox rabbi. We are not criminals.

I am a Chareidie and I am the principal of a Haredi school network.
If you read the media both in Israel and around the world, you would conclude that I am a criminal who violates the rules of the state and doesn’t care about the lives of others.
I see the way people are writing about me and my community on social media. I hear the way people are talking about me and my community on the radio.
And it is extremely painful.
It’s painful to hear an entire community – a community that is filled with good-hearted people who view preserving human life as the most sacred value – portrayed as the most lowly, despicable people on Earth.
Let me first say that my entire school network of schools for Haredi boys and girls closed on the day that the Health Ministry ordered schools to close. Let me also say that my synagogue and synagogues throughout Beitar Illit, the Haredi city where I live, followed every single rule issued by the government from the moment they were announced.
I will now jump to the end of the story and then I will go back to explain the past week.
Now, at this time, with the exception of a small group of crazy extremists in Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh and Bnei Brak, the Haredi population is keeping to all the rules. So please stop bashing us now!

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Rav Tuvia Weiss Head of Eda Haredit, initially resistant on virus rules, is infected

The leader of the Eda Haredit, a hardline anti-Zionist Haredi group based in Jerusalem that initially sought to avoid some government regulations aimed at thwarting the spread of the coronavirus, has contracted the disease.
Rabbi Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss, 95, was diagnosed on Thursday after being tested the previous day. He had been admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with a high fever and low blood pressure, according to reports in Haredi media.
His positive test results were announced in a Yiddish audio message released by Rabbi Yitzchok Shlomo Bloi, the secretary to the Eda Haredit’s rabbinical court, calling for the ultra-Orthodox community’s prayers.
Weiss, 95, was a community leader in Antwerp before taking on the leadership of the Eda Haredit in 2004. He was born in Slovakia and arrived in Great Britain as part of the Kindertransport prior to the outbreak of World War II.
The group initially refused to shut down its affiliated educational institutions, closing kindergartens but keeping schools and yeshivas open in defiance of government guidelines. Its former spokesman said it did limit physical proximity there. 
On Monday, however, it released a notice instructing its followers in the ultra-Orthodox community to heed the Health Ministry’s orders or commit a “big sin.”

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J Street's "Haggada" Criticises Israel Even While the Virus Rages On!


Recently, many Jewish organizations have been sending out emails about the coronavirus. 
On March 19 J Street sent out a very different sort – they used their email to pitch their version of the Haggadah: A booklet that attacks Israel with the narrative of the alleged "occupation."  
While the email appears to be about the coronavirus crisis and Passover, 
J Street's intention was made clear by linking their Haggadah – which concentrates its focus on criticism of Israel over the "occupation" rather than the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
Shaina Wasserman, J Street's Director of Rabbinic and Community Engagement, signed the email. 
The email stated:
 "For Jews around the world, this will be a very different Passover than what we're used to. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are downsizing seders or attempting to do them virtually." Wasserman's email also provided a link to a 20-plus-page Haggadah where the word "occupation" was used twenty times.
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Charedi statistics show that social distancing works

The ultra-Orthodox sector has unwittingly served as a control group in the experiment seeking to combat the global pandemic.

 by  Ruthie Blum

The carry-on about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 within the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel is understandable. While the rest of us are cooped up at home, with increasingly severe limitations on our freedom of movement, certain ultra-Orthodox towns and neighborhoods have been conducting business as usual.

