Next Time in Joy

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  1. meir halevi says:

    yaassher koach,
    I’d like to add one more lesson from Purim that the Mercaz Harav Kook
    Pigua has shown to Amy Yisrael, and that the Yeshiva has accepted to strengthen as a memorial to its Kedoshim H”yd.

    You briefly commented on the Hasmoda, remember the Tinokot Shel Bet Rabon in Shushan, Ir Habira.
    Mercaz will and is encouraging all Bnai Torah, especially in Yerushalayim, Ir Hakodesh V’HABIRA to increas Aychus & Kamus lzecher nishmat Hakedoshim H”yd

    We will work on ourselves to strengthen our Emunah. We rely on HGBH, kol deruchuv emet, and we accept all mitoch Simcha, bmyuchad MSHENICHNAT ADAR MARBIM BSIMCH. “in joy”.

    and of course, Unity.. with those approaches.. not our own”
    Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook z”tl’s “Mutav Shnikashel bAHAVT chinam
    msinat chinam”. Better to err with unrequited love rather than unwarranted hate”.

    There has been a tremendous outpouring of achdut. Rov Ruboof Am Yisrael feels the tragedy directed to us all, and there has been, in my view, a momumental reduction of bloggers, newspapers, etc, attacking their fellow Jews, especially if you compare it to the weeks prior to the Pigua.
    May we be zoche to continue with this level of Achdus, Ahavas Chinom and personally meet at the Korban Pesach this year.

    Thank you Rabbi Rosenblum. Simchat Purim to all.

  2. Gilad Field says:

    Beautiful article. In this spirit a group of Jews from the “Dati Leumi” community in Beit Shemesh has decided to undertake a project to deliver mishloach manot to our Charedi neighbors.
    Unfortunately there has been much tension between the two communities recently (as I’m sure you have read about in the newspapers). It is our hope that by reaching out to our fellow Jews that we can stop being an am m’fuzar u’m’furad, and start on the path to being a unified people at all times (and not only in tragic moments).

  3. HILLEL says:

    Perhaps, this is a tragic prelude to Moshiach.

    Moshiach cannot come when Jews are splintered apart. We are much more united now.

  4. Garnel Ironheart says:

    First off, kol hakavod. An excellent post.

    Having said that, may I point out:

    Or that would provoke the fiercely anti-Zionist Satmar Rebbe to proclaim of the students of Mercaz Harav, the flagship institution of religious Zionism, “When a disaster like this occurs, murderers penetrating into a yeshiva, it is as painful to HaKadosh Baruch Hu as the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash. This is a overwhelming tragedy for all of us. They were learning at that moment the same Torah we learn. The Gemara is the same Gemara.”

    Since there are currently two men claiming to be the Satmar Rebbe, I must assume it was the other one who was quoted in a Yiddish newspaper as saying that the reason for the massacre was because of the Zionist activities and beliefs of the yeshivah, in effect that they had it coming.

    Given it’s Purim time, we must remember the subtle note at the end of the Megillah, that Mordechai was acceptable only to “most” of the Jews of his time.

    We never do learn, do we.

  5. Dr. E says:

    –Who could have even imagined before the attack the circumstances that could bring the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, Rabbis Rafael Shmulevitz and Yitzchak Ezrachi of Mirrer Yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Farbstein of Hebron Yeshiva, Rabbi Asher Weiss, and Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, executve vice-president of Agudath Israel of America to the campus of Mercaz Harav?–

    Rav Asher Weiss is no surprise as he regularly gives shiurim to Hesder bochurim.

    One thing that I would hope to see more of is for some the Roshei Yeshiva, Rabbeim, etc. would have responded so warmly to commit to visit in the future–not for Shiva calls, but “just because”. I am sure that they would be most welcome to visit Mercaz HaRav or any other RZ Yeshiva. I think that the RY and Rabbeim have come to realize that regardless of what is or is not on the heads of the bochurim, there is Torah, Hasmadah, and Yiras Shamayim–just like in their mekomos haTorah. I think that they realize this themselves, but to the extent that they can reinforce the message to their own constituencies, that would promote greater understanding and mutual appreciation.

  6. Shlomo says:

    Although you have expressed a truly noble sentiment in this post, your description of the events of the past week as a “brief moment of unity” is disappointingly precise: “brief” being the operative word.

