The Torah Jews Internet Gathering / Asifa

A time for peace 🙂 in the meanwhile its warR@ Click here to listen to our leaders in Jerusalem -> http://soundcloud.com/strugglegroup613/sets/kennes-chizuk-facing-the Internet!

 I just found this poster advertising a Kennes Chizuk, “Facing the Challenges of Modern Technology”, scheduled for June 17/27 Sivan. The speakers at the event will be R’ Yitzchok Berkovitz, R’ Yaakov Hillel of Ahavat Shalom, and R’ Yosef Elefant from the Mir. The speeches will be only in English, catering to English speaking Bnei Torah. It seems that women are not invited. The event will take place at 8:45 in Bais Yisrael Hall at 16 Ezras Torah. There is a 10 nis admission fee. A live broadcast for women will be available on Kol Halashon by calling 03-617-1111. For more info or to book advance/group tickets, call 02-653-6007. 

Just adding someone else s two cents <- I find it funny that while the Asifa speeches in America were given in Yiddish, in Israel, the speeches will be given in English. עולם הפוך ראיתי

12th-dafyomi-siyum-hashas-the-english-language-siyum-in-yerushalayim-with-the-participation-of-the-gedoleihador!<-

See below for more updates and comments arn’t there any better videos posted covering this Asifa thanks !

Listen to Rabbi Sitorsky’s weekly shiurim on the parsha are an eclectic and inspiring blend of rabbinic and kabbalistic influences. Bamidbar/Bamidbar_5772.MP3 “A kidush HASHEM” MAMESH”

Arthur Ashe stadium added as Second venue for sold out internet asifa, klal yisrael

Due to overwhelming response and a sold out Citi Field stadium, The Ichud hakehilas are in the final stages of arranging for a second nearby location  at Arthur Ashe stadium, enough to seat an additional 22,000. All those who ordered tickets will receive on a first come first serve basis. There will be live speeches at each location as well as satellite hook ups between both arenas. Many Gedolim from all international communities will attend. the full list and program will be made available.  Listen here 718-258-2008 and click 9 for the live teli-line!Tickets will not be available through email or phone order, they will be sold at specific locations  in the tristate area since many will first be allocated for those who purchased tickets already.for updates and important asifa information call the Asifa hotline at 732-551-3351 option 61. Call 855-Asifa-72 (855-274-3272)

Speakers and program for the Asifa in Citi Field

As it appears now, not confirmed yet. Mincha will be at 6:30 Asifa 7-9:15 The Speakers will be, the Mashgiach Rav mattisyahu Solomon ,The Skulener Rebbe, the main speaker will be the Mashgiach Harav Don Segal, who is coming from eretz yisrael as a Shliach for rav Shteinman and rav Chaim kanievsky. rabbi pesach krohn will speak in english and explain the asifa to the media as well. The djibo dayan” Satmar dayan” from montreal,  Rav dovid Feinstein, Rachmastrivker rebbe from eretz yisrael will recite the tefilas hashela, as the asifa is taking place on Erev Rosh chodesh Sivan. Rav Efraim wachsman will emcee. A video message from harav shmuel wosner shlita of bnei brak will air at the Asifa. There will be a hook up and live program as well at the Arthur Ashe stadium nearby. rav mattisyahu might speak live later on at Arthur Ashe stadium.Due to limited parking the tzibbur is requested to use mass transit. busses from all locations or the subway, # 7 train from Manhattan to Citi field Mets/Willets Point Station.

Rav Chaim kanievsky issues letter to upcoming Asifa.

In a special letter dated chof daled Iyar for those attending the Asifa, Rav Chaim kanievsky writes about the danger of the internet. It has taken many from the best homes and caused them to transgress. It is the Yetzer hora of avoda zara and Giluy arayos of our times. We must come together and formulate concrete ideas and solutions and figure out a way  how to combat and get rid of this yetzer hora. He commends the gedolim in america for arranging an Asifa bringing together tens of thousands yereim and shleimim to be mechazek and combat this yetzer. The letter concludes that there is absolutely no heter to use the internet without a filter even for parnasah. One must use guidance  as to what kind of filter is proper and kosher for his internet use. <-click here for ours!

