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A Letter from the Geonim Shlita, Roshei Yeshiva of the Sephardic Yeshivos

The following letter was printed in the Yated Ne'eman of Israel, on 27 Tammuz this week. It was signed by dozens of roshei yeshiva, and was issued as a public statement of support for the Knesset members of United Torah Judaism and especially of the Degel HaTorah faction, who have been under attack by various elements, including the so-called Jerusalem Faction. It also comes to assert that they have seen no problems among their talmidim who followed the general procedures and guidelines for getting an army deferral.



The Jewish People do not Depend on Outside Recognition

There is an entire controversy over a joint statement between the Israeli Prime Minister and the Polish president. There are those who side with the affirmation in that statement exonerating the Polish nation from any guilt, in exchange for outstanding political cooperation with the Polish government. Many, however, attack the Prime Minister for what they term as betrayal of the Holocaust victims who found their death at the vicious hands of Poles.


Statement of Agudath Israel of America on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

Agudath Israel of America welcomes President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judge Kavanaugh possesses the qualities necessary to assume a seat on the nation's highest court.


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From Our Archives

To Learn a Lesson -- "These are the Journeys . . ."

By L. Jungerman

The Torah enumerates all of the journeys of Bnei Yisroel, from the exodus from Egypt until their arrival at the gateway of Eretz Yisroel, forty-two stations all told. Each stop is mentioned by name -- which is surprising, knowing how succinct the Torah is in general. Every seemingly extra letter is always analyzed by Chazal in many ways and scores of halochos are derived therefrom. The very tractate of Shabbos, one of the longest, most difficult and complex ones, is based on a few mere verses in the Torah, "like mountains hanging by a hair." This being true, we must try to understand why the Torah went into a detailed account of the journeys and way stations of the Jews in the desert.

Klal Yisroel -- Only When They Are Unified

By HaRav Shimon Moshe Diskin

This essay was written by HaRav Diskin in response to some questions which Yated Ne'eman's Rav Moshe Karp put to a panel of talmidei chachomim. This and the other replies were published in the Shabbos supplement for parshas Eikev, 5756. These insights are particularly appropriate and applicable during this Three Week period of mourning.



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