Monday, February 28, 2005

Interesting Hanukah/Mi Yehudi video

Watch this sort of inspiring Hanukah/Jewish identity music video.

Watch video


Sunday, February 27, 2005

Brand new discussion board added to Chaptzem.com

We at Chaptzem.com are proud to announce the addition of a brand new discussion board. A place where we can discuss all the interesting issues that face us as a Jewish nation. Enjoy and have fun.

Link to discussion board


Friday, February 25, 2005

B&H Cameras warehouse catches fire

The B&H warehouse located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard caught fire from a next door building. After being shut down for a couple of hours and after making sure all their employees were safe, B&H reopened the warehouse and was ready for business again. According to an employee, B&H was swamped with phone calls from all countries inquiring about the fire and asking if there would be a fire sale. Hey, and I thought that was a New York thing.

Watch Matisyahu, the world's only Hasidic Reggae singer perform

We got it! We have the video of the only Hasidic Reggae singer in the world, Matisyahu. Watch him rock the place here.

Link to video


Wednesday, February 23, 2005

London mayor refuses to apologize for Nazi slur against Jewish reporter

Most people expected the mayor of London to apologize for comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard. Instead, Ken Livingstone lashed out at the reporter's employer Tuesday, accusing it of a long history of anti-Semitism and scare-mongering about immigrants. "I have nothing to apologize for," Livingstone told reporters at a press conference. People, it ain't just the Germans anymore.

Former Air Force commander named new Israeli chief of staff

Maj. Gen Dan Halutz, 57, will replace Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, who is completing his tenure in May, after a decision by DM Shaul Mofaz not to extend his term. Mofaz's refusal to extend Yaalon's service broke with long-standing tradition, and created a firestorm of criticism from Israeli commentators and political leaders. Israeli analysts said Halutz's appointment would have little impact on Israel's planned retreeat from Gaza and northern Samaria.


Saturday, February 19, 2005

New yahoo group just been formed for people suffering from 'improper' internet use

A place for the heimishe olam (young and old) who are struggling
with appropriate Internet usage. Ideally, for people who recognize
they have a problem, and are interested in trying to get help, or
help themselves. A place to be m'chazik (support) each other in
order to get back onto and stay on the derech ha-yashar (straight
path). So far this is the worst misuse of the internet yet.


Chaptzem.com assumes no responsibility for the content of the abovementioned group


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Meal-Mart processing plant closed down by Department of Agriculture

Meal-Mart's meat processing plant in Long Island City has been shut by the United States Department of Agriculture due to bacteria that had been discovered there. The plant which was mainly used to process and package their line of sliced cold-cut meats has come to a production standstill. According to an employee, the production absence is costing Meal-Mart heavy thousands in losses. Meal-Mart is doing the best they can to rid themselves of the parasites and get back into business. I guess that's what that new interesting flavor in my turkey roll was.


Sunday, February 13, 2005

Non-Glatt Kosher meat sold as Glatt Kosher

The Flatbush takeout and catering establishment Kosher Spot has been closed down due to claims that they had been repackaging non-Glatt Kosher meats as Glatt Kosher and selling them to stores. The story broke as Rubashkin found that Kosher Spot was selling more Glatt Kosher meat than he had purchased from them. The Viener Dayin of Boro-Park, Rabbi Tzvi Halpern, has issued that meats purchased from either Paperrific or Kosher Supermarket at both their locations in Boro-Park should not be eaten. Well at least we paid for Glatt Kosher.


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Friday, February 11, 2005

Fire burns down four stores on 13th Avenue

A fire that started approximately 9:00 AM on 13th Avenue claimed four stores and a temporary Skverer Shteeble in its path. The fire that continued to burn until 1:00 PM had overwhelmed the NYFD, especially since the first half hour they were unable to get water to the blaze due to a fire hydrant which was supposed to be replaced but was not. The Fire Department scrambled around the empty stump of an absent hydrant trying to figure out what to do. After 30 precious moments were wasted due to the missing hydrant, the FD finally pulled hoses from another street and got some water over. Here's an interesting concept, the hydrant can't be used to put out a fire, yet tickets for parking in front of a pump can still be issued!


Monday, February 07, 2005

Ponevezh on brink of split

A belligerent faction in the Ponevezh Yeshiva, considered the Harvard
of haredi yeshivot, is likely to splinter off and set up an
independent yeshiva.

This follows an escalation of violence that culminated in the bloody
beating of a yeshiva head. Last Thursday, Rabbi Haim Peretz Berman,
the newly-appointed cohead of the Ponevezh Yeshiva, was ambushed
outside his Bnei Brak apartment on the way to morning prayers.

