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11 Nissan 5761 - April 4, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Violence Escalates as Israel Fights Back
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In less than 24 hours, two soldiers were killed in separate incidents in the West Bank. In between the two murders of soldiers, Israeli Apache helicopters fired three missiles into the pickup truck of an Islamic Jihad fugitive in Rafah in the Gaza Strip Monday, killing him instantly.

Yeshivas Hemshech Hazman
by Rabbi Aryeh Gefen

For the fourth consecutive year a very unique yeshiva has been running very discreetly with the support of gedolei hador. It is a yeshiva to recover the hours lost bein hazmanim; a yeshiva that perpetuates the sacred time of the yeshivas; a yeshiva that takes the sting out of the vacation days set aside for the holidays.

High Court To Deliberate on Lev L'Achim Appeal to Prevent Recognition of Scientology School
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

High Court Justice Tova Strassberg-Cohen, ruling on a petition filed by Lev L'Achim against the Education Ministry demanding that it prevent licensing of a Scientology cult school, has decided to transfer the case to a panel of three judges. She determined that deliberation on the petition must take place by June, which is prior to the beginning of the next school year, 5762 (2001-2).

UTJ Joins the Coalition
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The UTJ party in the Knesset has joined the coalition. The party signed a coalition agreement last week with the Likud, according it two deputy ministers and two Knesset committee heads.

Kahalani Found Innocent of any Wrongdoing
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Avigdor Kahalani, internal security minister between June 1996 and July 1999, was acquitted of charges alleging that during his term as minister he passed information on to Ma'ariv publisher Ofer Nimrodi regarding a secret police investigation against him, as well as related breach of trust and obstruction of justice charges.

Huge Furniture Store in Netanya Might Open on Shabbosim
by Yehuda Ariel

The Committee for the Sake of Shabbos in Netanya warns that Ikea, an international furniture company which is opening a branch in Netanya, has violated a clear cut obligation regarding Shabbos observance in its new store.

Glatt 5761: Shearis Yisroel Kashrus Guide
by B. Rabinowitz

Glatt 5761, the 17th edition of the kashrus guide of the BaDaTz of Shearis Yisroel, is currently being distributed all over the country. Like its predecessors, this year's edition includes many sections offering up-to- date information on the kashrus of various products for use on Pesach as well as throughout the year.

Matzoh Cartel Thwarted
by Betzalel Kahn

In light of the cartel which apparently took place between matzoh manufacturers last year, the authorities are currently continuing their investigations, in order to prevent a cartel in matzoh prices this Pesach.

Sydney to get an Eruv
by Y. Frommer

An eruv for Sydney is soon to become a reality. After the visit of one of the world's leading authorities on eruvin, Rabbi Shimon Eider of Lakewood, the completion of the eruv is coming near. The eruv is expected to become operational a few weeks after Pesach, when Sydney will join Melbourne as the second city in Australia to have an eruv.

A Remnant of the Plague of Frogs?
by D. Leitner

Each of the ten plagues that Hashem brought on the Egyptians had its unique features and phenomena, as each one was sent to teach and demonstrate a new aspect of Hashem's rulership of the world. The second plague of frogs is no exception, and I would like to share some interesting phenomena of this plague.

Crane Flies are Not Mosquitoes!
By Yated Ne'eman Staff

An onslaught of crane flies swept Jerusalem neighborhoods last week as a result of the drastic changes in weather conditions. The current heat wave, which was preceded by rainfall, brought about the wave of uninvited guests.

Bone Marrow Data Registry Bringing Hope to Cancer Patients this Pesach
by Linda Feinberg

When some 32,000 Israelis turned out to donate a blood sample to the Ezer Mizion Data Registry last February, it wasn't just Israeli cancer patients who were given new hope. During the last few weeks the registry has received more than 100 search requests from 12 of the largest cancer hospitals and centers in the United States, who are also hoping that some of the Israeli donors will be matches for their cancer patients.

