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School Year Begins for Chinuch Atzmai

With a deep feeling of satisfaction, gratification and thanks to Hashem, the Chinuch Atzmai administration will be opening its hundreds of educational institutions for girls throughout the country this coming Sunday after a long vacation. The boys' schools began already on Rosh Chodesh Elul. These schools encompass students from all the sectors, streams and communities of Jews, imbuing them with the Torah way of life and our Jewish heritage throughout the Jewish history. This year, for the first time, the number of students in all the institutions crossed the 90,000 line, may it increase.

Checking the Kashrus of Shofaros for Free

A letter from major poskim publicized these past years has evoked considerable response regarding the severe obstacle found in many shofaros produced without adequate supervision, where many of these were discovered to be perforated with holes plugged up with glue, something that is visible only upon expert inspection. It was regrettably discovered that such shofaros were used on Rosh Hashana, invalidating the shofar-blowing. The foremost poskim call upon the public of shofar-blowers to be vigilant in checking their shofaros for kashrus.

HaAdmor Rabbi Meir Hagodol of Premishlan zt"l

In honor of his yahrtzeit 22nd Av 5541

IRabbeinu, who was a talmid of the Baal Shem Tov, is known by this name in order to differentiate between him and his grandson Reb Meir'l of Premishlan.

Rabbi Meir looked like an ordinary Jew who worked to earn a living, but behind the facade was a great man.

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The Man With the Gun in Hand

by HaRav Aharon Yeshaya Roter

"If my spirit was stormy within me, I said: I shall tell it and I will be eased."

On my way to shul in Bnei Brak one morning, I noticed an ad on a billboard. I am quoting it verbatim:

"You've been waiting, you've been waiting . . . And now you can run to the best shops. Hatzaleket Films-Sparks of Kedusha presents a breathtaking suspense drama: the story of Yehuda, who dreams of redeeming his ancestral land and becomes entangled with the underworld. The drama spans dozens of action-packed years. The audience that viewed the first showing declares that this is the best film to have yet been produced."

Opinion and Comment

Teshuvoh and Prayer

by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt"l

Part II

In the first part of the power of prayer and its application to teshuvoh, HaRav Schwadron cited numerous applications in which we see the tremendous power of tefilloh. The Rambam explains that one who sins very much may reach a point at which a Heavenly decree will not allow him to repent, so that he will die with his sin. However even this decree, says the Rambam is subject to repeal through the power of prayer, since it is no stronger than any other decree which can be modified or annulled through prayer. An historical example of this was the incident involving Eliyohu on Mount Carmel, where the people repented after Eliyohu prayed for them to repent. R' Sholom explains that the people were really beyond the stage at which they normally could repent, which is evident since there were previous occurrences that should have made them repent. Yet they did repent after the prayer of Eliyohu. Also, R' Sholom brings a medrash that says clearly that whether a person prays wholeheartedly can make the difference between life and death for him.

Kavonoh Required for Tefilloh

Opinion and Comment

The Fallacy of Limited Horizons

by Mordecai Plaut

One day someone told HaRav Moshe Feinstein zt"l about a certain avreich - in fact his son-in-law - who had made a medical discovery that might prove to be a cure for cancer. R' Moshe responded that even if it was a sure cure for cancer, "is ess nisht vert di bittul Torah" (it would not be worth the bittul Torah that it caused). (Cited by HaRav Michel Shurkin in Megged Giv'os Olom, vol. I, and confirmed with Rabbi Y. Weinfeld, the source given there)


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