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HaRav Shlomo Kanievsky shlita Tells How to Prepare for Shavuos

Why was Kalba Savua called by such a name?

Because he sustained all those who were hungry; everyone who entered his home 'hungry as a dog' (kalba) emerged fully sated (savua).

Notwithstanding, he refused to support his married daughter, Rochel. Why? Because she was a blight on his good name.

This, said HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, comes to teach us that a person can do endless acts of kindness to the entire world but the moment that one strikes a blow to his pride — even if it is his own daughter — he will refuse to help.

We interviewed the rosh yeshiva of Kiryas Melech and Tiferes Zion, HaRav Shlomo Kanievsky, and asked: In view of this period of Sefiras HaOmer and its preparation for the giving of the Torah, why is it particularly important to dwell on character improvement?

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A Reiner Mentsch, A Reiner Torah: HaRav Moshe Soloveitchik zt'l

Part III:`I Dwell Among My People'

This multi-part essay was originally published in honor of the first yahrtzeit. He was niftar 19 Iyar, 5755. This was first published in 5756 (1996).

Introduction: Rav Wolff Rosengarten

"He bore the burden of communal affairs single-handedly. He was involved in every single public matter. For every controversy, he was the mediator. Concerning every problem, his was the last word.

"When there was a question about whether or not to found a yeshiva or open a talmud Torah, he was the one whose decision was crucial. Not a step was taken in any communal matter across the entire European continent before his advice had been sought. He was the leader. Nobody did a thing without consulting him. He advised everybody.

"Throughout, he never reckoned with his own position in the larger scheme of things. Personal favors and his own personal honor choliloh, had no place in the makeup of his character. Why, the Chazon Ish zt'l, described him as "a man with a clean, untainted soul." What more need be said?"

Reb Wolff went on to add that Reb Moishe's influence was felt not only on the communal level but on the individual level as well.

"Domestic harmony would be restored after his intervention. Medical problems, involving fateful decisions, were decided one way or the other according to what he said. He would receive visitors from as far away as America.

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How Things Look to Benny Ganz

Does anyone fathom what Benny Ganz wants?

As is his penchant, he calls for a press conference whose announcement he makes while desecrating Shabbos, as if he intended to deal with a historic issue smacking with the piquancy of hysteria. Ganz set up a podium bearing an Israeli flag and delivered his message with a severe countenance which included several demands.

He maintains that the war is stuck in a stalemate; that the political status is wedged tight; and that the law of the draft must be dealt with immediately.

What was Ganz actually seeking? He says: Removing the threat of Hamas, dismantling its military power and demilitarizing the Gaza Strip. Now, how does one go about doing this? Does Ganz have solutions? If so he has not shared them.

Next: Ganz demanded removing the threat of Hizbullah and designating September 18 as the final date for returning the evacuees up North to their homes. Sounds good, in fact, wonderful.

But how to go about it?

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