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15 Elul 5764 - September 1, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Future of Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh

Eight economics professors from the Hebrew University signed a letter suggesting that "nonworking people" should be "encouraged to migrate" out of Jerusalem. The professors criticized a general plan, known as the Safdie Plan, for new housing along the western approaches to Jerusalem, arguing that it will weaken the city.

Comfort on the Tablets of Our Hearts
by Rabbi Mordecai Plaut, based on a shiur of a rosh yeshiva in Yerushalayim

As we read the seven haftorahs of comfort that lead up to the Yomim Noraim, these insights into the true meaning of true comfort should prove very valuable.

The King Sits upon the Throne of Judgment
Thoughts on Elul

by Maran HaGaon R' Dovid Povarsky ztvk'l

In the month of Elul, it is the custom to blow the shofar every morning after shacharis. This is designed to awaken us, to rouse us to the realization that we are in the midst of Elul.

For the Sin of Sin'as Chinom . . .
by Rav Chaim Brillant

It is now the month of Elul, and the Yomim Noraim are drawing near. Those days of judgment and forgiveness are designated for self-examination (cheshbon hanefesh). Introspection is required both at the individual and the community level: each individual must reflect and search his deeds. Simultaneously, every person must consider the state of the community: he or she should examine his milieu, the level of religious observance as a whole.

by E. Rauchberger

Party at a Crossroads

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's defeat in the Likud Convention two weeks ago came as no surprise. Before the party referendum on the disengagement plan he declared the results would be binding, and then went back on his word, but this time he announced in advance that the vote would not obligate him to adopt a certain course in the coalition negotiations. Instead he made clear he would do as he pleases -- for "the good of the nation" of course.

Searching for Dubno Maggid Relatives

To the Editor:

The Yaacov Maggid of Dubno Fund In Memory of Maggid Meshorim Rabbi Yaacov ben Zeev (Wolf) Kranz, ztvk"l (A division of Chasdei Avoth Memorial Fund) under the auspices of Society of Friends of the Torah, Charity Reg. No. 238230, is searching for long-lost relatives who are descended from the Maggid of Dubno, Rabbi Jacob ben Zeev (Wolf) Kranz ztvk'l whose 200th Yahrtzeit occurs this year on 17th Teves (29th December).

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