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9 Shvat 5778 - January 25, 2018 | Mordecai Plaut, director | Beshalach-5778 Published Weekly

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

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One Must Always Learn at Peak Effort Even Difficult Material

On Monday morning 6 Shvat, HaRav Dov Lando came to participate in a siyum on Maseches Eruvin which was studied intensively for three years in the Nachalas Eish kollel under the leadership of HaRav Daniel Reiven and HaRav Asher Weidman. In his address, he strengthened the avreichim in their obligation to study through much labor despite the difficulty in comprehending sections of this tractate. In the course of his visit he also went to the Shaarei Daas cheder affiliated with the Shaarei Tvuna community in Ramot Alef, he was ardently welcomed by the thousand students with a rousing rendition of "Ki orech yomim ushnos chaim..."


Agudath Israel's 18th Annual Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah (with a dozen pictures)

This year's Agudath Israel of American's Torah Projects Commission's annual Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah included more than 500 participants spanning five continents, 30 cities. Several groups spanned two and even three generations. There were many additional participants who came daily to the Ramada Jerusalem Hotel to take part in the program.



Stories from the Workplace: Limits of Hishtadlus

In the beis din of HaRav Nissim Karelitz, once a Jew rushed in, panting, with an urgent question:

"The municipality owes me a payment for various reasons, but getting it is dependent upon my bringing a certification from a recognized kindergarten where my son is registered.


Sayings of Maran HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman zt"l

Upon several occasions, Rabbenu would quote the words of Rabbenu Bachye in the beginning of Parshas Beshalach where he says in the name of Rabbenu Chananel that the reason why Hashem led the Jews through the desert in their exodus from Egypt was in order to perform for them many miracles and wonders. Actually, "it was a total test designed to cultivate their souls and intellect in increasing levels of bitachon, the very root of emunah, so that they be fit to receive the Torah."


Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - 5778.

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Living Out of a Suitcase

by M. Zonnenfeld


Yonasan is an orphan who is having trouble finding a permanent home after living for four years -- which is about as long as he can remember anything -- with one family. He is forced to leave after they have a premature baby who needs special care. The authorities (Kinneret) can only find him temporary places to stay, but he blames himself for having to move all the time, and eventually becomes bitter and suspicious. He has joined a new family where his skills at living out of his suitcase find a surprising application. So far, all Yonasan has met is the father of the house, who has welcomed him pleasantly.

The Singles Crisis

by L.M.W.

Three a.m. The telephone was definitely in working order. New York policeman is on the line. "Rabbi, I have a young girl on a rooftop, ready to jump. She says she knows you. We need your help. I have her on the line."

The Eternal Battle Against the Yetzer: A Shmuess for Parshas Beshalach

By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

A Jew Always Believes

"And it was, when Pharaoh sent away the people . . . " (Shemos 13:17) Chazal tell us (in both the Mechiltaand the medrash Tanchuma here), that "the expression shiluach, sending away, always impliesaccompaniment." Here this means that Pharaoh went along to accompany bnei Yisroel, for dalet amos whenthey left Egypt.



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