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14 Tishrei 5765 - September 22, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Happiness Must Bring Unity

Succos is known as zeman simchoseinu, the time of our happiness, but modern society, and certainly modern secular, non-Jewish society, has completely lost touch with what happiness is.

Who Will Bring Us Tidings of Our Redemption and How Will We Know That It Has Truly Arrived?
Prepared from divrei Torah of HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, by Rav Avrohom Tzvi Yisraelsohn

The mishnah in Yoma (3:1) tells us that every morning the deputy Cohen used to tell the cohanim to climb to a high vantage point and look at the sky to see whether the time had arrived for the shechitah of the daily morning tomid.

Customs and Practices
from Maran HaRav Shach, ztvk'l

Temporary Residence

Maran was very particular that the sechach covering of his succah be very thick so as not to have any holes (air spaces) and that it remain dark to the eye from the outside, also that it be impervious to rain.

Succos: Rishon Lecheshbon -- The Beginning of Accountability
By Rav Zev Leff

Rav Leffs insights are a regular feature of the print edition of Yated Ne'eman-Bnei Brak. They are included here in this special Succos edition.

Judging Favorably: A Middos Workshop
Based on the shiurim of Rav Dovid Siegel

Part I

Through the window of a non-kosher restaurant, someone once saw a scene that would have floored many of us. A prominent communal leader was sitting inside, eating lobster! What would you think? So . . . he's not really as sincere a Jew as everyone believes.

Gaivah: The Origin of Sin and the Fruits of Daas
by Rav Shlomo Furst

A midrash cited in the sefer Kol Eliyohu (Parshas Bereishis 5), explains why Odom Horishon sinned. Very cryptically, it declares: "Because he saw two and did not see three."

Understanding the Depths of Avodoh Zora
by Mordecai Plaut

Avodoh zora is a prohibition that has been in the news recently. It is arguably the most serious issur that there is, in all times and in all places, but it has been basically very remote from modern life, boruch Hashem.

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