Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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19 Iyar 5763 - May 21, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Policing Terror

America won the war in Iraq but it is still far from evident if its operations there can be called a success. There is no doubt that deposing Saddam Hussein was a good thing, and there is no doubt that he is gone as the ruler of Iraq. The big question that remains is what will take his place.

The Secret of Torah
by HaRav Mordechai Gifter zt'l, Rosh Yeshivas Telshe

"If you shall go in My statutes -- that you toil in Torah"

Said Rovo (Shabbos 88): For those who go to the right, the Torah is an elixir of life, while for those who turn left, it becomes a veritable poison. Rashi explains: Those who "go to the right" in Torah, are those who delve in it with all their strength and toil to reveal its innermost secret, like a man who uses his right hand, where his strength lies. For these, the Torah is a lifegiving potion.

The Power of the Public -- Tefillah Betzibbur
by R' Yerachmiel Kram

Joyous Reunion

"And five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand" (Vayikra 27:8)

By Joining Tefillah Betzibbur, a Person is Included With the Public Performing a Mitzva

Upon the Torah's promise that when the Jewish people will be doing Hashem's wishes, five of them will be able to rout a hundred of their enemy and one hundred of them will be able to rout ten thousand, Rashi quotes Chazal: "And is this a correct calculation?

From My Talmidim I Learned the Most of All
by Rav Yehoshua Shklar

Sometimes HaKodosh Boruch Hu opens our eyes to reveal great treasures--gal eini ve'abitoh niflo'os misorosecho. During Chol Hamoed Succos this past year a rosh yeshiva presented a fabulous chidush on the well-known gemora about R' Yehoshua Ben Gamla (Bovo Basra 21a), who introduced universal education for Jewish boys by organizing melamdim in every town and province for the sake of fatherless children, because otherwise Torah would have been lost to Am Yisroel.

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