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20 Kislev 5766 - December 21, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Why We Censor

Is it wrong to add: "Don't choose death"?

Is it an unwarranted, or intolerable, restriction of someone's freedom if rabbonim say to him: "This reading material is deadly for your soul. Keep away."?

Are rabbonim expected to just "mind their own business" (which is truly in part the spiritual health of Klal Yisroel) and not speak out when they see people who sincerely seek the truth and wish to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Torah, and innocently try to realize their ambitions by studying "books [that] are in opposition to our Torah" (HaRav Shechter and HaRav Kamenetsky) and in fact "do terrible offense to our hallowed tradition, and distort and undermine the Torah's clear truths," as the Novominsker Rebbe wrote?

Chanukah, the Miracle of Mesiras Nefesh
Compiled from the sichos of Morenu veRabbeinu HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita

According to the Maharam MiRottenburg (Tur; Orach Chaim, Simon 670), there is no obligation of mishteh vesimchah — of having a festive meal on Chanukah. The Bach, in order to explain the opinion of the Maharam, writes that the primary reason for the harsh decree against Klal Yisroel was because of hisrashlus be'avodoh, a laxity in our commitment to serve Hashem.

Reflections on Chanukah: The Light of the Torah During the Days of Chanukah
by HaRav Boruch Dov Povarsky

The gemora in Shabbos 21b asks: What is Chanukah?

When the Greeks entered the Beis Hamikdosh, they defiled almost all the oil. All that could be found was one cruse of oil, but a miracle happened and they were able to light the Menorah from it for eight days.

Confessions of a Secular Newspaper Editor
by S. Yisraeli

At this time of year, as our wayward brethren are also preparing to celebrate Chanukah—not by performing the mitzvas associated with it, but through various ceremonies and events—it is interesting to examine a piercing article written by a secular newspaper editor in Israel on Chanukah 40 years ago.

Politica: Special Interests Reign Supreme
By E. Rauchberger

Israel's political establishment was not breathlessly awaiting the results of this week's Likud primaries. In the end Binyamin Netanyahu was elected chairman, but it would have made little difference if Silvan Shalom had won: the Likud will remain the same Likud.

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