Indeed, the contrast between Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood and the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv with the shuttered shops and empty playgrounds of cities from Metula to Eilat naturally causes rage on the part of a populace forced to comply with regulations aimed at flattening the curve of the coronavirus. 
Video footage from a funeral in Bnei Brak this past Saturday night – attended by masses of members of an extreme haredi sect all huddled together, yet not arrested by police for ignoring the two-meter-apart rule – elicited furious reactions from secular and religious Israelis alike.
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Will the Chinese Take Over the Entire World Very Soon


Ladies ..Watch out! Mikveh-peeping DC rabbi set for early prison release

Rabbi Barry Freundel, a once-prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi in Washington, DC, who was convicted for secretly videotaping women in his synagogue’s mikveh, was scheduled to be released early from prison.
First, however, an assistant US attorney was asking his victims whether they object to Freundel getting his freedom on April 15.
Freundel, 68, who began serving his prison term in May 2015, was sentenced to 6.5 years after pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism, a charge that carries up to a year’s incarceration. He was due out toward the end of 2021.
A message this week to Freundel’s victims from Amy Zubrensky of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, said Freundel had accrued “good time” credit for “classes and/or other rehabilitative conduct.” She said he may be released even earlier because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Zubrensky said she wanted to hear from victims before deciding whether to oppose early release. She must register any objections by Friday.
JTA has reached out to Zubrensky and to Freundel’s attorney in 2015, Jeff Harris, for comment.
For at least six months and on dozens of occasions, JTA has asked Keena Blackmon, the spokeswoman for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, for information on Freundel’s date of release. She has never returned calls.
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Chinese city bans eating dogs and cats in response to coronavirus

A city in southeastern China is reportedly banning the consumption of dogs and cats as well as wild animals due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals, and banning the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is a common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan,” officials in Shenzhen, which is about 16 miles from Hong Kong, said in an order Wednesday, according to Reuters.
“This ban also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization,” the order said.
Experts believe the novel virus likely originated late last year at a wild animal market in Wuhan, China - the city at the epicenter of the crisis - before it spread through the country and across the world.
More than 926,000 have been sickened by the virus and more than 46,000 have died globally as of April 1.
In February, China’s central government temporarily banned breeding and eating wild animals to combat the spread, but Shenzhen’s order, which goes into effect May 1, is permanent, The Washington Times reported.
President Xi Jinping said in February the country should “resolutely outlaw and harshly crackdown” on the illegal wildlife trade because of the public health risks it poses.
Before the ban, 54 species, including pangolins and civets were legal as long as they were raised on farms and at least 3,700 markets across the country have been shut down amid inspections.
Dogs especially are popular in certain parts of the country, Reuters reported.
“There is no evidence showing that wildlife is more nutritious than poultry and livestock,” Liu Jianping, of the Shenzhen Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told state media, according to Reuters.
Turtles and frogs will still be allowed under the order.
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When Satmar, Auerbach Craizes, and Zionists are all on the Same Page .......... Free Food Distribution in Yerushalyim


April Fools’ cakes will blow your mind



This baker is not fooling around with her hyperrealistic cakes. 

To celebrate April Fools’ Day, check out Austin, Texas, chef Natalie Sideserf’s incredible creations — from an “onion” to an “oyster” — all made with buttercream and modeling chocolate … and zero fondant. 
The optical illusions aren’t just amazing to look at, they taste great, too.
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Court overturns conviction in killing of reporter Daniel Pearl


A court in Pakistan on Thursday overturned the death sentence and murder conviction of a British-born militant for the 2002 slaying of journalist Daniel Pearl.
A lawyer for the militant, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, said his client’s sentence had been reduced to seven years in prison for the charge of kidnapping, according to Agence France-Presse.
Sheikh was expected to be released from prison after serving there since 2002.
Pearl, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was abducted and beheaded in Karachi. A video of Pearl’s decapitation was delivered to the US consulate there.
Sheikh was sentenced to death in 2002.
A report released by the Pearl Project at Georgetown University has claimed that the wrong men were convicted for Pearl’s murder.
Instead, the investigation says Pearl was murdered by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
Mohammed was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and is being held in Guantanamo Bay.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Corona Funeral for the Wrong Man

