By Rabbi Yechiel Spero | Wednesday, April 29, 2015
As I sit in my house following the terrifying and horrific events transpiring a mere few miles away, I am concerned and worried about our safety. Wild and unruly gangs of hoodlums are wreaking havoc on the streets of downtown Baltimore. They are burning cars and attacking policeman. The governor has declared a state of emergency, calling on the National Guard to help restore order to the streets and the city. As a precaution, all public schools are closed tomorrow.
Chani Friedlander stepped out of the school building and a frigid blast nearly knocked her down. Ruefully, she eyed the icy sidewalk. She had not worn boots that morning; it was too uncomfortable to teach wearing them. Now, she regretted that decision. Cautiously, she tried to navigate over the slippery patch in an attempt to reach the gutter. There, a steady flow of traffic had already melted the glazed surface. But, inclination did not lead to realization. She slipped and landed with a hard thud on the icy patch. A sympathetic bystander had to help her get up from the ground. A visit to the orthopedist late that day validated her excruciating pain. X-rays showed two fractures of the shoulder with surgery needed for a displaced bone.
Senator Rand Paul, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, met Monday with about Orthodox leaders at the Torah Umesorah office in Brooklyn, to share his views on Middle East policy and other issues of concern to the community.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, April 29, 2015
It is hard for us to imagine the way our people were feeling at the middle of the last century. The Holocaust had thankfully ended and survivors were desperately trying to put their lives back together. Mourning, beaten, bloodied and broken, they didn’t know if it would ever be possible to find strength and succor to cope with the challenges facing them, strangers in new lands.
In 1966, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, famed rosh yeshiva of the Mir whose yahrtzeit is this week, delivered his personal testimony to Yad Vashem which has come to light only now. Rav Chaim and his rebbetzin lived through the flight of the Mirrer Yeshiva to Japan, which had allied itself with Hitler. The interviewer noted that their testimony was not complete because they had “reservations for religious reasons.” In an interview with Yated Neeman, his son Rav Meir Shmulevitz speculates that the truth was that his parents simply did not wish to speak about themselves.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Of course the headline grabbed my eye, a bold caption announcing the arrest of several rabbis. The article described how a group of female clergy from Manhattan’s Upper West Side had been taken into custody after causing a public disturbance.
Their crime? Blocking traffic in protest of a jury decision not to indict a police offer who had contributed to the death of a black New York City resident who was selling illegal cigarettes.