Plugging Some Leaks in Israel's Water System
Israel has never been blessed with an abundance of water. If
the normal amount of rain falls, we have enough for our
needs -- agricultural, domestic and industrial.
Our Counting and Ruth's Vision
The following is based on the lectures of HaRav Chaim
Pinchas Scheinberg shlita, to his Yeshiva Torah Ore,
Jerusalem in the years 5747 and 5753.
by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg
Upholding the Prohibition of Usury Connects One to the
Roots of Life
"Take no usury from him or increase; but fear your G-d; that
your brother may live with you" (Vayikra 25:36.). The
prohibition of usury was fixed by Chazal as high on the
ladder of severe sins. One who lends money for interest will
not be resurrected at the time of techiyas hameisim,
which is virtually saying that this sin strikes at the very
root of life.
by L. Jungerman
A Good Eye
"[Rabban Yochonon ben Zackai] said to [his talmidim:]
`Go out and discern which is the proper way to which a man
should cling.' R' Eliezer says: `A good eye' (Ovos
by HaRav Yehoshua Shklar
by E. Rauchberger
The shocking murder of two young men near Tekoa last Tuesday
night and the boat load of powerful weapons intercepted near
the coast of Lebanon while en route to the Palestinians'
arsenal last week have led more and more politicians from
across the spectrum to realize that we are headed down a
dead-end street vis-a-vis the Palestinians.
Patients' Rights, Religious Rites
The "Patients' Bill of Rights" will soon reach center stage.
Despite the sparring that has already begun, both the
President and Congress apparently agree that the time has
come to enshrine in law rights patients must be accorded
during medical treatment. This, to better ensure, and
enhance, the quality of health care in our nation.
by Abba Cohen
A Tale Of Two Articles
Just over two years ago, Commentary published an
article by Rabbi Clifford Librach entitled "Does
Conservative Judaism Have a Future?" Rabbi Librach predicted
the gradual merger of the Conservative and Reform
by Jonathan Rosenblum
On HaRav Miller zt"l
To The Editor:
Of the many ideological yeshuos that Rav Avigdor
Miller zt"l wrought for this generation, one of the
greatest was his uncompromising defense of the Torah's
chronology that our universe is 6,000 years old.
Another Point About HaRav Miller, zt"l
To The Editor:
I read your article about the hesped of Rabbi Miller,
zt"l. You quoted HaRav Boruch Rosenberg, who said
that Rabbi Miller influenced people to teshuva by
saying the absolute truth that there is a Master of the
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