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15 Iyar 5773 - April 25, 2013 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly
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Finance Minister Lapid Announces Budget Including a Series of Cuts Aimed at the Chareidi Community

On Wednesday the Finance Ministry and the Minister of Finance announced it proposal for the Arrangements Law that includes a series of immediate cuts aimed at services provided to the chareidi community.

Letter from HaRav Shteinman and HaRav Kanievsky To the Conference of European Rabbis gathered in Belgrade, Serbia

May Hashem exalt you,

There is no point in reviewing facts that are known to all regarding the insecure situation we find ourselves in wherever there are Jews, where we visually see lately the upsurge of anti-Semitism amongst non-Jews. It was of such a situation that Yeshaya Hanovi said (26:2), "Go my people, into your chambers and shut the doors for you." Rashi says: This was the reply which the people gave him: "Go into your chambers - your batei midrash and batei knesses." And this is what all the rabbonim in your countries and communities must do, for only through fortifying ourselves in Torah study and mitzvah-observance will we be able to stand against all those who seek to do us harm and oppress us, as is written, "The voice is that of Yaakov." Only when Yaakov's voice is heard in the shuls and batei medrash are the hands of Eisov powerless.

"The Present Government is Built on Hatred Towards Everything and on Tyrannizing Chareidim"

"This is a government which has declared to the world at large, as well as to the Jewish people, that it harbors hatred towards chareidim. Suppressing and subjugating them is their ultimate goal. Their hatred has taken over their minds." With these very words, expressed by MK Rabbi Meir Porush on Monday in the Knesset, he presented his no-confidence bill in the name of the United Torah Jewry and Shas parties in light of the cruel decrees schemed by the Treasury Minister Yair Lapid, and the harsh clauses written into the coalition agreement aimed at smothering the chareidi public.

Chinuch Message from the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Shteinman Shlita

Following are excerpts from the address of HaRav Shteinman shlita to a special gathering of hundreds of roshei yeshiva and mechanchim to address the many burning issues in chinuch in Eretz Yisroel.

Rain and Kinneret Watch

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret.

HaRav Hakodosh R' Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestier
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 3 Iyar (5585)

Whenever he signed his name, Rabbi Yeshaya would add: Servant of the holy Rov of Liska, zt"l.

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Opinion and Comment
Letter by Letter: The Story of the Romm Publishing House and the Vilna Shas

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A Jewel in the Crown of a Renowned Torah Center

Vilna won a reputation that outshone those of far larger and better-known communities, giving it the name, "the Yerushalayim of Lithuania." The community was renowned for its distinguished rabbonim, its numerous talmidei chachomim and its learned residents. The mere fact that the Gaon lived there would alone have sufficed to elevate the entire town and bring it renown.

Opinion and Comment

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising -- Secular Symbol of Jewish Success

The uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis which began on April 29, 1943 and lasted about a month, just over sixty years ago, is used by secular Jews as a sign and a symbol of what they want to remember: an act of physical heroism and resistance against an overwhelmingly stronger force that managed to hold out and inflict losses on the Nazi forces. They consider that their stubborn resistance, even though it certainly had no material effect on the outcome or course of the war, constituted a moral victory for human dignity and the "honor" of the Jewish people. In fact, the episode was replete with divisiveness and intolerance, and does display the true nature of secular movements when the full facts are known. All this does not take away the basic fact that all died there al kiddush Hashem because they were Jews, but it does affect the lasting lesson for us.


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