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HaBucher HaChushev Ploni ben Nistar here for shtick, news and fun. You know, a Chassidic life isn't as boring and heavy as most people might think! ;-)

מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה תמיד

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Not sure why I’m posting this. I guess I’m just in a goofy mood.

Russian singers singing Jewish songs special style… including Avrohom Fried’s “Moshiach!” (02.35)

Those Russians in the crowd do seem to be bored though. Nevertheless I think it is hilarious! LOL. 

Kever Dovid: Davening for friends and family.

May we all have our yeshuos very soon!

Keep this in mind when you make havdolah this motzei Shabbos. 

A git shabbos Jumblr!

Hatzolah in action during 9/11. 

08.01: "Please tell my wife I said shema."

On 9/11 an Hatzolah ambulance was the very first to arrive at the scene and provide help. `50 Hatzolah volunteers responded. Two ambulances were completely destroyed and ten were severely damaged.

75 volunteers were treated, 6 were injured. Close to 1 Million Dollar damage was incurred. Hatzolah evacuated thousands and treated hundreds of people. Transporting them to 125 different area hospitals.

B’Chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities. 

About Hatzolah EMS:
Hatzolah’s mission is to save lives, and to prevent, reduce, and treat injuries and illness. Hatzalah, a non-profit corporation, is the largest all-volunteer Ambulance Service in the United States, providing premium quality pre-hospital emergency medical treatment and transportation at no cost to all who need it, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. Chevra Hatzalah, which was founded in NYC in 1965, has become a model for similar Hatzalah rescue and ambulance services throughout the world.

Chevra Hatzalah is world-renowned for providing the public with the following exemplary services:

● Chevra Hatzalah responds to over 75,000 medical emergencies. The organization’s "legendary" response time averages between 2 to 4 minutes, precious time that saves lives. Chevra Hatzalah has over 60 ambulances in operation throughout the Greater NY Metropolitan Area and various counties in Upstate NY.

● A civilian army, all volunteers, of over one thousand emergency medical technicians, paramedics, physician assistants and MDs are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, throughout the Greater NY Metropolitan Area and areas of Upstate NY. All volunteer emergency care providers are also trained in search and rescue.

● Chevra Hatzalah dispatchers are specially trained volunteers who use Hatzalah’s own unique state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatch System to determine the exact location of the patient. Chevra Hatzalah Volunteers can instantly communicate with the Hatzalah dispatch center using high quality Motorola radios.

● Chevra Hatzalah volunteers put their life on pause to respond to emergency calls, often leaving their jobs, homes, Shabbos meals, Pesach Seders, children’s graduation ceremonies and warm beds to save lives.

Hatzalah also provides many other important services such as searches for missing people, and have plans to provide community safety and first aid training programs.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Who is your Jewish idol? You can also name more if there
bennistar bennistar Said:

Motty.

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LOL. No, but seriously… idols? It sounds so strange. So wrong…  But I guess that if it means like “examples” or “rolemodels” I’d say my Rebbe and even some of my best friends.

There really aren’t a lot of people I look up to. But there are a select few among whom, like I said, my Rebbe -for obvious reasons. Also I have some very close friends that are really like great examples to me. 

One of them lives in America now for a few years already but as a bucher he learned here in yeshive and we became very close friends. He was like the ‘goldene bucher’ every shver would look for and the chaver every good yeshive bucher wanted to have, with amazingly good middos, a  masmid (he would get up early and be the first to sit and learn in beis medresh every single day -even Shabbos), a talmid chochom, funny and still down to earth as well. A great friend with lots of ahavas yisroel, always there to talk to, a real chassidishe bucher (well, now ‘yingerman’), and again… good middos like I’ve hardly seen before by bucherim, etc. 

The second one is another friend, also a yingerman now, who had lots of his own nisayonos and yeridos in his life -despite being born and raised in a chusheve chassidishe family- but he managed to fight against them, overcome them, and turning out to be the wonderful person he is today. Being mechazek and helping other Yidden basically 24/7.

Motty Steinmetz, Mezamrim Choir and Evan Al Orchestra At Bonei Olam Monsey Dinner Wednesday, August 6, 2014 At the Atrium Plaza.

Who can measure the profound joy a mother experiences with her baby’s first cry?

Bonei Olam’s mission is to help couples that are experiencing infertility realize their dreams of enjoying these special moments.

Bonei Olam was founded by a group of individuals who themselves experienced the hardships of infertility and its mission is to provide funding for all aspects of fertility treatments, thus relieving couples of the financial, emotional and physical stress resulting from infertility.

