Sunday, February 26, 2006

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Omissions in the Third Brocha of Benching - Going Back to the Beginning (of What?) - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Omissions in the Third Brocha of Benching - Going Back to the Beginning (of What?) can be downloaded here.

R' Yakov Haber on Taamei HaMitzvos - Kashrus Part 1 - Mp3

R' Yakov Haber on Taamei HaMitzvos - Kashrus Part 1 can be downloaded here.
Thanks to Avrumie Kahn for sending the following link regarding the safety of air freshners

It gets people all the time. This is a great website for urban legends and stories. I find it pretty reliable. Be well, it's better to err on the side of caution anyway.

Glade PlugIns Fire Hazard

Claim: Glade PlugIns brand air fresheners pose a greater-than-usual fire hazard.

Status: False.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

2/23 Special Meeting Regarding New Yeshiva on 73rd Avenue

The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association will hold a special meeting on Thursday evening, February 23 at 7:30PM at Shevach HS, 75-09 Main Street regarding plans by Tiffereth Moshe to build a new school at 147-22 73 Avenue.

Community Board 8 will hold a public hearing regarding the school's application for a variance on Monday March 6 at the Rabbinical Seminary, 76-01 147 Street at 7:30. You may reserve time to speak at the hearing by calling CB 8 at 264-7895.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

Save $$$

Phone companies (residential and cell) are charging
$1.00 or more to use their 411 Info lines.

When you need to use the 411 option, simply dial 1 800 FREE 411 (1 800 373 3411) without incurring a 411 charge at all.

Rabbi Menachem Nissel shlit”a Will Give a Shiur at YIKGH

Rabbi Menachem Nissel shlit”a the Reknown Lecturer and Author,
Mashgiach Ruchani of Yeshivat Torat Shraga and Rabbi in various Seminaries,
Author of the upcoming release of the Hebrew edition of the highly acclaimed
"Rigshei Lev - Women and Tefillah"

“Count Your Blessings”

Will give a shiur dedicated in memory of our son and brother
Yaeer Netzer Nissanian Z”L at Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills
150-02 70th Road on March 7, 2006, Tuesday

Separate Sitting for Men and Women

Rabbi Avraham and Siporah Nissanian

Safety Tip

This was received from a friend in the property insurance business. It is well worth reading. This is one of those e-mails that if you didn't send it, rest assured someone on your list will suffer for not reading it. The original message was written by a lady whose brother and his wife learned a hard lesson this past week.
Their house burned down...nothing left but ashes. They have good insurance so the house will be replaced and most of the contents. That is the good news. However, they were sick when they found out the cause of the fire. The insurance investigator sifted through the ashes for several hours. He had the cause of the fire traced to the master bathroom. He asked her sister-in-law what she had plugged in the bathroom. She listed the normal things....curling iron, blow dryer. He kept saying to her, "No, this would be something that would disintegrate at high temperatures". Then her sister-in-law remembered she had a Glade Plug-In in the bathroom. The investigator had one of those "Aha" moments. He said that was the cause of the fire. He said he has seen more house fires started with the plug-in type room fresheners than anything else. He said the plastic they are made from is THIN plastic. He also said that in every case there was nothing left to prove that it even existed. When the investigator looked in the wall plug, the two prongs left from the plug-in were still in there.
Her sister-in-law had one of the plug-ins that had a small night light built in it. She said she had noticed that the light would dim and then finally go out. She would walk in to the bathroom a few hours later, and the light would be back on again. The investigator said that the unit was getting too hot, and would dim and go out rather than just blow the light bulb. Once it cooled down it would come back on. That is a warning sign. The investigator said he personally wouldn't have any type of plug in fragrance device anywhere in his house. He has seen too many places that have been
burned down due to them.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Married Life: It Doesn't Have to be an Oxymoron

The Queens Jewish Community Council has scheduled a lecture to be presented at Lander College on Saturday, February 25. The topic will be "Married Life: It Doesn't Have to be an Oxymoron". Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, LCSW,noted psychotherapist, author and lecturer will be the speaker.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Shiur for women this Sunday night February,19

There will be a Shiur for women this Sunday night February,19 at 7 P.M. at Cong. Degel Israel, Main St. & 68 Drive,.
The speaker will be Geulah Twersky. This is an annual Tu B'shvat Yahrzeit shiur that is sponsored by Evelyn Ocken together with Rivkie Leiman and Pearl Markovitz in memory of their mothers. It was supposed to be last Sunday but was postponed because of the snowstorm.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tuition tax credit petition

