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HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim Karelitz zt"l and his Family

On 23 Elul/October 22, HaRav Nissim Karelitz, leading posek of the generation, passed away.

He was born on 18 Av, 5686 (1926) in Kosovo, which is now in Belarus. His father was HaRav Nochum Meir who was the rov of the nearby city Maishgulo, a suburb of Vilna, and a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim. His mother was Batya, the daughter of HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz and a sister of the Chazon Ish.

Before his bris he was saved by a miracle, so when naming him after his grandfather, his parents added the name "Nissim" to that of his grandfather.




Educational Comments on Teaching about Creation

Even though we all know that HaKodosh Boruch Hu created everything, many nursery and elementary school teachers say that before the Creation there was darkness or water or something, implying that there was something before the Creation of the world.





Our Father's Suffering — Understanding the Holocaust and its Lessons

by HaRav Avrohom HaKohen Pam zt"l


[The following is based on the speech of HaRav Pam at the opening session of the American Agudas Yisroel convention twenty-four years ago. HaRav Yitzchok Silberstein, rav of Ramat Elchonon, said at the time that every avreich should read it. It is unfortunately very true still in our times. In a relatively few words, HaRav Pam zt"l describes the situation of the Jewish People as he saw it, and the task that lay before them. His efforts in his last years in the Shuvu educational system in Israel and elsewhere are clearly the result of this hashkofoh.]

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From Our Archives

Enlightenment about Light

by R' Zvi Zobin

"And Elokim said: Let there be light"

We all value light and realize its importance for seeing around us, but its significance extends far beyond simply being able to see what is in front of our eyes.

Lighting can affect our efficiency and the way we perform tasks, such as reading and housework. It can also affect our mood, our attention span, our tolerance, our health and safety and the way we relate to others.

Man and His Generation

by R' Avrohom Shaul Skakalsky Hy'd, Yeshivas Novardok-Bialystok

"Noach was a righteous man in his generations."

Rashi brings the divided opinions of our Sages regarding Noach. Some maintain that his righteousness was absolute; others, that it was relative to his generation. If, in his generation, which was wicked enough to warrant total annihilation, he maintained his righteousness, how much greater would he have been in the generation of Avrohom! On the other hand, it might be said to his detriment that only in contrast to his generation could he be considered righteous, whereas if he had been juxtaposed with Avrohom he would have been insignificant.

We are too puny to philosophize on this matter for this is a subject for far greater heads. We do see, however, something important: that a person is not always judged according to his circumstances, that is, his relative state of righteousness can even be an accusation rather than praise. In Avrohom's generation, Noach would have been a "nothing."


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