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28 Menachem Av 5772 - August 16, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

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Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Emergency Meeting About the Draft Threat

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah met this past Monday evening (25 Av) for an emergency discussion on how to deal with the threat of army mobilization for bnei yeshivos. Nonmember rabbonim participated as well. The Moetzes culminated the gathering with a series of decisions relating to the yeshiva public and a special appeal to the government heads "not to change anything regarding the status quo affecting Torah students, as has been the norm in Eretz Yisroel in the past."

Central Rallies of Hespedim and Chizuk Throughout the Jewish World in Memory of HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv

With the end of the shloshim period since the demise of HaRav Eliashiv, who was the supporting pillar for all Jewry, rallies of hesped and his'orerus will take place throughout the Jewish world to commemorate the figure upon whose shoulders the entire burden of the Diaspora rested.

Romanian Jews Upset: A Holocaust Denier Appointed to the Cabinet

The Jewish community of Romania is very upset over the decision to appoint Senator Dr. Don Shovah as the Cabinet officer in charge of liaison with the Parliament. The Senator recently declared in a media interview, "Not one Jew suffered on Romanian soil."

Development of the Archaeological Site in Modi'in Illit

Work is starting on preservation and restoration of the large archaeological site in Modi'in Illit. The large site of remains from the Bayis Sheini is located in the center of the Kiryat Sefer neighborhood.

The Noted Philanthropist Reb Zev Wolfson zt"l

On Monday, the bitter news was announced of the passing of the esteemed philanthropist, Reb Zev Wolfson, one of the foremost patrons of the Torah and Teshuva worlds, to whose merit is credited many thousands of Torah homes and baalei teshuva families who acknowledged their Creator. His funeral took place on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. U.S. time from Yeshivas She'ar Yashuv in Queens, New York.

Letter from HaRav Nissim Karelitz about Archaeological Digs

Bs"D 21 Menachem Av, 5772 We wish to recognize the company Karasso Realtors, the owner and manager of the building project in Be'er Sheva, who are preserving the graves so as not to desecrate them, chas vesholom. To that end they have made great efforts, [including] changing plans and bearing significant expenses. Everything was done under the guidance of the Vaad to Prevent Desecration of Graves and under the supervision of the Vaad on the site.

The Megaleh Amukos: HaRav Nosson Nota Shapira, zt"l
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 13 Av

Since he merited to have Torah ugeduloh bemokom echod, both wealth and Torah, the Megaleh Amukos never took wages nor benefited in any way from the public purse. For this reason, his words were readily accepted by all and he fearlessly proclaimed his daas Torah, unlike other rabbonim who perhaps were afraid to jeopardize their post and livelihood. As his son wrote in the introduction to his sefer, "Money means nothing to him, just as in the days of King Shlomo."

From Our Archives

Legal and Moral Responsibility for "Collateral Damage"

by Mordecai Plaut

Salah Shehadeh, head of the Izzadin Al Kassem Brigades of the Hamas, was killed by a one-ton bomb dropped on the building in which he was staying in Gaza. None of the surrounding buildings was seriously damaged and none of the residents in those buildings was killed. According to Palestinian reports - - which are usually very exaggerated -- nine other people were killed and over a hundred were injured in the surrounding buildings. Most of the others who were said to be killed, lived in rubble and hovels around the building and Israeli intelligence apparently did not realize that they were there.

Opinion and Comment

Omol Hatorah vs. Outreach; Sayings and Stories

by Rav Avrohom Yeshaya Bergman

Part II The following is a translation of an article that appeared in the Hebrew edition of Yated Ne'eman on erev Yom Kippur last year. The ninth full month since the passing of Maran HaRav Shach was last week.

Is a Shofar Blown in the City and the People are Unafraid?

by HaRav Moshe Man

Part I From Rosh Chodesh Elul until Erev Rosh Hashanah, according to the Tur Orach Chaim (571) the custom is to blow the shofar every day after davening in order to exhort Am Yisroel to do teshuvoh, as it says, "If a shofar is blown in the city, and the people do not fear" (Amos 3:6). This practice also appears in the Rambam (Hilchos teshuvoh, 3:4) in his discussion of whether tekias shofar is a mitzvah deOraisa on Rosh Hashanah: "Although tekias shofar on Rosh Hashanah is a gezeiras hakosuv, it has a hint or suggestion. In other words, `Wake up from your sleep; rouse yourselves from your torpor. Search yourselves and return to Hashem;, remember your Maker and mend your ways. Let every man abandon his evil ways.' "

The Evolution of the Deferred Induction Law

by Eliezer Rauchberger

Written ten years ago when the Tal Law was first passed, this survey provides background information to the current crisis after the law was invalidated.

The bill for deferred induction of talmidei yeshivos, known as the "Tal Law," was approved last week in the Knesset plenum, including a key paragraph that allows the Defense Minister to postpone, with no time limitations, restrictions or quotas, the military service of any talmid yeshiva or avreich for whom Toraso umnoso.


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