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11 Nissan 5761 - April 4, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Week Ending in Shevi'i Shel Pesach, 5761

Sunday, 15 Nissan - Shabbos, 21 Nissan
(Apr. 8-14, 2001)

Gittin, 60-66
Sanhedrin 51-57

Nedorim 9:2-10:5

Orach Chaim 409:10-412:1

Parshas Shemini, 5761

Sunday, 22 Nissan - Shabbos, 28 Nissan
(Apr. 15-21, 2001)

Gittin, 67-73
Avodah Zoroh, 1-7

Nedorim 10:6-11:11

Orach Chaim 417:1-423:4

Pirkei Avos: 1

Molad: Monday, 6:25 A.M.

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Tzav (HaGodol)
5:26 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
5:42 P.M.

7:27 P.M.
5:44 P.M.
5:50 P.M.

Shevi'i Shel Pesach
5:31 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
5:46 P.M.

7:38 P.M.
5:37 P.M.
5:40 P.M.

Parshas Shemini
5:36 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
5:51 P.M.

7:50 P.M.
5:30 P.M.
5:30 P.M.

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At The Center of the Universe
At The Center of the Universe
by Mordechai Plaut








Violence Escalates as Israel Fights Back
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In less than 24 hours, two soldiers were killed in separate incidents in the West Bank. In between the two murders of soldiers, Israeli Apache helicopters fired three missiles into the pickup truck of an Islamic Jihad fugitive in Rafah in the Gaza Strip Monday, killing him instantly.

Yeshivas Hemshech Hazman
by Rabbi Aryeh Gefen

For the fourth consecutive year a very unique yeshiva has been running very discreetly with the support of gedolei hador. It is a yeshiva to recover the hours lost bein hazmanim; a yeshiva that perpetuates the sacred time of the yeshivas; a yeshiva that takes the sting out of the vacation days set aside for the holidays.

High Court To Deliberate on Lev L'Achim Appeal to Prevent Recognition of Scientology School
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

High Court Justice Tova Strassberg-Cohen, ruling on a petition filed by Lev L'Achim against the Education Ministry demanding that it prevent licensing of a Scientology cult school, has decided to transfer the case to a panel of three judges. She determined that deliberation on the petition must take place by June, which is prior to the beginning of the next school year, 5762 (2001-2).

UTJ Joins the Coalition
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The UTJ party in the Knesset has joined the coalition. The party signed a coalition agreement last week with the Likud, according it two deputy ministers and two Knesset committee heads.

Kahalani Found Innocent of any Wrongdoing
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Avigdor Kahalani, internal security minister between June 1996 and July 1999, was acquitted of charges alleging that during his term as minister he passed information on to Ma'ariv publisher Ofer Nimrodi regarding a secret police investigation against him, as well as related breach of trust and obstruction of justice charges.

Huge Furniture Store in Netanya Might Open on Shabbosim
by Yehuda Ariel

The Committee for the Sake of Shabbos in Netanya warns that Ikea, an international furniture company which is opening a branch in Netanya, has violated a clear cut obligation regarding Shabbos observance in its new store.

Glatt 5761: Shearis Yisroel Kashrus Guide
by B. Rabinowitz

Glatt 5761, the 17th edition of the kashrus guide of the BaDaTz of Shearis Yisroel, is currently being distributed all over the country. Like its predecessors, this year's edition includes many sections offering up-to- date information on the kashrus of various products for use on Pesach as well as throughout the year.

Matzoh Cartel Thwarted
by Betzalel Kahn

In light of the cartel which apparently took place between matzoh manufacturers last year, the authorities are currently continuing their investigations, in order to prevent a cartel in matzoh prices this Pesach.

Sydney to get an Eruv
by Y. Frommer

An eruv for Sydney is soon to become a reality. After the visit of one of the world's leading authorities on eruvin, Rabbi Shimon Eider of Lakewood, the completion of the eruv is coming near. The eruv is expected to become operational a few weeks after Pesach, when Sydney will join Melbourne as the second city in Australia to have an eruv.

A Remnant of the Plague of Frogs?
by D. Leitner

Each of the ten plagues that Hashem brought on the Egyptians had its unique features and phenomena, as each one was sent to teach and demonstrate a new aspect of Hashem's rulership of the world. The second plague of frogs is no exception, and I would like to share some interesting phenomena of this plague.

Crane Flies are Not Mosquitoes!
By Yated Ne'eman Staff

An onslaught of crane flies swept Jerusalem neighborhoods last week as a result of the drastic changes in weather conditions. The current heat wave, which was preceded by rainfall, brought about the wave of uninvited guests.


