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European Rabbonim React to Trump

The periodic convention of the Council of European Rabbis which opened this past Monday at the Victoria Olympia hotel in Minsk was designed to strengthen the Jewish community, its rabbis and institutions.






Letter from HaRav Shteinman to the Rabbonim of the CER

To the Rabbonim and Dayanim of the Council of European Rabbis gathered in Minsk

May Hashem be with you.

I rejoiced to hear that you succeeded in appointing rabbis who will work to raise the banner of Torah. The prime mission of rabbonim is to teach Torah to the members of their communities Torah and to teach them to establish their lives according to the Halacha. Therefore, you must persevere and increase your support within these kehillos and see to it that each community has rabbis who are G-d-fearing and dayanim who are upright so that Jewish tradition and religion be solid and firm.




Statistical Update on Bnei Brak

Bnei Brak, the city of Torah and Chassidus, has, according to figures from the Bureau of Population Statistics from the Interior Ministry, a population of 193,900, may they increase, compared to 190,000 at the beginning of 5776; 186,103 during 5775, and 183,916 in 5774. The above figure represents the count at the end of Tishrei 5777.

The Holy Revolution Against Internet Continues

Dozens of rabbonim throughout the country, together with over one hundred community representatives from all over, many from Chassidic courts, gathered this past motzei Shabbos for a Melave Malka of the third Ve'idas Hakehillos [Community Councils] taking place in the Wagshal hall in Bnei Brak. Its purpose was to strengthen the Rabbinical Committee for Fortifying the Walls of Religion, and it dealt with the continuation of its activities to protect the Jewish fold according to the directives of our rabbis and Torah leadership.

HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, Rosh Yeshivas Slobodka and Member of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah on the Problems with Academic Studies

"A danger is inherent in all studies in a [secular] academic environment. We are not talking about some fine line but of severe matters... Distance yourself from this path because it is apikorsus. The gemara says that one must stay away from all heretical talk, even the most negligent. Any course given by a secular lecturer must necessarily cool off a person in his avodas Hashem.

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Stories from Oleinu Leshabeiach

by Rav Yissochor Dov Rubin

The final volume of the set of six volumes by HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein, compiled and edited by R' Moshe Michoel Zoren, has already been on the shelves for some time.


Peace is a Vision, Not a Policy

by Mordecai Plaut

David Grossman's speech at the large (organizers estimate: 100,000) rally marking the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin was typical: strong questions and weary answers. The speech generated considerable interest and was even broadcast. Grossman is one of the leading intellectuals of the Left, and his speaking generated extra emotional weight this year since he recently lost a son in the fighting in Lebanon.


Telolei Oros: Medicine and Halochoh

by Rav Yissochor Dov Rubin

"For I Am Hashem Your Healer"

Telolei Oros presents sources relating to doctors and patients, the permission that is given to the doctor to heal and to the patient to see the doctor, the proper effort we should make in medical matters, the mitzvah of visiting the sick, the prayers of the sick, and more. May it be Hashem's will that the verse be fulfilled in us: "The entire malady that I inflicted upon Egypt I will not inflict upon you, for I am Hashem your Healer" (Shemos 15:26).


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