Saturday, April 30, 2022

Reb Chaim Kanievsky's sons embroiled in bitter inheritance dispute After Lou Scheiner Offers $7 Million for Original Writings


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New York real estate magnate Rubin Schron is mediating over the late rabbi's estate worth an estimated tens of millions of dollars.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the de-facto head in Israel of the Lithuanian branch of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, who died last month, was considered by many as the greatest rabbinical scholar of his generation. His funeral was one of the largest ever seen in Israel and it now seems that many are prepared to pay huge amounts for the writings associated with his spiritual heritage, and this has sparked a dispute among his heirs.

US ultra-Orthodox businessman Eliezer (Louis) Scheiner, who owns (together with his partner Teddy Lichtenstein) a chain of dozens of nursing homes in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida and lives in Monsey, New York has offered $7 million for the original writings of the commentaries published by Rabbi Kanievsky's on the Jerusalem Talmud, according to sources close to the matter. 

In the past Scheiner was cited by the US media as an important donor to former US President Donald Trump. In Israel he is well known for his major donations to the annual event in Uman of the Breslov haredi community.

After the death of Rabbi Kanievsky, Scheiner approached his son Shaul and offered to buy the commentaries from the family. After negotiations with Shaul Kanievsky, they agreed a fee of $7 million. However, Shaul Kanievsky's brothers had no knowledge of the matter and only found out by accident.

This discovery has resulted in an acrimonious inheritance dispute conducted discreetly over the past few weeks. On the one side is Shaul Kanievsky who lives in the family home of his late father and is considered the leading figure among the late Rabbi Kanievsky's followers, while pitted against him are his two older brothers Avraham Yeshayahu, who was also close to their father and wrote several books with him and Shlomo, the head of the Kiryat Melekh Yeshiva who was less involved with his father's followers.

Shaul Kanievsky has told his brothers that their father intended for him to be his sole heir. His two older brothers were astonished by this news and insist that their father always said that his inheritance would be bequeathed according to Torah law. Rabbi Kanievsky had eight children - three sons and five daughters and according to Torah law his inheritance should be divided between the three sons.

The lack of faith between the parties has led to an order halting any sale of the late rabbi's commentaries and the sides have turned to New York based real estate tycoon and philanthropist Rubin Schron, a close confidante of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, to mediate. 

Schron together with Charles Bronfman were the former controlling shareholders in Israel Discount Bank (TASE: DSCT).

The dispute has not only put the brothers at loggerheads but also two of the cousins who managed their grandfather's home for many years. On the one side is Aryeh Kanievsky, the son of Avraham Yeshayahu, and on the other side Yanki Kanievsky, the son of Shaul, who featured prominently in the Israeli media over the past two years when he was filmed encouraging his grandfather to oppose Covid restrictions in Yeshivot.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky lived modestly but his extensive writings and their value combined with the family home in Bnei Brak mean that his estate is worth an estimated tens of millions of dollars.

The Kanievsky family declined to comment on the dispute.

Published by Globes, Israel business news - - on April 28, 2022.

Beit Shemesh Resident Dolev Vyacheslav Murdered by Arab Animals shielded his girlfriend with his own body...Was from Chareidie Family


Dolev Vyacheslav (Vladi), a 23-year-old resident of Beit Shemesh, has been named as the security guard murdered on Friday night at the entrance to the city of Ariel.

Vyacheslav was murdered by two terrorists, who opened fire at his post, which he was sharing with his girlfriend.

Acting quickly at the start of the attack, Vyacheslav used his body to shield his girlfriend from the bullets, absorbing them instead of her.

He is survived by his parents and seven siblings.

Beit Shemesh Mayor Dr. Aliza Bloch is currently at the family's home, offering them support together with educational and welfare services from the city.

The terrorists, who were arrested Saturday, have been named as Yahya Mar'ee, 19; and Yousseff A'asi, 20. They arrived at the entrance to Ariel, armed with Carl Gustav submachine guns in a Suzuki with yellow (Israeli) license plates. Upon their arrival at the security post, the terrorists began firing at Vyacheslav and his girlfriend before exiting the vehicle and shooting Vyacheslav point-blank.

Several hours after the terror attack, the terrorists' vehicle was found, burned and abandoned in an open field between the Arab towns of Kafr Thulth and Saniriya.

Earlier Report

A security guard in his 20s was murdered in a shooting attack at the entrance to the city of Ariel in Samaria on Friday evening.

The security guard has been named as Dolev Vyacheslav (Vladi), a resident of Beit Shemesh and a former student at Ariel University.

An initial investigation of the attack determined that a vehicle with an Israeli license plate arrived at the post of the security guard of Ariel. Two terrorists then got out of the vehicle, opened fire at the security guard from close range and killed him, before making a U-turn and fleeing the scene.

Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene provided him with medical treatment before pronouncing him dead.

