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19 Iyar 5760 - May 24, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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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
By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

Regret, Not Depression

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 Torah intends].

The Mark of Zuroff
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
Director of Public Affairs Agudath Israel of America

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.

Avodas Hashem During Sefiras HaOmer
by HaRav Yeshayahu Lieberman

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 Jewish Nation.

The Spirit of All Flesh
by Yochonon Dovid

"Did you hear?" Shmuel asked, very excited. "Our rov, may Hashem send him a complete recovery, underwent surgery this morning without anesthesia."

"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 pain?"

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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