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MAILBAG: A Ritual of Madness

MAILBAG: A Ritual of Madness
Dear YWN, I appreciate you allowing me to pen my thoughts and be read by the masses through your beautiful platform known as Yeshiva World News It is madness – pure madness and a practice that really has got to stop, no question about it. But let’s start at the beginning. Out of all the institutions within Klal Yisroel, it is arguably the Yeshivos, the Bais Yaakovs, and the Jewish day schools that have contributed the most to the rise of the banner of Torah. And yet these ...
(17 opinions  |   August 10 )

MAILBAG: Letter-Writer Tells YWN 'Yishai Shlissel Stood Up For The Honor Of Hashem'

MAILBAG: Letter-Writer Tells YWN 'Yishai Shlissel Stood Up For The Honor Of Hashem'
The following is an unedited letter received by YWN on Tuesday morning. Below the letter is a short response from YWN to the writer: This may be a bit contrarian, and I apologize for that. Do allow me to share my thoughts. I knew Yishai Shlissel. He was a regular guy, with a great sense of humor, a joke, and a ready smile. And a fire in his eyes and soul... We would go together on [NAME OF ORGANIZATION REMOVED BY YWN] mission, bringing Judaism to people in Male Adumim. Even after he ...
(56 opinions  |   August 04 )

MAILBAG: $3 - Kiddush Hashem Or Chilul Hashem?

MAILBAG: $3 - Kiddush Hashem Or Chilul Hashem?
The following is a non-edited letter, published in its entirety, as received by YWN: I live in Brooklyn. Couple of days ago I had to go to Jersey City to court to dispute a traffic ticket. Ticket was dismissed, but that is not what the story is about. I was looking for a parking and noticed a parking lot adjacent to a court building. I drove to the lot thinking that it belongs to court and is free for people who come to court, but was told that parking cost $16. I had only $13 on me, ...
(26 opinions  |   June 07 )

Mailbag: Reflecting On Purim Madness

Mailbag: Reflecting On Purim Madness
[THIS WAS PUBLISHED BY YWN THE DAY AFTER PURIM 2009] Dear YWN, So now that we sobered up its time to reflect on what happened this Purim. As I decide on which method is best to dispose of all the food on my table, I can’t help notice all the “Purim themes” that I need to toss into the garbage. The boxes, cases, ribbons, poems, vases, cookbooks all to be trashed, not even paying any attention into the effort that went into preparing these “holy” pieces of art. It’s become so ...
(5 opinions  |   March 04 )

MAILBAG: Sheldon Silver In Trouble With The Law So 'We Can Turn To Hashem'

MAILBAG: Sheldon Silver In Trouble With The Law So 'We Can Turn To Hashem'
To the editors of Yeshiva World News, I would like to thank you for your wonderful, informative and clean website. As an upstanding member of Klal Yisroel, I would like to applaud you for the wonderful reporting which you do for – as you call yourself- The Yeshiva World. I would like to thank you for the years of honest, responsible reporting, done Al Pi Derech Hatorah and with sensitivity which reflects true Jewish values. The reason why I am sending you this email tonight is only ...
(19 opinions  |   January 27 )

MAILBAG: Hakaros HaTov: Only Candidate Who Voted AGAINST Toeiva - Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

MAILBAG: Hakaros HaTov: Only Candidate Who Voted AGAINST Toeiva - Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
There is only one Assemblyman in New York City who is running for re-election in a contested primary that voted AGAINST toeiva and that person is Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. To put this in perspective, almost EVERY elected official in New York voted for toeiva. Sure, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz supports yeshiva and has fought for millions in increased funding for yeshiva parents. Sure, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz has brought back million for our community's best tzedekahs. Sure, Assemblyman ...
(1 opinions  |   September 09 )

MAILBAG: A Single’s Perspective - An Open Response To Article By Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz

MAILBAG: A Single’s Perspective - An Open Response To Article By Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz
As I sit here trying to gather my thoughts on the recent shidduch article you printed, I can't seem to alleviate a resounding thought from my head “once a girl reaches the age of 25, her chances of getting married are less than 15%”. As a 28 year old single girl in the yeshiva world, I shudder at the thought of this possible reality. While my initial reaction to this alarming statistic was fear and sadness, upon having some time to think and reflect, those feelings changed to a strong sense ...
(52 opinions  |   September 05 )

Mailbag: What One Store Owner Did L'Kovid Shabbos for the Soldiers in Gaza

Mailbag: What One Store Owner Did L'Kovid Shabbos for the Soldiers in Gaza
The father of a Chayal (soldier) who is now in Gaza told how his son was informed on Friday that his unit will not be going home for Shabbos, which was a problem because they did not have any provisions for Shabbos. The father ran to the supermarket to buy some things, as much dips and salads as he could, then he stopped at the schwarma place in Petach Tikva. He asked for a portion to be put into an aluminum tray and explained that it was for his son who is in Gaza without food for ...
(12 opinions  |   July 31 )

MAILBAG: YWN Readers Are 'Most Self Hated Jews In Today's Time'

MAILBAG: YWN Readers Are 'Most Self Hated Jews In Today's Time'
The following is a non-edited letter, published in its entirety, as received by YWN: Hi Gentlemen, just want to let you know that you guys @ YWN are the most self hated jews in todays time... By supporting bloodshed in Palestine (by giving Chizuk to the army to fight enemies which will never end till Mushiach arrives)and young innocent boys being killed for no good reason just for ego) to criticizing Hon. President Obama Y"H and Senator Kerry by trying to help the situations and solve the ...
(36 opinions  |   July 29 )

MAILBAG: Thoughts From A Resident Of Netivot During Operation Protective Edge

MAILBAG: Thoughts From A Resident Of Netivot During Operation Protective Edge
I've been asked to share some thoughts and feelings about Operation Protective Edge. It's been hard for me to write about this, since over the past year I've grown more and more opposed to violence. I am certain, beyond doubt, that violence only yields more of the same. And war, we know, is the epitome of violence. But after listening to interviews with politicians, army officials, and leaders from different ends of the political spectrum, I can now write, with a heavy heart, that we had no ...
(3 opinions  |   July 11 )

MAILBAG: Resident Of Rehovot Shares Thoughts About Rocket Fire

MAILBAG: Resident Of Rehovot Shares Thoughts About Rocket Fire
Dear Jewish Community in America, First of all, I am writing to express my thanks for your tefillah, numerous rockets have fallen all over Israel with very few injuries and that is in no doubt due to the prayers of all of Am Israel. Secondly, I would like to share with you what life in Israel has really been like the past few days. We live about 50 km north of Gaza. This means that we are extremely close to the cities that have been bombarded in the past with rocket fire (the closest ...
(3 opinions  |   July 11 )