Friday, October 23, 2020
When Meir Kahana got elected to the Knesset he promised Shulamit Aloni a heart attack everyday. Ocean county is sure to give Mishpacha's editorial board serious symptoms in the weeks to come- we're wall to wall Donald Trump country here.
This magazine can not embarrass itself anymore than it has already.
Lakewood's yeshivaleit see through the debasement of our mesorah as self anointed spokesmen appeal to the masses directly from the newsstands with ideology that's Hashkafic fruitcake.
America has always purchased oil from abroad; Under president Trump lots of
- Shiva for Rav Yosef Weiss Ztl at 720 Monmouth avenue shachris 8:25, Mincha 1:45 Maariv 8:00 pm gettin up Tuesday morning
20 years ago, the taxpayers of Lakewood were kept in the dark, when Bob Singer and his buddies decided to build a stadium using 24 million dollars of Urban Enterprise money. Urban Enterprise money is the sales taxes set aside from Lakewood taxpayers to be used to promote businesses and build infrastructure for Lakewood. Singer and friends decided to use all the money available to build a stadium for a new minor league team.
The team was called the Lakewood Blue Claws. Promises were made that the stadium would be an economic engine and would bring prosperity to Lakewood.
Of course nothing like that happened. Not one business in Lakewood receives any benefit from this 24 million dollar stadium.
Surely there must be some profits from rent or property taxes? Advertising ? Naming and leasing for events ?
Thursday, October 22, 2020
A campaign was launched to get the Lakewood community tested for covid19 after serious pushback from parents, schools and residents who are not going along with it. There are ads PR articles and billboards introducing the Lakewood covid testing initiative. The Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva did not sign any letter approving of this. Customarily during the coronavirus the Roshei yeshiva attached their signatures to other letters on matters pertaining to covid-19 so far that has not happened. The Ad says that rabbonim and askanim urge the klal to test and the initiative is endorsed by Agudath Israel. In the ads it states clearly the testing is not to make sure that people who are not well should test to see if they are positive, rather specifically states in small leters on the bottom "for the safety of the public if you are experiencing any symptoms of not feeling well please refrain from visiting the testing sites". The testing is only for healthy people who hopefuly will have a negative result which will give govt officials a snapshot with data about the pandemic in the Lakewood community. The PR articles continue with a constant threat of fear that the only reason schools, shuls and businesses in Lakewood are allowed to remain open is because of the testing otherwise everything will immediately get shut down, need proof well they tell us to look across the bridge in NY and see what Cuomo has done. Finally they acknowledge the reluctance of the rest of the kehila to test not because people have brains and have valid concerns, not because people speak to their doctors who advise them, not because people speak to their local rav who advises them but as the press release states " It is undeniable that in recent days voices have cropped up sowing confusion and misinformation about testing. There have been wild claims about testing that were debunked by public officials such as Rabbi Avi Schnall of Agudath Israel. We are indeed a generation that grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust, which may explain why our trust in authority is lower than in other communities. When parents are handed long documents to sign on behalf of their children, it is natural to panic".
This discussion should be had with gedolim not random lay people. Public policy related to pandemics should only be set with those who have medical credentials and expertise in the field of infectious diseases with no other motives but to protect the safety and health of the community. There are schools that are not asking parents for consent to randomly test their children. There are many who hold halachically and hashkaficly not test or draw blood if there's no medical reason to do so. People do not want to be used as guinea pigs for someone's study especially that the rates in Lakewood have gone way downhill while other parts of the state have gone up.
Video: watch video below Owner was interviewed on the Tucker Carlson show
Hamodia - A kosher café owner who received a wrongful summons from New York City amid the state’s controversial COVID shutdown, has experienced a national outpouring of support. Mixed Greens Café, on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue V in Brooklyn’s Homecrest neighborhood, was open Tuesday for takeout and delivery only, as required for restaurants in a “red zone” hotspot, when a man in plainclothes entered at 3:30 p.m., store owner Jacob Green told Hamodia Wednesday evening.
The man asked if he could sit down and eat, but Jacob’s cousin Mike Green, the manager who was in the store at the time, said the store was only open for takeout and delivery. The man then identified himself as an officer of the City Department of Consumer Affairs, and proceeded to write the store a summons for keeping its doors open. The store manager, Jacob’s cousin Mike Green, can be heard pleading with the officer, “I’m struggling here every single day. It’s hard for me. There was nobody inside the store, obviously, because we don’t have dining, we only have takeout. There was nobody in the store and I’m only getting a ticket because my doors are open?”
Weather- Areas of fog early, then partly cloudy this afternoon. High 71F.
- 22 new covid cases in Lakewood +2 deaths totals 5921/208
-Gov. Phil Murphy acknowledged Thursday that he did not wear a mask — because he was eating and drinking at an event where he came into contact with a senior staff member who later tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the governor to quarantine Murphy tested negative twice since the encounter and has shown no symptoms.
- Pro Alan Dershowitz: I grew up in Orthodox Brooklyn. We must apply the same COVID-19 standards for all and Jews must choose life. There has been far too much finger pointing at Orthodox Jews by civic leaders who should know better. I’m on your side of these legal and political arguments. But Please emphasize those parts of the Torah that deal with mandatory isolation of contagiously ill Jews. Please recall the Talmudic wisdom that he who saves even a single human life, it is as if he saved the entire world (JTA)
- Bnos Melech distribution 8:30 pm, Sanz Klausenbeeg weekend box 5:45 pm behind Evergreen Parkview & Edgecomb
-BDE: Petirah of R' Yosef Waldman z"L of Lakewood. he was 63. Levaya 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Bais Olam. He was a son in law by Rabbi Zecharia Fendel ZTL.
