OPINION & COMMENT
We have suffered a very long golus and it is certainly not over yet. We know that there were and are four major aspects to the golus throughout the years, based on the vision in Doniel (7).
Beautiful People and Animal Beauty: An Essay For Chanukah
The mishnah in Megilloh (8) says, "Rabbon Shimon ben Gamliel said, 'Even seforim were only allowed to be written in Greek.' "
A Unique Nation
In the first part, HaRav Shapira noted that we have been in a long golus and had to move whenever we forgot about our uniqueness. Although there are many segulos in Eretz Yisroel, there is danger as well. In particular there is danger from the non-religious since one could become close to them and learn from their ways. We have to stick with Torah; without Torah we are blind!
Greatness In Righteousness, Greatness In Wickedness
The first part discussed the greatness of mal'ochim and of Yaakov Ovinu in that he used them as messengers as it says at the beginning of parshas Vayishlach. It then points out that Eisov was not impressed by the mal'ochim because he was used to them. It then discussed the importance of kosher money and how much great tzaddikim value it, and concluded with a story about Heavenly intercession for R' Chaim of Volozhin to enable him to say a brocho to drink by sending him someone to answer omein.
Each According to His Praise
This Knesset session began with an amendment to the Government Foundation Law, when Prime Minister Ehud Barak hurriedly passed legislation to change the law and increase the number of ministers and deputy ministers he is able to appoint, and now the session will also end with an amendment to this same law in order to allow Binyamin Netanyahu to run in the special elections for the office of prime minister despite the fact that he is not a Knesset member.
Meoros Daf HaYomi
A "Whole" Mitzvah, And Not Just Part
Each person amongst the tens of thousands who study Daf HaYomi is unique, because of the special way that he contributes to the shiur, and because of his unique perception of the material being learned.
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