Sunday, August 19, 2018

New York City Asks State to Help Investigate Yeshivas

The New York City Department of Education has asked the New York State Education Department for help investigating 39 Orthodox Jewish private schools that allegedly provide inadequate instruction in subjects mandated by state law.
The city has been investigating the schools, known as yeshivas, since 2015, when a group of parents, former students and former teachers filed a letter of complaint. The advocates say the schools provide little, if any, education in English, math, science, history and other secular subjects.  
In a letter to the state sent on Wednesday, New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said 15 schools allowed investigators to visit and expressed interest in expanding secular education to meet state requirements for nonpublic schools. But 15 of the schools did not allow the city to visit, observe classes or oversee curriculum changes as part of the investigation over three years. However, after the letter was sent, eight of the remaining schools said they would be open to visits. 
Ben Chapman, an education reporter for the New York Daily News, says advocates view Carranza's approach to the yeshivas as more transparent than that of his predecessor, former New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

Daas Torah whom to ask for help

this post was inspired by a critical letter in Binah magazine and the apologetic response both sides seemingly in agreement that the only  valid therapeutic advise must be from a gadol or be based on Torah sources


AS RAV Moshe has said talmidei chachomim dont have superior knowledge except regarding TORAH itself
A few years ago there was a widespread attack on going to psychologists

It was later revealed that the real issue was going to a therapist without first getting a rabbi's recommendation

EVEN THOUGH ALL KNOWLEDGE IS CONTAINED IN THE TORAH but R Freifeld told me we are not on the level to get it out

Rav Moshe poskened not to read secular marriage manuals until just immediately before the wedding

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach advised a young couple not to get married without setting aside enough money for 20 years of marriage therapy


הלכות נושרים: דעת תורה ממרן ראש הישיבה רב גרשון אדלשטיין שליט"א (עברית)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

trump fake news should not be censored as long as it reflects his views - Trump echoes conservative claims that social media companies censor conservatives

Conservatives on the internet have spent years claiming social media companies discriminate against them. On Saturday, those accusations reached the White House.
President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted a series of comments

accusing social media companies of
"totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices"
 but stopped short of calling for government intervention on the matter.
Trump did not name any companies specifically, but did claim
 that CNN and MSNBC spread "Fake News." MSNBC is part of NBC News.
Trump's tweets come after Facebook, Google and Apple 
have each taken steps to remove conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars media outlet from its platforms. Twitter also suspended
 Jones for a week. Jones is best known for spreading the unfounded 
theory that the elementary school massacre at Sandy Hook was a hoax,
 a claim that has made him the target of civil lawsuits.
But he does have a solution. Sort of. And it involves both sides.
Trump tweeted that “too many voices are being destroyed, some good and some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen.” So, he added: “Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash


When I warned Mr. Bortnikov that Russian interference in our election was intolerable and would roil United States-Russia relations for many years, he denied Russian involvement in any election, in America or elsewhere, with a feigned sincerity that I had heard many times before. President Vladimir Putin of Russia reiterated those denials numerous times over the past two years, often to Donald Trump’s seeming approval.

Russian denials are, in a word, hogwash.

Before, during and after its now infamous meddling in our last presidential election, Russia practiced the art of shaping political events abroad through its well-honed active measures program, which employs an array of technical capabilities, information operations and old-fashioned human intelligence spycraft. Electoral politics in Western democracies presents an especially inviting target, as a variety of politicians, political parties, media outlets, think tanks and influencers are readily manipulated, wittingly and unwittingly, or even bought outright by Russian intelligence operatives. The very freedoms and liberties that liberal Western democracies cherish and that autocracies fear have been exploited by Russian intelligence services not only to collect sensitive information but also to distribute propaganda and disinformation, increasingly via the growing number of social media platforms.

Having worked closely with the F.B.I. over many years on counterintelligence investigations, I was well aware of Russia’s ability to work surreptitiously within the United States, cultivating relationships with individuals who wield actual or potential power. Like Mr. Bortnikov, these Russian operatives and agents are well trained in the art of deception. They troll political, business and cultural waters in search of gullible or unprincipled individuals who become pliant in the hands of their Russian puppet masters. Too often, those puppets are found.

