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16 Tammuz 5759 - June 30, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Broad Government Coalition Seems Likely
by Eliezer Rauchberger and Mordecai Plaut

Though there is still time for last minute maneuvering, at press time it appears that Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak of the One Israel party will enjoy a broad coalition of 77 members, based on Shas as the second largest party and not the Likud. Mafdal has already signed a coalition agreement. Meretz is likely to be in, though officially they are waiting to see the agreement that is reached with Shas before deciding.

Both Moetzos Gedolei HaTorah Approve the Coalition Agreement with a Number of Corrections
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Moetzos Gedolei HaTorah of Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel met on Monday to deliberate on the negotiations for the establishment of the government, and the proposed agreement.

The two Councils told UTJ's negotiating team to complete the coalition agreement with a number of changes.

Report: Iran Admits Nine Jewish Detainees Are Innocent; Prayers Recommended
by Betzalel Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Iranian regime has informed Germany that nine of the 13 Jews it is detaining on espionage charges are not spies, according to a report in the US News & World Report.

Archaeologists Arrested for Refusing Police Orders: Tense Struggle at the Site
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Giora Biran, Deputy Director of the Antiquities Authority, was arrested for ignoring police orders to halt excavation of the graves located on the edges of the Trans-Israel highway, at the Ben Shemen interchange.

Shabbos Tent Highlights Call To Sanctify Shabbos at Petach Tikvah Yarkonim Mall
by S. Baruchi and Yated Ne'eman staff

In an effort to convince stores in Petach Tikvah's Yarkonim Junction Mall not to open on Shabbos, a "Shabbos tent" was set up near stores which continue to open on Shabbos. Last Shabbos, hundreds of people walked from their homes to the Shabbos tent. The city's eruv was extended until the Yarkonim junction in order to accommodate them.

Israel-Hizbullah Battles in Lebanon Worst in 3 Years
by N. Segal

In a spiraling cycle of violence in Israel's north, nine Lebanese were killed when Israel bombed power stations and bridges near Beirut in an operation that began June 25. The Israeli air assault came in response to Hizbullah rocket attacks that day which killed two residents in northern Israel and wounded at least 12, one seriously.

A New Guide for Torah Institutions Will Prevent Fraud
by N. Katzin

The well known joke about the donor who asks for a "nedovo far mir," [i.e. for himself and not of course for the Mirrer yeshiva] whose meaning is imbedded within the literal translation of the Yiddish phrase, causes a bittersweet smile to cross the lips of many a Torah institution and yeshiva director.

Afghanistan Jew Imprisoned for 'Sorcery'
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Afghanistan's only Jew, Yitzhak Levi, spent 45 days in Taliban jail -- not because of his religion, but because, he said, another Jew who offered him safe passage to Israel turned him in to the Taliban for practicing sorcery, of all things.

Talmud Torah Students Miraculously Saved From Katyusha Rockets
by Betzalel Kahn

A great miracle occurred last Thursday, when Katyusha rockets fell a few meters away from a group of talmud Torah children from Jerusalem. The students had been on their annual class trip near Shlomi, a small town in the Western Galilee.

With Egged to Vosikin at the Kosel
by Betzalel Kahn

Bus service to the Kosel with Egged buses #1 and #2 will now begin at 4:45 A.M., to enable people to reach the Kosel for the early summer vosikin minyan. Egged has taken this step as part of its policy of facilitating transportation for Jews who seek to pour out their hearts to Hashem at the Kosel.

Use of Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel to Minimize Air Pollution
by S. Fried

Starting June 1, 1999, all diesel-powered vehicles are required to use only low-sulfur fuel (0.05%). The old regulations permitted a maximum of 0.2% sulfur.

National Water Carrier Celebrates 35 Years
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week marked 35 years since the installation of Israel's National Water Carrier, a large public works project that brings water from Lake Kinneret in the north to the rest of the country.

Kiryat Herzog Protest Davening Demands Shabbos Road Closure
by A. Cohen

Hundreds of residents of the Kiryat Herzog section of Bnei Brak demonstrated on Genichovski Street and in the center of the Kerem Yisroel neighborhood last Friday night. The demonstrators demanded the closure of the street to traffic on Shabbosim.

Liftoff for Nefesh U.K.
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Nefesh U.K., part of the International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals, was launched in February of this year following extensive national consultation with leading rabbonim and dayanim.

Gateshead Bid Farewell to Rav Wagschal

A special series of events were held recently by the Gateshead Kehilla and its Mosdos to honor Rav Shaul Wagschal shlita on his retirement and departure for Lakewood.

What is a Jew--According to Webster's
by G. Avidan

The Haggodo cites the verse, "and the Egyptians persecuted us."

In many of the exiles the Jewish Nation lived through, since Egypt, additional meanings of this verse have been revealed. Antisemites in every generation, and in all countries, have presented Jews in a negative light in order to justify their negative attitude toward us.

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