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The 2020 convention will be held virtually. Here is the program.





What is at Stake in the Current Geirus Controversy?

All circles of chareidi Jewry have taken a determined, tough stand in the face of the government's position being brought before the High Court regarding conversion. There are several approaches to this issue but the prime minister seeks to adopt the "Nissim Approach," laid out in an extensive report filed by Moshe Nissim in 2018.





What Do We Learn from our Generation's Remarkable Technology?

In a letter to his talmid HaRav Avrohom Sokolovski zt"l, the mashgiach of Lomzha, HaRav Moshe Rosenstein zt"l, explained what we can learn from modern technology.






Clarity in Torah and Character: HaGaon R' Shlomo Heiman — Rosh Yeshivas Torah Vodaas, Ramailless, and Baranovitch

by C. Zilberman

The yahrtzeit of HaRav Raphael Chaim Shlomo Heiman, gaon and true Torah pioneer in America, is 17 Kislev. He was niftar in 1945 at the age of 52, so this is his 76th yahrtzeit. We first published this 26 years ago, in the year of the 50th yahrtzeit, in our print edition in Eretz Yisroel. This is a major addition of information on HaRav Heiman to the Internet. It was written by Rabbi Zilberman originally in English specifically for the Israeli English Yated Ne'eman.

Part II

Method of Learning

In his learning R' Heiman concentrated on seeking amitah shel Torah - nothing less than the true interpretation. He would use his talents of profound understanding and straight thinking to delve deeply into the gemora and rishonim. Likewise, his main goal in his lifetime of teaching talmidim was to give them a true understanding and the ability to be able to think logically. He constantly aimed at this goal. He could not bear anything that was not logically straight. For this reason he preferred the blatt shiur in which he worked out the meaning of the gemora and commentaries together with his students. Every point he brought up was systematically and clearly arranged in his mind - he was a walking Shitah Mekubetses.









s 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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From Our Archives

Attention Deficiency and Hyperactivity Disorder

by Chaim Walder

A few weeks ago I was at a particularly loud wedding. You find an open seat right next to one of the orchestra's speakers and you know the night is bound to end with a splitting headache if this keeps up.

People want to talk to you. Not outside. Here and now, alongside the orchestra just as the electric guitarist begins a solo. They have a lot to say, so you cup your hand to your ear, scrunch up your face until your eyebrows nearly touch your chin, tilt your head to the southeast and shout, "What? What's that?"

Papa Sells Trout - Papa Travels to Berlin - The Babje's `Curse'

by Anni Rephun Fruchter

Papa's favorite customers were the minor nobility and some princes. There was a time when Germany was home to dozens of kings, princes, barons. You could not go far in any direction without coming across a castle. Since he spoke a flawless German, Papa moved easily among the aristocracy. It was a satisfaction to him that they knew and respected him as an observant Jew who kept his cap or hat on in their presence. For some reason, exorbitant taxes perhaps, these people became impoverished under the brutal Nazi regime and so, could not pay their debts. Since there was only a trickle of new business in our concern, once a month Papa would travel to several of the castles or places where the nobility now lived, since many of the castles had been turned into museums or were in total disrepair. Mostly he traveled to the former Herzogtum Wurttemberg, Markgrafschaft Baden-Durlach or Baden- Baden, to raise some cash on unpaid bills.

Are Computers Worth the Price?

by R' Zvi Zobin

In 1913, just after he had invented the Kinetophone, a device which synchronized sound and projected images, Thomas Edison wrote, "Books will soon be obsolete in the schools. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge through the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed in the next ten years."

Nowadays, computer manufacturers and programmers are saying the same thing. Of course, computers can be useful in schools. They are now becoming essential for record keeping and administration. The question is how useful they are as educational tools, inside the classroom. Can they really supplement or even replace the teacher and the blackboard?


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