MAILBAG: Thoughts From A Resident Of Netivot During Operation Protective Edge
I've been asked to share some thoughts and feelings about Operation Protective Edge. It's been hard for me to write about this, since over the past year I've grown more and more opposed to violence. I am certain, beyond doubt, that violence only yields more of the same. And war, we know, is the epitome of violence.
But after listening to interviews with politicians, army officials, and leaders from different ends of the political spectrum, I can now write, with a heavy heart, that we had no ...
MAILBAG: Resident Of Rehovot Shares Thoughts About Rocket Fire
Dear Jewish Community in America,
First of all, I am writing to express my thanks for your tefillah, numerous rockets have fallen all over Israel with very few injuries and that is in no doubt due to the prayers of all of Am Israel. Secondly, I would like to share with you what life in Israel has really been like the past few days.
We live about 50 km north of Gaza. This means that we are extremely close to the cities that have been bombarded in the past with rocket fire (the closest ...
MAILBAG: My Idea On How To Pay Back Hamas For Killing The 3 Innocent Yeshiva Boys
I am outraged, as is everyone else, upon hearing the tragic news, that the three kidnapped yeshiva boys - Naftali Fraenkel Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, HY"D - were found dead.
A few moments ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said "Hamas is responsible, and they will pay". I agree, and I propose the following idea for the Israeli Government, and the public at large.
If Israel gave 1027 live terrorists for one live soldier (Gilad Shalit), it's only fair that Israel ...
MAILBAG: Chareidi Protests In Israel Will Cause Harm To The Fight Against The Draft
I was dismayed when I read reports and saw pictures of the protests in Israel last week. Let me be clear on one thing: I definitely do not support throwing yeshiva bochurim in jail for avoiding the army! Yet I believe the protests yesterday will end up doing more harm than good in this regard.
As frum Jews, I’m sure we all believe that people learning Torah is just as important to the safety of our homeland as the army is. Yet we must bear in mind that a huge part of the ...
MAILBAG: Stop Calling us Rednecks, Stop Calling us Anti-Semites
I am among the people of Bloomingburg who supports challenging the voter registrations. I am neither a redneck, nor an anti-semite. I accept and welcome Jews of all kinds—including the Satmar—to Bloomingburg. Furthermore, I accept that the village will inevitably evolve into a Satmar enclave not unlike Kiryas Joel. If not during this election cycle, certainly following the next.
There are some bigoted people in the village, but they are the exception and not the ...
Mailbag: Reflecting On Purim Madness
[THIS WAS PUBLISHED BY YWN THE DAY AFTER PURIM 2009]
So now that we sobered up its time to reflect on what happened this Purim.
As I decide on which method is best to dispose of all the food on my table, I can’t help notice all the “Purim themes” that I need to toss into the garbage. The boxes, cases, ribbons, poems, vases, cookbooks all to be trashed, not even paying any attention into the effort that went into preparing these “holy” pieces of art. It’s become so ...
YWN MAILBAG: Why I Don't Get My Jewish Music For Free
Dear Jewish music fans everywhere:
I love good Jewish music. Whether its Shwekey, or 8th day, or my favorite singer Lipa Schmeltzer, it matters not who, when a new cd comes out, I'm on it.
Now cds cost money.Thirteen dollars is not a whole terrible lot of money. True. But still, when you multiply that by all the new cds coming out, well, that money really does add up.
I'm very far from being well off financially.
Like everybody else in todays world, I've got a lot of bills to pay, ...
MAILBAG: What A Reader Thinks Of The YWN Coverage Of The Despicable NY Post Cover
Your coverage of the horrific post headlines, including continuously showing the front page of the post is disgraceful and giving much more publicity to this shameful, hurtful incident. Please immediately remove it from all the news headlines. Many if not most frum Yidden , like myself who turn to you for news would NEVER have seen this and been exposed to this if not for YWN. I am truly embarassed for you that you do not have the daas , on your own to realize this. The email ...
