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11 Iyar, 5782 - May 12, 2022 | Mordecai Plaut, director | Vayishlach - 5782 Published Weekly
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Agudah Calls Upon Klal Yisroel to Take Action

The NYS Education Department recently released new, proposed Substantial Equivalency Regulations for nonpublic schools. These draft regulations can give unprecedented authority over yeshivos to the local public-school districts, and the curricular requirements can present a serious challenge to the ability of our yeshivos to be mechanech our children according to our mesorah.





Tales of Shemittah Miracles

The promised blessings of "I shall command My blessing" are evident to the farmers nonstop. Every conversation with a farmer strengthens emunah.

This is apparent in the orchards and on to fields laid fallow this year. Rabbi Binyamin Cohen tells of one of the many evident miracles which the farmers were privy to see this Shmittah year.





Rabbi Gafni's Analysis of the "New" Government Situation

Practically speaking, does the chareidi public have reason for optimism in view of what is taking place in the government?

"One must not forget that there are ongoing problems, all the time," explains Rabbi Gafni. "One can say that at the moment, things are calm. At the moment, the Knesset cannot promote laws that are opposed to chareidi interests. The combined party list will not vote for laws detrimental to Yiddishkeit, knowing that it will boomerang when we return to power, so that in the worst scenario, even if Ra'am decides to support, the maximum votes they can muster is 60, which is not enough to pass legislation.





Sticky Glue

The Knesset summer session began this past Monday, with many hoping that it be the last one of this present government. The evil government, in so many areas, deserves to terminate its tenure but the major problem is that at the present, there is no alternative in sight. It doesn't have a majority in the Knesset, but the same holds for the Opposition.

Those who pin their hopes on Mansour Abbaas who will force this government to fall live in delusion. If he wants the Ra'am party to continue, he must prove to the voters that he made no mistake when he supported the Benet-Lapid government, and he can only do this if he continues to support it and receive at least part of his demands. Even those who build up their hopes that a united list will topple the government, is deluded because even there, they understand that the downfall of the Leftist government can bring Smotrich and Ben Gvir, if not Netanyahu included, back into power. In short, what was, is what will be.





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We pray that this year we will have a safe Lag B'Omer


From Our Archives

Arguing with Chareidi Educational Success

by Mordecai Plaut

This old editorial has great relevance to the current education situation in New York State.

For an educational system, one important measure of success is if its graduates become functional, productive members of society. By this measure, the chareidi educational system has been very successful, as the overwhelming majority of the graduates find themselves fully prepared for life. They establish homes and take a place in society no less smoothly, and certainly more frequently and consistently, than the graduates of any other educational system. Although there are no academic studies that have produced quantified results, the overall success is clearly evident in the homes and streets of communities like Modi'in Illit, Beitar, Beit Shemesh and Elad that are comprised exclusively of the products of the Israeli chareidi educational system.

Just Scales to Judge Oneself

by HaRav Menachem Freiman

In preparation for and anticipation of the upcoming Mattan Torah.

In the first part, HaRav Freiman noted that Rashi cites two opinions of what Yisro heard that made him come to Bnei Yisroel in the desert: the splitting of Yam Suf and the war with Amolek. Rashi left out the third opinion of R' Elozor HaModa'i that Yisro heard about the giving of the Torah. Why was that? HaRav Freiman also cited the question asked about how the news of the war with Amolek caused Yisro to come. It does not say the victory over Amolek but the war itself. How did that attract Yisro?

Every Day Counts: Unusual Circumstances of Sefiras HaOmer

by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

Keeping Track of Time

The Chasam Sofer was a Torah giant, and chidushim on Shas, Shulchan Oruch and Chumash, as well as many volumes of halachic responsa were among his numerous published works. He was both the rosh yeshiva and the rov of Pressburg, a city which was home to one of the largest yeshivas and communities of his day. Generations of Torah personalities descended from him, and even today his offspring continue on his path.

Awed by his numerous accomplishments, someone once asked the Chasam Sofer how he found time to do so many things. The rov responded that it had taken him exactly five minutes. Startled by this response, the questioner asked him to explain himself. The Chasam Sofer replied that the five minutes here and there that others tend to waste, he invested in learning.

We would all like to emulate the achievements of the Chasam Sofer, but most of us have difficulty keeping track of time so meticulously. Once a year however, before accepting the Torah, we are provided with a gentle reminder that unless we are cognizant of time, we cannot achieve greatness in Torah. Counting each day and week helps us to appreciate the fundamental role that time plays in our relationship with Hashem, and prepares us to reaccept His Torah on the yom tov of Shavuos.


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