Video, Photos: Glatt Kosher Chanukah at The White House

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matzav-chanukah-white-house[Video and photos below.] It has become a tradition for the President of the United States and the First Lady to host the Jewish community for a Chanukah lighting ceremony and reception.

However last night offered a distinct NY flavor as President Obama welcomed many Jewish dignitaries from the NY metropolitan area including Rabbis Zwiebel, Gertzulin, Becker of Agudath Israel, Michael Miller of JCRC, Richard Joel of Yeshiva University, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Issac Wertzberger of Williamsburg, Herbert Block of the “JOINT”,Chanina Sperlin and Eli Slavin of Crown Heights among others who were all warmly welcomed by Jarrod Bernstein, the White House Director of Jewish Outreach.

It goes without saying that Malcolm Hoenlein and Richard Stone of the Confrence of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Abe Foxman of the ADL, Nathan Diament of the OU, Dr. Alan Kadish of Touro College, Rabbis Hier and Cooper of the Simon Wisenthal Center were in attendance to usher in the 6th night of Chanukah were on hand to celebrate Chanukah with the frum White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

The President’s Chanukah Menorah lighting featured a Menorah from the hurricane devastated Long Beach–in fact Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Lew was seen huddled with Far Rockaway Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder who is a tireless advocate for the devastated Far Rockaway area and was seen smiling after their brief huddle, apparently satisfied that he accomplished something tangible for his community.

Perhaps it was a first to see (what is seen ordinarily at weddings and Bar Mitzvah’s) a sign in the White House “grand foyer” reassuring the multitudes of frum guests that all food preparation was prepared under the strict rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Levi Shemtov of the Lubavitch Center of Washington announcing to Supreme Courts Justices, Cabinet members and “simple” Members of Congress that all meats are “Chassidishe Shechitiah and all baked goods are Pas Yisroel, wines as “mevushal with a “mashgiach temidi.

“Attending the White House Chanukah reception is in many ways an affirmation of the how far the American Jewish community have come from the days of the pleading Rabbis on behalf of European Jewry who were refused entry thru its front gates during the dark days of the Holocaust. Having a Glatt Kosher reception is indicative of how far Orthodox Jewry has come–and that is truly a miracle”, said Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group who attended the reception at the White House.

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  1. So sad to witness this Chilul Hashem of the highest order. When will we learn that mingling and mixing with the nochrim only causes us pain in the long run. History has taught us that t6ime and time again yet we fail to learn. Hashem yishmor!!!!

  2. What a discusting scene! People wearing Yarlmukas, walking around with plates in their hands, eating together with goyim,
    Every Yiras Shomayim should shed tears, watching such a Chillul Hashem take place!

  3. Hashem Yishmor is right!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Yidden in Europe suffered Gehenom on this earth, but why? Because they tried to be close to the Goym and were not keeping the Mitzvos not even the most basic ones. The much smaller percentage of those so-called Frum where also riddled with the mindset of the Haskolah.

    True there were Tzaddikim of a great level and Chassidim also on a great level but the percentage was very small in comparison to those who have been tainted by the Haskolah. But in our generation over sixty years since the end of World War Two we almost don’t feel the anti-Semitism. It’s not in style or wasn’t in style but now things have changed, most governments are criminal governments that like nothing better then persecuting Am HaKodesh and because we have lost most of our Kedusha we are left unprotected against the evil that has taken over the world. How can we be proud to have a party in the same room as people who HATE US???? right here in the US?

    For the true Jews among us please come together. Scream out to Hashem. Beg him to forgive us. Cry many many tears. We have no business to celebrate Chanukah or Pesach etc. at the same table as them.

    How can we keep going to your parties and dancing with them, with Gashmius when the whole world is in danger? How do we dare play stupid games with our Tzitzis hanging out of your pants to our knees and our Payos flying in the wind, stupid games? Silly pastimes waste of time which is a cardinal sin in Yiddishkeit.

    How can our ladies our Yiddishe Mamas walk around with short tight skirts open necks,loaded with perfumes to Kill!!! and Shaitels that look like and really are real hair? It makes them look un-married, they paint their faces which is absolutely forbidden and we sit in restaurants & the White House and show your gluttony, then we go to Europe and Israel to Daven at graves of Tzaddikim to beg them to give you wealth, so we can continue this rubbish.

    Hashem for years has been making Am Yisroel ill, may we be spared. The hospitals are filled with Frum Yidden, Hashem Yishmor. People are dying in great numbers even though supposedly we are such Tzaddikim and give so much money for Chessed (like we saw after Sandy) so why are so many people dying and why is the so-called cure so torturous for so many? WHY?

    Let’s not pat ourselves on the back and say they are dying to make a Kapporah for the generation, it’s not true. They are dying in order to make us cry and make us beg Hashem to cure them!! But we bury the dead and forget the Tefillos and go about our business as usual. Doing things that keep on making Hashem Angry Chac Vesholom.

    Don’t we see that the world is falling apart? Don’t we see that even the Goyim are speaking seriously about Armageddon – the end of the world? But our dear Jews are still up to our old tricks, we are still deeply interested in money making and our Loshon Hora in our habits that are not quite kosher in your gluttony and in your desires, of course there are those who are still trying to live a life of truth but they are very few. So therefore my dear fellow Frum Jew my dear Brothers and Sisters, please cry out to Hashem with tears.

    Lets Do Teshuva on all our Avairos. List them one by one. Come back to the truth get rid of your excessive Gashmius. Crush the Yatzer Hora into fine dust and throw it to the wind.

