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12 Av 5761 - August 1, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Consequences of a Bad Word

Nineteen years ago Lebanese Christian militias entered Moslem refugee camps in Lebanon named Sabra and Shatilla and spent several days avenging earlier murders of Christians by Moslems in the way that most of those who live in the Middle East do: they murdered innocents who shared the religion of the earlier criminals.

The Way to Nechomoh
by Rav Yisroel Spiegel

We are now in the weeks of nechomoh for the churban of the Beis Hamikdash. The nevi'im console us in the haftoros following Tisha B'Av starting from "Nachamu, nachamu ami" -- (Yeshaya 40:1). If we think somewhat deeper we can find nechomoh in the Torah's instructing us how to reach peace and tranquility in Eretz Yisroel, the land Hashem swore to give to our fathers.

Who Goes First? A Look At Some Of The Halachic Issues Involved In Waiting In Line
by HaRav Yitzchok Silberstein with Rabbi Tzvi Yabrov

There are many areas of life where waiting in line is unavoidable. When there are a number of applicants for treatment, for services or for assistance, they are usually attended to on a first-come-first-served basis. This article deals with whether and under what circumstances, it may be justified to put a later arrival ahead of others in line. In the course of the discussion, the halachic basis for the whole idea of waiting in line is examined.

Like the Days of Heaven upon Earth
by Yochanan David

As I was walking along, I noticed a group of curious bystanders huddling around the guy who pastes up public notices on sidewalk billboards. Like most curious Jews, I stopped to wait and see the contents of the large notice which was rolled up under one arm while the other was vigorously brushing paste on the wet vertical surface. He spread the sheet open and slapped it onto the billboard, smoothing it over once or twice with his brush and continued on his way.

Politica - Back to Camp
by E. Rauchberger

When Binyamin Netanyahu was elected head of the Likud Party eight years ago, he cheerfully announced that the days of political "camps" had come to an end. No longer would there be a Sharon camp, a Shamir camp and a David Levy camp; instead there would be just one, big camp called the Likud. This proclamation stood up to the test of time until recently, but now it is Netanyahu himself who is bringing political camps back to the Likud. The Netanyahu camp versus the Sharon camp.

Observations: A Drought in Brazil Brings a Power Crisis
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Brazil is in the throes of its worst drought in decades. With one of the most extensive river networks in the world, Brazil, which is larger than the continental United States, obtains more than 90 percent of its electricity from dams. No water in its rivers means no power in the electricity system.

Observations: Recreation Spending is 6 Percent of GDP
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

National expenditures on culture, entertainment and sport rose 11 percent in 2000 to NIS 27.8 billion, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported. The increase follows a 7 percent increase in both 1998 and 1999. Per capita expenditure on this item rose 5 percent in 2000, following increases of 10 percent a year in the preceding three years.

Observations: U.S. Green Card -- A Secure Future?
by M. Tzvi

Once a year the U.S. government holds a lottery that includes nearly every country on the globe. The lucky winners are awarded the illustrious Green Card, which allows them to live and work freely in the U.S. Every year the U.S. government issues 55,000 entry visas, of which 11,000 go to Asians. Israeli citizens are allocated approximately 200 visas (this year it was 199) and the competition over them is very tough.

Observations: Photograph "Peace Partners" Disappears
by A. Turgeman

The famous picture of Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin taken during the Nobel Prize ceremony was removed recently from the display dedicated to the memory of Rabin at Mt. Herzl, the publication Yerushalayim revealed recently. The Jerusalem weekly writes that the picture was placed on display a few years ago, causing significant opposition on the part of visitors, public figures and various organizations.

Observations: Paying the Price of a Pack a Day: Confessions of a Five-Decade Smoker
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"I am 68 years old, and until four years ago, I smoked without thinking twice for 48 years. Over the last four years I have had to pay a very high price for smoking," says D.A., a well-known figure from the center of the country, as the opening words to his chilling account of smoking and of the damage it caused to his lungs and brain.

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