The assailant pummeled Berman's face with brass knuckles and continued
to hit him after he fell to the ground.

Berman, who sustained mainly superficial wounds to his face, was
hospitalized briefly and showed up, bandaged and stitched, for his
Talmud classes at the yeshiva.

The naming of Berman as a cohead of the yeshiva two months ago was
seen as an attempt to push out Rabbi Shmuel Markovitz, who is fighting
for control there. Berman's appointment escalated the already tense
atmosphere at Ponevezh.

This week, Rabbi Asher Deutche, a Markovitz supporter and a teacher at
Ponevezh, discounted Berman's beating by comparing it to the punches
sustained by Nathan Hirsch, a yeshiva student who supports Berman,
during a fistfight at Ponevezh a month ago.

In response, Rabbi Michal Yehuda Lefkovitz, head of Ponevezh's yeshiva
high school, issued a notice stating that "those who minimize that
horrific act are accomplices of those who actually performed it."

Quoting from the Talmud (Shabbat 54b), Lefkovitz warned that any rabbi
who is in a position to denounce a transgression and fails to do so is
punished along with the transgressor.

Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, one of the most respected spiritual
leaders of the Lithuanian haredi world, who until now has maintained
neutrality, floated the idea of installing Markovitz and his followers
in a separate yeshiva that would be funded by Ponevezh's
administrative head and Markovitz's brother-in-law, Eliezer Kahneman.

Steinman presented the idea to the two senior heads of Ponevezh,
rabbis Baruch Dov Fobarsky and Gershon Edelstein.

In an unprecedented move, Edelstein convened on Tuesday the entire
yeshiva student body and faculty, including former students who were
bused in from all parts of the country, to announce that the violence
had gotten out of control and that a solution would be found very
soon. Some 3,000 people attended.

Perhaps the most important development was the involvement on
Wednesday of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the preeminent halachic
authority in the haredi world.

Elyashiv, who has until now supported Markovitz's claim to a senior
role in the running of Ponevezh, signaled this week, via his
messenger, Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Karp, that he supported Steinman's
suggestion of distancing Markovitz and his followers from Ponevezh by
establishing a separate yeshiva.

In the coming weeks an attempt will be made to advance the idea.

However, two main obstacles need to be hurdled. First, Markovitz will
undoubtedly oppose the move.

A new yeshiva established under such negative circumstances would
hardly be viable. Plus, Markovitz still argues he has rights inside

A rabbinic court would have to be convened to determine whether
Markovitz can be forced to accept such a solution to the conflict.

Second, Kahneman, whose family first established Ponevezh in the
1940s, must be persuaded to fund the enterprise.

No matter what the final verdict will be, there is a consensus that a
solution must be found.

Sources inside Ponevezh told The Jerusalem Post that the ongoing
infighting had not tarnished the good name of the yeshiva so far.

It still attracts 200 of the best and brightest students every year.
Very few yeshivot can compete with Ponevezh's prestige.

But the full ramifications of the recent outbreaks of violence have
yet to be gauged.

As one student put it, "Soon parents are not going to want to send
their sons to a yeshiva replete with such strife."


Thursday, February 03, 2005

Boro-Park guys get blocked in

Three Boro-Park guys were cruising along 13th Avenue late at night in their fancy new 4x4 when they got the bright idea of cutting off a private sanitation truck. After the truck started to honk and curse at the guys who cut them off, these wise men decided to block the truck. The driver of the truck jumped out and stood himself right in front of the 4x4 and refused to move an inch while speedily dialing 911. A Police cruiser arrived a couple of minutes later and tried to sort the situation out. I think there's sort of a lesson to be learned here, a garbage truck is still bigger than a 4x4.

Latin-American-Jewish artists!? You bet!

Guatemalan Jaime Permuth and Peruvian Moico Yaker are two Latin American-Jewish artists who create works that zoom in on their unique, multifaceted identities. This month, Yeshiva University Museum is showing 37-year-old Permuth's, "Manhattan Mincha Map," a 34-photograph exhibit of various minchas - small Jewish prayer chapels - around New York. Accompanying Permuth's exhibit is painter Moico Yaker's "Having Trouble to Pray," a series of 60 drawings and paintings dealing with his own struggles with prayer. While many associate Guatemala and Peru with the ancient Maya and Inca civilizations, few people conjure up images of thriving Jewish communities when they think of these Latin American countries. But such communities do exist, and they have produced two gifted artists.


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