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US Embassy in Jerusalem will be Limited

Israel chalked up a brilliant diplomatic achievement with the dedication of the American embassy in Jerusalem, however, from a Yated Ne'eman investigation it appears that aside from the statement and the new sign, in effect, not much will have changed. Regarding the issuing of visas, most will still be issued in Tel Aviv. In addition, the hoped for exemption of the necessity for a visa to the U.S. is still far from actualization.


Prayers of Thanks for Survivors of the Holocaust

Prayer and thanksgiving rallies were held to commemorate the salvation and survival of Jews from the Holocaust, commemorating as well those who died al Kiddush Hashem. This was the fifth worldwide memorial of Jewry, taking place this past weekend 27 Iyar. Thousands of adults and hundreds of children participated in the dozens of rallies which were held in synagogues, memorial sites and schools all over the world.


The Shamir Medical Center is Certified for Cohanim

Cohanim requiring medical services in the Shamir Medical Center (Asaf Harofeh) were gratified to receive some good news: after long drawn out and concerted efforts on the part of the supervising rabbi of the hospital's administration, together with the Taharas Cohanim Association, a map was publicized designating areas of the hospital campus where Cohanim can enter at any time without qualms.



A Talk from the Home of Hagaon R' Osher Weiss Shlita

This talk was originally given and published in 5766-2006.

"When You Exert Yourself in Torah, Revel in It"

Q. We find in Chazal (Shabbos 119a) the benefit of making a siyum masechta as a "festive day for Torah scholars." What is the big cause for celebration upon the completion of a tractate? Is it really important to make a gala event of it?



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From Our Archives

Can we Believe G-d Spoke at Sinai?

by HaRav Yaakov Weinberg, zt"l

We can assume right away that there is something about what happened at Sinai that a reasonable person can believe because reasonable people believe anything. There is literally nothing that intelligent reasonable people have not bought (which is not an inconsiderable problem).

Obviously, reason is subject to wanting as well. It is not a pure act. Will has something to do with reason.

We have to identify that which is nonsense. It will be necessary if we are to talk intelligently at all, to make a statement very bluntly that all religions except for the Jewish religion are clearly nonsense. No intelligent, reasonable person who is using his reason has ever decided that he wants to be a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim. I will explain why this is the case.


by HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman shlita

An important part of a Jew's avodas Hashem is to rise higher and higher, to forsake the lowliness of material deeds, and to strive to reach lofty kedusha and tohoroh. He must aspire to be zoche to the Torah that Hashem, in His great mercy, has given to the Jewish Nation.



Av, 5765 - Kislev 5766 (August-December 2005)

May-July, 2005