Mar 24, 2009
770 Gabai Almost Blinded
Losh pictured in Flash Photo on Kingston Ave. Monday * by COLlive

New regulations are being enforced in 770's main shul after a Gabai Yosef Losh was injured this past Shabbos day and almost lost his eyesight. "I can't see in the eye and have to smear ointments," Losh told COLlive as he left to Moscow where he is scheduled to lecture.

By COLlive reporter

770 is cracking down on sweets after one of the Gaboim, Yosef Losh, was injured this past Shabbos day and almost lost his eyesight.

Losh, who stands on the bima platform during the reading of the Torah in the main synagogue at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights, is pelted with candies customarily aimed at a nearby chosson.

One of the candies hit Losh in the eye, leaving it badly wounded.

An expert in astronomy, Losh was scheduled to lecture Tuesday and Wednesday in Moscow, Russia, on the 28 year solar cycle of the sun in preparation for April 8, 2009 when the rare "Blessing of the Sun" is recited.

"I can't see in the eye and have to smear ointments," Losh told COLlive Monday as he departed to his flight.

"It's serious damage and I'm not sure in finished with it. The doctor told me that statistically I should be fine. I will have to see a doctor in Moscow too."

Losh said that he was hit on the white part of his eye, and added that "if it would have hit a little more to the center of the eye - the black part - it would be 'forget it.' It was a miracle."

The Gaboim at 770 are considering new regulations for the candies traditionally thrown in shul with cheers of Mazal Tov for the soon to be married, Losh told COLlive.

"If a Chosson wants an Aliya (in the central minyan), he must give us a deposit of $100. If someone throws a hard candy at him, he loses the money," Losh said.

Party favors which will include raisins, popcorn and toffee will be available for purchase by Yosef Yitzchak Kratz, the sole provider of Kiddush services in 770.

Losh also suggested that if hard candy is tossed, the Kiddush purchased with Kratz will be cancelled. "You got to go all they way," Losh concluded.

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refuah shilaima!
(3/24/2009 8:41:07 AM)
glass case
maybe they should just put the whole bimah in a bulletproof case that would take care of the problem!
(3/24/2009 8:56:14 AM)
dont make a mountain
out of a molehill
(3/24/2009 9:14:43 AM)
I can't stop laughing... this is hilarious...
(3/24/2009 9:17:20 AM)
As one wise man said:
R' Elazar says in Midrash Tanchuma: one who has pity on the cruel, will be brute to the merciful.

These Gaboim are backing the insanity lead by the Tzfati extremist day in day out.

(3/24/2009 9:20:44 AM)
What is Rabbi Losh going to lecture about in Moscow? How to drink vodka and var'fe pek'al'lach? Does a person who throws a pek'al'lah have to shout ye'chei?
(3/24/2009 9:23:39 AM)
To #4
You are one sick dude...
(3/24/2009 9:25:17 AM)
to 4 and 5
how dare we say such things . to 3: this not funny at all! and to 4: Losh is a very good man how can he deserve to be allmost blinded? how can a yid say that to another ?
(3/24/2009 9:25:54 AM)
Definitely an eye-sore!
to #5, although you're right that the "gabboim" are part of the problem, this is not a joke. Eye injuries are very serious. Yes, it was an accident, but to even think this is "Divine retribution" is nuts. I hope he has a Refuah Shleima. i also hope he gives up his "job" so we non-Tsfatim & non-Moshichisten can daven in peace in 770 without seeing signs, listening to dumb tunes or parting the crowds.
(3/24/2009 9:30:15 AM)
#4 I fail to see what's funny
There is nothing funny about someone suffering an injury especially an eye .
In my hometown shule in Perth they stopped the lolly throwing tradition because the same thing happened, someone was hurt.
(3/24/2009 9:36:24 AM)
get better quick
its one thing to stop the candy throwing..good idea.

but making ppl pay and cancelling kiddushim is taking this out of proportion
(3/24/2009 10:04:53 AM)
Nothing new
I remember when Rabbi Cohen, now Rosh Yeshivah in melbourne, had his Choson Aliya, he was hit by a hard candy in his glass spectacles. The glass shattered and went into his eye. That happened some 37-8 years ago, and nobody banned chassanim or candy.

