Judaism in the Secular Street
It is all our fault, they tell us. Listen to Sever Plotsker,
a well-known leftist journalist: "Chareidi Jewry lost the
Shabbos because it tried to force shemiras Shabbos
through power and not via the spirit onto all citizens of
Israel. . . .
Restraining One's Mouth and Desires -- Some Thoughts for
Profound and important thoughts for Elul.
by HaRav Nosson Meir Wachtfogel,zt"l
"It will be when he hears the words of this curse, that he
will bless himself in his heart, saying, `I shall have peace
though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart,' to add
drunkenness to thirst...
The Acquisition of Chochmo
"Anyone whose fear of sin precedes his wisdom, his wisdom is
enduring" (Ovos chapter 8, Mishna 9). Rabbeinu Yonah
has two alternative explanations for this statement. He says
as follows: "The tanna is referring to the motives of
a person. Someone whose motive in pursuing wisdom is to
prevent his soul from sinning, and he indeed acquires wisdom,
his wisdom endures. He keeps away from sins, and also fulfils
mitzvos as a result of his wisdom and understanding.
By HaRav Aharon Westheim zt"l,
Near or Distant
"For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not
beyond you and is not distant. It is not in heaven that you
might say: Who shall ascend to heaven for us and fetch it for
us that he will make us hear it so that we shall keep it? Nor
is it beyond the sea that you might say: Who shall cross the
ocean for us and fetch it for us and make us hear it so that
we shall keep it? Rather, this thing is very near to you, in
your very mouth and your heart to keep it."
by L. Jungerman
Preparing for Shmitta -- 5761
The controversy over the upcoming shmitta has been blown out
of all proportion and turned into a political issue which by
definition tends to alter the true facts and figures. As a
person born and raised in Chicago, I feel an extra obligation
to defend the truth out of respect for the former Chief Rabbi
of Chicago, the Gaon the Ridvaz who, after leaving Chicago,
became the Chief Rabbi of Tzefas and took the lead in
advocating proper shmitta observance in 5670 (1910),
especially against those who defended the heter
mechirah based on distorted facts.
By Rabbi Nochum Eisenstein
Barak and Barak, Ltd.
by A. Zisman
A riddle. What is the most classified and guarded institution
in the country? A hint: We aren't talking about the atomic
reactor in Dimona, nor about the IDF operations room at
headquarters in Tel Aviv nor the petroleum stores in Glilot
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