The Consequences of a Bad Word
Nineteen years ago Lebanese Christian militias entered
Moslem refugee camps in Lebanon named Sabra and Shatilla and
spent several days avenging earlier murders of Christians by
Moslems in the way that most of those who live in the Middle
East do: they murdered innocents who shared the religion of
the earlier criminals.
The Way to Nechomoh
We are now in the weeks of nechomoh for the
churban of the Beis Hamikdash. The
nevi'im console us in the haftoros following
Tisha B'Av starting from "Nachamu, nachamu ami" --
(Yeshaya 40:1). If we think somewhat deeper we can
find nechomoh in the Torah's instructing us how to
reach peace and tranquility in Eretz Yisroel, the land
Hashem swore to give to our fathers.
by Rav Yisroel Spiegel
Who Goes First? A Look At Some Of The Halachic Issues
Involved In Waiting In Line
There are many areas of life where waiting in line is
unavoidable. When there are a number of applicants for
treatment, for services or for assistance, they are usually
attended to on a first-come-first-served basis. This article
deals with whether and under what circumstances, it may be
justified to put a later arrival ahead of others in line. In
the course of the discussion, the halachic basis for the
whole idea of waiting in line is examined.
by HaRav Yitzchok Silberstein with Rabbi Tzvi
Like the Days of Heaven upon Earth
As I was walking along, I noticed a group of curious
bystanders huddling around the guy who pastes up public
notices on sidewalk billboards. Like most curious Jews, I
stopped to wait and see the contents of the large notice
which was rolled up under one arm while the other was
vigorously brushing paste on the wet vertical surface. He
spread the sheet open and slapped it onto the billboard,
smoothing it over once or twice with his brush and continued
on his way.
by Yochanan David
Politica - Back to Camp
When Binyamin Netanyahu was elected head of the Likud Party
eight years ago, he cheerfully announced that the days of
political "camps" had come to an end. No longer would there
be a Sharon camp, a Shamir camp and a David Levy camp;
instead there would be just one, big camp called the Likud.
This proclamation stood up to the test of time until
recently, but now it is Netanyahu himself who is bringing
political camps back to the Likud. The Netanyahu camp versus
the Sharon camp.
by E. Rauchberger
Observations: A Drought in Brazil Brings a Power
Brazil is in the throes of its worst drought in decades.
With one of the most extensive river networks in the world,
Brazil, which is larger than the continental United States,
obtains more than 90 percent of its electricity from dams.
No water in its rivers means no power in the electricity
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
Observations: Recreation Spending is 6 Percent of
National expenditures on culture, entertainment and sport
rose 11 percent in 2000 to NIS 27.8 billion, the Central
Bureau of Statistics reported. The increase follows a 7
percent increase in both 1998 and 1999. Per capita
expenditure on this item rose 5 percent in 2000, following
increases of 10 percent a year in the preceding three
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
Observations: U.S. Green Card -- A Secure Future?
Once a year the U.S. government holds a lottery that
includes nearly every country on the globe. The lucky
winners are awarded the illustrious Green Card, which allows
them to live and work freely in the U.S. Every year the U.S.
government issues 55,000 entry visas, of which 11,000 go to
Asians. Israeli citizens are allocated approximately 200
visas (this year it was 199) and the competition over them
is very tough.
by M. Tzvi
Observations: Photograph "Peace Partners" Disappears
The famous picture of Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and
Yitzhak Rabin taken during the Nobel Prize ceremony was
removed recently from the display dedicated to the memory of
Rabin at Mt. Herzl, the publication Yerushalayim
revealed recently. The Jerusalem weekly writes that the
picture was placed on display a few years ago, causing
significant opposition on the part of visitors, public
figures and various organizations.
by A. Turgeman
Observations: Paying the Price of a Pack a Day:
Confessions of a Five-Decade Smoker
"I am 68 years old, and until four years ago, I smoked
without thinking twice for 48 years. Over the last four
years I have had to pay a very high price for smoking," says
D.A., a well-known figure from the center of the country, as
the opening words to his chilling account of smoking and of
the damage it caused to his lungs and brain.
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
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