Moshe Grunwald lived a full and long life. A scion of the Pupa Chassidic dynasty, he survived Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, rebuilding his family and his life in America.
A longtime resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., he passed away this week as dozens were felled by the coronavirus. The family was told that the funeral would be at 10 a.m. sharp. Only a small group was allowed to attend, and the entire proceeding would be brief, consisting of a few Psalms and the Keil Maleh Rachamim.
Following tradition, but standing apart from each other, the mourners approached the casket and asked their beloved patriarch to forgive them for anything they may have done to slight him. After Psalms were said and the truncated service was about to end, a flustered undertaker approached the casket and took a good look.
“I’m sorry,” he told the shocked family. “We took out the wrong casket. Please wait while I return this casket and bring out Mr. Grunwald.”
The family exited the funeral home in shock and waited in their cars until it was time to begin the funeral … again!
“I have to admit I was so upset that this had happened to my Zaidy,” wrote his granddaughter, Chaya Maimon, on Facebook. “The man who was loved by all. Who deserved so much kavod, who had to die alone due to a pandemic, who had to have this embarrassment of a funeral, who couldn’t have a fitting burial or shiva. This was the final insult. I was so upset, I started to laugh and cry simultaneously. I couldn’t believe I was living in a time where there are so many bodies that they mixed them up.”
Then she learned the rest of the story.
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Police Finally Close Shuls In Beit Shemesh Bet ..Where the Extremists Live



Police officers close synagogues and disperse public gatherings in an ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Beit Shemesh, following the government’s decisions, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus on March 31, 2020.

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Staying Home? How To: Kasher Your Kitchen for Pesach


People actually thought that since the Jews in Egypt left their homes on Pesach that the halacha is that we have to leave our homes on Pesach ... 
so we used to make our sojourn to our Parents or in-laws or friends and hotels...

Well .. lo and behold Hashem is the ultimate Shulchan Aruch and made sure we sit home ...


Introduction:
A) This year, due to unfortunate circumstances, many of us are faced with the reality of making Pesach on our own for the first time. Due to social distancing and illness, many people are unable to go out and purchase regular Pesach supplies. In order to assist you with kashering your kitchen for Passover due to the situation we are in this year, we have compiled a list of a few common kitchen appliances and utensils and how to kasher them according to the basic letter of the law.
If you find it too difficult, or unsafe, please consult with a kosher expert or your local rabbi, before attempting to kasher on your own. On the other hand, if you find that your tradition is to be stricter than what we suggest here, please follow your traditions or discuss this year’s challenges with your Rav.
B) In order to execute the kashering properly and safely, please put on protective gear, including water proof and heat proof gloves, water proof aprons, etc., and made sure your face, body and hands remain as far from the boiling water and/or fire as possible. Please keep all children away from the kitchen during kashering.
C) We kept the answers brief so if something is not clear please ask your local rabbi or a kashrus expert.
D) The kashering kettle/pot should be preferably dedicated for Pesach use or kashered before one uses it to kasher other utensils. Alternatively, one can use a chometz kettle that was cleaned and was unused for 24 hours prior to kashering.
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Rabbi Rottenberg Defiant ... Keeps His Monsey Shul open ...The Shul Where the Stabbing Took Place

Rabbi Rottenberg, Kosyiner Rebbe, or how some call him the Forshyer Rebbe, is boasting that amidst all regulations, his shul remains open.
He said that the people and the Rabbonim that closed their shuls "don't understand the importance of davening be'zibur."

It was in his house, that R' Yossel Neiman was murdered on Chanukah.....
It seems that one death was not enough in his shul, the good rabbi is looking for more victims ...
The way things are going in Monsey, he won't have to wait too long!

