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Shema Yisrael: Yaacov Shwekey

Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman (1886-1969), The Ponovicher Rov of blessed memory, saved orphaned Jewish children from Catholic orphanages after the close of World War II. Although the priests and nuns denied that there were any Jewish children there, The Rov - accompanied by American officers - visited the orphanages at bedtime. He would call out "Shema Yisroel" and instinctly children raised their hands to cover their eyes, while crying in Yiddish, "Mama! Mama!" The holy Skolener Rebbe of blessed memory saved children in like fashion.

My dear and esteemed friend Yaacov Shwekey sings a moving rendition of the above story in "Shema Yisroel". Enjoy it and have a lovely Shabbat!


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We are a little over 3 weeks away for one as wicked and evil as Hitler Yemach Shmo from being elected Emperor of the United States. He has a 50% chance of winning, receiving about 65% of the Jewish vote. I have never been witness to anything so confusing in my life. The man will in his 2nd term quickly become Emperor by Executive Orders making Congress totally irrelevant. I can't close my eyes to this great evil that is coming on the world...if he is re-elected. I feel like William Shatner in a Twilight Zone episode watching the Gremlin take apart the engine of a plane, trying to get others on board to pay attention. Yet, this one is much worse. This evil man has a monkey god in his pocket that he caries around from his childhood. The name of the avodah zarah is Hanuman. Rav Akiva Tatz in one of his shiurim asks, "Who is Amalek? It is his name. He is Amal Kof (the one who toils like a monkey)." He believes that he has no neshama that is judged before G-d. He thinks of himself as a glorified Ape, the closest species physically to Man. And the present Pres. wants the soul of Hanuman, the Monkey god to take over his body!! Look carefully at the name of this avodah zarah. Perhaps you can reread the Book of Esther and can get the point. Keep in mind, Ns and Ms are linguistically interchangeable. So Hanuman becomes Mehuman, the name of Haman from chapter one in Esther. Fine, let the Gremlin rip up the engine. I am just sitting here writing this while it is all happening. G-d help us all.


Such a moving video...thank you Rabbi Lazer Brody and Yaacov Shwekey for reminding us to never forget amalek.

Anita Cole

Sometimes we see such horror and unspeakable suffering so many times that we lose that first feeling of empathetic pain for the victims. Our seeing the atrocities repeatedy does not relieve a drop of the suffers' pain and world of horror. Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, of Blessed Memory, obviously never lost touch with his soul's empathy for these sweet, innocent victims that experienced untold trauma in their lives. He brought them back to their dignity and their G-d. Thank you for this video.

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