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8 Tishrei 5772 - October 6, 2011 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly
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High Court Judges Wonder Over Attempt to Compel Yeshivos Ketanos to Study Core Curriculum
by Yechiel Sever

High Court judges hinted on Tuesday that they have no intention of interfering with the law that permits yeshivos ketanos not to teach the Core Curriculum (Leba). Their remarks were made during the course of a provocative petition to annul the law and impose the Core Curriculum at yeshivos ketanos.

HaRav Aryeh Leib Baron zt"l
By Yechiel Sever

The Torah world was shrouded in mourning Monday night upon hearing of the histalkus of HaRav Aryeh Leib Baron (Baranowitz) zt"l, a vestige of the pre-War Torah world in Lithuania, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Merkaz HaTorah in Montreal and the author of a number of important books covering various areas of Torah study.

HaRav Gedaliah Eismann zt"l
By Yechiel Sever

Yeshivas Kol Torah students and alumni lay to rest on Motzei Shabbos Shuva HaRav Gedaliah Eismann, the mashgiach ruchani of Kol Torah for over 50 years, who passed away on the night of Shabbos Shuva, 3 Tishrei 5772, at the age of 101.

Gavad of Ungvar HaRav Menasheh Klein zt"l
By Yechiel Sever

The Gavad of Ungvar HaRav Menasheh Klein, a prodigious posek who wrote Mishneh Halachos, passed away last Wednesday, erev Rosh Hashana, in the US.

The Chasam Sofer HaGaon Rabbi Moshe Sofer, zt"l, of Pressburg
In Honor of his yahrtzeit, 25 Tishrei

Rabbi Moshe Sofer, zt"l, was born in Frankfurt. His parents were Reb Shmuel Sofer zt"l and Raisel.

His exceptional talents were apparent even as a child, and at the age of six he already gave public droshos.


Returning to Hashem on Yom Kippur
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

On the evening of Yom Kippur we enjoy special nearness to Hashem. We are like sons to our Father in Heaven and beg Him to forgive us, as a father forgives his sons. "Please forgive this nation's sin according to the greatness of Your mercy, and according to how You have forgiven this people from Egypt until even now."

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"For He Will Shelter Me in His Succah"

by M. Berkowitz

A Succos Story (fiction)

The roads to Bederech Avoseinu were jammed. An unusual number of cars and buses were headed towards the school which was celebrating its first anniversary. That night, the first night of chol hamoed Succos, a gala simchas beis hasho'eivo was planned. A huge crowd was expected: rabbonim, communal figures, students and their families, staff members, supporters and anyone else who heard about the institution and wanted to share in the simcha. Anyone who wanted to feel like a part of the unique educational success came to its celebration. And because so many had heard about the new, successful institution, hundreds of invited and their guests streamed to the grounds of Bederech Avoseinu.

Opinion & Comment
Tishrei in the Beis Medrash of Rabbeinu Chaim Volozhin

By Rav Dov Eliach

There was one great principle upon which Volozhin -- the Mother of all Yeshivos -- was founded. That is, as Reb Chaim explains in Nefesh HaChaim, " . . .that if the world -- even for one split second -- would be devoid of talmud Torah, the universe would collapse entirely on the spot." Because of this, Reb Chaim set up shifts in the yeshiva, that there be continuous learning twenty-four hours, seven days a week! Even on motzei Yom Kippur, when everyone went home to revive themselves after the fast, Reb Chaim himself would sit and learn, reviving his soul with talmud Torah. As a matter of a fact, Volozhin Yeshiva did not have bein hazmanim over the yomim tovim. The zeman continued. "Shabbosim and yomim tovim were given to Klal Yisroel to busy themselves with talmud Torah" -- and Volozhin upheld that firmly.

Opinion & Comment
Ashreichem Yisroel! -- Reb Yeruchom's Last Simchas Torah

Divrei Torah delivered by HaRav Yeruchom Levovitz, the Mirrer mashgiach, zt'l, on his last Simchas Torah, in 5696 (1936).

Opinion & Comment
Learning About Joy on Succos

by Mordecai Plaut

Succos is called by Chazal zman simchoseinu, the time of our simcha. We are obligated to experience simcha, and the Torah summarizes the reason for the horrible punishments in parshas Ki Sovo, as due to a lack of simcha in our worship of Hashem.

Opinion & Comment
Serving Hashem with Joy

by HaRav Chaim Walkin

The joy man feels when performing a mitzvah and loving G-d, Who commanded the mitzvos, is a great avodah. Whoever prevents himself from feeling this joy deserves retribution, as the Torah states, "Because you did not serve Hashem your G- d with joy and with gladness of heart! therefore you shall serve your enemies... (Devorim 28:47- 48) (Rambam, Hilchos Lulav 8:15).

Opinion & Comment
A Radical Approach to Marriage

by Mordecai Plaut

Once, a yeshiva bochur well into his forties, never married but who had recently become engaged, was explaining what had happened. "I decided," said he, "that what was missing was a decision on my part. That is, I had to decide, and I could have decided on that lamppost over there, so to speak of course. I decided on her."



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