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HaRav Chaim Kanievsky on Raising Special Children

Dozens of special children and hundreds of members of their families attended an outstanding event this past motzei Shabbos Chanukah in the Nof Illit hall, organized by the "Nosnim" association for special children and their families.

 


Project Chavrusa Named after HaRav Shteinman

"The Shuvu network was very dear to my father's heart, and I was always amazed by the warmth and love he showed towards this organization. I think this can be explained by what we read in the Torah several weeks ago: `For I knew him to command his children after him...' The Torah reveals to us that this is a prime precept. There were converts before Jews became a nation but Avrohom Ovinu was the first to transmit his beliefs to his children. 'This is what is happening in the Shuvu network - and this is what my father saw - that the sons are so commanded to continue along the path. There is a carry-over, for we see graduates of the Shuvu schools who are now Torah-observant and yirei Hashem. Undoubtedly, this was a source of tremendous nachas to my father in seeing the growth and flourishing success of Shuvu. May his merit stand us by in the future as well."

 


Machlokes in Israel and its Influence on Chutz la'Aretz

Even in times of intense struggle, it is necessary to protect the borders. At the time that HaRav Shach was using a mode of struggle, he was extremely careful not to involve Agudath Israel in America and Europe. HaRav Shlomo Lorenz testified in his book that even during the battle against Poalei Agudath Israel and its disloyalty to gedolei Yisroel, our Torah leaders and askonim from the Diaspora were asked by some to get involved, but HaRav Shach prevented this with all his might, lest this harm the unity of Torah Jewry abroad. It was the same in 5749 (1989) here in Eretz Yisroel when Degel HaTorah withdrew from Agudath Israel and ran separately, his trusted devotees from Aguda in America and Europe sought to help in strengthening his position. But even during this very trying time, HaRav Shach stood vigil at every stage not to let the issues glide outside of Eretz Yisroel.

 

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