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Elul Zman Begins in the Yeshivas

Tens of thousands of bnei hayeshivos returned to their beloved botei medrash on Rosh Chodesh Elul to begin the countdown to the Yomim Noraim. This year the bein hazmanim break was clouded by the threats to the chareidi community from the sitting Israeli government, and many heeded the call of the gedolim to increase their learning during the break.

Mohalim Union Founded in Europe

The Conference of European Rabbis announced the founding of the Union of Mohalim in Europe (UME). The Union will bring together certified mohalim from all over Europe to ensure that milah is performed to the highest medical and halachic standards. The new organization will be an independent legal entity registered in Austria and will be under the supervision of HaRav Chanoch Hacohen Ehrentreu, the av beis din of Europe.

Yated Ne'eman the Chareidi Publication with the Greatest Exposure

In the results of the TGI survey of chareidi print media, Yated Ne'eman was in the lead in most areas. The TGI survey is the most widely followed study of the marketing success of all mass media in Israel. The metric studied is "exposure" and not circulation since the advent of freely distributed publications has made paid circulation a marginal number. The survey studies the exposure to the entire population of the various publications under consideration. The study covers the year July 2012 through June 2013, and it rates Hebrew language publications in Israel.

Beitar Illit and Charish Dropped from National Preferential Areas

A new list published of Areas of National Preference dropped the chareidi city Beitar Illit and the city-in-construction Charish, that had been included in the list in past years. Added to the list were a number of small settlements, some in isolated areas that may be given to Palestinians in a negotiated settlement. Most of the included settlements are identified with government coalition partner Habayit HaYehudi.

HaRav Shmuel Salant, zt"l - Rov of Yerushalayim
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 29 Av (5667)

A gem that is unique in its multifaceted beauty is not left long at the jewelers. The first buyer with a keen eye recognizes its worth and is ready to pay dearly for it. Rabbi Shmuel Salant was taken as a chosson already at the age of ten, for his exceptional talents were already well-known.

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Working on Kiddush Hashem
by Mordecai Plaut The following editorial was written in the wake of the awful terrorist bombing of the Jerusalem Number 2 bus ten years ago. The victims were chareidi Jews.

A male reporter with a ponytail visited the Schwartz family early in the shiva. He wanted details about Mrs. Leba Schwartz Hy'd, the mother of the house, who had been among the innocents murdered in the ghastly attack just a few days earlier on Shmuel Hanovi street.

Opinion and Comment

Chazal Tell Us How to Overcome Yishmoel

by Rabbi Mordecai Plaut based on a shiur of a rosh yeshiva in Yerushalayim
With the threats faced by those living in the Middle East, and around the world, from those of Arab extraction, the following penetrating analysis sheds light on important characteristics of the struggle with Yishmoel as described by Chazal. This is not to suggest that every Arab is as detailed here, but that the essential features of the contest are as explained, and the steps we must take -- which are matters of our personal and private avodoh -- are as outlined here.

Opinion and Comment

The Goblet

FICTION by Channah Regev

"Boruch Hashem they've come," Dovid cried with relief. "It's about time, too. Otherwise we would have had a veritable swimming pool here." Reb Aaron got up from his chair and slowly plodded towards the door, taking care not to tread in the puddles which originated from the washroom and threatened to flood the small apartment.


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