The Limits of Evenhandedness
Everyone tries to be evenhanded. The press always reports the
Palestinian attack and the Israeli response together.
Diplomats and politicians condemn all violence in the Middle
East on the occasion of a particularly horrible bomb against
Israeli civilians. The U.S. State Department issues repeated,
monotonous calls for "both sides" to end the violence. And the
most common figure cited to sum up the entire cycle of
violence is that over 600 Palestinians have been killed and
about 170 Israelis (this figure changes often, sometimes
"This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, [he] does not
listen to the voice of his father and the voice of his mother;
he is a glutton and a drunkard" (21:20).
by L. Jungerman
Introduction: Reaping Full Benefit
by HaRav Boruch Shmuel Deutsch
A considerable portion of a bochur's time is devoted to
covering large amounts of gemora, Rashi and
Tosafos at a fairly swift pace. The gains to be made
from this study are obvious. However, a number of points need
to be stressed, to ensure that the maximum benefit is gained
from this type of learning. This article explains the quality
of the bekius which one should strive for and makes
several recommendations as to how to it can be attained.
Beyond The Letter of the Law: A Zchus for Yom Hadin
"Ve'osiso hayoshor vehatov" says the posuk
(Devorim 6:18). This implies that we must conduct
ourselves beyond what is "legally" required from us; we need
to go further.
by HaRav Moshe Aharon Stern, zt'l
Politica: Same Old Barak
Seven months after his landslide election defeat, Barak has
begun to come out of hiding. He has been delivering speeches
to political forums and granting interviews--so far only to
the foreign press, but an interview with a local newspaper is
just a matter of time. Either Barak is indulging feelings of
nostalgia, or else he is laying the groundwork for a political
by E. Rauchberger
Observations: High Court President Sees Judges as "Immune
to Human Defects"
Two leading jurists launched harsh criticism against the High
Court President over his forgiving attitude toward judges who
express predispositions regarding defendants before hearing
all of the testimony. They say Aharon Barak generally refuses
to disqualify judges because he perceives them as if they were
immune to human defects and sees every judge in his own
by S. Yisraeli
Observations: Religious Zionism Addresses Attitude Toward
Recently a debate on a highly original question has been
hashed out on the pages of national-religious newspaper,
Hatzofe: With whom does religious Zionism share a
greater common language and who should it favor: the secular
sector or the chareidi sector?
by B. Schwartz
A Not-So-Funny Joke
I remember laughing when I first heard the following fictional
by R' Chaim Dovid Zwiebel
Dad: "Jason, what did you learn in Talmud Torah today?"
Jason: "All about how the Jews crossed the Red Sea."
Dad: "So tell me the story."
This is War
Fifteen dead, six of them children, five members of one
family, another her parents' only child and herself pregnant
with her first child; 130 injured, dozens seriously. Yet, says
the world, even if Israel could have identified last
Thursday's suicide bomber or his handlers in advance, she had
no right to act preemptively.
by Jonathan Rosenblum
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