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Avoid Visiting Sites that Desecrate the Shabbos

In anticipation of negotiations between educational institutions and vacation package organizers regarding summer camps, recreational frameworks etc., the members of the Rabbinical Committee for the Preservation of Kedushas Shabbos established by our Torah leadership past and present, have come out with a fervent call regarding the obligation to carefully screen the many options for vacationing and make certain that only shomrei Shabbos sites are visited and included in those programs.

"The Mitzvah of Shmittah Relates to Every Individual"

After HaRav Nissim Karelitz was released from the hospital last week, boruch Hashem, he convened in his home a group of the heads and administrators of the Dvar HaShemitta Institute, over which he presides. They sought his blessing for the launching of intensified widespread study of the Shmittah laws amongst the bnei Torah public.

Pirkei Ovos, Chapter 2, Mishna 1

Eizohi derech yeshoroh sheyovor lo ho'odom? Kol shehi tif'eres le'oseho vetiferes lo min ho'odom.

A grandchild of the holy Chasam Sofer zt"l relates in the sefer Chut Hameshulosh:

During the hot summers, the Chasam Sofer would leave Pressburg with its pressures, for the serene atmosphere and green pastures of Jergen, a small countryside village not far away. Not that he took a holiday from his learning and shiurim. In fact, every day a carriage-load of bochurim would ride out to the tiny town to learn the daily shiur with their Rebbe and then travel back to transmit it further to the other talmidim.

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Falling for the Investment Opportunity of a Lifetime

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This is the story of an investment in a timesharing hotel, that went bad. The reason may well have been, as the company says, due to factors beyond its control and ability to predict. Nonetheless, the investors have their losses. Buyer beware!

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Arguing with Chareidi Educational Success

by Mordecai Plaut

For an educational system, one important measure of success is if its graduates become functional, productive members of society. By this measure, the chareidi educational system has been very successful, as the overwhelming majority of the graduates find themselves fully prepared for life. They establish homes and take a place in society no less smoothly, and certainly more frequently and consistently, than the graduates of any other educational system. Although there are no academic studies that have produced quantified results, the overall success is clearly evident in the homes and streets of communities like Modi'in Illit, Beitar, Beit Shemesh and Elad that are comprised exclusively of the products of the Israeli chareidi educational system.


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