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Thousands at a Prayer and Protest Rally, an Outcry Against the Decree of a Bnei Yeshiva Draft

On Monday morning thousands gathered at Kikar Shabbos in Jerusalem to protest the discussions in the Knesset about replacing the Tal Law with a plan that will draft yeshiva students. Maran HaRav Eliashiv and the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Aharon Shteinman said that chareidi politicians should refuse to take part in any discussion of drafting yeshiva students. A Knesset committee is continuing hearings about what should replace the Tal Law that was struck down by the High Court.

"Bnei Torah Constitute the Right of Existence in the Holy Land"

HaRav Gershon Eidelstein spoke to several Torah figures who visited his home this week regarding the government threats to draft bnei yeshiva, saying, "We must all acknowledge the fact that we do not survive through natural means, for we are surrounded by hundreds of millions of enemies and it is obvious that our existence is in the merit of bnei Torah who grant us the right of survival."

An Interview With Rabbi Moshe Gafni

A Decision on the Subject of Reform `Conversion' Bears Out the Majority Secular Stand in the Supreme Court This past week, a battle was being waged by the chareidi representation in the Knesset against the government advocacy and in its wake, against the Supreme Court, which ordered salaries to be paid to Reform and Conservative rabbis. The inevitable question arises: Why must we deal with this band of clowns, whose support within the Israeli public is almost nonexistent? What would happen if those `rabbis', or as some people prefer to call them, community leaders, received salaries from the government budget?

This Week: Huge Reforms in Public Transportation in North and Central Jerusalem

After five years of planning, the bus routes in the northern and central chareidi neighborhoods of Jerusalem will undergo major changes, beginning Friday, the 9th of Tammuz (29/6/12). Six new lines will be launched and two will undergo changes to replace the five routes which will be discontinued. Sixteen other lines will also undergo changes in their routes.

HaRav Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, zt"l of Brod
In honor of his yahrtzeit 30 Sivan

From the age of six, Rabbi Shlomo's whole being was only Torah. It was at that tender age that he wrote his first chidushim and from there his life was one long ascent in Torah learning.

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The Task of Malchus Yishmoel
by Rav Yisroel Lorberbaum

There are two ways of looking at what has been happening in Eretz Yisroel lately. One is to observe and examine everything that transpires from a political, social and security standpoint: which moves should have been made in the past and which steps ought to be taken in the future to ameliorate the situation. The problem is that such a perspective, which evaluates all events bederech hateva and disregards Hashgocho protis, borders on kefiroh. Engaging in political discourse dampens emunoh. " . . . Voicing their opinion, saying so-and- so will happen or so-and-so will do this or that, is truly kefiroh," says the Shomer Emunim. "For those who believe that Hashem is responsible for turning events and fills all the worlds and oversees all . . . of what relevance is it to say: if so-and-so happens it will mean so-and-so and this will bring about peace and the nations will do this or that? Through these words they uproot themselves from emunas Hashem Yisborach (Maamar Ho'emunoh Chap. 2).

Opinion and Comment

To Cry Out and Plead for Mercy from Hashem, But to Understand That This is Not All!

Maran HaGaon R' Shach, zt'l in words of chizuk concerning the people's needs in times of trouble

Dear Talmidim, cherished Bnei Torah, Our situation in Eretz Yisroel is indeed terrible. There is no day whose curse is less than its predecessor's. Each day and its deaths, another Jew, another two. Circumstances like these never existed in the world. It is devastating. A fear to walk outside

Back To Kobrin, Baranovitch And Mir: An Interview With HaRav Aharon Kreiser, zt'l

by Rabbi Dov Eliach

Part Two

In the first part of this interview, which was conducted ten years ago in Rav Aharon Kreiser's home in Lakewood, Rav Kreiser shared his recollections and impressions of the two Mirrer mashgichim, HaRav Yeruchom Leibowitz and HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein zt'l. He also recalled his great rebbe, HaRav Elchonon Wasserman zt'l, Hy'd, the Rosh Yeshiva of Baranovitch and he discussed the powerful influence that all three of them had on their talmidim.

In this second installment, Rav Kreiser affords a glimpse into the life of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Shanghai, and provides more fascinating and instructive information about the Mashgiach and the rosh yeshiva of Baranovitch.

Being A Loving Father To Talmidim

by HaRav Ezriel Auerbach

HaRav E. Auerbach delivered this discourse at the "Beis Vaad LeMechanchim" (Educators' Conference Hall) at the commencement of courses for principals, supervisors, and educators of seventh and eight grades.


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