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UTJ Election Campaign is about Media Incitement Against the Chareidi Public

The United Torah Jewry election campaign continues to unite the chareidi public across its entire spectrum under the united call "First of All - Chareidi, This is Our Greatness, This is Our Pride." This call hones the fact that even when the media seeks to divide the Israeli public and shoots poisoned arrows of incitement against the entire chareidi sector, not differentiating between the different factions, this actually transforms us as walking germ "variants," lepers and disease spreaders. This is how the media has turned our community into pariahs.





Support the Shmittah Observers

A kenes to call upon the community to support the gibborei koach who keep the mitzvah of shmittah fully was held on Sunday night 23 Adar in a special tent set up near the home of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita. In addition to the Sar Hatorah and the Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Gershon Edelstein shlita among those also attending were the Admor from Vishnitz, the Admor of Tchernoble, HaRav Shimon Baadani, HaRav Yitzchok Mendelson of Kommemiyus and HaRav Yosef Efrati.

As a result of the Corona crisis, there is a serious concern of a significant decline in observance of this difficult and expensive mitzvah. Jews all over the world were called upon to support the Keren Hashevi'is.





A Firsthand Account of the Chofetz Chaim's Final Years

Part 2

First published 25 years ago in 1996, this is an interview with Rabbi Shlomo Epstein, chairman of the Chevra Kadisha in Kfar Chassidim and an alumnus of the Chofetz Chaim's yeshiva in Radin. Reb Shlomo knew many of the gedolim of prewar Europe, among them HaRav Boruch Ber Leibowitz zt'l, HaRav Shimon Shkop zt'l, and HaRav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky zt'l, in whose home he was a frequent visitor. Reb Shlomo's notebooks were the source of some of the printed shiurim of HaRav Naftali Tropp zt'l, who taught in the Radin yeshiva. This conversation was devoted to Reb Shlomo's recollections of the Chofetz Chaim.

Since the Chofetz Chaim was niftar in 1933, now 88 years ago, recollections like these will probably not be composed now or in the future. These are firsthand memories of someone who lived through those bygone times.





Provocative Women at the Kosel Attempt Sacrilege

Breaching of the walls of Kedusha at the Kosel area continues, to our dismay. This past Monday, those infamous women attempted once again to stir up riots at the Kosel area, together with the candidate from Yisrael Beiteinu, by carrying a Sefer Torah in order to read from it.

The group of women struggled with the security guards and the police at the entrance to the Kosel area in order to bring in their Torah scroll. At the end of the skirmish, the scroll was confiscated by the police in order to prevent the desecration and the harm to Jewish sentiments regarding the sanctity of the site and of the Torah as planned — with the sanction of the High Court.



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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by R' Zvi Zobin

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Reasons for the Commandment of Shabbos

The assistant looked at Mr. Harfwyt again and gave a wry grimace.

"I'm sorry but you have a problem."

Mr. Harfwyt raised his eyebrows in surprise.

"Yes," the assistant continued. "I'm sorry to tell you this but you are too big and your limbs are out of proportion."

He waited a moment to allow his words to sink in. "But don't worry. It's quite common and there is treatment available nowadays."


"Yes. There is medication you can take to shrink your body and if that does not work, you will have to go for a surgical reshape."

"Reshape my body?" Mr. Harfwyt's voice rose an octave.

The Thirty-Nine Ovos Melochoh

by Rav Yerachmiel Kram

"Six days shall [creative] work be done but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a Sabbath of rest to Hashem" (Shemos 35:2).

The Melochos of Shabbos are Derived from Those Activities that Took Place in the Mishkon.

The place allotted to the prohibition of work which was central in the building of the Mishkon must evoke our surprise. It seems to us like something established incongruously. Chazal gave us their opinion on it: "He preceded the warnings of Shabbos to the commandments for the work of the Mishkon to tell us that they do not supersede the Shabbos" (Rashi ibid.). This is only part of another homily derived therefrom.

From its position here, Chazal learn that the very activities required for the building of the Mishkon were forbidden on Shabbos. In reality, there is no limit to the number of creative activities that a person can engage in. What, then, are the boundaries to those activities prohibited on Shabbos by the Torah? Who shall determine what is forbidden and what -- permitted?


Av, 5765 - Kislev 5766 (August-December 2005)