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16 Kislev 5761 - December 13, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Reflections on Prime Minister Barak

After announcing less than a week ago that he wanted new general elections and then working the rest of the week to avoid them, Prime Minister Barak finally decided -- without consulting any of his ministers or senior politicians or advisors -- that he will resign and thereby cause new elections for prime minister but not for the entire Knesset.

A Unique Nation
By HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira

We are currently suffering from disturbances in Eretz Yisroel and our enemies in chutz la'aretz are also convening against us. Let us consider how the Guardian of Israel has dealt with His people during all our years in golus and what Chazal have to say about the period we are living in.

Greatness In Righteousness, Greatness In Wickedness: A Shmuess for Parshas Vayishlach
By HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

"And Yaakov sent mal'ochim to Eisov his brother . . . " (Bereishis 32:4). Rashi explains, "They were actual mal'ochim." (Although there are two opinions among Chazal whether these were real mal'ochim or human emissaries, Rashi concurs with the first opinion.) We, of course, have no idea what mal'ochim are. Even if we think of the closest thing we can imagine, some kind of holy flaming beings, we are nowhere near the truth, for mal'ochim are wholly spiritual. How can we, as flesh and blood, comprehend them?

A World that is Wholly Good
by L. Jungerman

"And he lifted up his eyes and he saw the women and the children and he said: Who are these with you? And he said: These are the children whom Hashem has graciously given your servant."

by E. Rauchberger

Barak and the Arab Vote

Barak has made clear signs that although he has unequivocally supported direct prime ministerial elections for years, he is now beginning to lean in favor of doing away with them. Barak used to say that without direct elections he would have had no chance of being elected prime minister, since voters would have voted according to party lines as in the past, resulting in the traditional tie in the Knesset with a slight tilt to the right, which would have given the office of prime minister to Binyamin Netanyahu.

Exactly the Same, but Oh So Different
by A. Yitzchaki

What is so nice about the Israeli judicial system is its flexibility and its ability to adapt itself to every case individually.

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