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Statements of Agudath Israel of America on the Issues of the Day

On President Trump's Executive Order to Target and Combat Anti-Semitism

Agudath Israel of America welcomes President Trump's Executive Order that seeks to target and combat anti- Semitism at American colleges and universities. This action embodies an understanding of federal law that has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress, and offers a definition of anti-Semitism that has been adopted by the State Department and by several international bodies and foreign governments.





On Shabbos We Have the Chance to Pass on Its Value

HaRav Shimon Galai arouses us in a moving manner that when we speak of the prestige of Shabbos, how vital it is for us to abide by the cry of out gedolim to reinforce ourselves in the study of the laws of Shabbos.

He suggests, "I advise all those who truly seek to be strengthened therein to study Hilchos Shabbos with their children at the Shabbos table, for this is the secret of properly keeping it. Avreichim must set aside more time for this and see to it that their children be conversant in the laws [and study thereof] from a young age, knowing that on Shabbos, everyone is obligated to study those laws so as to behave as a Jew should. Shabbos is, after all, the covenant we have with Hashem and it is a foundation of our faith as the eternal people."





Bekoach HaNeshama Yeseira - What We Can do for Shabbos

It is with no thanks to a municipal initiative that, as part of its ongoing goal to change the character of the Holy Land and degrade it to abysmal depths, the recent scheme of extending public transportation to Shabbos is in effect crushing with its wheels that covenant between Hashem and His people. In many places throughout the country, the extirpators of religion have reared their heads and united to trample the banner of the Jewish people — our sacred Shabbos. They have decided to flout Heaven with murky intentions and squash the unholy status quo. They have, with great `sacrifice' for evil, as it were, to raise an arm against what is sacred and revered to our people, causing harm and destruction, intentionally and wickedly.

The outcry of Shabbos is reverberating in shock.







How to Deal With Eisov — The Eternal Lessons of Parshas Vayishlach

by Maran HaRav Meir Chodosh, zt'l


"R' Yaakov bar Idi pointed out a contradiction between two pesukim: One posuk reads, `And behold I am with you and will guard you wherever you go' (Bereishis 28:15), but another posuk says, `Then Yaakov was greatly afraid and was distressed' (Bereishis 32:8). [R' Yaakov] answered: `[He was only afraid because he thought,] Perhaps [his] sins would cause [his undoing]' (Brochos 4a).

Rashi explains that Yaakov feared, even after Hashem's promise, that perhaps he had sinned and therefore the Divine promise would not be fulfilled.

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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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From Our Archives

A Single Mussar Thought: HaRav Moshe Aharon Braverman Shares Memories Of His Fifty Year Association With HaRav Shach zt'l

by R' Dov Partzowitz

Our meeting took place during the shivoh week, when the feelings of heartbreak and helplessness were at their most acute. Our attempts at evaluating HaRav Shach's life and his leadership were punctuated by outbursts of crying, shedding tears of longing for the light that had dimmed and gone out just a few days before.

At the outset, HaRav Braverman noted the extreme difficulty in arranging thoughts at a time of emotional turmoil. He also pointed out that there were episodes that could not yet be publicized. All we could do would be to cite examples, to try and capture some of the highlights of his half century of association with the Rosh Yeshiva.

To begin with, he said that there were two main features that were especially prominent in the giant mosaic of HaRav Shach's life. First, his tremendous ardor for Torah, which he instilled into his talmidim and which he infused into the yeshiva as a whole. Second, his firm fixture on mussar as one of the linchpins of a ben Torah's life. He never ceased searching for supports for his "demand" for the centrality of mussar, or for seeking the means to strengthen it, whether in outlook, or in actions. He built almost all his shmuessen around this idea.

HaRav Braverman's recollections are presented here with very little alteration to the conversational style of their delivery.

Is it Really Different Nowadays?

by R' Zvi Zobin

A modern day Mussar shmuess with a bottom line. Read that first!

It has always been the tendency for one generation to bemoan the deterioration of the upcoming generation. Taking this factor into account, experts in education have seen a dramatic decline in the learning abilities of students over the past 25 years. Many truisms no longer ring true and often, standard educational techniques are no longer effective.

Furthermore, educators and psychologists are constantly telling us that we must treat children with kid gloves [pun intended, Rabbi Zobin?]. We must not criticize them; we must not be negative; we should constantly try to build them up and boost their self confidence.

Why must we be so careful with children nowadays?


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