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The Rebbetzin

Were someone to ask me what Sarah Imeinu looked like, I’d say, “Look at Rebbetzin Sarah Schustal and you’ll know.” Were someone to ask me what a bas Yisroel should look like, I’d say, “Like Rebbetzin Schustal.” What is tznius? What is tzidkus? How should we act? How should we speak? How should we live our lives? How should we raise our children? I’d say, “Look at Rebbetzin Schustal and you’ll know.”

Interview With Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Leader Of The Effort To Free Pollard

Rabbi Pesach Lerner is Executive Vice President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel and a decades long advocate and activist on behalf of Jonathan Pollard. More than anyone, he kept the case alive and in the headlines, working heroically to seek freedom for the famous prisoner. We spoke to him on Monday. How was Jonathan Pollard’s first Shabbos outside the prison, the first time in 30 years that he experienced a Shabbos as a free man? I asked Jonathan that question when we spoke after Shabbos.

Individual Learning

The swirl of terror Blurs our thoughts And drags in the mire And news reports throughout the world Report how they desire They will tell you about Paris About the soccer bout Civilians killed in restaurants The headlines will all shout

Snippets from Israel

The Draft Law Is Quietly Approved This past week, the entire country was talking about two things: the national budget, which passed after a sleepless night, and the vicious terror attacks in Paris. These were two events of great significance to the citizens of Israel, each in its own way, but at the same time, something very important to the chareidi community of Israel happened while no one was paying attention. That “something” was the draft law. You, too, probably heard more about Jonathan Pollard and the endless campaign of persecution against him than you heard about this law.

Shuvu Mission

Aryeh Deri and Moshe Gafni recently spoke before a delegation of friends of the Shuvu school network from America, who came as guests to the Knesset. Deri asserted that we have moved from a period of hester ponim to a time of open miracles. Now that we are in the government, we have learned that the previous government plotted much more evil than the wicked laws it passed. We have abolished the anti-religious laws and the prime minister has now fulfilled his pledges to us. MK Moshe Gafni declared, “There is no other democratic regime in the Western world that took a large sector of its population and beat it mercilessly. We are acting in the spirit of Rav Shach’s instructions to look out for the entire country, not just for the chareidi populace.”

Condolences To France, From Experience

Tragically, we know these people all too well. When many of us heard the news about the French massacres last Shabbos, most of the world had already reacted in horror. The French president promised “merciless” vengeance and politicians vying for office fell over themselves with plans to immolate the new enemy. But we knew better.

Rav Yechiel Nisselbaum zt”l

With the passing of Rav Yechiel Nisselbaum zt”l this week, Klal Yisroel lost one of the last living connections to the Chofetz Chaim. Rav Nisselbaum was a special oveid Hashem who, deep into old age, continued to serve Hashem with all of his strength and transmit the lessons and unique flavor of Yiddishkeit that he imbibed while learning in the great Torah centers of Radin, Kobrin and Pruzhan.

Musings

What would you say if this page was blank? No one to blast, no one to thank A week went by Without this page Without the wisdom some call sage

The Great Dishwasher Debate

Although we live in a world of technological advancements and achievements, and their impact on halachah can seem complicated and confusing, Klal Yisroel has been blessed through the ages with poskim who have enlightened us as to the practical application of halachah in these areas. Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, in particular, among other gedolim and poskim, was known to relish hearing about technological advances and demonstrating how the halachah still applied to it, for as we know, “ain kol chodosh tachas hashemesh, there is nothing new under the sun” (Koheles 1:9). In this spirit, this article will focus on the intricacies and the issues the poskim deal with in deciding the halachic status of a not-so-recent technological advancement: the dishwasher.

On a Dream and a Prayer

The chossid received the official looking letter with trembling hands. Notices from the Czarist government never brought good tidings. As he couldn’t read Russian himself, the chossid brought the letter to someone who could. This Yid read the letter to himself first. Then he considered for a few minutes how best to break the news. “You have two sons, don’t you?” “Boruch Hashem,” replied the chossid. “Bli eyen hora, they are both good learners.” “I’m glad to hear that,” said the Yid, “because this is a draft notice for one of your sons. At least your other son can stay in the bais medrash.”

Snippets from Israel

Who Downed the Russian Plane? What a week we had! Indeed, one might ask what hadn’t happened this past week. First of all, of course, the stabbing attacks have continued. We certainly haven’t gotten used to them, and we daven every day for the day to pass peacefully, but the stabbings have continued – not only in Yerushalayim, but in the center of the country as well, such as in Rishon Letzion and, of course, in Yehuda and Shomron.

Goodbye, Dear Friend Habochur Nochum Schonfeld z”l

Nochum is gone. Can it really be? We always thought that Nochum would pull out of it somehow. We hoped that his doctors would find a cure for the horrible mysterious illness that robbed Nochum of his ability to walk, then sit, and, ultimately, even breathe. We knew that things would work out for the best. He would defy the odds. It would be a long recovery, but things would be okay. And who could blame us?

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