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26 Kislev 5772 - December 22, 2011 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Bais Yaakov Seminar Principals Stand Firm on Acceptance Procedures
By Yechiel Sever

The Union of Bais Yaakov Seminary Principals announced, after consulting with gedolei Yisroel shlita, that if seminary acceptance procedures based on technical, formal criteria are imposed on them, rather than the spiritual guidelines the seminaries are founded on, they will be unable to open the school year. Under such circumstances some 30,000 students around the country, representing all backgrounds, would not be going to classes.

UTJ Rejects Criticism of Mehadrin Bus Lines
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

United Torah Judaism sent a pointed letter on Monday to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz. Noting that "the Mehadrin lines are voluntary, carried out by women who want to retain their dignity when using public transportation, on their own initiative, not through coercion," they demanded that the prime minister retract his remarks.

Protest in Jerusalem Following Plans to Transfer Rashbi Site to Tourism Ministry
By Yechiel Sever

A large crowd was on hand at Kikar HaShabbat in Jerusalem on Sunday for a demonstration against the expropriation of the R' Shimon Bar Yochai gravesite in Meiron.

HaRav Eliashiv Tells Educators to Foster Ahavas Torah and Ambition in Learning
By Yechiel Sever

During a gathering of rabbonim and educators at the home of Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita at his home Monday night, in preparation for the Fourth Education Conference, HaRav Eliashiv said, "To enable students to withstand the tests of today's unbridled generation, educators should lay emphasis on instilling ahavas Torah, careful adherence to halacha, a fear of judgment and faith in the teachings of Chazal."

Komocha Conference at JCC Unites Special Needs Organizations
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Even the organizers were surprised by the enormous turnout at Binyanei Ha'Uma (Jerusalem Convention Center) last week for the Komocha conference, which brought together all of the organizations for people with special needs in the chareidi and national-religious communities in Israel.

The Divrei Yechezkel, Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam, ztvk"l
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 6 Teves

In the city of Tarmigrad, a son was born to the Divrei Chaim of Zanz in the same house as he himself was born. The date Reb Yechezkel Shraga was born was 20 Shvat 5576 (1816), and he was named after his paternal great-grandfather, the father of the Boruch Taam.

From Our Archives

Opinion & Comment
In Search of Security

by Mordecai Plaut

What will be?

That is a question that is often heard these days in Israel as the presumptions that many have entertained for many years have crumbled. Is there a peace process with a "partner" who tries his best to murder you? Can Arafat make a deal? If he goes then what or who will take his place? What will be without tourism, without a high-flying stock market, without increasing economic growth?

Opinion & Comment
Satan's Doing

by Yochanan David

A maggid shiur for the Daf Yomi, who teaches a broad audience most of which is comprised of men much older than he, is in a strange position. He is alone and finds it difficult to relate to them. As a teacher? He is more than that and the people before him are not like students in the literal sense of the word. And thus, a certain tenseness reigns between them.

Opinion & Comment
Phidias the Recruit

by HaRav Alter Halpern, zt'l

The following story was written by HaRav Halpern almost fifty years ago. It tells the story of Chanukah in a dramatic and poignant way, from the (fictionalized) perspective of a young Hellenizer (Misyavein) who lives through the events. With it we also note HaRav Halpern's first yahrtzeit, 16 Teves.

Opinion & Comment
A Chanukah His'orerus for the Ben Torah

by HaRav Leib Lopian, zt"l

There is the famous question posed by the Bais Yosef: Why do we kindle the Chanukah lights for eight days? Wasn't there enough oil in the menorah of the Beis Hamikdosh to burn for that first day? As such, that first day should be no miracle, and we would remain with the miracle of the oil lasting for only seven days, not eight.



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