Archive for April 9th, 2010


Friday, April 9th, 2010

When one thinks of the term, “Baal Chesed” (master of kindness), the name that surely comes to mind is Rabbi Chaim Prussman; founder and director of Beth Shifra, a charitable organization dedicated to helping all Jews in need. For nearly a half-century the names Chaim Prussman and Beth Shifra have been synonymous with housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. This Passover season, as in years past, thousands of Jews throughout New York City and the surrounding areas were recipients of Rabbi Prussman’s largesse as free Pesach sedorim were held at Georgie’s Grand Ballroom in Boro Park along with free meals for the entire eight days of Passover as well as the distribution and delivery of food packages to those who are homebound. In addition to providing alimentation for those hardest hit by economic stresses, the staff of Beth Shifra volunteers also conducted Torah classes, Discovery seminars as well as delivering timely Divrei Torah at each meal.

In the spirit of Passover, Rabbi Prussman has once again incomparably lived up to the exhortation and greeting at the commencement of the seder service and has made sure that “all who are hungry” did “come and eat.” Beth Shifra’s free Kosher L’Pesach kitchen and dining room at the Georgie’s location on 16th Avenue and 45th Street was open 19 hours per day from erev Pesach until the evening following the holiday. In all, an excess of 1200 food packages were distributed, approximately 2000 meals were served and nearly 365 prepared lunches and dinners were sent to individuals who were unable to travel to Boro Park. Other Beth Shifra free food distribution centers were also established in other neighborhoods throughout the city and even more meals and food packages were provided to the indigent. Kashrus was maintained on the strictest of halachic (Jewish Law) levels by noted Magid Shiur (lecturer) HaRav Levi Hettleman of Cong. K’hal Tarnipol. And for those who required it, several pounds of Shmura Matza were donated by Ohel Chaya in memory of Moshe (Morris) ben Alexander Zusya..

The sedorim were conducted under the aegis of Rabbi Shmuel Gershbein, a noted attorney in the tri-state area as well as a civil rights activist and champion of the rights of the mentally impaired and physically handicapped. He has dedicated much of the past five years to sharing the riches of Judaism with the mentally challenged community and has designed more inclusive synagogue rituals within the parameters set forth by the Igros Moshe, the Tzitz Eliezer and HaRav Soloveitchik, ZT”L. Assisting Rabbi Gershbein were Rabbi Alexander Guth (a reknowned luthier), Rabbi Avner Bitton (shamash to Rosh Yeshiva Yisroel Belsky), and Rabbi Yaakov Faucci.

The educational program at this year’s Passover program included such luminaries as HaRav Eliyahu Brogstein of Aish HaTorah, who led an awe inspiring Discovery Seminar and esteemed Torah scholar, Rabbi BenTzion Greiper who spoke of the paramount importance of developing proper middos in our everyday lives. Rabbi Brogstein’s seminars have become an annual Chol HaMoed tradition at Beth Shifra and hundreds gathered to hear his electrifying message. Rabbi Greiper is the author of the recently published book, “Living With the Parsha Everyday – Becoming the Best You Can Be” and is a talmid of HaRav Avigdor Miller, ZT”L. Rabbi Gershbein delivered a Gemorrah shiur on Pesachim 119b and a class entitled, “Ahad Ha’Am and the Six Zechirot”.

Frank Vasile, New York City’s leading expert on bedbugs and a consultant to six exterminating companies served as the chief operations officer for site maintenance and security. Cooking the meals for the throngs of attendees during the entire Passover holiday was chef extraordinaire and culinary maven, Simone, who does not use a last name.

One elderly widow, who spoke in Yiddish on condition of anonymity, said that “If not for Rabbi Prussman, I would not have food for Passover. And, more important to me, even if I somehow obtained the food to eat, I would surely have no one to eat it with.” She added that Rabbi Prussman has created a way for her to have Passover and not feel alone during those eight days. The holiday – instead of being a time of loneliness and sadness – is now a time of joy for her. “Rabbi Prussman,” she sobbed through tears of happiness “has made it for me a z’man cheiruseinu.”

Said Rabbi Gershbein, “Our time in this world is measured in how we choose to spend those moments and for a Jew, there is nothing more meaningful and rewarding than helping others and I am humbled to be amongst those who dedicate their entire lives to the needs of Klall Yisroel.”

