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Babies Born to Vaccinated Mothers Have High Level of Antigens

A surprising research project in Israel has revealed that the level of antigens of babies born to Corona vaccinated mothers is 2.6 higher than of the mothers themselves. The facts were publicized in the distinguished periodical Gamma Pediatrics.




Who is Mansour Abbaas - Coalition Partner of the Israeli Government?

The leader of Ra'am, an Arab political party, knows that he is conducting affairs correctly because even in the Arab street people agree that one must set aside the 'major issues', namely, the national conflict, in favor of 'smaller' issues which are more relevant to the average citizen, including the concern for economic respite and personal security. A recent survey conducted by the Arab-Israeli news channel Fante suggested that Mansour Abbaas was chosen as the most influential person in the Arab society, gaining 47% of the votes of those interviewed. Far behind him was the 25% vote for his opponent, Aiman Ouda, chairman of the Joint List, who was in second place.





The Life and Life's Work of HaRav Shimon Schwab

Editorial note: The article was written and published in 1995/5755 in the months following the petirah of HaRav Shimon Schwab zt"l. This year on Purim Katan will be the 27th yahrtzeit. This is the first of at least six parts.


About one month ago, on Purim Katan, 5755, world Jewry in general and American Jewry in particular lost one of its leading rabbonim, Rav Shimon Schwab zt'l. Rav Schwab, in keeping with his life style, didn't allow a hesped to be said at the time.

Although this article is not a hesped it can accomplish one of the purposes of a hesped. We find that Hashem is particularly demanding that an odom godol be given a proper hesped. The gemora says (Shabbos 105B) that one who is lazy in being maspid a chochom is fit to be buried alive. Perhaps that is because this is precisely what has been done to the chochom: he has been buried alive. The gemora says (Brochos 18A) that tzadikim are considered to be alive even after they have died. Thus, the tzaddik, even though he may no longer walk in our midst, is nonetheless very much alive and it is our job to not chas vesholom bury him, but to keep his memory alive by learning from his life and teachings.





Rain and Kinneret Watch

by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

Our weekly report of the rain and the level of the Kineret - Winter, 5782.

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Tools of the Yetzer Hora or Not

by Mordecai Plaut

Cell phones are certainly one of the wonders of modern technology with their ability to talk from almost anywhere to almost anywhere on earth, but even the secular world is recognizing that they must have limits.

Surprisingly, many teachers in the Israeli school system keep their cell phones on during class and even answer calls. Some even have long conversations, telling their students (at least) that it is an "emergency." An informal telephone poll of almost 10,000 schoolchildren found that 95 percent (!) said that some of their teachers answer their telephones in the middle of class.

A Ray of Light

By Y. Sofer
The heroism of a woman -- Based on a true story

On parshas Beshalach the Jewish people left Mitzrayim in the middle of the day. In this story, a Jewish family left Germany at twilight.

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It was twilight, a time which is neither day nor night, a time when day still grips the universe, while night marches ahead with giant steps, beginning to spread its cloak over the earth.

In the home of Hamburg's rov, the quiet after the tempest prevailed.

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The Rov's lively children had just gone to sleep, childish smiles on their faces. While Marina, the gentile domestic, was busy sweeping, their mother the Rebbetzin sat beside their beds and related stories filled with burning love of Torah. Then she recited Shema with them, kissed them and wished them a good night.

After the children were sound asleep, the Rebbetzin retreated to her porch, and thought about the day that had just ended.

Looking outside, she saw Hamburg's main shul, a sacred structure permeated with the Torah and tefillah of the great sages who, for generations, had studied and davened there. In this bayis shel Torah, her illustrious husband continued to transmit the golden chain of our mesorah to the youths who studied in his yeshiva. There, he sacrificed his lifeblood for the sake of his flock.

It Was Meant to Be . . . Or Was It? A Middos Workshop

Based on the shiurim of Rav Dovid Siegel

Part III

The first part noted the basic question: As believing Jews, we know that everything which happens to us is min haShomayim -- Divine Providence straight from Hashem. At the same time, we are held accountable for our actions. How do we accept responsibility for the decisions we make while forfeiting control over the paths that our lives take?

One important point noted is that in truth everything that happens in the world advances Hashem's underlying purposes in the world: to reveal His glory. Even those who intend to oppose Hashem, the reshoim, ultimately advance Hashem's goals -- in suffering their punishment, for example.

The second point noted is that Hashem has chosen to mask His continued operations in the world under the cover of teva, a natural order that persists and appears to govern how things work in the world. Those who study nature but do not relate it to Hashem's underlying Hashgochoh, will never fully understand what is going on.

The second part noted that there are two levels of Hashem's will: an inner rotzon and an outer one. According to the inner rotzon Hashem always wants us to choose for the best, but according to the outer one He wants the world to run along natural lines. Shidduchim are an area in which all the elements come together.


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