    You quote the Satmer Rebbe as saying that no distinction should be made between Mercaz HaRav and any other yeshiva. Unfortunately, the Satmar Rebbe’s follow-up remarks demonstrate that he is hardly in favour of Jewish (or even Orthodox) unity. In the Haredi daily, Yom Chadash, the Satmar Rebbe is quoted as saying:

    “This attack happened not in a place of danger, but in the middle of the city (Yerushalayim). It could have happened anywhere, in any yeshiva, but it happened specifically in a Yeshiva associated with the “Mizrachi” stream.
    We cry for the murdered and for the pain of the families, but we also have to relate to the pain of the Divine Presence. Causing someone to sin is worse than killing him – the people of Mizrachi are the greatest “Causers of sinning” in this generation. They were a bridge between Haredi and secular, and killed tens of thousands of souls. We need to ask Hashem to stop the murders of the body, but also the murders of the soul.”

    The entire Yom Chadash article can be viewed at

  7. Mordechai Y. Scher says:

    A fine piece. Thank you for writing it.

    I was privileged to learn a little in Mercaz Harav. The dedication to Torah and hatmadah is evident every day of the year, day and night. Why is there a need to go introduce the HS bahurim to expose the students to “the geshmak of yeshivishe lomdus”? From my experience, it is already there in great quantity, displayed and exemplified by the talmidim and rabbanim in the beit midrash.

    Not that I object to anyone adding to the learning…


  8. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I had a very wonderful experience this evening and I would like to share it with all of you. I participated in a regional sium of Tractate Nedarim in the Daf Yomi for the Binyamin area, held in Tel Tsion, a hareidi community north of Jerusalem. Rav Kovalski, head of the Meorot Daf Hayomi, was the guest of honor. Also present were the rabbis of Tel Tsion, Kochav Yaakov and Kochav Hashachar, the latter two being national-religious “settler” communities. The bulk of the public was made up of regular daf yomi shiur participants like myself. My rav, Rav Yonatan Elran of Kochav Hashachar, is an alumnus of Mercaz Harav from the ’70s. I rode with him in his car. On the way there Rav Elran discussed the idea of running away from honor and said that anyway he didn’t expect the hareidi hosts to ask him to speak. He was wrong. Both he and Rav Botchko of Kochav Yaakov, the “Zionist” rabbis, were asked to speak. Another poignant moment was when a young fellow in a hat and beard, a melamed in a heder in Tel Tsion, talked about his previous failures to keep a seder learning and how he finally “made it” with the Meorot Hadaf Hayomi. I was struck by the extreme lack of stereotypes on both sides.
    On a more personal note, I had the great honor of meeting Rabbi Chaim Eliezer Samson z”l years ago. Rav Samson came from Europe to Baltimore where he became rosh yeshiva of the MO Chofetz Chaim (AKA TA). As a young rabbi he was privileged to host Rav Meir Shapiro zt”l of Lublin in 1924, a few months before he launched the Daf Yomi. He asked R. Samson if he thought of the idea. He responded with total enthusiasm and promised to start a shiur in parallel in Baltimore. And so it was. Rav Samson served as rosh yeshiva for 50 years while giving the daf yomi nightly. After he retired he made aliya and continued to give the shiur in the presence of his sons-in-law and grandsons for another 17 years in Arzei Habira in Jerusalem. He went through the Shas eight times before passing away at the age of 92. His grandson Rav David Samson came to learn in Mercaz Harav during that period, later was our first guest after my wife and I got married in ’74, and still later taught two of my kids. Rav Samson is gone but the shiur still goes on in Arzei Habira.

  9. Chaim Wolfson says:

    Garnel and Shlomo, you certainly paint with a very broad brush! The Satmar Rebbe (whichever one) speaks only for himself, and maybe his for his chassidim. His words certainly don’t carry the weight in Chareidi circles that his great uncle’s did.

  10. L Oberstein says:

    I want to share a tidbit about Rabbi Samson. When he retired from TA, thre was a gathering and he spoke. My late father in law, Chester Siegel, recounted that someone had told Rabbi Samson he needed to get a “hobby” now that he was retired. He should take up golf, maybe.
    Rabbi Samson said that it says that One who learns halochos daily is assured of Olom Hobby, that is his his hobby.
    My father in law learned in TA when it was still an afternoon school before it became a day school and was one of those few American born boys who were always frum and always loved learning. His playmates were people like Rabbis Avigdor Miller and Mordechai Gifter, they played baseball. He respected Rabbi samson and gave him a brocho at my wedding.
    The world was very different in those days and many do not begin to appreciate the nisyonos -the tests – they faced. Their descendants are learning in the finest yeshivos and raising doros yesharim due to the path blazed by such people.

