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HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch shlita Speaking in Modi'in Illit

In a unique address delivered by HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch to a huge gathering of day-and-evening kollel avreichim attending the siyumim of Mifalei HaTorah Zichron Eidel in Kiryat Sefer, HaRav Hirsch established the obligation at this time to fortify themselves in successive, uninterrupted study of Torah:

In our parsha, Hashem says to Moshe that they [the Jews] will listen to your voice. And Moshe remonstrates: But they will not believe me. Hashem accuses Moshe of slander against the people when they do believe in Him, as is written, 'And the nation believed.' Jews are inherent believers, the sons of believers, as is written [of Avrohom], 'And he believed in Hashem.'

What is the comparison between the faith of Avrohom Ovinu and the belief in Moshe who said that Hashem revealed Himself to him?

HaRav Yisroel Yaakov Lubchansky HY"D, Mashgiach in Baranowitz, asked: Yosef advised Pharaoh to appoint a wise and intelligent man to preserve produce for the future seven years of famine. Why 'navon'? Bring any good director for such a project.




Israel in the International Court at The Hague

For the first time in international history, there stands on the court a country which decreed war on a terrorist organization which publicly and officially announces its murderous policy. South Africa has submitted a claim against Israel on the grounds that this country is breaking a treaty with the aim to prevent and punish this offense termed 'genocide' - an international treaty upon which Israel signed. Simply stated, Israel, fighting against the Hamas organization and its subsidiaries in Gaza is accused of being guilty of genocide, as signed.

The grounds upon which this charge is made are built on selected quotes [out of context] from military figures, politicians, public figures and even popular singers, including an inane passing remark — all of which constitute the charge presented before the International Court in Holland.

In a civilized world, such petitioners would be flung down the stairs. Israel is not committing 'genocide' in the Gaza Strip, but has simply gone out to a war imposed upon it after a devastating massacre by Hamas, perpetrated without any provocation whatsoever, by an organization receiving the enthusiastic support of its horrendous deeds by the majority of the population of the Gaza Strip. Thus, we are not talking about a naive population. Moreover, Hamas says openly that it will do the same thing over again, whenever it has the opportunity.




"You went after me in a desert, an unsown wasteland" (Isaiah)
The story of HaRav Moshe Yehuda Schneider, zt'l, rosh yeshivas Toras Emes in Memel, Frankfurt, and London

This major series of articles about the heroic rosh yeshiva HaRav Moshe Schneider whose talmidim, both Ashkenaz and Sephardic, went on to great achievements, was first published in 1994.

Part VI

Rav Schneider was truly among the main disseminators of Torah in our times. An unusual and dynamic individual who transplanted Torah and made it flourish in spiritual wastelands where no one believed it was possible, he did the painstaking groundwork that enabled the barren atmosphere in England and France to give way to the dozens of yeshivos, religious institutions and frum communities that are in existence today.

HaRav Schneider was a man whose entire focus was in the yeshivos which he established, and in his love for Torah, for which he lived. In keeping with his modest personality, his accomplishments for Torah were perhaps not fully appreciated in his lifetime. But the love for Torah and mussar which he instilled in his students produced mighty fruits which changed the face of postwar Jewry in Europe and Eretz Yisroel.

He was expelled from Germany as a Polish citizen, but was not able to leave. His son, HaRav Gedaliah, arranged for leading rabbonim in England to pressure the British Home Secretary to allow HaRav Schneider into England. Once there, he again established a yeshiva and worked to disseminate Torah.

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Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5784.

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Outstanding Articles From Our Archives

Of Royal Descent: Identifying the Vilna Gaon's Forbears and Descendants

by Chaim Arbeli

Introduction: A Tradition of Reticence

For a long time, mapping the Vilna Gaon's family tree posed a formidable challenge. Part of the problem lay in the fact that there are many families of Lithuanian descent with oral traditions of descent from the Gaon. The vagueness of these traditions led to doubts about their accuracy and an air of mystery consequently surrounded the whole topic.

YN: Why has there always been such difficulty in assembling family trees of the Gaon's descendants?

C.F.: Lithuanian families typically refrain from giving prominence to their ancestry. Lithuanians are self- effacing by nature and discussing one's forbears was not a favored pastime. It was also viewed as a form of bitul Torah. Around ten years ago, I called an elderly, Lithuanian-born rov who lived in Yerushalayim to check some sources with him. His rebbetzin answered the telephone and the rov wouldn't even agree to take the call. "It's bitul Torah," he protested. In the end he consented, albeit unwillingly, to tell me what his mother had heard from her mother about their connection to the Gaon's family but he immediately cut the conversation short saying, "This kind of research is bitul Torah."

YN: But there's a tradition that an elderly relative in Vilna possessed a book in which the Gaon himself transmitted his family's ancestry.

C.F.: Considering the Gaon's personality, that can be dismissed as a fiction. At best, it's an embellished claim for some other book that the family possessed.

YN: How accurate then, are traditions that have been conveyed orally?

Opinion & Comment
Chanoch Lana'ar Al Pi Darko: Education in Theory and Practice

by Rav Tzvi Yabrov

Part II

Adapted from the book Darchei HaChaim which includes guidance and hashkofoh in the Torah lifestyle, the basics of chinuch for our times, and tips heard and recorded from HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz.

Darchei HaChaim includes articles, instructions and guidance for parents and educators, disseminators of Torah and bnei yeshivos. For many years, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz has served as a fortress of strength for rosh yeshivas and disseminators of Torah, parents, educators, and the general community of bnei Torah, in Israel and the Diaspora, teaching daas Torah and pure hashkofoh for all areas of life and giving guidance in the chinuch path handed down from generation to generation, all benefiting from his advice and resources. The sefer contains hundreds of instructions and briefings in all areas of life, touching on many very relevant educational problems of our times, all directly from one of the outstanding gedolim of the generation.

Each section stands on its own, so there is no need for a summary of the last part.

Be Happy-in the First Year

Concerning the question of how to make one's wife happy in the first year, one should explain to her how great is the joy when the sound of the husband's Torah reverberates in the home, since they thereby become worthy of the Presence of the Shechina and success in Torah learning. Let her enjoy the sweet sounds of Torah.

"Kinas Sofrim Tarbeh Chochmoh"

In our day we cannot judge the correct balance in this regard. The true path to follow is therefore to be: "tomim tihiyeh im Hashem Elokecho." That means learning with tranquility, patience and dedication, learning in order to grow and go higher, where nothing else interests you besides the learning. That is the way to come under the yoke of Torah and its toil, thereby meriting to reach very high levels.


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