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The Mashgiach Talks about All Issues of Our Times

In a rare talk touching upon all issues of our times, the Mashgiach, HaRav Don Segal, analyzed the events from the view of daas Torah regarding everything taking place around us in defining the obligation of the Torah public at this hour. This is what he said:

It is written, 'You shall bring them and plant then on the mountain of Your heritage, in the place, Hashem, which You made for You to dwell in, in the sanctuary, Hashem, which Your Hands established." This means that after He shall bring you to Eretz Yisroel, and will plant you in the mountain of His heritage, in order to reach the goal of "the sanctuary of Hashem which Your hands established," Jewry must be in the state of machon leshivtecha. Even after tivi'eimo that Hashem has brought Klal Yisrael to Eretz Yisrael, and even after vesito'eimo behar nachaloshecho still, in order to achieve the final state ofMikdosh Hashem koneneu Yodecho, this obligates a reality where Jewry is an establishment of Your residence — machon leshivtecha — ,and only afterwards will Hashem establish the Mikdosh. It does not state that He will reside "within it" but "within you," inside each and every one.

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Hundreds expected at Agudah's 2022 Yerushalayim Yarchei Kallah

With the opening of Eretz Yisrael to tourists from around the world, the Torah community is just weeks away from a golden opportunity to take to the skies, as Agudas Yisroel's annual Yarchei Kallah is set to unfold in Yerushalayim.

Run by the Agudah's Torah Projects Commission, this year's Yarchei Kallah will take place February 20th to 24th /19 - 23 Adar I at the Ramada Jerusalem hotel and will delve into the intricacies of Hilchos Krias HaTorah V'Haftora, building on concepts recently covered in Daf Yomi. A list of Sugya mareh mekomos is available here.

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Recommendations that are Not Recommendations

The position of the attorney general has developed over the years to one of the most central positions of the Israeli government. The judicial responsibility to advise the government has turned the attorney general to one who is virtually running almost everything. His decision is veritably the last word on government decisions, including those of the various governmental offices. Now that the incumbent is completing his term, they are looking feverishly for a successor. A special committee is expected to recommend several candidates to the Minister of Justice from which to choose. This committee, one would think, will probably do a thorough job of examining the best one suited for this pivotal and central office.

Is this really the case? After all, we are talking about serious people, like the past president of the High Court, Asher Gronis, or the past Justice Minister, Dan Meridor. The committee is assumedly checking each candidate thoroughly and the recommendations which each one submits.

But this is not the case! At least this is what Avishai Greenzwieg, economic columnist of Globus maintains.

 

 

 



The Life and Life's Work of HaRav Shimon Schwab

Editorial note: The article was written and published in 1995/5755 in the months following the petiroh of HaRav Shimon Schwab zt"l. This year on Purim Katan will be the 27th yahrtzeit.

The first part discussed Rav Schwab's family and background, with emphasis on his father R' Yehuda. Then the discussion moved to Rav Schwab's education, first in Frankfurt and then in the Lithuanian yeshiva at Telz.

Part II

In the winter zman of 1928-29 an event occurred which caused Rav Schwab to terminate his stay in Telz. The hanholo of the Yeshiva made a decision which did not sit well with the bochurim. When the bochurim took drastic steps to protest the decision of the roshei hayeshiva, Rav Schwab decided that Telz wasn't a place for him anymore. He felt that it wasn't the bochurim's task to meddle in the affairs of the roshei hayeshiva. He decided, therefore, not to return to Telz following Pesach of 1929.

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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, 5782.

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A Yeshiva Graduate is an Educated Adult

by Mordecai Plaut

Recently police charged that a total of 5,500 government employees, including 350 teachers, are suspected of having received fictitious academic degrees from the Israeli branch of the British University of Humberside. The revelations came only a day after police said that dozens of teachers, principals, psychologists, administrators and social workers from the north of the country are suspected of having knowingly purchased forged master's and doctoral degrees from the Ion Creanga Pedagogical University in Moldova. According to the police, the Moldova university denies it ever had any Israeli students.


One Thousand Fasts: Fasting on Shabbos and Yom Tov

by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

Honoring Shabbos

On Wednesday night I just could not fall asleep. Early Thursday morning I walked into Mea Shearim to look for an early minyan, and I saw a number of older men walking down a side street towards an old shtiebel. I decided to follow them, and join their minyan.

Everything was going fine, until during the middle of chazoras hashatz the chazan started to say Aneinu, the tefilloh recited on a fast day. I looked around but no one seemed surprised at the chazan's actions. I thought to myself "Maybe it's a fast day," but when I checked the calendar I saw that this was not the case. What was going on here?

All of a sudden I understood what happened: I had stumbled into a minyan of men who fasted every Monday and Thursday. Since Thursday morning was a fast day for them, they were reciting the tefillos of a ta'anis.


Staying Jewish: The Heroic Story of HaRav Yitzchok Zilber's Life Under Atheist-Communist Rule

by Binyomin Y. Rabinovitz

HaRav Yitzchok Zilber, the founding father of the Teshuvoh Movement for Russian- speaking Jews, is an inspiration to thousands. Shortly before the annual Chanukah conference for Toldos Yeshurun, the umbrella organization for numerous Russian-speaking kiruv organizations in Eretz Yisroel, HaRav Zilber's book of memoirs was published in Russian. Yated Ne'eman commissioned a special translation of several chapters.

In the introduction to the book, HaRav Zilber says he never intended to write his memoirs. Here is a translation of his remarks, made from the Hebrew translation of the original Russian.




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