One Cannot Deny Historical
A little over a month ago, a British court came to the
welcome conclusion that amateur historian David Irving was
not libeled when he was called a "Holocaust denier" by
American professor Deborah Lipstadt.
Lessons for Life
These are the recollections of HaRav Yechiel Michel
Shlesinger, founder of the yeshiva Kol Torah in Yerushalayim,
of HaRav Avrohom Elya Kaplan zt'l, head of the Berlin
Rabbiner seminar and a talmid of Slobodke yeshiva, under whom
he had learned. This essay was originally published in
Haderech, on the 11th Iyar 5704, for HaRav Kaplan's twentieth
The Special Elevating Nature of
by HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira
The Rishonim write at length about the special qualities of
Shabbos. Rabbenu Avrohom the son of the Rambam, in Maspik
Le'Ovdei Hashem (introduction), while presenting the
first rule in avodas Hashem, writes that every
mitzvas aseih and lo sa'aseh is identical for
every Jew. No difference exists between Moshe Rabbenu,
Yehoshua bin Nun, and the most ordinary person in Am
Yisroel. Either a person fulfills or annuls the mitzvah.
No differences in the general fulfillment or annulment of
"And You Shall Count For
Yourselves . . . "
The portion in the Torah dealing with the counting of the
Omer is read on Shabbos (parshas Emor) in the very
midst of the period of counting, a topical issue, and all the
more reason for us to delve into its significance and to
derive lessons from the Master Design in this exalted
command. As the Sefer Hachinuch notes, the essence of
the counting process expresses an avid anticipation, a self-
triggering, a count-up towards the hoped for climax of the
giving of the Torah.
by L. Jungerman
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