-Food distribution today by OTL
Pine park 4:30 pm, 140 Lehigh 5:00 pm, 100 James 5:30 pm, Bais Rochel 6:00 pm,, 1100 Cross 5:30 pm
-In little over six minutes, the Lakewood Board of Education approved the agenda for its monthly meeting without a single mention of the recent COVID-19 cases among teachers and students in the public schools. The Lakewood Public School District has reported recently that at least 36 people, 20 staff and 16 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Dozens of staff members and students have been sent home to quarantine, as well. parents complained they could not as questions.(APP)
-Bikur Cholim- 130 Covid patients have been hospitalized since September 12. B”H 112 were discharged, 5 were niftar R"L. Currently 15 hospitalized, with 6 of them in serious/critical condition- Annual kinus Hashluchim Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries Moves Online Amid Pandemic will be an all virtual event.
-Harold Herskowitz reacts on Twitter to the Blueclaws dropping Lakewood. "Lakewood taxpayers paid for this scam stadium deal. And now they don't want our name on it. We paid 24 million dollars for the stadium. Thy got all proceeds. Paid us 25 grand a year in rent. We the Lakewood taxpayers paid all maintenance costs, which was in the millions for 15 years. It brought no business to the town. Was very profitable. Put money in the politicians pockets. Lakewood had all our money that we could have used to fix our messed up town stolen by these politicians and their buddies. And now they dont even want to be associated with us. I think it's time for a lawsuit. We want our money back."
- Gelbstein food distribution: Today 3:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Middle School on Somerset Ave and Clifton Avenue Grade School.
- Today the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing bill S2814, which makes failure to wear a mask into a store with posted signage during the state of emergency a criminal trespass offense punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment, a fine of $500 or both. . If passed, the law will take effect immediately and shall expire upon the expiration of the state of emergency “a person commits a violation if that person is not properly wearing a mask which at a minimum simultaneously covers the nose and mouth
-Final presidential debate will take place tonight
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
In the press release Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles and Steve Reinman, the Township’s Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development, were in attendance at the event. “The BlueClaws have been a tremendous asset to our community, bringing over 7.7 million fans to Lakewood since 2001,” said Coles. “The Township could not be more excited continue our partnership with the BlueClaws and we look forward to this exciting new era in team history.”
We need to search for any possible methods to continue education of our youth spiritual danger is even higher than physical danger. We may not provoke through protests and unruliness against the government. Something that has already caused an appalling desecration of Hashem's Name, R"L.
Weather: Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Areas of dense fog. High 74F.
- 13 new covid cases in Lakewood + 1 death totals 5899/206
- Just hours after being ordered by a federal judge to explain his shutdown of Jewish schools in court, Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference in which he reversed course and agreed to allow the schools to open in Far Rockaway. The announcement came on the heels of the lawsuit filed by Yitzchok and Chana Lebovits, who send their daughters to Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam (BYAM) – an Orthodox Jewish school for girls. The lawsuit alleged that Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio had illegally discriminated against the school, even though there had been no cases of COVID and both officials had previously admitted that schools have not been spreading the virus. More
The 38th world Jewish Congress is meeting this week for its annual conference. They meet every 5 years in Yerushalayim and this year are holding the proceeding online. The WZO was founded in 1897 at the World Jewish Congress by Theodor Herzl. After the WZO elections earlier this year The right-wing and Orthodox coalition increased their delegates led by World Likud and includes World Mizrachi, Shas, Yisrael Beytenu and Eretz Hakodesh. The progressive groups are fighting back with Hadassah president denouncing the WZO coalition agreement and Masorti director threatening that they will leave Zionist institutions and establish new ones if we have no place at the table
The progressive reform and conservative groups such as Hadassah, other groups delayed right-wing takeover of World Zionist Congress after a Power shift at the World Zionist Congress may strip progressive and center-left parties of influence, unless a compromised is reached. Legacy Jewish groups like Naamat, Maccabi, B’nai B’rith International, the Women’s International Zionist Organization and Emunah stepped in to delay the contentious vote
-JTA — A coalition of Jewish groups including the likes of Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International has
Live stream HERE or below 1:30 pm
Petirah of Rav Yosef Weiss Z"l, Menahel of Yeshiva Sha'agas Aryeh in Lakewood who went into cardiac arrest after suffering from an illness. Levaya at the parking lot of Lake terrace hall at 1:30 pm Kevura at the Lakewood Bais Olam. The Levaya will be live streamed see below for the live feed. Phone hook up 1- 857-356-3300 or 612-398-0330
From Matzav- Rabbi Weiss served as the menahel at Yeshiva Shaagas Aryeh, as well as the principal of the Satmar Cheder of Lakewood. A veteran mechanech, Rabbi Weiss devoted himself to the field of chinuch with great dedication for decades. Rabbi Weiss was also the author of the popular Visions of Greatness series, published by CIS. Visions of Greatness contains hundreds of inspiring stories that have been enjoyed by thousands.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Weather: Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing.
- Please be mispallel for Yosef Yona Ben Rivka, a Lakewood Menahel who is in extremely critical condition. (LNN)
-Chasuna halls in Lakewood reinforce covid guidelines and regulations limiting guests to 150 demanding all attendees wear masks and no and holding by dancing. The wedding schedule has changed allowing a second shift to join with sinchas chosson vekallah. Authorities were at recent events to assure compliance.
