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Vital Information Does Not Reach the Chareidi Sector from the Israel Government

The forum of the Union of Chareidi Cities petitioned this week the High Court asking for a order to the government to appear and present reasons for the lack of funding for equal advertisement rights according to the relative portion of each population sector forming Israeli society, nor any less important, its right to choose effective and relevant means for each and every sector thereof.




Whoever Does Not Commiserate With Their Suffering... An Interview with HaRav Binyomin Finkel shlita

HaRav Binyomin Finkel says that it is really a time of troubles. Yidden are broken and shattered, families are destroyed, every day new young and old sit shivah: Fathers over their sons, and sons over their fathers. Hashem Yeracheim.

But we must not forget that a lot of people saw yeshuo and a lot of people recovered. Many who thought they were near the end went on to a complete recovery, though not all. In our yeshiva there were so many korbonos, Hashem yeracheim. These are very difficult times but we must not despair. We must look for things to do, to come close to our Father in Heaven.





Bearer Of The Undying Torch: An Appreciation of Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman zt'l, in the Seventy-fifth Year Since His Petiroh

Part II

The story of Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman, who passed away over seventy-five years ago, contains important lessons for understanding about the survival of Torah in the spiritually barren and desolate land that America was a hundred years ago. Rabbi Drachman grew up in a thoroughly American environment, but he nonetheless became firmly and deeply committed to Torah true principles that were, in his person, completely at ease with his all-American heritage. Rabbi Drachman saw, with a fresh and open American eye, the flowering of HaRav Hirsch's Frankfurt, as well as the vitality of eastern Europe. He attended the funeral of Sir Moses Montefiore, officiated at the funeral of Harry Houdini and was on familiar terms with Seth Low, one of the legendary presidents of Columbia University. He also translated Hirsch's The Nineteen Letters and was responsible for Mordechai Kaplan's dismissal from his post as a rabbi in New York City in an Orthodox congregation solely because of the latter's heretical views. His fascinating story helps us understand some of the important roots of the American Jewish community.





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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Mitzvos, Miracles and Prayers

Compiled from the lectures of HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt"l

Part III (Final Part)

In the first part, HaRav Scheinberg explained that when we put on tefillin we are supposed to think about what Hashem did for us in taking us out of Mitzrayim. The Ramban teaches us at the end of Bo that, "As a result of the tremendous open miracles, a person will acknowledge concealed miracles -- for they are the fundamental basis for the whole of Torah. A person has no share in the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu until he believes that all things and every occurrence, all of them, are miracles; that they do not operate by any natural or automatic process, either for the masses or for the individual."

In the second part, HaRav Scheinberg explained that even obvious things can be hidden in that we do not properly see them. Without siyata deShmaya our eyes are incapable of seeing even the most blatant examples of Hashem's presence in the world. Mitzvas like tefillin, that are called "os", are to draw our attention and help us see that Hashem has ultimate power.


by Tziporah bas Avrohom Ovinu

"Why did you convert?"

"We're having a day of introspection (Yom Iyun), a seminar forum, at our school and we'd like to invite you to speak to the girls. Could you prepare a 45- minute talk on the subject of your conversion?"

"Why don't you write a book about your conversion? I'm sure many people would benefit from hearing your story!"

Discipline is one answer...

No matter how often I'm approached, I'm usually delighted to comply with the request. I don't shun a spotlight; I've always been an entertainer; I've always enjoyed talking and my favorite subjects are Me, Myself and I. So now, to satisfy a superficial curiosity, you know the basis of one of the reasons I converted. It depends on your perspective, if you view this as egotistical or generous. The real answers go much deeper, of course.

I converted because it was good for me. I took a long 31- year look at my life and I decided I needed to change something big.

The Yeshiva's Home: HaRav Aryeh Leib Malin, 29th Teves 5763, His Forty-First Yahrtzeit

by A. Hacohen and Yated Ne'eman Staff

This article was prepared by the Israeli English Yated Ne'eman as an original article. It enjoyed the collaboration and cooperation of HaRav Leib's widow, who has since passed on. Chaval al de'abdin.


The story of HaRav Leib Malin's life holds much to interest. One could describe his illustrious family members, his great teachers, his standing in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Europe, his pivotal role in the yeshiva's dramatic experiences during the war years, his founding of Yeshivas Beis Hatalmud and his untimely death which, as HaRav Aharon Kotler said at the levayoh, deprived Klal Yisroel of the godol hador of the next generation. A portrayal of his story would clearly contain a wealth of instruction and inspiration.

Yet remarkably, many of his talmidim and acquaintances, when approached for help in the preparation of such an appreciation, felt that there would be little point in it. By way of response to our request, many of them directed us to a well-known article entitled Beis Chayeinu (a synopsis of which accompanies this article), which HaRav Malin wrote as an introduction to the Torah journal Hatevunoh, which his yeshiva published. "That was Reb Leib," they said, "you can work the rest out for yourselves."


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