LIVE: Updates from Asifa in Queens May 20, 2012  7:00 pm

internet-kinnus-1-16[UPDATED: MULTIPLE AUDIO FILES BELOW. Full live updates below. EVENT HAS CONCLUDED, 11:25 p.m. EST.] Flushing, NY – 6:50 p.m.: There has not yet been a main communal Minchah at Citi Field. Some smaller, impromptu minyanim have been formed, but the scheduled main minyan has not taken place as of yet. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rabbi Chaninah Brudny of Lakewood, NJ, davened Minchah for the amud. While Citi Field is full, the majority of Arthur Ashe Stadium is empty at this time.

7 p.m.: Tehillim is now being said at Citi Field led by Rav Moshe Green, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva D’Monsey in Monsey, NY, and is being broadcast to Arthur Ashe Stadium and locations nationwide.

7:03 p.m.: There are modest concession stands selling food to attendees. The manicured field is a perfect green, with the multi-tiered dais and stage located in the outfield area. The lights of the stadium are on as dusk approaches. The crowd is a sea of black, filled with Yidden from across the tri-state area ready for the program to commence.

7:10 p.m.: The chairman of the asifa is Rabbi Menashe Frankel, noted askan of Lakewood, NJ, and son of Reb Hertz Frankel, the renowned senior askan.

ichud-asifa7:12 p.m.: Minchah at Citi Field, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was led by Rav Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, rov of the Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of the Five Towns. The minyan davened Nusach Sefard.

7:14 p.m.: The asifa is now being addressed in English by Rav Elya Brudny, R”M at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. Rav Brudny is speaking from Arthur Ashe Stadium.

7:27 p.m.: Rav Ephraim Wachsman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Meor Yitzchok in Monsey, NY, is now speaking.

7:37 p.m.: Rav Wachsman began in Yiddish and is now speaking in English.

7:44 p.m.: Rav Wachsman’s has concluded and has introduced the Pshevorsker Rebbe of Antwerp, Rav Leibish Leiser, who is speaking in Yiddish.

7:47 p.m.: Reb Menashe Frankel has introduced Rav Yechiel Meir Katz, Zibo Dayan of Montreal, who is delivering divrei hisorerus in Yiddish. Exclusive: 7:50 p.m.: Click below to hear the final 6 minutes of Rav Wachsman’s drasha, which was delivered in English and was directed at the media and estranged Jews in an attempt to provide a glimpse of the aim of the gathering and the holiness that Klal Yisroel strives to attain. Note: Audio is property of

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8:16 p.m.: The Zibo Dayan has concluded and Rav Wachsman is now addressing the asifa again. He has referred to the issue for which the asifa was called the “nisayon hador.”

8:50 p.m.: Rav Wachsman has concluded his drasha.

8:51 p.m.: The Skulener Rebbe is now addressing the asifa in Yiddish.

8:59 p.m.: Rav Don Segal is at the asifa. Exclusive: 9:10 p.m.: Click below to hear the second drasha of Rav Ephraim Wachsman. The powerful oratory is about 30 minutes in length and was delivered in English. Note: Audio is property of

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9:16 p.m.:  The Skulener Rebbe has just conluded his drasha.

9:17 p.m.: P’sak halacha from Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, noted senior posek, author of the Shevet Halevi and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin of Bnei Brak, is now being heard via telephone from Eretz Yisroel.

9:37 p.m.: Rav Don Segal, the noted mashgiach from Eretz Yisroel, is now addressing the asifa.

9:46 p.m.: Among the rabbonim at the asifa are the Skulener Rebbe, Rav Don Segal, the Novominsker Rebbe, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, Rav Aharon Schechter, Rav Yitzchok Feigelstock, Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal, Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, the Pshversker Rebbe of Antwerp, Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of Satmar, Rav Mordechai Dovid Ungar of Bobov, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Yeruchem Olshin, Rav Dovid Schustal, Rav Yisroel Neuman, Rav Mattisyahu Salomon, Rav Yaakov Forchheimer, the Viener Rov, the Zibo Dayan of Montreal, the Dinover Rebbe, the Nadvorna Rebbe, the Rachmastrivke Rebbe of Yerushalayim, and others.

