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1 Nissan 5769 - March 26, 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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Jews of Rada Expected to Leave Yemen by Pesach
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

With assistance by the US government and Jewish organizations in the US, 300 Jews living in Rada, Yemen are scheduled to emigrate by Pesach. Despite efforts by the Jewish Agency to persuade them to move to Israel, one-third have opted to immigrate to the US, which has caused considerable embarrassment to aliyah officials in Israel.

HaRav Moshe Shlomo Halevi Fisch zt"l
By S. Bruchi

Thousands of Bnei Brak residents, including roshei yeshivos, rabbonim and dayonim as well as hundreds of students and former students from Yeshivas Daroma took part in the levaya on Friday, Erev Shabbos Veyakhel- Pikudei, for HaRav Moshe Shlomo Halevi Fisch zt"l, the founder and rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Daroma for bochurim from Latin America. He passed away Thursday night 24 Adar at the age of 71.

Handful of Kiryat Yovel Residents Provoke Chareidim on Shabbos
By Yechiel Sever

A handful of secular residents in Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel neighborhood has repeatedly plagued the day-to-day life of chareidim living in the neighborhood.

Thousands Have Their Tefillin Checked; Significant Percentage Found Posul
By Yechiel Sever

Following the publication of remarks in a letter by Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, reading, "All yirei Shomayim who are uncertain whether their tefillin [are constructed] in accordance with halacha, should have them checked to ensure [the four head compartments] are separate and distinct," thousands have had their tefillin checked, including talmidei chachomim who lay high- quality tefillin crafted by top tefillin makers.

Hundreds Use Kosher Transportation Initiative Connecting Jerusalem Neighborhoods to Kosel
By Yechiel Sever

Hundreds of chareidim have used a kosher transportation system operated privately along the Number 2 bus route in Jerusalem. The buses depart every half hour, on the half hour, from Har Nof and from the City of David parking lot near the Kosel Maarovi.

Matzoh Exports Expected to Decrease
By M. Green

Economists at the Export Institute estimate matzoh exports will drop 5-10 percent in 2009 following a sharp rise in 2008 — a total of $12 million, representing a 31-percent increase over the previous year, says Export Institute Director Avi Chafetz.

Mekorot to Use Underground Water to Supply Bnei Brak and Jerusalem Corridor During Pesach
by Yechiel Sever

In response to a letter from MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Mekorot CEO Ido Rosilio announced that the Jerusalem Corridor and Bnei Brak would be supplied with well water, while Haifa would be supplied with well water and reservoir water.

Increase in Potato Consumption Before Pesach
By N. Katzin

During the two weeks preceding Pesach, potato consumption rises by 55 percent compared to the rest of the year, according to a market survey conducted by Avshalom, one of the leading potato retailers in the country. Israelis buy some 16,000 tons of potatoes before Pesach.


The Pagan Roots of Modern Thought

by Mordecai Plaut

Abstract: Modern intellectuals, especially those who base their world view upon science, pride themselves on being totally separate from the sphere of religion. They believe their view of the world to be based on empirical data and built up with reason alone, leaving them entirely distinct from all religion. This pride is unfounded. In fact their approach and conclusions are grounded in one of the major old- time religions, namely, paganism.

Let Us Rejoice And Be Happy With This Torah — Stories and Anecdotes Excerpted from Sorosecho Sha'ashu'oi

Rejoice On Your Festivals, You, Your Son and Your Daughter

The Rambam writes (Hilchos Yom Tov 17-18), "A person must be happy and glad of heart on [the festivals] he himself, his wife and his children . . . each of them with something suitable for them. For women, one should buy clothes and fine jewelry etc."

How to Avoid Meat Scandals: The Horrible Illness of Complacency
by HaRav Moshe Goldstein

The shmuess was given before Rosh Hashonoh this year, but its lessons are worth applying at any time.

Every year we read parshas Nitzovim on the Shabbos before Rosh Hashonoh. Those that derive hints from the Torah say that this is a hint to a person's situation before Rosh Hashonoh. He must be standing (natziv): he needs to stop and contemplate, and make a spiritual accounting, each one according to his level.

The Road to Repentance — A Selection of Thoughts and Practical Guidance for Aseres Yemei Teshuvoh from HaRav Shach, zt'l

The Power of Making a Specific Undertaking

A few days remain until Yom Kippur; let's use them to the utmost. Chazal tell us (Kiddushin 49) that if "a person enters into a marriage `on condition that I am righteous,' the marriage is binding even if he is utterly wicked because he may have entertained a thought of repentance." Repentance can be the matter of a moment — and we still have two days!

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