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22 Iyar 5777 - May 18, 2017 | Mordecai Plaut, director | Behar-Bechukosai-5777 Published Weekly

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The Independence of Chareidi Education

"This is a cultural war whose aim is to change us, not to cause our chareidi public to become Shabbos violators chas vesholom but rather to draw us closer to Mizrachi, and this war begins in the kindergartens." These penetrating and incisive words regarding the battle being waged against our young flocks from a tender age, and the obligation to stand forcefully on guard for the independent integrity of the self-determination of our pure education, stood at the crux of a gathering which took place last Thursday, 15 Iyar, in Jerusalem with the blessing and directorship of our Torah leadership in which the establishment of a spiritual supervisory network for our kindergartens was announced.



The New/Old Amsterdam Eruv

The thirtieth Conference of European Rabbis (CER) which recently took place in Amsterdam, commemorating sixty years since its establishment, decided to express its appreciation to the city host and the mass transit authority for their assistance in erecting an eruv in the city. The ceremony also commemorated the retirement of the Av Beis Din of Amsterdam, Dayan Arye Ralbag, and the initiation of his successor, Dayan Eliezer Wolf. At the ceremony, they both wrote new essays about this eruv, "Pnei Arye" and "The Eruv of Greater Amsterdam".



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We Support Democracy

By Mordecai Plaut

We wish to say it clearly: we support the democratic system of government. We think that it is a good, effective system of governance that has proven itself good for the Jews and good for humanity in the more than two centuries that it has been used in the West.

"Let Freedom Reign"

By Rabbi Pinchas Kantrowitz

"Freedom, n. 1: the quality or state of being free : INDEPENDENCE" (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Modern American and European history can largely be understood as the quest for "freedom"; the Russian, French, and American Revolutions were successful attempts to throw off the political, economic, and social shackles which bound men for centuries. Yet this freedom, although deeply yearned for and hard earned, has been a paradoxical gift: "To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom" (The World Book Word Power Library, pg. 309). 20th Century French Nobel Prize Winning Author, Andre Gide adds insight into our understanding of the concept of "freedom;" freedom in and of itself is not valuable, what is valuable is to know how to utilize freedom.



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