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21 Adar 5772 - March 15, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

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Admor of Vishnitz zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Admor of Vishnitz zt"l, president of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel, who led Vishnitz chassidus for four decades, passed away late Tuesday night, on 20 Adar, at the age of 95. He was one of the great Chassidic leaders of all Klal Yisroel.

Knesset Delegation Lobbies European Parliaments about Shechita
By Eliezer Rauchberger

An official Knesset delegation traveled to Europe this week to lobby various parliaments on the issue of shechita, which became more acute following French President Nikolas Sarkozi's announcement that shechita arrangements should be altered because of cruelty to animals.

Thousands of Safrus Products were Printed and Sold as Kosher
by Binyomin Y. Rabinowitz

Lishkas Hakodesh, a public watchdog Stam (the Hebrew acronym of Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzas) organization, has uncovered a massive fraud on the part of the well-known sofer Shimon Cohen. Cohen writes with truly beautiful letters, and it was known that he had made a computer font based on his handwriting. In the course of a din Torah in Jerusalem, it was discovered that the font had been used to print entire safrus products that were then overwritten in regular sofer ink. The products were sold to unsuspecting customers all over the world.

Amendment to Women's Draft Law Passes — Gafni Lambastes Likud
By Eliezer Rauchberger

By a majority vote of 21 coalition and opposition supporters against five MKs from United Torah Judaism and Shas, the Knesset plenum passed in second and third readings early this week an amendment to the Women's Draft Law. MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni complained bitterly about the Likud's anti-chareidi behavior in this and other instances.

Continuous Prayers for HaRav Eliashiv shlita
By Yechiel Sever

Based on deep concern over the frail state of health of Rabbenu HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita, local communities organized continuous tefilloh during the times when Maran undergoes critical medical treatments every day.

Steering Forum to Promote Chareidi Settlement in Northern Israel
By Yechiel Sever

At the behest of gedolei Yisroel shlita, a joint steering forum has been set up to assist in the formation of new Torah communities in Northern Israel and to promote chareidi settlement in northern cities. The initiative was intended to ameliorate the community's housing situation across the country by building chareidi residential areas in the North, which is considered the only realistically viable option.

Rain and Kinneret Watch
by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

As of March 15 (21 Adar) 610 millimeters of rain had fallen in the Jerusalem area during the current season (August 1 to date). All the additional precipitation this week fell in the last day. This represents 129% of the average rainfall for this period and 114% of the average rainfall for the entire season in the Jerusalem area which is 537 mm.

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Opinion & Comment
The Rambam's Insight into Our Arab Problem

by Mordecai Plaut

It is interesting -- and perhaps more surprising than it should be -- that we can find a thoroughly appropriate description of our predicament and our feelings in words written over 800 years ago by that great sage who provides us with so much guidance in so much of what we do: the Rambam.

Opinion & Comment
Preparing for Shabbos

by HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira

To attain the spiritual advantages of Shabbos, to realize and feel its sublime qualities, one must prepare in advance. It is impossible to jump right into Shabbos and hope to benefit from it fully without groundwork.

Opinion & Comment
On Chazoro

by Rav Avraham Zvi Margolit, founder of Mifal Hamasechtos

These ideas are always important but they serve as special guidelines for activity in Nisan.

The key word in all aspects of avodas Hashem is ambition. This is especially true in the case of limud haTorah. A bochur who has no ambition to acquire knowledge of the Torah will have a very low productivity level. Everyone has to aspire to train himself to be the godol beTorah of the next generation.

Opinion & Comment
OAnd You are Peacefully Secure and Your House is Peacefully Secure

by L. Jungerman

And it came to pass in the first month of the second year, on the first of the month, the Mishkon was erected. And the cloud covered the Ohel Mo'ed and the glory of Hashem filled the Mishkon.


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