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HaRav Dov Yaffe zt"l

The Torah world is mourning the passing of one of the great masters of the tradition of Torah, mussar and yirah, the elder of the mashgichim HaRav Dov Yaffe zt"l, menahel ruchani of Yeshivas Knesses Chizkiyohu in the northern city of Rechasim and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel HaTorah.






Yeshiva Students will No Longer Need an Army Interview

Through the efforts of the Vaad Hayeshivos supplemented by other extensive efforts which were consummated with a decision to be implemented in the coming days, one of the basic formalities in the process of receiving military deferment under the framework of "Torah as an occupation" for yeshiva students has been overridden. This was achieved through the directed guidance of Torah leadership and the heads of the Vaad Hayeshivos.


The Futile and Absurd Path of the High Court's Dealings with Yeshiva Draft

Legal scholar Daniel Friedman, one of the central critics of the Supreme Court, criticizes the Court's performance in many areas where it does not screen out matters which are not within its jurisdiction, such as the army mobilization law. He has analyzed this in particular as follows:


The Upcoming Agudah Convention on Thanksgiving Weekend

Over the past 94 years, the Agudah convention has always been a landmark event where contemporary issues are considered, discussed and addressed, with groundbreaking solutions and programs often emerging as a result of the four day weekend. A golden opportunity for members of the Jewish community to gather with luminaries of the Torah world and accomplished askanim, this year's convention promises to be an exceptional event, continuing an annual tradition.



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Swimmer in Yerushalayim: A Musing on Assisted-Suicide

by Rabbi Avi Shafran

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill making physician-assisted suicide a federal crime -- and thereby raised an alarm among those who favor allowing doctors to help patients end their lives.

Chinuch -- A Torah Perspective

by HaRav Tzvi Shraga Grossbard

The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly sick -- who can know it? I, Hashem, examine the heart and search the kidneys, to give every man according to his ways according to the fruit of his doings (Yirmiyohu 17:9- 10).

Man is composed of major and subordinate powers. Some fill only a secondary function during his life, while others are more decisive and serve him constantly. Above these are powers that form man's very essence and are the primary forces in his actions and thoughts. These principal powers mold his personality and model his image and appearance.

One of these main forces is desire.



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