Updated: Additional rabbonim present on the dais are Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, Rav Dovid Feinstein, the Skverer Rebbe, Chacham Yosef Harari-Raful, Rav Shmuel Miller, Rav Shimon Alster, Rav Moshe Wolfson, Rav Aharon Feldman, Rav Elya Kanarek, Rav Elya Brudny, Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum, the Pupa Rov, the Zvhiller Rebbe, the Naroler Rebbe, Rav Mordechai Dov Fine, Rav Refoel Schorr, Rav Yisroel Simcha Schorr, Rav Avrohom Schorr, Rav Mottel Zilber, Rav Dovid Magid, Rav Yaakov Horowitz, Rav Chaim Mendel Brodsky, Rav Yaakov Hopfer, Rav Shlomo Avigdor Altusky, Rav Yosef Mermelstein, Rav Hershel Zolty, Rav Zev Tikotzky, the Tenka Rov, Rav Yitzchok Paler, Rav Yaakov Bender, and Rav Asher Kalmanowitz. There are many rabbonim seated in the audience.

10:20 p.m.: Rav Segal has concluded his drashah.

10:21 p.m.: Rav Mattisyahu Salomon has risen to speak. The crowd has erupted in spontaneous singing of “Yomim al yemei melech tosif.” His drashah is being delivered in English. Rav Salomon has quoted a famous passage in Mishnas Rav Aharon, Chelek Daled, in which Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l addresses the greatness of those who participated in a gathering kiddush Sheim Shomayim of 40,000 people in Eretz Yisroel during his time.

10:35 p.m., Rav Wachsman has risen to deliver closing remarks, in Yiddish. He will then lead the gathering in reciting the Tefillas HaShelah.

10:45 p.m.: The assemblage is now saying Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim led by Rav Don Segal.

10:50 p.m.: Kaddish is now being recited by Rav Segal.

10:52 p.m.: The crowd is now singing Vetaher Libeinu led by Rav Segal.

10:58 p.m.: Maariv is now being davened. The shliach tzibbur is Rav Shmuel Dishon, menahel of Mosdos Yad Yisroel-Karlin Stolin. The tefillah is being davened in Nusach Sefard.

11:19 p.m.: As Maariv is coming to a close, Rav Dishon is now leading the assemblage in Sefiras Ha’omer.

11:24 p.m.: Reb Menashe Frankel is now delivering a brief closing message.

11:25 p.m.: The event has officially concluded.

11:50 P.M.: The following are additional audio files from the event, all property of

Rav Matisyahu Salomon, in English (with singing of Yomim at beginning):

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Rav Ephraim Wachsman, third drasha, in Yiddish:

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Rav Don Segal (Yiddish):

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Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim, led by Rav Don Segal:

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44 Responses to LIVE: Updates from Asifa in Queens

1 .Comment from Still at work

May 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm
So what are they saying? Please tell us what they are saying!

2 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm
"7:27 p.m.: Rav Ephraim Wachsman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Meor Yitzchok in Monsey, NY, is now speaking" What lanuage???

3 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm
Nusach Sefard?

4 .Comment from Be honest

May 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Can you update what they say. Thanks

5 .Comment from what is the number

May 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm
for the hookup>

6 .Comment from gabreilla

May 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm
very moving that people have gathered to improve their spirituality.

7 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm
please update more that we are able to hear thnks

8 .Comment from shaun

May 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm
what website has streaming?

9 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm
hook up 4016941602 pin 613613#

10 .Comment from Anoymous

May 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Is there any phone hookups we can call? anyone have a number?

11 .Comment from live stream here

May 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

12 .Comment from dovid

May 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm
live hookup: 712-432-1001 pin 425659388#

13 .Comment from chaimz

May 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm
Can we get more like we got Rav Wachsman? Will this be available after the asifa?

14 .Comment from yeshivish

May 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm
is there any way we can watch it or hear it

15 .Comment from dovid

May 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm
watch it LIVE at for those who couldnt make it

16 .Comment from EJB

May 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Can you post summaries of the speeches, or at least the topics of the speeches for those who couldn't make it? Thanks

17 .Comment from ABC

May 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm
Thanks for posting the audios from R Wachsman. Kol Tov.

