Rabbi Romi Cohen
Visits Yeshivat Keter Torah

Yeshivat Keter Torah was honored by having Rabbi Romi Cohen speak to the Middle School boys on December 11th. Every year an evening event is planned for the Middle School parents. Boys in Grades 6-8 spend weeks preparing for this event. This year on February 21stthe school will be having a Holocaust Remembrance Evening.

Every day after the boys pray minha, theprincipal, Mrs. Levovitz, introduces and discusses a Holocaust topic. Some of the topics included the Mir Yeshiva Escape, the Hidden Children, the Eichmann Trial, and the Nuremberg Trials.
The boys will choose one of the topics and do a research paper on it.
They will also be required to create a 3-dimensional project on their topic. The projects will be displayed at the Holocaust Remembrance Evening.

Having Rabbi Romi Cohen visit and speak to the boys made this unit of study come to life. Every middle school grade will be reading a different Holocaust novel and the 8th graders will be reading Romi Cohen’s book,
The Youngest Partisan. The boys were riveted to his story and appreciated every word that he shared. The boys marveled at the miraculous hashgachapratitthat Rabbi Cohen experienced.

The boys are grateful to their Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Dabbah, and their Menahel, Rabbi Yanai, for facilitating this visit. It will be a day etched in the boys’ memory for a very long time.

Congressman Dan Donovan Reacts
to the Port Authority Terror Attack

Brooklyn lawmakers reacted to the pipe bomb explosion in a subway passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Dec. 11, 2017 with a mixture of anger that the incident took place, and gratitude that no one was seriously injured.

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, issued the following statement immediately after the bombing:

“Thank Gd there weren’t more injuries or fatalities from this morning’s terror attack. The response by NYPD, FDNY, NYC Emergency Management, and other first responders should give all New Yorkers confidence – they’re the best in the world.

“We are winning on the battlefield but we must constantly remain vigilant at home against ISIS-inspired or directed attacks. New York City remains the world’s top terror target, but fully resourced city, state, and federal anti-terror authorities will continue to save lives by preventing and responding to threats.”

Thank you, Mitzvah Man

They say that when you’re granted a yeshuayou should make it public. Well my yeshuacame in the form of an organization called Mitzvah Man.

Honestly this letter is long overdue. All summer long I was looking for a driver to escort my son back and forth from Flatbush to Boro Park to his therapist twice a week.

I knew the chaos and dysfunction it had caused my family the year before when I had to be absent for over two hours twice a week during the crucial supper/homework/listening crunch time.

I toiled and investigated and all summer long I was anxious. I knew there was no way we can go through another winter like the on e before.

My home was falling apart at the seams. My husband, an honest hardworking man, was doing all he could to pay back debts we accumulated for the months he was out of work due to an injury. I knew it was unfair to lean on him and ask him to stop working and start chauffeuring our son around.

After an agonizing and worrisome summer, a “mention” by one of the many bikur cholemsI called gave me a lead… a number… not even a name…just… “The Mitzvah Man.”

It’s so hard to put into words the hesed this “Mitzvah Man” did. I doubt he even realizes the greatness of what he did for our family. He quite literally and figuratively gave us our life back. He arranged for a man to personally drive my son to his therapy – wait an hour – and return him back to us – twice a week.

What an amazing human being! Mr. Mitzvah Man –
I have no idea who you are – and you don’t know who
I am either, and yet you put your all into finding a solution to my dire situation. So now, even though your identity is hidden – your hesedis not!

It is myfervent hope that people will now open their hearts and pockets to your organization – so you can in turn help many others like me!

With hearts full of gratitude,

The Schwartz family

Mother and Children Killed in Brooklyn House Fire Laid to Rest in Israel

On Wednesday, December 20th, thousands of people convened in the central Israeli city of Holon to attend the funeral of the four members of the Azan family who perished in a Brooklyn house fire.

The first funeral procession took place Monday, Dec. 18th in Brooklyn just hours after the deadly fire in the Flatbush neighborhood, with thousands of mourners from the community accompanying the bodies – in their symbolic funeral that took place before they were flown to Israel to be buried.

Aliza Azan, and three of her children – Moshe, 11, Yitzhak, 7, and Henrietta, 3— were killed in the fire. Their bodies were flown to Israel and they were laid to rest in Holon’s municipal cemetery.

The children’s father, Yossi Azan, and two of the couple’s children, Shilat, 16, and Daniel, 15, were hospitalized in New York and remain in critical condition.

Both parents were born and raised in Israel. Special arrangements were made by Israel’s Religious Services Minister David Azoulay to ensure that the victims could be buried in Holon.

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri both attended the funeral.

“When the Temple existed the public would bring sacrifices, but the public paid for these sacrifices and some were made for their people. For our sins, when there is no Temple, Gd takes pure souls as a public sacrifice,” Aryeh Deri said at the funeral.

Please continue to say Tehillim for Shilat Bat Louza Aliza, Daniel Ben Louza Aliza, Avraham Ben Louza Aliza, and Yosef Ben Ahuva Masuda – the survivors of the tragedy who are still currently in critical condition.

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Fellow Rabbis Thank President Trump for Standing Up
for Jerusalem and Israel

250 Rabbis headed by the Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef sent a special letter of thanks to President Donald Trump for his brave step in declaring Israel’s sovereignty on Jerusalem. The letter stated, “You have a rare merit as the first president to promote the recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel. We merit living in the generation in which many prophecies are coming true one by one. Jews came and are coming to Israel from all corners of the world. Israel repeatedly is victorious over its enemies time after time. Israel’s mountains generously produce fruit and the Israeli economy is getting stronger and stronger. We merit seeing Jerusalem built and children playing in its streets.”

The idea for the letter was initiated by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safed. Besides the 250 rabbis being signed on it, Rabbinical Judges, Rosh Yeshivas, and educators also signed on it to show their appreciation to the president for his declaration. “We’re confident that the rest of the prophecies will soon take place. The United States of America merited being of the first who supported the establishment of the State of Israel and its presidents merited standing at Israel’s side, being a partner in fulfilling the vision of the prophets about the return to Zion and the buildingof the State of Israel.”

The letter concludes with a deeply heartfelt blessing to the president: “We are sure that you will be remembered in the chronicles of Israel for eternity as someone who stood fearlessly at the front.”

Rav David Yosef Visits
the Bukharian Community

Motzai Shabbat, Parshat Vayishlach, was a historic evening for the Bukharian community in the United States. An overflowing crowd came to the Beth Gavriel Center in Queens for a festive melave malkawith music and words of hizuk.

Atthe head of the dais was the recently elected Chief Rabbi of the Bukharian Jews in America and Canada, Rav Yitzchak Yisraeli.  Joining him was the great posekfrom Yerushalayim, Rav David Yosef, son of the late Hacham Ovadia Yosef, zt”l.

The message of this evening was quite clear. The Bukharian community is united under the Da’at Torahof the Chief Bukharian Rabbinate, that already in its two years of existence has made numerous takanotto preserve the kedushaand continuity of the community.

Rav David Yosef also extended his berachotto the Chazaq organization for their work with Jewish public school students, noting that since speaking for Chazaq in August of 2017, Chazaq transferred 352 Jewish students from public school to yeshivas, most of whom were students of Bukharian descent. “The revolution must continue, and everyone must feel the responsibility to be mekarevthose around them,” Rav David stated.