Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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12 Tishrei 5761 - October 11, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Succos on Shabbos in Shmitta

One of the main thrusts of the modern effort is to tame nature, to bring it under control and to make everything predictable. We can light the night, warm the winter and cool the summer. We can hedge and insure against financial risks. We can even discover higher order in seemingly random events through statistics. We can build ourselves homes that can withstand shocks and quakes.

Ushe'avtem Mayim Besoson -- the Saga of Water
by R' Shlome Leitner

What is the reason that prompted Chazal to institute the great simcha of Beis Hasho'eivo in honor of the mitzvah of nisuch hamayim? It was a simcha so great that the Mishna tells us, "Anyone who did not witness the simcha of Simchas Beis Hasho'eivo, has not seen a simcha in his lifetime." Whence this great simcha?

"Being Number One"
by Rabbi Pinchas Kantrovitz

"We're number one! We're number one!" In 1969, a tall lanky 10 year old boy sitting in Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, joined tens of thousands of other ecstatic fans in this chant as the New York Mets won the playoffs.

Serving Hashem with Joy
by HaRav Chaim Walkin

The joy man feels when performing a mitzvah and loving G-d, Who commanded the mitzvos, is a great avodah. Whoever prevents himself from feeling this joy deserves retribution, as the Torah states, "Because you did not serve Hashem your G- d with joy and with gladness of heart! therefore you shall serve your enemies... (Devorim 28:47- 48) (Rambam, Hilchos Lulav 8:15).

Public Probes and Private Probes
by S. Yisraeli

Globes recently published an article entitled: "The One Israel party Smoke Screen" about the immunity the left- wing enjoys in the normally acerbic newspapers of the Jewish state.

Sorry, You Ate Kosher LeMehadrin
by Y. Wiess

The battle on the issue of the heter mechira has led a number of NRP representatives to publicly declare that they will fight for the continued reliance on the heter mechira, only if in order to manifest, as they say, "a national- religious stance against chareidi extremism."

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning
Under the Direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kovalsky shlita

From the Editor

The Villager's Forgiveness

These days, each one us is looking inwards, reflecting upon the previous year, examining what he did and how acted. We are trying hard to find ways to improve ourselves through good deeds, hoping that our efforts will show our Creator that we truly want to do His Will. From the following story, we see how when a person does a good deed, it can have lasting positive effects many years afterwards.

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