In my many conversations with James Comey, the F.B.I. director, in the summer of 2016, we talked about the potential for American citizens, involved in partisan politics or not, to be pawns in Russian hands. We knew that Russian intelligence services would do all they could to achieve their objectives, which the United States intelligence community publicly assessed a few short months later were to undermine public faith in the American democratic process, harm the electability of the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, and show preference for Mr. Trump. We also publicly assessed that Mr. Putin’s intelligence services were following his orders. Director Comey and I, along with the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, pledged that our agencies would share, as appropriate, whatever information was collected, especially considering the proven ability of Russian intelligence services to suborn United States citizens.

The already challenging work of the American intelligence and law enforcement communities was made more difficult in late July 2016, however, when Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, publicly called upon Russia to find the missing emails of Mrs. Clinton. By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent

Commentary: Newspapers don't help themselves by coordinating against Trump


If you are a Trump voter who thinks that much of the press is reflexively hostile to the president, 300 of America's leading newspapers want you to know that you might be on to something.
In a self-defeating act of journalistic groupthink, America's editorial pages launched a coordinated protest against President Trump on Thursday, all running negative editorials attacking the president over his #FakeNews rhetoric.
The Boston Globe, who organized the effort, calls it "educating readers" about "an attack on the First Amendment." But to the average American, seeing an editorial in their local paper trashing Trump is called "A day that ends in 'y.'"
Seriously—Who's going to be persuaded by this effort, or be impressed that a few hundred newspapers can hum the same tune? Who's even going to notice?
Well, the newspapers will notice, of course. There's a run on pain pills from all the muscle injuries inflicted by self-indulgent media back-patting. "A Free Press Needs You," a New York Times editorial headline blared on Wednesday, praising themselves for "answering the call" of the Boston Globe and courageously facing the threat that is Donald Trump.
#FakeNews? That phrase is "dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy," the Times intoned. "And calling journalists the 'enemy of the people' is dangerous, period."  
And to prove we aren't the enemy, we in the media are going to band together and go after the guy who keeps saying we are! The same guy we attack every day, seemingly no matter what he does, and in ways we've never attacked a politician before!
That might be an unfair characterization, but it's easy to understand why Trump supporters would see it that way. They remember the Obama administration spying on reporters. They remember Obama White House attempts to have Fox News de-legitimized and removed from traditional media opportunities over its viewpoint. President Obama called out the network by name repeatedly.
How many "Days Of Editorial Rage" did that inspire?
The real danger to the media isn't Trump's attacks—it's his departure. Trump, and the hatred he inspires among the left-of-center, media-consuming public, is a massive fiscal boon to these newspapers.  
The New York Times picked up 41,000 subscribers in just the first week after Trump was elected. They made more that $1 billion in subscription revenue in 2017. The impact of Trump on media revenue has been so huge they call it the "Trump Bump."
Yes, yes, Trump's attacks on the media are over-the-top and wrongheaded. Yes, in some small way he's undermining the credibility of legitimate journalism.  
But here's the headline the Boston Globe missed: The media had largely done that to themselves before he showed up. Believe it or not, the percentage of Americans who say they have a "great deal" of trust in newspapers is actually up since Trump took office. 
Or rather it's up from 8 percent to 12 percent. The percentage of Americans with a great deal or quite a lot of trust in newspapers hasn't hit 30 percent since 2006, according to Gallup. The percent that have little or no trust in them whatsoever hasn't been below 30 percent since 2008.
So what's the point of the editorial-page protest? This avalanche of invective won't move Trump supporters. The Globe, Times, Chronicle, etc. made it clear months ago that these readers weren't valuable to them. And how much self-indulgent virtue signaling can the media do before it loses its charm?



