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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 )

MAILBAG: My Idea On How To Pay Back Hamas For Killing The 3 Innocent Yeshiva Boys

MAILBAG: My Idea On How To Pay Back Hamas For Killing The 3 Innocent Yeshiva Boys
Dear YWN, I am outraged, as is everyone else, upon hearing the tragic news, that the three kidnapped yeshiva boys - Naftali Fraenkel Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, HY"D - were found dead. A few moments ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said "Hamas is responsible, and they will pay". I agree, and I propose the following idea for the Israeli Government, and the public at large. If Israel gave 1027 live terrorists for one live soldier (Gilad Shalit), it's only fair that Israel ...
(29 opinions  |   June 30 )

MAILBAG: Chareidi Protests In Israel Will Cause Harm To The Fight Against The Draft

MAILBAG: Chareidi Protests In Israel Will Cause Harm To The Fight Against The Draft
Dear Editor, I was dismayed when I read reports and saw pictures of the protests in Israel last week. Let me be clear on one thing: I definitely do not support throwing yeshiva bochurim in jail for avoiding the army! Yet I believe the protests yesterday will end up doing more harm than good in this regard. As frum Jews, I’m sure we all believe that people learning Torah is just as important to the safety of our homeland as the army is. Yet we must bear in mind that a huge part of the ...
(20 opinions  |   March 26 )

MAILBAG: Stop Calling us Rednecks, Stop Calling us Anti-Semites

MAILBAG: Stop Calling us Rednecks, Stop Calling us Anti-Semites
Greetings, readers. I am among the people of Bloomingburg who supports challenging the voter registrations. I am neither a redneck, nor an anti-semite. I accept and welcome Jews of all kinds—including the Satmar—to Bloomingburg. Furthermore, I accept that the village will inevitably evolve into a Satmar enclave not unlike Kiryas Joel. If not during this election cycle, certainly following the next. There are some bigoted people in the village, but they are the exception and not the ...
(6 opinions  |   March 21 )

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 12 )

YWN MAILBAG: Why I Don't Get My Jewish Music For Free

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 out, well, that money really does add up. I'm very far from being well off financially. Like everybody else in todays world, I've got a lot of bills to pay, ...
(23 opinions  |   January 15 )

MAILBAG: What A Reader Thinks Of The YWN Coverage Of The Despicable NY Post Cover

MAILBAG: What A Reader Thinks Of The YWN Coverage Of The Despicable NY Post Cover
Dear YWN, 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 have seen this and been exposed to this if not for YWN. I am truly embarassed for you that you do not have the daas , on your own to realize this. The email ...
(8 opinions  |   January 05 )

MAILBAG: An Open Letter To Mosdei Chinuch

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 your child is accepted you're left wondering what is going to happen to my child, where is he going to go next year. We are dealing with a child's neshama ...
(15 opinions  |   December 31 )

MAILBAG: Open Letter To The 'True-Torah-Jews' Organization [AKA Satmar]

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. When a question confronts the Torah Jews they always followed their Torah sages. When the Zionist dilemma came upon us, בעווה"ר, there were many ...
(35 opinions  |   December 25 )

MAILBAG RESPONSE: Resisting The Unholy Chevra Kaddishas

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 used by some chevra kadishas. I will attempt to fill that void here. First, if R"l a family member passes away, do NOT call the chevra kadisha ...
(10 opinions  |   August 05 )

Mailbag: In Time of Sorrow

Mailbag: In Time of Sorrow
Dear Editor: 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 this traumatic time is the local Chevra Kadisha (burial society). Unfortunately, some local Chevra Kadisha members act outside the bounds of ...
(13 opinions  |   August 04 )

Mailbag: A Very Disturbing Meeting Took Place At The Knesset Yesterday

Mailbag: A Very Disturbing Meeting Took Place At The Knesset Yesterday
Dear YWN, 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 minister thinks that getting rid of it is the key to fixing Israel's economy. At the meeting I heard a single mother share the story of her struggle, working a ...
(9 opinions  |   July 03 )