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17 Tammuz 5763 - July 17, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Government Has no Heart

The social protest against the government's new policies is widening. The leaders of the protest are working single parents who need government help to make ends meet. A non- working single mother with two or more children has been cut from NIS 3,346 to NIS 2,607 a month. A working mother who makes the minimum wage has been cut from NIS 2,592 to NIS 1,232. It makes the difference between a low, but tolerable, standard of living and a life of unfilled needs.

Destruction and Redemption
by HaRav Nachman Bulman

Once again the Seventeenth of Tammuz has heralded the advent of our Three Weeks of mourning. Once again our remembrance of the destruction of Hashem's dwelling place on Earth will culminate in the soul searing tones of Tisha B'Av's lamentations. In some of us, the discomfort enjoined during this period, the restraints we practice, will awaken a glimmer of recollection for the historic tragedy which stands behind our customs of mourning.

A Middos Workshop: Ahavas Yisroel -- the Oneness of the Jewish People
Based on Shiurim of Rav Dovid Siegel

Just a few weeks ago, we commemorated a monumental experience the likes of which never occurred before or since. Three million people stood at the foot of Har Sinai and heard the voice of Hashem, an event so astounding that their neshomos actually left them, and they had to be revived. The words of the posuk tell us, "Vayichan shom Yisroel negged hohor."

The Figure of a Mechanech
by R' Yerachmiel Kram

Before his death, Moshe Rabbenu asks Hashem to appoint a successor who will step into his shoes after his death. Within the request, he enumerates the traits that appear to him as mandatory for one destined to lead the nation. Ostensibly, this does not apply to us beyond its being an inherent part of the Torah which must be studied, if only for the pure sake of study and for which we will duly receive reward.

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