"sorry.. i didnt mean to bomb you on multiple emails, but i was not sure which address still works..
an interesting complement to either you or your wife...
i was told today by a yungermahn that speaks to me about kashrus:
following my advice, his wife called one of the local basement chefs who had made a bunch of cakes for distribution by a local business for their workers (lkovod yom tov..) ..
she inquired about some of the ingredients... to which to person responded by asking "are you mrs. shain?".. my friend was mystified at the question and said"no... why do you think i am mrs. shain?" -- they are a younger couple and do not know you or your wife...
the person answered that in all the years she is in business , the only other person that bothered calling to ask any kashrus questions at all was mrs. shain...
yashrkoach... halevei we should be more successful
Actually not, because the gadol hador Rav Elyashev actually gave the psak against the Queens Vaad regardless.
What IS familiar is that Yanky Ribowsky, Chaim Schwartz & the rest of the Queens Vaad babies & their defenders always strive to get in the last word, no matter what kind of sheker & being mevazeh Daas Torah they use to achieve that goal.
They are much worse than just Korach. They are also like Paroh who huffed "Mi Hashem asher eshma bekolo?"
(Meanwhile Yanky & Chaim scream about those catching them misbehaving as "koifrim". Will the real koifrim please stand up ************************************************************************
After many meetings together with rabbi Olebaum an
d the community rabbis of queens, and discussions of all the VHQ kashrus violations and corruption.
The Shnorer / Shvoger Weinberger got involved?
In addition, Many Mashgiachim and owners came forward to offer complaints about Rabbi Schwartz and Ziskind how they need to be replaced due to all the negligence of bad kashrus supervision.
Rabbi Olebaum at first was ready to fight this battle but then was threatened by the VHQ authorities. Due to fear and manipulation. Rabbi Olebaum has decided to resign from this corrupt political queens Vaad battle.
Unfortunately, the VHQ has won the battle with rabbi Olebaum as he threw in the towel and is afraid to go against the Vaad of queens.
This site will not be addressing anymore the corruption in Lakewood, as we have done for the past 15+- years. There is currently a grass roots movement that are addressing the corruption in Lakewood. Address all issues and concerns to them.
No clue as to why I am writing this to you but something pushed me to write this letter and send it to you.
I grew up in Boro Park and come from a great religious family I went to 2 great yeshivas and my parents are seriously great true people as well as my 2 sisters and brothers.
I was raised with no TV, no video, no magazines, the most id hear about the outside world would be a small amount of radio.
When I was approx. 12 years old I really started to feel the urge to leave the whole religion, seriously I would cry and wonder what is wrong with me, I would wonder what's pushing me to do bad things, and when I spoke to my close friend about it right before my bar mitzvah he told me he had the same feelings.
Now I started thinking its normal and even the Mashgiach told me its normal but what I didn’t get is why could I not win the inner fight, why was I so weak, why even with the support of my parents my family my friends I just couldn’t help myself and I got worse and worse.
By age 16 I started trimming my beard something that was a serious NO NO, the side curls I had got shorter monthly, at one point it was 3 inches past shoulder length.
A month after my 16th birthday I went to Israel with the supervision of my aunt and uncle and while we where there he decided to make an appointment with a Mikubul Rabbi Yitzchuk Kadiri.
I saw him in his private office full of holy books and I started crying and told him my problem, I explained to him I want to be a good Jew, I want to follow the Jewish laws, I want to be just like my parents my grandparents etc. but I just can’t, I try so hard but its like I feel powerless, he asked me multiple times if I am careful about kashruth, If I am careful about what I eat and how I eat, I said yeah.
At the time I ate either at home my mother would cook or we would every other week maybe order from a local restaurant or a pizza store here and there, He spoke for 10 minutes non stop about the importance of being careful what you eat, I don’t remember exactly what he told me because to be honest I was thinking to myself this guy is full of it, I mean tell me to stop looking at women clothing catalogs we would get in the mail, tell me to stop listening to bad radio stations late night but please don’t tell me “keep kosher” and “watch what I eat”.
Seriously all these years went by and I never even thought about my meeting with Rabbi kaduri.
Today I don’t keep anything no kosher no nothing, I don’t look Jewish and don’t keep the holidays, I am not happy about it at all.
The class that I was in approx 12 other kids turned out just like me and my situation of turning complete off the way (derech) has unfortunately become very very common.
A few days ago im listening to a interview (4th interview) you did regarding the recent kashrus situation in the Jewish community, and you threw in some words that to many people wouldn’t mean much but to me it meant so much, you said “and then they wonder why the kids go off “le-tarbas rue” (off the way)”.
