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Infamous Law in Israel: Independent Marriage Registration

In spite of the vehement objection of the UTJ representatives who tried their very utmost to convince and prevent the passing of the law, this Monday the Knesset plenum approved for the second and third reading the devastating, outrageous law which will be remembered in infamy in the annals of Jewish history. The bill was presented by the Habayis Hayehudi party to establish independent centers for registering marriages in Israel.

Friday and Sunday Sessions at Agudah Convention on Tough Issues

The Friday and Sunday sessions scheduled at Agudath Israel of America's 91st National Convention on November 15th and November 17th will address issues of great importance to both individuals and the tzibbur.

HaRav Moshe Yosef Reichmann zt"l

On Erev Shabbos Chayei Soroh in Toronto, with the ushering in of Shabbos in Eretz Yisroel, one of the biggest supporters of Torah of our generation, HaRav Moshe Reichmann, passed away in the 83rd year of his illustrious life.

Remains from France Brought to Burial in Israel

After intensive and extended efforts which included political intervention, the remains of Rabbi Giacomo Yaakov and Teresa Tedesco, who died and were buried over one hundred and forty years ago in Paris, found their final resting place in Israel. Their graves were desecrated very shamefully and their remains reached a warehouse over ten years ago together with several thousands of corpses that have not yet been reinterred.

HaRav Nochum Weidenfeld, zt"l Rov of Dombrova
In Honor of His Yahrtzeit, 2 Kislev 5700

Rabbi Nochum was born in the year 5635 (1875) to the illustrious Weidenfeld family of Herimlov.

When he was a bochur of fifteen, there was a great stir in the town. A respected Jew who lived in Herimlov was the proud owner of a special sefer Torah. Its ownership dated back to the holy Reb Meir'l of Premishlan, whose father, HaRav Aaron Leib a talmid of the Baal Shem Tov, began to write it. Reb Meir'l finished writing the sefer Torah, after which it passed through various hands. The sefer Torah's present owner in Herimlov guarded his precious possession as the apple of his eye. Even when he fell on hard times and was in desperate need of cash to marry off his daughters, he would not sell it, though exorbitant sums were offered him.

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Yaakov and Eisov -- Spirit and Materialism

by R' Yerachmiel Kram

"And the youths grew, and Eisov was a cunning hunter, a man of the field, and Yaakov was a plain man, dwelling in the tents" (Bereishis 25:27).

The Battle Over Matter and Spirit


From Kishinev Until Bialystok -- and Since

by M. Musman

Part I

About six months ago marked the hundredth anniversary of the pogrom in Kishinev that touched off a series of hundreds of pogroms that lasted for more than three years. The hatred, and the savagery and complicity of the ruling authorities charged with preserving law and order, that was displayed in Russia, after a period of calm and increasing rights for Jews, is worth recalling and remembering well, now that we see signs of its reappearance in many parts of the world.


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