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4 Nissan 5765 - April 13, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Can I — Should I?

Not so long ago, we received an indignant letter from a reader. We had written that doing something was prohibited but he had asked Rav X if he could do it, and Rav X said that he could.

Rosh Chodesh: A Yom Tov — But Why?
By HaRav Tzvi Weisfish

Part II

In the first part, HaRav Weisfish noted that a difference between Klal Yisroel and the nations of the world is that we use a lunar calendar and they use a solar calendar. "The sun and the moon can be said to represent these two opposing viewpoints. The sun is constant and unchanging. . . . Its fixed path symbolizes the nations' belief that the world has always existed and that nothing new is ever introduced by a higher guiding Hand. The moon, on the other hand, is constantly changing.

"He Shall See with his Eyes and his Heart, He shall Understand and Return, and He will be Healed"
by L. Jungerman

"This shall be the law of the leper on the day of his purification, and he shall be brought to the Kohen" (Vayikra 14:2).

Joyous Fasting: Understanding the Fast of the Firstborn
by Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis

Fasting in Nisan

On the first day of the month of Nisan, the Mishkan was erected by the Jews in the desert, and on each of the twelve ensuing days, the leaders of the twelve tribes brought offerings to Hashem.

A Gut Chodesh!

Dear Sir

"Rosh Chodesh: a Yom Tov - but Why?" (26 Adar II) reminded one of how only the masterful intercalary Jewish calendar has managed to reconcile so well for so long the three distinct geocentric motions of the solar (the year), lunar (the month) and diurnal (day) periods: "to be for seasons, and for days and years" (Bereishis 1). "For this is your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the nations (Devorim 4) - this refers to the calculations of astronomy and calendars" (Shabbos 75).

Rotating Opposition Chairman

By E. Rauchberger

Rotating Opposition Chairman

The Knesset opposition parties are growing more unanimous in their opinion that the time has come to find a replacement for Opposition Chairman MK Tomi Lapid. According to law the post is held by the chairman of the largest opposition party unless at least half of the opposition members sign a petition and submit it to the Knesset chairman.

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