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Lev L'Achim Yearly Gathering

This year's gathering on behalf of Yad L'Achim, which took place this past Monday in the Bnei Brak Armonos Chen halls, was extraordinarily impressive, uplifting and moving. As always, it commemorated the year-round activities of this organization in disseminating Torah, education and Kiruv.

Conference of European Rabbis Meets in France

This past Monday marked the opening of the opening of the Conference of European Rabbis meeting in Strasburg, France. This body, which assembles twice a year, was convened in Strasburg which is headquarters of the European Community and European Parliament. The purpose of this gathering was to coordinate a firm position regarding Jewish rights, to fight for the freedom of religion for Jews and their right to observe religious rituals [mitzvos] without interference from any governments, and to seek ways to cope with anti-Semitism which is on a dangerous upswing throughout the European continent, while mobilizing the European Parliament against its fomenters. To this purpose, joint meetings have been scheduled with the heads of the European Community and judges of the European Court for Human Rights.

New On the Seforim Shelves - Amudei Eretz

Amudei Eretz, a new sefer encapsulating the laws of Shmittah according to HaRav Nissim Karelitz and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, is already being made available to the public. It presents all the laws of the Seventh Year in succinct form, explained very clearly, together with their practical applications. This work incorporates the halachic decisions of the outstanding halachic authorities, both culled from their works, Chut haShani and Derech Emunah, and from what was verbally transmitted from the mouths of Torah leaders and halachic experts - disciples of the Chazon Ish - throughout the Diaspora from all over the Torah, especially regarding Shmittah. It was, of course, the Chazon Ish who organized and consolidated all the laws of Shmittah, transmitting to his followers the approach vis a vis Halacha and its practical implementation.

Pirkei Ovos Perek 4, Mishna 1

Eizehu chochom? Halomeid mikol odom

"Each one of us should learn from a small baby how to behave," the Rebbe, Reb Zishe would announce time and again to his talmidim.

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Freedom is Fundamental to Torah

by Mordecai Plaut

"Proclaim liberty throughout the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Vayikra 25:10).

These words are etched onto the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, American symbol of freedom, proof apparent that the Torah regards liberty for all inhabitants as the proper state. Nonetheless, Orthodox Jews are constantly said to be at least opposed in principle to a free society, possibly opposed also in practice, and at best willing to accept it until an authoritarian rule supposedly more to our liking is installed.

Opinion and Comment
In the Tents of the Shepherds

Between Holy and Profane

When I was young, I witnessed true kovod haTorah. I was in Brod by HaRav Efraim Zalman Margulies zt'l and saw how he studied. He would don a special overgarment which was reserved just for Torah study, and whenever he was forced to say something not connected to Torah, something mundane, he would immediately cast off the outer garment so that he could speak.

Opinion and Comment
Innate Forces in One's Nefesh: Analyzing Problems of Pupils and Extending Proper Guidance

by HaRav Yehoshua Shklar

The following discourse was presented at a meeting of the Committee of Torah Educators in Yerushalayim.


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