Anyway, Refuah Sheleima to Losh and mazal Tov to all the Chassanim and good luck to all the kids who manage to catch the bags.

BTW, raisins are not a good idea at all they make a huge mess and I think that once a raisin caused problems when it got stuck to a Sefer Torah.
(3/24/2009 10:13:11 AM)
You need the right tools for the job
Flying candy looks like an occupational hazard to me... He needs safety glasses!
(3/24/2009 10:23:52 AM)
just shows
12 all that shows is that in 38 years we have still not learnt from our mistakes. 4 it will be funny when it happens to you your twisted and 5
(3/24/2009 10:44:25 AM)
this article and some of the comments are too much and taking it too far
(3/24/2009 10:44:37 AM)
not a gabai!
he thinks he is one
(3/24/2009 12:56:01 PM)
If someone throws a hard candy at HIM
Like hes the presidnt or whattttt????
(3/24/2009 1:45:13 PM)
Refuah Sheleima!
Rabbi Lsh is a very nice man, he gave a lecture in O.T. for O.T.E.G. and it was very beneficial!! I hope he gets well very soon!!!
(3/24/2009 1:51:45 PM)
put a helmit with bullet proof window
(3/24/2009 2:08:26 PM)
serious matter
This is no laughing matter... an injury to the eye is serious
(3/24/2009 2:27:50 PM)
Loose candy is one thing
trowing loose candy is one thing but i saw those peckalech flying on shabbos and i was in the back of the shul. they looked pretty big to me.
There is no reason to trow such things around 770. take a handful of toffees.
(3/24/2009 2:46:11 PM)
feel better
this isn't funny!
some of these comments are disgusting!
what does this have to do with mishichists???
(3/24/2009 2:50:31 PM)
why do people always have to write nasty comments!!! just kepp them to yourself and only write nice comments and thnigs we can benifite and learn from ,not these comments that are arguing and laughing at another person ecpecially a jew in pain!!!!!
monitor yourselfs!
(3/24/2009 3:34:06 PM)
No common sense or decency
What's new? They should stop this candy throwing altogether; it was meant to be a well-wishing thing, but now people us it as a SPORT. Forgetting they are in the HOUSE OF G-D (i.e., a Shul) and with HIS HOLY TORAH on the bimah, they try to knock people's hats off, "hit him hard" and the like, Rachmana Litzlan. Like the farbies in 770 and many other things there, this has gone too far and long lost its original flavor and meaning. Refuah Shleimah Rabbi Losh, and Refuah Shleimah you unruly people who don't give a bleep about anything.
(3/24/2009 3:44:29 PM)
Refuah Shlaima!
I hope his eye gets better soon! I feel bad that he was hit, but dont really get what its going help to make a chosson pay - its not his fault that people throw candy at him, how is he supposed to prevent everyone from doing it?
(3/24/2009 4:54:27 PM)
ashabat chatan
rabbi losh is wonderfull man .i hope the eye will not heart him so much in this days when he is in rasha .he went to moskva in rasha to give alecture about the san .
(3/24/2009 5:05:46 PM)
I have the perfect idea, we coukd combine the kiddush with the pekelach in one.

we should just fill bowls with the famous 770 cholent and just through the heimish kait all around the place.
(3/24/2009 5:15:54 PM)
candy lover
ay that's not fare i love candy and it is so exciting to see the hard candy hitting the light every time and thinking it might just fall this time if you don't want to get hit in the eye don't stand next to the Bima-(so close)-to the Chasson
(3/24/2009 5:18:35 PM)
to 25
the choson organizes bags to be thrown and is therefore responsible for what is in it. It's a very sensible rule to have only soft food: popcorn, prtzels...etc

Refuah Shleimah to Rabbi Losh! The lecture to Bais Rivkah was very helpful! Thank you!
(3/24/2009 5:36:44 PM)
great news!
this shabbos my daughter (shes 2 y.o.) was almost lapidated by books from the womens balcony- be careful
(3/24/2009 6:03:31 PM)
I hate when I get almost "lapidated"
(3/24/2009 8:07:39 PM)
To #s 4 and 5
You guys are fanatical nut-cases. I myself am not mishichist at all, but you are sick puppies for wishing that on others...

