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Saving the Final Remnant of Yemenite Jewry

The remnant of the Yemenite Jewish community is considering immigration as a whole to Abu Dhabi where it will reestablish its life as a Jewish kehilla according to its ancestral traditions of many generations past. This idea has developed from a peace agreement expected to be signed between Israel and the Emirates, as reported in the Al Arabi Algadid newspaper at the end of last week.

The plan calls for transferring the remaining 35 families numbering 100 members who have remained in Yemen, to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as conveyed by the rabbonim of this remnant to the Arab communication headquarters in London...





The Rav was Finally (Re)Buried on Har HaZeisim

After the erudite Rav of a beis knesses was accidentally buried in a tiered grave during the height of the Covid attack around Pesach - essentially a stone cubicle in a burial wall - his remains were transferred this week to Har Hazeisim by volunteers.

When his remains were removed from the vault after they were laid there conditionally, his family painfully learned that the body of their esteemed relative had not even been covered over by earth but just by gravel, which is not real burial. The family could not sit shivah...





What is the Israel Shul Plan for Yomim Noraim?

The public discussions about the shul seating plans for the Yomim Noraim have moved into high gear. The Covid project director, Professor Roni Gamzu has made a proposal that was not well received by the chareidi community.




Kol Dodi Dofek - The Sound of my Beloved Knocking

Where is He knocking? And what is the meaning of His knocking?

The knocking is the beating of the heart. The `knocking' arouses an inner feeling that someone outside is seeking the one inside. The knocking reminds a person that the Beloved One wants us; He seeks our benefit. The knocking comes to awaken a person so as to prepare the vessels to accept and contain that beneficence.





Aguda Organizes Plasma Donation Drive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for the Emergency Use Authorization of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 this week. This decision, based on the FDA's evaluation of the evidence of the potential risks and benefits of using plasma to treat COVID-19, is seen as a milestone. Convalescent plasma has been safely given to over 70,000 patients with encouraging results under the Expanded Access program, an earlier status in the FDA approval process that carries additional requirements and paperwork to provide the treatment. Now plasma can be given without such restrictions.









A special arrangement was made to allow HaRav Gershon Edelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva, to come to Ponevezh Yeshiva to give a shiur

From Our Archives

Relating to the Brighter Child

by R' Zvi Zobin

A major challenge facing every teacher is how to deal with the wide range of children in his class. If he relates to the faster children of the class, he will lose the slower ones. If he gives time to the slower children, the brighter ones will become bored and might start to make trouble.

Behaviorally, a gifted, creative child can display many of the characteristics which would categorize him as suffering from ADD or ADHD. Advice and remediation directed to ADD and ADHD children (including medication) can be counter- productive for -- and even destroy -- a gifted, creative child. Therefore, when going for advice, it is essential to ensure that the consultant is able to recognize the characteristics of a gifted, creative child and not simply relate to what seems to be problematic aspects of the child's behavior.

Rabbi Nachman Bulman -- the Man Who Belonged to Everyone

by M. Samsonowitz

Part I

At Rabbi Bulman's passing on 26 Tammuz (July 6, 2002), thousands of people were thrown into shock and grief. The mourners were drawn from every echelon of Jewish society.

What had attracted everyone to Rav Bulman was his rare combination of mind, heart, talent, and perception. Rav Bulman was a man of all seasons, a man for any situation. He was a person in whom one could confide and whose advice one could rely on; a person who could launch into a deep exposition of any historical or philosophical issue; a person who realized you were in the grips of despair before you did; a person who had the answers to intellectual conundrums; a person who knew how to put you gently in your place; a person who was forever busy but always accessible.

When there was no one else to turn to, there was always Rabbi Bulman.


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