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Masses Will Converge Upon Meiron

Beginning motzei Shabbos, the night of Lag B'Omer, thousands will surge towards the gravesite of R' Shimon bar Yochai in Meiron to pour out their heartfelt prayers for the salvation of all Jewry and for their personal requests as well. They will pray that the Torah world be strengthened and fortified through its yeshivos, for the speedy recovery of all those ill and ailing and so on. Half a million visitors are expected altogether, beginning from the previous Friday until Sunday evening. Some estimates put the expected crowd at up to a million.



Agudath Israel Files Illegal Discrimination Lawsuit Against New Jersey Township

Agudath Israel of America and WR Property, a property owner in Jackson, have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the Township of Jackson, New Jersey, challenging new Jackson zoning regulations, by asserting that they are intended to prevent Orthodox Jews from opening schools or dormitories in Jackson. The suit alleges that the regulations were enacted with the express purpose of such anti-Jewish discrimination, and are in clear violation of Federal law.


30th Conference of the Conference of European Rabbis

The thirtieth convention of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) was opened this Monday in Amsterdam under the title of "The Function of the Rabbi in the Chinuch and Outreach of his Congregation." The convention is also dealing with the subjects of shechita, Jewish genealogy and other issues of the day.


From Our Archives

The International Date Line in Australia

By Rabbi B. Z. Rosenbaum

On the Sunday after Pesach (25 Nisan), Pinchos had a flight from Melbourne, Australia back to Los Angeles where he resides. As he made his way to the airport, the sun was already setting. After checking in his luggage he went to a corner and davened ma'ariv. For Sefiras HaOmer he counted 11 days.

Teaching Torah to Older Sons

by HaRav Yehoshua Shklar

One's first impression is that a father is obligated to teach his son Torah when he is a child, but only until the age of bar mitzvah. The father has the mitzvah upon him of, "You shall teach [the words of Torah] to your sons" (Devorim 11:169), but after his son has become a bar mitzvah it would seem that this obligation is ended. Just as with all mitzvos, the father must first perform them for his son and afterwards, when the son becomes an adult, the obligation passes to the mature son, so it should be with this mitzvah too.



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