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Alexandria's Eliahu Hanovi Synagogue Rededicated

Egypt's Tourism and Antiquities Ministry reopened the Eliyahu Hanovi synagogue in Alexandria on January 10 after fully restoring the 14-century shul. In cooperation with the military, Egypt's antiquities ministry oversaw the 64 million Egyptian pound ($4 million) renovation which took over three years after the roof and staircase collapsed in 2016.

"The restoration of the synagogue is a message to the world, a message of tolerance and acceptance of the others. It is a message that Egypt is restoring its heritage form different eras for mankind," Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany told Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.




Guidelines from HaRav Kanievsky for Awarding Torah Prizes

In the following lines, we present several halachic questions regarding the awarding of prizes, presented by the rabbonim of the organization Chadesh Bekirbi to HaRav Chaim Kanievsky:

Q. Selected essays presented to the Vaad HaRabbonim are graded according to their quality and subsequently, the monetary awards are established accordingly. How must one act when two avreichim are deserving of the prize: should one prefer the avreich who is the greater scholar, the needier one, the senior one - or otherwise?





Hi-tech Companies Install Internet Filters

In this past period, the activities of the Professional Advisory Headquarters under the leadership of the Rabbinical Committee to Fortify Religion have provided professional consultation for international hi-tech companies with operate branches in Israel and are interested in enabling groups with chareidi employees to install halachically proper computer screening.

These companies encounter complexities in installing such screening due the severe demands for security for their vital and secret data. After many talks and meetings with the companies and the top professionals of Moked Hayi'utz in which several technological solutions were presented, and after thorough examinations on the part of the companies, a proper screening system had now been installed on the workers' computers.





Central Dirshu Siyum in Israel

Rejoice in the celebration of the Torah: close to fifteen thousand people participated this past Thursday (12 Teves) at the Dirshu Siyum HaShas event, with tremendous emotion and genuine joy for Torah. The occasion reached a climax with the entrance of Sar HaTorah HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Gershon Eidelstein, as well as with the presence of revered Gedolei HaTorah and Chassidus, and various roshei yeshiva. The audience of thousands welcomed them for a long time through mighty, moving singing.





A Special Siyum Shas in Eretz Yisroel

Chareidi Jewry in Eretz Yisroel across the entire spectrum is eagerly anticipating the momentous united and central thirteenth Siyum HaShas Bavli which will take place next week, on Monday, 23rd of Teves (January 20) as the joint "Together, all the Tribes of Jewry", headed by Torah leaders, primarily Sar HaTorah HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Gershon Eidelstein. They will be joined by other members of Moetzes Gedolei and Chachmei HaTorah, roshei yeshivos, Admorim, rabbonim and thousands of maggidei shiur throughout the country.




In Face of the Danger — A Perspective on Emunah

by HaRav Abba Grossbard zt"l, Menahel Ruchani, Yeshivas Lomzha — Ponovezh


The following talk was delivered in Yeshivas Lomzha, Petach Tikva, during the Second World War, in the midst of the battle at El Alamein, in Egypt. Everyone in Israel was well-aware that if the Germans won the battle, the safety of the Jewish yishuv in Eretz Yisroel was seriously threatened. Its relevance to these times makes it a fitting subject, particularly now.

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Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5780.

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