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Practice Mitzvos While the Rockets are Falling

"At the time that the siren alarm goes off and pierces our hearts, every G-d-fearing person can strengthen himself in some way. The ninety seconds during which the rocket makes its way from the enemy launcher until its destination to Israeli settlements is the most opportune time to fulfill mitzvos applicable to wartime, in which we now find ourselves. We can actually perform four or five mitzvos from the Torah!" These were the words of HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein.

The Internet is the Portal of Gehennom

"The devices which are forbidden are literally the portal of Gehennom. Possessing one of those devices is like holding Gehennom in his hand. At any moment he may stumble chas vesholom and fall into a nether pit. It is a great mitzvah to heal this breach."

Many Today are not Shomrei Torah uMitzvos Because Chinuch Atzmai Did Not Exist

"Regretfully, a large measure of what we are experiencing today whereby many are not shomrei Torah umitzvos is due to the fact that Chinuch Atzmai schools had not been established everywhere throughout the country so that in remote settlements, children grew up ignorant of Torah and were unable to withstand the trials of those times until they abandoned the source of living waters altogether." These were the words of HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman to the heads and administrators of the Chinuch Atzmai Transportation Fund when they gathered in his home to discuss the heavy debts of this fund, threatening the total collapse of Chinuch Atzmai, especially since the transportation network has partially ceased to operate.

Widespread Arousal for the Study of Hilchos Shemiras Haloshon and Interpersonal Mitzvos during the Three Weeks

As a response to the call of Torah leadership to be strengthened in those vital mitzvos bein adam lechavero and the laws of shemiras halashon, and in view of the difficult situation we find ourselves in Eretz Yisroel, the shiurim in these areas, including judging others favorably which is a mitzvah midOraysa, will be held as in past years throughout the country. In a letter publicized in Tuesday's Yated, the Torah leaders state: "One who is not expert in these particular laws cannot help but stumble in forbidden areas, especially since the laws of loshon hora are of practical pertinence, day by day and even hourly."

HaAdmor Rabbi Meir of Apta, zt"l

Author of Ohr Lashomayim

In honor of his yahrtzeit, 25 Tammuz 5587

His was a life of almost constant hardship and poverty, yet a life of total devotion to Hashem.

Orphaned of his father as a child, Rabbi Meir was brought up by his mother. One early morning before daylight, he felt his mother gently waking him to rise for davening and Torah learning. Seeing it was considerably earlier than usual, the young Meir turned over onto the other side to continue his sleep. After a few minutes he felt again that he was being awoken. This time he got up, but was astonished to find his mother still asleep in bed. She had not woken him at all.

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Hashkofo Highlights from HaRav Chaim Shaul Karelitz, zt'l

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For a generation, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Shaul zt'l stood on spiritual vigil. With clarity, he transmitted the tradition of our masters in every subject that came to the fore. In the fulcrum of his battle stood the basis of the chareidi public's collective adherence to the word of our Gedolei Torah. To this end, he organized something he called "The Bloc for Compliance and Actualization" (Hagush Letzi'us Vehagshamah). As a sort of extension, he founded and stood at the helm of the Shearis Yisroel Beis Din, until the end of his days. For the third yahrtzeit, on 20 Tammuz, three years of a palpable vacuum, we are publishing some sparks of light from his teachings and philosophy, whose vibrant relevance has not waned.

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