Badatz of Crown Heights to Raise the Standard of Chosson Teachers

In a letter released by the Beis Din of Crown Heights, the rabbonim announced the launch of a new organization to provide a high-quality training and accreditation program to chosson teachers, and said they would be asking about chosson teachers on each siddur kiddushin form.

The Rabbonim of CH joined forces to strengthen and up the standards of Kedusha of the Yiddishe home.

One of the most important preparations done by a Chosson and Kallah during their engagement is learning the Halachos and Hashkafos of Taharas Hamishpacha. The education that they receive during this time provides the foundation and framework on which their marriage will be built.

The Badatz of Crown Heights have released a letter announcing the launch of ‘Machon Taharas Habayis’ led by Rabbi Tuvia Kasimov and Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz, an organization created to provide a high-quality training and accreditation program to Chosson teachers. The goal is to ensure that each Chosson enters marriage with proper tools to build a healthy, Chassidishe home with the foundations of Halacha and our hashkofa as chassidim. They will also be able to turn to their Chosson teacher for resources and guidance in a variety of typical situations that frequently come up.

Rabbi Avraham Osdoba and Rabbi Yosef Braun note that they will include a question on their Siddur Kidushin asking if the Chosson’s teacher was certified by Machon Taharas Habayis, and the Crown Heights Kollel under the leadership of Rabbi Yosef Avraham Halevi Heller will likewise inquire when applying to get accepted to the Kollel.

The organization has already begun partnering with Chosson teachers to ensure that their current students benefit from the standards as well.

In addition to Rabbi Osdoba and Rabbi Braun, the Vaad of Machon “Taharas Habayis” includes Rabbi Sholom Ber Chaikin of Cleveland, Rov of Mikva.org.

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Free Translation of the Badatz’s Letter

B’shaah Tova, we send our brochos honoring the founding of “Machon Taharas HaBayis” institute which led by HaRav Tuvia HaLevi Kasimov, a Rov in our kehila, and HaRav Menachem Mendel Dov Yusewitz who have undertaken to strengthen Tahara and Kedusha in the Yiddishe home in all aspects. This begins with ensuring Chasanim establish their future Jewish homes based on authentic Yiddishkait both in Halachic and Hashkafic matters.

We hereby notify that this Machon in under our supervision. We fully trust the Machon in every aspect of Madrichei Chasanim  and we specifically rely upon Chosson teachers who are recognized and approved by this Machon.

Hence, for Sidur Chupa v’Kidushin in Crown Heights (in addition to verifying Jewish status etc)  we will inquire to make sure the Chosson learnt by a Madrich Chasanim which is approved and accepted by this Machon. (Much like this is examined regarding the Kallah Teacher).

Until the Machon is completely set up. The responsibility lies upon each Chosson to do proper research ensuring that his Madrich Chasanim is indeed a Yirei Shomayim and teaches according to the Halacha and Hahskafa which has been passed down to us for generations – our Mesora. (of course the same applies for a Kallah teacher).

Rabbi Avrohom Asdoba               Rabbi Yosef Yeshaya Braun

P.S. We are also aware that Hanhalas Hakollel under the Mazkirus have decided that all future Chasanim applying for Kollel, the Hanhala will check if they learnt by someone approved by the Machon prior to accepting them. We ask of all other Kollelim follow this step.

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  1. Excellent initiative!

    Although trying to understand the following line:

    “The responsibility lies upon each Chosson to do proper research ensuring that his Madrich Chasanim is indeed a Yirei Shomayim and teaches according to the Halacha and Hahskafa which has been passed down to us for generations – our Mesora.”

    A. How is the chasan supposed to determine whether or not the teacher is a yorei shomayim?
    B. How is he supposed to know if he is being taught according to the mesora? – he has never learnt it before to know if it is or isn’t according to the mesora. If he knew it he wouldn’t need to be taught.

  2. Very necessary.
    Will there be a list circulated of those Chosson teachers that meet the requirements?
    As a parent, how would I know, whom to suggest to my son?

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