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7 Teves 5773 - December 20, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

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Opinion and Comment: The Perils of Sherut Leumi

One of the most bitter battles waged by Torah Jewry was against the Sherut Leumi ("National Service") law passed in the early days of the State. After the government agreed to exempt girls who declared their observance of mitzvos from service in the army, there was an attempt to enact a compulsory Sherut Leumi law outside of the military framework. Gedolei Yisroel were strongly united against the initiative. The first letter was published in 5712 (1952) signed by HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer, the Tchebiner Rov, HaRav Tzvi Pesach Frank and HaRav Zelig Reuven Bengis zt"l. They wrote: "The prohibition against drafting women fully includes Sherut Leumi... we turn to all Jewish daughters... and you are obligated to prefer being jailed and to accept poverty and suffering and to sanctify His name yisborach..."

Ma'azanim Organization: "To Imbue the Awareness of Economic Balance Among Families"

Ma'azanim has existed and operated actively in Ramat Beit Shemesh for the past five years. Its success in balancing family budgets and rehabilitating families has pushed it to open branches in Elad, Beitar and Modi'in Illit. The organization was established by professional economic consultants whose goal is not only to guide families but to bring them to a state of self-sufficiency in balancing ongoing family budgets and standing up to special emergency situations which cause a drain on the regular budget.

Unique Gathering of Dozens of Halachic Authorities on Halacha and Psychiatry in Bnei Brak

A meeting of rabbonim on "Halacha and Psychiatry" took place in the beis medrash of "Chanichei Hayeshivos Hilchos Chaim" on Rechov Raavez in Bnei Brak, with the participation of HaRav Mordechai Gross, Gavad of Chanichei Hayeshivos, and eighty-five other rabbonim and morei tzedek of the community.

Kiryat Bnei Torah Will Participate in the Tender for Beit Shemesh Gimmel

The Central Kiryat Bnei Torah intends to submit its bid for the tenders in the prospective housing projects of Beit Shemesh Gimmel. It thus hopes to provide an answer for the pressing housing shortage by creating a kirya- complex with a special character tailored specifically to a bnei Torah population of yeshiva alumni, in the spirit and under the ongoing guidance of gedolei Yisroel.

Netanyahu Objects to Declarations for a Government Without Chareidim

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he is opposed to the declarations of the Likud MKs about creating a future government coalition without any chareidi parties. In a party forum, he protested that such an idea is inconsistent with Likud policy and that those members were not justified or authorized in expressing it.

"The Study of Mussar is the Seal of the Cruse of Oil for the Purity of our Torah Which Protects Us From Those Seeking to Obliterate Torah"

The above quote was said in the name of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, in his presence, at a large, very impressive gathering which took place this past motzei Shabbos in the Wagschal Hotel in Bnei Brak, celebrating the completion of study of Orchos Yosher and the commencement of study of Orchos Tzaddikim.

Prayers for HaRav Brevda shlita

We wanted to thank everyone who has joined and will join the tefillas rabbim for the refuah shleimoh of HaRav Shlomo Leib ben Miriam (Brevda).

The Ateres Yeshua: Ha'Admor Rabbi Yehoshua Horowitz, zt"l, of Dzikov

One of the most awe- inspiring spectacles to behold in the Chassidic courts was the holy avodoh of the Ateres Yeshua during the hakofos on Hoshanoh Rabbah.

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Opinion and Comment
The Tragedy of Translation

by Rabbi Yitzchok Boruch haCohen Fishel

There has been a need for translation since Bovel, but its difficulties have been evident since then as well.

Opinion and Comment

7-9 Teves, Three Days Of Darkness -- The Torah's Translation Into Greek: The Chasam Sofer On The Septuagint

From Droshos Chasam Sofer, Drush for the Seventh of Teves 5573 (1811-2)

In this extract from one of his annual Teves discourses, which included hespedim for prominent tzadikim who had passed away during the course of the past year, the Chasam Sofer pinpoints the rapport with gentile ideas that is facilitated by the Torah's translation into their language, as one of the major causes of misunderstanding Torah, abandonment of mitzvos and loss of faith, Rachmono litzlan.


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