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21 Adar II, 5779 - March 28, 2019 | Mordecai Plaut, director | Shemini-5779 Published Weekly

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On Friday March 29-22 Adar II Israel Changes the Clock

On Thursday night at 2:00 a.m., Israel ushers in the summer clock, known in the USA as Daylight Savings Time, for the coming seven months, and phase out standard time. Israeli residents [if awake] will move their clocks forward one hour to 3:00, as the rule is: "Spring forward, Fall back."


Election Messages from Gedolei Yisrael

Elections in Israel are to be held in about 2 weeks. Israeli elections are different from elections in chutz La'aretz, where the rabbonim do not take a stand. In Israel the rabbonim actively speak out in support of the chareidi political parties. Here are recent statements.


Critical Comments about Current Challenges

Thousands of community representatives participated in a special gathering which took place last week in the Kiryat Banot auditorium in Jerusalem. These representatives, the `watchmen' against technological ills and damages, including representatives in the Chassidic courts of all circles and communities, gathered to discuss extensively ways of cooperation across the board to expedite the vigil.



A Torah Approach to History: The Churban of European Jewry

This is the first of a new series we will be publishing entitled "Yesodos Ne'emanim." These are articles originally published in the print edition of the Israeli Yated Ne'eman, that were selected because they explain basic ideas of Torah hashkofoh. To start off is a series of three articles that were originally published in 5752 (1992). This first was in the issue of parshas Terumah. HaRav Weintraub was alive then. This is a translation of the original Hebrew article. It discusses general principles about how to approach history, and applies them to the events in Europe.



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

"Indirect" Chilul Shabbos

By Rabbis Yisroel Friedman and A. Chefetz

There has been an attempt to market to the general community a motorized scooter for use on Shabbos which was produced some time ago under the supervision of Machon Tsomet, a halachic research institute based in Alon Shvut under the direction of Rabbi Rosen. This scooter is marketed as being usable on Shabbos by many people because its operation incorporates the well-known gromo principle (i.e. indirect activation of the prohibited actions). This approach has been used in the past in halachic contexts, but this was a definite attempt to broaden its application to go well beyond the previous uses.

The Empty Nest and the Big Pot

There is absolutely no such thing as an empty nest syndrome in our society. Having heard so much about this phenomenon over the years, I was duly anxious about the approach of the day when all or most of the children would have married and settled off somewhere on their own. Now that the time is here, I can reliably report that there is no such thing. Maybe in America children go off to far away cities or their jobs take them to distant places, but in Jerusalem the Golden and Bnei Brak the City of Torah, we find our children places in projects at a maximum distance of twenty minutes from the old nest. Mostly we choose from Beitar, Beit Shemesh and Kiryat Sefer. Some are beginning to brave Tel Zion or Elad and one may go as far as Ashdod. A forty minute drive to those of us who used to drive an hour to and from work in the old country doesn't seem too disturbing. None of my contemporaries can be found sitting home alone, depressed and rejected. In short, the little birds that flew out of the nest find their way back home with the greatest of ease and in the course of time, bring more baby birds to fill up the nest even more.

Unconventional Matchmaking

by D. Kol

Several months ago, HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein wrote a letter about the very painful problem of helping hundreds of older girls find suitable marriage partners. HaRav Zilberstein described the problem and suggested breaking the accepted conventions and considering alternatives for those who are having trouble finding a marriage partner. However, in his letter, Rav Zilberstein only suggested the general possibility but did not explain in detail how this should be done and what he has in mind.


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