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26 Tammuz 5773 - July 4, 2013 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

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Remembering HaRav Eliashiv zt"l on His Yahrtzeit

Gatherings of chizuk and deep mourning were held throughout the Jewish world to commemorate the first twelve months of the terrible loss to the Jewish people upon the passing of its Master and Mentor, HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, who led the Torah world and the entire Jewish world as a veritable pillar of fire, going before the camp.

Shabbos Commemoration in Many Places Urging the Public to Follow His Practices

This coming Shabbos, the 28th of Tammuz, on the yahrtzeit of HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, rabbonim and Torah leaders in every Jewish congregation throughout Eretz Yisroel and the entire world are expected to evoke his holy memory and exhort the people to carry on his holy practices and customs, as he followed and taught all his life.

Knesset Extends Daylight Savings Time - Netz at 7 a.m.

The Knesset Interior Committee approved this Monday a second and third reading of the bill to finalize extending Daylight Savings Time from the end of March till the end of October on a fixed basis.

Dramatic Cut in Bais Yaakov High School Budgets

After a significant cut exposed in Yated Ne'eman in the budgets of Torah lectures and Jewish cultural programs by the Education Ministry, a budget now standing at 3.80 shekel per lecture hour ($1.10) and cultural activities, the Education Ministry further announced on Monday the significant additional slash in the budget of high schools and seminaries plus a demand for retroactive refund of such monies.

"We Will Change This Disproportionate Cut to the Yeshivos"

The disproportionate and unfair cut in the budgets of chareidi yeshivos will be changed. This was declared on Monday by Deputy Education Minister, MK Avi Wortsman (Habayit HaYehudi) in a discussion that took place in the science committee of the Knesset on the subject of the Treasury's intention to cut the budgets for chareidi students coming from abroad to study in Torah institutions.

HaRav Yisroel Yehoshua Trunk, zt"l, Rov of Kutna
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 25 Tammuz (5653)

"One cannot say that this generation is a dor yosom — an orphaned generation," commented once the Chiddushei Harim, "for we have in it R' Shiele!" This, when the latter was just a young man.

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Hand in Hand

FICTION by N. Sheinberger

Two hands grip each other. Two soft and warm hands lovingly clasp each other every morning anew, as a mother and her son pass through the narrow alleys of the Beis Yisroel neighborhood.

Opinion and Comment

Chareidim and Geirim and the Jewish People

by Mordecai Plaut
There are a number of topics about which chareidim are criticized, even by their friends. This article is intended to give an exposition of the chareidi position and attitudes in several areas that seem to invite criticism that is based largely on misunderstanding of what we believe and false impressions of what we do (see box).

Opinion and Comment

Searching for Our Roots

by Mordecai Plaut
This was the time when our forefathers who lived during the great Churban felt their world collapsing. On 17 Tammuz the walls of the city were breached. After years of strife, both internal and external, the final defenses were crumbling. For many who were slaughtered in the terrible final destruction, their own end was drawing near.


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