18 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm you can watch it online

19 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Thanks for posting r'waxman. Kol tuv :)

20 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm
couldnt be there but i hope to be at the siyum hashas

21 .Comment from gd

May 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm
thank u

22 .Comment from ANonymous

May 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm
noway we can see it live ? for those of the ppl who couldnt make it?

23 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm
any sefardi rabbonim there??

24 .Comment from susan f

May 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm
Can we get some ideas of what is being said?

25 .Comment from Shmuel

May 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm
just spoke to my brother. he said he won't be hope before 1:15 am but said it was very uplifting event

26 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm
very nice

27 .Comment from posek

May 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm
is rav hillel david or rav avraham schoore there

28 .Comment from thank you

May 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm
wonderulf kiddish hashem mnay we see more kiddush hashems

29 .Comment from torah lishmah

May 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm
thanks for the updates.

30 .Comment from mayim

May 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm
i saw it was supposed to finish at 9 15

31 .Comment from tr

May 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm
thanks for having the best covrege out there

32 .Comment from hancock park

May 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm
Thank you matzav for your great coverage for those of us who could not be there.

33 .Comment from Thank you to the Rosh Yeshiva

May 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm
Rabbi Wachsman was his usual superb self. Unbelievable. he inspired me and many others. Thank you to the Rosh Yeshiva for his isnpiring words. You have changed my life.

34 .Comment from Anonymous

May 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm
Beautiful event. I am leaving now.

35 .Comment from S

May 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm
I was in Arthur Ashe. Very empty. I tried to get into Citifield but they didn't let. Now Im waiting outside

36 .Comment from DUDU

May 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm
I had the same scenario as #35.

37 .Comment from Proud to be part of Klall Yisroel

May 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm
Will they have a recording of the event on CD available for those who didn't make it?

38 .Comment from Me

May 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Thanks so much for posting R' Wachsman's powerful speech! It gave me tremendous chizuk! No doubt that anyone who listened was moved. Matzav did a great job covering tonight's event! No one was as up to date as you! Kol Hakavod!

39 .Comment from confused

May 21, 2012 at 12:25 am
Harav Raful of Ateret Torah, Member of the Moetzes didnt attend?

40 .Comment from Anonymous

May 21, 2012 at 12:55 am
to confused, Rav Raful is listed as one of the rabbonim there. read the report

41 .Comment from ari

May 21, 2012 at 1:08 am
Was Rav Aharon Feldman of Ner Yisoroel there?

42 .Comment from Inspired

May 21, 2012 at 1:22 am
I'm going to share a thought: at Citi field there was a gate around the field. No cops, no photographers, none of the organizers or Rabbonim were allowed to walk on the field- NO ONE! Do you see how precious they look at and protect their silly baseball field? Now imagine that field is your Neshoma or your Child’s Neshoma- HOW WOULD YOU PROTECT THAT FIELD??? Enough said. Period.

43 .Comment from forrest gump

May 21, 2012 at 2:06 am
Dear Matzav, Although I was not able to attend the Asifa, I listened to the clip of Rav Waxman that You posted on your site. It moved me. After listening to it again with my wife, We decided that Rav Waxman is right, and it IS the Nisayon Hador and it is a crucial point in Jewish history in America. We are no longer going to have the Internet in our home.I am proud to say that I am looking forward to making a "Internet Siyum" like the rav said, and I am also proud to say that I am looking forward to a more wholesome life, and a renewed focus on our Mikdash Me'at,our home that will be filled with the joyous sounds of Torah learning and other Mitzvos, that kept on getting pushed to the side with the click of the mouse. I have been an avid reader of Matzav since its inception, and I will probably miss your site. I Just want to say thank you for posting the clip, and I appreciate it very much. Goodbye dear friend, and Thank You again for being one of the shluchim that helped us to our decision. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

44 .Comment from plain-jew

May 21, 2012 at 2:38 am
any way to download this so we can listen in the car


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