Friday, April 26, 2013

Rosh Yeshiva Of Mir, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Nelkenbaum Gives A Shiur On Why It's A Mitvah To Vote For Morality

Last night there was a fundraiser for mayor candidate Erick Salgado.

The rabbis who spoke were as follows:

The first speaker was the Mir Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Nelkenbaum, who missed seder to speak.

 He applied the Gemara in Shabbos daf 54B (kol me sheyaish biyado limchos, veainoh moche, nitfas beoso avon  If someone has it in his power to protest and prevent someone from doing a transgression and he doesn't, he's also punished for that transgression) to voting for pro morality candidates.

 He provided an additional insight, based on a vort from Rav Shmuel Berenbaum ZT"L, on the Rashi in Netzavim (Dev. 29:16-17) "vatiru es shkutiem v'ais gelulahem" - "and you saw the their disgusting thing and dung like idols... (and you'll be draw after those idolatries).  Rav Shmuel asked: why would you be drawn after such disgusting things?  He explained that when you see other people doing things - even disgusting things - you think that if everybody else is doing it, then there must be something to it.  So too, we, in the Jewish community, are affected by our surroundings.

He ended by reminding people that both Bob Turner and David Storobin "had no chance", but God runs the world - and they won.

The next speaker was Rabbi Auziel Admony, assistant Rabbi of Bnai Yosef Torah Center, who spoke. He said "This is not considered a political event. It's a religion issue. It's a religious obligation
to be here tonight and support the campaign of Mr. Salgado."  Afterwords Rabbi Admony gave Erick a 100$ check for his campaign.

The next speaker was Rabbi Beni Rachmanov, a Bukharian Rabbi in Queens. He compared Jews in America today to Jews in Spain before the expulsion.

Finally Rabbi Romi Cohen a Holocaust survivor and noted mohel described how he came to this country - specifically because the first amendment guarantees freedom of religion - a liberty currently under assault.  He ended off by describing Mishkav Zachar as the avariah of the flood (Bereishis Rabbah 26-9)
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Erick Salgado with the Mir Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Avrohom Yaakov Nelkenbaum

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