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5 Adar 5761 - February 28, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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An Ordinary, Exciting Life

Last week the U.S. F.B.I. announced the arrest of Robert Philip Hanssen on charges of spying for the Soviet Union (and later Russia) for over 15 years. Hanssen was a trusted and high- level FBI counterintelligence agent with access to almost every intelligence secret that the United States government possesses. He used his trust and his access to turn over tremendous amounts of very secret, high quality information in exchange for money and diamonds.

Teshuvos About Kiruv Rechokim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

At one of the gatherings organized by Lev L'Achim, an opportunity was given for volunteers from all over Israel who have a more local orientation, to ask questions from the posek, HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein. Herewith are some of the questions and the answers given to them, told in HaRav Zilberstein's engaging style.

Purim: Between Mordechai and Homon
by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg

On Purim we have an obligation to drink wine until we no longer recognize the difference between Homon who is cursed and Mordechai who is blessed. When considering this halachah, it is difficult to understand. It is so unusual and so out of character -- a need to become drunk, and drunken to the state of not knowing the difference between Mordechai who is blessed and Homon who is cursed.

"And He Established Them Forever More"
by L. Jungerman

"Acacia trees standing -- that endure everlastingly, forevermore" (Midrash).

In Yalkut Shimoni, Divrei Hayomim (1:1085), Chazal say that Hashem transmitted the charter of the Beis Hamikdosh to Moshe Rabbenu while standing, as it is written, "And you shall stand here with Me."

Respect and More Respect
by Chaim Walder

A well known educator once taught me how to transform certain children into liars and cheats. "It's a very simple `educational' venture," he said. "The moment a parent or teacher casts aspersion on what a child tells him, interrogates him and lets him know that he suspects him of lying, the child becomes aware of the possibility of saying something untrue.

Love of My Fellow Jews
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

I can't say that it came as a surprise to hear that an uproar resulted in some circles from my recent article in Moment Magazine showing how the Conservative movement's theology is at stark odds with its actions, and calling on members of its laity to reevaluate their identification with a movement faithful to Jewish religious law (halacha) in name alone.

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning

To the Editor:

I read the article on the Beis Yisroel miracle and I would like to tell over a true story relating to the Dizengoff bombing on erev Purim, 5756.

Banished from Politics

E. Rauchberger

Ehud Barak is heading for home, and this time for good, although Barak has repeatedly demonstrated that with him, nothing is ever final. After having entrenched the concept of flip-flopping into the political establishment, this time it seems he has done his last flip-flop.

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