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The CRIF: The Anti-Semitic Attack in Lyons is an Extension of the Murders in Toulouse
By Arnon Jaffe, Paris

Police cars are parked on Rue Francis de Francois opposite the Beis Menachem Boyle School in the suburb of Lyons. Investigators from a police judicial unit are making a house-to-house search for the Arab attackers of the three Jewish youths who were injured from blows by a hammer and metal bars as they were en route to mincha. This additional anti- Semitic assault in France almost ended in their deaths. The community cannot understand why the attackers, who are well known in the quarter, are not being apprehended, and all signs clearly point to Islamic groups operating in Lyons.

European Council Approves the Chareidi Stand for Preserving Jewish Graves in Europe
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a revolutionary move, after seven years of concerted action on the part of Agudath Israel in Europe and with siyata deShmaya, the Committee of the European Council has finally approved the chareidi position regarding the preservation of Jewish cemeteries. The historic decision was made at a meeting in Tirnau, Albania, on Friday, April 25th, Erev Shavuos, and is considered a significant milestone. It is a result of intensive pressure upon all the bodies representing 47 European countries through 636 members of the European parliament.

Extensive Mass Prayers Throughout the Torah World for the Recovery of Maran HaRav Eliashiv
By Yechiel Sever

In yeshivos and Torah centers, prayers are being intensified for the speedy and complete recovery of Rabban shel Yisroel, Maran R' Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Musha Eliashiv, whose condition is described as very serious.

An "Alei Siach" Initiative: The First Hostel for Young Autistic Children
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A momentous achievement was scored for parents of autistic children with the opening of a new hostel. This protected environment serves the needs of children aged six to eight. The Alei Siach network of hostels, numbering twenty apartments mostly for adults suffering from retarded development, autism and other syndromes, is spread throughout Jerusalem. This program is geared to young adults who could not remain in their home environment, whereas in their hostels, they receive expert professional individualized attention with resources especially designed for their specific handicaps through trained and caring personnel.

The Magnetometers at the Kosel Entrance Redone
By Yechiel Sever

The Foundation for the Kosel Heritage has been working for the past two months to renew the magnetometer detectors at the entrance to the Kosel, enabling people to come on Shabbos and Yom Tov without transgression.

Vouchers in a Milwaukee School
by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Agudath Israel of Wisconsin and School Choice Wisconsin joined the Torah Academy of Milwaukee Sunday (TAM) to commemorate TAM's first year in Wisconsin's school voucher program.

HaRav Nissim Toledano zt"l
by S. Bruchi

The Torah world was plunged into mourning with the passing of the gaon HaRav Nissim Toledano zt"l, rosh yeshivas Shearis Yosef, who spread Torah for half a century and produced thousands of talmidim.

HaRav Dovid Yitzchok Mann zt"l
By S. Bruchi

The world of Torah was plunged into deep mourning with the bitter news of the passing on Monday, 14th of Sivan, of one of the major Torah disseminators of Torah who produced, in his last twenty years, cadres of great talmidei chachomim and gedolei Torah umussar, and who, besides, had the privilege of studying under the Torah giants of the previous generation. He, himself, was a brilliant talmid chochom, fully versed in all areas of Torah who published many significant Torah works which have become precious standard texts throughout the Torah world, profound seforim which are the product of his many years of toil in Torah.

HaRav Chaim Breish Zt"l
By Y. Gefen

On Monday, 14th of Sivan, 5777, the disturbing news from Stamford Hill, London, of the tragic passing of HaRav Chaim Breish, Rosh Yeshivas Mesivta d'London reached the Torah world.

The Mashgiach" Reb Yeruchom Levovitz, zt"l

In Honor of His Yahrtzeit, 18 Sivan

The long nails of the maskilim were digging ever deeper into the walls of holiness in Am Yisroel. Particularly targeted and all the more vulnerable were the bochurim of the yeshivos, whom the maskilim knew were steeped in Torah's wisdom. They drew them into arguments, intending to sow seeds of doubt in their hearts - seeds that often took root and then grew, leaving the young boys confused, and eventually leading them astray.

From Our Archives

New Study Reveals Government's Dishonest Stance on Educating Yemenite Children in the Early Days of the State
by N. Ze'evi

Recently, more information has come to light about the government's treatment of Yemenites, and religious immigrants generally, in the first years of the State. This report tells about one famous incident, and the new perspectives that have come to light as documents from those times are released.

Opinion and Comment
"And You Shall be My Own Treasure from all the Nations"

by Moshe Ben Shmuel

HaGaon R' Yehuda Leib Tzirelson zt'l from Kishinev, clarified as follows: Two opposing aspirations have clashed within us ever since we became a nation. The first is to fully and perfectly fulfill the Divine commandment that is stated proudly in the Torah: "And you shall be My own treasure from all the nations." Hashem desires and expects the Jewish People to rise above the other nations of this world in their religion and faith, that their worthy attributes become a model of conduct and a source of pride, that their social and communal life be exemplary and outstanding compared to all other nations.

The Nozir's Holiness: A Shmuess For Parshas Nosso

by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

A Practical Result Chazal tell us that, "Whoever sees a sotoh's disgrace should separate himself from wine [by vowing to become a nozir]." Our master and teacher, HaRav Yehuda Leib Chasman zt'l noted that the words "whoever sees" make it clear that this recommendation is addressed to everyone, to great Torah scholars as well as to ordinary people. "Disgrace" here refers to the [public] shaming of the sotoh [prior to her drinking the water], whose purpose [besides encouraging her to confess] was to serve as a deterrent to others, as the posuk (Yechezkel 23:48, cited by the gemora in Sotoh 7) says.


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