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7 Nissan 5762 - March 20, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Nisan is the Month of Geulah

The postwar generation has generally had it pretty good. In the West it grew up and came of age in a time of increasing prosperity and general calm. There have been crises in the West and wars in Israel, but they were usually pretty short -- a few months at most. For the most part, the past half a century has been a period of secure establishment and growth.

The Prime Objective: Speak About My Name Everywhere In The Land!
by HaRav Yitzchok Shlomo Silbermann, zt'l

In this shiur, HaRav Silbermann clarifies the main objective of yetzias Mitzrayim. His penetrating conclusion has important consequences for fulfilling the mitzvoh of sippur yetzias Mitzrayim at the seder. This shiur was delivered two years ago, on erev Pesach 5760, and was prepared from the notes of one of the listeners by A. Chefetz. It is being presented here to mark HaRav Silbermann's first yahrtzeit on 18 Adar.

Understanding Leil HaSeder

HaRav Shimson Pincus zt"l was killed, along with his wife and daughter, in a tragic car accident one year ago on the 13th of Nisan. In addition to being the rov of the kehilla of Ofakim, Israel, HaRav Pincus lectured and participated in seminars throughout the world. The following article is taken from a taped lecture "Leil HaSeder" that he delivered in the U.S. before Pesach two years ago.

The Maaseh Rav Haggodoh
Selections from the Maaseh Rav Haggodoh that was compiled and edited by HaRav Sholom Meir Wallach.

The Haggodoh states: "Even if we are all wise, we are all sage, we are all venerable, we all know the Torah. [Yet] it is a mitzvah to retell the story of the exodus from Egypt, and whoever exceeds in telling of the exodus from Egypt is praiseworthy."

Following are several different incidents and insights about this passage and what it means to be "wise, sage and venerable" -- chachomim, nevonim, yod'ei Torah.

Shevii Shel Pesach: How the Depths of Despair Lead to the Depths of Hashem's Lovingkindness
by S. Bilgrei

The most powerful day of Sefiras HaOmer is Shevii Shel Pesach which is a real yom tov. Shevii Shel Pesach was the day of Krias Yam Suf, the splitting of the sea.

Recalling a Capacity to Hate Evil
by Mordecai Plaut

We cannot presume to know the intention of Providence in the events we undergo, but we must learn the lessons inherent in them. The Rambam writes (Taanis 1:3) that not to do so is cruelty: " . . . if they say it is just the way the world is, this trouble just happened -- this is cruelty; it causes them to persist in their evil ways and will compound the trouble and add more." To that end, we must understand and characterize what has happened and is happening, and try to draw lessons from it.

Husbands, Wives and Children
by HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg

Part II

In the first part of this essay about the very important topic of sholom bayis HaRav Scheinberg noted that generally a couple starts out compatible and together, but later breaks apart. The long and intimate contact of married life brings out frictions that were not visible previously.

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