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HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Answers Questions about Chinuch

Q. What Mussar work do you recommend for a student in yeshiva gedola or ketana to study?

A. Mesillas Yeshorim

Q. If a rebbe sees that his students lack a love for Torah, what should he do to instill it?

A. He should ask them challenging questions.

Q. And if he sees that this is not enough?

A. Try again.






Curing The Causes Of Loshon Hora

By HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon, Mashgiach Ruchani of Beis Hamedrash Govohah, Lakewood

This important essay was first published in our print edition 20 years ago.

Awareness of the Need for Change

In our times, we are witnessing a widespread awakening of interest in the study of the halochos of loshon hora and rechilus. The enormity of the sin of speaking loshon hora and the tremendous merit for refraining from derogatory speech, have become common knowledge, as a result of the influence of the holy Chofetz Chaim. Yet the trials involved in keeping one's speech untainted remain very great. Even those who study the halochos complain of their difficulties in avoiding this sin altogether and they look for ways of repenting for lapses and of steering clear of





A Home of His Own for Every Ben Torah: Working on the Shidduch Crisis in Israel

A special gathering took place at the home of the Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Gershon Eidelstein, attended by gedolei Yisroel, rabbonim and roshei yeshiva regarding a solution for the pressing problem of shidduchim. This gathering was initiated by the "Lev Echad" organization, established by HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, rosh yeshiva of Slobodka in Bnei Brak, who has undertaken to solve the problem through various activities geared to ease the burden of parents seeking to find a suitable match for their children.





The Sin is the Cause: How to Love our Fellows

The disciples of Rabbi Akiva died during the period between Pesach and Shavuos for not having accorded due respect to one another. HaRav Yaakov Neiman said that Chazal did not blame their deaths upon a natural occurrence, such as an epidemic but pinned the prime reason upon the sin of lack of respect for one another. Had they not had this fault, they would not have died.

If someone tells us that he doesn't feel well, we are inclined to ask if he ate something spoiled that upset his digestive system or to offer other possible reasons for his malaise. No one would ask him if had sinned recently which would have caused his illness.





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The Adventures of a Mirrer Bochur in Europe

by Rav Dov Eliach

As a bochur, Menachem Manes Moore sailed from his hometown in Northern England carrying a large load of spiritual recording equipment. He had a powerful desire to absorb all he could and a great thirst to charge his batteries with Torah and mussar. Everywhere he went, his head took in the picture laid out before his eyes. He would listen and absorb, look and take "photographs" with his mind's built-in camera.

Yet wherever he roamed his strongest sentiments remained attached to Yeshivas Mir in Poland, the yeshiva he felt bound to and where most of his memories were set. He remained a "Mirrer" all of his life. But along came World War II, cutting short his stay in Mir. In fact when we spoke to Rav Menachem Moore zt'l fifty years later, in Gateshead, he began his story shortly before the war broke out.


Between Tisha B'Av and Rosh Chodesh Elul 5699 (September 1939), as the talmidim of Yeshivas Mir set off for their annual summer break, I travelled to Vilna. Rav Simchah Zissel, the son of Rav Yeruchom Levovitz, had recommended a doctor there who scale, after a full- blown Purim binge and never mind the deadline of finishing off all those cream wafers...

Antisemitism and the Future Transition of Power

by Rabbi Moshe Young

There are many disguises for antisemitism. We Jews have often been accused of imagining antisemitism in the most innocuous of places. Whenever a Jew is harmed or criticized, and it is labeled as an act of antisemitism, we are immediately pounced upon from many directions to be labeled paranoiac. We are equated with the old saying when the USA used to be suspicious of the Communists, that wherever you were, there were always "reds under the bed."

We might indeed be ultra-sensitive to the glances and innuendos of the outside world, but there is no mistaking today's manifestation of international antisemitism. There is no need any longer to be merely suspicious of ambiguous language or hidden meanings. It is out there in the open.

It is popular to be occupied with Jew-bashing, and it has even earned a place of respectability. There are, however, some who might still retain some vestige of conscience, and instead of openly blaming the Jew for everything, they substitute the State of Israel as the root of all evil. So today we cannot be accused of being paranoiac. It is a reality and so very transparent.

This ongoing and eternal dislike of Jews comes in waves. Sometimes it is violent and at other times subdued. Sometimes it is out in the open while at other times it remains concealed. However, wherever there is a deep feeling of antisemitism, it is in truth a subconscious rebellion against Hashem.


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