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17 Adar I 5760 - February 23, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Driving Safely

Not too long ago there was no law in Israel. Then one had to do it only lesheim mitzva. Now that it is a legal requirement, one can do it shelo lishmo -- for fear of getting fined.

Technological Development -- Three Views
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

The first part reviewed the insight of R' Tzodok Hacohen of Lublin ztvk'l who taught that all the wisdom and knowledge in the world is a by-product of the wisdom that is found among those who study Torah. Advances in other fields of human intellectual endeavor come about because of progress and success in Torah study.

Torah Until the End

In honor of the first yahrtzeit of Maran HaRav Dovid Povarsky zt'l we are publishing these excerpts from the new sefer Yishmeru Daas based on his mussar in recent years. These excerpts show his extraordinary dedication to Torah under the most trying circumstances.

Hashem's Battle
by L. Jungerman

The parsha which describes Moshe Rabbeinu's reaction to the making of the eigel is explained in depth in Ha'emeik Dovor by the Netziv of Volozhin zt'l with a message that rings true and sharp.

Persecution Context
by Abba Cohen

It was surely a significant development when Congress last year passed the "International Religious Freedom Act." To the Jewish community, whose history is replete with subjugation and oppression, the new law has special meaning and may prove useful in aiding acheinu bais Yisroel living in foreign lands. (It is not without irony, though, that it was the persecution of Christians that served as the primary impetus behind this landmark legislation.)

What Would Your Grandfather Have Said?
by N. Ze'evi

The man at the center of a growing scandal over illegal election funding practices by the Labor party is Cabinet Secretary Yitzchok Herzog. Herzog is the son of the former president Chaim Herzog, and the grandson of former Chief Rabbi HaRav Yitzchok Isaac HaLevi Herzog. In a recent interview with Yediot Acharonot, Herzog recounts some of his childhood experiences. "I'll never forget how my kindergarten teacher would say, when I got out of hand: `What would your grandfather say about this?'" he recalled.

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