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9 Kislev 5761 - December 6, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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In the first war that we fought as a nation, we had a "secret weapon": the hands of Moshe Rabbenu. As Chazal themselves ask: Do the hands of Moshe make or break a war? Rather, whenever Yisroel looked upward and subjugated their hearts to their Father in Heaven, they were successful, and if not they fell.

Torah and History
By HaRav Leib Heiman

History is one of the greatest of educators for the wise. Whoever disregards the events of the past may be compared to a blind man walking alone, risking his life by stumbling on stones and into pits. This person, too, errs in his path of life, stumbling and sometimes even endangering himself. Moshe Rabbeinu warned us about this very tersely: "Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations, ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will relate to you" (Devorim 32:7).

Train A Child In The Way He Should Go -- HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Responds To Some Commonly Raised Educational Issues
By Rav Tzvi Yabrov

Rav Tzvi Yabrov prepared a number of questions in matters pertaining to chinuch and to talmud Torah that touch on common issues which affect almost everybody and presented them to HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, who gave verbal replies to the queries. Rav Yabrov later submitted his written version of these replies to HaRav Kanievsky, who gave his consent for publication. Here are the questions which Rav Yabrov submitted, together with HaRav Kanievsky's replies.

With Pure Faith
by L. Jungerman

"And she said: With great wrestling have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed."

The Malbim uses this verse to whisk us right into the great gates of faith. He comments: "Naftulei (wrestling) is derived from the word tzomid posil, a covering bound upon [a vessel], that is, a covering and seal. Rachel wished to say that the matters between her sister and herself, that is, why she has brought forth children and not I, are bound up with Hashem.

Ends And Means
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

Last week, the Dutch Parliament officially legalized what has been common practice in the Netherlands for many years: the killing of patients by doctors.

The Usher of Disunity
by P. Chovav

There are some words whose mere mention warms every Jewish heart. One of the them is the word achdus (unity). It is the antithesis of hatred and competition, divisiveness and mudslinging. It symbolizes an ideal situation of cooperation, equality, trust and mutual understanding. Do we need any more than that in these terrible days?

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