Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight

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3 Ellul 5761 - August 22, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Have We Always Dealt with Integrity?

HaRav Avrohom Pam, zt"l, made it very clear that he did not want any hespedim said about him. It is perhaps not too presumptuous to suggest that he would have wanted a discussion of honesty in all one's dealings, since this is a topic that was close to his heart and that he even discussed publicly, at great personal sacrifice, last winter at the annual convention of Agudas Yisroel of America.

Studying Be'iyun
by HaRav Boruch Shmuel Hakohen Deutsch

The correct way of learning beiyun has almost been forgotten nowadays, and many people are confused about it. I have therefore found it necessary to explain at length the derech of our rabbonim regarding this topic:

The Light of Elul -- What is Elul?
by L. Jungerman

The month of Elul compresses so much that one can hardly define it! What is the essence and content of this month? What is its character? What must one strive for during these days and where does one place emphasis? What is primary and what subordinate?

Living Down-to-Earth
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

At all times, and especially in times of distress, people turn to "miracle- working tzaddikim" who sell their wares to thousands of gullible people. Stories about terminally ill patients who were cured, infertile women who conceived, penniless unfortunates who became millionaires overnight, are circulating everywhere.

Observations: National-Religious Circles Recommend "the Educational Aspects of Television" and a "Movie Theater Midrash"
by M. Halevy

National-religious circles have often employed the slogan "religion and living" to justify their distorted and compromising approach to Judaism. Maran the Chazon Ish zt'l referred to this slogan in his letters over forty years ago, using strong words of criticism. Yet they continue in their folly and even try to refine it.

Observations: A Drunken Soldier
by V. Mandosh

The proliferation of drug and alcohol addiction among youth has raised fears over the effect it could have on soldiers serving in the army. There is no need to describe what could take place if a soldier takes hold of a gun when he is not in control of his senses and his powers of discretion.

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