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24 Cheshvan 5760 - November 3, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Unwise Tactics in the Service of Just Demands

The demand that is made these days to return Jewish property left in Europe from before the Holocaust is just. However it is being pressed in ways that indicate that those who are doing the demanding - - and they include major secular leaders as well as more pecuniary-minded lawyers in addition to many genuinely poor and deserving victims -- have forgotten that the causes of that tragedy were not erased by the defeat of Nazi Germany.

A Secular Jew's View of the Jewish People
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

Israeli newspapers have recently reported the disturbing plans of Dr. Yossi Beilin, the new justice minister. Beilin said: "I think the fact of our being forced to accept halocho as our laws of matrimony is extremely grave.

Chinuch -- A Torah Perspective
by HaRav Tzvi Shraga Grossbard

The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly sick -- who can know it? I, Hashem, examine the heart and search the kidneys, to give every man according to his ways according to the fruit of his doings (Yirmiyohu 17:9- 10).

Days Will Tell
by L. Jungerman

"And the days of Soroh were . . . And Avrohom was old, advanced with days . . . "
"Vayihiyu . . . " The Alshich Hakodosh, brings the words of Chazal in the Zohar, that the days of a tzaddik's life are filled with good deeds and these create a spiritual existence of eternal endurance...

Swimmer in Yerushalayim: A Musing on Assisted-Suicide
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill making physician-assisted suicide a federal crime -- and thereby raised an alarm among those who favor allowing doctors to help patients end their lives.

Mistaken Identity

To The Editor:

Thank you for publishing the hesped on the Brisker Rav in your 28 Tishrei 5760 issue. You rightly observe that the hesped reflects on the greatness of the maspid no less than on the niftar. The attraction, and for some the fascination, of Lithuanian Orthodoxy with (arguably) its first family, continues unabated.

Minimal Machlokes

Dear Rabbi Plaut:

Thank you for your excellent magazine. It is always very good, but usually there's something I disagree with (not that you should be concerned with my opinion). This last issue there was nothing I could argue with.

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