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The Israeli High Court's Latest Assault: Chometz on Pesach

The latest attack by the Israel High Court on the practice of the Jewish religion is with their decision that hospitals may not ban the entry of chometz on Pesach, as they have always been doing. There were 3 judges sitting on the case, and the two non-religious judges prevailed over the single religious judge.

As part of the election campaign, Rabbi Gafni told Yated Ne'eman, "There are things we will have to do immediately at the beginning of the next government term," says the Chairman of the Finance Committee MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, "before we cooperate on any other subject. These things must be taken care of. The status of Torah students is the apple of our eye but there are other matters which defy postponement, such as preserving the status quo of conversions and not changing a single thing from what was till now. There are other issues of religion and state which get shunted to the side: the High Court! Shabbos is under their control, chometz is Bagatz, and again, bnei yeshivos and conversion - everything is under their jurisdiction and when these issues get to their doorstep, the courts blatantly and arrogantly impose their own assimilation agenda which can even overturn and nullify Knesset laws. First thing in the new term, before dealing with anything else, we will have to legislate the law limiting the power of the High Court."

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Do Not Underestimate Health

Life has its ups and downs. Just surviving for a long time is worthy of note. The gemora in Kiddushin says that Rabbi Yochonon used to honor older people because of their many life experiences.

The Chovos Halevovos calls a miracle a gift.

Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt"l explains:

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The Yom Tov Stern Family - Stars in the Jewish Firmament

Part I

In the Service of the Community

When Chaya Esther Stern passed away on January 27, 1998, it was a sad moment not only for the large Stern family spread out over the U.S. and Israel, but it signaled the sunset of another generation of a family that had resolutely stood up to the trials of early America while maintaining and promoting an authentic Jewish environment. In the pre-War years, Yom Tov and Chaya Esther Stern raised her children with all-encompassing devotion, and ran her home so that it was a lighthouse of chesed and wisdom. After Yom Tov's passing and Chaya Esther's move to Eretz Yisroel, she naturally assumed the position of matriarch for her large family because of the reverence that all her descendants felt toward her.

Mrs. Stern was born Chaya Esther Herman, the oldest daughter of Yaakov Yosef Herman (of All for the Boss fame), on August 6, 1905 (5665)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5781.

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Abba, It's Important for You to Be Involved!

by Rochel Gil

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The involvement of a father is vital to the normal emotional development of a child. It is a formula for success in studies and in developing healthy social interaction.

Not on Bread Alone

"Is it possible for mothers to raise emotionally healthy children when the father is hardly involved in their upbringing?" Dr. Udi Oren, the chief psychologist in Kupat Cholim Meuchedet, formulates the psychological question that begs to be asked.


PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE: The Wrong Track

by R' Zvi Zobin

People are offering us a lot of advice, guidelines, therapies etc. which are based on non-Torah sources, on how we should deal with our problems, raise our children, ensure marital bliss, achieve our dreams and goals in life and so on.

It is impossible to make the study of human behavior into a truly empirical science because human behavior is so complex. Empirical scientific studies can only be conducted under stable, controlled conditions involving a limited number of variables. Theories of human behavior therefore comprise hopefully logical analysis and explanations of behavior upon which the author bases his advice and therapies.

Rabbi Simcha Wasserman z'l once explained that one of the purposes of learning gemora is to teach us to think logically. A contemporary godol once commented that the criticism of someone who cannot learn Tosefos is not that he cannot learn Tosefos but that he does not know how to think correctly.

This means that before we consider any such theory, we need to consult with daas Torah to ensure that the logic upon which the theory is based is a valid deduction.




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