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The Vaad Mishmeres HaShabbos visits the Rosh Hayeshiva shlita

An impressive gathering designed to bolster and clarify the laws of Shabbos in our times took place in the home of the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Gershon Edelstein during which various poskim and rabbonim and heads of Mishmeres HaShabbos came and to deal with strengthening the fortifications of Shabbos.

The gathering was attended by HaRav Shimon Galai, HaRav Sariel Rosenberg, HaRav Yisroel Weisel, HaRav Shmuel Dovid Reisner and HaRav Elimelech Kornfeld.

The keynote address was delivered by Maran...

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Wages of a Shochet

The Yisrael Beiteinu party made a sensational claim: They said that the average salary of a skilled surgeon is about NIS 34,000 ($10,500) while the average salary of a shochet is NIS 100,000 ($30,000).

We went out to investigate. How much does a shochet actually earn?

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No One Even Thinks...

In a letter to the "Silent Zionist Majority," outgoing prime minister Bennett prides himself on the government's accomplishments through his leadership on all fronts. More than one article would be needed in order to rebut all his dubious points, and energetic columnists have done so, point by point. These cannot be said to be Netanyahu fans, which is not necessary in order to know that the improvement in the Israeli economy is actually a direct result of the Netanyahu government's policies during Corona pandemic which saved the country from an economic crisis. I am not the one stating this, but, rather, the analyses of economic pundits in newspapers who are far removed from sympathy with Netanyahu.

We will focus on one paragraph, the security related one...

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Dr. Nosson Birnbaum: The First Prominent Modern Baal Teshuvah

I>This year marks the eighty-fifth yahrtzeit of Dr. Nosson Birnbaum. One of the secular founders of the Zionist movement, but later a lay leader of the early Agudas Yisroel, Dr. Birnbaum also was one of the first to return from secularism to religion. His story and his thought are of gripping interest and even importance to us today.

This is the second part of a series on Dr. Birnbaum, including his biography, a selection from his writing and the writing of others about him.

This series was first published in 1992, thirty years ago.

Part III

We have learned of Nathan Birnbaum, a leading secular Jewish intellectual in Europe of the late nineteenth century, and one of the popularizers of the secular Zionist ideal.

VI. With Greater Genius, With Greater Enthusiasm

We cannot deal at length with how chareidi Jewry itself received Nosson Birnbaum's teshuva. The fact that the "Acher" of yesterday was now a sincere and fervent ma'amin, doing mitzvos, and even developing shits of his own (for example, his ideas about "da'as, rachamim vetiferes, for hiskadshus in avodas Hashem and for elevation in yiras shomayim), was hard to accept and there were many who did not believe him.

This hurt Birnbaum terribly. ...

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