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27 Ellul 5760 - September 27, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Understanding these Yemei Rotzon

The time is almost up. We have had a month already, since the beginning of Elul, to prepare ourselves for the upcoming judgment. We have not waited placidly for the time to pass, but have taken an active role in exploiting the days to try to reach the goals of these yemei rotzon.

Imagination and Reality on Yom HaKippurim
by HaRav Y. D. Rosenberg

"If only Yom Kippur's influence on us would last until we walk out of shul on motzei Yom Kippur!" This saying, this clear-cut diagnosis, by Maran HaRav Yisroel of Salant ztvk'l, the founder of the mussar movement, about the extent to which Yom Kippur changes our daily behavior, seems to indicate that its influence is insignificant.

The Torah Universe: Bigfoot In The Mir
by Rabbi Nosson Slifkin

My chavrusa and I in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem were puzzling over the first mishnah in chapter four of Shabbos. It states that one may not on Shabbos insulate a cooked food with straw, dung, and the like, "because they increase the heat of the food." My chavrusa and I were trying to understand how that is possible.

There is No Injustice
by L. Jungerman

"A G-d of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He."

This is the mitzva of this week's parsha, Ha'azinu. To see everything that happens about us and to believe that there is no iniquity, no bias. That Hashem is right and just. "Righteous are You, Hashem, and straightforward are Your judgments."

A Period in Time Viewed in the Mirror of the Torah
by L. Jungerman

In a letter to a disciple, Maran HaGaon R' Elchonon Wassermann Hy'd wrote: It is very worthwhile to gather all the holy writings and sayings from Chazal and the sources in Chumash, like Parshiyos Nitzovim and Ha'azinu, and to organize and register them just according to their obvious meaning, and then afterwards to review them in the light of historical events of the present day to see how they were fulfilled, indeed, to the letter.

The Maharil Never Heard of Potatoes

To The Editor:

With regard to "Meoros Daf Hayomi - 15 Elul":

When the Maharil wrote about tapuchei adomo he did not mean potatoes.

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