-Ocean county down to #8 in List of cases in NJ with 55, led by Union 132. Middlesex 117, Essex 114, Bergen 103, Hudson 87, Passaic 67, Morris 60, who all have more cases. None of these counties are vilified by the Murphy administration as they did to Ocean county.
- 13 new covid cases in Lakewood totals 5886/205 + 1 death.
- Numerous car accidents around Lakewood this morning due to slippery roads
-Tefillos for Harav Dovid Soleveitchick shlita who suffered a bad case of pneumonia please daven for Meshulam Dovid ben Alteh Hendel for a refuah sheleima
-Tefilos for Rav Aharon Chodosh shlitamashgiach Mir Yerushalayim who was taken to hospital after not feeling well his condition is stable they tested him for covid19. Please daven for Aharon ben Tzivia for a refuah shleima
Monday, October 19, 2020
Lakewood Zoning board meeting tonight Monday October 19 at7:00 pm
Patch- NJ - Ever since Governor Phil Murphy announced that the November election would be primarily vote-by-mail, there has been a flurry of concern about the voting in person which will be done by using a provisional ballot. According to Warren County Clerk Holly Mackey, in every election paper provisional ballots are supplied to the poll workers and are nothing new.
"They are commonly used for things such as a voter appearing in person but does not show up in the poll books, for a whole host of reasons, and for people who were issued a vote-by-mail ballot," Mackey said. "They are given the paper provisional ballot and the affirmation statement that they fill out."
weather: Partly cloudy skies. High 67F
-50 New covid cases in Lakewood totals 5873/204
- "I'm hearing horror stories of inspectors threatening to bust yeshiva doors, sneaking in through backyards, stopping kids and asking where they're going (creeps). (Reporter Yochon Donn on Twitter)
-The USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the continued extension of nationwide flexibilities allowing free school meals for all kids throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year. That means parents will not have to pay for school lunch even if they are not eligible. No word yet if the weekly food distributions will continue past December.
-Murphy: Many of the new cases we are tracking are coming not from our schools or businesses, but from gatherings inside private homes.Especially as the cooler weather pulls more of us back inside, we have to remain extra-vigilant.
- Five counties are reporting more than 100 cases today – Ocean with 154, Essex with 132, Union with 109, Middlesex with 108, and Bergen with 103
-New Jersey reported 1,192 positive coronavirus tests across the state The statewide positivity rate for all tests recorded on October 15th was 3.36%. The statewide rate of transmission is currently 1.14.
-Kipshuto restaurant opens a second location at the shopping center at 605 East Countyline Rd, 2, Lakewood corner of Squankum road near the Wawa. The other location is on South Clifton order online Here.
-Case Update: On Thursday there was a hearing at the appeals court. It is estimated the judge will issue a ruling within 2 months. It is possible the judge will iy"h declare the case an unjustified prosecution and dismiss the entire case or ח''ו she will recommend that R Osher shlita be resentenced for a 12 year prison sentence ר''ל. Please continue to dave for Osher ben Chana Frumit. There will be weekly tehillim Thursday night 10:30 pm in Binyan Beren.
-Residents in Jackson speak up at meeting demanding closure of shuls video
Sunday, October 18, 2020
AUDIO: Cuomo Holds Conference Call With Jewish Leaders Sunday Night They Apologized for the Rhetoric
"Please remember that when you see some, pardon me, idiots doing silly things, don’t paint us with that brush. We are really beating up on them, we are doing everything in our power to stop these people. At the same time, you know, one thing you mentioned earlier [that] you were sued without anybody talking to you – that’s one thing I feel is unfair. We wanted to meet with you. We wanted to speak with you. We didn’t get the time".
Hamodia: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a held conference call with Jewish leaders Sunday night. Several askanim from Borough Park declined to be on the call, after the tensions that arose from the October 6th call, including the fact that the governor muted them during the call, and only talk several prearranged questions. However, on this October 18th call, it appeared that questioners were able to talk freely, and one person involved described the conference to Hamodia as much more “conciliatory.”
Rabbi Yaakov Bender: This is Yaakov Bender from Far Rockaway, New York.Read full transcript and Hear the audio at Hamodia.com
Election message from R' Harold Herskowitz VOTE STRAIGHT COLUMN A
Weather: Partly cloudy. High 63F 10% chance of rain
-Authorities enforcing social distancing rules and mask wearing at simcha halls.
-NJ- The statewide rate of transmission declined to 1.15, even though number of cases jumped up. Essex County led the state in new cases Sunday, with 139, followed by Hudson (131), Ocean (121), and Union and Middlesex, both 107.
-117 New cases in Lakewood totals 5823/204
- Lakewood Vaad does not make an endorsement for president citing a decades long practice to focus on matters of local concern and not make endorsement in presidential elections. Lakewood was the Trumpiest town in NJ who voted in 2016. The vaad did express hakoras hatov to the president and have significant concerns about the policies of the Democratic contenders.
-Boro Park is holding a protest (yom tefilah) against the Cuomo lockdown on Monday, based on a decision tonight by rabbanim. This, according to my recall, is unprecedented. Never before has Boro Park sanctioned a protest. Then again, the governor's rhetoric these days is also unprecedented. (Yochonon Donn)
- Tehillim for שמעון בן הניא רייזל hospitalized with corona. רפאל אברהם יצחק בן גיטל, חיים יעקב בן פייגא בתוך שאר חולי ישראל
- Satmar releases statement it will hold wedding for close family only and blames media smear since the original plan was with social distancing guidelines.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
- Chartered flights are heading to Israel the next few days with Yeshiva bochurim and Seminary girls going to study and learn after not being allowed to enter. They will quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.