Agudah statement on Obama’s approval of same gender marriage

The following statement was released by Agudas Yisroel of America following President Obama’s statement in support of same-gender marriage:
In the wake of President Obama’s sharing of his personal feeling that the millennia-old institution of marriage should be redefined in contemporary America, National Jewish Democratic Council chair Marc R. Stanley declared his admiration for the president’s demonstration of “the values of Tikkun Olam.”
A political group is entitled to its opinion, no less than a president is to his. But to imply that a religious value like “Tikkun Olam” – and by association, Judaism – is somehow implicated in a position like the one the president articulated, is outrageous, offensive and wrong.
We hereby state, clearly and without qualification, that the Torah forbids homosexual acts, and sanctions only the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.
The Orthodox Jewish constituency represented by Agudath Israel of America, as well as countless other Jews who respect the Jewish religious tradition, remain staunch in their opposition to redefining marriage.

Rabbonim change strategy, refocus the battle against Internet and technology.

    In September 2005 the first major Asifa regarding the dangers of the Internet took place in Lakewood. The Rabbonim and speakers all pointed out the fact how dangerous it is for the well being of families not only children but adults as well. Takkanos were implemented where people were not allowed to have internet access at home and kids will not be accepted, or expelled from school if parents didn’t comply with the ban. A local paper quoted “The community’s policy — formed with the principals of the area’s 43 yeshivas, or Jewish private schools, and unveiled in late September — decrees that any student with home access faces suspension or expulsion on the grounds that even one Internet-corrupted student could sway others”.

    However, no one at the time was tech savvy enough to understand the importance of the internet in our daily lives it was seen as a luxury and maybe for some, essential for business. They fought it with the same tactics and strategy that was used to fight television. They did not do proper follow up to the ban and failed to realize the good of the internet too. The results were predictable: more people got internet access. The availability of Smart phones and newer tablets  give people access to the web where ever they go. Its not restricted or confined to a house or office. A lack of education in explaining the good and the bad of the web contributed to many not being careful when going online.
Realizing that its a lost battle, the rabbonim now are refocusing the approach on how to fight the dangers of the web. A giant Asifa is planned for this coming may 20th. The theme is not to ban the internet, but, rather: The Internet  “We cant live with it we cant live without it” using technology responsibly al pi torah. They realize it is here to stay and the fight now is to  focus on proper safeguards, filters, and education on the dangers of technology especially with smart phones ipads and other devices. Over the years there have been many different ways and approaches by various rabbanim, roshei yeshiva and admorim on how to deal with the Internet, but a noticeable change is that all agree it is here to stay and we must learn how to deal with it properly.
Kiryas Joel, NY – The Satmar Rebbe, R’ Aron Teitelbaum, broke his silence on the upcoming CitiField Asifa today, announcing that there was no reason for any of his chasidim to attend this event or the upcoming Siyum Hashas.Until now the Satmar Rebbe had been careful not to speak out publicly against the Asifa but his words came today after Shachris at the Satmar yeshiva in Kiryas Joel, alluding to the fact that the Satmar Rebbe Reb Yoel was against any gatherings of rabbis belonging to the Agudah.“Whoever remembers my uncle, the Divrei Yoel and participated in his Shalsoh Seudos and heard his holy words and came to his house with a kvittel knows that a Satmar Chasid has nothing to gain from attending either the Asifa or the Siyum Hashas.”R’ Teitelbaum emphasized that he supported the Rabbonim who are endorsing the assemblage and would encourage his followers to abide by the suggestions that will be proposed at the Asifa, but that he felt that this gathering was not in the best interests of his followers.“It is impossible to speak to every person in the same way.  There are people who are already filtering their internet and other who need to be told that they should not have a computer in their house at all.”R’ Teitelbaum also took issue with the fact that the Asifa would be conducted in English saying “our forefathers fought against having speeches in the languages of other nations and I do not want to send my followers to a place where they will be speaking a foreign language.”In recent days askanim arranging the event have suggested that the Satmar Rebbe had lent his endorsement to the event and that while he was not sending his Chasidim as a group to the Asifa he had given permission to any individuals who wanted to go to the event.
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12 thoughts on “The Torah Jews Internet Gathering / Asifa

