OPINION & COMMENT
Reading the business pages of the secular press lately can be quite depressing. Japan is in an economic slump that has lasted more than a decade and cannot shake itself out of it. The worldwide telecommunications industry is in a huge slide downhill: the second largest communications company in the US, Worldcomm, is bankrupt. Lucent, a huge company that was steady as a rock for three generations has gone from more than 150,000 employees just two years ago to a planned 35,000 within the next three months -- and it is typical of many.
Escape On Chanukah
A man is walking peacefully down the street. Out of nowhere, someone appears, wielding an iron bar. He swings it mightily at the man's legs. Both of his knees are shattered immediately. The injured man collapses to the ground, writhing in pain and the attacker stands over him. As the victim prepares for a final blow, the attacker smiles politely at him.
The Light of Chanukah
The Final Result is Preordained from the Start
The simple meaning of the term "guarantor" is known to all. We know that arvus in common money-loan terms denotes the responsibility that a third person assumes to pay back a loan one person took from another in the event that the former defaults upon that loan.
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