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The Israeli High Court's Latest Assault: Chometz on Pesach

The latest attack by the Israel High Court on the practice of the Jewish religion is with their decision that hospitals may not ban the entry of chometz on Pesach, as they have always been doing. There were 3 judges sitting on the case, and the two non-religious judges prevailed over the single religious judge.

As part of the election campaign, Rabbi Gafni told Yated Ne'eman, "There are things we will have to do immediately at the beginning of the next government term," says the Chairman of the Finance Committee MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, "before we cooperate on any other subject. These things must be taken care of. The status of Torah students is the apple of our eye but there are other matters which defy postponement, such as preserving the status quo of conversions and not changing a single thing from what was till now. There are other issues of religion and state which get shunted to the side: the High Court! Shabbos is under their control, chometz is Bagatz, and again, bnei yeshivos and conversion - everything is under their jurisdiction and when these issues get to their doorstep, the courts blatantly and arrogantly impose their own assimilation agenda which can even overturn and nullify Knesset laws. First thing in the new term, before dealing with anything else, we will have to legislate the law limiting the power of the High Court."

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Do Not Underestimate Health

Life has its ups and downs. Just surviving for a long time is worthy of note. The gemora in Kiddushin says that Rabbi Yochonon used to honor older people because of their many life experiences.

The Chovos Halevovos calls a miracle a gift.

Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt"l explains:

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The Yom Tov Stern Family - Stars in the Jewish Firmament

Part I

In the Service of the Community

When Chaya Esther Stern passed away on January 27, 1998, it was a sad moment not only for the large Stern family spread out over the U.S. and Israel, but it signaled the sunset of another generation of a family that had resolutely stood up to the trials of early America while maintaining and promoting an authentic Jewish environment. In the pre-War years, Yom Tov and Chaya Esther Stern raised her children with all-encompassing devotion, and ran her home so that it was a lighthouse of chesed and wisdom. After Yom Tov's passing and Chaya Esther's move to Eretz Yisroel, she naturally assumed the position of matriarch for her large family because of the reverence that all her descendants felt toward her.

Mrs. Stern was born Chaya Esther Herman, the oldest daughter of Yaakov Yosef Herman (of All for the Boss fame), on August 6, 1905 (5665)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5781.

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