MAILBAG: An Open Letter To Mosdei Chinuch
Enrollment into yeshivei ketana/day schools started after sukkos, before a lot of children settled in to their respective kindergartens. Next came the push to be accepted, along with all the "pull" it takes to get in. By the time Jan 1 comes along the schools don't accept anyone anymore, unless "people back out". The whole time until your child is accepted you're left wondering what is going to happen to my child, where is he going to go next year.
We are dealing with a child's neshama ...
MAILBAG: Open Letter To The 'True-Torah-Jews' Organization [AKA Satmar]
It's truly a great and virtues project to tell the world that Zionism is contrary to the foundation of the Jewish nation - the holy Torah.
However, instead of doing it in a constructive way you do it in a way that is very destructive.
The Jewish nation traditionally was always true to the Rabbinic process, as handed down from Moshe Rabeinu. When a question confronts the Torah Jews they always followed their Torah sages. When the Zionist dilemma came upon us, בעווה"ר, there were many ...
MAILBAG RESPONSE: Resisting The Unholy Chevra Kaddishas
The letter by Usher Piller posted on YWN concerning unholy alliances between many chevra kadishas and some unscrupulous funeral homes certainly cries out for our corrective action. But although Piller means well, he falls woefully short in arming your readers with the practical advice they desperately need on HOW TO RESIST the despicable tactics used by some chevra kadishas. I will attempt to fill that void here.
First, if R"l a family member passes away, do NOT call the chevra kadisha ...
Mailbag: In Time of Sorrow
One of the most difficult and trying periods in one’s life occurs when experiencing the death of an immediate family member R”l. Compounding the inevitable shock and sadness is the compelling obligation to arrange for a prompt funeral and burial according to Halacha. Often the first organization contacted by the family during this traumatic time is the local Chevra Kadisha (burial society).
Unfortunately, some local Chevra Kadisha members act outside the bounds of ...
Mailbag: A Very Disturbing Meeting Took Place At The Knesset Yesterday
I was at the Knesset yesterday. There was a meeting regarding קצבת ילדים, the small amount of money that parents receive to care for their children. Working at Yad Eliezer and having many friends who are single moms, I know that that money makes a huge difference. It is bread, tuition- survival. And the finance minister thinks that getting rid of it is the key to fixing Israel's economy.
At the meeting I heard a single mother share the story of her struggle, working a ...
Mailbag: Pritzus, Drugs & More - All In The Name Of HaTana Rav Shimon Bar Yochai
I know that this letter will cause the regular "Lashon Hara!" and the other ignorant responses to major issues plaguing our community, but the pain is too great, and this must be publicized.
This week was Lag Baomer, and this Minhag of lighting bonfires has spread across the Jewish communities like 'wildfire'. We will not discuss the fact that this Minhag was virtually unheard of 20 years ago, besides for 1 or two Chassidish Kehillos. Now even the most modern ...
MAILBAG: A Purim Plea From A 15 Year Veteran Hatzolah Paramedic
I guess it started early this year.
Last night at 2:00 am my radio went off for an unresponsive child. As with every call my mind started searching what can cause a child to become unresponsive? Was it croup? Was it a high fever? Was it seizures?
No it wasn’t. It had not even occurred to me that a local yeshiva already had its Purim Chagiga.
There we were standing, several Hatzolah members in the middle of the night in someone’s bedroom with terrified parents and an unresponsive 16 ...
For Purim: A Stone-Cold Purim
[From the YWN 2008 archives]
Last Purim started off like all others from years past, but it was almost the last Purim of my life. Beginning two weeks before Purim, Hatzoloh started putting up signs saying, “This year don’t get carried away,” with a picture of some poor kid being carried away on a stretcher. To me, these signs blended right into the background with the other signs hanging up all around my hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
You see, this year I decided I ...
For Purim: To All Parents of Boys in Yeshiva in Israel
REPRINTED FROM THE YWN 2009 ARCHIVES:
Dear readers of YWN:
I am writing to ask you to please find out what your sons plans are for Purim and to please dissuade them from travelling around on Purim day. Here is why:
I and my family live outside of Yerushalayim. We celebrated Purim last year on Erev Shabbos. Since the kids were all off on Sunday for Shushan Purim we travelled into Yerushalayim to join my brother and his family at their seuda. My brother is a Rebbe at a well-known ...