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The Knesset Meron Committee Issued Recommendations for Next Lag B'Omer

Half a year after the most devastating civil tragedy in Israel at Meron where 45 people met their death, a tragedy which shakes and touches every community in the country and in the Diaspora, the national investigating committee of the causes of the tragedy publicized this Monday a report and recommendation which was conveyed to the Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, outlining its proposals for the future Lag B'Omer event of 5782.

It was suggested, among other things, that only one central kindling take place...





Thoughts on Chanukah from the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Edelsteing shlita

At the conclusion of the shiur clali in the yeshiva, the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Gershon Edelstein shlita added words of reinforcement and arousal regarding our obligation at this time preceding Chanukah:

"What is Chanukah? There were decrees to 'make them forget Your Torah.' Then there was the miracle of the victory against the Greeks so that they could again study Torah. Namely, that on Chanukah, Heaven directed assistance, chessed, so that they could [again] devote themselves to Torah.

"It is known that this selfsame heavenly influence repeats itself each year at the same time. ...





The Program of the Agudah Convention — Thursday-Sunday; November 25-28

Thursday night's keynote session will/did begin at 7:30 PM EST, the speakers will include Rabbi Shmuel Yehuda Levin, Rosh HaYeshiva, Telshe Yeshiva Chicago, Rabbi Yehoshua Perlow, Novominsker Rebbe, and Rabbi Sholom Kamenetsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Gedolah of Philadelphia. The session will be chaired by Nechemia Hoch, a member of the Agudah's executive board.





The Islamic "Heritage" of a Terrorist

The terrorist who murdered Eli Dovid Kay Hy"d was not an excited youth. Neither was he a bored unemployed person in tough economic circumstances, looking for a way to discharge his frustration about a system that ignored him. The lowlife murdered did not fit any of the descriptions that the Left usually uses to describe their image of a terrorist who is "understandable."

He did not set out to murder in response to cutting down Palestinian olive trees, as is the favorite excuse given by the current Defense Minister.

Mahdi Abu Shiham was a teacher and religious minister, married and a father of four.




R' Boruch Ber: A Sketch of Maran, our Master and Teacher zt'l

This was originally published in our print edition in 1994, 28 years ago.

Note that after the "Sketch" appear several sections that deal with the unique approach of R' Boruch Ber to several specific issues: Dealing with the Mundane, Kibbud Av, Kibbud Rav, Distancing Oneself From Reshoim in Deed and Thought, Opposition to Zionism, Bein Yisroel Lo'amim.

Part II

This "Sketch" of R' Boruch Ber appears as a preface to the second volume of Bircas Shmuel. It is not a biographical sketch since it does not deal with Reb Boruch Ber's life story. Rather it is an evaluation of his greatness, which has great relevance for us since, as Reb Reuven writes, "My father-in-law's z'l greatness did not lie in his giving up more for Torah than others did. It lay in his taking more from Torah than others took."





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