אמרו חז"ל, כינוס הצדיקים הנאה להם והנאה לעולם, ראב"ד ירושלים הגר"מ שטרנבוך שנפש בימי בין הזמנים בנתניה, זכה באחד הימים לביקור מהאדמו"ר מצאנז המנהיג את קהילתו הרמה בקרית צאנז בעיר. ל'בחדרי חרדים' הגיעו תמלילים משיחתם.
הראב"ד והאדמו"ר שוחחו משך דקות ארוכות, תחילה דיברו על נושא כבודם של רבנים. הראב"ד סיפר לאדמו"ר כי "היה פעם איזה דין תורה, וישבו שם הגאון רבי חיים עוזר, הגאון מראגטשוב והגאון רבי חיים מבריסק, ורצו לקרוא לאדמו"ר מלובאוויטש להעיד שם, והעירו שם שאין זה לפי כבודו של האדמו"ר מלובאוויטש לשמש כעד, והגר"ח מבריסק רצה לדון אם חייבים בכבודו מדין ת"ח או לא, אולם הגאון מראגטשוב קרא בקול רם ואמר, לרבי יש דין של נשיא וצריכים לכבדו, ונשיא אינו יכול למחול על כבודו...".
בהמשך, ציין הראב"ד לשבח את פעולותיו הגדולים של האדמו"ר השפע חיים מצאנז זי"ע, ש"בהקמת מקום תורה למען הכלל, הוא זכה מן הצד גם לעצמו, שהרי בגמ' בכתובות מבואר שהיו נוהגים לשלוח את המתים של שאר ארצות הקרובים לבבל כדי ליקבר בבבל, וביאר שם רש"י בטעם הדבר - 'מתים של שאר ארצות קוברים לבבל שיש שם זכות תורה', והיינו שזהו טוב לנפטרים שהם נמצאים בסמוך למקום תורה, וא"כ הרבי זי"ע זכה בטובה גדולה אף לעצמו על ידי שהעמיד את נתניה למקום תורה, שמקום מנוחתו נמצאת במקום טוב – במקום תורה".
"כאן בקרית צאנז זהו 'כשושנה בין החוחים'... כערבה במדבר, אני עוד זוכר איך העיר נתניה נראית עוד מהשנים ההם", הוסיף הראב"ד.
האדמו"ר, השיב ואמר, כי "המצב בעיר נתניה הרבה יותר טוב מפעם" וסיפר למארחו, כי כיום "יש מכל המינים, ישנם בנתניה אלפי יהודים יראים, בעלי תשובה, ישנם כמה ישיבות של ספרדים. ושוחחו מושכות על מעלת גודל התשובה של תינוקות שנשבו".
"נתניה היתה עיר חילונית מאד, כמו תל אביב", הזכיר בנו הגאון רבי אשר שטרנבוך, שנכח בביקור, אולם "ב"ה שהיום יש כאן גם ערליכע אידן. ופעם פחדו להסתובב בחוץ".
האדמו"ר השיב על כך ואמר כי "וודאי עדיין אינו עולם התיקון, ועוד מצפים לאליהו הנביא אשר ישיב לב אבות על בנים ולב בנים על אבותם, אבל המצב הוטב לעומת מה שהיה פעם, וישנם כאן אלפים שמבקשים רק חינוך חרדי".

guest post DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY What is 'Mishpacha' is Doing to Yours?



Mishpacha Magazine revealed the depth of its soul this week.