Magen David Adom paramedic Tomer Fein said, "When we arrived at the scene we saw a man in his 20s, unconscious with gunshot wounds, he was not breathing and did not have a pulse. We performed medical operations on him, but he was without signs of life and we had to pronounce him dead."

A woman was standing next to the security guard who was killed at the security post where the attack took place. She was not injured, but was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics for trauma.

Is the Government Finally coming Around? Subpoenas Issued by Georgia for Evidence of Ballot Trafficking in 2020


In a bombshell development, election regulators in Georgia are demanding to see new evidence of election fraud in 2020.

State officials issued four subpoenas demanding the identity of a key whistleblower and other evidence involving an alleged ballot trafficking scandal, as reported by Just the News.

The subpoenas were sent to “True the Vote”, an election watchdog who accused up to 242 people of illegally gathering third-party ballots, a form of illegal ballot harvesting.

Regulators are demanding details about the alleged harvesters, including their identities and other key information. They also want the identity of the person who blew the whistle on the massive fraud.

In addition, it requests the identities of the “network of non-governmental organizations that worked to facilitate a ballot trafficking scheme in Georgia”. That certainly sounds a lot like an alleged conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger originally disclosed the existence of the Georgia harvesting investigation this past January.

The IDF Soldiers Experience in the Chareidie City of Beitar Over Pesach


The Torat IDF Twitter account retweeted a beautiful account of a group of IDF soldiers who were pleasantly surprised by the warm reception they received in Beitar, where they were posted after a number of murderous terror attacks led to an increased security presence in Gush Etzion and other areas.

“We soldiers from Battalion 931 want to share with you the happy experience we had in the wake of the [security] situation in Israel. Two weeks ago, we were recruited for reinforcement [like almost all of the IDF] and we received a certain area of the green line to guard to thwart the entry of illegal infiltrators [Palestinians].”

“Beitar is a Chareidi city that includes Chareidim from all walks of life, Litvaks, Chassidim, Ashkenazim, Sephardim. We arrived with curiosity about how a Chareidi city would react to an entire battalion staying in it for not such a short period of time.”

“And after a week and a half, we have to say that we were completely surprised, everything we heard and thought until now was simply nonsense.”

“We received the nicest welcome possible. Every few meters on the street, they stopped us to ask if we need something for the Chag…The owner of a bakery [before Pesach] refused to accept payment from any of us. They spoiled us. People in the supermarket pushed bills in our hands and told us to treat ourselves.”

“Of course, we realized we wouldn’t be celebrating Pesach at home…but after the tefillah of the Chag, we were surprised to find a long line of people waiting for us outside who simply took pairs of soldiers home for the seduah -just like that without any warning – without knowing us at all…only because we’re soldiers. So we still got to celebrate Pesach at home – by our brothers.”

“We wanted to share this with you in order to spread the kindness we received…the excitement we experienced when we understood how much they love and care about us. So that everyone would know what Am Yisrael truly is, not the conflict and hatred always presented to us. This is the truth on the street, that together with all the ideological and cultural differences, we can succeed in feeling true love for each other.”

“We won’t forget this Pesach..we were zocheh to another taste of geulah.”

HaRav Nota Greenblatt Passes away at 96, Longtime Av Bais Din And Posek From Memphis TN


We regrets to inform  you of the Petira of Hagaon HaRav Nota Tzvi Greenblatt ZATZAL, longtime Posek and Av Bais Din from Memphis Tennessee. He was 96.

Rav Nota was on of the closest Talmidim of the late Posek Hador, Hagaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein ZATZAL.

Rav Nota’s father, Rav Yitzchak Greenblatt, was a native of Brisk, and traveled to the United States to fundraise on behalf of the local Toras Chesed Yeshivah. He subsequently assumed a rabbinical position in Washington, D.C., where his son Nota was born.

He resided in Memphis until around a year ago when he moved to NY. Rav Nota contracted an infection recently and was hospitalized until his Petira at Maimonides Hospital on Friday morning.

The levaya will be on Sunday at Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim at 2:00PM. 145 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002

BLOW TO STRAUSS: Health Ministry Closes Factory For 3 Months

Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Nachman Ash announced on Thursday that following the discovery of salmonella in the Elite chocolate factory, leading to the largest recall in Israeli history, the factory will be closed for three months.

Ash made the announcement after touring the factory in Natzeret together with other senior health officials.

“We decided to suspend the Strauss factory’s quality standard for three months,” Ash said. “The factory will not be permitted to manufacture and market their products. This quality standard is required by factories of this size.”

“The factory is going through a rapid learning process. There are many lessons to be learned before the factory can be opened again. The quality standard will be restored only after we ensure that all lessons have been learned, all the procedures are completed and we can be certain that not only is the production line clean of contamination but it won’t become contaminated in the future. There are many conclusions that the factory must draw in order for the production line to operate again.”