  11. cvmay says:

    ” Ve’Dibartem Bam, an organization that arranges for weekly shiurim by avreichim in national religious yeshiva high schools in order to expose the students to the geshmak of yeshivishe lomdus.”
    Wondering, if there is a similar organization of national religious avreichim available to expose Charedei in Yeshiva Ketanos to the teachings of Rav Kook, (emunah, national achreius, ahavas chinom, etc.)? If so, would they be invited to visit and teach the bochurim in the Charedei yeshivos, and how many bochurim would be encouraged to attend to achieve refinement in their avodas hashem?

    cvm (writing from ir hakodesh on motzei shabbat)

  12. Dr. E says:

    cvmay writes:
    –Wondering, if there is a similar organization of national religious avreichim available to expose Charedei in Yeshiva Ketanos to the teachings of Rav Kook, (emunah, national achreius, ahavas chinom, etc.)? If so, would they be invited to visit and teach the bochurim in the Charedei yeshivos, and how many bochurim would be encouraged to attend to achieve refinement in their avodas hashem?–

    That’s the cue that Mashiach is waiting for, so that he may emerge from the “green room” and onto the stage.

  13. Al Strap says:

    A brief Shiur on the significance of this tragic event — the murder of eight young men while they were learning Torah in a Yeshiva in Yerushalayim — was given by the distinguished Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Avraham Schorr SHLIT”A a few hours after it occurred, on Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheni.
    The Shiur — called an “eloquent masterpiece” and a “must hear” by many — will probably be posted

    Until then, I would like to share my notes from the Shiur:

    1. As we have learned, “MiSheNichnas Adar Marbim BeSimchah.” The timing of this tragedy — Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar II — indicates that the Ribono Shel Olam intended to disturb our Simchah with an urgent message. What what He telling us?

    2. The Gemorah in Maseches Taanis (29a) states: “KeSheim MiSheNichnas Av MeMaatim BeSimchah, Kach MiSheNichnas Adar Marbim BeSimchah.” To the well-know question — What is the connection between the two? — the Sfas Emes ZT”L answered: The Ribono Shel Olam expects us to mourn the loss of the Batei HaMikdash. Our reward for doing so is Simchah in the month of Adar. According to Rav Shorr SHLIT”A, the fact that the Ribono Shel Olam disrupted our Simchah this Adar indicates that is He is unhappy with our mourning and concern for the Churban Batei HaMikdash. It is call for us to repent and mend our ways!

    3. Why is our era known as “Ikvisa DiMashicha” (the heels of Mashiach)? The Rosh Yeshiva quoted his father, HaRav Gedaliah Schorr ZT”L, as saying that the heels are the only part of our body where one can cut with a knife and the victim may not feel it. Unfortunately, we have become so callous that we do not sense the imminence of Mashiach!

    It is the fervent hope of the Rosh Yeshiva SHLIT”A that we will mend our ways through genuine Tshuvah and thus hasten the Geulah Shleimah, BB”A.

  14. Rachel W says:

    Re CVMay’s comment:Wondering, if there is a similar organization of national religious avreichim available to expose Charedei in Yeshiva Ketanos to the teachings of Rav Kook, (emunah, national achreius, ahavas chinom, etc.)?

    Vidibarta Bam doesn’t seem to be sharing their Hashkafic points of view, rather simply a different way of learning Gemarah.

  15. saul king says:

    “anyone who tried to make distinctions between this yeshiva and another, is a dangerous idiot”.
    LOADS of dangerous IDIOTS around. Hateful signs plastered on the stones of Yerushayalim by those dangerous IDIOTS.

  16. Al Strap says:

    The passing of the very distinguished New York educator and activist Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum TZ”L (OB”M) is a severe loss for us.

    In connection with Comment No. 13, the admonition by Rav Avraham Schorr SHLIT”A regarding our obligation to mourn the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash (Holy Jerusalem Temple) and pray for its reinstatement, my favorite part of the Web site of Rabbi Teitelbaum ZT”L ( is his Museum of the Second Bais HaMikdash:

    We hope and pray that G-d will look favorably upon all the wonderful accomplishments of Rabbi Teitelbaum ZT”L and our concern and yearning for the Bais HaMikdash, and — in return — grant us the Ultimate Redemption, Speedily in Our Days.

  17. Steve Brizel says:

    I have just returned from an Azkarah for the upcoming Shloshim for the Kedoshim of Merkaz at R Oelbaum’s shul. R D Lander, R T H Weinreb and R Eisner, a RaM from Merkaz spoke to a packed house which included R Oelbaum and the Queens rabbinate. R Lander compared the kedoshim to R Akiva and R Chananyah Ben Teradyon and pointed out that the terrorists have now targeted the yeshivos and their talmidim. R Weinreb suggested that we should emulate Aharon HaKohen in our stunned silence . R Eisner urged all of us to emulate the Midos Tovos and Hasmadah for Limud HaTorah of the Kedoshim in our own lives. Am I the only person who is wondering why a local Jewish newspaper provided de minimus coverage of their lives and included a human interest story on the life of the murderer and his family?!

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