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13 Kislev 5766 - December 14, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Degel HaTorah National Convention Opens in Zichron Yaakov

by Y.Ariel and B. Kahn

"Good for us and good for the World"

Click here for the letter of HaRav Eliashiv

The Degel HaTorah National Convention began Tuesday at the Eden Inn in Zichron Yaakov with a special opening session attended by members of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, the Rabbinical Committee and Degel HaTorah leaders and delegates.

Hundreds of delegates are staying at the hotel for the three- day event to discuss topical issues on the agenda, including the independence of the chareidi education system, Torah institutions, religious services, state and religion, employment and housing. The convention-goers will also approve the formation of the election campaign staff.

The Organizing Committee worked feverishly for the past few weeks to prepare for the eight-session convention, which is scheduled to end Thursday afternoon. Some of the sessions had to be moved to larger halls at the last moment to accommodate the large number of participants registered. Four separate minyanim are being held, along with a special Daf Yomi shiur.

The opening session, held in the main hall, was launched by Rabbi Shlomo Lorincz and led by Rabbi Avrohom Rubinstein, secretary of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah and deputy mayor of Bnei Brak. Gedolei Yisroel, including HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman and HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, were expected to attend the conference which took place after we went to press. We expect to have a fuller report in our next issue.

Degel HaTorah, which operates under the constant guidance and direction of maranan verabonon shlita, has enjoyed the support of gedolei Yisroel past and present, including HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz who endorsed the party during the previous election campaign. "Gedolei Yisroel adirei haTorah were wholly dedicated to [Agudas Yisroel] and it continues under the name `Degel HaTorah,' which was started by Maran [HaRav Shach zt"l]. It was founded to develop and expand and preserve the way of Agudas Yisroel as it was founded by the gedolim of the previous generations."

Voting for Degel HaTorah "is a kiddush Sheim Shomayim in the whole world, for the opposing camp brings genuine destruction to the world," said HaRav Lefkowitz. "And there is no greater act of showing esteem for our rabbonim than voting for Degel HaTorah."

According to an editorial appearing in the Hebrew edition of Yated Ne'eman on Tuesday, every gathering to strengthen chareidi Jewry is an instance of "Oz nidberu yirei Hashem" and we should hope and pray that the end of the verse, "vayaksheiv Hashem vayishmo," comes to fruition as well. Degel HaTorah, which was founded by maranan verabonon gedolei Yisroel led by Maran HaRav Shach zt"l, continues to enjoy the support of the present generation of gedolei Yisroel, including Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita. The essence and goal of Degel HaTorah is to increase Torah, yir'oh and kevod Shomayim in Am Yisroel by making efforts to hear dvar Hashem on each and every development and by adhering to the precept of ve'osiso es kol asher yorucho to solve every problem that may arise.

The editorial continued by saying that Degel HaTorah representatives everywhere have proven themselves loyal to the task placed upon them by our rabbonim. Their activities on every front are the tools that bring the chareidi public under the banner of maranan verabonon. This week's gathering was planned before the election date became known and was wholly unrelated to current political developments. Rather, the objective is to strengthen the campaign and unity among bnei Torah, for the greater the unity within the chareidi public the more power it has to promote Torah and emunoh and to bring the hearts of the general public in Eretz Hakodesh closer to Yiddishkeit.


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