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The Politics and Realities of PM Bennet

Not legitimate: Bennet is the prime minister in name only, not based on any political grounds. Usually the prime minister is the leader of the largest political party which gives him the legitimacy of the representative of its many voters, plus the political base of the party itself.

Bennet is the leader of a very small party that campaigned on a platform opposing any linkup with the left and Yair Lapid. As the leader of a small party he would never expect to become prime minister. As the leader of a right-wing party he would not be expected to partner with parties such as he has. From the polls it seems as if his voter base is not happy with his actions. Thus he represents virtually no one, and all of his government partners know this well.





Hashem Kisses those Who Write Chidushei Torah

In an uplifting event in honor of Torah and its scholars taking place in Bnei Brak, a special award was granted to fourteen authors of chidushei Torah, among them roshei yeshiva, halachic experts and avreichim for the thirteen works which they produced. These were chosen carefully after screening of many works by a special prize committee headed by the Ponovezh Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Berel Povarsky, who delivered an enthralling address in honor of Torah, with words of appreciation for the venue and the city which hosts such an inspiring occasion.

"I wish to say to you that Bnei Brak is a city of Torah and Chassidus; it excels in chessed in greater measure than any other city. They say that on Purim, the paupers emerge from Bnei Brak with much more "booty" than from any other city. Why? Because HaRav Yitzchok Gershtenkorn, the city founder, used to spend his Pesach abroad, raising funds for the city, to bolster it and make it a prime center of Torah and Chassidus, a city excelling in chessed, in which he surely succeeded, as we see.






Trials and travails are a reality of Galus. Over the past 18 months, Klal Yisroel and Reb Yisroel have faced challenges and through it all we survived and we thrived.

COVID-19, loss of our gedolim, shuls shuttered, families suffering through illness and tragedy, schools closed, challenges to the chinuch and self esteem of our children, financial woes, Meron, Stolin, Surfside... we faced an unending stream of tests.





Freedom in Servitude, and Servitude in Freedom - Thoughts on Human Values in Our Times

In the first part of this essay, HaRav Epstein said that there are no longer any struggles over ideology, all conflict nowadays is over pragmatic issues. He noted that the two great political movements of our day, socialism and democracy, had proved grandiose disappointments. The main cause of the failure is that the impetus for change came not from noble impulses but from those who stood to gain materially from the new order. In this final part, he develops this idea further and contrasts it with the approach of the Torah.

But, you may ask, what does it matter if the pressure for equal rights began with the oppressed or was a noble awakening among the prominent and those in power?




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From Our Archives

"And He Armed His Disciples"

by HaRav Meir Shapira zt'l of Lublin

Rashi explains that the term "chinuch" came to mean "education" because it denotes the entrance of a person or a vessel into their future occupation or use, and in the pesukim which speak of "chanoch lana'ar," "chanukas hamizbe'ach" and "chanukas habayis," the word chinuch is always used in this sense. Avrohom Ovinu was the first -- he was the father of all the future educators in Klal Yisroel. ...

Chareidi Music and Non-Music

by Rabbi Ephraim Luft

The first part described the roots of modern rock and roll music, that is very different from the music played during most of recorded civilized history. Modern music emphasizes the rhythm and not the melody. This appeals to the lower forces of human beings. Newsweek wrote in 1956, "It appeals to the very base of man, brings out animalism and vulgarity." It is music that was made for idol worship and immoral behavior. Researchers have also shown that wild rock music affects blood pressure and heartbeat, changing it somewhat to conform to the rhythm of the music itself.

Several months ago, the Committee for Jewish Music was formed, consisting of a group of bnei Torah from Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim who all have experience in the field of music and understand the subject fully. A special committee of rabbis who have an understanding of music was also made, to advise the new Committee for Jewish Music. The members of the committee of rabbis are: HaRav Mordechai Gross, HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, HaRav Sariel Rosenberg, HaRav Eliezer Dunner, HaRav Massoud Ben Shimon, and HaRav Aharon Mittelman.


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