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1 Teves 5761 - December 27, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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They're Willing to Give Up Everything

As we go to press, the diplomatic position of Israel could hardly be more opaque. Talks were held in Washington, with no official word as to their contents.

Chanuka in the Shadow of the Olympics
by Rabbi Yisroel Greenwald

After the athletes have walked away with the gold; the financiers, the green; the losers, the black and the blue; the Olympics 2000 have all but been forgotten. For many, even amongst those who view sports as being crassly commercialized, this international sporting event has become a venerable icon surpassed only by the likes of Coca Cola and several animated Disney characters.

by E. Rauchberger

Winners, Losers and Plans for the Future

Several winners emerged two weeks ago, and the biggest of them all, of course, were Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Likud Chairman Ariel Sharon. In fact, both of them beat the same man, Binyamin Netanyahu.

"When I Sit in Darkness, Hashem is My Light"
by Maran HaRav Chaim Shmuelevitz zt'l,
Rosh Yeshivas Mir

Concerning the descent of Yosef to Egypt, it is written, "And lo, a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilad, and their camels bore gum, balm and laudanum, going to carry it down to Egypt." Chazal ask: But it is not customary for Arabs to trade with wares other than animal skins and pitch. Yet, come and see what Hashem prepared for that tzaddik at the time -- sacks filled with spices whose fragrance the wind wafts to overcome the odor of the Arabs (Yalkut Shimoni Bereishis 247 142).

Ani Hu -- I am He
By HaRav Aharon Yeshaya Roter

Part I

There can be no doubt that the Jewish people is going through a very trying period at the moment. We are being attacked from all sides, and the only neighbor giving us no trouble is the Mediterranean ocean which, despite its stormy waves, is still our calmest and most pleasant neighbor, compared to all the others.

The Torah Universe: The Loyalty of the Dove
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 reads: "The dove is saying, `Like a swift or crane, so do I chatter; I moan like a dove; my eyes fail with looking upward; Hashem, I am oppressed, be my security' (Yeshayah 38:14).

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