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11 Tammuz 5764 - June 30, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Who Knows the Difference Between a Siddur and a Machzor?

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon summed up a heated exchange between Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and Justice Minister Tomy Lapid at last Sunday's Cabinet meeting.

Sign and Substance
by Rabbi N. Z. Grossman

Part I

Here and Now

HaRav Eliashiv's ruling about human hair from India being subject to the prohibition of an offering made to avodoh zora awakened an interest in the subject that has not yet died down.

A Proposal for Shiva Ossor BeTammuz
by Rabbi Adam A. Winston

We have come to live with 17th of Tammuz as an inescapable part of our reality. We may have even gotten used to the fast and the Three Weeks as a part of our lives. It's not just the fast and the Churban, but all the tragedies that were brought on by that day.

The Lion's Jaws
by Rabbi Yitzchok Baruch Fishel

The mishnah in the fourth chapter of Ta'anis tells us that five things happened on the 17th of Tammuz: 1] The first set of Tablets of the Covenant which Moshe received at Sinai were broken; 2] The regular, daily sacrifices ceased to be brought; 3] The walls of Jerusalem were breached; 4] Epistomos burned the Torah; and 5] An idol was erected in the Temple.

A Too Powerful Prime Minister?

To The Editor:

I would like to point out to you a little-noticed, landmark decision by Israel's Supreme Court this week, that enormously enhanced the power of the Prime Minister, vis-a-vis his small- party coalition partners.

Politica: War of Nerves
By E. Rauchberger

Former Knesset Chairman Avraham Burg resigned from the Knesset this week and is taking a break from political life until the next elections, now scheduled for three years from now. A staunch opponent of bringing Labor into the government, Burg predicts the party will eventually join Sharon in the government and under such circumstances he does not want to have anything to do with the Knesset.

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