07 May Speak Your Vues
To the Wonderful Members of Flatbush Shomrim
Safety Patrol: To everyone who reads this, there are not
enough words to express my gratitude to you all.
On the morning of April 25,2019 you responded to a
call on East 4th Street of a missing elderly woman with
dementia. That woman was my mother. Within minutes
you quickly responded when I reached out you. You were strangers who
didn’t care of my religion or my race and knew nothing
of my family and yet, you did not hesitate and came to my help. Every time I
turned another Shomrim member was here to support, passing on information
and making every effort to find my mother. Your patience, concern and determination
reassured me she would be found. And she was. Safe and surrounded
by you all with care and compassion. What can I say, except
Thank you! I want everyone to know what a true blessing the
Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol members are for our
community. With deepest appreciation,
Editor’s Note: Well said! We are proud of the Flatbush
Shomrim Safety Patrol and all the good they do.
Dear Editor: In 1947 Rabbi Taub, better known as the Kaliva Rebbe, migrated to Cleveland, Ohio. A little picture
of this city Cleveland: There was a major influx of Jews from Hungary, Romania,
Czechoslovakia and neighboring countries there. They came from wonderful homes and greatest yeshivos
with the biggest Roshei Yeshiva. These people came directly from the furnaces
and camps of Treblinka, Auschwitz and many more and left their whole families
and towns burned and destroyed. They themselves had totally given up their backgrounds,
religion and R”L Hashem. In Cleveland, where they ended up, they
had nothing. Just Democracy, Freedom of Religion
and free education. They built homes sending their children to the local public
school, Heights High. This public school had no school on Rosh Hashana and Yom
Kippur – that was their Jewish education! This great visionary saw
all this and he understood their language and situation. He knocked on their
doors and made a Kaliver Yeshiva in Cleveland. He brought his brother in law (his wife’s sister’s husband)
Rabbi Yehosef Schonfeld (who lives today in Kiryat Herzog near Bnei Brak as their rav) to join him in the
yeshiva. He brought another bochur from New York who was full of middos tovos
and yiras shomayim that had also come from Eastern European camps to be
a rebbi. His name is Rabbi Mordechai Seder. After Kaliver closed down, he went
to New York to help open up the Belzer Yeshiva in Williamsburg. The Kaliver Yeshiva grew
in many ways, saving souls and eventually families as they excelled in Yiddishkeit under the great Kaliver
Rebbe. This man did not lose himself and did all he could to be one of those
great giants who is responsible for today’s schools, yeshivos and Yiddishkeit on
American soil. Yehi zichro baruch.
Editors Note: Thank you
for sharing with our readers a glimpse of this great Gadol.
PESACH PROGRAM DISAPPOINTMENT
THE PESACH PROGRAM that I attended was unfortunately not the wonderful experience I was
hoping it to be. From the beginning there was no one to check you in or welcome
you. My name was not in the computer. When I finally checked in there were no
programs given out to what the schedule was for the day and when finally when they
had a schedule it was sent on the phone rather then a printed copy. I had to request
that it be printed out. The food in the dining room was simple and bad.
They had buffet at 12 midnight which is very late to
eat and not appreciated. The concert with MBD made you wait so long until he
came out. I could go on and on but I will end here. I was extremely in shock for the amount of money that was
paid. How disorganized! It was overall a very disappointing experience.
Editors Note: I guess you win some and you lose some. Just remember staying at home is probably safest.
Will this anti Semitism ever stop? This Rasha Talib from congress blamed Israel for the Gaza crisis
claiming that Israel is oppressing the Palestinians. The last I checked the Gaza is under the Hamas rule does
that mean that Hamas is oppressing the Palestinians and Israel is being blamed as usual anti-Semitism.
Editors note: As much as things change they stay the same and yes the democrats are a bunch of antisemites.
SHOOTING IN POWAY
The horrific shooting attack on the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California
has generated a variety of responses and recommendations, from tolerance education to firearms
instruction to increasing synagogue attendance as a show of defiance.
Remarkably, however, one of the most obvious possible responses to anti-Semitic violence has been
almost completely absent from the post-shooting dialogue: Aliyah. Immigration by American Jews to
Israel has never been more than a trickle — typically 2,000 to 3,000 annually, less than one-fourth of one percent of the American Jewish
community. In 2018 aliyah from the U.S. was actually down 5% from 2017.
But that’s not surprising, because there has never been an instance, throughout history, when there was
a substantial aliyah from a Jewish community that comfortable and prosperous and believed that they
were physically safe. It goes against human nature. People vote with their feet. When they like a place, they stay there.
Perhaps that’s part of the reason that there is so little discussion in America about aliyah. It seems so
utterly unrealistic to expect many American Jews to ever take the idea seriously. Another reason it’s not widely
discussed is that the very question makes many people uncomfortable.
Zionists tell themselves that they are needed here in order to promote Israel’s cause. Orthodox Jews tell
themselves that while living in Israel is Jewishly desirable, it is justified to remain in the U.S. in order to earn a living. And while those
reasons may be valid on some level, they are nonetheless unsettling. And yet… and yet… And yet there
is now another dimension to this issue that simply cannot be avoided.
