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15 Kislev 5773 - November 29, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

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Thousands of Women to Attend Internet Awareness Rally this Motzei Shabbos

Tens of thousands of women and girls from all over Israel and various streams will assemble this coming motzei Shabbos for a mass rally to be broadcast simultaneously in dozens of locations throughout Israel. The organizers are encouraging attendance at neighborhood centers rather than at a single location.

Humiliation of Yeshiva Students While Registering at Army Draft Office

Painful testimonies have already been reported in Yated Ne'eman of what is going on at the Jerusalem Army Draft office and elsewhere. These include educational damage incurred by the visit alone, as well as outright medical humiliation forced upon yeshiva students, compounded by strong social pressure exerted on them to sign up for full army duty.

Chanichei Hayeshivos Kehilla Founded in Har Yonah Housing Project of Natzeret Illit

A modest but impressive gathering took place in the home of Gaaved Chanichei Hayeshivos, Bnei Brak, HaRav Mordechai Gross, with the participation of many renowned poskim, celebrating the founding of Kehillas Chanichei Hayeshivos with the drinking of a lechayim. This event also inaugurated several registration headquarters for the marketing of apartments in Project Har Yonah on the heights of Natzeret Illit.

Venezuelan Jewish Community Concerned Over Anti-Semitic Attacks

Concern within the Jewish community of Venezuela of anti-Semitic repercussions is mounting as a result of Israel's Operation Pillar of Cloud. Venezuelan security forces have boosted their guard over the central synagogue in Caracas in the wake of anti-Semitic demonstrations where cries of vengeance were voiced very stridently.

To Properly Pray For HaRav Shlomo Leib Brevda shlita

In Tishrei, 5772, HaRav Shlomo Brevda addressed the public gathered in Heichal Shmuel of Kiryat Mattersdorf, mentioning that he remembered the impact of the prayers on behalf of HaRav Yitzchok Zev of Brisk for continued long life to the point that Brisker Rov noted it, himself. HaRav Brevda brought to the attention of his audience the fact that the Brisker Rav passed away late on erev Yom Kippur, a time when everyone was preoccupied with preparations for Yom Kippur, and had, apparently, temporarily discontinued praying for him.

HaRav Eliezer Ashkenazi, zt"l, Author of Maasei Hashem
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 22 Kislev

Within the hallowed walls of the Pressburg "shiur shtub," the anticipation was palpable. One mighty voice roared forth, teaching Torah, instilling middos and ingraining life's true values. The Chumash shiur of the holy Chasam Sofer zt"l, was not confined to imparting the knowledge of the posuk, Rashi and Ramban. In addition, it was used as a tool for weaving in the all- important messages that he included in the pshat.

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Opinion and Comment
The Lesson of The Flask of Oil: A Shmuess For Chanukah

by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

22 Kislev 5763, His Fifth Yahrtzeit

Introduction: Centrality of the Flask of Oil

The gemora (Shabbos 21) asks, "What is Chanukah?" Rashi explains, "On account of which miracle was it instituted?" for there were two of them. A small handful of Chashmono'im were victorious in battle against thousands of Greeks, and a flask with just one day's supply of oil lasted for eight days. According to Rashi, the gemora is asking which of the two was the main reason for the festival.

Opinion and Comment

Drug Treatment for ADHD

by Chaim Walder

A book published many, many years ago describes in detail how eyeglasses came into the world. People have always had problems with their eyesight, and when convex or concave lenses were first used to improve vision, neither the nearsighted nor the farsighted leaped at the invention as anticipated. They were embarrassed.

Third Voice of the Vilna Gaon 150th Yahrtzeit of HaRav Yitzchok Eisek Chover zt"l

by Binyomin Nehorai

"Third voice (two generations removed) of the Vilna Gaon." That was how one of the great talmidim of the Vilna Gaon's talmidim was known. HaRav Yitzchok Eisek Chover (Wildmann), a marvelous gaon who was the student in nistar of HaRav Menachem Mendel Mishklov, the "Second Voice" of the Gaon, a talmid and exponent of his kabbalistic teachings.

In Tempestuous Times: The Life And Achievements Of HaRav Avrohom Kalmanovitz, zt'l

by Rabbi A. Gefen

Part Five: New Frontiers, Old Challenges

Introduction: The Forgotten Million

Eight months after the arrival of the Mirrer yeshiva students from Shanghai in the U.S. after the end of the war, Rav Kalmanovitz opened a new chapter in his amazing career of hatzoloh. In the summer of 5707 (1947), he embarked on a trip that would introduce him to an entirely new field of endeavor, the ancient Jewish communities of Morocco.


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