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Rabbi Elimelech Firer on the Covid Vaccine

I was recently asked by the gedolei ume'orei hador shlita, to investigate thoroughly the vaccination offered against the Corona virus. After I looked into it extensively with the appropriate responsibility, and I laid out my conclusions to Maranan Verabonon shlita, Maran Sar HaTorah Rebbe Chaim Kanievsky shlita, Maran HaRosh Yeshiva Rebbe Gershon Edelstein shlita, Maran Rosh Hayeshiva Chacham Shalom Cohen shlita, I hereby announce in their name and with their consent:





The Approach of a Ben Torah

In a talk on Chanukah in Ponovezh Yeshiva, HaRav Shach said:

One of the things that marks the difference between an ordinary person and a ben Torah is that generally people look at things that happen superficially and not with any depth. This happened and another thing happened.

Their lives are very superficial, they do not go into the purpose of life with any depth. People say things like, "The main thing is your health," "We can go to work and earn money," and then "We can eat and then go to work and earn money and then go eat again, and so on."





252 Non-Jewish Bnei Menashe Arrived on Tuesday

A group of non-Jews arrived in Israel from northeast India this Tuesday, calling themselves Bnei Menashe, even though they have shown no proof of Jewish ancestry. A similar group arrived from Ethiopia a week ago, both under the Law of Entry and not the Law of Return. The implications are clear: the government has no certification of their Jewishness but is nevertheless preparing a speedy and mass conversion for them.




Yissurim: A Torah Perspective

by Rav A. Somosi


(The following is based on a loose translation of the Steipler Gaon`s Bircas Peretz, Parshas Mikeitz, which serves as a springboard for a wider discussion of the subject.) It was first published 24 years ago, in 1996, but it is certainly appropriate for our time.

The Centrality of Yissurim in our lives

Part II

An Added dimension of the Suffering Involved in Limud HaTorah

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Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5781.

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The Light of Chanukah

by Rabbi Yitzchok Boruch haCohen Fishel

Many years ago, when the American forces under General George Washington were awaiting the famous battle at Valley Forge, the future president was deeply concerned about the welfare of his troops. The bitter cold and the poor provisions with which his soldiers of the revolutionary army had been provided, did not bode well for the outcome of the critical battle that awaited them.

Wrapped in his officer's cape and clapping his three- cornered hat down hard on his head against the chilling wind, Washington went out to see at firsthand how his men were faring. As he went from tent to tent, he saw the men dressed in rags and huddling around small fires, trying to get together a meal of something hot. As he went on, he suddenly encountered a single soldier, bent over a small metal apparatus in which he had lit two, very small, tallow candles.

Intrigued, Washington bent over the Jewish soldier and asked what he was doing. Startled, the man jumped to his feet and saluted. Just at that moment, he had little expected to find his commander so near. But again Washington repeated his request: to understand why he had lit those little candles here, in the middle of nowhere.

The Grant

A story by A. Bat-Melech


Part I

Rabbi Menachem Yosefovich, the yeshiva manager, nervously paced the small office allocated for the yeshiva's administrative needs. What are we going to do? How can we ever cover our huge debts?

On the rickety table that served as his desk, a piece of furniture that had known far better days, lay a threatening document that totally unnerved him, a notice of legal confiscation of property. The red letters seemed to shoot sparks of anger and doom.

What will be? he asked himself again with a desperate sigh. How can the yeshiva possibly raise such a huge amount within two weeks? He dreaded to imagine the government agents descending upon the yeshiva and seizing anything of value. An ironic smile sprang to his lips.

I'd like to see what they consider worth taking. Our ancient computer that has served me for the past ten years? No one uses that outdated piece of junk. You can find them in garbage dumps by the hundreds. The hoary refrigerator, donated by the Avner family eons ago when they redid their kitchen? This limping table which I salvaged from the garbage heap? I hope they don't choose to take my chair. Why, it might come apart in their very hands if they don't take care. So many were the times I had to hammer and glue it together myself...


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