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By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I was recently sitting with some people and, as has happened so often in recent months, someone started singing the very popular niggun, Ve’afilu Behastarah. The moving words and tune never fail to soften the heart, providing a jolt of chizuk and emunah, a reminder that Hashem is always in control.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
It was the rage of the Jewish world on Monday. From out of nowhere it seemed, everyone was emailing each other an old film clip taken at the first Knessiah Gedolah of Agudas Yisroel in Vienna in 1923. For the first time in our lives, we were able to see the Chofetz Chaim walk for a few seconds.
By Debbie Maimon & Avi Yishai  | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Several years ago, under the Bloomberg administration, a regulation was passed requiring written informed consent before any bris with metzitzah b’peh. A coalition was formed by several Orthodox groups to fight the regulation in court. After the initial motion was denied, an appeal was filed with the Second Circuit which agreed with the plaintiffs. The case was remanded to the District Court to apply the proper standard and continue the litigation.
By Tzvi Yaakovson | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Less than forty days remain until the elections for the Twentieth Knesset of the State of Israel. By law, Israeli elections always take place on a Tuesday. In this column, we will follow the events leading up to the elections and present some small stories - or some not-so-small stories - that are relevant to the process.
By Rabbi Yitzchok Tzvi Schwarz | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
As in many yeshivos, the yeshiva of Novardok in Bialystok had a tat, a tomchei Torah fund to support its talmidim. “With encouragement of the Chofetz Chaim,” said Rav Yaakov Galinsky, “I took care of the fund. One of my responsibilities was to go around on Purim to collect for it, but most of the people were poor and fit to receive matanos la’evyonim themselves. There was, however, one wealthy man in town, a goodhearted person who pursued tzedakah and chesed and whose house was mobbed by aniyim on Purim.
By Tzvi Yaakovson | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A King and the Son of a King, a Tzaddik and the Son of a Tzaddik

The Torah says, “Yitzchok went out to pray in the field before evening.” Yitzchok Avinu instituted the Minchah prayer, the tefillah we recite before the sun sets. Now, the sun has set on the life of a different Yitzchok, Rav Yitzchok Finkel zt”l, son of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l, the late rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir-Yerushalayim.
By Tzvi Yaakovson | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
In 1966, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, famed rosh yeshiva of the Mir whose yahrtzeit is this week, delivered his personal testimony to Yad Vashem which has come to light only now. Rav Chaim and his rebbetzin lived through the flight of the Mirrer Yeshiva to Japan, which had allied itself with Hitler. The interviewer noted that their testimony was not complete because they had “reservations for religious reasons.” In an interview with Yated Neeman, his son Rav Meir Shmulevitz speculates that the truth was that his parents simply did not wish to speak about themselves.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Of course the headline grabbed my eye, a bold caption announcing the arrest of several rabbis. The article described how a group of female clergy from Manhattan’s Upper West Side had been taken into custody after causing a public disturbance.

Their crime? Blocking traffic in protest of a jury decision not to indict a police offer who had contributed to the death of a black New York City resident who was selling illegal cigarettes.
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