-39 new cases in Lakewood totals 5706/204
-Tehillim Edison rosh yeshivas name has been changed. Please be mispalel for Chaim Yaakov ben Faiga בתוך שאר חולי ישראל
- Rav Chaim Kanievsky responded to those who asked that they should open the chadeorim and yeshivos ketanos starting tomorrow after failing to reach a deal with the state.
-NY Gov. Cuomo signed an order to stop a planned wedding this Monday for the grandson of the Satmar Rebbe Rav Zalman It was expected to draw 10,000 guest and held in Williamsburg outside the color zones You can get married, you just can't have a thousand people at your wedding. You get the same result at the end of the day -- you're just married. It's also cheaper."Abc
- Coronavirus cases increased in 17 of N.J.'s 21 counties. Ocean County was the state’s biggest hotspot last week, adding 17.6 cases per 10,000, a 19% rise from last week. The county had curtailed its rate slightly after eclipsing 20 cases per 10,000 two weeks ago.
Friday, October 16, 2020
As we read the parshios of Breishis the sefer Torah is rolled that the left side is heavier making it harder for a righty to lift up during Hagbah. The newer sifrei Torah are lighter but older sifrei torah are heavier.
The Mishna Berura writes that Hagbah should be given to someone who has the strength to lift and turn the Torah without needing to sit immediately. If one knows they do not have the strength to do it properly they should decline the honor. Although generally one should not turn down an invitation for an Aliyah, we don’t find this with Hagbah, albeit the greater honor.
A Few important tips:
1) Please whoever is performing Hagbaa ask them if they have the strength and technique to lift the sefer Torah. Try giving to lefty's or able bodied men.
2) Gelilah should also be given to someone with knowledge to immediately secure the atzei chaim and begin rolling the sefer Torah
3) Very important for the Gabbai to stand nearby within an arms length until after gelilah is done.
Weather: Periods of rain. Morning high of 63F with temps falling to near 55. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near an inch. Locally heavy rainfall possible.
- Candle lighting 5:56 pm Shkia Sunset 6:14 pm Rosh Chodesh MarCheshvan Sunday & Monday
- Over 25 local cholim in hospitals please continue to daven,
- Six NJ Counties have more cases than Ocean county that has 70. Essex has most at 99 Hudson 98.
-28 New covid cases in Lakewood totals 5667/204
-BDE: Harav Ayreh Leibish Yitzchak Rubin, zt”l, Av Beis Din of Glaguv. He was approximately 70 years old. levayah took place at his bais medrash on 55th Streetin Boror park
-Rav Moshe Shternbuch, rosh av bais din of the Badatz of the Eidah Hachareidis of Yerushalayim, has released a powerful p’sak against those who submit to authorities names and identities of Torah institutions that allegedly are not complying with draconian Covid-19 lockdown regulations.Rav Shternbuch, in his weekly shiur, stated that these “mosrim,” those who inform on fellow Jews to governmental authorities, may not be counted toward a minyan. read more at Matzav.com
-Vaad Hapoel for Hatzolas hayeshivos and mosdos Hatorah in Lakewood: Since the awareness campaign not to do mass testing the numbers have been reduced in the community.
-There is no state mandate to have students randomly tested in school.
-Murphy: “There have been some big realities. And again, I will say that our working relationship with elected leaders, faith leaders and others in and around Lakewood has been outstanding, but there’s no escaping the fact that that’s been a hotspot.. But for the most part, I’ll use baseball terms, forgive me, this is a bunch of singles and doubles, small ball stuff that’s a little bit here, a little bit there.”
- New Hampshire and Massachusetts add the state NJ to a travel advisory as one of the states to quarantine for 14 days if you come from there.
- Cuomo's health commissioner Howard Zucker admits in a brief in the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese case that “there is no specific percentage threshold to determine when an area should be designated as an orange or yellow zone.” Basically, Cuomo is making up rules and maps based on mood.(OJPAC)
- A "super-spreader event" near Monmouth University led to positive coronavirus tests for more than 100 students and forced the school into all-online classes, officials said Tuesday. The outbreak was traced to a single off-campus private gathering that resulted in 125 positive Covid-19 cases.
- Hamodia: -A group of Catholics and Orthodox Jews filed suit Thursday against New York’s recent COVID-19 restrictions, alleging unconstitutional infringements on freedom of speech, religion and assembly. This is at least the fifth lawsuit brought against the regulations imposed last week.
The federal suit was brought by a group of Catholic priests, Orthodox Jews, and Catholic-school and yeshiva parents, over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s closure of schools and limitation of houses or worship to as few as 10.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
-Sanz klausenberg distribution 5:45pm -7:30 pm Edgecomb & Parkview behind Evergreen
- Cuomo signs executive order to withold funding from non public schools in red zones who defy his order and remain open.
"To conclude: We care for life more than Cuomo does. Much more. He’s responsible for the lost lives of thousands. But we also care for our liberties — especially our religious liberties. And Orthodox Jews aren’t about to give Cuomo control over the well-being. Period".
