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7 Nissan 5760 - April 12, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Mass Prayer Rally in Bnei Brak for the 13 Iranian Jews
by A. Cohen

This past Monday, 5 Nisan, an announcement signed by maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel of our times was circulated. It calls for everyone to beseech Hashem to have mercy on the thirteen Iranian Jews whose trial is scheduled for Thursday 8 Nisan, and for them it is certainly an issue that is a matter of life or, Rachmono litzlan, death. A central rally is to be held on Wednesday afternoon in the middle of Bnei Brak in Bartenura Square.

The Justice Minister Arouses a Storm in Saying that Large Families are Not a Blessing
by Betzalel Kahn

A storm has erupted in the political system as a result of the untoward remarks of Justice Minster Yossi Beilin who, on Sunday (4 Nisan) launched a sharp and unprecedented attack on the concept of "families blessed with many children." Beilin made his remarks in an interview in Sunday's Ha'aretz, in one of a serious of articles attacking the extra monthly allocations paid by the government to large families.

Life Insurance For Chareidim at Minimal Rates
by Betzalel Kahn

Maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel have for the first time issued a statement advising the chareidi community to arrange a "Hishtadlus Plan" for life insurance. The Tvuna company will operate under the supervision of the Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedoko and will offer the insurance at a fair cost, under their supervision.

New Research on Marketing in U.S. Sheds Light on Chometz After Pesach
by Mordecai Plaut

Mr. Yosef Herman, who gets a large share of credit for the current worldwide revival in the lechatchila approach to keeping the mitzva of chodosh, has found a new field of research: chometz she'ovar olov haPesach.

Syrian and Palestinian Tracks on Barak's Agenda
by Mordecai Plaut

Our next issue will not appear for almost three weeks but the world will not sit still on the interim, so we will try to summarize the major stories as they are today -- now.

Mikveh Dedication in South Africa
by Aryeh Taback

It is only in the last few hundred years that manmade mikvas have become so prevalent all over the world. In dry areas such as Eretz Yisroel there was an ancient need to build suitable mikvas but elsewhere, where public water is more common, those needing immersion just used a natural spring or gathering of water suitable for the purpose.

A Sefer Torah is Ushered into the Toras Yechiel Yeshiva in Yerushalayim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A hachnosas sefer Torah celebration was held in memory of HaRav Arye Leib Berenbaum, zt"l in the Nachlas Dovid yeshiva last week in Petach Tikvah.

A Sefer Torah is Ushered into the Toras Yechiel Yeshiva in Yerushalayim
by Betzalel Kahn and M. Plaut

Thursday night 2 Nisan, a hachnosas sefer Torah ceremony was held for the Toras Yechiel yeshiva, named after HaRav Yechiel Wilensky zt"l. It is headed by HaRav Ephraim Yitzchok Vladomirski who, in addition to his unique ability to guide and train young students to probe the gemora in-depth, is known for his special closeness to his students.

The First American Daf Yomi Conference Helps All
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A tremendous sense of warmth and camaraderie permeated the room at Congregation Gevul Yavetz in Flatbush, where more than 150 men had gathered. Each spends significant parts of his day involved in the same communal activity, and so the discussions were all animated, the concerns all shared, and the knowing looks were many.

Partner Communications To Grant Tens of Thousands of Shekels to Chessed Organizations
by A. Cohen

Partner Communications, operator of the Orange cell-phone network in Israel, has launched a campaign to distribute thousands of shekels to local chessed organizations within the framework of kimcha dePischa.

Beis Medrash Dedication: A Johannesburg Community Transplanted
by Yated Ne'eman Correspondent

The dedication of the Kollel Yad Shaul Beis Medrash in Gardens, Johannesburg took place on Sunday, 4 Nisan. This was the culmination of the move of the community from the Yeoville area where it was located for some 25 years.

Shearis Yisroel Kashrus Network Prepares for Pesach
by B. Rabinowitz

The kashrus network of the BaDaTz of Shearis Yisroel has worked overtime over the last months preceding Pesach to provide food products with the most stringent hechsher for the holiday.

Notice to the Public Regarding Rakusen's Matzos

It is a source of great regret that the communal unity of Passover matzo production over many decades has been broken and that aspersions have been cast over the Kashrut of Rakusen's Matzos.

Moving Ceremony Marks Opening of New Elad Yeshiva
by A. Cohen

A moving ceremony marked last week's formal opening of the new yeshiva gedola in the new city of Elad. The ceremony was attended by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, and hundreds of local bnei Torah.

Ezra Halbasha Layeled

Ezra Halbasha Layeled distributes shoes and clothing to thousands of bnei Torah families throughout the year.

Europe Complains Of "Too Much Holocaust"
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

French fascist leader Jeanne Marie Le Pen blamed the Jews for their "tyrannical attitude toward nationalist parties in Europe.

"The Jews are waging the battle against Haider in the international media," Le Pen said at a party meeting. "They have transformed the Holocaust into ammunition in service of their goals, and forbid any nationwide activity for the revival of the nation.

Revolutionary Voice-Activated Microwave Oven
by N. Katzin

De Longhi, an Italian manufacturer of electronic appliances, and Rovidium, an Israeli start-up technology company, have recently announced the development of a revolutionary microwave oven. The first of its kind, which has a speech engine and a voice-identification device to control its operation.

Satellite Data Confirm Link Between Air Pollution and Rainfall
by N. Katzin

A clear correlation between air pollution and drought has recently been discovered at the Institute for Global Science of the Hebrew University. In a study by meteorologist Professor Daniel Rosenfeld on the basis of satellite data, it was proven that minuscule particles of smoke and dust formed by air pollution result in the formation of small droplets in the clouds.

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