Dear All: Rabbi Eli Mansour is leading an effort to get critical legislation passed to provide tuition tax credits. He prepared this on-line petition to allow those who could not make today's rally in Albany to have their voices heard. please click on this link, sign the petition, AND PASS ALONG. Respectfully, Rabbi Yakov HorowitzMenahel, Yeshiva Darchei Noam of MonseyDirector, Agudath Israel's Project Y.E.S. ----------------------------------------------------This is the full text of his letter: An Urgent Message to all of our Community Members, from Rabbi Eli Mansour.
Dear Friends,
There is an effort to pass a dollar for dollar tax credit, supported by our own Governor George Pataki, Republican Martin Golden, and Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the newly elected Chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, that would provide massive financial relief to parents with children in private schools, parents who spend money having their children tutored, and parents who enroll their children in summer camps.
Needless to say, private school tuition costs are one of, if not the largest monetary burden facing our families. If this bill, which is coming before the New York State Legislature next month, were to pass, - the strain on many of our community?s organizations, including; the Sephardic Bikur Holim, the Sephardic Angel Fund, the Sephardic Food Fund, and even Sephardic SAFE, will be greatly reduced. Even our Yeshiva?s will be less pressured, as the need to provide student scholarships and discounted tuition costs will be sharply reduced.
My speech this past Saturday detailed my concern for this issue of enormous importance to our people, and their way of life. As of today, Monday, February 13, 2006, I am officially declaring the need for a full-scale campaign to strongly indicate the New York Jewish Community?s full support of this legislation. All of you are being asked to please take a moment to sign the attached petition letter and submit it to Governor Pataki, Senator Golden, and Assemblyman Lopez.
To show the strength of our numbers, please have each household member sign individually, and it is also suggested that we reach out to our friends, business contacts, etc., in the Ashkenaz communities for their additional support and camaraderie. Also, our schools are urged to join in this effort and develop immediate coordinated approaches for allowing our voices to be heard.
Again, the passing of this bill could provide the biggest boost to the economy of our communi ty members in many decades. Please act now on this important issue, and help us express appreciation and support for the Governor, Senator Golden, and Assemblyman Lopez, and for this groundbreaking legislation.
Warmest Regards,
Rabbi Eli Mansour

Download Rabbi Welcher's Shiur on Why The Daled Parshios Are Different From All Other Parshios

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on “Why The Daled Parshios Are Different From All Other Parshios” can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Mentioning Malchus in Benching - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Mentioning Malchus in Benching can be downloaded here.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Safety Tips

The safety tips below were forwarded to me. Although the topic is not pleasant I think the information is important. I apologize in advance for making any one uncomfortable.

Message from Shannon LaForge
Courtroom Deputy to Judge Robert Junell

Because of these recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know.

After reading these 9 crucial tips,forward them to someone you care about.

1.Tip from Tae Kwon Do:The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2.Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3.If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back taillights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4.Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating,working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a phone call ,etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
a.If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wreckingthe car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run.
5.A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.)Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat
B.)If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.)Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
6.ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7.If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.RUN, Preferably ! in a zig -zag pattern!
8.As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP.It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was agood-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies ofunsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked"for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9.Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whateveryou do, DO NOT open the door.
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window,and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over.The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.
I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Register to vote in American Zionist elections

Register and Vote!
Registering and voti

ng are performed on the official AZM Election Site. One must register in order to be able to vote.
A Few important Points:
Don't Forget to look for "The Religious Zionist Slate" on the voting site!
Instead of your Social Security number you may insert your Birth date.
Everyone over 18 (by June 2006) can vote. It is not enough to have one household member register- everyone should be encouraged to do so.
Any children, or grandchildren temporarily in Israel, that have an American address, can register and vote.
Voting is on a secure website - arranged by the AZM.

Friday, February 10, 2006

YU Seforim Sale started

The SOY Seforim Sale is the largest Jewish book sale in North America, and is operated by the students of Yeshiva University. The sale provides discounted prices on the widest selection of rabbinic and academic literature, cookbooks, children's books, music and lecture CDs, and educational software.
We are located in the expansive Weissberg Commons, the ground level of Belfer Hall, on Yeshiva University's Wilf Campus. Directions to the SOY Seforim Sale and Seforim Sale home page can be found here. Free parking will be available during sale hours.

