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8 Sivan 5769 - May 31, 2009 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly


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At The Center of the Universe
At The Center of the Universe
by Mordechai Plaut

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Keren HaTorah Expands Financial Services for Yeshivas
By Yechiel Sever

Keren HaTorah, a general fund for the yeshiva world in Eretz Hakodesh, is expanding its activity at Torah institutions. Founded two years ago with the backing of gedolei Yisroel shlita to save the yeshiva world from financial collapse, the organization has posted considerable success besiyata deShmaya.

French Priest Claims Holocaust Death Toll Above 6 Million
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Holocaust by Bullets is the title of a book by French priest Patrick Desbois recently published in an English edition that presents his findings based on mass graves and eyewitness accounts of the decimation of Jews shot by Nazi soldiers and local militias in the Ukraine and other parts of the eastern war front.

125,500 Learning in Yeshivas and Kollelim
By Yechiel Sever

Eretz Yisroel's 2,000 yeshivas and kollelim boast a total of 125,500 students learning 20,790,000 hours during the course of the regular sedorim, according to a survey released at the start of Shloshes Yemei Hagboloh.

Chareidi Enrollment in Jerusalem School System Up 11% in 5 Years
By Yechiel Sever

The number of students at chareidi schools in Jerusalem has risen 11 percent over the past five years, according to findings by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Research.

Bezeq Launches Kosher Phone Cards
By R. Gil

Over one year after launching Kav Venaki, Bezeq is advancing toward the second phase of the revolution in kosher phone use it has been leading in cooperation with Vaadat HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshoret.

Plots to Attack Jewish Targets in Brazil and Morocco Thwarted
By R. Hoffner

Plots to attack Jewish targets in Brazil and Morocco were thwarted last weekend.

Hatzoloh Fights Magen David Adom Efforts to Keep Volunteers Away from Emergency Scenes
By Yechiel Sever

Chareidi emergency services organizations Ichud Hatzoloh and Hatzoloh Gush Dan are launching a resolute battle against Magen David Adom figures seeking to undermine their independence and their volunteers' dedicated efforts to provide first aid in accordance with halochoh based on directives by rabbonim.

Gedolei Yisroel Set Up Committee to Rectify Stumbling Blocks at Hotels
By Yechiel Sever

Gedolei Yisroel are calling on kashrus organizations providing mehadrin arrangements at hotel and other vacation spots that accommodate the chareidi public to obtain the approval of the Vaad Leshmiroh Al Tziviyon Ha'am Hayehudi, which the rabbonim have set up to uphold standards of sanctity and modesty.


The Prerequisite for Matan Torah: Doing Before Hearing
by HaRav Yechezkel Taub

Part 1

The principal condition for receiving Torah was the Jewish Nation's adopting the rule of, "All that Hashem has said we shall do and we shall hear" (Shemos 24:7). Only following their embracing of this axiom did HaKodosh Boruch Hu seal a covenant with Klal Yisroel to receive the Torah: "Moshe took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he said, `Behold the blood of the covenant which Hashem has made with you concerning all these matters'" (Ibid., v. 8). (Although part of Parshas Mishpotim, according to many commentaries this chapter shifts back to Matan Torah at Mt. Sinai.)




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