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5 Tishrei 5760 - September 15, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Iran Claims it has Solid Evidence of Jewish Espionage
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Iran is sure that 13 Jews accused of espionage are guilty, and has documents to prove it, a senior judge said in comments published in Teheran.

"It is certain that these individuals were spies. There is no doubt about this. The court has enough strong evidence and documents proving this," Gholamhossein Rahbarpour, the head of Teheran's Revolutionary Courts, told the hard-line Jomhuri-ye Eslami daily.

Malka Devorah Ellis o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

Shocked and stunned, thousands of Jerusalem's residents, led by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshiva, rabbonim and bnei Torah accompanied Rebbetzin Malka Devorah Ellis o"h, eishes chover to HaRav Simcha Doniel Ellis, the mashgiach of the Eretz Yisroel-Lakewood yeshiva currently on Sorotzkin Street, on her last earthly journey. She was only 40 years old at the time of her petirah.

Lulov Cartel Liable to Raise Prices of Lulovim and Haddasim
by Betzalel Kahn

A number of lulov merchants have filed a complaint with the Commercial Restrictions Authority of the Ministry of Trade which deals with illegal monopolies, against a number of large merchants. The complainants claim that a number of merchants have banded together in order to acquire the majority of the lulovim grown in El Arish and in other places, and have also gained control of the haddasim market in Israel.

A Jew from Panama Was Set Free by His Captors on Erev Rosh Hashanah
by S. Baruchi

On erev Rosh Hashanah, Panamanian Jewry breathed a sigh of relief at the good news of the release of the son of one of the prominent Torah and chessed pillars of the community, who was kidnapped while on a business trip to Colombia.

Committee Finds 62,900 Swiss Bank Accounts
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The committee formed to look into allegations that Swiss banks hoarded the bank accounts opened by people who later perished in the Holocaust has located 62,900 such accounts, according to a report in Globes.

Based on the Law of Return: The Non- Jewish Agency?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

If Konstantin Umansky gets the job he wants, he will be the Jewish Agency's first non-Jewish emissary. Umansky, whose grandfather was Jewish, immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine eight years ago under the Law of Return (which allows for the immigration to Israel of the children and grandchildren of Jews, even if they themselves are not Jewish).

Employment of a Teacher who did Teshuvah Causes School Strike
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The PTA of the ORT school of Chatzor Haglilit is striking against the school opposing the continued employment of a teacher who did teshuvah. The teacher, a woman, suddenly came to work dressed in a sheitel and a modest dress, which apparently angered some of the parents. "She's an excellent teacher, but her appearance doesn't suit our school," said Shlomo Chadad, a member of the PTA.

Technion Professor: "The Dossim Should Be Thrown into the Sea"
by Betzalel Kahn

The Manof Jewish Information Center demanded that Attorney General Eliakim Rubinstein bring Professor Uzi Arnon to justice. Arnon made vicious, inciting remarks against the chareidi community. The complaint refers to remarks which he made during a program on the Israel Radio's First Channel to the effect that: "All of those dossim should be thrown into the sea."

Broadcasts Calling to Jews to Draw Closer to Yiddishkeit are Approved
by Betzalel Kahn

The Kol Yisrael administration has granted permission to broadcast paid commercials which call on the nonobservant public to draw closer to Yiddishkeit. This comes in the wake of the appeals of a number of those involved in spreading Yiddishkeit, who had applied for permits to broadcast such paid messages.

Plea Bargain for U.S. Teenage Murderer in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

For the first time since the brutal 1997 murder of Alfred Tello Jr. in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., a U.S. teenager has admitted to the murder. The teenager, 19 year old Samuel Scheinbein, told the Tel Aviv District Court that he was guilty as charged in accordance with a plea bargain agreement in which he will be sentenced to 24 years in an Israeli prison.

Rabbonim and Mashgichim Prepare for Ma'aser Oni Year
by Betzalel Kahn

Rabbonim and kashrus supervisors, along with scores of mashgichim working in markets, factories and packaging companies all over the country, held a special meeting last week. The purpose of the meeting was the study of halachos and practical guidelines related to the year in which the obligation to take ma'aser oni applies: the forthcoming year of 5660.

New Chief Rabbis in Hatzor Haglilit
by Aryeh Zisman

Two new chief rabbis have been chosen for Hatzor Haglilit. Rabbi Tzvi Yitzchok Abramowitz, rav of the local Chassidic community, has been chosen as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi. Rav Mordechai Dei'i, son of the town's former rav, Chief Rabbi Rav Azizi Dei'i zt"l, has been chosen the Sephardi Chief Rabbi. Residents of this northern town are very pleased by the results of the elections.

