Torah World Tried to Honor Court Rulings; Court Tries to
Uproot Torah World
After all the efforts of the Torah world for over two years
to honor the orders of the High Court about providing a
legal basis for the draft deferrals of yeshiva students, the
wHigh Court has declared war on the Torah community by
ordering the Israeli army to draft all yeshiva students as
soon as possible.
Internal and External Battle
Questions about how Torah-observant Jews can live side-by-
side with those who have cast away the Torah's yoke have
engaged both groups ever since the foundation of the State.
Will endless confrontations about matters of religion and
state continue to be our fortune?
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman
Ani Hu -- I am He
By HaRav Aharon Yeshaya Roter
In the first part, HaRav Roter explained that the reason
for many punishments is our failure to observe Shabbos. This
includes Shabbos Bereishis, the Shabbos that we
observe every seventh day, and what he calls Shabbos
Ho'oretz, which we observe every seventh year.
"You Shall Surely Gladden Them"
The study session in the kollel was over for the day. The
kollelniks gathered up the volumes scattered all over the
tables and returned them to their respective places in the
bookcase. One devoted member, a modest, unassuming person,
quickly collected the glasses, put them back in the tea
corner, and disconnected the electric urn; then everyone
went out to the waiting minibus parked near the entrance.
by Yochanan David
The Hakoras Hatov Of a Gentile Giant
This story happened last year to Chaim K., whose business
manufactures and supplies blinds to commercial and private
by Shlomo Boruch Abelesz (Melbourne)
A Bronx Boy Goes to Washington
Unlike today's vista of decrepit buildings, dilapidated
housing and rusting junked cars, the South Bronx in 1950 was
the home of a large and thriving community, one that was
predominantly Jewish. Today a mere remnant of this once-
vibrant community survives, but in the 1950's the Bronx
offered synagogues, mikvas, kosher bakeries, and kosher
butchers -- all the comforts one would expect from an
observant Orthodox Jewish community.
by Zev Roth
by E. Rauchberger
Getting in Deeper
As election preparations go into full swing, the Right is
also readying to wage a large-scale battle against an
agreement Prime Minister Ehud Barak might sign with the
Palestinians. In a meeting held last week by the Knesset
Legislative Committee, right-wing Knesset members warned of
violence that could break out among Jews, and of an
international catastrophe that could lead to increased
violence by Palestinians in the Territories.
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