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Shatnez is a Bigger Problem than is Generally Recognized

The Source of the Problem: Mass Usage of Remnants

From where does the modern problem of shatnez materialize [pun]? If we are not talking about a woolen garment and wool is not listed in the label, why should we dream that the garment can have shatnez? Wool is generally considered a component which hikes up the price so why should a manufacturer insert wool in a linen garment?



Israel will Require Ugly Packaging for Cigarettes and Smoking Paraphernalia

The Knesset voted to require all cigarette packages to be colored with the color that market researchers selected as the ugliest color in the world: Pantone 448c. The idea is that the packaging be as unattractive as possible to deter people from smoking. The restrictions apply to e-cigarettes as well.



US Agudah News

Agudath Israel Statement on Belgium Shechita Ban

Agudath Israel of America expresses its grave concern over the ban in the Flanders region of Belgium that effectively prohibits the slaughter of animals according to kosher ritual requirements. The new law places a substantial burden on religious liberty and on Jewish life in Belgium and other affected European countries. We are hopeful that the constitutional court will recognize this serious infringement on the rights of the Jewish community and strike down this grievous statute.  

Chinuch Advice from HaRav Gershon Edelstein

In advance of the upcoming annual Chinuch Conference in Israel, HaRav Gershon Edelstein told a visiting delegation about the basic principles of chinuch.



Continuing Prayers for HaRav Nissim Karelitz shlita

Praying and learning for the merit of HaRav Shemaryahu Yosef Nissim ben Basya shlita is continuing throughout the Torah world. Many are accepting upon themselves various good practices for his merit. Lately there has been some improvement in his condition, but he still needs prayers.


Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5779.

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From Our Archives

THE MAHARSHAM: Morenu HaRav R' Sholom Mordechai Hacohen Schwadron

In honor of his yahrtzeit 17th Shevat

R' Sholom Mordechai Hacohen was born on 27th Nisan. His father, R' Moshe zt'l made a good income from his winery but as his son testified, even while he was dealing with customers and wine dealers, he constantly learnt Torah by heart until he had finished Shas six times and had mastered all chapters of the Rambam and Tur, Shulchan Oruch and the Zohar Hakodosh.

Tu BeShevat -- A Tikkun for Eating the Eitz HaDaas

by HaRav Aryeh Leib HaCohen Shapira

Part II

This is the second of a three-part essay that explains many important and deep concepts that underlie the "minor" holiday of Tu BiShevat.

Ideas for Tu BiShevat: Fruit Trees and Timber Trees

by Yochonon Dovid

"Abba," called Yossi the moment he got home. "I saw that the dirt by the wall outside our building is pushed up a little. Is that from an earthquake?"


Av, 5765 - Kislev 5766 (August-December 2005)

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