Community-Wide Rally for Tuition Tax Credits

You and your family can directly help reducethe burden of yeshiva tuition.
The Orthodox community is joining with a wide coalitionsupporting the efforts of TEACH NYS, calling for tuition tax creditsaffecting parents of yeshiva and other private school students
Be there. Support the efforts of Governor Pataki, who will address us, and other New York State elected officials, to push this vital issue for our community.
We urge every yeshiva, day school and synagogue to turn out in the thousands. Only a massive attendance by parents, grandparents and children (grades 7 and up) will sufficiently demonstrate our concern. Community-Wide Rally for Tuition Tax Credits Supported by the Orthodox Union Doing More for You and Your Community
For more information on this issue, email or call (212) 989-6000
FEBRUARY 14, 2006
Empire State Plaza, State Capitol, Albany, New YorkRally begins at 12:30 pm
Parents - Please contact your local synagogue and school and check back at
School principals and synagogue Rabbis - Please contact Rabbi Daniel Rockoff at
Supported by the Orthodox UnionDoing More for You and Your Community

Thursday, February 09, 2006

ASK OUMesorah Conference IIThe Pareve Mesorahs

A Halachic and Historical Perspective of Fish, Plants and Color
Sunday, February 19, 2006 • 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Lander College, 75-31 150th Street,Kew Gardens Hills, NYRegister now! (click thee underlined)


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Shiva For Rabbi Wagner

With great sorrow we inform you of the passing of RABBI FEIVEL WAGNER zt"l beloved husband of Rebbetzin Bina Wagner, beloved father of Bracha, Chaim, Chana and Sara.
Shiva will be observed at the Wagner home, 70-11 110th Street until
Wednesday morning, February 15.

Minyan will be held at the following times:
Shachris Thursday 7:00am
Friday 7:30am
Sunday 8:15am
Mon-Wed 7:00am
Mincha/Maariv Thursday 5:05pm
Sun - Tues 5:15pm

Funeral in Eretz Yisrael: at Bet Hesped, Har HaMenuchot approx. 3pm on Thursday The family observing shiva in Israel will be at the home of Rebbitzen Esther Wagner, 2 Ben Zion (1 flight up), Kiryat Moshe, Yerushalayim.
(Tel: 011-972-2-654-0643) Shachris 7:00am, Mincha/Maariv 5:00pm.
May the almighty console the family together with all the mourners
of Zion and Jerusalem.

The Levaya for Rabbi Wagner is at 2:00 at the Young Israel of Forest Hills

The Levaya for Rabbi Wagner is at 2:00 on Wednesday at the Young Israel of Forest Hills.

Download Rabbi Welcher on “Terumos and Maasros in Chutz L’Aretz – Part 3 - Practical Application” - mp3

Rabbi Welcher's shiur on “Terumos and Maasros in Chutz L’Aretz – Part 3 - Practical Applications” can be downloaded here.

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Women's Obligation To Bench - mp3

R' Yechezkel Rosenberg on Women's Obligation To Bench can be downloaded here.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Shabbos B'schalach Shiur for women cancelled

The women's shiur scheduled for this Shabbos has been cancelled.

Monday, February 06, 2006

2/6 Community Wide Tehillim for Rabbi Wagner at 8:00pm

There will be a community wide recital of tehillim for Rabbi Feivel Wagner (HaraV Shraga Feivel b Esther Rivka) tonight in the shul at 8:00pm.

Sunday, February 05, 2006


The Rav & Rebbetzin will receive the Kesser Torah Award at Shevach's annual dinner on March 5. All those that want to be included in the shul ad please e-mail me at or write to me at the address below.
The minimum donation to be included in the ad is $18. Please make the check payable to Shevach High School and mail your checks to:
Leon Stern
73-41 141 Place
Flushing, N.Y. 11367


The Queens Jewish Community Council has scheduled three lectures to be presented at Lander College. The first lecture will be held on Saturday, February 11.
The topic is- "A Serene Home"
Rabbi Mordechai Finkelman Mash giach, Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim
& Dr. Melech Press , chairman of Psychology at Touro College will speak.