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7 Shevat 5761 - January 31, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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How Will We Vote?

We try to live our lives as good Jews. We try to do what Hashem wants, to increase kevod malchus Shomayim. For the most part this involves performing our daily duties, taking care of our families, learning, chesed, teaching, raising ourselves and our surroundings closer to Hashem.

"This Month Shall Be Unto You"
by L. Jungerman

"This month shall be unto you the first of months . . . it is first unto you -- there is something in this month that belongs to you alone and not to other nations."

Share in the Suffering of our Brethren
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

Any foreigner visiting Eretz Yisroel in the past several months can see a distinct difference between how two parts of its population have reacted to the threatening security condition. Such an enormous difference would be more proper for two separate nations.

Tu BiShevat -- A Tikkun for Eating the Eitz Hadaas
by HaRav Aryeh Leib HaCohen Shapira

Part II

This is the second of a three-part essay that explains many important and deep concepts that underlie the "minor" holiday of Tu BiShevat.

Ideas for Tu BiShevat: Fruit Trees and Timber Trees
by Yochonon Dovid

"Abba," called Yossi the moment he got home. "I saw that the dirt by the wall outside our building is pushed up a little. Is that from an earthquake?"

by E. Rauchenberg

In Ramat Gan there is a school called Bleich High School. Twenty-four years ago, before the Likud under the leadership of Menachem Begin took control of the government for the first time, mock elections were held at the school, and the students voted in favor of Begin, foreseeing the country's first political takeover. Ever since then the school has acquired a reputation as a barometer for election results.

Emotional Intelligence
by Chaim Walder

Last week we wrote about the danger in sharp verbal assaults and about the enormous role of harsh words in the creation of emotional problems in children and youth.

However, there is an additional aspect of verbal assault: the educational angle and its role in the formation of the soul.

News Analysis
A Declaration Without Content

by Aryeh Zisman

From the entire mountain of the Taba talks, nothing emerged. The declaration is devoid of all content though its main and only message is not missing: it is an attempt at election propaganda. However, in that, Barak failed too. To all it is clear that this is a vain declaration and nothing more than show. It is difficult to understand how a serious person like Ben Ami was drawn into such an empty show.

by Rabbi Avi Shafran

Two kinds of Jews affiliate with the Conservative movement. Some do so out of simple discomfort with the alternatives. They have no interest in observing the dictates of halacha on which Orthodoxy is based and perceive the Reform movement's approach as unsatisfyingly "anything goes." They are Conservative Jews, essentially, by default.

About George Bush . . .

To The Editor:

You might find the following of interest:

Davka on Shabbos Shemos was the inauguration of George Bush as the new president of America -- the very day on which we read the posuk: "And a new king arose."

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