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Agudath Israel 15th Annual Jerusalem Yarchei Kallah

15 years ago the Yidden of Eretz Yisroel encountered the vicious assault of the second intifadah. The askonim of Agudas Yisroel wanted to show support for their brethren in Israel by organizing a solidarity mission to Eretz Yisroel. They asked the advice of the Gedolei HaTorah of Eretz Yisroel as how to proceed. Their answer was unequivocal. Come to Eretz Yisroel and learn with great hasmodoh, in keeping with the words of Chazal, "Torah magna umatzla," Torah protects and saves. And so the Yarchei Kallah was born.

The Power of Curiosity

One of the mightiest powers implanted in man is that of curiosity - the desire to know-it-all. Is this power advantageous? Is it a blessing or a flaw and curse? Let us examine it and see what lessons we can derive from it.

Chizuk Journey for Shmittah

The members of Kibbutz Yakum welcomed the distinguished visitors with festive excitement. HaRav Yaakov Eidelstein and the Admor of Sanz came expressly to strengthen the hands of the farmers of the Sharon region who have undertaken to observe Shmittah with mesirus nefesh.

Rain and Kinneret Watch

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret.

Chamishoh Ossor BeShevat: Rosh Hashonoh Lo'ilonos

Rosh Hashonoh for the trees. The expression initially refers to the reckoning of years in relation to the laws pertaining to terumos and ma'asros for trees.

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Opinion and Comment
"They want to dictate to us what to teach and how to educate. We must fight this with all our might!"

HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman

With regard to Avrohom Ovinu it is written, "Because I know him, for he commands his sons and his household to follow him and to guard the way of Hashem." The Torah tells us that the main reason that Hashem loves Avrohom Ovinu (which is denoted by the words `because I know him') is because he commands his household to follow his example of keeping the word of Hashem.

Opinion and Comment
Life Will Prevail Over Death

By Mordecai Plaut

Even the Americans have learned something from their experience in Iraq. "This is a negative insurgency," Brig. Gen. Erwin Lessel, deputy director of operations for the multinational forces, told a reporter for the New York Times. "Unlike a classical insurgency, these groups don't offer anything."

Opinion and Comment
"The study of Mesillas Yeshorim Prevents Dissension"

by Rav Eliezer Rivlin

One of our readers drew our attention to a letter from R' Yosef Zundel of Salant zt'l written to R' Eliyohu Dov Levinson of Kartinga who, aside from his greatness in Torah and his piety, was also a wealthy and very generous man. R' Dov did much for the sake of the Yishuv settlement in Eretz Yisroel.


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