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YWN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rebbe of Bobov-45: We Will Assume The Distinction Of 'Bobov-45'

YWN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rebbe of Bobov-45: We Will Assume The Distinction Of 'Bobov-45'
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] As YWN reported last week, thousands of Chassidim participated in a monumental gathering organized by Bobov-45 last Tuesday. Only Chassidim who had gotten entry tickets beforehand were permitted to attend the gathering, and the three thousand seats filled up quickly. Buses transported Chassidim from all major neighborhoods, and the dais was filled with illustrious members of the Chassidus and with the revered offspring of the Bobover Rebbes zy”a. At the event, the Rebbe announced that the Chassidus will be taking on the name "Bobov-45". “There are two sides before us – one dictates that we obey and one dictates that we should not obey. I plumbed the depths of this matter, together with my brother-in-law, HaGaon HaRav shlita, and we made the decision that we will do what our father-in-law, the Rav zt”l, would have done if he would have been faced with such a situation. It is clear as day that my father-in-law and his grandfathers, the Bobover Rebbes zt”l, would certainly have chosen the path that is closest to peace, as we have seen in their conduct throughout the years. “Therefore, this is our decision – to go in the path that is closest to peace. This is not a degradation; this is the path of our forbears. This is the Bobover derech. But this only applies if there will be complete peace. I say this to those who are here and to those who are not here. We are taking this step only to attain peace, and only if there will be peace, will the verdict be obeyed… “We will go with this distinction – 45 – and as I previously said, we do not view this as a degradation and this is not an accompanying title. Rather, it is a random distinction, and we should note that, linguistically, this signifies the path of the Rav zt”l – ‘vanachni mah’ (i.e. a path of humility, signified by the numerical equivalence of the word ‘mah’ which is 45). In conclusion, the Rebbe spoke about the glory of the kehillah, with its multitude of branches internationally, and its many magnificent mosdos educating approximately 4,500 students. To read a synopsis of what the Bobov Rebbe-45 said at the event, click HERE. Below is an exclusive video of the Rebbes full drasha. (YWN World Headquarters - NYC)
(4 opinions  |   November 24 )

WATCH: Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein, Survivor Of Har Nof Massacre Recounts The Horror And Miracles To Media

WATCH: Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein, Survivor Of Har Nof Massacre Recounts The Horror And Miracles To Media

[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] One of the victims seriously wounded in the Har Nof Maassacre last week, was Rabbi Shmuel Goldstein. He was struck three times by one of the terrorists with a meat cleaver. Once on his head and ear, and once on his back. He miraculously survived, and recounted to the media the horrors of what transpired in those few minutes inside Kehillas Bnei Torah, located at 5 Agassi Street in Har Nof, where on Tuesday morning two terrorists killed 5 people in cold blood. 4 Kedoshim were murdered while they were Davening Shacharis, and one hero Israeli [Druze] police officer – one of the Chasidei Umos HaOlam – was gunned down as he tried to kill the terrorists. His graphic description is chilling, such as how despite having been seriously injured, he pulled one of the terrorists to the ground. Watch how he describes the miracle he experienced, when the second terrorist looked at him and told him to leave. (Chaim Shapiro - YWN)
(8 opinions  |   November 23 )

VIDEO: Dozens Of Williamsburg Condo Owners Evicted On Freezing Cold Day

On one of the coldest days of the season, police oversaw the eviction of dozens of families from a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment building. The families did nothing wrong, and they own the apartments they're being forced to vacate. Ida Siegal explains how a developer's troubles has affected the homeowners. (YWN Desk - NYC)
(5 opinions  |   November 21 )

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Visits the New Command Center of the Jerusalem Municipality Observation Unit

VIDEO: PM Netanyahu Visits the New Command Center of the Jerusalem Municipality Observation Unit
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday 26 Marcheshvan, visited the new command center of the Jerusalem Municipality observation unit, which operates observation balloons throughout the city and gives the municipality and the Israel Police real-time intelligence coverage of disturbances and violations of the law. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat briefed the prime minister on the unit, which serves as the aerial operations branch of the municipality, the Israel Police and the enforcement authorities, and on the way in which it assists the security agencies that operate in eastern Jerusalem in locating disturbances, large-scale gatherings, demonstrations, and the throwing of stones and firebombs. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I am impressed by the genuine effort to market our capabilities, both to protect and to intervene in real-time against disturbers of the peace and terrorists. No effort is spared here; this has great effect. This morning we demolished the home of a terrorist. This is a significant and important step and there will be more home demolitions; there will be many more steps. We have nothing against the residents of eastern Jerusalem but we will not tolerate attacks on our citizens and we will act against those who do these things and against those engaged in incitement. With a determined and vigorous hand, we will restore security to Jerusalem." Mayor Barkat added, "Mr. Prime Minister, first of all, thank you for coming to the command center. Your interest is very important here because we know that with your support we will be able to boost personal security for the residents of Jerusalem. I think that what has been formulated in recent days, with your help and that of the Israel Police, is a concept that will undoubtedly and dramatically increase our ability to respond to what we, unfortunately, experience in the city of Jerusalem. We had a very, very difficult day yesterday but we are looking forward and know that we will overcome and cope. You have seen what we are planning, what happens in the municipal command center, and I am pleased that you are here. It is good that you are backing us." (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(Add your opinion  |   November 20 )