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What and Where is the Burden? Isolated Settlements and Other Expenses

The chareidi community has been beaten for more than a year with the slogan "Sharing the Burden." HaBayit HaYehudi, the heir and successor of the Israeli Mizrachi party has supported the effort led by Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party to force the chareidi community to share the "burden" of life in Israel. Their declared aims are to force lifestyle choices on the chareidi community to serve in the army and to join the work force in a larger proportion than they do today. They have also slashed government support for the chareidi community, even for such basic services as education.

The Chareidim are Right: There was no Reason to Disqualify the First Elections in Beit Shemesh

This Tuesday, the second round of elections were held in Beit Shemesh after the court accepted the request of the losers in a petition presented on the basis of so-called irregularities in the voting procedure. The court's decision was accompanied by a blasting media attack against the chareidi public in Beit Shemesh. Now, however, other tunes are being sung.

Rabbi Moshe Abutbul Won Again in Beit Shemesh

In a virtual repeat of the previous voting, with numbers that were a little bigger, Rabbi Moshe Abutbul, the chareidi candidate, again won election in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday in repeat elections held after the court invalidate the previous elections held when municipal elections were held all over the country. Abutbul received 19,401 votes to his opponent's 18,643. His margin of victory this time was 758 votes. The previous time it was 956 votes. About 77% of the eligible voters went to the polls this time, some 10 percent more than in the first election.

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Yeshivas Mordechai Hatzaddik - The Biggest Yeshiva in the World

To go or not to go? The nerve-racking question bothered me incessantly. My son had invited me to come to Yerushalayim and experience the taste of Purim in Yerushalayim for real but, his enthusiasm aside, I was skeptical. What with the security situation as it is, my doubts were rising. In the end, it was the pleading of the children that persuaded me. "Zeidy, it's really not scary here at all! The only Arabs you'll see in our neighborhood are our friends in their Purim costumes."

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Joyous Fasting: Understanding the Uniqueness of Taanis Esther

by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

Cry To Hashem

"The prophets and the beis din in the days of Mordechai and Esther commanded that we should read the Megilloh on Purim in order to proclaim the praises of Hashem and the salvations that He wrought through the merit of our tefillos. In this way we will bless and praise - - mevoreich and mehallel -- Hashem, and establish for all generations the truth of which the Torah writes: "Which nation is so great that Hashem answers them when we cry out to Him." (Rambam in his introduction to his minyan hamitzvos).

Opinion and Comment
Hating Evil Leads to Pure Spiritual Simchah

by Mordecai Plaut

The mitzvah of remembering Amolek is not just to recall historical incidents, but to remind us to hate all evil. According to the Rambam: "The 189th [Mitzvas Asei] is that He has commanded us to remember what Amolek did to us when hastening to do evil to us. And we must hate him all the time, and we must arouse all souls to fight him, and we should encourage people to hate him -- to ensure that the mitzvah is not forgotten and to ensure that the hatred of [Amolek] is not weakened nor found lacking in people's souls with the passage of time."


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