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Former chief rabbi: Don’t take the law into your own hands
▪ One of the Satmar Rebbes decided to make this into a teaching moment about his unique form of anti-Zionism. That is fine but he should have been much, much more sensitive during this time of national mourning: In Fiery Speech, Satmar Rebbe Attacks Zionism Says Blood Of The Three Slain Boys Is On Parents’ Hands
▪ R Shlomo Aviner responds to the Satmar Rebbe: The Admor who Sits in Bavel and Sees a Carcass in Eretz Yisrael
▪ In honor of July 4th, George Washington’s famous letter: Letter to the Hebrews
George Washington and King David
▪ All that can be inferred is that the Chief Rabbi is a mensch: When Rachel Fraenkel recited the Kaddish, the chief rabbi said ‘Amen’
Rabbi Joins Fast For Ramadan
▪ The school’s response: Re: Orthodox teen on America’s Got Talent!
Diament: The implications of the Hobby Lobby ruling for religious freedom and health care
E Brown: The Art Of The Thank-You
Teach American Civics In Every Yeshiva
R Males: Balak And The Battle Of Gettysburg
▪ A call for quality control in Torah journals: A Response to Yaakov Rosenes

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  1. Joseph Kaplan

    Apropos of our discussion earlier this week about trying to figure out why bad things happen to the Jewish People, R. Aviner’s piece, in addition to putting a haklachic gloss to the issue (ona’at devarim), explains, far better than I did, the worthlessness of such endeavors. I particularly liked “Each group’s explanation came from its own biased outlook, with no regard for the idea: ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts and My ways are not your ways’ (Yeshayahu 55:8).”

    • Against my better judgement, I’m going to wade into this one. According to the VIN article what the SR condemned was:

      “During the funerals, the parents eulogized their sons, but I think it would have been preferable if they had done teshuva, if they had said viduy with tears, in the nusach that is used on Yom Kippur, to repent for their decision to live and learn Torah in a place of barbaric murderers.

      “Who gave them a heter to live in a place like that, where they were living among known murderers? Is there no place in Israel to live and to learn other than in a place of tremendous danger?”

      This isn’t theodicy. This is (in his view) simple cause and effect- It’s analogous to teaching a kid to smoke and then moaning over his loss at a young age from lung cancer.

      R Aviner in fact responds to that claim
      “We must remember that according to a report of the WHO, World Health Organization, 8 out of 100,000 Israeli citizens are murdered each year. That’s compared with 15 out of 100,000 citizens in France, and 25 out of 100,000 Americans. Therefore, it is more dangerous for the Admor of Satmar, may he live a long and good life, Amen!, to live in America than to live in the “Settlements”!”

      This has very little to do with the Satmar claim that violating the 3 oaths caused the holocaust.

  2. I fixed the link for the school’s response: http://lookstein.org/lookjed/read.php?1,22335,22350#msg-22350

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