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3 Adar I 5760 - February 9, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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How Do We Teach the High Court the Limits?

It is almost unnecessary to comment about the recent decision of the Israeli High Court to outlaw any form of corporal punishment, including asserting the right of a spanked child to sue his parents even if he or she was not injured. The Court ruled that using this sort of method is "a remnant of a social and educational conception that is outmoded."

What is a Ben Torah?
By HaRav Shimon Moshe Diskin zt"l

In the first part, HaRav Diskin developed several important yesodos. The Torah is the blueprint of the world and what it determines, is what happens and how things work. If the Torah says that the color of techeiles brings one to think of Hashem, then the similar color of kolo ilan will not do, and anyone who tries to substitute the latter is denying the full Divine aspect of the Torah.

Doing the Duty of Yated Ne'eman
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

Israel's budget for the year 2000, which was finally passed by the Knesset at the end of the secular year after a long political crisis, focused the media spotlights on Minister of Education Yossi Sarid of Meretz and how his office would budget the expenses for education. Political correspondents described the negotiations: Yossi Sarid, a senior representative of a Leftist party with extreme secular views, against the dati and chareidi representatives fighting for education allocations.

A Small Compartment
by HaGaon Hatzaddik R' Chaim Friedlander zt'l

The Midrash Rabba, Parshas Terumah states: "`And they shall take unto Me an offering' -- this is what is referred to by, `For a goodly counsel (lekach tov) have I given you; do not abandon My Torah/teaching.' Do not forsake the bargain, mekach, I have given you . . . A man sometimes makes a purchase, the worth of which is yet unknown to others.

Of Libels And Labels
by Eytan Kobre

Jewish history is replete with episodes in which enemies of the Jews circulated, and often acted upon, canards fabricated from whole cloth against the Jews in their midst.

Those who follow current Jewish events have just witnessed the latest appearance of a pernicious, contemporary libel, in, of all places, federal district court in Brooklyn.

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