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29 Teves 5761 - January 24, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Serious Talks in Taba
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators at Taba in the Sinai desert pushed ahead in an attempt to work out some agreement before the Israeli elections on February 6 (13 Shevat). There was no American presence at the talks, though both sides said they kept in touch with the new U.S. administration and the Palestinians issued a memorandum detailing their objections to the American approach in the past seven years. Both talks characterized the first day of talks, Monday, as serious.

HaRav Mordechai Gifter zt"l
by S. Bruchi, B. Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

A heavy pall of mourning befell all beis Yisroel upon learning of the petirah of HaRav Mordechai Gifter zt"l, crown of American Jewry: its pilot and leader. HaRav Gifter, rosh yeshiva of the Telz yeshiva in Cleveland and one of the heads of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, was one of the most venerable roshei yeshiva in the United States. He was niftar on Thursday night, 24 Teves, at the age of 85.

Rishon Letzion Issues Order Granting Kashrus Certification to Marketers of Sefichin Produce
by Betzalel Kahn

The Rishon Letzion Sephardic Chief Rabbi has issued directives to grant kashrus certification to marketers of sefichin produce even to those who have violated the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate kashrus guidelines. He announced his decision at a meeting with the director of the Kashrus Department of the Jerusalem Religious Affairs Council, Rabbi Yehoshua Pollack.

HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Urges Support of Shmittah Observant Farmers
by A. Cohen

In a letter to a rabbinical contingent from the Nationwide Center for Shmittah Observant Farmers, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky wrote: "Assistance to the shmittah observant farmers to the best of one's abilities is a great obligation. Those who lend them a hand are actually participating in the mitzvah of letting the land lie fallow. Those assisting them will be blessed with the Torah blessing of, `Vetzivisi es birchosi,' which includes everything."

Attempts to Prevent Desecration of Haifa Graves
by Aryeh Zisman

An attempt to desecrate burial caves in Haifa was recently prevented by representatives of the City Council's Religious Bloc protesting "rescue" operations by the Antiquities Authority. As of last week, work had been halted. Nonetheless, it is still feared that clandestine excavations might continue. MK Rabbi Gafni visited the site on 21 Teves in order to study the situation and prevent any desecration of graves.

The Date Line: Don't Move to New Zealand
By HaRav Y. A. Zilber

It was recently reported by Yated that some South African Jews are planning to emigrate to New Zealand.

In that context, I would like to remind readers that the days of the week and Shabbos in New Zealand which are accepted by Jews since Creation, are in accordance with the date line decided upon by the Chazon Ish zy"o, namely one day later than that of the local non-Jewish population of New Zealand.

American Aguda's Yarchei Kallah in Eretz Yisroel
by Betzalel Kahn

"We came to Eretz Yisroel during these difficult times for one purpose: to give chizuk and to receive chizuk. Now is the time to show that only the Torah has the power to give chizuk."

Report Links Smoking and Psychological Difficulties
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On November 21, the Harvard Medical School released a report noting the connection between nicotine addiction and mental illness. It is estimated that nearly 45 percent of total cigarettes purchased in the United States were bought by people with a diagnosable mental illness.

Jerusalem Connected to Electric Trunk Line
by N. Katzin

The Israel Electricity Company has announced the connection of Jerusalem to the nationwide electric grid at a voltage of 400 kilowatts. The connection was made by means of two lines branching off from the Tsipit and Ramat Chovav electric wiring stations in the south, joining with the Even Sapir station in the Jerusalem hills, a station equipped with some of the most advanced technological devices in the world, under computer control.

Alert: Mexican Chewing Gum Problematic
by A. Cohen

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has instructed all retail food stores to remove chewing gum and gum candies under the kashrus supervision of Rabbi Leiberson of Mexico from their shelves.

Beis Hamedrash Hachodosh in Manchester
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Motzei Shabbos Vayechi a great celebration took place in Manchester. A large crowd, including the rabbonim of the town and some of the most prominent members of the community, participated in the hanochas even hapinoh of the Beis Hamedrash Hachodosh on Northumberland Street.

Palestinian Memo on Clinton's Role
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday January 22, barely two days after Clinton left the office of the U.S. Presidency, the Palestinian Authority, through its Palestinian Media Center, issued a memo discussing the role of the Clinton administration in Middle East peace talks. Following are excerpts from that memo:

Reb Yisroel Hacohen Miller zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Reb Yisroel Hacohen Miller, zt"l, one of the heads of Hatzoloh in New York, was taken in a tragic traffic accident in Yerushalayim on Thursday 23 Teves. Reb Yisroel had been on his way to lay tefillin with his son at the Kosel. He was 36 at the time of his petirah.

Rebbetzin Chaya Chermona Rauchberger o"h
by Y. Ariel

On Friday, the 17th of Teves, the righteous Rebbetzin Chaya Chermona Rauchberger, o"h, returned her pure soul to its Maker. Rebbetzin Rauchberger was eishes chover of HaRav Moshe Rauchberger, a rav in Haifa and a member of the Council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel a loyal supporter of gedolei Yisroel and chareidi Jewry.

HaRav Alter Meir Wilmovsky, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

A mournful throng accompanied HaRav Alter Meir Wilmovsky, zt"l, one of Jerusalem's finest avreichim, on his last earthy journey last week. He was 27 years old at the time of his petirah.

Noble Nobel Prize?
by Pinchas Moses

ill a criminal be selected for the Nobel Peace Prize again?

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