Monday, September 30, 2013

Statement of Agudath Israel of America Regarding Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

The forthcoming installation of a new president at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is scheduled to include a “Roundtable” entitled “Training New Rabbis for a New Generation,” featuring the newly installed YCT president alongside four representatives of the non-Orthodox rabbinate as presenters. This is a deeply troubling, and telling, development.
Throughout its history, our people have been afflicted with schismatic movements and sects at odds with the mesorah, or religious tradition, bequeathed to us at Har Sinai.
Sometimes such “new approaches” openly rejected the Jewish religious heritage, like the movement that introduced itself in the nineteenth century as “Reform.” On other occasions, the break with the Jewish past was more subtle, as in the case of the “Conservative” movement, whose name, though, was quickly belied by its actions.

Does One Sit Shiva for a Non-Observant Jew, Meshumad, Menuda?

Aveilus for a Non-Observant Jew, Meshumad, Menuda

I. Source of the Din- Mumrim Mamash
5A. שו"ע 345:5 – Any person who is poreish from darkei tzibbur, want to be considered like rest of the non-Jews, no aninus, no aveilus, wear white clothes and have simcha when they die.  Presumably, these are ppl who don’t want to have anything to do w/ Judaism.

B. רא"ש שו"ת 17:9 – Does one sit shiva for a meshumad? Says psak in Maseches Smachos is no.

C. Mordechai MK – Tell story of R’ Gershom who sat shiva for his son who went off the derech. 
            *But does that mean when he died or when he went off the derech?
            1. Hagahos Ashri – He sat shiva once the child went off the derech 14 days.

Meabeid Atzmo L'Daas (Person Who Commits Suicide)

Aveilus for a Meabeid Atzmo L’Daas (Person who Commits Suicide)

I. Source of Issur to Commit Suicide
A. Noach 9:5 – הקב"ה will be doreish the dam of ppl. 
            1. רש"י- Even though I allowed you to kill animals I will take care of you if you kill yourself.  (Radbaz has famous teshuva where he discusses that one is not a baalim on his body)

B. Gm BK 91b – Gm wants to learn out that even being chovel in oneself is אסור and quotes this pasuk, and says well that’s about killing oneself, maybe chavala is different, but for sure the issur from here is to kill oneself.
            1. רמ' Rotzeiach 2:3 – Quotes this issur as well.  But not part of lo sirtzach.
            2. Minchas Chinuch 34 – There is no din misas bd, only misa bidei shamayim, and נ"מ is in terms of kim lei b’diraba minei, b/c only say kim lei by misas bd, so if was shibeir keilim (yorshim) would be chayav to pay for them.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Daas Torah: Open Letter to so called "Rabbi" Yakov Horowitz Part 1

Daas Torah: Open Letter to so called "Rabbi" Yakov Horowitz Part 1

Agudath Israel: Vote And Be Heard

Today, September 10, is Primary Day across New York City. Voters will be selecting the candidates who will become the city’s new political leaders. Agudath Israel continued its Get-Out-The-Vote campaign - with newspaper ads, emails, and letters home to parents of yeshiva students - urging all of its constituents and friends to vote.
As an organizational spokesman explained, every vote counts in what many pundits are predicting will be extremely close primary races. And votes in the primaries will surely help the victors decide what to do after the elections.

A must read From Chaskel Bennett

Dear Friends of Agudath Israel,

Today, September 10, is Primary Day across New York City.  I urge all my friends and neighbors to please go out and vote!

Your vote counts- And it will surely help the victors decide what to do after the elections.

We need to show our  elected officials that we vote. With the new Redistricting lines forced upon us, it is more important than ever to have a strong showing.

Snow removal, strong police protection, garbage pick up and assistance with our utility companies are some of the very relevant issues we have been dealing with on a very local level.

Safe Children, Safe Communities

Safe Children, Safe Communities

Asei L’maan Tinokos Shel Beis Rabban

By: Kol Haposel Bemumo Posel 
       Rewritten from Yakov Horrowitz own words.

Let’s not mince words.

The future of our charedi community is quite literally in existential danger as the tension plays itself out in the international media.

The greatest danger is that we will be losing our souls should we fail to condemn the horrific actions, however isolated, of people like "Rabbi" Yakov Horowitz @ yakovhorowitz , Nouchem Rosenberg @ NRHotline who dress like us threatening OUR GEDOLEI YISROEL included with violence, taunting them, and calling them all sorts of horrible names. And we will justifiably lose the hearts, neshamos and even lives of our children and grandchildren if we, rachmanim b’nei rachmanim (merciful people), cannot muster the righteous indignation and join forces to protest the appalling actions of these so-called "Activist".

Monday, September 9, 2013

Open Letter to so called "Rabbi" Yakov Horowitz Part 1

Why in the world would anyone feel any need to explain to YOU ? 

Is Yakov Horowitz Misanthropic? 

It's really bizarre how Yakov Horowitz openly bash true Talmidei Chachomim. Have you spoken with these Gedolim, or are you just basing your thoughts on hearsay and theories?

One would think that an individual who makes such drastic remarks against the leaders of our generation and previous generations would have conversed with some of them, but you clearly don't feel the need to do that. 

it is, however, quite appalling to read through your posts which rip through Gedolim.