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8 Kislev 5760 - November 17, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Rule of Law vs. the Interests of the GSS

Last week, the only Israeli people who could read the Raviv Document were those who had access to the Internet. As MK Michael Eitan and members of the press struggled to have it published officially, the Attorney General and the State Prosecutor insisted that its (further) publication would cause irreparable harm to State security.

It Is From Hashem
by Chaim Walder

One really cannot categorize different types of tragedies, but it seems that there is one type that people simply can neither accept nor understand. These are the tragedies that are accompanied by thoughts, fears and anguish that the heart is simply incapable of bearing.

Masters and Servants of the Heart: A Shmuess
By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

Part II

To Rationalize Hedonism

"The novol said in his heart, `There is no Elokim.'" (Tehillim 14:1) We need to understand the connection between the term novol, whose plain meaning is a hedonist, someone full of worldly desires and the thoughts of heresy and denial, which the posuk attributes to the Novol.

The Power of a Word
by L. Jungerman

"'The one with whom you find your gods will not live' -- and from that curse, Rochel died along the way (Rashi, in the name of the Midrash)."

Chazal state that a curse that issues forth from the mouth of a sage will not fall flat; it will not be without effect. Even if it is said conditionally, to begin with, and that condition is not realized -- it will still have an impact.

Should Yated Write About the Missionaries?

To The Editor:

I was shocked to read your recent article "The Crusades of 1999. " I don't understand why Yated Ne'eman sees fit to teach temmimim bnei temmimim the basics of Christianity...

More About a Picture in the Article about the Brisker Rav

To the Editor:

In a recent article on the Brisker Rav zt"l a picture of the Brisker Rav and four other rabbonim was presented. (28 Tishrei, 5760 -- October 8, 199, page 16). Identified was the Brisker Rav, as well as HaRav Zalman Sorotzkin and HaRav A. Rappaport. The rav on the extreme right as well as the rav on the extreme left were not identified.

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