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SHLACH

Sunday, June 19, 2016

To a great extent the Jewish people have always had an easier time dealing with the study and observance of Torah than with the primacy of the Land of Israel in Jewish life and thought. For various reasons, throughout our history we have always had difficulty dealing with the reality of being an independent, self-governing national entity living within the borders of the country that the Lord assigned to us. Even before ever entering the Land of Israel, as we read in this week's Torah portion, the Jewish people shied away completely from entering that land and establishing their home there. They preferred living in a trackless desert to having to face the realities of nation building...

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RABBI CHAIM ZELIG FASMAN

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My beloved friend and study partner from my yeshiva days in Chicago, Rabbi Chaim Zelig Fasman, passed away recently. I was really brought up very short and greatly distressed at learning of his passing. Even though seventy years and the space of great continents separated us, one never forgets or is really distant from one’s learning partner – we studied together on a daily basis for nine years during our yeshiva days. When I left the yeshiva, newly married and looking to find my way in life, I entered the practice of law and commerce. My learning partner, Rabbi Fasman, went on to study in one of the great Torah think-tanks of that time in American Jewish life, Beit Hatalmud, then...

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