Video, Photos: Mesibas Chanukah at the Home of Rav Malkiel Kotler


rav-malkiel-kotler[Video and photos below.] Last night, Rav Malkiel Kotler, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, held a mesibas Chanukah in his home for the talmidim of his yeshiva. The yeshiva had held its general mesibah on Monday night (as reported here), and last night Rav Kotler held more of a personal mesibah for talmidim who stopped in throughout the night to wish ah freilichen Chanukah to the rosh yeshiva and to talk to him in learning. The mesibah began at 10 p.m. following night seder, so that it would not in any way disturb the regular night seder in the yeshiva.

Click below to view video clips of the mesibah:

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For photos, see below:

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  1. Is this what is being referred to?

    Sent: 12/18/2009 12:24:14 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
    Subj: Rav Malkiel

    Rav Malkiel did say a vort (not his own vort, but from Chazal) on the parsha as follows: The Sar of Esav constantly changes colors and nature (which is why he told Yaakov Avinu that his name is irrelevant). In each generation the Sar changes his methods and efforts. Regardless of the manifestation, the Sar has one common denominator in each generation; to seek out and conquer the weaker segments of Klal Yisroel (this is the concept of the Gid Hanashe).

    Rav Malkiel added to the vort that our only protection against Esav’s efforts is to build our lives in a way that revolves around Hashem’s greatest gift to us – the Torah, and to ensure that our days are filled with devotion to Hashem (Yaakov Ish Tam, steeped in Torah). Rav Malkiel expressed concern for all Jews (Chareidi and non alike) whose daily lives are not filled with real devotion to Hashem and Torah as being particularly vulnerable to the changing tactics of the Sar of Esav.He said that “solutions for Jewish continuity” based on an gameplan of analyzing what Esav will do to us are destined to fail – as Esav changes his tactics in every generation. The only gameplan is avodas Hashem and Torah.

    He formally and specifically disavows any implication whatsoever that associates any branch or segment of Orthodox Jewry with Esav.