The company Tufinit, whose products are mainly sold in Osher Ad stores, are recalling their products that were made with the tainted Elite chocolate.

The recalled products are milk and bittersweet chocolate Neapolitans with dates of “best used” before 01/02/23 to 28/02/23.


Thursday, April 28, 2022

The "Kiruv" Rabbi Harav ha"gaon Ha'tzaddik Elchanan Deitsch Sexually Assaulted a Lady while she was Hospitalized and another while she was Unconscious


Israel Police arrested on Wednesday a Jerusalem rabbi in his 50s and two possible accomplices on suspicion of raping women in his congregation, following a lengthy undercover investigation. 

The rabbi, who worked to make people more religious, is suspected of sexually assaulting women in his community for several years, telling the victims that it was a "spiritual act" to comply to his sexual demands.

The police even suspect that he sexually assaulted a woman on her wedding day, explaining that this would allow her to marry in sanctity.

The arrests were carried out at the end of a months-long investigation by Jerusalem Police, after numerous complaints of sexual and economic offenses were filed at the station. 

Israel Police are working to identify more victims, calling on anyone who can shed light on any offenses to come forward.

In addition, the police will request to extend his detention at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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Rav Gershon Ribner: If You’re not Competitive in Learning, It Shows you Don’t Care Enough


In a recent vaad, Rav Gershon Ribner said that if someone is not competitive in his learning, it’s not a positive quality, but rather it’s because he does not care enough.

The Rosh Yeshiva shlit”a gave a litmus test to determine whether a bochur or yungerman is “inspired and dedicated” or if he is second-tier. (He also referred to it as the “A train” and “B train”.)

He said, “Are you competitive about your learning?” He added that it’s not a higher quality in ruchniyus to not be competitive in learning, because Kinas Sofrim tarbeh chochma.

“Its not an aidelkeit…if you’re not competitive. Rather it’s because you don’t care enough.”

Even though Chazal criticize the attribute of kinah, he explained that’s only the negative type, but not the positive desire to succeed in learning. The implication seemed to be that being relaxed and laid back about one’s learning may in some cases be a negative attribute.

The Rav listed other questions as well:

  • If you go home to Brooklyn for Shabbos and have a date Sunday night, also in Brooklyn, would you return to Lakewood Sunday morning to learn in person with your chavrusa?
  • If you bump into a Gadol at a wedding, will you speak to him in learning or just ask for a beracha? Do you have something to discuss, or would that require too much effort?
  • Are you writing your learning down after you complete a sugya?
  • Do you get tired of a sugya and wish you can move on?

The Rosh Yeshiva emphasized that while even second-tier Bnei Torah are certainly good to have in yeshiva, they are in a different classification than those on the “A Train.”

Some answers to this article:

My two cents
 8 hours ago

I’m female and don’t learn gemara but just from learning Torah in Bais Yaakov, I would think HKBH has a different cheshbon for what makes a strong learner. Would a competitive A Train bochur leave his learning to help an old lady or his parents? According to this article, no. We learned that those talmidim of Rabbi Akiva were killed so I think I’ll take a B Train bochur who practices what he learns and doesn’t “compete”. Yuck. I don’t think that’s what HKBH has in mind. As far as I know, Moshe Rabbeinu loved teaching EVERYONE Torah.

shlomo zalman
shlomo zalman
 6 hours ago

I’ll answer the questions.

  1. No. Instead of traveling for four hours for my Sunday night date, I find a bes medrash in Brooklyn and learn there for the day. Common sense.
  2. I ask for a bracha and don’t waste the Gadol’s time on my gaivah-motivated-chiddush If my chiddush is that good, I write it up and send it to the godol by mail. If I’m lucky, it’s his daughter that I dated Sunday night.
  3. Why would I write it down? That’s obsessive behavior. A real lamdan has to remember what he learned.
  4. Of course I move on to the next sugya. Staying on one sugya for too long is obsessive behavior (see question 3) and is the leading cause of am-ha’aratzus in yeshiva boys.

I don’t know Rabbi Ribner, but it sounds to me that he has obsessive tendencies and can benefit from professional help.

With respect
With respect
 7 hours ago

There’s this thing in yiddishkeit called ‘Lishma’. sounds familiar?

 14 hours ago

Is this Rabbi a “A” Rabbi or “B” Rabbi? I have never even heard about him before.
“If he is not competitive enough” as a Rabbi it shows he doesnt care.

 6 hours ago

And yet, his Yeshiva and also all the others don’t bother with tests or any other way of documenting whether anybody is learning anything. Is this guy advocating that the B and C learners go do something productive, like join the Israeli army or learn how to support their own families? Of course not.

 11 hours ago

Getting tired of a sugya and wish to move on is not a crime. One can enjoy one sugya over another or have a better understanding or interest of another topic. Everybody is that way – everybody.