Friday, October 20, 2017

א שפאציער אויף דאטשע מיט'ן רביצין

Hirshel: what we have here is a rare and telling photo. The holy Munkatcher Ruv, who used his pulpit to rebuke and flick anyone whom he accused of not leading his life according to his "אבותינו ורבותינו הקדושים " is seen in this photo walking with 3 men, and to his left is the holy Rebbetzin, daughter of the holy Komarner,  and a not so holy friend,  in one of the resort regions. No Poylishe Rebbe would be caught in such a setting, walking with his wife. No sir. I'm not saying there's anything wrong; I'm just bringing this to light. Years ago I heard that that the holy Munkatcher once saw from his window an Oyberlander Rov strolling the Munkatch street with his Rebbetzin. At 12 o'clock  noon he took out his golden watch from his vest pocket and told his lovely wife:  I must go and say tikun chatzos. This was during the three weeks, you see, and the Oyberlender Yidden have such a custom. [I guess saying it at midNIGHT is too difficult and disrupts their schedule?] The holy Ruv is said to have screamed from his widow: ס'האט גארנישט פאסירט, you can keep on strolling! As if to say, if you walk with your wife on the street G-d doesn't need your Tikkun Chatzos. We see that approach today with many people - like if you wear a long sheitel G-d doesn't want you to daven.

We once wrote something like that, way back in תשס"ח. עיי"ש

Monday, October 2, 2017

Clarifying the 72 minutes חשבון - Satmar Rov was correct (in Europe)

Sunset, New York, The Brooklyn Bridge, Evening

Yosef 718 comments on Shabbos Schedule for Satu-Mare, January 3-4, 1936:
There is a misunderstanding as to how the 72 מינוט works. What we need to know is that anywhere in the world is 'above' sea level (otherwise we would be under water). Sunset in American Luchos are set to 72 minutes after sunset, as if where you are it was at sea level. Of course that creates a small differential, as the shkia to the naked eye seems earlier than at the sea level. Lemashal, here in Boro Park if I actually see the sunset it will dip behind 6th Avenue, (which sits on top of a rise) but if I quickly drive to 6th Ave I will still get to see the full sun! Nobody in Satmar, Tzanz, Belz or Sighet ever knew when the imaginary sea-level shkia is. So that simply explains the 2 minute difference. Google gives you the sea-level shkia. And Satmar Rebbe gave the 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' Shkia and started counting 72 minutes accordingly. The question is why is the Hisachdus luach based on sea-level? Could be that the Rabbonim were not aware of the difference. And used the Navy information as an easy way to know when the shkia is. PS I got the new Chabad Luach for Brooklyn and it also notes this distinction for all halochos. It is a fantastic luach with everything explained.

Yosef 718

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

המשפיע הגה"ח ר' חיים שלום דייטש שליט"א בחתונת החתן יחזקאל פינקל בן הגאון ר' אלי' ברוך (בתראי) זצ"ל

Getting a Brocho under the chuppah and being handed the becher from R' Shmuel Auerbach 

Reb Shmuel listening intently

עם הרב יצחק ירוחם בורודיאנסקי - חתן הגרש"ז אויערבאך זצ"ל

Dancing with the chosson

With (l-r) Reb Chaim Yitzchok Kaplan ר"מ בישיבת חברון ובפחד יצחק, the chosson, and Reb Yonoson David ראש ישיבה of Pachad Yitzchok (SIL of RYH)


Friday, August 25, 2017

Shabbos Schedule for Satu-Mare, January 3-4, 1936

I guess the time for Sof Zman Krias Shma wasn't legible when they printed this sefer. טשולינט ריקען is ten minutes before ליכט צינדן, but you only need to close your store 5 minutes before. Or is that when the bakery closes - the one that stores all the Chulent? It would seem so.  A quick Google search tells me that sunset on January 3 was 4:48pm. So they lit candles 10 minutes before Shkiah. Sunset the next day was 4:49, yet Motzoei Shabbos is only 69 minutes thereafter. No 72 minutes, even in the פלטרין של מלך. 

Maybe we should tell the NYS Supreme Court about that

Friday, July 28, 2017

The funny thing is, the article is not even so much about that... But I guess to grab your attention...

See full article here. It's a nice mix of All for the Boss, Reb Boruch Ber and Ribnitz. בלבוש פרייפעלד. This is what the Jewish Charedi world has to offer as far as reading material. I'm not complaining, just observing.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

POTD - Rabbi Rakeffet @ 770 (Updated ד'אב)

with Rabbi Leibel Groner

עם הספרן הגה"ח ר' שד"ב שי' לוין

with admirers, outside on Eastern Parkway

עם הרב חיים ברוך שי' הלברשטאם (שמאל, עם הטלית) בחדר השידורים

בגן עדן התחתון עם הרב חיים ברוך שי' הלברשטאם

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

דריי דורות וויזשניטצער רבי'ס

הרבי מוויזשניטץ - בעל אהבת ישראל זצ"ל  - רביעי מימין

עם אחיו הרה"צ ר"פ מבארשא זצ"ל

האמרי חיים זצ"ל

מאחוריו נראה בן אחיו, הרבי מסערט-ויז'ניץ זצ"ל

Friday, July 21, 2017

Nem vagyok magyar....איך בין נישט קיין אונגארישער

Reb Hirshel

I am a long-time reader of the blog. I'm very happy to see that you're continuing writing, despite the hardships involved. Might I share you with you something I found interesting. This Shabbos I fell upon a war memoir book, memories of Reb Yosef Meir Markowitz, a סופר סת"ם born in Makeve, a satmar chusid who went to the בעלזער רב and saw big מופתים. Very thick book, chock full of anecdotes, both pre war and and post war.  He was with the klauzenburger ruv during the war and saw in him major גדלות. Now to the point:  Of all people the chabadnik Reb Avrohom Mayorer (dba Drizin) popped in on him and checked him out and forced him to help קה"ת in the USA print ספרים in Munchen, Germany. He slept in his kitchen and said I can sleep on a bench I'm not a Hungarian....