A New Era in Washington -- and in the Middle East
As the most powerful job in the world passed from William
Jefferson Clinton to George W. Bush last Shabbos, it almost
certainly marked the end of an era in the relations between
the United States and the State of Israel.
Tu BeShevat -- A Tikkun for Eating the Eitz HaDaas
by HaRav Aryeh Leib HaCohen Shapira
This is the first of a three-part essay that explains
many important and deep concepts that underlie the "minor"
holiday of Tu BeShevat.
The Torah Universe: Heavens Above
In Perek Shirah, the ancient Midrash that
lists the philosophical and ethical lessons to be learned
from the natural world, the first song is: "The heavens are
saying: `The heavens recount of G-d's glory, and the skies
tell of His handiwork' (Tehillim 19:2)."
by Rabbi Nosson Slifkin
We do not Depend on Them
At Yated Ne'eman we often get letters from readers
asking us why we always review the historical opposition of
the chareidim to the Zionist movement, since the Zionist
idea went bankrupt a long time ago and even the secular
public no longer admires its leaders or Zionist symbols.
By Nosson Zev Grossman
The Tongue of the Stammerer
I went to the Talmud Torah in order to have a talk with my
friend, the principal. The secretary explained that he was
interviewing a candidate for a substitute position for a
teacher who was about to undergo surgery. He led me into a
small side room which opened directly to the principal's
office and told me to wait until the latter was free. I
couldn't help overhearing part of the interview.
by Yochonon Dovid
In recent years, the issue of corporal punishment has been
raised quite often. Debate on the subject has created a
social trend that has resulted in a significant lessening of
the use of corporal punishment as well as lowering the
severity of any such punishment that is meted out.
by Chaim Walder
Democracy: Governments and Mad Cows
During these days when Israeli democracy has reached an all-
time low, Israeli citizens can get an idea of how a
democratic nation should be run just by reading newspaper
reports from other democratic nations.
by G. Milgrom
Kibbutz: Experimenting on human subjects
Nachshon Goltz, formerly of Kibbutz Ruchama, is planning to
file a class action suit against the entire Kibbutz
Movement. The allegation: conducting mass psychological
testing on children. The result: the children became
emotionally handicapped, were deprived of family-and home-
life and lacked a clear identity.
by M. Naftali
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