Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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24 Adar I 5760 - March 1, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Our Corruption is in the Eye of the Beholders

One of our feature articles this week discusses the reality behind the sensational charge by a leading Israeli daily newspaper that an "average" kollel family gets NIS 17,000 per month in public support. This was one of a series of articles that entered the public consciousness and the figure that appeared in its headline is constantly cited to illustrate the way the chareidi community is parasitically living off the public purse. It adds up to about $50,000 a year!

The Role of a Ben Yeshiva: A Shmuess for Parshas Vayakheil
By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

The posuk (Shemos 35:1) says, "And Moshe congregated the entire community of bnei Yisroel . . . " Later on (posuk 20), when Moshe Rabbenu had finished speaking to them, the posuk says, "And the entire community of bnei Yisroel left Moshe's presence."

Violence or the Voice of Truth?
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

The shameful attack by legal pundits, politicians, and the media at large, on Maran HaRav Y. S. Eliashiv shlita following his criticism of the Israeli High Court, was rebuffed in the chareidi newspapers.

The Mishkan -- a Mashkon-Security
by L. Jungerman

"These are the accounts of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle of the Testimony." Rashi: Mishkan is mentioned twice to allude to the Mikdosh that was pawned as a security, as it were, through two Destructions, for the sins of Israel."

What the Turks Should Teach Egged
by B. Kahn

What some members of the secular public in Israel don't understand, has been understood a long time ago abroad, especially in Moslem countries.

Last week, the Israeli media was aghast about the news of a bus with separate seating which Egged began to operate between Ashdod and Bnei Brak.

Dividing the Jewish People -- the Reform Way

To The Editor:

The Reform movement [in Great Britain] must be very pleased that the number of its converts has risen so steeply from 67 in 1998 to 112 in 1999. However this increase is not as significant as it may appear since, as one of their leading ministers, Dr. Jonathan Romain, noted, between 1965 and 1993 the figure was about 109 per year. Perhaps there had been a drop in applications in the intervening years which they quite understandably did not wish to publicize.

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