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6 Nisan 5772 - March 29, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly
This is our Pesach edition. The next scheduled edition is for parshas Tazria-Metzora, Thursday 27 Nisan (April 19). Next week we will just add more archive material and update the rain status. May we hear only good news. Chag Kosher Vesomayach!

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Rabbonim Warn Against Chilul Shabbos Caused by Digital Water Meters
By Yechiel Sever

Gedolei Yisroel are issuing a call to put a halt to chilul Shabbos in the form digital water meters installed by the utility company or the municipality, as the case may be. With these new meters, every time the tap is turned on, it creates an electrical impulse and feeds water consumption data into a computer.

No Discussion about Splitting Beit Shemesh
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"We will reject out of hand any attempt to talk about splitting Beit Shemesh into two cities. We will not meet with anyone about this issue, and we will not discuss it. This subject must be taken off the agenda."

Gathering of Educators in Jerusalem
by Yechiel Sever

A large meeting of mechanchim took place in Jerusalem during the first week of Nisan this year, organized by the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Yitzchok Pindrus.

Rosh Hayeshiva HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman shlita sent a special letter to the gathering.

The Numbers of Chareidim and the Aged will Increase
by Y Sheinfeld

The prediction of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) is that in 47 years there will be a larger proportion of chareidim and Arabs, and also the population will age. Israel's total population is expected to reach 15.6 million souls.

Over 1 in 3 U.S. Jews Not Halachically Jewish
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The number of Jews in the U.S. now comes to just under six and a half million (6,401,000), of which only 4,223,000 are Jews according to halacha. In other words, 2.2 million people who consider themselves Jewish are not Jewish according to halacha, as a result of the alarming intermarriage rate caused primarily by the Reform and Conservative movements.

Tefillos for HaRav Eliashiv at Bein Hazmanim Yeshivas and Kollelim
By Yechiel Sever

Collective tefillos continue to be said at bein hazmanim yeshivas and kollelim for the full recovery of Rabbenu Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Mousha Eliashiv shlita, who remains in critical condition and is in need of great rachmei Shomayim.

Tznius Encouragement

As the chagim and summer approach, Beis Din Mishmar HaTorah LeInyonei Tznius, presided over by maranan poskei hador shlita, has asked that this letter be publicized again.

Herzliya Mayor Pushes for Buses on Shabbos
By L.S. Wasserman

The shameful proposal passed by the Herzliya Municipality to have buses operate on Shabbos Kodesh remains on the public agenda in the city. Reactions in the secular city are fierce and merchants and bus drivers have voiced anger and frustration over the populist decision, which not only tramples over the sanctity of Shabbos, but also violates basic workers' rights, depriving them of the only rest day.

Rechovot: Heart-wrenching Funeral for Father and 5 Children Killed in Fire
By L.S. Wasserman

Heart-rending scenes and thousands of stunned mourners were part of the sorrowful levaya for the father and five children of the Shaer family who perished when their Rechovot home went up in flames. The funeral-goers were shaken by the depth of the tragedy that took the lives of an entire family in minutes, leaving only the bereaved mother alive.

London: Avreich Defrauded During Fundraising Drive
By Y. Gefen

In London rabbonim are warning against a scam against fundraisers from Israel. According to a recent report, an avreich from Eretz Yisroel who flew to London to raise money for his sick father was robbed by someone posing as a driver for fundraising. According to a witness, after the "driver" won the avreich's confidence he "agreed" to help him obtain addresses of Torah supporters and to transfer the money raised. Instead the driver disappeared with the money.

Rain and Kinneret Watch
by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

As of April 4 (12 Nisan) 625 millimeters of rain had fallen in the Jerusalem area during the current season (August 1 to date). This represents 121% of the average rainfall for this period and 116% of the average rainfall for the entire season in the Jerusalem area which is 537 mm.

From Our Archives


Edited By Rabbi Moshe Finkelstein Kiryat Mattersdorf, Jerusalem

These notes are based on the responsa of Moreinu veRabbeinu HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita, rosh yeshivas Torah Ore, to questions posed by women attending his regular chizuk talks. They have been compiled by a group of his talmidim. The notes also include Hebrew sources and footnotes, which are not reproduced here.

