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15 Adar II 5760 - March 22, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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How Will the Pope's Words be Implemented?

Apparently in preparation for his trip this week to the Holy Land, the first full visit by a leader of the Roman Catholic millions, Pope John Paul II prayed that "in recalling the sufferings endured by the people of Israel throughout history, Christians will acknowledge the sins committed by not a few of their number against the people of the Covenant . . ."

Principles of Education
by HaRav Nosson Einfeld

HaRav Einfeld explained the tremendous obligation that an educator has toward his students. He is like a paid shomer who is constantly on duty, like Noach who had to feed the animals in the teivah night and day. R' Yeruchom compared it to the poles of the Oron Hakodesh in the Mishkan: they had to constantly be in their supportive role of the Oron. He is given the tools to teach his students properly, and is held to a high standard of success. Furthermore, the teacher must be filled with love for his students.

Our Ideal is Torah Studies and not Secular Learning
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

A few months ago Israeli newspapers reported that the "Israeli Board of Higher Education has launched a new initiative: Providing chareidim with an academic education in the aim of encouraging them to join the country's work market."

May We Find Favor and Good Sense
by L. Jungerman

"And he shall rest his hands upon the head of the burnt offering and it shall be accepted from him to atone for him."

Real Halacha and Purim Halacha
by Rav Nochum Eisenstein

It seems that we live in a generation known as achshero doro -- a fit generation that fulfills mitzvos. The last decade saw a tremendous worldwide increase in the use of the term glatt kosher. Signs of glatt kosher started appearing on all kinds of eating establishments, many of them in such places that it is questionable whether one may even enter the premises because of their undesirable atmosphere.

They Also Don't Want to Live with Arabs
by N. Ze'evi

Recently, the Israeli High Court ruled that it is illegal to prevent Arabs from purchasing land in a Jewish settlement. This paved the way for the Ka'aden family from Baqa-el Garbia to approach the Israel Lands Administration regarding the purchase of a plot of land in the Jewish settlement of Katzir.

Big Time Salaries in the Halls of Higher Education
by N. Ze'evi

For the first time in the history of the State, accountants will examine seven sport associations, according to an Itim news agency report. The associations to be investigated are: the Wingate Institute, the Olympic Committee, the Football Association, the Swimming Federation, the Athletics Association, the Handball Association and the Fund for outstanding Athletes. The investigation will be conducted by outside accountants who will examine the business dealing, the financial situation and the management of the accounts of these groups.

A Symbol of Self-Hatred
by P. Chovav

Israeli society is not known as one that is particularly considerate of the feelings of others, especially when it comes to religious Jews. The public could have been spared many confrontations and struggles had an attitude of respect and appreciation of one's fellow prevailed. But as is known, this is not the case.

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