No, not by printing an envelope pushing article which legitimized attitudes that until yesterday were intuitively understood by every cheder yingel to have no place in our framework and hashkafa. That's the run of the mill mezzanine level of its soul; par for the course. Just Mishpacha being Mishpacha, you might say. After all, for what does the publication exist if not to help "Chareidi society come into its own" {their words) by broadening our scope culturally?
And so we've long since come to recognize {and, sadly, accept) the standard procedure: Push just a weensy bit past the normative limits of hashkafic acceptability. Wait for feedback. Print letter from Bora Park housewife decrying your indiscretion in exposing us to this horrible idea, alongside one from a Tzfas "mashpia" applauding your courage for finally airing this very important issue {or vice versa), so that all possible viewpoints can be properly validated. Now you see sheifeleh, did that really hurt as much as you thought it would? Ok, next level. Repeat steps one through four.
In this way we've been trained to think it somehow a good idea to raise our children to view the frum community through the prism of substance abuse, marital strife, emotional instability, and the myriad other issues-that-for-far-too-long-have-been-swept-under-the-carpet. {Remember when the first work of this genre was being serialized - I think it was called Hearts of Gold or something like that - and we all wondered what on earth was going on? My, weren't we quaint back then). And we've dutifully learned to make room in our weltanschauung for some old style feminism, new style Zionism, and a general enlightened atmosphere of openness and acceptance of all. The most freakish of "entertainers" are no longer fringe oddballs, but rather mainstream representatives of our culture. Successful entrepreneurs are no longer just Yidden looking to earn an honest living, but rather icons to be featured, so our chidren can read wistfully about their accomplishments in the same way that we used to read about Tzaddikim and anshei maiseh. Broaden their horizons, my boy. Through careful priming, enthusiastic articles on such things as the "Chareidi modern arts festival" {no kidding) were able to go down without so much as a burp.
So why was this time in particular so revealing? Well, it began with a slight miscalculation. It's almost sad to watch an old master get a little rusty- in this business hairsbreadth precision is everything. The editors apparently assessed that we were ready for vegan ism, and they missed it by that much. Should've started us off slow - maybe along the lines of an interview with some Rebbitzin who wrote a book about how now, b'yimos hamashiach, love and harmony between all the different levels of creatures is paramount. Probably could've worked us up to vegan tolerance in two or three small steps, but instead they pushed the whole thing out at once and there was communal indigestion.
That in itself is nothing terrible - heaven knows they've gotten through far worse. The scandal, goes the adage, is not in the crime but in the cover up. And it was in responding to the barrage of criticism that the publication inadvertently gave us a glimpse into the deepest depths of how they view the world of ideas.
In light of the backlash, the editors took on themselves to explain to us what it is that's really got our goat. Let not yourself be fooled into thinking that your discomfort comes from any sort of objective Yiddisheh worldview. It's not the age old Torah hashkafa of a natural world created with a function and purpose - i.e. as a necessary accessory for Man in his existential quest for elevation -that's got you ticking. It's not the rejection of three thousand years of mesorah and values in favor of the latest uppity fad. Rather, they tell us, it's merely American cultural associations of veganism with far left PETA loonies that caused the kickback.
You see, in the Mishpacha universe there is no such thing as an intrinsically acceptable or unacceptable Jewish ideal. All that we've been raised to view positively or negatively, to aspire to or to be repulsed by, to accept or to reject, are simply the result of subjective societal conditioning. As the gatekeepers of public discourse the editors see it as their role - nay, their duty - to open us up to an as broad and inclusive range of options as possible. And if something rubs you funny about these sophisticated new ideas, fret not. That's not your Bubbeh's Yiddisheh sensitivities nagging at you; it's probably your American political affiliation. Just lie down for a few moments and it'll pass.
אחי וריעי when are we going to wake up and say that this is not ok? When are we going to understand that it's not enough to just roll our eyes and say, "Wow this paper is really a piece of work"; that if I realize it's off and you realize it's off, then this is not what we should be allowing to direct the conversation for our community? Oh yes, we are strong and firm and won't fall for their most extreme ideas. But don't we realize that every time they move the goal posts, the fifty yard line shifts right along with it? Can't we recognize that while we had our backs turned, feeling all noble in our 'moderation' for not tossing the thing in the incinerator ten years ago, our attitudes and ideals, our instincts and perceptions, have been subtly changing? And can't we open our eyes to the fact that it's not stopping? Today we cheerfully imbibe things that a decade ago would have caused convulsions. Is our current value system so immune from undergoing similar transformation? Won't we continue to devolve, as the community activists in search of a cause's desperate need for continued relevance (and basic need for filler material) leads them ever further afield in pursuit of fresh perspectives?
Are we still so shallow as to snort, "C'mon, you think my kid's gonna go off the derech just from reading a story about how regular looking kollel guy was really behind closed doors a gambling addicted abusive husband and father?" No, nobody ever went off the derech from reading one story. But when someone spends his or her adolescence ingesting a weekly diet of how fake, dark, and ugly things are in our community, then the idealism and excitement for Yiddishkeit that we so fervently wish to impart inevitably lose their luster. (That this observation should be anything less than blindingly obvious to anybody is a testament to the awesome power of a generation's worth of social engineering.)
We devote fortunes of money, endless hours of time, and rivers of emotion toward our children growing up to act, think, and feel like Yidden. Are we to gamble it all in exchange for some graphic arts, play on words headlines, and pseudoprofound 'forums' ("Where the conversation happens", they so humbly label it)?
It's Elul. It's a new school year. It's a short phone call. 718-686-9339. "Hello, I'd like to cancel my subscription, effective immediately. Thank you and have a wonderful day." Let's recall control of our hashkafa and standards from the caretakers who have long since proven themselves unworthy of our trust. Not only for ourselves individually, but also for our community as a whole, let's rebuild the breached walls. We've given up far more than this for our ideals; we can kick our intellectual junk food dependency. השם   למעןlet's call it quits.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


In the largest pedophile case in Israel's history, Beno Reinhorn was arrested last week under suspicion of committing a series of sexual offenses against more than 140 minors.

Reinhorn is accused of offenses that include rape, sexual assault, sodomy, indecent exposure, online assault and more.

Reinhorn allegedly lured his victims through various social media platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp using a number of disguises including an agent at a modeling agency, a TV and movie producer and bathing suit designer.

Reinhorn would exploit young girls’ innocence and convinced them to send him revealing, and at times, nude photographs of themselves.

