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At The Center of the Universe
by Mordechai Plaut

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To Strengthen the Parameters of Tznius
A special letter for Yomim Noraim, 5774

Tznius of women is a fundamental matter and therefore the main battle of the yetzer hora is in these matters as explained in the Igeres HaGra (Nusach Ar"Tz).

Special Call to Strengthen Tznius

Maran the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Shteinman has issued a special letter to strengthen the area of tznius. The letter was also signed by HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, HaRav Nissim Karelitz and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky. The full letter appears in this issue.

Large Kenes in Modi'in Illit against the Internet

On Wednesday night of Aseres Yemei Teshuva there was a large gathering in Modi'in Illit (Kiryat Sefer) to fight the dangers of the Internet, which is a grave danger to Klal Yisroel and to each individual.

Huge Prayer Gathering in Lakewood Bnei Torah in Eretz Yisroel

Keren Birchas Shmuel, founded ten years ago by HaRav Shmuel Berenbaum zt"l and ylct"a HaRav Dovid Schustal shlita, held its annual meeting during the Selichos period which was attended by an overflow crowd estimated at more than 7,000. The event was dedicated to strengthening the organization and praying for the success of the Torah community of Eretz Yisroel.

They Want to Uproot Torah Completely

In his annual visit to Orchos Torah where he speaks before Selichos on the night of erev Rosh Hashonoh, the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Shteinman said:

About seventy years ago, the holy HaRav Elchonon Wassermann zt"l said in the name of the Vilna Gaon that, even though the goyim always hated the Jews, it was not to such a great extent. They still did business together, and bought from each other, and the hatred was not to visible. But now that the hatred had become so strong, so that every non-Jew tries to do, Rachmono litzlan, bad to the Jews, it is a sign that there are complaints in Heaven [against us].

Wife of American Ambassador to Israel was Among Original Women of the Wall

According to a report in Merkaz HaInyonim, the American Ambassador to Israel revealed in a recent interview with Israeli journalist Ben Caspi that his wife was among the original Women of the Wall in the late 80s when they studied at the Hebrew University. Mrs. Shapira told the interviewer that she did participate in some of the early activities and that she believes that the issue is important to the Jews of Israel and of the whole world.

HaRav Nosson Adler zt"l of Frankfurt
In honor of his yahrtzeit 27 Elul 5560

Reb Nosson Adler's powerful memory was truly phenomenal. All that he ever learned remained indelibly etched into his mind to the end of his days.

HaRav Yitzchok Shmelkish, zt"l, Rov of Lemberg and Author of Beis Yitzchok
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 9 Tishrei (5666)

A great future was foreseen for the young Yitzchok, even by the melamdim of Lemberg. "Your son is sure to be a godol beYisroel one day," they told his glowing parents.

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Opinion and Comment
Days Of Awe: A Shmuess for Rosh Hashanah

by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

Our Name for This Period

The Yomim Noro'im -- Days of Awe -- and the period of mercy and forgiveness are almost upon us. Let's think what the term "Days of Awe" means. There must be a good reason why all of Klal Yisroel refers to these days by this name. It appears that the name arises from the special quality of these days and their ability to impart yiras Shomayim.

Opinion and Comment

". . . To Envision the Punishments [of] Gehennom"

by HaRav Nosson Wachtfogel, ztvk'l, prepared by a student

The disaster that took place in the U.S. two year ago at this time came to us vividly in photos and films. The differences between this and other acts of murder were many, but one of the lesser noted aspects was the fact that everything was captured on a live broadcast and transmitted to the four corners of the earth. All the terrible disasters that take place are covered fully in the media, and the horrifying details are laid out before us.

Opinion and Comment

Ki Sheva Yipol Tzaddik Vekom

by HaRav Chaim Kaufman

Every person has higher and lower moments when it comes to serving Hakodosh Boruch Hu. One's success is largely dependent on his ability to overcome a specific middoh, and to take hold of himself once he has stumbled. If one succeeds in strengthening himself at a down moment, one can then utilize the opportunity of a mistake as a building block for the future. Let us attempt to partially explain the ways of avodas Hashem so that we can strengthen our weak points and aspire to great spiritual heights.

Opinion and Comment

Sefer Zechuyos -- and Zeman Simchoseinu

by HaRav Mattisyahu Salomon

Each and every year as the yemei rotzon between Rosh Hashonoh and Yom Kippur come around, we invest great effort into our tefillos, praying that Hakodosh Boruch Hu inscribe us for a good year. Our requests of "Ovinu Malkeinu" are divided into several short tefillos, the shortest one being "Ovinu Malkeinu kosveinu BeSefer Zechuyos."

Opinion and Comment

Pleasure-Seeking and Simchah on Succos

by Mordecai Plaut

If the cultural leadership of the Western World in New York and Hollywood were to organize a Time of Happiness, it would probably take the form of many huge gatherings at which there would be freely available vast quantities of food, intoxicating beverages, public performances of all forms of modern music and entertainment -- and, certainly not least, a relaxing of whatever restraint is left in modern society. All the celebrants would seek to "have a blast" as they sought to overwhelm themselves with whatever carnal pleasure attracts them most strongly.

Opinion and Comment

Bais Medrash Elyon Monsey - Bais Medrash Elyon Bnei Brak

by Elozor Halpert

(Based on an article by Rabbi Yerachmiel Censor)

The Beginning

Today, the Jewish community in Monsey, NY is a flourishing Torah metropolis which is known throughout the world. Boruch Hashem, its fertile soil has produced a bumper crop of yeshivas, botei medrash, kollelim, etc., as well as a burgeoning population, bli ayin hora, of Torah-true Yidden.

Opinion and Comment

The Lesson of Luxuries

FICTION by R. Schreiber

Rav Tzadok Klugman, who gave the daily shiur in Kfar Petachya, was well liked by all of the shiur's members, while he, in turn, was very attached to them.


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