Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

A Window into the Chareidi World

10 Ellul 5761 - August 29, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Limits of Evenhandedness

Everyone tries to be evenhanded. The press always reports the Palestinian attack and the Israeli response together. Diplomats and politicians condemn all violence in the Middle East on the occasion of a particularly horrible bomb against Israeli civilians. The U.S. State Department issues repeated, monotonous calls for "both sides" to end the violence. And the most common figure cited to sum up the entire cycle of violence is that over 600 Palestinians have been killed and about 170 Israelis (this figure changes often, sometimes daily).

Shulchon Oruch
by L. Jungerman

"This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, [he] does not listen to the voice of his father and the voice of his mother; he is a glutton and a drunkard" (21:20).

Learning Bekius
by HaRav Boruch Shmuel Deutsch

Introduction: Reaping Full Benefit

A considerable portion of a bochur's time is devoted to covering large amounts of gemora, Rashi and Tosafos at a fairly swift pace. The gains to be made from this study are obvious. However, a number of points need to be stressed, to ensure that the maximum benefit is gained from this type of learning. This article explains the quality of the bekius which one should strive for and makes several recommendations as to how to it can be attained.

Beyond The Letter of the Law: A Zchus for Yom Hadin
by HaRav Moshe Aharon Stern, zt'l

"Ve'osiso hayoshor vehatov" says the posuk (Devorim 6:18). This implies that we must conduct ourselves beyond what is "legally" required from us; we need to go further.

Politica: Same Old Barak
by E. Rauchberger

Seven months after his landslide election defeat, Barak has begun to come out of hiding. He has been delivering speeches to political forums and granting interviews--so far only to the foreign press, but an interview with a local newspaper is just a matter of time. Either Barak is indulging feelings of nostalgia, or else he is laying the groundwork for a political comeback.

Observations: High Court President Sees Judges as "Immune to Human Defects"
by S. Yisraeli

Two leading jurists launched harsh criticism against the High Court President over his forgiving attitude toward judges who express predispositions regarding defendants before hearing all of the testimony. They say Aharon Barak generally refuses to disqualify judges because he perceives them as if they were immune to human defects and sees every judge in his own image.

Observations: Religious Zionism Addresses Attitude Toward "Chareidi Culture"
by B. Schwartz

Recently a debate on a highly original question has been hashed out on the pages of national-religious newspaper, Hatzofe: With whom does religious Zionism share a greater common language and who should it favor: the secular sector or the chareidi sector?

A Not-So-Funny Joke
by R' Chaim Dovid Zwiebel

I remember laughing when I first heard the following fictional father-son exchange:

Dad: "Jason, what did you learn in Talmud Torah today?"

Jason: "All about how the Jews crossed the Red Sea."

Dad: "So tell me the story."

This is War
by Jonathan Rosenblum

Fifteen dead, six of them children, five members of one family, another her parents' only child and herself pregnant with her first child; 130 injured, dozens seriously. Yet, says the world, even if Israel could have identified last Thursday's suicide bomber or his handlers in advance, she had no right to act preemptively.

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