Jun 19, 2013
R. Jacobson: 'Invest in Mikvah'

While touring the nearly completed Mikvah Mei Chaya Mushka in Crown Heights, Rabbi YY Jacobson suggested families invest in this rather than new Sifrei Torah.

World renowned lecturer and former Rabbi of Bais Shmuel Chabad Rabbi YY Jacobson toured this week the new 2-million dollar mikvah being built at the center of Crown Heights, with its director, Rabbi Moshe Pinson.

"This is an incredible mikvah," said Rabbi Jacobson. "Besides the aesthetical beauty and charm, the mikvah itself will utilize (cleaned) rain water coming from the roof. This is a rarity in the world today."

Rabbi Jacobson watched as the workers sanded down the floor for the entire structure, preparing for the laying of the concrete over the next few days.

"This is an incredible undertaking," Jacobson remarked. "$400,000 is needed to complete the mikvah. This is our future, let us get it together. If even one additional woman begins using a mikvah, it is all worth it, never mind when it is obvious that many, many will begin using the mikvah and with a new enthusiasm and sense of joy."

He suggested: "Many families are completing Sifrei Torah in tribute to loved ones. That is wonderful. But I think there are enough Sifrei Torah in our shuls B"H. Now let us invest in ensuring the purity and holiness of our living sifrei Torah, the future children who will be born in utmost holiness," he said.

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1
to rabbi jacobson
Invest in our schools!!

(6/19/2013 1:03:54 PM)
2
Zevi
We should give to the mikvah and invest in our schools,

there is no investment unless you will have a part of it in the future, our school and children is where we should invest in and we should give and help all the other mosdos
(6/19/2013 1:15:48 PM)
3
put $ where needed most
There is no lack of sifrei Torah, being written left and right...and then not used most of the time. There are dire communal needs which are way underfunded, and funds used to support them will definitely stand in even better stead for those in whose memory and zechus they are given!
(6/19/2013 1:29:06 PM)
4
To #2
Mikva is where is all starts and is a real investment for your future! not much less important then the chinuch your son receives.
(6/19/2013 1:32:31 PM)
5
May sell Sefer Torahs to build a mikvah...
BH
Mikvah is clearly a very high priority, as is education and Chesed to those in need. But without shalom bayit, which mikvah helps enhance, there is nothing.
We are in the process of undertaking just such a project in Jerusalem, so pray you are successful and then us too.
Ours will focus on educating about the mitzvah of Taharas Hamishpacha, almost like a museum, and an active mikvah as well in the center of town. B'ezras Hashem.
(6/19/2013 2:01:19 PM)
6
Agree
YY is 100% right
the future is our future
(6/19/2013 2:12:39 PM)
7
a concern person
mikva or schools these 2 are more important than bringinging a new sefer torah and put in a shul that has 30 s.torah god knows when will be a turn for the new sefer torah to be used. but mikvah and schools for our children must get funds and run 24/7.
(6/19/2013 2:13:07 PM)
8
Donate by check
Make check payable to: Mei Chaya Mushka Mikvah Inc
Mail check to: 383 Kingston Ave., Suite 228, Brooklyn, NY 11213
(6/19/2013 2:13:39 PM)
9
support aliya (and make an aliya for girls) THATS WHAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS
love, a frusterated teen
(6/19/2013 2:34:53 PM)
10
Invest ?
Does this mean you get your money back and some...?
(6/19/2013 2:37:26 PM)
11
Wow!
Great undertaking.R
'Todah' COLlive.com., Rabbi Moshe Pinson., and Elazar Raichik (The man in the white shirt, in 2nd photo, and 3rd from the right in 3rd photo.)
Mr. Raichik is an excellent technician with varied skills.
Boruch Hoffinger
(6/19/2013 3:33:33 PM)
12
The Rebbe sold 770 to build the Mikve on Union St.
We all remember how the Rebbe told us that he sold 770 in order to facilitate the rebuilding of the Mikve on Union Street. This should teach us where our priorities should be regarding Mikve vs. anything else. Besides, there are many Poskim who clearly say that one should sell a Sefer Torah in order to build a Mikve.
(6/19/2013 4:32:52 PM)
13
better "investement" than the lavish lechaims
if each lechaim would spend less, and rather donate to the mikve, we would also be mekayim the Rebbe's wishes and fulfill the mitzva of Baal Tashchis. This could mean a few thousand every week!
(6/19/2013 5:31:48 PM)
14
CH newly married
I dread going to the CH mikvah and getting an old room. Let there be for once, one new gorgeous Mikvah we can feel comfortable in.
(6/19/2013 6:09:49 PM)
15
Mikva attendant
There is a TREMENDOUS need for this mikva RIGHT now!
The only mikva in crown heights now has just 12 bathes and 3 shower rooms. On such short summer nights there has been a wait of two hours for a bathroom. Babies are crying for mommy while she must wait for her turn. Fathers must lose precious learning time while babysitting.frustration sets in when a room shuts down due to a sudden plumbing matfunction! Every large community has several mikvaos, only ours must deal with a wharped mentality.
Give, give, give, i did.
(6/19/2013 7:18:14 PM)
16
to # 15
fathers babysitting? its their kids! we dont say mommy is babysitting their own child

(6/19/2013 8:41:21 PM)
17
to #16
agree with you
(6/19/2013 11:27:35 PM)
18
Rabbi Tevel A.H....
Rabbi Tevel told his family not to spend money on a Torah in his honor! "Better to use the money for Ahavas Yisroel!
Schools, Yeshivas, Mikvas, are better choices. People, you want the 'glory' of the Torah? Then your missing the point
of Yiddishkite! Poor Rabbi Jacobsen, your speaking to ants, but I always applaud you!!!
(6/20/2013 12:53:09 AM)
19
Father's can't nurse
When baby needs to feed and won't take a bottle, he's baby sitting! Yes, fathers need to interact and love and teach their kids, but mothers are mothers and fathers are supposed to be learning and earning to support their family. Don't mix up the rolls.
Oh, and give to the mikvah! And to the yeshivas. Am Yisroel Chai!
(6/20/2013 1:26:07 AM)
20
to #16
he meant staying at home with baby instead of going to his shiur (kevihus)
(6/20/2013 2:34:38 AM)
21
stop this anti sefer torah campaign!
I think its time COL stopped this anti sefer torah campaign.

Never have sofrim needed parnassa more than now and there are still plenty of shuls and shluchim who could benefit from this wonderful mitzvah and a new sefer torah.

Of course there are no shortage of charities and mosdos that need money, but why pick on sefer torah which is a beautiful mitzvah.

Maybe col should be telling people to spend less on weddings, lechaims and other simchos which are less of a mitzvah than ksivas sefer torah.

Finally, perhaps col should stop publicizing every time a person writes a sefer torah, it's not such a big deal these days. If COL would write a story every time someone bought a new car, people would also be yelling spend less on cars and give to our mosdos, or better MY MOSED (which is really what this is all about)
(6/20/2013 9:57:43 PM)
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