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18 Kislev 5774 - November 21, 2013 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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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.

Part I

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.