Friday, January 7, 2011

Flatbush Jewish Journal

Whenever I visit Flatbush, I come away impressed with the Yeshiva community that resides there. Torah Vodaas, Chaim Berlin, Mir and many other Yeshivos comprise a middle-ground that is not too extreme in either direction in terms of religiousity.

I love the many Seforim stores, such as Eichler's and Zundel Berman's. There are more bakeries, pizza shops and restuarants than one can imagine. Not to mention a "shul on every block".

In this age of proliferation of electronic media, the death of printed media is to be expected. Most cling to life by offerning online versions also. So it is quite surprising that Flatbush is now home to it's own newspaper, reaching many thousands each week.

The Flatbush Jewish Journal is up and coming, particularly it's letters to the editor section. Recently, one of the readers complained to the editor that the FJJ should not post pictures of women, as don't the Yated, Hamodiah etc.

Although I am a strong advocate of Tzeniyus, I am not Tali-ban about it. The Jewish Observer and Artscroll have featured pictures of women for many years. I was therefore quite gratified to see Rav and Rebbitzen Pam's ZTL picture prominently displayed on the cover of this week's issue. Give me more of that old-time religion!


  1. I see that you are not displaying the picture either. Is that due to techical issues or policy?

  2. The Chazon Ish’s Lesson to Rav Shlomo Brevda Shlit”a

    Rav Shlomo Brevda Shlita recalled the following miracle that happened to him in Yerushalayim when he was a young man while he was learning in Brisk in Yerushalayim:
    One night, he decided to run to a relative’s house. While he was approaching the house there was a sudden blackout, which made the street turn pitch black…
    He suddenly remembered…..that right next to the relative’s house was a very long steep and slippery staircase built into the street, which one had to navigate very carefully in order to avoid slipping and falling down its sharp and circuitous route.
    Stopping immediately to get his bearings, he tried to locate the staircase in the darkness, when he was absolutely stunned to find that the stairs where at the edge of his right foot, and had he continued running for just a fraction of a second more, he would have certainly been seriously injured C”V.
    He was hoping that the next morning he will Daven and thank Hashem with his full heart, better then ever, after his life was saved by the split of the second, but Davening Scharis was just like any ordinary day, it bothered him tremendously.
    So Rav Brevda traveled to Bnai Brak to discus this matter with the Chazon Ish zt”l (it took 4 hours each way) He related the miracle to the Chazon Ish. Rav Brevda asked the Chazon Ish, “Why is it that I do not feel any different and closer to Hashem Yisboruch since I woke up today, than when I woke up yesterday or any other day of my life? I was privileged to have an open miracle happen to me, yet I do not feel like I am on my way to serving Hashem any better today then yesterday! Or the day before? How can this be?
    The Chazon Ish paused and thought for a few moments looking down, slightly lowering his head, and said to himself more than to Rev Brevda, “We see and we see and we still do not change” Hashem created two Yatzer Horas One is the ordinary one that we all know about, the second one is a special Yetzer Hara called “The Yetzer Hara After an Open Miracle” that tries to weaken a person when he is stirred to serve Hashem after experiencing a miracle!!!

    Now that Rav Brevda Shlita is in dire need of our Tefilos and learning Torah for a Zechus to survive his medical condition we all have to pitch in and ask Hashem to have mercy on “us” to help the Rav to get well and lead us towards Moshiach in the very very near future BS”D

    Yidden all over the world are asked to recite Tehillim and learn Torah for famous Magid of the generation Harav Shlomo Brevda Shlita, who is in need of a refuah sheleimah. He has been hospitalized at a medical center in Manhattan.

    Rav Brevda is one of the most well-known maggidei shiur and darshanim and has delivered thousands of drashos in Jewish communities worldwide.

    Rav Brevda is the author of numerous seforim, including volumes on Yomim Tovim. His writings on the Torah of the Vilna Gaon and the Gaon’s seforim in aggadah and Kabbolah are particularly well known.

    The name for Tehillim is Rav Shlomo Leibben Miriam.

    Please continue Davening for Shloma Leib ben Miryam

  3. Please Hashem have rachamim on Rav Brevda Shlita look and see how much pain he is suffering and despite all this how bli ein hora on Sunday night he gives his shuir with total love and dedication to his group of talmidim and the shuir goes world wide bringing Yidden to having more emunah and a very real and close relationship with You. Please have Rachamim and give Shlomo Leib ben Miryam a refuah schl’miah and koagh to his rebbetzin and mispocha.


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