Haifa Mayor To Consider Revoking Licenses of Business Open on Shabbos
by Aryeh Zisman

Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna plans to take stricter measures against businesses open on Shabbos. On the Shabbos of 29 Adar, Shinui representatives demonstrated at the Castra Mall at the southern entrance to Haifa, protesting closure of the mall on Shabbos.

Shuvu's Pesach Programs Help Russian Families
by Linda Feinberg

How one decorates one's home is often a very personal statement reflecting one's values. Ten years ago, the Horowitz family in Moscow was no exception. Every year in the spring, the Horowitzes would obtain a single matzo through the refusenik grapevine and display it prominently in their living room for the entire family to admire. This was how they celebrated Pesach.

Chesed Award Goes To Two Chareidi Institutions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The William Trump Chesed Award for `outstanding commitment to children with developmental disabilities' was bestowed on Sulam, a day care center for exceptional children in Jerusalem, with the Recognition Award going to the Haifa Center for Children with Learning Disabilities in an impressive ceremony at Beit Issi Shapiro in Ra'anana.

Observations: New Cost-of-Living Index in the Works
by A. Turgeman

The Histadrut, which has initiated various unusual steps recently to demonstrate its existence, announced that it has decided to publish a new cost-of-living index within three months designed to replace the Cost-of-Living Index published by the Central Bureau for Statistics.

Observations: Mezuzas in Kibbutz Schools?
by M. Tzvi

At the Bikat Kinneret School at Kibbutz Beit Zera in the Jordan Valley, school officials have been wavering for the past two months over whether to accommodate a request by parents from Tiveriya to put mezuzas on classroom doorways. Reporter Dani Brenner writes that the school was founded by the (strongly anti-religious) Hashomer Hatzair Movement and is owned by Kibbutz Beit Zera and Kibbutz Sha'ar Hagolan.

Ovos Uvonim in South Africa
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The remarkable international success of the Ovos Uvonim father-son learning program, has not skipped over the continent of Africa. Way down south in the leafy northern suburbs of Johannesburg, dozens of young boys have been gathering together with their fathers every motzei Shabbos, to strengthen their connection to the vital chains of our mesorah.

Observations: Babysitter or Baby Hazard?
by A. Turgeman

The military journal, Bamachane, reports that a study recently conducted to test the efficacy of the Shmartaf ["Babysitter"], a gas mask designed for babies up to age three, cast doubt as to its ability to function over an extended period in a sealed room and, according to the researchers, the mask may put sick children at risk.

Yeshivas Amal HaTorah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The rapid growth of the Torah World in chutz la'aretz that is accompanied by a constant increase in the number of yeshivos that open there, is a source of joy and delight to all Torah-observant Jews.

Protests Against Chilul Shabbos in Bnei Brak
by A. Cohen

On Shabbos afternoon 29 Adar, scores of avreichim from the Pardes Katz and Kiryat Herzog neighborhoods demonstrated outside of the Kishurit-Ma'aneh Iski offices on Yarkon Street in Bnei Brak, protesting the company's weekly Shabbos desecration.

Scores of Youngsters Belong to Satanic Cult in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

A very shocking report of the Youth Committee of the Jerusalem Municipality has exposed the dangerous activity of a Satanic cult in the heart of the city. This cult numbers scores of secular youngsters. This isn't the first time that the activity of the dangerous cult has been exposed in Israel in general, and in Jerusalem in particular.

Yeshivas Lev Yisroel
by Rabbi Nachum Chaimowitz

Recently, Rabbi Nachum Chaimowitz, author of sefer Malbushei Kovod VeTiferes and a former student of Rabbi Wolbe at Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov, has opened a yeshiva for English speaking baalei teshuva called Lev Yisrael. HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg blessed this initiative, writing, "Yehi rotzon that he merit the blessings of Hashem in all his toil."

Rebbetzin Hilda Sheincha Nebenzahl o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

On Wednesday night, 5 Nisan, a large throng headed by rabbonim and talmidei chachomim accompanied Rebbetzin Hilda Sheincha Nebenzahl, widow of R' Yitzchok Halevi Nebenzahl, zt"l, on her last earthly journey. She was niftar at the end of the sheva brochos week of her great granddaughter.

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