The Lower Mikdosh and the Upper Mikdosh
The physical destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh that
took place on Tisha B'Av is not the only expression of
churban. It is not even the main expression nor is it
the first expression of the destruction. It all started from
the spiritual churban, as the Shechina was
exiled from the Jewish heart.
There are three main reasons for allowing a period of
bein hazmanim for yeshivas:
by HaRav Meir Kessler
Divrei Torah -- Divrei Chizuk
Chazal teach us that learning Torah is among those things
that require chizuk -- we have to take positive steps
to achieve and grow in Torah. Torah requires reinforcement
and fortification. The gemora Brochos (32b) states,
"Four things require chizuk, and these are: Torah,
ma'asim tovim, tefillah and derech eretz."
by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita
In Midrash Eichoh we are told that there are three
who prophesied using the word "Eichoh": Moshe,
Yeshayahu and Yirmiyohu. Moshe Rabbenu said, "Eichoh esso
levadi -- how can I possibly bear alone . . . "
Yeshayahu said, "Eichoh hoysoh lezonoh -- how like a
sinful woman . . . " and Yirmiyohu said, "Eichoh hoysa
bodod -- how does the city sit solitary . . . "
by L. Jungerman
Politica - Sharon is Stuck Between a Rock (Netanyahu) and a Hard Place
For Ariel Sharon, being between Netanyahu and Peres is like
getting stuck between a rock and a hard place. Peres pulls
him to the left while Netanyahu tugs him to the right.
by E. Rauchberger
Observations: Sand Bandits
Until now thieves had it easy in Israel. They were able to
engage in their trade almost undisturbed, and when they were
caught, often after violent pursuits, they spent a short
time behind bars and were released with a large fine and put
by P. Moses
Orthodox English Demographics
To the Editor:
You report that there was a drop in Jewish births in the
United Kingdom from 2673 in 1998 to 2509 in 1999, reflecting
a steady decline over the years (e.g. 2897 in 1966). Over
the last few years I have been collecting data on the number
of sholom zochors celebrated on the birth of a boy in
the strictly Orthodox community of North Manchester which
seems to show a completely different trend.
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