Our Own Exodus from Our Own Egypt

The sifrei mussar say that the kernel of golus Mitzrayim is found in every generation, and we always have to uproot it. Spiritually and culturally the same problems come up generation after generation, and we must work to overcome them.


Eighteen Minutes
by S. Yaakobson

They called him Tzvika, and that was enough to create a preposterous situation. His life hadn't been easy and had even been thorny, until he met Shimshon.

The Divrei Yirmiyohu - Reb Yirmiyohu Lev, zt"l
In honor of his yahrtzeit 17 Nisan

It was while the Shaarei Torah, Reb Binyomin Zev Lev, was rov in Kellin that his special son, Reb Yirmiyohu, was born.

Few details are known to us about his youth, but when he was only seventeen he received smicha from the gaon, R' Mordechai Banet, the rov of Nicholsburg.

Additional Luach Information

Pesach falls on Sunday, 15 Nissan (April 8), in Eretz Yisroel, and on Sunday and Monday in Chutz Le'aretz. The days until Shevi'i Shel Pesach are Chol HaMo'ed.

From Mussaf of Yom Tov Pesach we say morid hatal in Shemoneh Esreih instead of vesen tal umottor livrocho.

From Sunday night, Motzei Yom Tov Rishon Shel Pesach, we count sefiras ha'omer until Shavuos.

The seforim hakedoshim write to make a meal on the sixteenth of Nissan to remember the se'udas Esther that she made when Homon was hung (Mishnah Berurah, 490:2 from the Mogen Avrohom).

Shevi'i Shel Pesach falls on Shabbos, 21 Nissan (April 14) and in Chutz Le'aretz Sunday, 22 Nissan (April 15) is Yom Tov Sheini Shel Goliyos - Shmini Shel Pesach.

Many are accustomed to read Pirkei Ovos after Minchah of Shabbos from Pesach until Rosh HaShanah


Shiurim of a Kezayis Matzoh

Most efforts to determine the specific weight of matzo ground up the matzos and measured the flour. Now, with siyata diShemaya and using extremely accurate instruments, we have measures the thickness of actual matzos and calculated the specific weight based on that. The result was an average specific weight of 0.5 with a range of approximately 0.45-0.55. The measurements were done by HaRav D. Y. and R' C. B. Based on these results, we offer the following shiurim according to the major opinions of the proper amounts.

Hand Matzoh

If the shiur of a kezayis is the volume of 50 cubic centimeters its weight is 22.5-27.5 gram (.7875-.9625 ounces).

If the shiur of a kezayis is the volume of 45 cubic centimeters (a half of a double-sized beitzah without its shell) its weight is approximately 20.3-24.8 gram (.7105-.868 ounces).

If the shiur of a kezayis is the volume of 33.33 cubic centimeters (a third of a double-sized beitzah without its shell) its weight is approximately 15.0-18.3 gram (.525-.6405 ounces).

Machine Matzoh

Concerning the shiur of a kezayis machine matzoh the Chazon Ish ruled (as cited by HaRav Yaakov Yisroel Kanievsky zt'l) it being a half to two thirds of a matzoh.

For actual practice one should ask a moreh horo'oh.

See Birur Halocho Orach Chaim Kamma VeTeliso'oh 475.


The earliest time of Kiddush Levonoh -- Iyar

The time of Kiddush Levonoh everywhere in the world begins when it is Thursday morning, 3 Iyar (April 26). Their actual beginning time is therefore Thursday night, the eve of 4 Iyar, from the beginning of the night. In west U.S.A. and Canada one can make a berochoh also on the previous night, the eve of 3 Iyar (April 25) starting from 9:05 P.M. according to the summer clock.

The astronomical new moon follows the molad this month by eleven hours and twenty-two minutes. After the molad the moon remains small and low when its earliest time of Kiddush Levonoh arrives. Those who follow the Chazon Ish and only make a berochoh when the moon is large and high cannot make it in west U.S.A. and Canada at its beginning time (9:05 P.M.) since the moon is then especially low and small, and it is approximately two and half days after the astronomical new moon. However, on the next evening, the eve of 4 Iyar, it is possible to make a berochoh from the beginning of the night and it will then be approximately three days and a half after the astronomical new moon. In the extreme eastern countries on the eve of 4 Iyar there are two days and three quarters from the astronomical new moon. In the rest of the world at their earliest time of Kiddush Levonoh the moon will be especially large and high because of the moon's movements in the first half of the summer, and we should not be mevatel the merit of zerizin.

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