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Forced Conscription of Yeshiva Students Including Imprisonment

It was the bleakest, blackest day, reeking of a dismal and sorrowful anti-Semitism the likes of which the Torah world and chareidi public had not seen since the establishment of the State of Israel 65 years ago: the Knesset plenum began its session at midnight on Monday dealing with the first reading of the drastic, shameful bill calling for the draft of yeshiva students by force, including registration of a criminal record and imprisonment of every ben Torah who refuses to be drafted or serve in a National Service framework.

"The Government Just Wants to Persecute Religion and Torah Scholars"

"This government has no agenda other than to discriminate against religion and persecute Torah scholars. They explain everything as budgetary motives but these are only cover-ups. Today they wish to pass a law that will harass Torah scholars who have pursued their study for thousands of years uninterruptedly, yet in spite and even because of it, we find added strength in the knowledge that Torah studied in deprivation creates great and eternal merit."

HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky: "The Torah World in Eretz Yisroel Continues to Strengthen"

In a special interview which Yated Ne'eman held this past Monday with HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rosh Yeshivas Philadelphia and member of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah in the U.S., who is here on a personal simcha-related visit, the latter voiced an emphatic stand regarding the path we must take these days to protect ourselves from our evil-seekers.

HaRav Dovid Moshe Rabinowitz, zt"l, Hy"d — Rosh Yeshivas Kesser Torah
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 18th Av (5702-1942)

"I had no idea that there existed in the Poland of our times such a great gaon," noted R' Chaim Ozer Grodzensky zt"l. He had just become acquainted with R' Moishele Rabinowitz and they had already had a deep Torah discussion, lasting several hours. Subsequently, R' Chaim Ozer sent him a warm approbation, rare in its content, for the sefer that R' Moishele intended to print.

From Our Archives

In Depth Features
Father and Daughter

FICTION by Chaim Walder

Part II

In the first part we met Moshe Dovid Tolstoy, who got married when neither he nor his wife was really ready -- and then divorced only a year later. The most lasting result of the union was a daughter, Miriam Malka, whom Moshe Dovid felt strongly attached to. His ex-wife wanted nothing to do with him and wanted their daughter also to have nothing to do with him.

Moshe Dovid remarried. He had another daughter with his new wife -- Rochel. Suddenly he located his first daughter, Malky, but his first wife fought against giving him visitation rights or any contact. Moshe Dovid's rov advised him that, given his ex-wife's stubbornness, he could satisfy his yearning to meet with his daughter only at a serious emotional cost to her. He advised Moshe Dovid to withdraw, and Moshe Dovid accepted his advice.

Rochel grew up a sensitive, artistic girl. When she reached high school age, she had to be sent to school in the city and to live with her grandmother since there was no suitable school near their home. She is lonely in the new school and has trouble joining the other girls who have been together since they were six. For the end-of-year play, she is chosen by the director, Malky, a very popular girl in the senior class, to draw the scenery after her sample drawing was sabotaged. Malky even went home with Rochel to see her other work.

Opinion and Comment

A Middos Workshop: Ahavas Yisroel -- the Oneness of the Jewish People

Based on Shiurim of Rav Dovid Siegel
Honoring Hashem by Honoring the Human -- Part I

Any time is the perfect time to work on improving our interpersonal relationships. In the first part of our discussion of this topic, we discussed the oneness of the Jewish people. Now we will examine how we can practically express this through increasing our feelings of respect for our fellow Jew.

Opinion and Comment

The Tzaddik is the Foundation of the World

by R' Zvi Yabrovl

Eighteen years having elapsed since the passing (on 23 Av, 5745) of Maran the Steipler, HaRav Yisroel Yaakov Kanievsky ztvk'l, author of Kehillos Yaakov. We present a collection of illuminating vignettes and practices, published in English for the first time, from the archives of HaRav Mordechai Weisfish.


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