By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  |  Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Once again, as the hue and glow of the greatest month of the year begins to fade, we find ourselves reading the story of Noach. As we slip from the joyous days of Sukkos into the inevitable chill of winter, we find that the parshas hashovua offers warmth, compensating for the dips and turns of the calendar.

There is a lesson inherent in theparsha as we battle to adapt the inspiration and spiritual highs of the Yomim Tovim to the practicalities of everyday life. Schools are open once again. Yeshivos are beginning the longest zeman of the year and working people are back at the grind. We are all attempting to rise above the bleakness confronting us.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  |  Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Across the country and around the world, Lakewood, NJ, is referred to as the “Ihr HaTorah” out of respect for the many thousands who reside here, learning, breathing and living Torah every day. We not only learn Torah on a grand scale, we scrupulously follow its precepts.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  |  Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rabbi Avi Weiss, founder of Open Orthodoxy’s flagship institutions, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat, and a vocal proponent of granting semichah to women, announced on Shemini Atzeres that he is stepping down from the pulpit of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR). He had previously given up the presidency of Chovevei Torah.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
If Rav Mottel Katz zt”l, who was niftar half a century ago, was the spiritual king of the Telshe Yeshiva, his wife, Rebbetzin Esther Mindel, was the queen. Regal yet humble, the 101 year old rebbetzin, who was niftar on Hoshanah Rabbah, exuded nobility and delight in her role of being an eizer to her illustrious husband.

“Bubby was married for seventeen years to the Zeideh,” recalled a grandson. “By the time of her petirah she had been alone for fifty years. Yet she still considered the seventeen year time span as the wife of the rosh yeshiva as the pivotal era in her life. Not a day went by that she didn’t talk about Papa and what was important to him.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Eleven years since the passing of its previous chief rabbis, a 48-member panel in Yerushalayim elected previous Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Shlomo Amar as Sefardi chief rabbi of the city with 28 votes and Rav Aryeh Stern as Yerushalayim’s first Religious-Zionist chief rabbi with 27 votes.

There were many court appeals against the election, including a complaint by UTJ that through political maneuvering, Yerushalayim Mayor Nir Barkat and Minister of Religious Affairs Naftali Bennett gained almost complete command of the elections by subjecting the appointment of 12 of the voting panel members to their direct control. The court rejected the appeals.
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