Equal Under the Law
In 1979 the Israeli Knesset passed a law that said that any
public servant who receives a gift in the line of his duty
must turn it over to the State. The law and its regulations
are very clear, and very encompassing: it is the same
whether the worker himself receives the gift, or his or her
spouse, or a child who lives with them. The gift is State
property and must be turned over.
The World is Just For Me
You walk along a street, you sit in a bus. There are so many
faces, some staring, others looking, some animated and
others dull. Even by looking into their eyes, their thoughts
defy scrutiny. No two faces look alike and no thoughts nor
opinions match each other. One cannot peer into the mind of
another person. This is the identity of man. This is why man
was created as an individual, only one person, so that each
person should be obliged to say "bishvili nivro
ho'olom -- the world was created just for me."
by Rabbi Moshe Young
Over the last few months, the lack of reception for cellular
phones in Israel has become a signal for panic about yet
another terrorist outrage, or at least a suspected bomb.
Anyone who cannot make or receive phone calls on his cell
phone for some unexplained reason rushes to hear the latest
by Rabbi Nosson Grossman
The Free Market Place of Ideas Under Siege
The contempt of Israel's elites for the free market place of
ideas is an old story with ever new wrinkles. The latest
wrinkle is the revelation of an entire department in the
State Prosecutor's office devoted to harassing right-wing
extremists via an unending stream of suits for incitement
and related "crimes."
by Jonathan Rosenblum
"You Shall Count Fifty Days"
"`And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of the
Sabbath from the day that you bring the Omer of the wave
offering, seven complete Sabbaths shall there be up to the
morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall you number fifty
days' -- It is a mitzva to count the days and a mitzva to
count the weeks" (Maseches Rosh Hashonoh 5).
by L. Jungerman
Zimbabwe Facts and Figures?
To The Editor:
Re: Yated Ne'eman 27 Nisan
On page 40 you printed an article on Zimbabwe which contains
figures that are grossly incorrect. It is the responsibility
of a newspaper to check the information it puts out for, if
you get even only one thing hopelessly wrong, how is any
reader going to be able to have confidence in anything you
Observations: Abolishing Memorial Day
Rav Shlomo Aviner, the rav of Beit El and a leading rabbi
from the national-religious camp, has issued a statement
suggesting the possibility of abolishing IDF Memorial Day
(that immediately precedes Independence Day, usually held on
4 Iyar) and saying the Yizkor prayer for fallen
soldiers on Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzma'ut) itself.
by M. Tzvi
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