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An Excerpt from His Biography: Getting Married

When the time came to speak of Maran about matrimony, a shidduch was suggested with Bas Sheva Esther, eldest daughter of Maran, HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, the ultimate posek of the generation, who become his wife.

The shadchan was from the side of the chosson, his uncle the Chazon Ish. Representing the kalla was HaRav Ben Zion Bruk, Rosh Yeshiva Beis Yosef in Yerushalayim who knew the kalla's grandfather, HaRav Arye Levine, very closely.





Head of Ezer Mitzion Recalls Amazing Stories with HaRav Chaim zt"l

Rabbi Chananya Cholek is a well-known chesed tycoon in Bnei Brak, having founded and running Ezer Mitzion. In addition to all the accomplishments of the organization, Rabbi Cholek is personally very involved in chesed, all the time. He had numerous interactions with Sar HaTorah HaRav Chaim Kanievsky zt"l, and he recalls some interesting ones for us:

I had an amazing story: a young girl once called me as I was leaving the Daf Yomi shiur of HaRav Diskin, begging me to meet her urgently. I said that she should make an appointment with my secretary for tomorrow morning. She insisted that it needed immediate attention; it was a matter of pikuach nefesh. When I arrived home, she came with two huge shopping bags, telling me that she was a kalla, getting married in three weeks. Some time ago, she told me, she had removed a birth mark from her foot and her doctor had just called to say that it was cancerous. At this point she burst into tears. I calmed her down assuring her that Hashem is with us.





Remarks from the Editorial Board of Yated Ne'eman

His answers were not always a standard "one and one is two," but sometimes, "one and one is three." And he was always right. He did not think with human logic but according to the truth in the Torah and spoke with a celestial assurance. How did he know? How did he always hit the mark?

HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok Bloch (Shiurei Daas 134) explained...





Once Before He Was in Petach Tikva...

HaRav Yosef Efrati is well known as the faithful of shamash of HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv. He recounted the following incident.

In 5746 (1986) there was a serious publish Shabbos issue in Petach Tikva that lasted for a long time. There was a special kinus, and HaRav Eliashiv agreed to participate in honor of HaRav Boruch Shimon Salomon, the rav of Petach Tikva.





Bitter Chapters in the Early History Of The Reform Movement

Introduction: The Past As A Guide To The Present

Originally published early in 1995, this review of the early days of the Reform movement has not lost its interest or relevance.


Part I

The Reform Movement, which has wrought such devastation amongst American Jewry, has for some years been trying to gain a foothold in Eretz Yisroel, without much success. The public has also been slow to join their congregations. The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has always been under the control of men who agreed that Reform was beyond the pale, and traditionally the government has officially recognized only Orthodox rabbonim and institutions. In the United Kingdom too, official Jewry has been Orthodox, though the Reform movement has been trying to become more established (see the Forum this week).

Reform institutions have always eyed the Israeli government support and recognition received by traditional institutions covetously. Now, under the patronage of the current anti-religious government, they have been receiving official encouragement for the first time, and financial support.

Although the ordinary Israeli's mindset is far from the outlook of these deviant groups, he is nevertheless unaware of the extent to which their edifice is built upon rotten foundations. Christianity served as their model for a refurbished Judaism. Early reformers were driven by the desire to assimilate and to disown all the spiritual glory of their own nation's past, goals that they share to some extent with secular Jews.




Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5782.

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