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The Agudah Convention's Thursday Night Session

In a gathering of particularly compelling interest to parents of young yeshiva-age children, three of the generation's leading rabbinic figures offered profound analyses and Torah-rooted solutions to the unprecedented challenges of contemporary chinuch habonim at the Thursday evening Plenary Session of the 91st annual convention of Agudath Israel of America in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. The session was appropriately titled, "Chanoch La'naar: Nurturing Our Children, Ensuring Our Future."

Agudah Convention Keynote Session Focuses on Assault on Chareidi Community in Eretz Yisroel

The atmosphere at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake in New Jersey literally crackled with excitement on Motzei Shabbos as the thousands of participants at the 91st National Convention of Agudath Israel of America gathered to hear renowned Torah leaders discuss the Keynote Session's controversial but pressing topic, "The Unprecedented Assault on the Chareidi Community in Eretz Yisroel."

French Jewry May Continue to Perform Bris Milah

While France is standing alongside Israel against the world powers regarding the Iranian issue, the French president, Francois Hollande, sent a letter to the president of the Jewish Congregations, Mr. Yoel Margi, in which he declares: "Regarding [ritual] circumcision, France takes a strong position based on religious freedom. Therefore, it is unthinkable that any restrictions be instituted in an act which is a symbol of Judaism."

Stop Desecration of the Old City

Members of the United Torah Jewry party in the Jerusalem municipality met on Sunday for an emergency discussion on steps to be taken urgently and immediately in order to halt the abhorrent and indecent performances taking place these day in the Old City en route to the remnant of our holy Beis Hamikdash, the Kosel Hamaaravi.

Opinion: The Last Command Post
By Rav Meir Weisberg

The article before us, is an acutely candid product of the late writer and educator, Rav Meir Weisberg, who was known for his zeal regarding everything sacred through total submission to our gedolei Torah.

Chanukah Lights in the Bunkers and Camps of World War II

As the Chanukah flames cast their serene glow over our homes we're reminded of the times when these lights told a different story. In the not-too-distant past these candles were lit under fire - literally - kindling a spirit of renewed hope in the heart of those who struck the match to echo the heaviness of their heartbeats and those of their spectators.

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1944 in Bergen-Belsen. After much toil the Rabbi of Bluzhov, Rabbi Yisroel Shapiro managed to obtain oil in time for the first night of Chanukah. Radiating a holy fire of his own, the Rebbe, trembling with emotion rather than fear, recited the three brochos and lit the first single flame. Tears of joy and sadness combined and poured forth from all those present. Suddenly, one of the inmates, a former member of the Bund of Warsaw who had cast off any yoke of Torah, approached the Rebbe and posed a question in a loud, clear voice.

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A Force for Light

by Mordecai Plaut

Uva'avod reshoim rinoh -- There is rejoicing at the destruction of evil ones (Mishlei 11:10). The capture of Saddam Hussein, despotic ruler of Iraq for 35 years, is certainly an occasion for rejoicing.

Opinion and Comment
The World of Imagination

by R' Yerachmiel Kram

"And Yaakov dwelled in the land in which his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan" (Bereishis 37:1).

"The House of Yosef a Flame"

Rashi discusses the juxtaposition of the two parshiyos: of this one dealing with Yosef and his developments, and the previous one enumerating the generations of the tribal chiefs of Eisov. He quotes Chazal in the Midrash: "[It is similar to] a flax dealer by whom many camels stopped to unload their huge piles of flax. A blacksmith standing by marveled: Where will the flax dealer put all that flax? Said a clever man, A mere spark from your anvil can destroy it all completely.


Windows on the World

FICTION by Y. Freund

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Rocco knew Manhattan only from the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. He wasn't American-born and didn't really know his way around the large city, even though he had worked there for many years. He knew how to go from his home in the Bronx to Windows on the World in lower Manhattan only by following the arrows on the crumpled and stained map that Rick had drawn for him.


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