Home and Family
Mayim Shelonu: Preparing Water For Baking Matzoh

Written by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

The People Of Papunyah

Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5762. As the sun begins its descent below the horizon, a crowd gathers at Motza. A common goal unites them; they all hope to draw spring water at bein hashmoshos. When the hands of the watch testify that the time is coming closer, things start to bustle as people jockey for a position so that they can draw water at the exact time. The anticipated moment arrives and dusk is illuminated with the excitement of mitzvos.

Observations: A "Goral HaGro" 400 Years Ago

Some two hundred years before the time of the Vilna Gaon, Rav S. Sirero, a contemporary of the Beis Yosef, writes about a goral following the method attributed in our time to the Vilna Gaon zt"l and now known as the Goral HaGra.

Opinion & Comment
Husbands, Wives and Children

by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg

Part II

In the first part of this essay about the very important topic of sholom bayis HaRav Scheinberg noted that generally a couple starts out compatible and together, but later breaks apart. The long and intimate contact of married life brings out frictions that were not visible previously.

Opinion & Comment
Recalling a Capacity to Hate Evil

by Mordecai Plaut

We cannot presume to know the intention of Providence in the events we undergo, but we must learn the lessons inherent in them. The Rambam writes (Taanis 1:3) that not to do so is cruelty: " . . . if they say it is just the way the world is, this trouble just happened -- this is cruelty; it causes them to persist in their evil ways and will compound the trouble and add more."

Home and Family
Veho'Ish Moshe

Compiled by his Talmidim

The image and spirit of HaRav Moshe Soloveitchik zt"l still linger in the minds and hearts of his many students and disciples. This great man, his sterling character and personal integrity, his every word and action infused with sanctity, left a lasting impression on all. Perpetuating the heritage of his righteous forefathers, the dynasty of Brisk, the memory of Rav Moshe Soloveitchik, zt"l continues to inspire.
Opinion & Comment
The Maaseh Rav Haggodoh

Selections from the Maaseh Rav Haggodoh that was compiled and edited by HaRav Sholom Meir Wallach.

The Haggodoh states: "Even if we are all wise, we are all sage, we are all venerable, we all know the Torah. [Yet] it is a mitzvah to retell the story of the exodus from Egypt, and whoever exceeds in telling of the exodus from Egypt is praiseworthy."
Opinion & Comment
Nisan is the Month of Geulah

by Mordecai Plaut

The postwar generation has generally had it pretty good. In the West it grew up and came of age in a time of increasing prosperity and general calm. There have been crises in the West and wars in Israel, but they were usually pretty short -- a few months at most. For the most part, the past half a century has been a period of secure establishment and growth.

Opinion & Comment
Understanding Leil HaSeder

by HaRav Shimshon Pincus, zt'l

HaRav Shimson Pincus zt"l was killed, along with his wife and daughter, in a tragic car accident one year ago on the 13th of Nisan. In addition to being the rov of the kehilla of Ofakim, Israel, HaRav Pincus lectured and participated in seminars throughout the world. The following article is taken from a taped lecture "Leil HaSeder" that he delivered in the U.S. before Pesach two years ago.

Opinion & Comment
The Prime Objective: Speak About My Name Everywhere In The Land!

by HaRav Yitzchok Shlomo Silbermann, zt'l

In this shiur, HaRav Silbermann clarifies the main objective of yetzias Mitzrayim. His penetrating conclusion has important consequences for fulfilling the mitzvoh of sippur yetzias Mitzrayim at the seder. This shiur was delivered two years ago, on erev Pesach 5760, and was prepared from the notes of one of the listeners by A. Chefetz. It is being presented here to mark HaRav Silbermann's first yahrtzeit on 18 Adar.

Rochel, Our Youngest Daughter

by P. Feinman

FICTION - A Parable

The large house, which bustled with life, vitality, chatter, frays, elbow rubbing and smiles, had emptied.

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