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28 Elul 5763 - September 25, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Malchuso Bakol Mosholoh -- His Kingdom Will Rule All

Despite all the high-power, high pressure, high technology of the modern world, our observance of Rosh Hashanah (and most of the mitzvos of the Torah) is pretty low-tech. We still take a ram's horn and blow it as commanded in our 3000-year- old Torah, and we spend much of the day in prayer focusing on Malchuyos, Zichronos and Shoforos, as codified by Chazal more than 2,500 years ago. We rejoice and enjoy our yom tov meals as charged by Nechemiah (8:10).

". . . To Envision the Punishments [of] Gehennom"
by HaRav Nosson Wachtfoge, ztvk'l, prepared by a student

The disaster that took place in the U.S. two year ago at this time came to us vividly in photos and films. The differences between this and other acts of murder were many, but one of the lesser noted aspects was the fact that everything was captured on a live broadcast and transmitted to the four corners of the earth. All the terrible disasters that take place are covered fully in the media, and the horrifying details are laid out before us.

Days Of Awe: A Shmuess for Rosh Hashanah
by HaRav Sholom Schwadron zt'l

Our Name for This Period

The Yomim Noro'im -- Days of Awe -- and the period of mercy and forgiveness are almost upon us. Let's think what the term "Days of Awe" means. There must be a good reason why all of Klal Yisroel refers to these days by this name. It appears that the name arises from the special quality of these days and their ability to impart yiras Shomayim.

Ki Sheva Yipol Tzaddik Vekom
by HaRav Chaim Kaufman

Every person has higher and lower moments when it comes to serving Hakodosh Boruch Hu. One's success is largely dependent on his ability to overcome a specific middoh, and to take hold of himself once he has stumbled. If one succeeds in strengthening himself at a down moment, one can then utilize the opportunity of a mistake as a building block for the future.

Two Days of Fasting: Mitzvos of Erev Yom Kippur
by Rabbi Daniel Travis

A Day for Eating

"And you shall afflict your nefesh on the ninth of the month" (Vayikra 23: 32). Since we fast on the tenth of the month (i.e., Yom Kippur), why does the verse mention the ninth of the month? The Torah is teaching us that anyone who eats on the ninth of Tishrei is considered as if he fasted for two consecutive days (Yoma 81b).

Letter to the Editor

Using Salt in Israel in Hot Foods on Shabbos

To The Editor:

A commonly-asked question: Is the salt we use today cooked, as far as the laws of Shabbos are concerned?

The Real Netanyahu Shows his Face

by E. Rauchberger

Perhaps due to feelings of frustration over Israel's dismal economic state, Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seems to think he found the main cause for the country's economic and social ails: large families--especially large chareidi families--and a high birth rate.

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