In a long twitter thread D.Y Shor gives his perspective and informative narrative on the unprecedented attack on NY’s Religious Jewish Communities
We Orthodox Jews in NYC have been all the rage for a few weeks now, and I gather most people outside the community have no idea what’s really transpiring here, so allow me to try to clarify some stuff for you all. The Jewish community here is very big, and consists of hundreds of congregations. Each can be different. Obviously I can’t give an accounting for all, but I’ll try to give a general explainer on the broad happenings with COVID and the restrictions impacting religious life.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
-According to a new poll conducted by Ami Magazine, 83% of Orthodox Jews will vote for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, while 13% of Orthodox Jews say they’re voting for former Vice President Joe Biden. The poll also found that 76% of its respondents believe that the President is unfairly portrayed by the media. The poll surveyed 1,000 Orthodox Jews in 22 states.
-Wedding halls limit crowd to comply with social distancing regulations. Format changed up to make room for shifts seuda for 150 bentching at 9 pm followed by second shift of simchas chosson vkallah.
-Lee Trunkey Farm responds in a long Facebook post to allegations that they closed only for Chol Hamoed and some called them out for being anti semetic- some excerpts from the post: " If we were anti-Semitic, would we have allowed this holiday to continue on our farm for the past 30 years? You really believe we all of a sudden decided that we dislike an entire population of people? Or maybe, just maybe, do you think we’re concerned about Covid like much of the world? We have hosted great Jewish customers all summer long. Over the years we host thousands of Jewish camp groups for tours in the summer. This year, in fact, ALL tours and hayrides were cancelled due to Covid and the large group restrictions. Not just Jewish tours, ALL tours. Our own grandchildren are a quarter Jewish, for goodness sake!
In previous years attempts were made to hold off registration until Tu bshvat thanks to Mrs. Ziva Krieger A"H
A girl going to high school may not know which school she is going to until a day before but for 2-3 year old playgroups the deadline to apply was Isru Chag Sukkos, 10 months in advance.
If you don't get in quick enough you are told "Sorry We are full." parents must apply for their 2 year old child 10 months in advance or they will miss the self imposed deadline. The culture of grabbing first only creates a artificial hysteria where parents and even morahs are forced to open registration early because they are scared of loosing out if they wait a few more months. Its not fair for the parents and for the children. So much can change in 5-6 months a child may be held back they may need special services among other factors. We created a panic that only serves the "oischappers" that always look to beat everyone to it, causing a ripple effect that no one gains from.
In previous years attempts were made to hold off registration until Tu bshvat but not everyone was on board and once a few playgroups start taking privately, others follow and break the agreed upon start time.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Weather: Areas of patchy fog early. Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 67
- 155 new positive Covid19 cases in Lakewood totals 5559/204
-The Levaya for R' Yoni Kohn Z"l will be held at Newark airport at United Cargo, 340 Airis Drive, Newark NJ 4;00 pm enroute to Eretz Yisrael.
-Gov Murphy: Announcing $100 million in CARES Act funding to support small businesses in NJ rent relief and food assistance to food banks
-New Jersey has 993 new positive cases, 7 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths
- Last day to register to vote in NJ Here
-Chadorim and mosdos schools start with regular transportation kids have to wear masks when on the bus.
-Tehillim request for Rav Yaakov Halevi ben Chaya Sarah (Rav Fensterheim Scranton Yeshiva)
-Prime Day on Amazon get latest deals at Dansdeals
-Shor Yoshuv update on the condition of the RY Harav Naftali Jaeger shlita: B”H, the Rosh HaYeshiva is continuing to make progress, and resting comfortably. The doctors are very optimistic, and feel he may be able to go home tomorrow or Tuesday. Of course, please continue to keep מורינו נפתלי בן חנה in your Tefillos.
- Senator Ted Cruz tweets "Why do NY Dems keep attacking Orthodox Jews?" in response to NYT article that Cuomo had a conversation with Orthodox leaders last week in which he said he'd allow 50% occupancy before announcing that he was dropping it to 25% hours later.
Lakewood planning board virtual meeting October 13th at 6:00 pm
Watch Livestream Here
See Agenda Here
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Monday, October 12, 2020
Weather- Periods of rain. High near 60F. 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
-BDE: Matzav TRAGIC ACCIDENT: Yoni Kohn z”l, Two Others, Killed Yoni, who resided in Chicago, was a renowned baal chesed. He served as president of Tryko Partners, a private equity investment group based out of Brick, NJ. The crash happened earlier today in Michigan read more at Matzav
-77 New positive cases in Lakewood total 5404/205
-Update: Please continue to be mispallel for Refael Avrohom Yitzchok ben Gittel, a Lakewood Menahel hospitalized in critical condition. B"h his condition has improved slightly, however, he remains sedated on a ventilator.(LNN)
-A group called vaad to save the yeshivos and Mosdos hatorah of Lakewood took out ads to stop the mass covid19 testing, claiming there are false positives and it is driving up the numbers of positive cases.
-Columbus day govt offices closed no Mail or garbage pick up. Chadorim cloed for Isru Chag
-Slight improvement in the condition of Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlita he is at home keeping to his daily schedule please continue to daven Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben Pesha Miriam
-Dr. Zev Zelenko: "Hi. Out of Twitter prison again. Hey Twitter planning a class action lawsuit against you. All lawyered up with the top lawyers and ready to go."
-Gov Murphy tweets before Yom Tov "Grateful to Jewish community leaders who are doing everything possible to ensure safe holiday practices this weekend. We continue to work closely with religious communities throughout New Jersey to fight the spread of COVID19. We’re all in this together".
