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Nonsense and Insults about Vaccinations at a Monsey Gathering

Countless rabbinical figures and leaders, including leading rabbis in the Agudath Israel movement and doctors serving these communities, have repeatedly encouraged vaccination in the strongest possible terms.



Conference of European Rabbis Meets as Jewry Under Fire in Europe

About 300 rabbonim from all over Europe were on hand at the 31st gathering of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) in Antwerp. The gathering took place from Monday to Wednesday, 8-10 Iyar. Among those attending were the two Chief Rabbis of Israel.



Shearis Kashrus in Rami Levy

Following a long period of negotiations, preparations, examinations and specifications, finally, the Shearis Yisroel Supervision gave its stamp of approval to the Rami Levi food outlet and supermarket network and its products which will include all the departments of produce in the chain's sixty stores so that the general public can purchase the broad selection of fruits and vegetables without qualms regarding terumos, ma'asros, orlah etc.



To Lower our Expectations

In the midst of the coalitionary negotiations to try to set up a new government in Israel, one must be reminded — at least those who occasionally forget — that we are still in golus. Being among our Jewish brethren is a difficult exile.


Understanding Da'as Torah: The Vision of Torah Leaders

This essay brings several sources for the concept of daas Torah.

The Rebbe of Orzhov, in the seventh part of his encyclopedic sefer, Eish Dos deals with the concept of da'as Torah at great length, writing that the general meaning of the term "da'as," understanding, is the ability to differentiate between the good and bad elements in situations where a less subtle grasp will see only one or the other. A lack of da'as can lead to grave errors in judgement, as something which in essence is bad is judged as good, or vice versa.





From Our Archives

Who Did the Rescuing During the Holocaust?

by Yisroel Spiegel

Part I

In the first months after the outbreak of World War II, some of the yeshivas that were located in Lithuanian Poland moved to Vilna. The reason for this move was that the Russians had taken over their territory because of the famous treaty between the Nazis and the Soviets. The Communist police made things difficult for the yeshivas, and for this reason they preferred to find themselves another place.

Upholding the Prohibition of Usury Connects One to the Roots of Life

by L. Jungerman

"Take no usury from him or increase; but fear your G-d; that your brother may live with you" (Vayikra 25:36.).

The prohibition of usury was fixed by Chazal as high on the ladder of severe sins. One who lends money for interest will not be resurrected at the time of techiyas hameisim, which is virtually saying that this sin strikes at the very root of life. The Torah states this commandment -- "Take from him no usury . . . that your brother may live with you" -- to teach us that taking interest is equal to sucking the very lifeblood of a person, the marrow and essence of his life. And one who takes the life of another is not living, himself; he is dead.


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