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16 Shvat 5772 - February 9, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Tefillos for Recovery of HaRav Eliashiv Continue
By Yechiel Sever

Throughout the Torah world and in chareidi areas in Eretz Yisroel and the diaspora, tefillos continue for the recuperation of Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita, who is listed in critical condition.

Sharp Increases in Kosher Investment Funds
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israeli capital market of the past few weeks bears almost no resemblance to last year's capital market, which ended one month ago. Stock market increases in tandem with the major capital raising drives in the mutual funds market have painted the screens green, along with markets around the world.

Threat to Law Granting IDF Exemption to Girls Who Affirm They Are Religious
By Eliezer Rauchberger

Despite opposition by United Torah Judaism MK Rabbi Uri Maklev, the Joint Foreign Affairs and Security and Constitutional Committee approved bringing for second and third readings an amendment that grants an IDF exemption to girls who declare themselves religious. According to a new part of the amendment, the exemption could be annulled if a girl's affirmation is proven to be false. Because of the difficulties in judgment and potential for abuse by anti-religious elements that such proof entails, the chareidi representatives have always tried to make a persona declaration by a girl unchallengeable.

IDF Hires PR Firm to Persuade Chareidim to Enlist
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

IDF officials have decided to blatantly promote "military service for chareidim," and even took the unprecedented step of hiring a chareidi public relations consultant to market the idea to the chareidi public.

Kinneret Rises to Lower Red Line for the First Time in Years
By G. Lazer

The Water Authority announced that last weekend the water level in the Kinneret rose from continued flow of rivers and streams, by seven centimeters (2.75 inches). This brings the water level up above the lower red line.

Father Of Moreshes Ovos: HaRav Shach And The Teshuvah Movement
by Yisroel Freidman

Note from Editor: In my opinion, this piece contains very valuable insights into HaRav Shach's decision-making process during the early days of the teshuva movement.

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Opinion & Comment
Derech Eretz

by HaRav Dovid Leibowitz, zt'l

This shmuess serves as a classic example of the way Reb Dovid would bring out the point of a statement of Chazal's, for his talmidim. As HaRav Avrohom Pam zt'l, put it, "He would take a single midrashic thought and toy with it for an hour, analyzing it, dramatizing it, expanding it at the risk of distortion, reexamining it again and again at the risk of tedium, ever fearful that the point is not yet fully appreciated, ever straining to exhaust the beauty of the medrash . . . "

Opinion & Comment
The Luchos and the Broken Luchos are in The Oron -- Part III: You Need Daas Torah to Start a War

A hesped on Rav Shach ztv"l given on the sheloshim by Rav Zvi Friedman

Though a true hesped for Maran HaRav Shach, zt"l, this is a work of hashkofoh in its own right.


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