Yartzeit of Ribnitzer rebbe: The Visnitzer Bais Hachaim in Monsey, where crowds normally gather on 24 Tishrei for the yahrtzeit of the Ribnitzer Rebbe, zy”a, has been closed by the NYS Health Department to enforce Governor Cuomo’s Executive order barring gatherings. Earlier this evening, foot traffic was allowed, but the Ramapo Police began halting that as well.(Hamodia)
-Facebook is banning posts that deny or distort the Holocaust and will start directing people to authoritative sources if they search for information about the Nazi genocide.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
A Gezunten Vinter (in its true meaning)
-After gorgeous weather over sukkos with no rain the forecast tonight has Rain Low around 55F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over one inch. Tomorrow cloudy and rainy as well.
-Update: As per Agudah of NJ Rabbi Avi Schnall, Lakewood's Mosdos are currently set to reopen as scheduled after discussions with the Governors office. There may be a protocol of testing for each school. If the numbers go up things may change. (Video on LNN)
152 New positive cases in Lakewood since Erev Yom Tov total. 5327/205
- No official word on schools opening right after yom tov as there are rumors swirling of closing for a week.
- Hakafos in Covid era: Shuls in Lakewood this year had a unique simchas Torah due to covid19. Some shuls had policies of masking and no holding hands or short hakafos outdoors. BMG had a unusual short Hakacos compaerd to a regular year. Others only let one person holding the sefer torah dance around the bima while the crowd stayed in their place. Additional outdoor minyanim took place to acomodate those exposed ir social distancing. Many yeshivos did not have Hakafos for its talmidim.
- NYPD arrest activist Heshy Tishler in Boro park tonight right after yom tov for allegations of in inciting violence.
Friday, October 9, 2020
נגיל ונשיש בזאת התורה, כי היא לנו עוז ואורה
- Friday, October 9, 2020 / כ״א תשרי תשפ״א הושענא רבה
-Candle lighting 6:07 pm Shkia/ sunset 6:25 Shecheyanu by Hadlokas Neiros/Vayechulu kiddush
-First day Yom Tov Koheles/Yizkor/Tefilas Geshem/Birchas Kohanim/ Mincha/ Shalosh seudos
-Second night ותודעינו by Maariv Yaknehaz Kiddush/ Simchas Torah
Weather: First day Yom Tov Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 77F
Simchas Torah Day- Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers in the afternoon. High around 70F. Chance of rain 40%.
" יהי רצון מלפניך , כשם שקיימתי וישבתי בסוכה זו כן אזכה לשנה הבאה לישב בסוכת עורו של לויתן".
See full letter below. The rabbonim call on the kehillos to adopt a different approach and implement real change this year.
Guidelines call for shorter hakafos of 5 minutes each and toned down, everyone participating should wear a mask, women children should also mask, making one wide spread circle will help or everyone should dance in their seats. For Kol Hanearim, chosson Torah/Breishis people must not crowd together. a Kiddush can be made if it is short and not a social event. Each rav will determine more precise guidelines for their kehilos (antibodies etc..)
As an aside, הרב אלי' דוב וואכטפויגל שליט"א said that the רבנים should say over בשמו that it is a 'vildkeit' to have yeshivishe hakafos and he has cancelled hakafos in his Yeshiva. He said the z'chus hatorah protects limmud hatorah and tefilla but not yeshivishe hakafos.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The most Jewish place outside of Israel? The center of the universe? Boro Park seems to be the epicenter of Jewish life in many ways. As it developed pre war, it was an out of town upscale neighborhood for those distancing themselves from Manhattan and Williamsburg. The original shuls like Shomrei Emunah, Temple Beth-El, Anshe Sfard, Bnei Yehuda and others grew at the time. Eitz Chaim Yeshiva and the Shulamis school for girls were the first schools of its kind in the neighborhood, and in the case of the latter in the entire country.
Slowly the neighborhood attracted different kind of crowd. The Chernobyl Rebbe established the first chassidic shtiebel in the 1930's. After the war, Rav Avraham Joffen opened the Novardok Yeshiva, Rav Aharon Kotler became a neighborhood resident and a group of Mir students from Shanghai established the Mir Minyan on 16th Ave & 54th St. Moshe Koussevitzky was the Chazzan at Beth-El during this time. It wasn't long before the Chassidim began arriving in ever greater numbers. The Munkatch court was revived there, and the Bobover Rebbe arrived in the late '60's from Crown Heights. Novominsk, Sighet, Ger, Belz, Spinka and dozens of other dynasties had their headquarters, the Rebbe or at least a shtibel in the neighborhood
Part 2 below
Monday, October 5, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020 / י״ד תשרי תשפ״א ערב סוכות
Candle lighting 6:18 pm
Shkiah 6:36 pm
-Yaknehaz second night kiddush
Leaders from Ocean County and Lakewood and the local Orthodox Jewish community vowed to do what it takes to lessen the area's high level of COVID-19 infection Friday during a news conference with Gov. Phil Murphy.
The overall positivity rate in Lakewood is 27.82% and in Ocean County is 15.85%, according to the state Department of Health.
That's compared to an overall positivity rate of 2.09% to 2.89% in the state's three regions, said Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, who said COVID-19 cases also are spiking in Stafford, Lacey and Jackson townships.
Talk about Erev Pesach the pressure of getting ready for the Seder, making sure there is no chometz, turning over the kitchen, cooking the zeroa, making charoses etc. Men usually have easy chores when it comes to Erev Pesach its the Nashim tzidkaniyos that are the ones knocked out when we sit by the seder.