Rabbi Prussman stated, “We consider this year to have been a tremendous success. Despite the economic realties under which we all live in this country, we still managed to obtain, cook and serve thousands of portions of chicken, soup, and fish. We went through more than three hundred Kosher for Passover cakes. Now, with the donations which we hope come in, we will pay for this year’s Pesach meals and begin preparing for Pesach 5771. It is our fervent hope and prayer that Klall Yisroel will have the zchus of ushering in Moshiach in the coming year and that next year our sedorim will be in Jerusalem.”


Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“Obama Off the Deep End” by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A recent analysis by Roger Simon of PJTV Media maintains that Obama is showing signs of mental illness. A wide variety of commentators have observed that Obama displays severe narcissism. Obama is conceited, and he is demonstrating a serious disassociation from reality.

A recent case in point was Obama’s bizarre and meandering 17-minute, 2,500-word answer to the simple question about how he could justify raising taxes for ObamaCare during a recession when citizens are already overtaxed. Obama’s wildly inappropriate answer left the audience stunned and led commentator Charles Krauthammer to mockingly say, “I don’t know why you are so surprised. It’s only nine times the length of the Gettysburg address, and after all Lincoln was answering an easier question, the higher purpose of the union and the soldiers who fell in battle.” This lapse of delusion occurred in front of a friendly audience. Overall, Barack Obama seems to be slipping into a slightly more delusional state these days.

On Monday, following his embarrassing answer on Saturday, Obama stopped by the Washington Nationals home opener to loft an effeminate toss toward home plate constituting the ceremonial first pitch. After this display, Obama was mucking it up in the press booth talking about his love of the Chicago White Sox. The announcers asked Obama which players he supported growing up a White Sox fan. After hemming and hawing for about 30 seconds, Obama responded that he grew up in Hawaii and was actually an A’s fan. Again, he avoided mentioning any players by name. Obama seems to believe that he can say whatever he wants, and not reap the consequences or be forced to defend his empty assertions. Obama behaves in a manner so disconnected from reality that he is shocked when someone has the audacity to question him. Obama acts like his word is infallible.

In March of last year Obama was on “60 Minutes” with Steve Kroft. Throughout the interview as Kroft questioned about the economic downturn and people losing their life savings, Obama just kept laughing. A one point CBS’s Kroft stopped him and asked, “Are you punch drunk?” How will the American people react to seeing their president laugh off their predicament? Obama’s inappropriate laughter clearly demonstrated he has lost touch with the pain that people are feeling.

Obama portrays himself as the larger-than-life figure towering above the political fray. At the summit when Obama was pushing his healthcare package through Congress, he attempted to act as if he were the chief arbiter of truth. With petty insults, he slapped down what the Republicans proposed and audaciously claimed his was a “bipartisan bill.” Obama distorts the truth with such frequency that one must start to question if Obama even realizes he is lying or is so disassociated from the truth that he believes what he says.

A further example of Obama’s delusions of grandeur occurred when he gave himself a “good solid B plus.” Believing that his presidency was an above average success when America is hurting is absurd. Obama went so far as to claim that he would give himself an “A” once healthcare was passed. Obama is not living in the same reality as the rest of us.

As Charles Krauthammer wrote, “Not that Obama considers himself divine. (He sees himself as merely messianic, or, at worst, apostolic.) But he does position himself as hovering above mere mortals, mere country, to gaze benignly upon the darkling plain beneath him where ignorant armies clash by night, blind to the common humanity that only he can see.”

Obama sees himself as the greatest man to be president in all time. He truly believes it when he said “we are the ones we have been waiting for,” and “this is the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal.” He believes that he can do anything he pleases and the people will love him for it. Obama plans to radically transform this country and go down in history as, in his mind, the greatest ever. Obama is clearly disconnected from reality.

Obama is, according to Newt Gingrich, “potentially the most dangerous (president), because he so completely misunderstands reality.” Gingrich was referring to Obama’s inept and weak stance on missile defense amongst other things. Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Obama is an amateur; so much for wowing the world. Obama lives in an alternate universe where he treats our friends poorly and expects our enemies to change and become our friends. Here’s hoping that the voters help to connect this president back to reality in November.

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