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At The Center of the Universe
At The Center of the Universe
by Mordechai Plaut

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The Anti-Democratic New Israel Fund Against the Chareidi Community and Lifestyle

Often the chareidi community finds itself attacked and threatened by well-financed efforts to undermine the fulfillment of Torah and to minimize the success of the Torah community in Israel. Although the names of those behind these initiatives are varied and diverse, with only a little research Yated Ne'eman regularly finds that the source of the money is one and the same: the New Israel Fund (NIF).



German Jewry, the Human Soul, HaRav Moshe Shapira and the Brisker Rov on the fundamental meaning of Olom Chessed Yiboneh

German Jewry has a reputation as the cradle of the Reform movement, but what is not well-known is that these new winds were found only in the larger cities. In the smaller towns these influences were not present. Small town German Jewry was no less authentically and deeply Jewish than the small town Jewry of the Eastern European shtetls. Generally the German communities were populated by simple people who held tightly to the faith of their fathers. Many communities had been in place for more than thousand years, much longer than the Eastern Europe communities.



From Our Archives

Chesed and Rachamim; On the Threshold of Elul: A Shmuess for Parshas Eikev

By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt"l

Part I

The Achilles Heel

"And it will be -- eikev tishme'un -- on account of your listening to these laws, and your guarding and keeping them, [then] Hashem will keep the covenant and the kindness which He promised to your forefathers" (Devorim 7:12). Rashi explains the words eikev tishme'un as follows: "And . . . if you listen to the easy, `insignificant' mitzvos, that are usually trodden under heel . . . Hashem will keep . . . "

Firsthand Memories of Kelm

by L. Jungerman

In order to "touch the Tree of Knowledge" of Kelm, we dared seek out Maran Hagaon R' Dovid Povarsky [now zt'l], rosh yeshivas Ponevezh, disciple of the giants of knowledge from that great Torah-producing institution of Kelm. His master and mentor, was the Mashgiach, R' Yeruchom Levovitz ztzvk'l, and he actually studied there for a certain period in his life. The Rosh Yeshiva granted us an interview which enriched us with several facts, to which we have added a compendium of words addressed by him in his home at the occasion of a seuda shelishis gathering of a rapt audience of talmidim.

Media Coverage Does not Imply Importance

by Mordecai Plaut

Editors and producers have to come up with material that interests the public, and they can only choose from what they have available, that is, what has happened recently. But all these ways of weighing what goes on a front page have nothing to do with the intrinsic importance of the story.



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