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Whatever You Wanted to Ask: Learning at Home, Bombs in Bnei Brak

A new sefer called Kol Mishalosecho has a wealth of answers to questions that were asked of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, with long answers to many of them. Here are a select few of the many stories and insights of the Sar Torah of our generation.



Parnossoh Under a Threat

The Kotzker Rebbe said that a person should feel as if his yetzer hora is standing above him with an ax, waiting for the moment he can chop off his head.  

Israeli Chareidim Have Very Few Dogs

The Israeli Ministry of Farming has maintained a registry of all the dogs of Israel since 2004, and the latest report it released showed chareidi cities as having the fewest dogs in Israel.


Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - 5778.

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From Our Archives

Our Corruption is in the Eye of the Beholders

By Mordecai Plaut

One of our feature articles this week discusses the reality behind the sensational charge by a leading Israeli daily newspaper that an "average" kollel family gets NIS 17,000 per month in public support. This was one of a series of articles that entered the public consciousness and the figure that appeared in its headline is constantly cited to illustrate the way the chareidi community is parasitically living off the public purse. It adds up to about $50,000 a year!

What Chareidim Give & Take From the Israeli Economy

by A. Porat

State budget time is invariably a time of anti-chareidi incitement. Every shekel transferred to chareidim is examined from all possible angles. The height to which this incitement reaches is illustrated in a completely preposterous article that appeared in the Israel daily newspaper Ha'aretz a year and a half ago, purporting to show how a chareidi family receives NIS 17,000 each month from public coffers!

The Role of a Ben Yeshiva: A Shmuess for Parshas Vayakheil

By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

Where are You Coming From?

The posuk (Shemos 35:1) says, "And Moshe congregated the entire community of bnei Yisroel . . . " Later on (posuk 20), when Moshe Rabbenu had finished speaking to them, the posuk says, "And the entire community of bnei Yisroel left Moshe's presence." The gaon and tzaddik HaRav Eliyohu Lopian zt'l, asked why, since the Torah has already told us that the entire congregation gathered before Moshe Rabbenu, is it necessary to tell us again that it was the entire congregation that left him. What does this apparent redundancy come to teach us?



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