For the past three years, pundits, community leaders, and organizations such as the Anti-Defamation
League have been reporting that anti-Semitism has been increasing very significantly. They all vehemently
agree that it is reaching crisis proportions. The more dramatic among these commentators have
begun warning that “it” could happen in America, after all. Well, if that is the case — and if the shooting attacks on the Pittsburgh and California synagogues illustrate
that imminent danger — then shouldn’t we at least be talking about the option that Jews in imminent danger have always considered
and often undertaken emigration to Israel? During the 1930s, as the dark storm clouds gathered on the Jewish horizon, the legendary Zionist leader
Ze’ev Jabotinsky crisscrossed Eastern Europe, pleading with the Jewish masses, “Liquidate the Exile before
it liquidates you.” The Jews of Germany and Poland tried to get to Eretz Yisrael on the eve of the Holocaust, but the British
government — first under Neville Chamberlain’s leadership and later under Winston Churchill enforced
the infamous White Paper of 1939 that kept them out. America in 2019 is not comparable to Germany in 1939. A lone anti- Semitic terrorist attacking a synagogue
is not the same as an entire government — in fact, virtually an entire nation — waging a deadly war against Jews.
I am not proposing that the Jews of Beverly Hills and Boro Park should be selling their houses and buying
their plane tickets. What I am saying is that we should at least be talking about aliyah.
We should be discussing both the positive and negative reasons for moving to Israel. We should be frank about the reasons we give our
children for why we love Israel but live here. We should have a serious discussion about what traditional
Jewish sources have to say about the subject. We should consider the
implications of Pittsburgh and Poway. It’s time for aliyah to be part of the conversation.
Editors Note: We need Moshiach ASAP.
IMBALANCE IN MEDIA
Please note how over the past number of years the mainstream socalled “progressive” left has intensified
its war against white men. Now
even faint general praise of white
men is deemed racist and condemnable
by the left-wing goons who
control the mainstream media and
entertainment (i.e. Hollywood). The
same racism label is automatically
applied to anyone not proving support
to any prominent non-white or
non-male of the leftist persuasion.
Editor’s Note: All minorities other
than Jews are considered to be a protected
class in this leftist mindset.
I don’t understand the outcome of
the Mueller report. Seems like there
was NO COLLUSION and dems
moved on to obstruction of justice.
So granted Trump was obviously
hiding something, he wanted Mueller
removed, etc., but if there was
no crime how can there be justice of
that crime to be obstructed?
Editors Note: U.S. prosecutors can
indict a ham sandwich — and win a
conviction — if they’re so inclined.
There are so many barely known
laws that virtually every American is
AN AMAZING STORY
Jeff* is a Brooklyn Jewish Xperience
(BJX) student who was raised in a
completely secular Jewish home. He
is 26 years old. Jeff began his religious
journey at BJX and slowly but
surely began to commit to Mitzvah
observance. Today, Jeff keeps Shabbos
and Kashrus and is committed to
only marrying a Jewish girl. Prior to
his religious growth, it made no difference
to Jeff whether he married
Jewish or not. Incredibly, Jeff attends
shiurim at least twice a week.
None of these changes came easy.
Each commitment was arduous,
challenging and difficult.
Jeff shared this amazing story with
me this past Shabbos: “I was at BJX
one Shabbos morning after I became
Negative thoughts had been plaguing
my mind. These persistent and
relentless thoughts were dragging
me down, emotionally and spiritually.
I had not experienced this before
and was at my wits end.
I was experiencing real anguish and
turmoil from these thoughts. It was
then that I saw the person seated next
to me garbing himself in a Tallis. A
Tallis was something still foreign to
me as I had only recently began to
wear Tefillin. Something about the
man enveloping himself in the Tallis
struck me. For some inexplicable
reason, I became smitten and intrigued
by the holiness of the Tallis.
I know this may sound bizarre but
it was as if this magnetic force was
propelling me to the Tallis.
I found an extra Tallis. I felt a certain
aura from the Tallis, as if it was
a concealed light. Then I did something
totally unnatural. My previous
secular mindset would have scoffed
at the idea of putting on a Tallis. I
tried my best to imitate the way the
guy sitting next to me out on his Tallis.
I threw the Tallis over my head
and allowed it to cascade over my
Just as I wrapped myself in the Tallis,
I felt different. All the negative
thoughts disappeared. I felt liberated
I motioned to the fellow next to
me that I must speak with him. I
explained to him what happened.
He said to me, it is written in the
Torah, in he Parshah of Tzitzis that
one should not allow his mind to go
astray and have bad thoughts. He
told me that is is explicitly written in
the Torah that looking at Tzitzis (and
Tallis) causes one to have an infusion
of spirituality and to think about
holiness. He said that the Talmud
mentions that wearing Tzitzis can
actually even save a person from sin.
I now do something I never dreamt
of before. I wear Tzitzis every single
day. Ever since I began wearing Tzitzis,
the negative thoughts have not
returned. I am a different person.”
A frum from birth person put on
Tallis that morning in the BJX Beis
Medrash. He’s been wearing Tzitzis
his entire life and may have grown
too accustomed to it. Little did he
realize the great impact he would
make upon a young man. It not only
brought him faith and peace of mind
but served as the catalyst for him to
begin wearing Tzitzis every day.
We have no idea of the power of
our actions and the influence that
our conduct carries. You never know
who may be observing you and be
inspired to change. You never know
who may be sitting next to you and
waiting to be ignited.