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20 Ellul 5760 - September 20, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Judaism in the Secular Street

It is all our fault, they tell us. Listen to Sever Plotsker, a well-known leftist journalist: "Chareidi Jewry lost the Shabbos because it tried to force shemiras Shabbos through power and not via the spirit onto all citizens of Israel. . . .

Restraining One's Mouth and Desires -- Some Thoughts for Elul
by HaRav Nosson Meir Wachtfogel,zt"l

Profound and important thoughts for Elul.

"It will be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will bless himself in his heart, saying, `I shall have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart,' to add drunkenness to thirst...

The Acquisition of Chochmo
By HaRav Aharon Westheim zt"l,

"Anyone whose fear of sin precedes his wisdom, his wisdom is enduring" (Ovos chapter 8, Mishna 9). Rabbeinu Yonah has two alternative explanations for this statement. He says as follows: "The tanna is referring to the motives of a person. Someone whose motive in pursuing wisdom is to prevent his soul from sinning, and he indeed acquires wisdom, his wisdom endures. He keeps away from sins, and also fulfils mitzvos as a result of his wisdom and understanding.

Near or Distant
by L. Jungerman

"For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not beyond you and is not distant. It is not in heaven that you might say: Who shall ascend to heaven for us and fetch it for us that he will make us hear it so that we shall keep it? Nor is it beyond the sea that you might say: Who shall cross the ocean for us and fetch it for us and make us hear it so that we shall keep it? Rather, this thing is very near to you, in your very mouth and your heart to keep it."

Preparing for Shmitta -- 5761
By Rabbi Nochum Eisenstein

The controversy over the upcoming shmitta has been blown out of all proportion and turned into a political issue which by definition tends to alter the true facts and figures. As a person born and raised in Chicago, I feel an extra obligation to defend the truth out of respect for the former Chief Rabbi of Chicago, the Gaon the Ridvaz who, after leaving Chicago, became the Chief Rabbi of Tzefas and took the lead in advocating proper shmitta observance in 5670 (1910), especially against those who defended the heter mechirah based on distorted facts.

Barak and Barak, Ltd.
by A. Zisman

A riddle. What is the most classified and guarded institution in the country? A hint: We aren't talking about the atomic reactor in Dimona, nor about the IDF operations room at headquarters in Tel Aviv nor the petroleum stores in Glilot Junction.

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