C. B. Weinfeld

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Rebbetzin Esther Alster a”h

This past Shabbos,Parshas Bo, Rebbetzin Esther Alster’s family surrounded her bedside in the hospital, as her final hours drew near. On Motzoei Shabbos, she seemed to rally slightly, and Rav Shimon Alster, her illustrious husband, left to join his bochurim at the Yeshiva Gedolah of Cliffwood, NJ, which gave his Rebbetzin such joy. Shortly after he arrived at the yeshiva to be with his talmidim, his Rebbetzin’s neshama soared heavenward. As a son-in-law later attested at the levaya, “When our mother realized that our father was in yeshiva, the only place she wanted him to be, she left this world at peace, with a smile on her face.”

Beyond the Blizzard: Stories of Kiddush Hashem in the Snow

The blizzard of December ’10 that socked the New York area with nearly two feet of snow will be recorded in the annals of history as one of the biggest examples of corruption from elected officials, and, conversely, kiddush Hashem. Although stories abound of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Sanitation Department being unplugged, selfishly ignoring the desperate calls for help, even more stories are emerging of the greatness of Am Yisroel. The blizzard wasn’t such a whopper as far as blizzards are concerned. In fact, Syracuse, NY, which regularly sees over 100 inches of snow each winter, may scoff at the mere 24 inches that dusted the city. What made the blizzard into such a disaster was the response, or lack of it, from elected officials. Now that the snowstorm is history, and the gleeful kids of Boro Park and Flatbush, who enjoyed a full week of vacation, are back in school, the hidden details emerge - and they aren’t pretty.

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