In Search of Security
What will be?
That is a question that is often heard these days in Israel
as the presumptions that many have entertained for many years
have crumbled. Is there a peace process with a "partner" who
tries his best to murder you? Can Arafat make a deal? If he
goes then what or who will take his place? What will be
without tourism, without a high-flying stock market, without
increasing economic growth?
Phidias the Recruit
The following story was written by HaRav Halpern almost
fifty years ago. It tells the story of Chanukah in a dramatic
and poignant way, from the (fictionalized) perspective of a
young Hellenizer (Misyavein) who lives through the
events. With it we also note HaRav Halpern's first yahrtzeit,
by HaRav Alter Halpern, zt'l
A Chanukah His'orerus for the Ben Torah
There is the famous question posed by the Bais Yosef: Why do
we kindle the Chanukah lights for eight days? Wasn't there
enough oil in the menorah of the Beis Hamikdosh to burn for
that first day? As such, that first day should be no miracle,
and we would remain with the miracle of the oil lasting for
only seven days, not eight.
by HaRav Leib Lopian, zt"l
A maggid shiur for the Daf Yomi, who teaches a
broad audience most of which is comprised of men much older
than he, is in a strange position. He is alone and finds it
difficult to relate to them. As a teacher? He is more than
that and the people before him are not like students in the
literal sense of the word. And thus, a certain tenseness
reigns between them.
by Yochanan David
Today, more than ever, we are at risk of being overcome by
the appeal of the misyavnim. The Greeks, as opposed to
all our other enemies, did not seek to destroy the Bais
Hamikdosh. All they wanted to do was to emphasize its
structural beauty as a manmade artistic edifice and eliminate
all spiritual elements by removing Hashem from its midst.
Miss-Yovon, Miss America -- or the Pach Shemen
by J. Bilgrei
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