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Most Corona Restrictions in Israel Are Canceled As of June 1

Beginning June 1, Israel is returning to its blessed routine, after more than a year and a half of restrictions rising and falling due to the Corona virus outbreak in the country and the entire world. Due to the heaven-blessed decline of the epidemic, Health Minister Yuri Edelstein decided that the majority of the restrictions imposed since the beginning of the plague will be removed as of this date.





The European Union will Fix Jewish Cemeteries

Ambassador of the European Union in Israel, Emanuel Jofra, visited the home of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky this past Monday and was duly impressed. He noted that he had heard a great deal about his leadership. He sought to learn more about the chareidi community in Israel from close up and also to be blessed by him.





Interview with Rabbi Moshe Gafni on the Political Prospects

Note: at just about the last possible minute, Lapid announced that everyone had signed to go ahead and form a government. Nonetheless, the comments of Rabbi Gafni are still interesting and valid.

Does this government seem like a fait accompli? Must we begin to take steps to make the best of the situation?





Kelm: Reb Yeruchom Levovitz zt'l, Mirrer Mashgiach — 85th Yahrtzeit 18th Sivan 5781

Originally published in our print edition in 5756 (1996) for the 60th yahrtzeit, we are publishing it now on the web in honor of the 85th yahrtzeit of the Mashgiach whose influence is still felt today. These articles are a serious appreciation of the legacy of that great man.

Part I

The War: Exile and Wanderings

Our sources do not give a detailed record of Reb Yeruchom's movements during the First World War. At first he stayed together with the yeshiva, travelling with the bochurim into exile in the Russian interior. Many of the other Lithuanian yeshivos also went into such exile.

Later, he decided to join his family, who had remained all the time in Ozvent, Lithuania, which had come under German occupation. Before the war's end and immediately afterwards, Reb Yeruchom served in several yeshivos, eventually returning to Mir in 5683 (1923).

Much about Reb Yeruchom's life is Torah shebe'al peh, (in its fullest sense). Information comes to us piecemeal, in the form of stories, and the testimony of talmidim or other gedolim, whose purpose is usually to teach a lesson, rather than provide facts and dates. Based upon the biographical chapters of HaRav Wolbe's Ho'odom Biyekor and an article containing the recollections of HaRav Dovid Povarsky, rosh yeshiva of Ponovezh, we have attempted to piece together a more comprehensive picture of those years.





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From Our Archives

Shelach Lecho: Can We Afford to Trust Ourselves?

By HaRav Pinchas Chaim Scheinberg, (shlita) zt"l

When the time came to enter Eretz Yisroel (Bamidbar 13:1,2) "Hashem spoke to Moshe saying, `Send for yourself men, and let them spy out Eretz Canaan . . .'" Hashem said "for yourself," since the people came to Moshe asking that spies be sent to scout out the Land.

Rather than rely on Hashem's promise that the land was good, Klal Yisroel made a fatal, distrustful error. Rashi explains that when Klal Yisroel came before Moshe and requested that spies be sent ahead, Moshe in turn asked Hashem what do. Hashem replied "I have told them it is good . . . [therefore] I shall give them an opportunity to err through the words of the spies -- in order that they shall not inherit it."

Braided Pathways

by Shira Levy

Part II

Synopsis: Gavriella, a young adolescent, has difficulty in adjusting to the varied demands of growing up, accepting a new lifestyle as a baalas teshuva and being the victim of a broken home.

We find her anticipating the monthly visit with her father as she sits with her tutor, a girl one grade higher.

"Little good it does me understanding Rashi when I don't know right from wrong," said Gavriella, tightening her grip around her knees.


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