|Window into the Charedi World | Mordecai Plaut, director|
OPINION & COMMENT
Death has become part of modern living. To be sure, people who lived always died. The "modern innovation" is murder. To be sure, people have always killed each other. The "modern innovation" is that it has become legally sanctioned and socially acceptable.
"And They Decreed the Eight Days of
Chanukah to Offer Thanks"
HaRav Yitzchok Hutner zt'l, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Rabbenu Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, New York, discussed, in Pachad Yitzchok on Chanukah, the unique significance of Chanukah. For a better comprehension of what Chanukah really is HaRav Hutner's essays on that topic are indispensable.
A Pearl In the Sand
At the beginning of this week's parsha Rashi (Bereishis 37:1) explains the end of last week's parsha and its connection to Vayeishev: "After [the Torah] succinctly recorded Esav's dwellings and offspring, since they are not valued or significant [enough to justify] enumerating [the details of] where they lived, the wars they waged, and how they drove out the Horite, the Torah indicates at length Yaakov's dwellings and offspring and all the causes of what happened to them, since Hashem found it important to write at length about them.
"We've Come to Banish
Darkness . . ."
This so-called culture knows only of the right of the individual to guarantee his own personal freedom, but not of the right to safeguard the rights of others.
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