  1. In an address to a group of teenage students, noted author, lecturer and educator Rabbi Manis Friedman dismissed the notion of banning the internet and rejected the idea that the Jewish community is facing an unprecedented crisis.

    Speaking on May 2nd at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights, Rabbi Friedman called the internet the nisayon of today’s generation and advised students to do what Jews have been doing for years – stay strong and withstand the test that is being placed before klal yisroel.

    Rabbi Friedman explained to the bochurim that while for their grandparents, it was communism that enticed Jews to stray from their yiddishkiet, today it is the internet that presents a challenge.

    “The test, the nisayon of that generation was, are you going to give in to communism or not,” said Rabbi Friedman. “In our generation, the test is can you handle a computer or you can’t? Can you handle the internet or not? That is the test. Is it any worse than communism? No, communism was much more dangerous.”

    Reminding the bochurim that each generation of klal yisroel has withstood its own nisyonos, Rabbi Friedman urged them to use their yiddishkeit to master the potential nisyonos presented by the internet saying, “instead of being afraid of the computer we need to become stronger than the computer.”

    Rabbi Friedman told the students that just as Jews over the years have survived the inquisition and communism, they will weather the challenges presented by the internet as well.

    “We are much stronger than the internet,” added Rabbi Friedman. “Don’t get so intimidated.”

  2. Today is a big day for prayer, for all our children… please say today and may Hashem hear all out prayers!!! and have a great month etc…

    Lets help all our fathers and mothers and children …

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    This special prayer was composed by the Shelah Hakadosh to express the prayers of parents on behalf of their children. The Shelah said the optimal time for parents to recite this prayer is Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan , but it may be recited anytime. The holy Shlah Hakadosh left Europe in the 17th century and made his home in Eretz Yisrael, becoming chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.

    The Artscroll website states:

    “All parents want the best for their children — that they should be good and upright, that they have everything they need for a fruitful, joyous life.

    (We recite the prayer anytime but especially…) on THE DAY BEFORE ROSH CHODESH SIVAN, for that is the month when God gave us the Torah, and when the Jewish people began to be called His Children. On that day, (the Shelah Hakadosh) writes, fathers and mothers should give charity to the poor and repent. They should even fast, if they are able to.”

    Below is the text of this special prayer:

    English TranslationYou have been the Eternal, our G-d, before You created the world, and You are the Eternal, our G-d, since you created the world, and You are G-d forever. You created Your world so that Your Divinity should become revealed thorugh Your holy Torah, as our Sages expounded on the first word therein, and for Israel, for they are Your people and Your inheritance whom You have chosen from among all nations. You have given them Your holy Torah and drawn them toward Your great Name. These two commandments are, “Be fruitful and Multiply” and “You shall teach them to your children.” Their purpose is that You did not create the world to be empty, but to be inhabited, and that it is for Your glory that You created, fashioned, and perfected it, so that we, our offspring, and all the descendants of your people Israel will know Your Name and study Your Torah.

    Thus I entreat You, O Eternal, supreme King of kings. My eyes are fixed on You until You favor me, and hear my prayer, and provide me with sons and daughters who will also be fruitful and multiply, they and their descendents unto all generations, in order that they and we might all engage in the study of Your holy Torah, to learn and to teach, to observe and to do, and to fulfill with love all the words of Your Torah’s teaching. Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah and attach our heart to Your commandments to love and revere Your Name.

