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17 Ellul 5761 - September 5, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Is it Reasonable to Go Study in Eretz Yisroel in the Midst of an Intifadah?

Many people, both inside and out of Eretz Yisroel, are bewildered by the recent events: should one come here or not?

Preparations for the Yomim Noraim
by Rabbi Yerachmiel Shlomo Basner

Our rabbis established the custom of blowing the shofar during Elul in order to awaken us to do teshuva. Reb Aharon Kotler, zt"l, writes that we have inherited a great fortune: we can attain great heights in teshuva, Torah, and service of Hashem during Elul with comparatively little effort, as compared with the rest of the year.

Problems Create Experts
by Rabbi Moshe Young

A person who buys an old car is more likely to know more about cars than someone who buys a new one. People always have stories to tell about mistakes the bank made or an inefficiency by the tax office. They become experts as a result of problems, and are ready to give advice to the unwary. It is the same with health, with education and with anything from how to fix a tap to how to find a good lawyer.

Notice to Our Readers

It has come to our attention that an example given in a recent article about waiting in line could be misunderstood. One of the illustrations of the principles discussed at length in the article was an adult who was under time pressure to go to daven faced with a line of school children who were not in a rush. It was not a real situation but an example chosen for illustration.

This is My Consolation in my Misery
by L. Jungerman

This week contains the portion of the tochochoh, the Divine Rebuke. The Midrash asks in Parshas Re'ei why the baal korei does not interrupt the Torah reading before he has completed the entire Rebuke and its curses. In other words, why is it that the person who is called up to that section must bear going through the entire gamut of curses, when these could have been divided up among the others who are called up before and after him?

Media Bias Against Israel and Jews

To The Editor:

After many years surveying the "liberal" media it is virtually impossible to avoid concluding that it applies double- standards to Israel. I think I can summarize the assumptions underlying their position as follows:

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