Reinhorn had systematically used this technique on his victims for years, while ensuring that his victims would keep their correspondence on social media a secret from their parents and friends.

When parents, other family members or friends of the victims would confront Reinhorn, he would immediately end the correspondence and block that person and the victim involved from contacting him again.

Reinhorn, 35, lives in Herzliya with his wife and two children. He is a handball coach and is employed by the Herzliya Municipality.

His wife, Moran Menda Reinhorn, maintains he is innocent.

The Israel Police have been investigating the case for several months using a variety of surveillance techniques that connected the 140-plus victims to the suspect.

Pennsylvania priests 'abused thousands of children'



The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church, naming over 300 accused clergymen.
The landmark grand jury investigation found more than 1,000 children had been abused by members of six dioceses in the state for the last 70 years.
Officials say the probe found systematic cover-ups by the church.
The report is the latest inquiry into allegations of sex abuse by Catholic clergy worldwide.
After an 18-month investigation, "over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the church's own records," the grand jury states in the report released on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Omarosa is case of false friend dilemma with few legal options

/the hill.

The disclosure that former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newmansecretly taped President Trump and others has produced legitimate outrage. These tapes include at least one conversation with chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room, the White House inner sanctum where the most classified matters are discussed. Various people have called for criminal prosecution or other measures against Manigault Newman. The dilemma of the “false friends” is not new, however, and the legal options for the White House are more limited than one might think.
The problem of false friends and secret recordings have been a longstanding element of our criminal jurisprudence. The idea that nothing protects us from false friends goes back to early English law and “eavesdropping” cases. In 1952, in a case called On Lee v. United States, the Supreme Court noted that the use of “false friends, or any of the other betrayals, which are ‘dirty business’ may raise serious questions of credibility” but do not raise serious problems under the Constitution.
Thus, a secret taping of a conversation is not itself illegal, absent other elements. One element would be if any of the conversations are deemed classified. Much of what a president discusses, particularly in places like the Situation Room, are considered classified. The secret recording or removal of classified information can be a crime.
The legal exposure of Manigault Newman follows the old real estate rule of location, location, location. It depends greatly on where she made her secret tapings. The District of Columbia is a “one party” consent jurisdiction, so it is not illegal as long as one party, in this case Manigault Newman, was a party to the conversation. It is the same law protecting former Trump counsel, Michael Cohen, who taped his own client secretly in New York, another “one party” state, and released one of those tapes in an apparent bid to attract Robert Mueller with a possible plea bargain.
Ironically, it also is the law that protected Trump after he reportedly told people he may have taped their conversations in New York. The situation becomes more dicey for Manigault Newman if she taped conversations at Mar-a-Lago, since Florida is a “two party” consent state. Absent the crossing of state lines into a two party consent jurisdiction, her actions were certainly reckless and reprehensible but probably legal.

Madeleine Albright: ‘The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad’

the guardian

Madeleine Albright has both made and lived a lot of history. When she talks about a resurgence of fascism, she says it as someone who was born into the age of dictators. She was a small girl when her family fled Czechoslovakia after the Nazis consumed the country in 1939. After 10 days in hiding, her parents escaped Prague for Britain and found refuge in Notting Hill Gate, “before it was fancy”, in an apartment which backed on to Portobello Road. Her first memories of life in London are of disorientation. “I didn’t have a clue. My parents were very continental European and I didn’t have siblings early on. I felt isolated.” As Hitler unleashed the blitz, “every night we went down to the cellar where everybody was sleeping.”

She agrees that we ought to be careful not to casually throw around the F-word lest we drain the potency from what should be a powerful term. “I’m not calling Trump a fascist,” she says. Yet she seems to be doing all but that when she puts him in the same company as historical fascists in a book that seeks to sound “an alarm bell” about a fascist revival.

She frequently nudges the reader to make connections between the president of the United States and past dictatorships. She reminds us who first coined the Trumpian phrase “drain the swamp”. It was drenare la paludein the original, Mussolini Italian. She quotes Hitler talking about the secret of his success: “I will tell you what has carried me to the position I have reached. Our political problems appeared complicated. The German people could make nothing of them… I…reduced them to the simplest terms. The masses realised this and followed me.” Sound familiar?

More Than 300 'Predator Priests' Molested at Least 1,000 Children, Pennsylvania Grand Jury Finds


The jury’s investigation of clergy sexual abuse also identified more than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury says it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands” since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward.

Omarosa: I never signed that 'draconian' White House nondisclosure agreement