Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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22 Sivan 5761 - June 13, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Hatred of Jews Leads to Murder

The murder of HaRav Avrohom Yehoshua Greenbaum, Hy"d, head of kollel Beis Mordechai in Bnei Brak and father of 11, in Zurich last week is only a sharp, dramatic and painful expression of the general tone of the prevailing feelings in Europe about Jews. The Israeli public is not directly exposed to the reporting and commentary in Europe about events in Israel. The media there are very one-sided and, if words could kill, there would be a lot more Jewish casualties, Hashem yeracheim.

Proper Shemittah Observance
by HaRav Yosef Efrati

Over eight months have passed since the beginning of this shmittah year. Recently we read in the Torah about how golus comes about choliloh through the desecration of shmittah, as opposed to the divine promise of "I will command My blessing upon you." Those wishing to benefit from this promise, must ensure that their sins do not prevent its fulfillment (see Chazon Ish, Shevi'is, 18:4).

Mystical Cults Stopovers Become Neo-Zionism
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

The powerful urge for young Israelis severed from their Jewish roots to engage in idolatrous rituals and join mystic cults of the Far East, is common today and almost considered accepted in some circles. Lately we have even heard of a novel idea which boosts this strange state of affairs to new heights: A young man who traveled to the Far East and paid homage to the local idolatry has himself become a spiritual leader, a guru, with hundreds of simpletons following him.

The Laws of Bitochon
by L. Jungerman

The Chofetz Chaim derives a practical lesson from the story of the meraglim about the attribute of bitochon. He relates to the problem that disturbs every person who finds himself in distress and seeks succor whilst trying to fortify himself in hope and trust.

Politica - Who's Running?
by E. Rauchberger

Although the vote for leadership of the Labor Party is still three months away, doubts over whether it will take place at all have already been heard.

About the Title of the Rav Miller Articles

To The Editor:

I am writing in regard to the article printed in the Yated Ne'eman in English, about HaGaon Vehatzaddik Rabbi Avigdor Miller, ztvk"l. I would like to express my thanks for your willingness to be mezakeh the English- speaking public with a few words lezichro.

Observations: Building Codes for the Rich
by V. Itamar

The State of Israel has laws to define where construction is legal and where it is illegal. A house cannot be built just anywhere. There are nature preserves, protected areas, coastal areas--in short, an ordered country that allocates its land use systematically. This systematization applies to everyone--unless you happen to have a lot of money.

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