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27 Teves 5760 - January 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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They Celebrate New Year; We Keep Shabbos

Even in Israel, it was hard to escape the worldwide celebration of the Christian New Year. The fact that it took place on Shabbos made it less present than it would otherwise have been, since we are cut off from the modern media on Shabbos kodesh, but there was still an unusual awareness of the change in the year, primarily due to the famous millennium computer bug.

A Call To Save Our Pure Yichus
by HaRav Yonah Mertzbach

In Adar II, 5703 (1943) HaRav Yonah Mertzbach zt'l published the following article in the chareidi publication HaDerech, dealing with the disastrous halachic problems created by the aliya from Europe. This immigration included people disbarred from Jewish marriage, as well as bogus converts to Judaism who threatened to mix with the general populace in the Holy Land.

Today's Jewish Future: Mass Assimilation
by Rabbi Yitzchok Roth

Anyone who wants to stimulate public discussion on a topic is faced with a dilemma. On the one hand, if he speaks politely it is doubtful that the media will bother reporting it to the public. Today when people constantly chase after favorable media coverage, anyone speaking in a matter of fact, well- bred manner is of no interest to the newspapers, television, or radio.

Pharaoh -- as a Moshol
by L. Jungerman

One cannot help but be amazed and bewildered when studying the parshiyos describing the ten plagues visited upon Egypt. Hashem, the A-mighty, Supreme Being, engages in `negotiations' with a flesh-and-blood king, a mortal creature of dust and ashes, a fleeting shadow, a wisp of nothing.

Friendly Words From a Surprising Place
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

There is now reason to hope that the two young Jewish girls who have been the focus of much of the Orthodox Jewish world's attention in recent months may yet be removed from the custody of their nonobservant, reportedly meshumad father in Italy and perhaps even returned, as is their wish, to their observant Jewish mother in Eretz Yisroel.

Go Reconfigure!
by Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

It had been a tough two weeks, and I took it out on the boys.

Standing in front of a dining-room full of bochurim as the guest speaker at the Mesivta of Long Beach's weekly melave malka, I shared with them some of the "highlights" of the preceding days -- the tragic drug-related death of a former yeshiva student in Boro Park, the reports of several criminal investigations and allegations surrounding Orthodox Jews -- and I lamented the shame and dishonor brought upon the entire community when terrible events of this nature are splashed across the pages of the newspapers and shape the public perception of Torah Jewry.

The Missionary Menace

To the Editor:

While the headlines herald daily of fires, strife, politics we are also witness to how the Arabs manage to infiltrate so deeply into the heart of Eretz Yisroel near Zichron Yaakov and cause so much damage.

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