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By: Rabbi Labish Becker

  Sephardic Chief Rabbi Hacham YitzhakYosef Visits Community Yeshivot and Synagogues in Brooklyn

Last month, Hacham Yitzhak Yosef came to the United States for a chatunahand visited many Sephardic yeshivot and synagogues around the Tri-State area, giving the community chizuk, and delivering many shiurim.

Hacham Yitzhak Yosef also visited Yeshivas Be’er Hagolah together with the head of the vaad hachinuchof Be’er Hagolah, Harav Elya Brudny, Rosh Yeshivas Mir.

Be’er Hagolah educates more than 430 Sephardic children from Brooklyn and Queens, and it was a great privilege forthe students to be in the presence of these two gedolei Torah. During the tour of the classrooms, Hacham Yitzhak was moved to tears as he watched the young children sing shivisi Hashem linegdi tamid.

At an assembly, the Dean of Be’er Hagolah, Rav Mordechai German, introduced Hacham Yitzhak Yosef, who is the author of more than 20 volumes of Yalkut Yosef, as a walking sefer Torah. Hacham Yitzhak told the students of a time when he met the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who asked him how is it that all of the ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans are gone, but the Jewish people are thriving. The Hacham answered himby quoting Rav Saadiah Gaon, who said that the Jews are a nation only by merit of us having the Torah. The Torah is our life force, which constantly breathes into us a renewed energy and makes us grow.

Hacham Yitzhak told the students that everyone has a cheilekin Torah, and that they are so fortunate to be in this yeshiva. As the students filed by, Hacham Yitzhak gave hundreds of personal berachot to each and every child.

Afterwards, Hacham Yitzhak met with Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva, Hagaon HaRav Malkiel Kotler, at a melava malkain Flatbush, in what is being called a “historic meeting.” The Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva, spent Shabbat Lech Lecha in the Brooklyn community, delivering many shiurimand speaking at many of the Sephardic synagogues in the community – including Shaare Zion.

Anti-Semite Arrested: NYPD Take Boro Park “Egging” Suspect into Custody

A suspect wanted in the recent string of egging attacks against Hasidic
Jews in Boro Park wasarrested last month.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force (HTCF) made
theannouncement on Twitter saying “APPREHENDED!!! HCTF has arrested an 18-year-old male in connection with multiple anti-Semitic egg throwing assaults.”

Mohib Hoquq, 18-years-old, residing at 115 Avenue C in Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with:

Hate Crime Assault (3 Counts)

Hate Crime Aggravated Harassment (3 Counts)

Hate Crime Harassment in the 1st Degree (3 Counts)

Hate Crime/Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree

The NYPD is still looking for additional suspects wanted in at least five separate attacks, including one where an egg was thrown inside a shul whose door had been opened. Other attacks included a mother who was walking with her young child.

Much information that led to the identity of the suspect(s), including video footage of the attacks, aswell as license plate numbers in recent attacks, was secured by the dedicated volunteers of Boro Park Shomrim, who worked diligently alongside police.

Magen David Yeshiva High School Welcomes IDF Soldiers

Last month, Magen David Yeshiva High School had the honor of welcoming IDF Soldiers Niv Keshet and Elior Dor to speak with their juniors and seniors about their experiences in the Israeli army and the current situation in Israel. Students were enraptured by their stories and had many poignant questions.

The soldiers proceeded to make the students proud by presenting pins to a few of the MDY alumni who served in the IDF after graduating, marking their gratitude. Coby Sabbagh, Class of 2010, Gabi Peretz, Class of 2012, and Yoni Hadar, Class of 2014, then spoke to the kids about ways they could serve, even as students today.

Chai Lifeline Celebrates “An Eveningfor the Kids” at December 9 Gala

Chai Lifeline will celebrate its 2019 Annual Gala on Monday, December 9,
at The Marriott Marquis in New York City. A leading children’s health support network, Chai Lifeline provides critical assistance to children with
life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families, through more than two-dozen, free year-round programs and services, including professional case management, two- medically-supervised overnight camps, Camp Simcha, and Camp Simcha Special, counseling; meal delivery; transportation to medical appointments; Project Chai crisis intervention; insurance advocacy, family retreats and respite, i-Shine afterschool national programs for children living with illness or loss in their homes, and more.

Joining Chai Lifeline in celebrating this year’sGala theme,
“An Evening for the Kids,” will be comedian MODI and music sensation Mordechai Shapiro. The Gala is chaired by Chaya Rivka and Mayer Fischl, Bari and Daniel Erber, and Julia Straus Baruch.

To reserve a seat or table, or to learn more about the Chai Lifeline Gala, visit

Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, zt"l,
Passes Away, Tens of Thousands Attend Bnei Brak Funeral

Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, zt"l,
the nephew of the Hazon Ish, who founded an internationallyrenowned Bet Din and was known as one of the leading poskimof our generation, passed away October 21st, aged 93.

Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of Rabbi  Karelitz. The funeral procession left at 12:00 from Rabbi Akiva Street in Bnei Brak, heading toward the cemetery on Hazon Ish Street, where the Rabbi was buried. Many streets were blocked to traffic in Bnei Brak, and large police forces escorted the funeral procession.

Many public figures paid tribute to Rabbi Karelitz upon news of his passing, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and DavidLau, and the heads of the charediparties, among others.

Rabbi Karelitz was a highly respected posek. The Bet Din he established in Bnei Brak in 1967 was one of the largest and preeminent courts in the Jewish world.

Massive American Dream Mall Finally Opens – Sort of…

More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn’t exist, Amazon was only selling books online, and malls were where you went for all your shopping needs.

Now, after endless fits and starts and billions of dollars spent, American Dream is officially opening its doors to the public as the second largest mall in the country, and the third largest in North America. It will showcase three million square feet of leasable space dedicated to more than a dozen entertainment attractions. like a 16-story indoor ski slope, rollercoaster, waterpark, and eventually 450 retail, food, and specialty shops.

The Mega Mall will feature amazing attractions and amenities, and a Kosher Food Court. The Kosher Food Court is the first food market in a North American retail entertainment destination. There will be six units drawn from the best kosher food operators from NYC to Miami. The purpose of providing kosher food is to offer a new dining destination for kosher consumers. Hopefully, this allure of kosher dining will increase traffic to the mall from the many tourists and Jews living in the area.

The mall won’t be completely operational until next spring, when several hundred stores will open. The Nickelodeon amusement park and an ice skating rink opened last month and the other attractions are scheduled to open in phases by the end of this year.

DSN is Now Offering
Free Transportation for
Seniors Program

The Deal Sephardic Network (DSN) in Deal, NJ is now offering free transportation to and from their facilities for the their DSN Senior Program. This is exclusively for the Cove and Imperial House residents. Thebus schedule is as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 11:00am pickup and 2:00pm drop-off. For more information, please contact
DSN at 732 686 9595.