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3 Teves 5772 - December 29, 2011 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Gafni Offers Explanations of Anti-chareidi Incitement
By Yechiel Sever

Rabbi Gafni offered two explanations for the current anti-chareidi campaign. "One, because more and more segments of the population are drawing closer to the chareidi public, are observing mitzvas and Jewish traditions, more than ever before. The second reason is that we are building a coalition with the Right and with Netanyahu.

Chinuch Conference to Focus on Banned Weeklies
By Yechiel Sever

The central session of the Fourth Chinuch Conference, which will bring together yeshiva mashgichim, principals and other educators at Nir Etzion Hotel next week, will address the impact of "chareidi" publications (known in Hebrew as "weeklies") that have a destructive effect on children, teens and even adult readers.

Rabid Anti-Chareidi Campaign Continues Unabated
By Yechiel Sever

The unbridled attacks against the chareidi public, led by the media, a number of politicians and various other figures with vested interests, have not relented. This week a television news crew went to Beit Shemesh to provoke local residents and sully the chareidi image in the eyes of the general population.

Ripples from Nationwide Incitement Reach Bnei Brak
By Y. Schwartz

The anti-chareidi incitement campaign currently being waged in Eretz Yisroel has left its mark in Bnei Brak as well.

Tel Aviv Police arrested a young man who sprayed graffiti on a bus stop in the center of the city. The youth allegedly went to Rechov Chazon Ish in the middle of the night and spray-painted messages that echo media reports against the chareidi public and Mehadrin bus lines.

Letter From HaRav Eliashiv Shlita
Bs"D Motzei Shabbos Mikeitz, 5772

Since the secret and foundation of the Torah world and the community of yerei'im is in a life of Torah and yir'oh al taharas hakodesh, including a complete separation from all the life and concepts of the chiloni world who reject the yoke of Torah, therefore it is necessary to protest and to warn against all sorts of attempts from the outside to damage the pure cruse of oil,...

HaRav Eliashiv Warns Against Lowering the Wall That Separates the Chareidi World from Secular Culture
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbenu HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita issued pointed remarks this week against dangerous developments that threaten to lay a hand on the "jar of pure oil" by eroding the walls that separate the chareidi public from the general population and protect it from the deleterious effects of secular life and sinful culture.

The Ketzos Hachoshen HaGaon Rabbi Aryeh Leib, ztvk"l
In honor of his yahrtzeit

Rabbi Aryeh Leib was born to a distinguished but impoverished Rabbi Yosef zt"l who, his son states, was one of the bnei aliya of his generation.

From Our Archives

Retirement in Israel: Is It For You?

by M. Samsonowitz

Part III


We continue with more of the positive things that those of retirement age have found in life in Israel today. Some of these are relevant to everyone, and others are just for those of retirement age.

Opinion & Comment
Religious Fundamentalism is Not All the Same

by Mordecai Plaut

Unfortunately, the content of this editorial is as relevant now as it was ten years ago when it was first written. Public intellectuals and politicians who are thinking people all make the same non-thinking equivalence between Jewish fundamentalism and those of other religions who are called fundamentalists. In truth the differences are much greater than the similarities. Jewish "fundamentalists" are firmly and deeply committed to reason and social discourse. Reason is our very stock-in-trade.

For over 30 years, Anthony Lewis was a columnist for the New York Times. A consistent advocate of liberal positions, he always defended the leftist views.

In summing up the last three decades, he repeatedly referred to a challenge to reason that modern society faces. "No one can miss the reality of that challenge after Sept. 11," he writes. "Islamic fundamentalism, rejecting the rational processes of modernity, menaces the peace and security of many societies."

Opinion & Comment
Tzurso Deshmayteso: The Heart of Learning

by HaRav Moshe Sh. Mayernik

Part I

"When the iniquitous power of Greece rose up against Your Jewish people to make them forget Your Torah, and to force them to transgress the statutes of Your will."



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