    Our Father, compassionate Father, grant us all a long and blessed life. Who is like You, compassionate Father, Who in compassion remembers His creatures for life! Remember us for eternal life, as our Forefather Avraham prayed, “If only Yishmael would live before You,” which the Sages interpreted as “…live in reverence of You.”

    For this I have come to appeal and plead before You, that my offspring and their descendants be proper, and that You find no imperfection or disrepute in me or them forever. May they be people of peace, truth, goodness and integrity in the eyes of G-d and man. Help them to become practiced in Torah, accomplished in Scriptures, Mishnah, Talmud, Kabbalah, mitzvos, kindness, and good attributes, and to serve you with an inner love and reverence, not merely outwardly. Provide every one of them with their needs with honor, and give them health, honor and strength, good bearing and appearance, grace and loving-kindness. May love and brotherhood reign among them. Provide them with suitable marriage partners of scholarly and righteous parentage who will also be blessed with all that I have asked for my own descendants, since they will share the same fate.

    You, the Eternal, know everything that is concealed, and to You all my heart’s secrets are revealed. For all my intention concerning the above is for the sake of Your great and holy Name and Torah. Therefore, answer me, O Eternal, answer me in the merit of our holy Forefathers Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’akov. For the sake of the fathers save the children, so the branches will be like the roots. For the sake of Your servant, David, who is the fourth part of Your Chariot, who sings with Divine inspiration.

    A song of ascents. Fortunate is everyone who fears the Eternal, who walks in His ways. When you eat of the toil of your hands, you are fortunate, and good will be yours. Your wife is like a fruitful vine in the inner chambers of your home; your children are like olive shoots around your table. Look! So is blessed the man who fears the Eternal. May the Eternal bless you from Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children, peace upon Israel.

    Please, O Eternal, Who listens to prayer: May the following verse be fulfilled in me: “‘As for Me,’ says the Eternal, “this My covenant shall remain their very being; My spirit, which rests upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth nor from the mouths of your children, nor from the mouths of your children’s children,” said the Eternal, “from now to all Eternity.” May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing before You, Eternal, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  3. A Teenagers View on the Asifa ~ By Gavriel Guttman

    Gavriel , 3-L
    Preface by: Dovid Teitelbaum

    Some people think I blog because I’m seeking praise and attention; they obviously don’t know me. Others make accusations that I have a personal interest or agenda, I don’t. I started blogging for one reason only- our youth.

    I began writing my first blog after a girl told me her story. Her teacher was giving over her views on how the Internet is the yeitzer horo. She raised her hand to challenge this assumption and asked about all the torah websites one can view online. I think we can all agree that that was a legitimate question. But the teachers response was awful. If the teacher would have told her she was wrong, I wouldn’t have cared that much. If she would have thrown her out of class for asking the question I wouldn’t have started to blog. But this teacher did the worse thing possible. She gave the entire class an assignment because of her question. Whether she meant it or not, she trained those girls to never ask again. Instead she and the rest of the class will keep all their questions inside and when they graduate from school they will throw everything they learned in the garbage.

    When someone asked me if I will go the the Asifa, I responded, sure, but only if the rabbonim sit in the audience and the teenagers sit at the dais. Adults should make the rules but only after we listen to what the children have to say. Instead we stifle their opinions and we don’t allow them to ask questions. I started a Facebook group where teenagers can express how they feel. I hope for it to be a place where kids can be free to ask questions and not feel intimidated about it. Below is the first of many articles that I hope to post. It was written by one of my campers. A camper who won a middos award this past summer for his excellent character traits. He is 16 years old and lives in Woodmere, NY. He takes a much more positive view on the asifa than I would have, but that isn’t the point. It comes from his heart and that’s all that matters. We must listen to our teenagers because they will be the future parents, rabbayim and even our future leaders. Its takes a lot of courage these days to speak up and say how you truly feel, especially for a teen. Thank you Gavriel for taking the time and writing for us!

