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Check Your Shofar

In a special circular being publicized these days in anticipation of the upcoming yomim tovim, gedolei Torah have called upon communal baalei tokeia to have their shofars examined by experts to avoid mishaps exposed in the past. In response to this call, a special center in Bnei Brak has been set up to have them checked for free.

Injustice Addressed - Unoccupied Classrooms in Ramat Beit Shemesh Secular School Transferred to Chareidi Chinuch

The 5775 school year was opened successfully last week in Beit Shemesh when the city began implementing the solution to an injustice which has been ongoing for many years: the secular Safot VeTarbuyot ("Languages and Cultures") school located in the heart of the chareidi neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh A was partially evacuated in favor of the Mishkenot Daat Bais Yaakov school which lacks decent facilities. The process was one sided, after extended attempts of dialogue on the part of the municipality with the school administration and the Education Ministry fell on deaf and very prejudiced ears with regards to the suffering of the school population. "We acted on the basis of a tough and determined decision that enough had been said and we had crossed the red line," declared the chairman of the Planning and Construction Committee, Rabbi Moshe Montag, who was the driving force of this effort.

UTJ Sues High Court Against Jerusalem Rabbinate Elections

Degel HaTorah and Agudath Israel, UTJ, submitted this past Monday a petition to the High Court to annul the elections to the Jerusalem Rabbinate scheduled for the 27th of Tishrei, as was planned by the Rabbinate election committee over a week ago.

Rebbetzin Channah Shteinman o"h

Many thousands from the elite of the Torah world, headed by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, HaRav Nissim Karelitz and HaRav Gershon Eidelstein, and numbering many roshei yeshiva and rabbonim, escorted the esteemed and righteous Rebbetzin Channah Shteinman to her final rest. Wife of Rosh Yeshivas Kehillos Yaakov of Bnei Brak, HaRav Shraga Noach Shteinman, the Rebbetzin passed away on Monday at the unripe age of sixty-one.

The Admor of Strikov Rabbi Avrohom Avigdor Landau, zt"l

In honor of his yahrtzeit, 16 Elul 5761

During that black era not so long ago, when Europe was engulfed in the flames of the crematoria, the Strikover was a young boy.

Forced to flee his hometown, he became a small speck among the countless other homeless youths arriving in Vilna, bereft of family and friends.

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Opinion and Comment
The King Sits upon the Throne of Judgment Thoughts on Elul

by Maran HaGaon R' Dovid Povarsky ztvk'l

In the month of Elul, it is the custom to blow the shofar every morning after shacharis. This is designed to awaken us, to rouse us to the realization that we are in the midst of Elul.

Opinion and Comment
Comfort on the Tablets of Our Hearts

by Rabbi Mordecai Plaut, based on a shiur of a rosh yeshiva in Yerushalayim

As we read the seven haftorahs of comfort that lead up to the Yomim Noraim, these insights into the true meaning of true comfort should prove very valuable. Part III

Part I discussed the fact that the seven haftarahs that we read from Tisha B'Av until Rosh Hashonoh show that consolation provides a crucial bridge that takes us from the Churban to the Tikkun that we have on Yom Kippur, equivalent to our receiving the Second Luchos on that day. However, we do not even understand what consolation is and how it could be possible. How can we console someone in the midst of a loss? Consolation does not mean distraction, so how is such a thing possible?

Surviving the Inferno of Salonika

by Chedva Ofek

Part III

A plain building on Rechov Levinsky in Tel Aviv houses an organization called Concentration Camp Survivors from Greece. Moshe Helyon, at the age of 78, is still energetic and creative. The Holocaust in Greece? Few people know the country was involved. Yet 60 years after the first train left Greece packed with Jews destined for the death camps, Helyon tries to document the experiences of those who were spared from the Nazi inferno, presenting his own life story as an example.


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