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14 Shevat 5761 - Febuary 7, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The True Palestinian Position

The new Israeli prime minister still has to contend with the Palestinians. Since the process of dealing with them was started by President Clinton over seven years ago, every prime minister, Right or Left, has been forced to deal with them by the press of world opinion and the momentum of the events that has made the Israeli dialogue with the Palestinians take on a tremendous, virtually irresistible, force in today's world.

Tu BeShevat -- A Tikkun for Eating the Eitz HaDaas
by HaRav Aryeh Leib HaCohen Shapira

Part III

This is the third of three parts of an essay that explains many important and deep concepts that underlie the "minor" holiday of Tu BeShevat.

The Torah Universe: The Glorious Scattering of Light
by Rabbi Nosson Slifkin

In Perek Shirah, the ancient Midrash that lists the philosophical and ethical lessons to be learned from the natural world, one of the songs is that of the ananei hakovod, which literally means "the clouds of glory": "The clouds of glory are saying, `Also He burdens the thick cloud with an overflow; the thin cloud scatters its light' (Iyov 37:11)."

Shmuessen from HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein ztv"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new book has come out containing shmuessen given by the mashgiach HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein ztv"l at Ponevezh Yeshiva during the years 5709-5726 (1949- 66). All the material in this book, Or Yechezkel -- Darkei Ho'avodo, has been taken from rare cassette recordings of the Mashgiach collected by family members, and is divided up according to topics. Since these printed sichos are exact transcripts of the original, the reader has a sense of being present at the original shmuess. Following is a selection of the Mashgiach's insights.

A Moment After Despair
by L. Jungerman

Sometimes, the salvation comes at the very last moment, a hairsbreadth away from . . . Whoever is in need of salvation must internalize this knowledge. It will ease his suffering. This is not the pat faith invented by small- minded people to glibly encourage those in distress. These are the words which Rabbenu Ovadia Sforno writes in his commentary on Tehillim, "From Hashem was this; it is wondrous in our eyes -- for it took place in the twinkling after despair set in . . . "

by E. Rauchenberg

Battling Over the Inheritance

As the elections come close, no one from the Labor party, including Barak himself, still believes that he has a chance of winning the upcoming elections. Now all people are wondering is how wide Sharon's margin of victory will be. Recent efforts that have been concentrated on damage control, trying to limit the extent of the defeat as much as possible.

Kiddush Hashem
by Chaim Walder

This week, as I sat in the home of a mourner who had lost his thirteen-year-old son, I heard one of the most moving stories I have ever heard, one which demonstrates that every Jew can be an agent for kiddush Shem Shomayim, even in situations no one ever dreamed would occur. The following story was related by someone who had come to console the mourners, and he even mentioned the names of those involved. The incident took place recently.

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning
Under the Direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kovalski

Contents of this Issue of Meoros HaDaf HaYomi:

* Why do Rabbonim need semichah? * Why did the chain of semichah stop? * The semichah of the "Beis Yosef" * Our sugya's connection to heart transplants * A monkey without a heart jumped for 12 hours * "Brain death" alone is not considered life's end * How could Elisha have cursed children? * The great power of words * The mitzvah of escorting guests who are leaving * The way of Avrohom Ovinu * The first kashrus organization in history * How we rely on housewives to separate ma'aseros

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