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President of European Parliament Promises to Fight Antisemitism

An unprecedented event took place in the Knesset plenum: the president of the European parliament, Roberta Metsola, addressed the Knesset this past Monday on the occasion of her first official visit outside of the countries of the European Union since her appointment to the post this past January, which was to Israel.

She opened her speech noting that "this is my first visit, but surely not the last. I wanted to come early, at the beginning of my tenure, and express a message of our desire to link together and to state the obligation of the European parliament to forge relations between us and to let you feel that the European Union and Israel are strong partners beyond history."





Degel HaTorah Demands Halachic Burial Option in Jerusalem

This demand is in light of the serious lack of burial sites for Jerusalem residents. In an emergency meeting which took place at the Degel HaTorah headquarters in Jerusalem, called for by the rabbinical committee of the movement and with the participation of representatives of HaRav Edelstein:, HaRav Palay, HaRav Moshe Gura and other members of the party in the Jerusalem municipality, it was agreed to ask Mayor Moshe Leon to do all in his power in dealing with the pertinent authorities to find a permanent solution in apportioning lands for a conventional burial, known in Hebrew as kevurat sadeh, literally "field burial," so that every citizen could avail himself of what has always been the practice and tradition for Jewry throughout the ages.





The Principles of Israeli Politicians

Truth be told, there is nothing to complain about MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi. She is a woman of "principles," prepared to fight for them but she has also has good mentors. She recently announced that she was leaving the government coalition because of her principles, but she changed her mind after a few days.

In the Coalition of which she is a member, she sits with others who made supposedly immutable announcements and promises. They established their principles before the elections and were elected to the Knesset on the basis of what they promised. One of them, Naftali Bennett, even succeeded in extorting from his companions the most coveted office of Prime Minister. He had promised the public that he would not sit with the Left, meaning not with Meretz, and surely that meant he would not sit together with Arab lists. He declared that he would never let Yair Lapid become prime minister. That's what he promised to his voters.





The Journey From Leil Haseder To Kabolas HaTorah

A Shmuess Delivered By HaRav Shlomo Brevda on Chol Hamoed Pesach 5753 At Beis Haknesses "Tiferes Shlomo", Har-Nof, Yerushalayim. We first published it the same year. HaRav Brevda zt"l reviewed it before publication.

Part II

The first part explained the importance of approaching tefillah as an oni, a pauper, one who feels that he has nothing and needs everything and begs Hashem for all his needs.

Second Step: Anava, Tefillah and Torah

In the first perek of Brochos the gemara says, "Whoever fixes a place for his tefillah, the G-d of Avrohom will come to his aid. When he passes away he will be eulogized in these terms: `Where is the chossid? Where is the anav? A disciple of Avrohom Ovinu.'"





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Mount Sinai? (by Mohammed Moussa)


Outstanding Articles From Our Archives

Hashem's Torah Is Perfect and Complete: The Vilna Gaon's Monumental Torah Edifice

by Rav Dov Eliach

The following is translated and adapted from the monumental three-volume work HaGaon by Rav Dov Eliach. It is taken from the second volume, chapter 21, entitled, "Toras Hashem Temimoh."

"Who can count, who can measure,

The bounds of his heart's breadth?

His novel Torah insights are endless,

Into Hashem's perfect Torah,

All as clean as fine meal,

As it was given at Sinai,

Would that they be engraved in a book."

-- from an introduction by the sons of the Gra to a volume containing their father's Bi'ur al Kammoh Aggodos, Vilna, 5560 (1800)

The Yeshiva -- Its Form And Methods

By HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, Rosh Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov (zt"l)

Part I

The Medrash Tanchuma: Rigors and Rewards of the Oral Torah

"Blessed be the Name of the King of Kings, Hakodosh Boruch Hu, who chose Yisroel from the seventy nations. He gave us the Written Torah, replete with allusion and cryptic, hidden meaning, which is explained by the Oral Torah that He revealed to Yisroel. The Written Torah moreover, is composed of general principles and the Oral Torah, of details. The Oral Torah is vast; the Written Torah is sparing.

"Of the Oral Torah it is said, `Its length extends beyond the land and it is broader than the sea' (Iyov 11:9). You will not find [knowledge of] the Oral Torah in someone who seeks [to secure] worldly pleasure, desire, honor or greatness in this world. You will only find it in someone who martyrs himself [by depriving himself] for the sake of its study. This is the Torah's path . . .


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