Its on Erev Sukkos when rolls are reversed that the men get to feel a bit what it is for the women on Erev Pesach. Talk about the stress of getting the sukkah up, making sure its sturdy, adding 2 new panels, last minute runs to the local hardware store- a screw and bolt here, a light fixture, oops need to run back for an adapter since its 3 prongs, Setting the shabbos clock, putting up the decorations. Then its back to the store for another 6x4 mat for the schach and a fold-able cot for the son in law who sleeps in the sukkah.
-Friday night first night yom Tov 45° Clear skies. Low around 45F.
-Shabbos day Sunny skies. High 68F. chance of rain 10%
-Second night Clear skies. Low 44F chance of rain 10%
-Second day Yom Tov Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 68F.
-Motzei Yom Tov 40% chance of rain
-Persichilli 126 new cases in Lakewood out of NJ's 796 new covid cases today.
-Daled Minim shuk at Bezalel gym 519 5th street open till 3:00 pm
- Yaknehaz candle for Kiddush 2nd night
-106 people were niftar in Eretz Yisrael R"L over the last 3 days from the Virus
Video below learning next to his sukka.
After detecting a change in his temperture harav Chaim shlita was checked and tested positive for Covid19. He is said to be in good condition and continues learning at home under strict medical observation. Name for Tehillim is שמריהו יוסף חיים בן פעשא מרים. As a zechus he said people should learn Maseches Berachos snd say 10 kapitlach Tehillim. Photo from morning. See video below
Thursday, October 1, 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week. Trump wasTonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
- President Trump and the first lady test positive for the corona-virus
-Robo call notifies residents on the drawbacks of mass testing health individuals there are many false positives which will result in unnecessary hardships on families, contact tracers will follow up and potentially close down shuls for no reason. Some tests result positive much later.
- Gov. Murphy To Meet With Religious, School Leaders In Lakewood Friday NJ News Network
-The NJ Dept of Health will have a mobile Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at 10 St & Clifton Ave tomorrow from 8a-2p. Walk ups are welcome (LPD)
-30 new covid cases in Lakewood totals 4351/203 +1 death
-The Karlin stoliner rebbe from EY Has been hospitalized with a case of pneumonia after getting covid19 the chasidim are asked to daven for the rebbe Baruch Meir Yaakov ben Faiga. He is said to be in good condition and under observation
-Lakewood Bikur cholim will operate the mobile testing sites in Lakewood starting Erev Yom tov as Rabbonim relay the govt wants all healthy people in Lakewood to test for covid prior to sukkos.
-Local Yeshivos cancel Simchas Bais Hashoeva for chol hamoed this year.
Sukkos 7 day box distribution
Mekor Hatorah 8:30 pm- 11:30 180 Sims
Yeshiva Ktana 6:00 pm 120 2nd street Tehiilas Chaya Sara 8:30 pm 1115 Cross
Sanz Kloisenberg 6:15 pm lot Edgecombe & Parkview behind Evergreen
-1820 Old Freehold rd Toms River 4:30 pm
Gelbstein 3:30 public school Clifton Ave, Middle school
-Conference call scheduled today for Lakewood Rabbonim, Roshei yeshiva to discuss covid19 uptick
- Daled minim shuk at Bais Faiga, Lake terrace.
-Roberts Chol Hamoed carnival will be a drive thru nosh distribution at Blue Claws stadium 3rd day chol Hamoed October 7 from 11-5
-Dr. Ed Lifshitz, who heads the DOH’s communicable disease service, said he talked to city and state health officials from New York about the potential for spread between the Orthodox communities in the tri-state area. In May 2019, New Jersey found that a measles outbreak in Lakewood was tied to cases in Israel, Brooklyn and upstate New York, the result of family and religious visits among members of the tight-knit group. “We hear anecdotal information that suggests some of this is happening (with COVID-19), but I don’t have a hard number to put on that,” Lifshitz said Wednesday. source
-Lakewood BOE attorney asked if public schools should go to remote only. Response "The concerning numbers in Lakewood do NOT reflect the students of Lakewood schools as the Governor and staff clearly stated yesterday"
- News media crews are all around Lakewood today reporting on the covid uptick. News chopper seen flying over rt 9 reporters on Clifton Avenue
-NJ gas tax increase goes into effect today prices at the pump ho up by 10 cents per gallon. NJ gas tax is now 50.7 cents a gallon, more than NY
- Schools in Lakewood are offering antibody testing to the students and their families.
-Updated- some boys Schools remained open for today while others closed untill after Sukkos.
- Admorim in Chasidic courts announced there will not be any simchas Bais Hashoeva this year. Toldos Aaron cancelled theirs as well. There will also not be any kabolas kahal nor will the rebbes conduct a public tish.
-From the update of a local doctor- There are currently more than 30 Cholim from the Lakewood Kehilla in the hospital, with at least one on a ventilator. Two members of our Kehilla have died. Hatzaloh is transporting more people to the hospital every day. children are now spreading it to unprotected non-immune parents. catastrophes are now beginning to occur in High-Risk members of our Kehilla Reinfections have begun to occur.
