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1 Adar II 5760 - March 8, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Passing Up the Internet

Despite government programs to try to equalize things, American social observers worry that there may be what they call a "digital divide." This refers to a supposed gap that separates those who have Internet access from those who do not.

A Good Name: A Shmuess for Parshas Pekudei
by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

Part II

A Good Name

The posuk in parshas Vayakheil (Shemos 35:30) says, "And Moshe said to bnei Yisroel, `See, Hashem has called by name Betzalel the son of Uri, the son of Chur, of the tribe of Yehuda'." The following posuk says, "And He has filled him with . . . wisdom, understanding and comprehension, and with every craft."

What is True Hishtadlus?
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

The retaliatory air strikes in Lebanon at the beginning of February on terrorist strongholds in the Baalebek Valley and power stations across the country were naturally the center of interest for many Israelis. All over the country people listened attentively to vivid reports of the damage and took pride in the "impressive attacks" of "our forces" who finally used the "military option" against the terrorists.

Shabbos--A Heritage of Menuchah For His Nation
by HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira

Forgetting Mitzvos

Indeed HaKodosh Boruch Hu in His Torah promised us that it would not be forgotten by His children, that the Torah would remain with am Yisroel forever. This, however, refers only to the Torah itself. In regard to the Torah's mitzvos, Yeshaya the novi decreed a gezeira and inflicted a punishment of, "Since this people draw near and with their mouths and with their lips honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear towards Me is as a commandment of men learned by rote, therefore behold I will proceed to do more wonders against this people, wonder upon wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden" (Yeshaya 29:13-14).

Judicial Tyranny
by A. Yitzchaki

The decision of the Aharon Barak's High Court to intrude into the private realm of the family constitutes another stage in the deterioration of the judicial system into judicial autocracy.

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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