Just to satisfy your sick minds, Rabbi Losh is far from a mishichist. I happen to know him personally and he and his family are wonderful people.
(3/24/2009 9:11:47 PM)
Yeder Kaker Hot A Lacker
Some of these comments are so off the wall. I laughed so much I cried. RS to Rabbi Losh.L'Chaim. Unless you're over 40 you should not be drinking more than four and the Rebbe meant it! Easy ofn the fruity pebbles and red cordial.
(3/25/2009 1:08:32 AM)
probability vs possibility
this incident in rare, so why give up on candy throwing; should we ban driving because there are accidents?
(3/25/2009 2:53:08 AM)
Happened to me too
Years ago when I had my Aufruf someone threw a cnady at me and thank G-d I had glasses or I would have been seriously injured.
This is a very serious matter and all those who are laughing or say that he deserves it are over a very serious lav in the Torah.
(3/25/2009 3:02:36 AM)
Let's all try to be like the REBBE who is trhe greatest "MESHICHIST" SO THAT WE WILL BE ZOCHE TO THE "HISKALUS" before YUD ALEF NISSIN.
(3/25/2009 3:25:37 AM)
R. Losh
is a nice decent man, hes loved by all. we hope you have a comlete refuah.

however candy throwing is a long jewish tradition that cant be banned. i thing special gogles should be worn by all that sorrounds the bima.
(3/25/2009 4:20:08 AM)
Be Nice and Respectful
It is a terrible accident that he was injured. MAYBE they should have some eye protection if they are going to continue with the candy throwing. I think that part is wonderful, but it is plain to see that you can be injured by it.
(3/25/2009 4:58:54 AM)
That is not the way to talk about a Yid
(3/25/2009 11:59:52 AM)
a jew
'refuah sheilaima'
(3/25/2009 12:01:11 PM)
I agree
That there is absolutely no reason to put hard candies in the candy pack. nuts and almonds popcorn and cotton candy are beautiful and wont kill
(3/25/2009 1:43:16 PM)
They are nuts
I think all the Gabbom and the bal koreah should be wearing foot ball helmets and should have shields to fight off the candies. Could u imagin ? who ever did it is a jerk and they definetly need to stop with the hard Candy. They should have a net gate all around the bima
(3/25/2009 4:57:28 PM)
to 42
save ur rediculous humor for your bathroom!
Absolute stupidity! can i ask for some mentshlichkeit?!?Shame on you!
I'm a kid in high school, and i dont think I have to educate the world. YOU should know better than that.....
(3/25/2009 9:16:50 PM)
to col
this does not have to be posted.
please remove this from the site.
It's absolute nonsense and making a fool of the whole story. Everyone is having a good time with it, and it's not respectful. I dont think its a big deal to begin with so just have it removed.
Thank you
Also, if comments ccan be proofread to make sure they're not as nasty as it gets, it would bring more peace to the website.
(3/25/2009 9:20:35 PM)
throwing candy
the prob is some people throw with intention to hurt G-d forbid, this behavior has to stop.
(3/26/2009 5:35:35 PM)
To: # 4
There is nothing funny.
(3/27/2009 8:45:21 AM)
to #26
ever learned how to spell?
(3/27/2009 11:16:39 AM)
#3 and #4
Say Boruch Hashem it didn't happen to you in 770 or elsewhere
(3/28/2009 4:20:40 PM)
Lets all say Tehilim
that Yosef Losh should have a R'fuah Sh'lema and a R'fuah K'rova
(3/28/2009 4:28:28 PM)
get your candies from Shamai
(3/29/2009 6:28:23 PM)
Follow example from upstairs in the Rebbe's room
where one person tosses one candy afther the aliyah. Thet would effectively avoid the possibility of injury.
(3/30/2009 8:15:38 AM)
i hate it
(3/30/2009 11:45:30 AM)
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