Moshe katz is a singer and a guitarist. A famous kumzitzer, moshe has a knack for sweeping his crowd into the depth of neginah. Either with a Carlbach story or just a hartziga nigun, they get ignited and swept in Moshe has sung and performed at many of the kollel functions. This video was produced in honor of a Siyum Hashas that the members of Kolel Ohr Shmuel, made לעילוי נשמת Shmuel z"l. Kollel Ohr Shmuel was established two years ago in memory of Shmuel Gellis. A 4 year old boy with a pure Neshama who was tragically killed in an accident on the 28th of Av. Moshe, Shmuels father, together with his close friend Feivish Waxman, established a small early morning Kollel, as a zechus for Shmuel. It started with a small group of men who planted a seed by committing to learn every morning at 6AM. This seed quickly grew to an astonishing number, with hundreds of men who currently are members of this unbelievable
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
-Daled Minim Shuk open at Lake terrace 1690 Oak street
-Daled Minim available at Bingo including sukka panels folding chairs beds tables
-Oorah giveaway winter coats,Belts, ties,back cushions, makeup brushes, headphones and more at 1785 Swarthmore Ave Lakewood, today Sep 30th 1:00 pm-5:00 while supplies last
-Long lines continue at Urgent care centers, over 3 hour wait by Chemed this morning, others ran out if tests. the state is expected to deliver 6000 rapid tests to Lakewood
- Schools and yeshivos send message that all kids must check temps before boarding the bus and wear a mask when waiting at the bus stop untill entering the classroom
- Building on Cedarbridge Avenue sprayed with graffitti police investigating.
-New York City will begin enforcing mask-wearing with a $1,000 fine in nine zip codes seeing a COVID-19 spike, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
-Murphy to visit Ocean county and meet with Lakewood officials amid covid spike
- APP: "Orthodox Jewish leaders ask for caution during holidays as Lakewood COVID-19 cases spike "We have to all stay focused to beat this thing," Rabbi Aaron Kotler, president of Yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha, wrote the Press in an email ..Kotler said his own Yom Kippur — holiday celebrations and other gatherings have been blamed for some of the spread — was celebrated "socially distanced, masks and all, and vastly-reduced capacity, plus outdoor prayer groups on my block."
-More: About 37,000 Lakewood children attend nearly 100 private religious schools, more than six times the number of students in the public schools "They're contemplating their options and seeing what’s best,” Schnall said of the Jewish schools in Lakewood. “It’s a big town with a lot of schools, so it may depend on the situation — you don’t want to unilaterally close a school without any cases.” APP
-Lunch Distribution: B'gan 7 day Sukkos box Wedesday
Bnos Melech 550 James 8:00 pm
Yeshiva Orchos Chaim 6:30
Tehilas Chaya Sara 1115 Cross street 8:00 pm
-The number of COVID-19 cases in NJ have jumped 20% in one month, which state officials link to Lakewood.
The short clip gained traction after Hollywood star James Woods, an outspoken conservative and backer of Trump, shared it on his Twitter account. Critics dismissed the clip, and said the slowed-down video only shows a crease in Biden’s shirt. see below
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
-Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to visit Ocean County later this week to discuss the surge in cases with local officials. In the meantime, state health officials are sending thousands of rapid tests to the county and 20 additional contact tracers in an effort contain the spike. (NJ.com)
-Bob Singer: “Any uptick has some concern," he also acknowledged the Jewish holidays and children going back to school as the reasons for the new cases.
- Message going out from school/yeshivos . Every student is expected to wear a mask THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE DAY. Please make sure your son is wearing his mask BEFORE he rides the bus. It should not be taken off at all both indoors and outdoors. Thank you for your cooperation.
-Baltimore: Rabbonim ask the community to strongly consider not hosting out of town guests for Sukkos during the pandemic. Those who do will only be allowed into shuls with a negative test. The Agudah of Park Heights minyan factory will be closing and all minyanim moved outdoors
- Arba Minim Shuk now open from September 29-October 2 at 1690 Oak Street.
- Levaya of Reb Moshe Harari Z"L 11:30 am at the chapel on 7th street at the Lakewood bais olam.
-Presidential debate tonight first of 3 dabates begins tonight at 9 pm.
-Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles in interview to NJTV on the hundreds of new cases in Lakewood "its pandemic fatigue they think they cant get it, they are listening to too many press conferences out of Washington and are just not paying attention to the basic rules of masks the social distancing and the hand washing. The mayor added that the virus spread in orthodox Jewish households and that the Rabbis said not to pray in synagogue but to stay home.
-OHI in Lakewood Town Square today from 9am-3pm giving out free adult flu shots Just bring photo ID
-Israel prime Minister: Lockdown Will Be Much Longer Than 10 Days it could last about a month
-Levaya of Reb Eliyohu Bean Z"L at the Lakewood Bais olam 9:00am
Monday, September 28, 2020
-369 New covid cases since Sunday total 4131/199
Erev Yom kippur 147 new cases
-Murphy: We continue to see the statewide number driven in large part by significant new cases coming out of Ocean County
-Murphy: NJ secured from the whitehouse rapid-testing resources for New Jersey, 2.6 million BinaxNOW rapid tests.
NJ 12- OCHD's Dan Regenye says some urgent care testing centers are doing 2 week data dumps in Ocean County - not providing daily details. He wants that changed.
-BDE: Petira of R’ Moshe Harari Z”L, Niftar From COVID-19 He was 46 years old. Levaya tomorrow at Lakewood Bais Olam 11:30 am leaves behind wife and 2 children R"L(YWN)
-Twenty Lakewood residents were in the Hospital over Yom kippur (YWN)
-The state is moving to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in Ocean County after it accounted for 40% of all new New Jersey cases Monday.
-New York City officials are threatening to impose a sweeping lockdown starting Tuesday on neighborhoods with soaring COVID-19 infection rates.