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18 Iyar 5772 - May 10, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

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"Increase Prayer, Spurn Complacency Regarding the Decree of the Drafting of Yeshiva Students"
By Yechiel Sever

"We cannot succumb to complacency but must increase our prayers in face of the attempts to renew the decree of mobilizing yeshiva students," was the message of Rosh Hayeshiva R' Aharon Leib Shteinman.

"The Government Opposes Brutal Attacks Against the Chareidi Public"
By A. Rauchberger

"The government is opposed to inciting and assaulting the chareidi public," was the statement of Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon in the Knesset plenum on Monday, May 7th, when he replied to the bill of no-confidence presented by the Opposition before the dismissal of the Knesset.

A Letter from the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman about the Issue of Drafting Yeshiva Students

Iyar 5772

To my dear friends, students of our yeshiva, Yeshivas Rashbi:

Regarding the decree to annul the military deferment and force Torah students to leave the yeshiva and enter the authority of the army:

Masses of People Go to the Rashbi Gravesite in Meiron
By Yechiel Sever

Peak readiness is in high gear on the part of security forces and Hatzolah workers as the yearly mass pilgrimage to the Rashbi gravesite in Meiron, which commenced Wednesday afternoon and continues until after Lag BaOmer. Over 4,600 policemen will be spread throughout the entire Meiron area and thousands of Ichud Hatzolah volunteers will be posted in special stations erected to provide emergency first aid to the visitors. The public will be praying for the intercession of R' Shimon bar Yochai and his son, R' Elazar, for the speedy and complete recuperation of Maran R' Yosef Shalom Eliashiv in particular, and for the yeshua of Klal Yisroel. A special public prayer will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Lag BaOmer in the compound of the cave for his recovery.

The Torah Leadership Issues a Moving Call to Arouse Heavenly Mercy for the Recovery of Maran R' Eliashiv
By Yechiel Sever

"Pray and plead exceedingly," was the moving cry issued by gedolei Yisroel to all yeshivos and Torah centers to storm the Heavens for the recovery of Maran R' Yosef Shalom Eliashiv. In their letter, publicized in Tuesday's paper, they write: "In view of the critical condition of Rabban shel Yisroel, Maran R' Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, the masses of Jewry and especially the students of chadorim, yeshivas and kollelim throughout the world, are urged to rouse heavenly mercy through prayer and intensified study for the full recovery of Rabbenu Yosef Shalom ben Chaya Musha, in the hope that the A-mighty will not reject the prayers of the public and will send him a speedy and full recovery."

The Husyatiner Rebbe Ha'admor Reb Mordechai Feivish, zt"l

In honor of his yahrtzeit 22 Iyar

When the Rav HaKodosh of Ruzhin was thrown into prison for twenty-two months, his son Mordechai Feivish was only two years old. During those two years, his education was entrusted to his holy brothers. Then it was transferred back to his father when he was released.

From Our Archives

Daas Torah of Maran HaRav Eliashiv on the Reform Movement as Transmitted by HaRav Yosef Efrati

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The following remarks were delivered by HaRav Yosef Efrati at the recent emergency meeting about the attempts of Reform Jews to acquire influence in the Yerushalayim school system.

Opinion and Comment
Charting a Course through the Antisemitism

by Mordecai Plaut

From a historical perspective it seems likely that the way the world has related to Jews in the past year is a return to "normalcy" and the relatively benign view of us that has dominated public discourse in the past half-century is the aberration.

Opinion & Comment
Our Inner Enemy

by Yisroel Friedman

Weakening the Effects of Our Prayer

The yishuv is presently going through one of its most difficult periods. We need plenty of Heaven's mercy. Yishmoel's sword is still gleaming. He has not yet surrendered his age-old weapon. When an individual is in need, he pours his heart out to his Creator. Troubles of the Klal, also happen because HaKodosh Boruch Hu desires their prayers. Reb Yeruchom zt'l, tells us that "the reason for all misfortunes is that they are a means of attaining, `and they cried out' (Shemos 14:10), whereby Hashem's Name is invoked," (Daas Chochmoh Umussar, vol.1 pg.7). Now is such a time, a time for "they cried out," a time for communal prayer.

The Smell of Burning Sifrei Torah in France

by Arnon Yaffe reporting from Paris

The acrid smell of cinder and ash was still rising from the pile of siddurim, machzorim, gemoras, tallisos, scorched tables and chairs, blackened walls and broken iron beams--all that remains of Or Aviv, a beis knesses in a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of North Marseille. The six hundred Jewish families, immigrants from North Africa who built the beis knesses twenty years ago, stood saying Tehillim. Ten thousand Jews attended the burial of the five sifrei Torah burned in the aron kodesh. Their scorched remains were carried on a litter and covered with a tallis.


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