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Eretz Yisroel Focus of Agudath Israel Motzei Shabbos Session

The difficult situation facing the chareidi community in Eretz Yisroel will be the focus of the Motzei Shabbos keynote session at the upcoming 91st National Convention of Agudath Israel of America.

Rundown of Week's Anti-Religious Laws

To give a sense of the amount and range of the laws and political actions taken against the chareidi community, we are giving a short rundown of the most important actions of the past week.

Rebbetzin Channah Rokach A"H

As Shabbos was ushered out, the sad news reached the public regarding the passing of the righteous Rebbetzin Channah Rokach, wife of the late Admor HaRav Aharon of Belz, who returned her soul to its Maker at the ripe age of ninety-eight. The world lost a great woman whose entire life was permeated with the ancient grandeur of yiras Shomayim and service to Hashem, deeds of charity, a spirit of majesty, exemplary character and middos, the pride of the Belzer dynasty as the wife-helpmate of the exalted tzaddik, the Admor of Belz. Huge crowds in Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim, escorted her to her final resting place on Har Hamenuchos, where her revered husband, the Admor, is buried.

The Tchortkover Rebbe - HaRav Yisroel Friedman, zt"l
In Honor of his 70th Yahrtzeit 15 Kislev (5694-1934)

Throughout his life, Reb Yisroel of Tchortkov tried to hide the magnitude of his greatness in Torah. In his younger years he succeeded and it was only from time to time that a tiny ray of this great light would inadvertently pierce the cloud of secrecy in which he was shrouded, revealing a glimpse of his true greatness.

From Our Archives

From Kishinev Until Bialystok -- And Since

by M. Musman

Part II

About six months ago marked the hundredth anniversary of the pogrom in Kishinev that touched off a series of hundreds of pogroms that lasted for more than three years. The hatred and the savagery and the complicity of the ruling authorities charged with preserving law and order that was displayed in Russia, after a period of calm and increasing rights for Jews, is worth recalling and remembering well, now that we see signs of its reappearance in many parts of the world.

Opinion and Comment

The Lapse of a Hairsbreadth: A Shmuess

by HaRav Sholom Schwadron, zt'l

Part I

The Heart Knows

"And Timna was a concubine to Elifaz, son of Eisov and she bore Amolek to Elifaz . . . " (Bereishis 36:12)

The gemora (Sanhedrin 99) tells us more about Timna: "What is the meaning of, `And the sister of Loton was Timna' (posuk 22)? Timna was of royal birth, as the posuk (29) says, `Aluf Loton, Aluf Timna. . . ' the title Aluf signifies high rank but without a crown." Rashi explains that, "since Timna was sister to a king, she must have been the daughter of a king as well." The gemora tells us further, "She wanted to convert and she came to Avrohom, to Yitzchok and to Yaakov and they didn't accept her."


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