Bonei Olam has developed a strong and dedicated network of doctors and fertility centers across the world, enabling them to offer unsurpassed medical and financial assistance to all applicants.

Bonei Olam understands how important confidentiality is to the infertile couple. The very nature of their problem strips them of their privacy. Having to ask for financial assistance often seems like just one more indignity to be suffered.

When a couple contacts Bonei Olam, they are assigned to a personal counselor who is trained to guide them through the labyrinth of medical information and the negotiation of payment plans. Only their counselor knows the couple by name. All other communication with Bonei Olam is by PIN number only.

To date, over four thousand of the many couples that Bonei Olam has assisted have B”H given birth to children of their own. If not for Bonei Olam, these couples would not have had alternative avenues to finance their treatments. Most Fertility Centers refuse to treat patients before they have been financially cleared. Most insurance plans do not cover substantial parts of fertility treatments, considering them elective medicine.

bennistar:

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So Hatzolah got an emergency phone call the other day:

"Please come quick! A Yid had a seizure!" 
- “Where are you located?” replied the Hatzoloh phone operator. 
"Bobov! Come to Bobov. Quick!" 
- “Bobov? Which Bobov?” asked the operator again.
"What do you mean which Bobov?! There’s only ONE Bobov!”

Drama llama. lol. According to the [by me] unreported psak there is only one Bobov now. I read the whole psak right after it came out since we are very close to Bobov 48 as well.

So this whole thing reminded me of a very well known story of the current Satmer Rebbe R’ Aharon. 

Once he was on vacation somewhere where he met a chassidisher yingerman. The Satmer Rebbe asked him what chussid he was. 

"Bobov" answered the yingerman. 
"Which Bobov?" asked reb Aharon. 
"There is only one Bobov" replied the yingerman again. 

At this point the Satmer Ruv looked at the Bobover chussid and said, “yingerman. Don’t tell me there is only one Bobov. If you ask in Satmer people will also say ‘there’s only one Satmer’. I am Satmer Rebbe and I’m telling you there are two Satmers. So drai mich nisht di kop and tell me there’s only one Bobov!”

(via yehudim)

Overheard the following in the past few weeks:

Litvish American Bucher: “Kama Mamon Zeh?”
Guy in grocery store: “asara zuz!”

Somewhere else:

LAB #2: “Ad mosai atoh poseiyach?”
Storekeeper: “Ad mosai? Ken… *lifts up hands and looks up to the skies ceiling* “Abbaleee! Ad mosaaaiiii?!”
Me: *bursts out laughing* “Rak b’Eretz Yisruel”.

Benny Friedman, Yedidim Choir and Aaron Teitelbaum orchestra singing the popular new hit “V’Afilu B’Hastara’.

דער אייבישטער זאגט אינז קינדערלעך אנוכי הסתר פני ביום ההיא, אבער די רבי זאגט ואפי’ בהסתרה שבתוך ההסתרה בוודאי גם שם נמצא השם יתברך גם מאחורי הדברים הקשים העומדים עליך, אני עומד


Quick translation/interpretation since not everything could be translated 100% and make sense in proper English grammar ;):

The Eibishter tells us, “Children, I will hide My face on that day.” But the Rebbe says [i.e he explains] “Even in concealment [something] is hidden. Certainly there Hashem Yisborach is present. Also after your most difficult hardships [that are behind you], I am there.”

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Shuloym Alaichem;! Ive seen numerous signs about that you use the polish dialect of hebrew/yiddish (I.e I for Qibbits, shireq; u for kamatz Etc.) Is this true? If so, is there any online resources to listen to it spoken? Im trying to use my family's traditional dialect but noone else in my current area speaks it so im having difficulty getting an "ear" for it. Any help would be appreciated c: זײ געזונט!
bennistar bennistar Said:

To be exact it’s the Hungarian pronunciation of Yiddish. For Loshon Hakodesh I’m using the kinda Russian-influenced Hungarian one. But it’s almost the same.

Any online resources as of where to learn it I don’t know. I don’t think there are any such kind of online things available as the ones who still speak this dialect daily are basically only the chassidim (we learn it just at home, in cheider, etc).

But there are lots of music/shiurim/promo/etc videos available online and lots of audio shiurim also. Try browsing the ‘Jewish music’ and ‘Yiddish’ tags on my blog and you’ll find plenty of examples.

Also try out Kol Haloshon for audio shiurim in Yiddish.