Succos on Shabbos in Shmitta
One of the main thrusts of the modern effort is to tame
nature, to bring it under control and to make everything
predictable. We can light the night, warm the winter and cool
the summer. We can hedge and insure against financial risks.
We can even discover higher order in seemingly random events
through statistics. We can build ourselves homes that can
withstand shocks and quakes.
Ushe'avtem Mayim Besoson -- the Saga of Water
What is the reason that prompted Chazal to institute the
great simcha of Beis Hasho'eivo in honor of the
mitzvah of nisuch hamayim? It was a simcha so
great that the Mishna tells us, "Anyone who did not
witness the simcha of Simchas Beis Hasho'eivo, has not
seen a simcha in his lifetime." Whence this great
by R' Shlome Leitner
"Being Number One"
"We're number one! We're number one!" In 1969, a tall lanky
10 year old boy sitting in Shea Stadium in Flushing, New
York, joined tens of thousands of other ecstatic fans in this
chant as the New York Mets won the playoffs.
by Rabbi Pinchas Kantrovitz
Serving Hashem with Joy
The joy man feels when performing a mitzvah and loving G-d,
Who commanded the mitzvos, is a great avodah. Whoever
prevents himself from feeling this joy deserves retribution,
as the Torah states, "Because you did not serve Hashem your G-
d with joy and with gladness of heart! therefore you shall
serve your enemies... (Devorim 28:47- 48) (Rambam,
Hilchos Lulav 8:15).
by HaRav Chaim Walkin
Public Probes and Private Probes
Globes recently published an article entitled: "The
One Israel party Smoke Screen" about the immunity the left-
wing enjoys in the normally acerbic newspapers of the Jewish
by S. Yisraeli
Sorry, You Ate Kosher LeMehadrin
The battle on the issue of the heter mechira has led a
number of NRP representatives to publicly declare that they
will fight for the continued reliance on the heter
mechira, only if in order to manifest, as they say, "a
national- religious stance against chareidi extremism."
by Y. Wiess
"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning
From the Editor
Under the Direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kovalsky shlita
The Villager's Forgiveness
These days, each one us is looking inwards, reflecting upon
the previous year, examining what he did and how acted. We
are trying hard to find ways to improve ourselves through
good deeds, hoping that our efforts will show our Creator
that we truly want to do His Will. From the following story,
we see how when a person does a good deed, it can have
lasting positive effects many years afterwards.
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