By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sometimes, as you stand in the elevator and wait out the ride, your gaze rests on the sign stating the weight limit for the car. If the load exceeds a certain amount, the elevator is unable to rise and reach its destination. No amount of cajoling, kicking, screaming or pressing buttons will cause the elevator to ascend. The only hope of rising is to remove some of the excess weight and lighten the load.
Elul is here. The month of change and preparation for the holiest days of the year is upon us.
The Yated was the first publication in the Torah world to uncover the misdeeds of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, otherwise known as YCT, and its rabbis and affiliates. It is unfortunate that after so much negative publicity, YCT and its “Open Orthodox” partners have not learned their lesson and continue to drive headlong into the paths of the Reform and Conservative movements.
New York City’s regulation of bris milah is unconstitutional in its present form, a panel of 2nd Circuit Appeals Court judges ruled in a decision that was hailed by Orthodox Jewish groups across the spectrum.
The judges sided with a coalition of Jewish organizations and mohalim who brought a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the Health Department’s “parental consent” regulation regarding metzitzah b’peh (MBP) infringed on religious rights.
Since Friday, police, Ichud Hatzala and Zaka, along with hundreds of volunteers, have been searching the Yerushalayim Forest and the surrounding neighborhoods of Bayit Vegan, Kiryat Yovel, Hadassah, and Ein Kerem for Aharon Sofer, a 23-year-old bochur from Lakewood, New Jersey, who is presently a talmid at Yeshivas Kodshim of Yerushalayim headed by Rav Tzvi Kaplan.
Aharon’s parents, Reb Moshe Tzvi and Chulda Sofer, released a video pleading for people to help find him and offered a 100,000 shekel reward.