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20 Teves 5760 - December 29, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Bnei Brak OK for Y2K
By A. Cohen and M. Plaut

The city of Torah and Chassidus has made its own preparations for the threats of problems caused by the computer glitch known as Y2K, or the millennium bug. The fact that the secular year changes on a Shabbos this year has caused complications, but they are being dealt with in consultation with appropriate experts including halachic authorities.

Dulberg Court Custody Decision Annulled
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An Italian Court of Appeals has annulled a decision by the country's Minors Court, which had granted custody of two Orthodox Jewish girls to their self-professed Catholic father. Another custody hearing will be held at a date to be determined.

Work To Marry off the Children Joyfully and Honorably
By Chaim Walder

he recent discussion about the need to solve the problem of the expense of marrying off children brought a wave of responses. What was truly remarkable, however, was the nationwide organizing of avreichim and communal activists to seriously and practically address this need.

The Vaad LeInyonei Giyur Demands That Melchior's Membership in the Conference of European Rabbis be Revoked
by Betzalel Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week, in a very controversial step, the Israel Government's Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Michael Melchior, said that even though the Orthodox establishment speaks only about conversions conducted for those who declare that they will observe the mitzvos, "hardly any of those who were converted actually observe the mitzvos but no one will say that is the policy." Minister Melchior said this at a meeting with the editorial board of the Jerusalem Post.

Former Supreme Court Justice Elon Criticizes Barak Court Activism
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Retired Supreme Court deputy president Menachem Elon has told the Knesset Law Committee that over the past seven years he has turned from a cautious supporter of basic human rights legislation to an outspoken opponent-- because of the activism of the High Court under President Aharon Barak.

UTJ Makes Impressive Achievements in the Budget
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

UTJ's representatives in the Knesset have made important gains for the entire religious community during deliberations over the budget for the year 2000. As usual in the parliamentary maneuvers leading up to final approval of the State budget, all parties work to advance the issues that they are interested in. After all, this is what their voters sent them to the Knesset for.

Government Crisis Ends as Shas Gets Money for Chinuch
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

By Wednesday morning, the crisis caused by Shas' threat to withdraw from the government had seemingly passed. Tuesday night, Shas already voted with the government to approve the budget. The following was written on Tuesday morning, as the crisis was at its height.

Rabbi Gafni: "The Government Must Meet the Demands of Shas; But Shas Should Leave the Coalition
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"UTJ, which is currently in the opposition, has made agreements on issues which are vital for the entire chareidi and religious sector, both for Shas and UTJ. I call on the Finance Minister to respond to the legitimate demands of Shas for its educational and religious needs, and I call on Shas to withdraw from the coalition.

Inspiring Talks Organized by Nefesh UK
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

NEFESH UK, part of the International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals, organized a series of public talks in London and Manchester entitled "Today's Adolescent Turmoil -- the growing problem of Children `Off the Derech.' "The guest speaker was internationally-renowned Chassidic author, speaker and psychiatrist Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski.

Mishmeres HaShabbos of Haifa Causes Cancellation of Merchant Meeting on Shabbos
by Yehuda Ariel

Mishmeres HaShabbos of Haifa succeeded in stopping a merchants' meeting which was supposed to take place on Shabbos. Activists of the Mishmeres threatened to get a court order against holding the meeting. As a result, the organizers decided to cancel their original plans and scheduled the meeting for motzei Shabbos.

27 Israeli Species Have Become Extinct this Century
by N. Katzin

The LaTeva Nolad (Born to Nature) report about the state of wild animals in Israel in 1999 reveals that 27 species of animals have become extinct in Israel -- as well as in the entire world -- over the last one hundred years. 22 other species that used to live in Israel (as well as some that merely nested here), did not survive locally; however they survived in other places.

Jews Return to Spain
by S. Fried

Today's Israeli visitor to Spain is surprised to discover that this country has an ever-growing Jewish community, with all of the services needed by Jews.

Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts Discovered
by G. Safran

Mauro Pirani, a Professor in the University of Bologna, recently discovered a treasure containing thousands of Hebrew manuscripts hidden in the bindings of ancient notary tomes that were preserved in the archives of the Spanish city of Gerona.

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