YWN MAILBAG: Why I Don't Get My Jewish Music For Free
Dear Jewish music fans everywhere:
I love good Jewish music. Whether its Shwekey, or 8th day, or my favorite singer Lipa Schmeltzer, it matters not who, when a new cd comes out, I'm on it.
Now cds cost money.Thirteen dollars is not a whole terrible lot of money. True. But still, when you multiply that by all the new cds coming ...
MAILBAG: What A Reader Thinks Of The YWN Coverage Of The Despicable NY Post Cover
Your coverage of the horrific post headlines, including continuously showing the front page of the post is disgraceful and giving much more publicity to this shameful, hurtful incident. Please immediately remove it from all the news headlines. Many if not most frum Yidden , like myself who turn to you for news would NEVER ...
MAILBAG: An Open Letter To Mosdei Chinuch
Enrollment into yeshivei ketana/day schools started after sukkos, before a lot of children settled in to their respective kindergartens. Next came the push to be accepted, along with all the "pull" it takes to get in. By the time Jan 1 comes along the schools don't accept anyone anymore, unless "people back out". The whole time until ...
MAILBAG: Open Letter To The 'True-Torah-Jews' Organization [AKA Satmar]
It's truly a great and virtues project to tell the world that Zionism is contrary to the foundation of the Jewish nation - the holy Torah.
However, instead of doing it in a constructive way you do it in a way that is very destructive.
The Jewish nation traditionally was always true to the Rabbinic process, as handed down from Moshe Rabeinu. ...
MAILBAG RESPONSE: Resisting The Unholy Chevra Kaddishas
The letter by Usher Piller posted on YWN concerning unholy alliances between many chevra kadishas and some unscrupulous funeral homes certainly cries out for our corrective action. But although Piller means well, he falls woefully short in arming your readers with the practical advice they desperately need on HOW TO RESIST the despicable tactics ...
Mailbag: In Time of Sorrow
One of the most difficult and trying periods in one’s life occurs when experiencing the death of an immediate family member R”l. Compounding the inevitable shock and sadness is the compelling obligation to arrange for a prompt funeral and burial according to Halacha. Often the first organization contacted by the family during ...
Mailbag: A Very Disturbing Meeting Took Place At The Knesset Yesterday
I was at the Knesset yesterday. There was a meeting regarding קצבת ילדים, the small amount of money that parents receive to care for their children. Working at Yad Eliezer and having many friends who are single moms, I know that that money makes a huge difference. It is bread, tuition- survival. And the finance ...
Mailbag: Pritzus, Drugs & More - All In The Name Of HaTana Rav Shimon Bar Yochai
I know that this letter will cause the regular "Lashon Hara!" and the other ignorant responses to major issues plaguing our community, but the pain is too great, and this must be publicized.
This week was Lag Baomer, and this Minhag of lighting bonfires has spread across the Jewish communities like 'wildfire'. We will not discuss ...
MAILBAG: A Purim Plea From A 15 Year Veteran Hatzolah Paramedic
I guess it started early this year.
Last night at 2:00 am my radio went off for an unresponsive child. As with every call my mind started searching what can cause a child to become unresponsive? Was it croup? Was it a high fever? Was it seizures?
No it wasn’t. It had not even occurred to me that a local yeshiva ...
For Purim: A Stone-Cold Purim
[From the YWN 2008 archives]
Last Purim started off like all others from years past, but it was almost the last Purim of my life. Beginning two weeks before Purim, Hatzoloh started putting up signs saying, “This year don’t get carried away,” with a picture of some poor kid being carried away on a stretcher. To me, ...
For Purim: To All Parents of Boys in Yeshiva in Israel
REPRINTED FROM THE YWN 2009 ARCHIVES:
Dear readers of YWN:
I am writing to ask you to please find out what your sons plans are for Purim and to please dissuade them from travelling around on Purim day. Here is why:
I and my family live outside of Yerushalayim. We celebrated Purim last year on Erev Shabbos. Since the kids ...
For Purim: Story Behind The Picture
REPRINTED FROM THE YWN ARCHIVES:
Ever wonder about the story behind a picture? Well, this is this picture’s story.
Standing near a car with a group of friends on Purim afternoon, in the Ave. N and East 20′s vicinity (Flatbush), my brother suddenly felt something hit his face. While trying to knock off the unknown object, ...
Mailbag: Help Combat Anti-Semitism – If you live in Far Rockaway, be sure to VOTE Today!
Today – Tuesday, February 19th, there is a Special Election being held for the New York City Council. Pesach Osina, a frum Jew, is running against several other candidates.
Because it’s a special election, you can vote in this election regardless of what party you are registered with. Democrats, Republican, Conservatives ...
Mailbag: Is "Chemistry" Important?
By Rabbi Daniel Schneierson
Question: Why is it that many younger guys and girls think that there should be "chemistry" by the second or third date in order to continue?
Answer: The word “Chemistry” strikes a mixed cord in my heart. When I took Chemistry in 10th Grade, our teacher was trying to ...
Mailbag: Taking Issue With Backroom Deals Regarding '5 Towns Political Missteps'
Firstly, I would like to express my appreciation for the incredible service that you provide. I am an avid reader of The Yeshiva World News and greatly enjoy both the website and the newspaper. One of my favorite features is the weekly “Backroom Deals” column. As someone who works in the political world, I greatly enjoy ...
Mailbag: Hold Hikind Accountable For Ignoring Us During Sandy
The most devastating natural disaster in NYC history took place this week, and the elected official who claims to represent us in New York State is missing in action. I am referring to NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
The Jewish communities have been hit hard, with the storm leaving war-zone type sights in its destructive path. Communities ...
Mailbag: Far Rockaway Situation Something Out Of Movie...Except It's Real
I am 23 years old, and while I may have lost no financial assets in the hurricane, it is still easy to relay the message of the damage that has occurred to fellow Jews.
A few guys went back home to Far Rockaway, to help victims, for the first time since before the storm. The situation is something out of a movie, except it is real - and ...