Letters To The Editor

Showing Appreciation

Dear Editor,

My, oh my! I absolutely LOVE the new look, feel and content of the Monsey Jewish Times! First of all, it’s bigger! Second of all, the articles are more interesting, and the choice of writers is certainly an upgrade. It’s about time Monsey had our own Jewish paper, with our unique Hashkafa, a feel for the pulse of our community, and stories about local Gedolim. The maaseh with the Ribnitzer Rebbe in your last issue was remarkable, as were all the stories and Torah articles I read.

All those other papers I pick up are for the “city folk” and cater to their style. Monsey is not the “city” and therefore we should have our own paper! Wouldn’t you agree?

If I might be so bold as to make a few suggestions: Since Monsey is so spread out, how about local news and events in each area? Like Chestnut Ridge, Spring Valley, New Hempstead, Kaser, Forshay, New City ….. And so on. When something is going on in these areas, the Monsey Jewish Times can write about it and let people know.

Also, I love the picture page – can you expand that, maybe add more pictures?

Kol Hakavod on your new editor in chief! It seems like he knows what he’s doing and wants to turn the paper around! I wish all of you at the Monsey Jewish Times much hatzlacha and with Hashem’s help (because how can it be otherwise??), we should be very proud of a paper we can call our own here in Monsey!

Proud to be a Monseyite


Editor’s Reply: Thank you for the compliments. You hit it on the head – that is exactly what we are trying to accomplish for the community! As to your suggestions, we hope to do both. We need people to send us in pictures and if an individual or individuals in each neighborhood could send us in (on a regular basis) information about what’s going on by them, we could have up-to-the-minute info people can use. Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Trespassing is Stealing

Dear Editor,

Are you aware that according to the Shulchan Aruch, we are not allowed to make use of someone else’s possession(s), property (such as taking a shortcut), without permission from the owner? Doing so, is …. Geneivah!

The crux of the problem is that people don’t know that they must ask.

And that doesn’t mean that the answer will necessarily be no!


(Rebbetzin) R.F.

Saddle River

P.S. In speaking to people, I’ve heard the pros and some serious cons of this situation. Perhaps, an interview feature about this could be very enlightening. How about it?

Editor’s Reply: Indeed, this is important. We hope to write about this in the future. If others wish to express their opinions, please send in letters.



Missing The First Day Of Tefillin

Dear Editor,

This year is one of the rare times when some boys who are getting Bar Mitzvah, and have a requirement to put on Tefillin on the actual day of their Bar Mitzvah, might miss the correct day and in effect, miss putting on Tefillin on their first day! It will take place before what they consider to be their Hebrew Birthday. Because boys who were born on the First day of Kislev thirteen years ago, (December 2, 2005) will not become Bar Mitzvah this year on the First of Kislev, but rather one day before, which will be the first day of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the thirtieth day of Cheshvan, (Thursday, November 8, 2018). (See Mishna Berura Siman 55 S’if Katan 45).

The reason for this is that this year, as opposed to thirteen years ago, there is a thirtieth day to the month of Cheshvan, and it has the halachic status of Rosh Chodesh Kislev. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, the boy is Bar Mitzvah on the thirtieth day of Cheshvan and is required to put on Tefillin on that day. However, he is told he was born on the first of Kislev, so he might put on Tefillin for the first time one day late! The issue is further discussed in Shaarei Teshuva ibid. and one should consult with their local Rov.

People who are not aware of this may inadvertently miss their first day of Tefilin and other Mitzvos and I believe it is a mitzvah l’farsem – to publicize it.

Thank you.

Kollel Oholey Yom Tov

Toronto, ON


Shidduch Advice

Dear Editor,

I feel that the following are two questions to ask when beginning to inquire about a shidduch:

Number one: Does he smoke? If the answer is yes, look for someone else.

Number two: Does he/she plan to immunize his/her children? If the answer is no, look for someone else.

B. B. Monsey, NY

Editor’s Reply: I hear you! Personally, I can’t be around smokers – the second-hand smoke literally hurts my lungs when I breathe it in. And after our Measles scare here in Monsey, immunizations are quite important.



Mi K’amcha Yisroel

Dear Editor,

Last week, a group of 22 Orthodox Jews were travelling on a bus from Monsey to Montreal and at 2:30 in the morning the bus broke down. Police and a towing company were contacted, and the bus driver announced that passengers would have to wait for another bus that would drive down from Montreal to pick them up. It would take hours for the new bus to arrive.

Stuck at a gas station near Exit 18 on the New York State Thruway, a passenger decided to call Chaverim of Kiryas Joel.

25 minutes later a 15 passenger van and a 7 passenger van arrived at the gas station, with volunteer drivers who drove all passengers and their luggage to Montreal at no charge. The passengers arrived in Montreal at 9:30 AM, before the bus company had even sent the new bus!

The driver of the bus that had broken down couldn’t believe that one phone call had mobilized the Satmar community in Kiryas Joel to help a group of 22 strangers.

“I’ve been driving busses along the 87 route for 30 years and have experienced numerous breakdowns,” he said. “I have never seen such a quick response.”


Zvi Hershcovich

Editor’s Reply: Indeed, Mi K’amcha Yisroel!