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Make Expressing Hatred towards Chareidim Illegal

The end of racism and incitement: Based on many recent harsh expressions from politicians about the chareidi community, and in the wake of difficult steps against the chareidi public, the chairman of UTJ, MK Rabbi Yaakov Asher, has introduced the amendment to the Law of Racism according to which those who incite against the chareidi public will be brought to court.


The Point of "Pointless" Protest

Why do we sometimes protest things such as chilul Shabbos even when we know our protest will not help?

Chazal say in Maseches Sotah, "Three were included in that counsel" - which Pharaoh asked [of his advisors]: `Let us outsmart them.' These were "Bilaam, Iyov and Yisro. Bilaam, who promoted it, was slain. Iyov, who remained silent, was sentenced to suffering, and Yisro, who fled, gained that his descendants were in the Lishkas Hagozis."





HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi Speaks in the US

"Emunas chachomim is a primary fundament for the good, and conversely," were the rousing words of HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rosh Yeshivas Ateres Yisroel and member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, in a historic tour of inspiring talks throughout many Jewish communities in the U.S. Special focus was placed on the future of pure education, together with the participation of members of the Agudath Israel's Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America. HaRav Ezrachi was the keynote speaker addressing hundreds of educators in a speech of direction and guidance in chinuch.






The Epoch of the Messiah — Ikvesa DeMeshicha

Part II


The essay was originally published by R' Elchonon to give perspective on the events of his time, and how they were seen and foreseen by chazal. Although it first appeared in Yiddish in 5699-1939, eighty years ago, its message is still fresh and vital.

R' Elchonon's son, HaRav Simcha Wassermann, tried very hard to give this essay as wide a circulation as possible. We originally published it in 5753-1993, within the year of mourning for HaRav Simchah, le'iluy nishmosoh. Now, after the 80th anniversary of its original publication, we are republishing it here, online as part of our series of essays on basic issues of Hashkofoh.






From Our Archives

Isn't it Enough to be a Good Person?

by Rav Yaakov Weinberg, zt"l

This is an edited transcript of a lecture on a tape that was provided courtesy of the Aish Hatorah Audio Center.

This question -- if it is enough to be a "good person" without keeping Torah and mitzvos -- has to be broken down into two components. There are two separate issues involved. One: Is it enough to be a good person? Two: Is there such a thing?

The 17th of Tammuz, 5779 is the 20th yahrtzeit of HaRav Weinberg zt"l.

Advice on How to Study Torah

by HaRav Shimon Moshe Diskin

This is the full text of a letter sent by HaRav Shimon Moshe Diskin, zt"l, to a talmid advising him how to study Torah and grow in avodas Hashem. Studying Torah in depth is predicated upon the attainment of maximum clarity, for clarity is the foundation of Torah scholarship as well as that of man in general. We must understand the topic under study so completely that we would be surprised if someone else understands it differently. To help us grasp the main point of the sugya we should write concisely. The right choice of words helps us sharpen distinctions and increase clarity.

The 16th of Tammuz, 5779 is the 20th yahrtzeit of HaRav Diskin zt"l.


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