We Are One!
Even the kibbutz secretary obviously felt that some red line
had been crossed. The rosh yeshiva of the hesder
yeshiva in Shiloh said that he usually tries to keep a
low public profile, but felt that he simply could not keep
silent about what had happened. We feel that it shows the
true nature of what we have to deal with daily, but this time
there are no excuses.
Toiling In Torah, A Program For Life:
A Shmuess for Parshas Bechukosai
Regret, Not Depression
By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l
At the beginning of parshas Bechukosai, the Torah
first lists blessings such as, "I will give the rains in
their season and the earth will give its produce," and then
it lists curses, whose purpose is to make people afraid.
However, there is a danger that people will become depressed
when reading this part of the parsha, chas vesholom.
Sadness and depression are the roots of all impurity in the
soul [and are therefore certainly not the response which the
The Mark of Zuroff
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.
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
Director of Public Affairs Agudath
Israel of America
Avodas Hashem During Sefiras
An important part of a Jew's avodas Hashem is to rise
higher and higher, to forsake the lowliness of material
deeds, and to strive to reach lofty kedusha and
tohoroh. He must aspire to be zoche to the
Torah that Hashem, in His great mercy, has given to the
by HaRav Yeshayahu Lieberman
The Spirit of All Flesh
"Did you hear?" Shmuel asked, very excited. "Our rov, may
Hashem send him a complete recovery, underwent surgery this
morning without anesthesia."
by Yochonon Dovid
"How terrible!" Aharon commented. "All because of the
doctors' strike they had to make operations without
anesthesia! That's shocking! How can a person bear such
Just Another Day?
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
by N. Ze'evi
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
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