HaRav Chaim Kanievsky: "Prefer Food Products with the Hechsher of Shearis Yisroel."
by B. Rabinovitz

HaRav Chaim Kanievsky has requested that we choose food products bearing the kashrus seal of the badatz of Shearis Yisroel over those with other hechsherim. We are also instructed to ask store owners to stock food with this high quality hechsher, since no other hechsher can compare in quality with Shearis Yisroel.

Mishnayos Be'al Peh Winners in Melbourne
by Yated Ne'eman Australian Correspondent

Gedalya Fetter is the new Melbourne Mishnayos Be'al Peh winner, with second place going to Moshe Wurtzburger. The competition, held by Kollel Beis Hatalmud, climaxed in a large festive siyum gathering to honor all those who learned mishnayos by heart, who are all real winners.

Rav Shimon Yehuda Epstein zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

A large crowd, led by gedolei Torah, participated in the funeral in the United States and in Jerusalem of Rav Shimon Yehuda Epstein zt"l, the oldest son of HaRav Zeidel Epstein shlita, menahel ruchani of Yeshivas Torah Or in Yerushalayim. R' Shimon Yehuda passed away suddenly in the middle of a shiur in Lakewood Yeshiva on Sunday last week, at the age of 59.

Positive Reactions to the Strong Stand of UTJ on the Sanctity of Shabbos
by Betzalel Kahn

Chareidi Jewry has reacted favorably to the firm position taken by the UTJ Knesset representatives in withdrawing from membership in the Government coalition over the issue of Shabbos desecration.

Arachim Launches Kofer Nefesh Appeal
by Betzalel Kahn

Arachim has launched a kofer nefesh appeal for the upcoming yemei hadin vehorachamim. The appeal has the blessings of maranan verabonon, the gedolei hador.

Bnei Torah Demand Shabbos Closure of Bank Hamizrachi ATMs
by Betzalel Kahn

A group of prominent activists have gathered the signatures of hundreds of bnei Torah on a petition calling upon Bank Hamizrachi to withdraw its intention to operate an ATM on Shabbos.

HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz Delivers Mussar Shmuess in Beis Medrash Elyon in Bnei Brak
by A. Cohen

In time for the Yomim Noraim, bnei yeshiva of the Beis Medrash Elyon as well as local avreichim, merited to listen to a his'orerus lecture by HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz.

Snags in Computerized System Linking Yeshivos To Religious Affairs Ministry
by Betzalel Kahn

High-ranking officials in the Religious Affairs Ministry have criticized the new computerized system linking Torah institution computers to the Yeshiva Department of the Ministry. Officials note that the program currently in use was planned by a novice.

Annual Appeal for the Association for the Prevention of Grave Desecration
by Betzalel Kahn

During these days of rachamim and selichos, activists of the Association for the Prevention of Grave Desecration have launched their annual appeal for the funds to strengthen of the Association's many activities, carried out day and night by dedicated teams of inspectors throughout the country.

Improvements in Child Care Centers in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Improvements will soon be made in Jerusalem's Tipat Chalav (Child and Mother Care) centers, according to Rabbi Yechiel Turgeman, chairman of Health Services in the Jerusalem Municipality.

The Reform Movement's Invasion of Eretz Yisroel
by Moshe Schapiro

Yated Ne'eman has tracked every major development in the battle of wits currently being waged in Eretz Yisroel between the Orthodox community and American-based heterodox movements, yet further research by our Israeli-based correspondents proves conclusively that there are many more elements to this war than meet the eye.

Giving Torah Room to Grow: Beth Medrash Govoha of Eretz Yisroel-Lakewood to Celebrate the Groundbreaking for Its New Building on Chol Hamoed Succos
by S.C. Mizrahi

That "there is no Torah like the Torah of Eretz Yisroel" has become a byword for Jews everywhere. Each year, thousands of bochurim from around the globe flood the yeshivos of Eretz Yisroel, to absorb Torah as they can absorb it nowhere else in the world.

Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky & American Rabbonim View P'eylim/Lev L'Achim Activities in Eretz Yisroel
by Eliezer Schwartz

A delegation led by Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky toured through Eretz Yisroel during the past summer and had a firsthand glimpse at some of the numerous activities being coordinated by P'eylim/Lev L'Achim.

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