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2 Iyar 5761 - April 25, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Miracles and Violence: A Car Bomb in Or Yehudah
by M. Plaut

An afternoon bomb in the market area of the Tel Aviv suburb of Or Yehudah set a stolen car ablaze and ignited several other cars in its vicinity. In order to increase the scope of damage, the bomb, which was in the trunk of the car, was filled with nails, like other bombs used lately by Palestinians. Eight people lightly wounded by the bomb were hospitalized and released. Senior police officers said it could only be described as a "miracle" since the area was packed with pre-Independence Day shoppers.

HaRav Avigdor Miller zt"l
by C. Zilberman and B. Kahn

On Thursday night, the eve of 27 Nisan, 5761 (April 19, 2001), HaRav Avigdor Miller zt'l, of Brooklyn, New York, a leading Torah educator, ba'al mussar, and rav of the Bais Yisroel Torah Center, was niftar at the age of ninety-two.

Ex-IDF Research Chief Held for Espionage
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After a day-long flagrant violation of a court gag order and disregard of military censorship by most of the nation's media, the state allowed the publication Sunday of the arrest of retired military scientist Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Yitzhak Yaakov, 75, a former chief of IDF research and development and so-called father of Israeli hi-tech, who has been held in custody since March 28.

Observations: Hebrew University Schnorrs $600 Million
by P. Moses

During the Haskalah, propaganda against the Torah world centered around what was known then as "leaving golus." Leading maskilim waged a tough campaign to persuade youth to abandon the Torah halls which they defined as "golus culture" and to join "progressive, modern" culture.

The Admor of Pinsk-Karlin zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

On motzei Shabbos 29 Nisan, huge crowds in both Bnei Brak and Jerusalem accompanied the Admor of Pinsk-Karlin, HaRav Aharon Hacohen Rosenfeld, zt"l, on his last earthly journey. The 78 year old Admor was niftar suddenly on Friday night, 28 Nisan, after conducting his tisch.

Hespedim for HaRav Shimshon Pincus zt'l, His Wife o"h and His Daughter o"h are Held All Over the Country
by B. Rabinowitz

Now and in the forthcoming days, hesped rallies will be held throughout the country over the tragic accident which claimed the lives of the tzaddik, HaRav Shimshon Dovid Pincus zt"l, his righteous wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mindel o"h and his daughter Miriam o"h.

Project Tvunot's First Community Lecture Addresses Chinuch Challenges
by Yonina Hall

The chinuch challenges of today's generation were the topic of last week's well-attended community lecture sponsored by Project Tvunot, a new Jerusalem-based resource center for English-speaking families.

Delegation Headed by Rav Matisyahu Salomon Tours Schools in Israel
by Moshe Schapiro

In Kiryat Gat, Israel it's two o'clock and the sun is beating down on the schoolyard. A woman is waiting there with her son. She looks anxious, while he looks like he would rather be somewhere else. At long last the van pulls up and all the rabbis file out.

Observations: Peace Treaty Reached in Banana Wars
by A. Turgeman

Military wars go down in the annals of history according to the various names. The same is true of economic wars, such as the one recently mentioned on the pages of international economic journals after the European Union and the United States announced an agreement that put an end to the prolonged trade dispute known as the Banana War.

Shnas Hasheva, an Anthology that Includes Eretz Chaifetz and Chukos Olom (New Edition)
by Rabbenu Moshe Nechemia Kahanov
reviewed by Avraham Zuroff

Rav Kahanov's halachic compendium on the laws of shmittah has been reprinted by the Kest-Lebowitz Foundation, appropriately coinciding with the present Sabbatical year. One hundred years has passed since Shnas HaSheva's original publication. The editor, Rabbi Nechemia Frankel, himself a descendant of the author, has painstakingly researched Rav Kahanov's sources, and meticulously corrected misprints and inserted omitted sources.

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