Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

A Window into the Chareidi World

23 Iyar 5761 - May 16, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








Produced and housed by
Shema Yisrael Torah Network
Shema Yisrael Torah Network


Plugging Some Leaks in Israel's Water System

Israel has never been blessed with an abundance of water. If the normal amount of rain falls, we have enough for our needs -- agricultural, domestic and industrial.

Our Counting and Ruth's Vision
by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg

The following is based on the lectures of HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg shlita, to his Yeshiva Torah Ore, Jerusalem in the years 5747 and 5753.

Upholding the Prohibition of Usury Connects One to the Roots of Life
by L. Jungerman

"Take no usury from him or increase; but fear your G-d; that your brother may live with you" (Vayikra 25:36.). The prohibition of usury was fixed by Chazal as high on the ladder of severe sins. One who lends money for interest will not be resurrected at the time of techiyas hameisim, which is virtually saying that this sin strikes at the very root of life.

A Good Eye
by HaRav Yehoshua Shklar

"[Rabban Yochonon ben Zackai] said to [his talmidim:] `Go out and discern which is the proper way to which a man should cling.' R' Eliezer says: `A good eye' (Ovos 2:9)."

by E. Rauchberger

Dead End

The shocking murder of two young men near Tekoa last Tuesday night and the boat load of powerful weapons intercepted near the coast of Lebanon while en route to the Palestinians' arsenal last week have led more and more politicians from across the spectrum to realize that we are headed down a dead-end street vis-a-vis the Palestinians.

Patients' Rights, Religious Rites
by Abba Cohen

The "Patients' Bill of Rights" will soon reach center stage. Despite the sparring that has already begun, both the President and Congress apparently agree that the time has come to enshrine in law rights patients must be accorded during medical treatment. This, to better ensure, and enhance, the quality of health care in our nation.

A Tale Of Two Articles
by Jonathan Rosenblum

Just over two years ago, Commentary published an article by Rabbi Clifford Librach entitled "Does Conservative Judaism Have a Future?" Rabbi Librach predicted the gradual merger of the Conservative and Reform movements.

On HaRav Miller zt"l

To The Editor:

Of the many ideological yeshuos that Rav Avigdor Miller zt"l wrought for this generation, one of the greatest was his uncompromising defense of the Torah's chronology that our universe is 6,000 years old.

Another Point About HaRav Miller, zt"l

To The Editor:

I read your article about the hesped of Rabbi Miller, zt"l. You quoted HaRav Boruch Rosenberg, who said that Rabbi Miller influenced people to teshuva by saying the absolute truth that there is a Master of the Universe.

All material on this site is copyrighted and its use is restricted.
Click here for conditions of use.