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Keeping Shmittah and all Its Halochos

The following story is told: A family obviously Dati Leumi entered a fruit store under the supervision of one of the mehadrin Kashrus agencies. The father, whose voice rang throughout the store, told the family that they could take carrots and potatoes since these were Sixth-year produce, but warned them not to buy tomatoes or cucumbers, since [he implied] these they bought from an Arab.

Resisting Government Interference in Chareidi Education

Resonant reverberations are being voiced everywhere in response to the outspoken call of gedolei Yisrael published in Yated Ne'eman this past Friday where they again warned against unrelenting attempts of the current heads of government, primarily the members of the sacrilegious Education Ministry, to blatantly interfere with the curriculum in chareidi educational institutions with the purpose of tampering with our pure Torah chinuch.

Report on the Agudath Israel of America Convention - 5775

The doors at the Agudath Israel of America Convention opened to the public late Thursday afternoon 20 Cheshvan-November 13, at the halls of the Hilton Woodcliff Lake hotel.

This was the 92nd National Convention of Agudath Israel of America and everyone felt as if the convention would tackle their concerns and improve their lives. Thousands of attendees from across the tri-state area and beyond, traveled in the misty weather in order to participate. A busload of members of the Baltimore community came, and a long list of communities across the country followed the sessions via live hookup.

Do Not Take the Papiloma Vaccine

In light of the attempts to introduce the Papiloma Vaccine into chareidi schools, our halachic authorities have issued a call to the chareidi public to resist and not take this vaccine.

`Reb Yankele' - HaAdmor Rabbi Yaakov Leizer, zt"l, of Pshevorsk

In honor of his yahrtzeit 27 Cheshvan 5759/1999

"I know someone who has an ardent desire to learn and know all of Shas. But upon reconsidering, he reckoned that if his intention is to create a nachas ruach for Hashem that He has someone in this world who knows all of Shas, why should he daven that this person be himself? Surely it would be better to daven that all the talmidim of Yeshivas Chachmei Tzorfas should know all of Shas."

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Every story brought before the readers, every fact, is a heritage for us, enabling us to understand and to become wiser, to know the ways of his life, for these are our beacons to teach us how we must live our own lives.

"Each story, each fact, made a tremendous impact upon me and enabled me to gain knowledge and understanding for all periods in life," wrote Maran HaGaon R' Shach ztvk'l about his illustrious uncle.

A compilation of illuminating facts about the sublime character traits of Maran HaGaon R' Isser Zalman Meltzer ztvk'l. His yahrtzeit is 10 Kislev.

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Journalists are human. Like all of us, they harbor preconceptions and biases, which can unconsciously come to inform their judgment -- and even their reportage. And it's no less so in the world of Jewish media, perhaps most evident in the treatment of chareidi or, as commonly rendered, "ultra-Orthodox" Jews.


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