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1 Kislev 5764 - November 26, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Message of Agudath Israel of America's Boruch MiBonim Fund

This week, in which Agudath Israel of America holds its annual convention, is an appropriate time to express our admiration and appreciation for their Boruch MiBonim newborn subsidy fund that sends both money and a message to Eretz Yisroel.

The Ten Tests of Avrohom Ovinu
by HaRav Yoel Stenitzky

Part II

As far as Avrohom's ten tests, all opinions agree about seven trials: 1) "Go you out of your country," 2) famine in Eretz Yisroel, 3) Soroh's being taken by Pharaoh, 4) the War of the Four Kings, 5) Hogor and Yishmoel's being sent away, 6) Bris Milah, and 7) Akeidas Yitzchok. Opinions differ whether the following five are included: 1) Ur Kasdim (not enumerated by the Rambam), 2) Bris Bein HaBesorim (both the Rambam and Rabbenu Yonah do not reckon it), 3) running away from Nimrod (listed among the ten only according to Rashi), 4) Soroh's being taken by Avimelech (according to the Rambam and Rabbenu Yonah), and 5) Hogor's marrying Avrohom (a trial only according to the Rambam).

The Power of Prayer
by R' Yair Spolter

The great gaon and tzaddik Rabbi Akiva Eiger once received a letter requesting that he pray on behalf of a man who was ill. The letter included the man's name as well as his mother's name, and a short note asking that the gaon daven for him. Rabbi Akiva Eiger obliged. He prayed that the sick man should have a full recovery. However, despite Rabbi Akiva Eiger's tefilloh, the illness did not subside.

Yaakov and Eisov -- Spirit and Materialism
by R' Yerachmiel Kram

"And the youths grew, and Eisov was a cunning hunter, a man of the field, and Yaakov was a plain man, dwelling in the tents" (Bereishis 25:27).

Politica: Netanyahu's Internal Opposition
by E. Rauchberger

After passing a first reading in the Knesset, the national budget and the Arrangments Law have made little progress, primarily because of Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. One reason may be Finance Committee Chairman Avraham Hirshenson's tight connection with Ehud Olmert, Minister of Industry and Trade and one of Netanyahu's toughest political rivals.

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