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Rabbonim Meet about the Yeshiva Draft Laws and their Implementation

A meeting of the rabbonim involved with the Vaad Hayeshivos was held at the home of HaRav Shalom Cohen, rosh yeshivas Porat Yosef and Nosi of the Moetzes Chachmei HaTorah.



Reform in Israel Sue to Disallow Separate Hours at Orthodox Libraries

The Reform movement in Israel sued to impose their values upon chareidi Jews.


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Running Towards Rosh Hashanah

By Mordecai Plaut

Few things so highlight the depth of our golus as the way the rhythms of life of the non-Jewish world affect us. For many of those who live in chutz la'aretz it is hard these days to escape the dominant spirit of the beginning of August, the dog-days of summer, the time the whole world (or at least the Northern Hemisphere) thinks about relaxing a little.

Important Elul Notice!

The following was posted on the door of the Talmud Torah in Kelm during the month of Elul by the Alter from Kelm.

Chazal say that on Rosh Hashana we should say pesukim of malchiyos, "so that you may accept My reign over you." If we analyze the necessary conditions for the rule of an earthly king, we realize that he can only rule if all his people are united in allegiance and service to this king. Only where there is unity among the people can a kingdom or government persist. If, chas vesholom, divisions appear among the king's officials, then the king's government will fall and, chas vesholom, the whole world can be destroyed. As Chazal said, "If not for the fear of the government, men would swallow each other alive." (Avos 3:2) In summary, unity of the people is a necessary condition for an earthly government.

Chesed and Rachamim; On the Threshold of Elul: A Shmuess by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l
Part II
(Part I of this shmuess was printed in the issue of parshas Eikev.)

The medrash (Medrash Rabbah Eikev parsha 3:7), continues its comments on the posuk at the beginning of parshas Eikev (7:9), " . . . [then] Hashem your G-d will guard the covenant and the kindness for you that He promised to your forefathers," with the following parable. Rabbi Shimon ben Chalafta said, "This is comparable to a king who married a noblewoman (as queen) and she brought him [as her dowry] two pieces of jewelry, for which the king undertook to give her a further two pieces of jewelry. The noblewoman lost hers, so the king also took his back. After a time, she arose and made herself worthy and brought [back] the two pieces of jewelry, so the king also brought his [back]. The king said, `Both pairs should be made into a crown and placed on the noblewoman's head.'

A Rebbi for America: HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, zt'l

by Mordecai Plaut
Part II

A Time of Transition

In June of 1945 (5705), R' Yaakov Weinberg wed Chana, the only daughter of HaRav Yaakov Yitzchok Halevi Ruderman, zt"l, one of the Alter of Slobodke's star talmidim, who had founded the Ner Israel Yeshiva in Baltimore. Only a few weeks later, R' Yaakov's father Rav Mattis was niftar at the too-young age of 68.



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