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At The Center of the Universe
At The Center of the Universe
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The Draft Law Will Not Bother Anyone Who Wants to Learn

A full day after Defense Minister Lieberman presented to Prime Minister Netanyahu his recommendations which were crystallized in his office on the issue of army deferment and establishing the status of Torah students, these recommendations were finally publicized. The basic recommendations were prepared by a committee of professionals in the Defense Department and constituted the final memo of a government legal proposal which is expected to be certified in a second and third reading in the Knesset before the summer recess.


Quicken Loans Moves Quickly to Fix Ribbis Issue;
US Attorney General Announces "Place to Worship Initiative"
What is a Cisco Model 3600?
Special Protection for Hatzalah Members

Quicken Loans Moves Quickly to Fix Ribbis Issue

At the end of April, the Conference of Synagogue Rabbonim, Agudath Israel of America's rabbinic association, issued a statement warning the Jewish public that loans taken out from Detroit-based Quicken Loans would run afoul of Jewish religious law's prohibition of interest-taking, or ribbis. That issue has now happily been resolved.



Radin Guest House to be Ready by Yahrtzeit

Preparations for the upcoming yahrtzeit of the Chofetz Chaim on the 24th of Elul have already begun. Hundreds of people have already expressed their desire to participate in it on site, in Radin, Belarus.



World Agreements are Really About Us

Notwithstanding everything relating to the summit between the American president and the leader of North Korea, HaRav Elchonon Wassermann wrote, in his time, that all international agreements are designed to address and affect Torah-true Jewry. He quotes the posuk, "When the A-mighty divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of Bnei Yisrael."


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From Our Archives

What Makes People Run Today?

by Mordecai Plaut

About 60 years ago, an author named Bud Schulberg wrote a popular book about the extremes of free enterprise and competition, showing how ugly they can become, entitled What Makes Sammy Run? The book described a wheeler- dealer named Sammy Glick who clawed his way up to the top of the Hollywood heap. It was not pretty: ". . . in the midst of a war that was selfish, ruthless and cruel, Sammy was proving himself the fittest, the fiercest and the fastest." Sammy was ruthless and single-minded as he moved to the top, and he did not hesitate for a second to stab his friends in the back if it brought him closer to his goals.

The Belz Beis Medrash in Yerushalayim: Full Circle

by Yisroel Spiegel

The dedication of the new beis midrash was the crowning glory in the reestablishment and rehabilitation of the Chassidic court that was razed to its foundation during the Holocaust. Herewith a tour in the magnificent Belzer complex against the background of personal reminiscences over a period of fifty-six years dating back to the wondrous rescue miracle of the previous Admor of Belz zy'o, and the moving reception he was given upon his entry to Jerusalem:

The Key to Torah Success: Ignore Material Pleasures

by HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz
Part II

In the first part of the discussion about success in Torah learning, R' Michel Yehuda discussed the life of learning Torah mitoch hadechak -- while living in a condition of material deprivation. He explained that in this state, it is as if one receives his wisdom directly from Hashem yisborach. He talked of the difficult material conditions that prevailed in yeshivos in the days when he was young in Europe, but how such things as having no food on Sundays had no effect on the level of Torah learning, and such conditions produced true greatness in Torah. Importantly, he suggested that today one can "simulate" that condition by attaching no value to material pleasures and setting Torah study as his main aim in life. He quoted the Chofetz Chaim as saying that the seforim he owned were acquired with money, that was time that is in turn life itself.



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