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25 Kislev 5765 - December 8, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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A Danger that Must Be Avoided

The gathering of maranan verabonon the gedolei haTorah vehaChassidus last motzei Shabbos parshas Vayeishev just to discuss the problems posed by cellular telephones should be a powerful indication of how serious the problem is. Travel is difficult for some, and all are very concerned with how they spend their time, yet they nonetheless came in person because the danger is perceived as very serious and the need for action is urgent.

The Spirit of Chanukah
by HaRav Tzvi Kushelevsky

The story of Chanukah is well known to all. The Greeks came and defiled the Beis Hamikdosh and all its oils. The Chashmonaim, after liberating the Beis Hamikdosh, could find only one jug of oil fit for lighting. They lit the Menorah with that one jug and miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.

Subjugating Nature for Avodas Hashem
by HaRav Menachem Dan Meiseles

Part IV

In the first part, HaRav Meiseles first noted that one of the Greek decrees at the time of Chanukah was that the Jews had to carve on his ox's horn that they have no part in Hashem the Elokim of Yisroel and afterwards they had to plow with that ox. He also catalogued the differences between an ox and a donkey, noting that the ox symbolizes high spiritual levels while the donkey symbolizes matter: chomer. Also, the ox is kosher while the donkey is not.

Greek `Ambassadors' in Israel
by Yisroel Friedman

The Greeks of yore did not altogether step down from the stage of history; they only changed their masks and props. Their treacherous goal has not yet evaporated and they continue to bare their fangs and sharpen their claws. The Greeks of yore did not fade out; they are still here, now, in the secular State of Israel. In fact, the blue and white flag is, in effect, their very banner.

Politica: Sharon's Phased Plan
By E. Rauchberger

Ariel Sharon plans to set up a new government within the next two weeks. "A state cannot be run without a government," he said, and rightfully so. The State and the government have already been hobbling along for too long with a paralyzed minority government. The sooner this comes to an end the better.

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