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
What is a Ben Torah?
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.
By HaRav Shimon Moshe Diskin zt"l
Doing the Duty of Yated Ne'eman
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
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman
A Small Compartment
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.
by HaGaon Hatzaddik R' Chaim Friedlander zt'l
Of Libels And Labels
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.
by Eytan Kobre
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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