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5 Tammuz 5771 - July 7, 2011 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly


The Israeli Levaya of HaRav Chaim Stein zt"l
by Yechiel Sever

Thousands of bnei Torah, led by gedolei Yisroel shlita, laid to rest Friday afternoon in Jerusalem HaRav Chaim Stein zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Telz in Cleveland, a member of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America and a leading marbitz Torah from the previous generation.

HaRav Leib Heiman zt"l
By Yechiel Sever

HaRav Shmuel Auerbach and HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel shlita headed a mournful levaya, including a large number of Bayit Vegan residents, held for HaRav Leib Heiman zt"l, a talmid muvhok of Maran HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l and the rov of Beis Knesses HaGra in Bayit Vegan.

Protest from the Sons of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz ztz"l
The following appeared in the issue of 29 Sivan of Yated Ne'eman on page 3

We hereby register our protest against the publication Mishpachah which, using crafty subterfuges, gave the false impression that we spoke with that iton posul during the shiva.

Dutch Shechitah Ban Stuns European Jewry
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

"I was shocked by the overwhelming majority that opponents of kosher shechitah managed to secure in the Dutch parliament," said HaRav Eliezer Wolff, the av beis din of Amsterdam, following the Dutch parliament's decision to ban shechitah and Muslim ritual slaughter in the Netherlands.

Germany Jews Angered by Sachsenhausen Admission Fee
By R. Hoffner

The Jewish community in Germany is irate over plans by the management of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp site to start charging fees for entry and guided tours. According to a report in Der Spiegel, the move has drawn criticism from politicians and tour organizers as well.

Representatives of Seminaries Meet with MKs
by Yechiel Sever

Representatives of the girls' seminaries (high schools) met with all members of Knesset from United Torah Judaism to discuss the issues of preserving the purity of chareidi chinuch and preventing any admixture of outside influences. All five Knesset members of UTJ were there as well as various seminary principals selected to represent them all.

From Our Archives

Memories of the Chofetz Chaim
by A. Ben-Yitzhar

There are certain times and moments that cannot be described in words. Rather their contents speak for themselves. Hours, which by virtue of your having lived them, can take you back at any time to generations past. This was the feeling we had when interviewing one of the Chofetz Chaim's early talmidim.

Reading and Telling Stories
by R' Zvi Zobin


One of the most valuable pre-reading exercises you can do with your child is to sit and read with him. Sit him comfortably on your lap and hold the book in front of both of you so that he can also look in.

Our Struggle for Israel's Soul
by Mordecai Plaut

Last Friday night (parshas Chukas), during a meeting of the Socialist International in Lisbon, Portugal, Israel's Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, met with Yasser Arafat (whose socialist credentials are at least as strong as his peacemaking credentials) at the official residence of the prime minister of Portugal. Though the possibility of such a meeting was foreseen, nevertheless it caused a political storm in Israel.

The Key to Torah Success -- Ignore Material Pleasures
by HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz

In this shmuess, recorded by Rabbi Yisroel Friedman, the Rosh Yeshiva describes the difficulties, the temptations, and the struggles that bnei Torah once endured, and those that we encounter today. The shmuess includes instructive anecdotes about gedolei Torah, guidelines to a ben Torah on behavior, the correct relationship between a rav and a talmid, and how to acquire true and solid Torah knowledge.




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