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Gedolei Yisroel Warn about Dangers of Excessive Drinking

Torah leaders have issued a special public call in anticipation of the upcoming Purim days, warning against excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages. Their warning also covers all days of the year so that people avoid sinful behavior which often accompanies intoxication. "This is forbidden as a sin against Hashem as well as against one's fellow man."



Pope Announces Opening of Vatican Archive of WWII

Pope Francis announced this past Monday that he has decided to open the Vatican archive covering the period of WWII. This dramatic decision will expose for the first time the involvement of Pope Pius throughout the Holocaust.



Ayin Hora

The Vilna Gaon explains that ayin hora is a thought which invokes the measure of judgment which always rests upon a person in the wake of his having merited something beneficial and merciful which he does not really deserve. When someone else thinks to himself: "Why did he gain that and not me?" this arouses a judgment against him whereby Heaven examines if the former was truly worthy of that favor. If, indeed, he is found unworthy, he is harmed and will lose out on the benefit.



"The Jews Had Light" — That Is the Torah

We are printing this instructive article, an excerpt from the Kuntres Be'inyenei Yemei Chanukah U-ve'inyenei Chodesh Adar ViYemei HaPurim for the benefit it will, be'ezras Hashem, bring the public.


Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

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

From Our Archives

The Life and Achievements of HaRav Yechiel Schlesinger zt'l, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Torah, Yerushalayim -- 9th Adar 5760, His Fifty-First Yahrtzeit

By Moshe Musman, based on the writings of Rabbi Aharon Surasky and Rabbi Sholom Meir Wallach

Part 2

Final Part

In the winter of 5708 (1947-8), Rav Yechiel set out on his mission to raise money for the yeshiva's building fund to England. (On the side, he also considered it important that there be chareidi citizens in Eretz Yisroel and he did what he could in England to encourage chareidim to move to Eretz Yisroel.) Rav Yechiel had also purchased a new coat from yeshiva funds, which was more becoming for a representative of the yeshiva than his old one was. When his mission was completed and he returned home, however, Rav Yechiel fully reimbursed the yeshiva from his own money for the coat -- though it had only been necessary to buy it because he was travelling in the yeshiva's service -- and also for several private journeys he made while away, the costs of which he had recorded in a notebook, together with all his other expenses. He handed the notebook to Reb Zeev Lang z'l, and asked him to calculate the amount due to the yeshiva so that he could take it from his private account.

Shabbos--A Heritage of Menuchah For His Nation

by HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira

Forgetting Mitzvos

Indeed HaKodosh Boruch Hu in His Torah promised us that it would not be forgotten by His children, that the Torah would remain with am Yisroel forever. This, however, refers only to the Torah itself. In regard to the Torah's mitzvos, Yeshaya the novi decreed a gezeira and inflicted a punishment of, "Since this people draw near and with their mouths and with their lips honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear towards Me is as a commandment of men learned by rote, therefore behold I will proceed to do more wonders against this people, wonder upon wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden" (Yeshaya 29:13-14).


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