Neutral Observers Who Work for One Side
Eight months ago, three Israeli soldiers were kidnapped in
the area of the Shebaa Farms near the Lebanese border. The
soldiers were on the Israeli side of the border drawn by the
United Nations, which supervised the new boundary between
Israel and Lebanon. The kidnapping originated on the
Lebanese side of the border and was completely unprovoked.
It took place about 300 meters from a UN observation post
and in full view of that post.
"Chareidi" -- A Label or a Way of Life?
The last few generations have provided us with a whole array
of terms and concepts, which attempt to define the extent of
religious observance of a member of the Jewish nation. In
the past there was an obvious distinction between a Jew and
non-Jew, the Jewish and non-Jewish nations, and an observant
and nonobservant Jew, but in recent times we have witnessed
the birth of a plethora of new definitions.
by Nosson Zeev Grossman
Unblocking a Shidduch -- Proper Behavior With Other
A moving and important story from a veteran educator. The
lesson is good for all times, and certainly for these three
by HaRav Nosson Einfeld
Ish Al Ho'eidoh -- A Man Over the Congregation
Excerpts from the letters of Maran HaGaon R' Yitzchok
by L. Jungerman
"Let Hashem, the G-d of the spirits of all flesh, set a man
over the congregation . . . "
Observations: Elisheva Barak to Spend Five Weeks in
Germany Despite Backlog -- She Just "Happens" to be Barak's
Concerns over "improper administration" as a result of
apparent or alleged nepotism have been brought before the
High Court recently as part of appeals to prevent Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon from sending his son on diplomatic
assignments. Since then several reporters pointed out a
similar problem that could develop within the legal system
itself where appointing relatives has become an established
practice and an open secret.
by M. Levy
Observations: One Crime Leads to Another
The Income Tax Department is conducting a collection drive.
Dozens of workers are descending on areas around the country
to improve tax collection efficiency and to prevent tax
by P. Matzliach
Observations: Americans Have Problems of Their Own: the
Price of Energy
Following sharp increases in fuel prices and the electricity
crisis in California, energy problems have become one of the
leading concerns of U.S. citizens, according to a Gallup
survey. In response to the question, "What is the most
important problem facing the nation?" 21 percent of
Americans said "the price of fuel" or "the shortage of
by S. Matzliach
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