    When the Gemorah was translated into other languages it caused much harm to Klall Yisroel, we have to keep away from the Goyim and keep on getting closer to Hashem.

  4. Is this what we call a Chanukah celebration? mingling in mixed company LeKovod Chanukah in a room decorated with xmas decorations?

    How low have we sunk? all of this for a little power and some so called “KOSHER” food? with a Mashgiach.

    We have no shame any more, we are living a Goyish life dressed up like Yidden, is that what Hashem want’s from us?

    You probably think that I am a crazy man some stupid fool who has nothing to do just blog and criticize the world, but that’s not so. I can’t begin to understand how we have no shame left and we mingle with any one and every one any time we have the opportunity.

    Is this what our Chanukah lesson teaches us to befriend the Goyim? I dont think so, NO NO NO.

    So I have to conclude that we are sick and getting sicker. May Hashem send us a speedy recovery.

  5. It actually was a very big Kiddush Hasehm to see how much shadlonus was going on based on the video.

    ALL YOU NAYSAYERS ARE LIVING WITH YUR HEAD IN TEH SAND!!!!

  6. Hashem Yishmor is right!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Yidden in Europe suffered Gehenom on this earth, but why? Because they were not keeping the Mitzvos not even the most basic ones. The much smaller percentage of those so-called Frum where also riddled with the mindset of the Haskolah.

    True there were Tzaddikim of a great level and Chassidim also on a great level but the percentage was very small in comparison to those who have been tainted by the Haskolah. But in our generation over sixty years since the end of World War Two we almost don’t feel the anti-Semitism. It’s not in style or wasn’t in style but now things have changed, most governments are criminal governments that like nothing better then persecuting Am HaKodesh and because we have lost most of our Kedusha we are left unprotected against the evil that has taken over the world. How can we be proud to have a party in the same room as people who HATE US???? right here in the US?

    For the true Jews among us please come together. Scream out to Hashem. Beg him to forgive us. Cry many many tears. We have no business to celebrate Chanukah or Pesach etc. at the same table as them.

    How can we keep going to your parties and dancing with them, with Gashmius when the whole world is in danger? How do we dare play stupid games with our Tzitzis hanging out of your pants to our knees and our Payos flying in the wind, stupid games? Silly pastimes waste of time which is a cardinal sin in Yiddishkeit.

    How can our ladies our Yiddishe Mamas walk around with short tight skirts open necks,loaded with perfumes to Kill!!! and Shaitels that look like and really are real hair? It makes them look un-married, they paint their faces which is absolutely forbidden and we sit in restaurants & the White House and show your gluttony, then we go to Europe and Israel to Daven at graves of Tzaddikim to beg them to give you wealth, so we can continue this rubbish.

    Hashem for years has been making Am Yisroel ill, may we be spared. The hospitals are filled with Frum Yidden, Hashem Yishmor. People are dying in great numbers even though supposedly we are such Tzaddikim and give so much money for Chessed (like we saw after Sandy) so why are so many people dying and why is the so-called cure so torturous for so many? WHY?

    Let’s not pat ourselves on the back and say they are dying to make a Kapporah for the generation, it’s not true. They are dying in order to make us cry and make us beg Hashem to cure them!! But we bury the dead and forget the Tefillos and go about our business as usual. Doing things that keep on making Hashem Angry Chac Vesholom.

    Don’t we see that the world is falling apart? Don’t we see that even the Goyim are speaking seriously about Armageddon – the end of the world? But our dear Jews are still up to our old tricks, we are still deeply interested in money making and our Loshon Hora in our habits that are not quite kosher in your gluttony and in your desires, of course there are those who are still trying to live a life of truth but they are very few. So therefore my dear fellow Frum Jew my dear Brothers and Sisters, please cry out to Hashem with tears.

    Lets Do Teshuva on all our Avairos. List them one by one. Come back to the truth get rid of your excessive Gashmius. Crush the Yatzer Hora into fine dust and throw it to the wind.

    When the Gemorah was translated into other languages it caused much harm to Klall Yisroel, we have to keep away from the Goyim and keep on getting closer to Hashem.

  7. It’s a tremendous Kiddush Hashem seeing the shtadlonim from Agudah at the party. Despite the fact that we are not big fans of this President, he won the election and now we have to befriend him.

  8. AND ALL THE ISSUES THAT COME UP LIKE RUBASHKIN; ISNT THAT AN ISSUE THAT REQUIRES INTERACTION WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL ELECTED OFFICIALS?

    SHAM EON YOU FOR DISPARAGING OUR LEADERS!

  9. There is no question about it! It is a Chilul Hashem

    I want to remimd us once again that it is not the fault of the White House, but the fault lies in the narrow egoes of the frum organizers who tell the White house dont worry we will gwt for you a big crowd so that Obama can boast that he has the Jews in his back pocket.

    No this is not a joke but a very serious matter!!!

  10. This is not the same as at Achashveirosh’s party.

    This is under Lubavitcher hashgocho, with Chassidishe shechita, and with Liska and Lubavitcher Chassidim there. They didn’t have that at the mishteh of Achashveirosh!

  11. Number 18, open your Gemorah Megillah for a moment…not only did they have a mashgiach and “mehadrin” Kashrut at Ashchveiroshes party, but the party specifically catered to the desires of the Kosher keeping attendees in terms of food and drink. And let’s not forget they were using the kelim of the Bes Hamikdahs if I am not mistaken. I am not saying this is the same thing, Has Ve Shalom, but it is not too different either.
    I am not sure what to make of the whole thing.On the one hand it is a Kiddush Hashem but on the other it is a using Jews to whitewash Obama’s policies on Jews and Israel.

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