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A Message from HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch about Bein Hazmanim

A special gathering was held to provide encouragement and guidance for the upcoming bein hazmanim.



Israeli Skunk Water Doesn't Work in India

Some years ago, an Israeli company called (appropriately) Odortec developed a special water that smells so bad that it is used in Israel and the US as a nonviolent means of breaking up demonstrations. Although Israeli authorities are very careful about how they handle it since it smells so bad, they use it regularly. Skunk


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Surprise Ending

by Eric Simon

The following essay was sent to us by Am Echad, the American organization that promotes Jewish unity through an appreciation of the common tradition shared by all Jews.

Chassidus Ashkenaz Restored: HaRav Yechiel Schlesinger zt'l -- 9th Adar 5759, His Fiftieth Yahrtzeit

By Moshe Musman, based on the writings of Rabbi Aharon Surasky and Rabbi Sholom Meir Wallach
Part II


This second installment of our series on HaRav Yechiel Schlesinger zt'l, surveys his years in the great yeshivos of his day, and follows him to Frankfurt, to his first communal position, and on to Eretz Yisroel. Though the circumstances dealt with are diverse, one particular trait is always prominent. In seeking a phrase that gives an accurate impression of his great uncle, HaRav Elyokim Getzel Schlesinger, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Horomoh in London writes, "It is hard for me to employ the conventional titles, though they all applied to him -- a gaon, a tzaddik, pious, humble, pure and holy, a rosh yeshiva and a poseik. He was all of these things, yet they do not capture the overall perfection and the true dimension of his greatness . . . I was fortunate to know him as a bochur . . . when he was rav in Frankfurt . . . as a refugee . . . when he arrived in Eretz Yisroel . . . during the years he worked in Yerushalayim . . . and as he prepared to return his pure soul to its Creator. If there is anything that defined him even in a small way, any particularly noticeable thread that ran throughout his life, it is one trait: fear of sin, which is the last stage on the path set out by the Mesilas Yeshorim. This quality shone from his countenance. Anyone possessed of a slightly discerning eye could see it; he was unable to conceal it. That was the first impression that he made on the gedolei Yisroel with whom he came in contact."

They Act in Love and Are Content With Suffering

by L. Jungerman

"And you shall love Hashem your G-d . . . with all your means (bechol me'odecho)' -- with every measure He metes out to you" (Chazal).

The word me'od, exceedingly, in great measure, generally serves to emphasize the unique. When we seek to stress that we are not talking about "good" in the usual sense, or "great, big," in normal terms, we say tov me'od, good indeed, or godol me'od, exceedingly large.



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