    Guest post: By: Gavriel Guttman “A Teenagers View on the Asifa”

    Taking the F train to Mets-Willets Point on Sunday, May 20, was an amazing experience. The subway car was jammed packed with all types of Jews; Chasidish, Yeshivish-Litvish, Modern Orthodox, and of course my friends and I, who are somewhere in between. I’m not a big fan of categorizing people as I believe in the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” and that each person is internally different from the next, but nevertheless I see it befitting to at least say the group of people on the train certainly did not conform to one dress code. It was truly an amazing sight. Everybody was happy and casual conversation was taking place amongst everyone on the train. A few people were giving out extra tickets to those that lost theirs or did not purchase one in the first place. Even the non-Jews on the train seemed to sense that there was something exciting about to take place. This “something exciting”, which all of us Jews on that train were attending, was the Internet Asifa at CitiField. My friends and I were not attending the main Asifa rather we had tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium which is where the people who did not manage to obtain tickets to the sold out Citifield event were going to watch from a live hookup. They even had a few speakers that were scheduled to speak from Arthur Ashe stadium. Needless to say, everyone was excited. I personally had been reluctant to attend the event but after some coercing finally decided to make the trip and participate. As the train pulled into the station and we all hurriedly got off, I couldn’t help but feel excited that so many Jews were gathering together at one time, regardless of the reason. Then, as we walked onto the boardwalk that connects Citfield with Arthur Ashe Stadium, I saw a scene that I will never forget.

    Thousands of Jews, dressed mostly in black and white, were crowding to enter both stadiums. There were buses pulling in, whole Yeshivas lining up, and those (like me) who had opted with taking public transportation. It was unbelievable. I had never seen so many Jews at one time before. We were all happy and eagerly walking toward the stadiums and everything was going great. We then arrived at the Stadium, where, after a brief wait and thorough security check, we finally made it inside. Little goodie bags that contained a Danish, bottled water, a cup, and a Tefilah card were handed out and the view from our seats was phenomenal. There were other kids from my Yeshiva who had already arrived at the event and we all greeted each other happily, after which we davened a nicely paced unified Mincha. And then the Asifa began.

    The two English speeches that I heard that night were very inspiring and were delivered with amazing expertise. Rabbi Wachsman was especially motivational with the amount of emotion he put into his drasha. The Yiddish speeches did not have much of an impact on me and from the little I understood and the parts that I had translated, these speakers were more opposed to Internet as a concept while Rabbi Wachsman seemed to be saying that it is only bad when used wrongly.

    What bothered me was that I had heard nothing about a new approach and innovations for better kosher internet usage. The advertisements had been using slogans like “A Huge Crisis Demands a Huge Solution” and “We can’t live with it and we can’t live without it” and many of us had attended the Asifa expecting the advertised solution. Unfortunately, the only solutions given were filters and complete avoidance of the Internet, with filters being pretty effective but old news and complete avoidance being impractical.

    The Asifa was very successful if looked at as a gathering of Jews to hear Mussar, but in terms of guidance and new plans for advancement I believe it was a failure. But maybe I misunderstood the ads and all the hype; maybe the Asifa was meant all along to be a Mussar gathering. But if that is the case, then maybe the money should been spent on providing free filters for those who need it. Who knows? I still think the event was amazing and that everyone should have attended; it was truly an unforgettable experience. I don’t understand why there are those who are “anti-Asifa”. What is there to be against? I see where one can disagree with how the money should be spent but the internet is indeed a precarious issue and hearing mussar and divrei chizuk on the topic certainly Is a nice thing. The implications I got from the Yiddish Droshos upset me a little but not enough to ruin the night and I went home thinking about the amazing mussar shmoozen that I had just heard.

    Sure, there probably was a bit too much publicity for a simple gathering for droshos and maybe there should have been more English, but is that enough reason to be against such an historical gathering of our people? I think not. But then again, I am just a lowly teenager and what do I know about the Internet?

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  5. […] just found this poster advertising a Kennes Chizuk, “Facing the Challenges of Modern Technology”, scheduled for June 17/27 Sivan. The speakers at the event will be R’ Yitzchok Berkovitz, […]

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