In the first war that we fought as a nation, we had a
"secret weapon": the hands of Moshe Rabbenu. As Chazal
themselves ask: Do the hands of Moshe make or break a war?
Rather, whenever Yisroel looked upward and subjugated their
hearts to their Father in Heaven, they were successful, and
if not they fell.
Torah and History
History is one of the greatest of educators for the wise.
Whoever disregards the events of the past may be compared to
a blind man walking alone, risking his life by stumbling on
stones and into pits. This person, too, errs in his path of
life, stumbling and sometimes even endangering himself.
Moshe Rabbeinu warned us about this very tersely: "Remember
the days of old, consider the years of many generations, ask
your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will
relate to you" (Devorim 32:7).
By HaRav Leib Heiman
Train A Child In The Way He Should Go -- HaRav Chaim
Kanievsky Responds To Some Commonly Raised Educational
Rav Tzvi Yabrov prepared a number of questions in matters
pertaining to chinuch and to talmud Torah that
touch on common issues which affect almost everybody and
presented them to HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, who gave verbal
replies to the queries. Rav Yabrov later submitted his
written version of these replies to HaRav Kanievsky, who
gave his consent for publication. Here are the questions
which Rav Yabrov submitted, together with HaRav Kanievsky's
By Rav Tzvi Yabrov
With Pure Faith
"And she said: With great wrestling have I wrestled with my
sister, and I have prevailed."
by L. Jungerman
The Malbim uses this verse to whisk us right into the great
gates of faith. He comments: "Naftulei (wrestling) is
derived from the word tzomid posil, a covering bound
upon [a vessel], that is, a covering and seal. Rachel wished
to say that the matters between her sister and herself, that
is, why she has brought forth children and not I, are bound
up with Hashem.
Ends And Means
Last week, the Dutch Parliament officially legalized what
has been common practice in the Netherlands for many years:
the killing of patients by doctors.
by Rabbi Avi Shafran
The Usher of Disunity
There are some words whose mere mention warms every Jewish
heart. One of the them is the word achdus (unity). It
is the antithesis of hatred and competition, divisiveness
and mudslinging. It symbolizes an ideal situation of
cooperation, equality, trust and mutual understanding. Do we
need any more than that in these terrible days?
by P. Chovav
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