Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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5 Av 5761 - July 25, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Lower Mikdosh and the Upper Mikdosh

The physical destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh that took place on Tisha B'Av is not the only expression of churban. It is not even the main expression nor is it the first expression of the destruction. It all started from the spiritual churban, as the Shechina was exiled from the Jewish heart.

Bein Hazmanim
by HaRav Meir Kessler

There are three main reasons for allowing a period of bein hazmanim for yeshivas:

Divrei Torah -- Divrei Chizuk
by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita

Chazal teach us that learning Torah is among those things that require chizuk -- we have to take positive steps to achieve and grow in Torah. Torah requires reinforcement and fortification. The gemora Brochos (32b) states, "Four things require chizuk, and these are: Torah, ma'asim tovim, tefillah and derech eretz."

Eichoh ve'Eichoh
by L. Jungerman

In Midrash Eichoh we are told that there are three who prophesied using the word "Eichoh": Moshe, Yeshayahu and Yirmiyohu. Moshe Rabbenu said, "Eichoh esso levadi -- how can I possibly bear alone . . . " Yeshayahu said, "Eichoh hoysoh lezonoh -- how like a sinful woman . . . " and Yirmiyohu said, "Eichoh hoysa bodod -- how does the city sit solitary . . . "

Politica - Sharon is Stuck Between a Rock (Netanyahu) and a Hard Place (Peres)
by E. Rauchberger

For Ariel Sharon, being between Netanyahu and Peres is like getting stuck between a rock and a hard place. Peres pulls him to the left while Netanyahu tugs him to the right.

Observations: Sand Bandits
by P. Moses

Until now thieves had it easy in Israel. They were able to engage in their trade almost undisturbed, and when they were caught, often after violent pursuits, they spent a short time behind bars and were released with a large fine and put on probation.

Orthodox English Demographics

To the Editor:

You report that there was a drop in Jewish births in the United Kingdom from 2673 in 1998 to 2509 in 1999, reflecting a steady decline over the years (e.g. 2897 in 1966). Over the last few years I have been collecting data on the number of sholom zochors celebrated on the birth of a boy in the strictly Orthodox community of North Manchester which seems to show a completely different trend.

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