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The Awful Power of a Grudge

"Abba, I don't feel comfortable about reminding you, but seventeen years ago, I found a wallet with important papers and money. We located the owner and I brought him to you to claim his loss. He was an outstanding avreich whom we knew. He opened up the wallet, examined its contents, and claimed that it was missing two hundred shekel. You suspected me of taking it, as did the owner, who fixed me with a menacing look. Eyes tearing, my heart breaking, I declared that I had not touched the money. I don't know if you believed me or not, but Abba, the lack of faith in me, on your side, and on the side of the owner of the wallet, who left our home with a sour expression, barely saying `thank you,' has pursued me for seventeen years. And to this day, I still feel that you suspect me of having taken the money. And whenever I occasionally encounter that avreich, I shy away and try to hide from him."



Strengthening Regular Learning of Mussar

Shvat 5778

The Mishnah Berurah rules (1:12): "A person should establish a set time for the study of Mussar works each day, be it a little or a lot, for whoever is greater than his friend has a greater yetzer hora accordingly, and the antidote to the yetzer hora lies in the rebuke of Chazal." The Shaar Tziyon quotes from the Chayei Odom who wrote that Mussar study is more of an obligation than the study of mishnayos.



Halachic Ruling - Smart Clocks

The great damage caused by the use of the Smart phone is public knowledge in having plummeted many to the abysmal pit, and our Torah leaders have warned of the severity of the matter.



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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From Our Archives

Violence in Modern Society

by HaRav Mordechai Shmuel Kroll zt"l

This article deals with a problem that has lately become a burning issue: murder among Jews caused by their alienation from Torah and emunah. Some sixty years ago HaRav Mordechai Shmuel Kroll zt"l, the rav of Kfar Chassidim, discussed this. The following was published at that time in chareidi periodicals and reprinted last year by the family of HaRav Kroll zt'l in Maso Damesek: a compilation of droshos, articles, and thoughts about current problems.

What is a Ben Torah?

By HaRav Shimon Moshe Diskin zt"l
Part I

"Rovo said: `Why did Hashem write yetzias Mitzrayim in the parsha of taking interest and of tzitzis? HaKodosh Boruch Hu said: "I, Who discerned in Egypt between the drop [of sperm] of a first born and that of a child not a first born, will punish him who ties kolo ilan (imitation techeiles for tzitzis) on his garment and claims that it is techeiles"' (Bovo Metzia 61b)."



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