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Huge Dirshu Rally in Jerusalem

Tens of thousands of the steady students of the Dirshu Daf Hayomi beHalocho in the Torah world attended the various major Siyum celebrations called for Thursday 9 Adar I and the following Motzei Shabbos in the Arena auditorium in Jerusalem, presided over by a roster of leading Torah figures. Due to lack of space, a second celebration will take place in Binyanei Ha'Uma on Thursday evening. In addition, separate halls will allow the wives and mothers of the mesayemim to view the festivity.






Mishmeres Shabbos: Construction Systems Must Have a Good Hashgocho

A rabbinical gathering of members of Mishmeres haShabbos took place in the home of HaRav Dovid Cohen, Rosh Yeshivas Chevron and member of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, to discuss the importance of supervising the installation of digital devices during construction of buildings, especially residential buildings.





Big Brother Sees All

The storm of lies of the Israeli Police is gathering momentum. The more the department continues to lie, the more it becomes entangled in further prevarication.

To begin with, it categorically denied any usage of the Pegasus spying system against innocent citizens without court orders. After evidence of facts and recordings, its systematic denial turned into a halfhearted admittance. Yes, we did use such methods. Only negligibly, insignificantly - and we will check it out.




Turkey is Refurbishing Synagogues

Nine botei knesses in the Camarlati quarter in Izmir which were built by Jews who emigrated from Spain to Turkey, will soon receive tourists in the form of an open museum.

According to a press release, the Jewish communities enjoyed a central role in the multi-cultural identity of the city, and they established splendid synagogues. It is known that the Jewish community built 34 shuls over the years, nine of which are located in the Camarlati quarter.





The Life and Life's Work of HaRav Shimon Schwab

Editorial note: The article was written and published in 1995/5755 in the months following the petiroh of HaRav Shimon Schwab zt"l. This year on Purim Katan will be the 27th yahrtzeit.

In the first four parts, we read about Rav Schwab's family and early education in Germany, as well as the eastern European yeshivos: Telshe and Mir. The third part told of his experiences as a young rav in Ichenhausen in the early years of Hitler, ym'sh. This week's installment tells of his first job in the U.S.A. in Baltimore, Maryland and his affiliation with the American Agudas Yisroel.

Part V

We are discussing Rav Schwab's experiences in America, and in particular his support of Agudas Yisroel, while maintaining the Hirschean principle of austritt — having nothing to do with kofrim.

Rav Schwab's support of Agudas Yisroel was also in keeping with the tradition of the Frankfurt Kehilla. Rav Yaakov Rosenheim, a prominent member of the Kehilla was one of the founders as well as the head of the World Aguda for many years. Rav Schwab's Rebbe, Rav Shlomo Breuer, as well as his other mentors, the Chofetz Chaim and Reb Chaim Ozer, were all leaders of the organization.





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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A Middos Workshop: The Simcha of Purim--Our Love of Hashem

Based on the shiurim of Rav Dovid Siegel

"And you shall love Hashem your G-d with all your heart . . ."

Three times a day we recite this verse, an effective reminder to ourselves to develop a feeling of unbounded love for our Creator. Loving Hashem is part and parcel of being a Torah Jew. Previously, we discussed the simchah of Adar that stems from the love with which the Jews reaccepted the Torah during Purim. Now we will examine more thoroughly Purim's connection to ahavas Hashem.

Our Own Miracles

As we mentioned in our previous article, at the time of the first Purim, the Jews decided to reaccept the Torah, in response to the unprecedented miracle Hashem performed for them. The Nesivos in Megillas Setorim reveals the far- reaching effects of this matchless love. He says that their love was so strong that it became the basis for all miracles that the Jewish people have experienced since that time.

In other words, the Jewish people, individually and collectively, merit their miracles as a result of their loving reacceptance of the Torah. Their unparalleled feeling of indebtedness to Hashem elicited His boundless appreciation for them, displayed by His continuous miraculous involvement in their lives.

Yerusholayim of Yesteryear: A White Zachor

by Yisca Shimony

"Yisca, come into the kitchen. I need your help preparing for Shabbos!" Ima Shimony called out to her youngest daughter.

It was pouring rain; the wind blew fiercely, sweeping everything away, banging the rusty shutters. The noise and the chill spread all around. In the tiny kitchen, it was warm and cozy, a pleasant haven from the hostile elements outdoors. To Yisca, this call for help in the kitchen was very inviting.

She entered and looked around. In one corner, upon a little wooden table, stood two kerosene burners, ptiliyot, they were called. In the center, between the burners stood the primus, a noisy burner. A pot of pea soup was simmering on one burner while a pot of potatoes stood on the other. On the primus, a large samovar was bubbling. Though everything looked black and unpleasant, the aroma and the warmth made the tiny kitchen a cozy and inviting place to be.


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