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25 Iyar 5760 - May 31, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Lebanon Collapses and the Window of Opportunity Closes

Once again it became clear last week as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the South Lebanon Army (SLA) ran for their lives that Israel is not able to "take its lot into its own hands," as the Zionists always proudly proclaimed they would. Though Prime Minister Ehud Barak huffed that everything that happened was "foreseen" it was clear that they had not planned to pull troops out of Lebanon on five minutes' notice, leaving personal effects and equipment behind for the Lebanese guerrillas.

By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

In preparation and anticipation of the giving of the Torah, the following is an excerpt from HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman's classic work, Sha'arei Orah explaining how Torah must be transmitted.

The Danger of Secular Control of Eretz Yisroel
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

Many newspaper and magazine readers who rush out to buy Efraim Zuroff's new book about how American Orthodox Jewry responded to the Holocaust will be sorely disappointed. For while the Wiesenthal Center's Jerusalem office director's book is being heavily promoted as revealing how the American Orthodox community's small-mindedness led to the loss of non- Orthodox Jewish lives, the tome actually does nothing of the sort. Those expecting a shocking expose will encounter a rather sober, scholarly work, and suspect they are victims of a "bait-and-switch" scheme.

Each One to his Camp and Each to His Banner
by L. Jungerman

The Midrash Tanchuma tells us that Hashem loved the Jews especially, and for this sake, gave them banners (as described in parshas Bamidbor) like the ministering angels so that they would be visible: the tribe of Reuven apart, the tribe of Shimon apart . . .

Judicial Activism Strikes Again
by P. Chovav

The justices of the High Court, who recently handed down the disgraceful decision regarding women's prayer service at the Kosel Hamaarovi, are currently scrutinizing the chareidi papers, in order to ascertain whether its reactions have not broken the law, which forbids contempt of court.

Just Another Day?
by N. Ze'evi

The secular aura of "sanctity" that in the past has been foisted upon the Israeli public on Independence Day, is beginning to show signs of waning. In recent years, increasing numbers of secular writers and spokesmen are publicly declaring that they are not willing to accept this "cultural coercion."

They See What They Want Us to See and Hear What They Want Us to Hear
by S. Yisraeli

It is no secret that the secular Israeli press considers itself to be the guardian of the sacred task of "educating" the masses regarding the righteousness of the left-wing cause, especially when it comes to the current peace process.

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