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Letter from Rabbi Moshe Gafni, MK of Degel HaTorah-UTJ

Recently, to our great dismay, we have been witness to significant incitement against the chareidi community by various agents including Yair Lapid, Avigdor Lieberman and lately the mayor of Tiveria who said, "I felt on the boardwalk like I was in Gaza. Aryeh Der'i is paying for the vacations of these chareidim from your money." And another member of the City Council of Tiveria who wants to discriminate in whom to allow entry to Tiveria, and more.

The law does not find that incitement against chareidim is (illegal) incitement, as it says in Paragraph 144a of the Criminal Code: "Persecution, humiliation, contempt, open expression of hatred, enmity or violence, causing hostility against a community or part of the citizenry, and all this because of color or race or national origin-ethnicity." Therefore incitement against Arabs is forbidden, against Blacks is forbidden, but against chareidim is not forbidden.





The Era of "Truth"

The veteran travel reporter of the State Broadcasting Authority, Sharon Idan, mounted a severe attack against the "Fake Investigation" that was broadcast by one of the media channels, that purported to show that in the special "Exception Committee" set up to allow Israelis to return home during the Corona lockdown, there was a distinct favoritism towards chareidim. As can be expected it drew a lot of attention and hostile commentary against the chareidim.

Yet the reporter found that the fake investigation did not cite even one hard fact that backed it up, but was based only on impressions and feelings of various haters of religious people. Idan went out and searched out the facts on the ground and found that there is not a shred of factual basis for the accusations made and the criticism in its wake.




Preparing for Pesach

Part 2

This article is the second part of an article that was originally published twenty years ago in the print edition of the Israeli Yated Ne'eman. It is by a well-known (in Israel) master educator.

It is impossible to build a house without first planning the number of rooms and floors and all the other details. In addition, the engineer also has to plan the foundations, how much iron to use inside the concrete, which type of concrete to choose for the ceilings and which type for reinforced walls. He has to make a sketch so that everyone can understand his proposals. The actual planning stage itself takes up a lot of time, everything being checked and double- checked first. How much more so do our preparations for the holy Pesach period require us to plan carefully and beseech the Creator to make us succeed and guide us in all our ways.

Adapting the Seder to the Level of the Participants





To Revive the Spiritual Desolation

Klal Yisroel has two very different situations: one when the Beis Hamikdosh is built, and the other when we are in exile.

It is explained in seforim, mainly the Ramban Commentary on Chumash, that the superior situation of Klal Yisroel is when the Shechinah is present, and Israel is on its Land and it fulfills the 613 mitzvos, and then one sees tangibly Hashgochoh and Emunah.

In the Beis Hamikdash the Emunah is tangible. The mitzvos were given primarily for a situation like that.



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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Understanding Leil HaSeder

by HaRav Shimshon Pincus, zt'l

HaRav Shimson Pincus zt"l was killed, along with his wife and daughter, in a tragic car accident one year ago on the 13th of Nisan. In addition to being the rov of the kehilla of Ofakim, Israel, HaRav Pincus lectured and participated in seminars throughout the world. The following article is taken from a taped lecture "Leil HaSeder" that he delivered in the U.S. before Pesach two years ago.

The Leil haSeder is a very special night. There is a saying by tzaddikim that the Leil haSeder gives you a seder for the entire year. If we experience the Leil haSeder properly, it's a wonderful experience and it can make a revolution within us and in our attachment to Hashem.

What is the main issue of Pesach?

The Good Things in Life

by B. Segel


Shlomi! Are you tramping through the house with muddy shoes again?" asked Gila, her voice echoing from one room to the next.

Shlomi, utterly unconcerned, glanced casually at his shoes and the muddy prints he was leaving behind and then continued to make his way towards the living room.

No! This time she would not let him get away with it, Gila decided. Striding briskly toward her five-year-old son, she grabbed him by the hand and said, "How many times have I told you not to come into the house with dirty shoes? I just finished washing the floor! Take off your shoes right now and leave them next to the bathroom. And I don't want this to happen again, do you understand?" Gila said forcefully, wagging a finger vigorously.

Shlomi nodded his head vigorously in turn. He pulled off his shoes quickly, and obediently carried them towards the bathroom door. Gila stood, angry and exasperated. When, oh when, will these children ever learn?

Late that night as Gila headed toward the bedroom for the few hours allotted her for sleep, she did her daily cheshbon hanefesh. The woeful image of Shlomi tracking mud into the house came into her thoughts. "Again you exploded," she scolded herself. "I thought you had decided you were not going to lose control, that you would reprimand in an appropriate manner."


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