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
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
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)."
by Rabbi Nosson Slifkin
Shmuessen from HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein ztv"l
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.
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
A Moment After Despair
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 L. Jungerman
Battling Over the Inheritance
by E. Rauchenberg
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
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.
by Chaim Walder
"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning
Contents of this Issue of Meoros HaDaf HaYomi:
Under the Direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kovalski
* 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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