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בית המדרש בו התרחש פיגוע רצחני - עדיין פתוח

למרות אלפי המתים בארה"ב מנגיף ה'קורונה', בבית מדרשו של האדמו"ר מקאסאן במונסי, בו התרחש בחנוכה פיגוע קשה - מסרבים לסגור ואף מתגאים בכך שהמקום עדיין פתוח עולם)

בעוד נגיף ה'קורונה' ממשיך להתפשט ולגבות קורבנות רבים ברחבי ארה"ב בכלל ובקרב התושבים החרדים בפרט, ישנם אחרים שמתנגדים בחריפות רבה לסגירת בתי המדרש והמקוואות בארה"ב, וחלקם אף יצאו בימים האחרונים לתהלוכת מחאה ברחובות השכונות החרדיות בבורו פארק.
אחד מבתי המדרש אשר ממשיך בפעילות רגילה הוא בית מדרשו של האדמו"ר מקאסאן בשכונת פארשעי שבמונסי, שם התרחש בחג החנוכה האחרון פיגוע קשה על רקע אנטישמי, שבו נרצח אחד החסידים ונפצעו עוד כ-15, בזמן שחגגו את החג בביתו של האדמו"ר שממוקם בסמיכות לבית המדרש.
בהקלטה שהגיעה ל'כיכר השבת' נשמע גורם בכיר בחסידות כשהוא זועם על יתר בתי המדרש שנעלו את שעריהם, וכי לדבריו, רובם, כ-22 בתי מדרש, כלל לא רצו לעשות כך, ורק בגלל אילוץ של הרשויות החליטו בסופו של דבר לסגור את בתי הכנסת והמקוואות.
עוד מוסיף הבכיר בחסידות כי הוא שוחח עם כלל הגורמים, אך הוא אינו מרגיש צורך להסביר את עצמו, ובזמן שהם לא עמדו בלחץ, הוא גאה להמשיך ולהפעיל את בית המדרש. 
הבכיר מוסיף ומספר כי הוא שוחח עם בני זוג שלא יצאו מביתם מזה 4 שבועות, ובכל זאת שניהם נדבקו במחלה בגלל שהשתתפו בחתונה משפחתית בחודש שעבר, ולא בגלל שהם השתתפו בתפילות במניין ובאמירת 'אמן יהא שמיה רבא'.
עוד הוא מאשים את חלק מאותם אנשים שסגרו את בתי הכנסיות בכך שהם כלל לא יודעים את חשיבותה של תפילה במניין, וכי הוא עצמו פגש אנשים שלא הלכו לבית הכנסת, אך יצאו לסדר את ענייניהם האישיים, ולדבריו אותם אנשים אינם מתביישים לקרוא לו במילים קשות של 'רוצח' וכו'.

Chazzan Yitzchok Meir Helfgot In Hospital in Serious Condition


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Eliezer and Miriam Silber...Eliyohu Zaks of Lakewood Make a Chillul Hashem Causing Anti-Semitism Ignoring the Laws ..and Spreading Death!

A New Jersey couple have been charged with violating a ban on gatherings to stop the spread of coronavirus by hosting a massive party in their yard. 
The event with 50 people on their front lawn is one of five gatherings police in the Jewish community of Lakewood have broken up in just two weeks. 
Eliezer Silber, 37, and Miriam Silber, 34, on Sunday were charged with five counts of child endangerment and violating Gov Phil Murphy's executive order that outlaws all social gatherings, including parties and weddings. 
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said police were called to the Silbers' home on Alamitos Drive on Sunday following complaints a crowd were blocking a street.
Responding officers found 40-50 guests, including children, milling about on the family's front lawn and in front of their house. 
Police dispersed the crowd and issued summonses to the homeowners, who will be required to appear in court at a future date to answer the charges against them.  
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Dr Arnold Weg Fighting For His Life With the Virus Caught From an Elderly Patient That Coughed On Him



New York City doctor is fighting for his life after he fell ill with coronavirus and was taken to the intensive care unit. 
Dr. Arnold Weg, a 63-year-old primary care physician and gastroenterologist who has treated more than 30,000 patients during his career, was examining an elderly patient when they coughed on him a month ago. 
The cough was caused by coronavirus - which has infected 36,000 city residents and killed at least 790 - and 10 days later Weg tested positive. 
'He is on the brink of being intubated and is struggling for every breath. He is scared for his life and we are scared for him as well,' his son Dr. Russell Weg told Pix 11
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