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Chinuch Advice from HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita

"The primary objective is study of gemara. The more difficult the study, the more beneficial. That is how one can better succeed." These were the words of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky to the rabbonim of the Ve'idas Hachinuch as raised before him among the burning issues which will be dealt with at the 16th Chinuch Conference to be held 9-11 of Shevat in the Nir Etzion conference center, for hundreds of Torah disseminators, administrators of educational institutes and mechanchim.




HaRav Edelstein Starts the Torah School Registration Campaign of Lev L'Achim

For a long time, our Torah leaders have stood at the helm of activists involved in drawing Jewish children to a Torah education. In the early years of statehood, when immigrants began coming from Yemen and were settled in transit camps, our gedolim sent yeshiva students there to save the children and provide them with a Torah education.





No Coronavirus in Israel

Panic over the coronavirus epidemic has spread across the globe but Israel can thankfully say that at this stage, there is no reason for fear. Three that were hospitalized and suspected of having been infected by it were released after it was determined that they had not contracted the dread virus.




Statement of Agudath Israel of America Regarding the Trump Administration's Framework for Peace between Israel and the Palestinians

On January 28, 2020, Agudath Israel released the following statement in reaction to the plan for peace in the Middle East announced by the US Trump administration.





Shabbos—A Heritage of Menuchoh For Our Nation

by HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l


Forgetting Mitzvos

Originally published twenty years ago in 5760, this two part series written by HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l explains very basic and important concepts of Shabbos, that teach us how to approach this holy day.

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. With 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 hid" (Yeshaya 29:13-14).

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Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5780.

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A view of the Kineret in Tiveria -- this year and last year

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Modesty Above All A Jewish Princess -- A Jewish `Queen'-Mother

by Anni Rephun Fruchter
Memories of Germany in the 1930's

In the summer of 1934, Mutti heard of a young American woman who was stranded in Karlsruhe. She had come to Germany with her father who was unaware of the many new laws of foreign exchange. He was arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to a year in jail.

Mutti immediately went to see Miss Gutman. She found her weepy and distressed, wearing a sleeveless, very short dress. Mutti comforted her and told her that as a Jewish Daughter, she was not alone. Mutti could easily extend her full hospitality if she would be willing to change her apparel according to the standards practiced by every religious Jewish community. If she wished, Mutti would be delighted to lengthen her dresses and sleeves and adjust necklines.

How Daas Torah Brings Blessing

by Rabbi S. Furst

Rav Chaim Volozhin zt"l writes in his sefer Nefesh HaChaim (1:21): "A person's obligation -- when he is engaged in Torah -- is lishmoh; to be vigilant and to fulfill all that is written in it. This purifies his physical body from head to foot." The greater the purification, the greater the ability of the individual to embody the Torah itself, to live it and to teach it. In turn, there will be a more universal and a more profound potential to influence Klal Yisroel. The ultimate example of this was Moshe Rabbenu, who was Hashem's select prophet to establish the Torah within Klal Yisroel.

Moshe Rabbeinu's first experience of prophecy is recorded in Shemos 3:4, ". . . and G-d called out to him from within the bush and said, `Moshe, Moshe,' and he replied, `Here I am!'" From then on and forever, Moshe Rabbeinu was established as the unique, unmatched master of all prophets. HaKodosh Boruch Hu was very careful in initiating Moshe to this new experience.


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