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HaRav Dov Lando on a Ben Yeshiva on Vacation

HaRav Dov Lando delivered a strong chizuk address in which he said:

What more can I say, seeing present here roshei yeshiva who instruct their students? But I will say something relevant to us all, to all yeshiva students: a ben yeshiva must bear this title not only within the yeshiva itself but also outside, and he must bear this constantly in mind.

The concept of chillul Hashem, creating a discredit to Hashem's Name, is something one must be very vigilant so as not to trespass. This is not measured only by one's actual conduct but also by what the public sees and expects of him. A Torah scholar/student represents the Torah itself so that any aberration that falls within chillul Hashem is indeed a most serious infraction.




Dirshu Announces Shas Siyumim

Huge numbers of Torah scholars throughout the Jewish world are preparing for the big day soon approaching: the thirteenth Daf Yomi Siyum HaShas and the commencement of the new round of the Daf Hayomi study. The administration of the world Dirshu organization has announced a series of spectacular events to commemorate the Siyum in honor of the Torah to be held in locations throughout the Torah world which will commence right after the upcoming Yomim Tovim. The openly declared purpose, which has been Dirshu's objective all along, is to aggrandize Torah and enhance it worldwide.







Legal Persecution of the Torah World

Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, HaRav Yitzchok Kulitz, referring to a ruling of the High Court against chareidim, remarked that the saying of `Where justice lies, there will you find wickedness' does not refer to such a court, since they do not even begin to do justice.




Over 200 Rabbis Write Chancellor Rosa About Proposed NYS Education Department Regulation

In a strongly worded letter addressed to New York State Board of Regents' Chancellor Betty Rosa, over 200 rabbonim from around the country registered a protest to the regulations proposed by the education department. In unequivocal terms, the rabbis called the new regulations "untenable and unnecessary."





The Epoch of the Messiah — Ikvesa DeMeshicha


The essay was originally published by R' Elchonon to give perspective on the events of his time, and how they were seen and foreseen by chazal. Although it first appeared in Yiddish in 5699-1939, eighty years ago, its message is still fresh and vital.

Part VIII - Final Part

Eretz Israel

Eretz Israel is given much prominence in the Torah. There are three orders of the Mishna which deal with Eretz Israel, namely, Zeraim (laws dealing with agriculture), Kodshim (sacrifices), and Taharos (laws of ritual purity). A large portion of the three remaining orders is also bound up with Eretz Israel. In the order Mo'ed (appointed seasons) there are the following tractates, Yoma (Day of Atonement), Shekalim (the shekel collection), Pesochim (the Passover), the latter chapters of Sukkah (Tabernacles), Taanis (Fasts). In the order Noshim (Women, marriage laws, etc.), in the tractates Nozir (the Nazirite), and Sotah (the unfaithful wife). In the order Nezikim (Civil law): SanhedrinMakkos (punishment by stripes), Horayos (incorrect decisions of Beis Din). This total shows that nearly two-thirds of the Talmud deal with Eretz Israel, which has an equally important place in the Pentateuch itself.

It can thus be understood that Eretz Israel is a living necessity for Israel. Besides this, it is a separate precept to dwell in Eretz Israel.

In actual fact, however, it is nearly two thousand years that we live outside Eretz Israel. True, it has often been under harsh and bitter conditions, but, in spite of this, we have not perished even without Eretz Israel.

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Miracle Of Resurgence: Two Talks Given In Yerushalayim To Mark The Sixtieth Yahrtzeit Of HaRav Elchonon Wassermann Zt'l, Hy'd

From an address by HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman

Bountiful Compensation

It is common knowledge that before the World War, there were virtually no yeshivos in what are today the main centers of Jewish population. In Eretz Yisroel for example, there were only one or two yeshivos, and it was the same in the United States, England and France. There were only yeshivos in Lithuania, Poland, and Hungary.

During the war, all were killed, tzaddikim, world ranking gedolim and ordinary Jews. Among them was the gaon and kodosh, HaRav Elchonon Wassermann Hy'd. And indeed, this yeshiva [Note: Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon in Yerushalayim] has a special merit, that of having been established at his graveside, as it were, and by being named after him.

But that is not all. All the righteous ones who perished did not die for nothing. They have received compensation for their murders, and we are not referring to monetary reparations! Their compensation is the fact that their Torah is studied. Reb Elchonon's Torah, for example, is learned in all the yeshivos. This is a tremendous merit. Instead of their bodies, which have been lost, their souls continue to exist, in that medium which is a means of the continuation of their power. The influence that their Torah study wrought, that their mitzvos had -- these forces continue to the present day, and from them, Torah has grown.

"Your Face, Hashem, Will I Seek"

by Rav Yaakov Yisroel Beifuss

Thoughts for the beginning of Elul

"Only union with Hashem constitutes true perfection, as Dovid Hamelech said, `But as for me, the nearness of Hashem is my good', and, `I asked one thing from Hashem: that I will seek to dwell in Hashem's house all the days of my life . . . '." With these words, the Mesillas Yeshorim (chapter one) is conveying to us that the main component in the fulfillment of man's duty in the world is the striving for perfection, namely union with Hashem. He continues, "For this alone is the true good, and anything besides this which people deem good is nothing but emptiness and deceptive worthlessness."

During these days of introspection and judgment we should all be concerned with this topic of "true perfection." If union with Hashem and nearness to Him are elevated goals in our avodoh, we must have them in our minds and endeavor to attain them. We are duty-bound to do this throughout the year, how much more so during the current period.

Is there a Lower Form of Life than a Suicide Bomber?

by Mordecai Plaut

Is there a Lower Form of Life than a Suicide Bomber?

There is absolutely nothing like it in the entire world. A creature nurtured on hate and with the support of large portions of his community, is told to search out a large crowd, men, women and children included. A walking bomb, fitted with explosives and amplifying hardware like screws and nails to make the results more gruesome, this creature must walk into the crowd, where he will see before his own eyes the innocent babes whom he will murder in a few moments with a tremendous explosion. This creature will then detonate this horrible bomb, which will certainly kill him and, he and those who sent him hope, as many Jews as possible.


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