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Police Minister: "There was No Spitting in Beit Shemesh"

In response to a Parliamentary inquiry by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, the Minister of Internal Security, who is in charge of the police, said, of an incident that was very widely reported in the media about a seven year-old girl who was spit at by a chareidi man, "The incident reached the headlines in the media. At the time, the police were very active, but such an incident was never reported to police until several months after the incident was alleged, and then only on the basis of the media reports. No complaint was filed by the victim or the victim's family, and there was no report of a specific suspect. The incident was never investigated and the incident does not exist. It was reported in the media and nothing more than that."

Chizuk on Chanukah in Yeshivos

Special reinforcement in the study sessions in all the yeshivos is being urged for the duration of Chanukah, through many practical methods, including limiting the usually accepted vacation time. Special emphasis is being made on intensifying the study in these times - times that are so difficult for the yeshiva world which is being ceaselessly harassed and persecuted, in general, and particularly with regard to army mobilization.

The Tefillah that Stormed the Heavenly Gates

One Wednesday evening, the parents of Y., a young cancer patient, were at their wits' end. Their daughter was crying bitterly and there was nothing they could do for her. The doctors told them to wait until morning, when they would able to perform a C.T. scan. In their helpless misery, the parents appealed to Zichron Menachem, the organization which was supplying them with an experimental drug claimed to save lives, begging them to have it shipped urgently from the U.S.

Chanukah Lights in the Bunkers and Camps of World War II

As the flickering Chanukah flames cast their serene glow over our homes we're reminded of the times when these lights told a different story. In the not-too-distant past these candles were lit under fire - literally - kindling a spirit of renewed hope in the heart of those who struck the match to echo the heaviness of their heartbeats and those of their spectators.

Part II

In the children's barracks of the Auschwitz death camp - a name that sends a shudder down every Jewish spine - boys from different countries and backgrounds were grouped together.

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Opinion and Comment
Our Children are Our Future

by Mordecai Plaut

Demography is in the news, and demography is driving the news these days. Ehud Olmert, Minister of Industry and for many years referred to as one of the Likud "princes" since he is the son of a famous Likud politician, shocked both the Right and the Left when he proposed to withdraw from the areas where there are concentrations of Arab populations in Yehuda and Shomron. He said that the reason he feels such a withdrawal is essential is because of a demographic argument that has in fact been favored by the Left for around two decades.

Opinion and Comment
The Mitzva of Ner Chanukah -- a Most Dear Mitzva!

by HaRav Avrohom Chaim Brim, ztvk'l

A selection of Divrei Torah from the pure cruse of oil, to warm the hearts, from the light of the holy Menorah The Rambam writes at the end of laws on Chanukah (chap. 4, 5:12): "The mitzva of Chanukah is most dear, and a person should be most cautious with it in order to publicize the miracle and to increase the praise of Hashem and thanks to Him for all the miracles He performed for us." Therefore, when the Rambam writes, "This commandment is most dear," it is superfluous to explain or elaborate on his words, since this is written and transmitted in etching upon the walls of the hearts of each and every one of us, according to his particular level and internal preparation.


Windows of the World

FICTION by Y. Freund

Part II

In the first part of the story we met Rocco, the window washer of the restaurant Windows on the World, located atop one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, New York City. Charles Harrison is the manager of the restaurant and Jimmy is a waiter who serves Doniel Jacobs, one of the regulars, who sits at a corner table and just orders Coke in a paper cup. Mr. Jacobs owns a hi-tech firm called Electro-Telcom. Periodically he meets with a distinguished rabbi named Rabbi Meizlish, who reports to him about a kollel that Jacobs supports. Jimmy the waiter overhears the conversations, sees how much importance Jacobs attaches to the matters that Rabbi Meizlish comes to talk to him about, and concludes that it is some top secret research project.


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