Hearing you say this even thou you said those words rather quick in the interview just threw an image of my head of Rabbi kadiri stressing for over 10 minutes to me about being careful what I eat.
Yes I am to blame for my actions but seriously I feel the food that I ate in Yeshivah growing up was not kosher like it should be, the yeshivah just cares about money and that’s where I ate most of my meals too, and that in turn didn’t give me the proper strength to fight off the bad thought and ways.
For the sake of those kids who are still innocent and for the sake of the true people who just want to eat kosher food continue the fight and expose the liars who will do anything for money.
There is no doubt in my head that the food issue is in part what is contributing to the huge increase of kids that go off the way. Yeah I'm sure the internet and the society as a whole don’t help, but please myself and the so many others in my class and others I know had no internet, what we did have is food that wasn't made for a kid that wants to be a strong Jew.
I call the hotline or as Rabbi Goldman calls it the cold line every few weeks I grew up speaking Yiddish 99% of the day even thou I don’t talk with my family that much because of the huge amount of friends I have just like me we I still speak lots of Yiddish maybe I shouldn’t.
This chol hamoyed sukkus I was at a rest stop in Connecticut at a McDonalds I see 4 yeshivah bouchrim there eating inside they still have the curls the clothing everything, so I walk up to them (they have no clue im jewish or anything) and I ask them politely why is it that my co-worker wont eat from m'cdonalds he says Jews can't eat it and here I see they are eating, they started laughing and saying how its all the same Jews just charge more money for non kosher meat because they add a little sticker they told me the story about finkle and claimed almost everything is corrupt.
I mean seeing hassidic people in nightclubs in these days is the norm, wouldn’t surprise me if one of those guys I see in the clubs with the long beared and side curls if for a living he gives “hechshers”.
My grandmother was a WWII survivor I remember going with her as a young boy a few times to the butcher he sometimes shechted the chicken right there she would take it home and make it kosher herself etc a long very tedious process, but I would do all that work today myself not to be where I am today spiritually.
I hope one day to be the nice Jewish boy I was once.
The word Askan/ Shtadlan, the title public servant, has referred
to a person characterized by selfless love for the Jewish people who sacrifices
himself for the public good. We grew up hearing stories of people ran across
Europe meeting with kings and governments in an effort to avert terrible
decrees against the Jewish people. All this was done at their own personal
peril and their own expense. The early klal workers in this country wanted nothing more than to spread chinuch and literally were moser nefesh
for that ideal.
Every good thing can be abused. This includes public service
and community service when a trust of the people with interests other than
those of the public they represent. If that happens, the people who suffer the
most are all of us, all of klal yisroel, because the true askanim / shtadlanim-and
there many out in there in the trenches
helping others lesheim shomayim will have lost the goodwill of the
public due to the indiscretions and selflessness of the abusers.
There is a tremendous pitfall in askanus, a pitfall
associated with all positions of power, especially those that are based on
trust. In other words, the second an askan begins to think that it’s
about me not about the cause; he is doomed to failure, because when there is a
conflict between the “me” and the “cause”, the “me” is going to win and the “cause”
is going to lose. That means that the little guy is going to lose.
The problem is that
some Askanim become so swept up with their roles and their deeds even
good deeds, that they often have a hard time separating themselves from the cause.
They begin to think of themselves as the cause in itself.
If askanim want to retain the goodwill of the people and
continue to help them; they must understand a few points. Firstly, it’s not
about me. It’s about helping people. Secondly, an Askan is there to fill
a need or a void. He’s not there to create a need and then becomes a knight in
shining armor who will fix it. Don’t create a need or an organization that’s
unnecessary or has already been created by someone else. If you do that, you’re
not an Askan, but rather opportunist and a copycat to boot.
In addition, it goes without saying that if a person’s
public service will in anyway benefit his own private business, mossad
or interest, that person is not an Askan, but rather an opportunist
utilizing the public to further his financial or organizational goals.
One particular form of askanus is that which exists
in relationship between politicians and public servants. This is especially so
when individuals with personal agendas and financial interests try to become
liaisons between the frum community and politicians, taking advantage of the naiveté
of so many in our tzibur.
These words should not
be taken as an indictment on askanus. On the contrary, it is because we
feel that altruistic public services are such an integral component of
preserving the welfare of our communities and ensuring the flourishing of yidishkeit
that we must weed and out and separate the
true askanim / shtadlanim, the true public servants, who selflessly give of
themselves and their time for the public with little thought for recognition
and remuneration, from the charlatans and opportunist who sully the ideal of askanus and
sully the name of our communities in an
unforgettable, unforgivable way.
As a prominent Rebebetzin "in the know" said "I never saw an (ex)askan, without full pockets".