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24 Ellul 5761 - September 12, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Terror Attacks in New York City and Washington DC; Palestinians Celebrate the Destruction as a "Victory"; Israeli Jews Pray for the Victims
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Tuesday morning, four commercial airlines were hijacked in the United States: two planes of American Airlines and two of United Airlines. They were commercial flights full of passengers. Two crashed into the World Trade Center, collapsing both 110 story towers. A third crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania. Hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- lost their lives in a vicious, cruel, mindless spasm of destruction.

In Honor of Shmittah and its Heroes
by A. Cohen and M. Plaut

This past Sunday, 21 Elul, two stirring events of public kiddush Hashem marked the end of the shmittah year of 5761 -- a seudas mitzvah in Tel Aviv and a massive. moving parade in Bnei Brak.

First Publication!
The Gaon Said to Write a Prusbul Throughout the World

by Rav Stern

Even two hundred and four years after the Vilna Gaon passed away, we still meet new chiddushim of his. Lately a manuscript has been discovered, which was written by someone very close to the Gaon namely, HaRav Mordechai Epstein zt"l, the son of the famous Rav Arye Leib zt"l, the baal Hapardes. It contains more than seventy items which he heard from the Gaon.

Israeli Government `Satisfied' at Durban Outcome
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The UN World Conference on Racism concluded by adopting a declaration that did not specifically criticize Israel, but which recognized the "plight" of the Palestinians and the injustice of slavery and colonialism, after nine days of contentious debate that repeatedly threatened to unravel the gathering.

IDF Surrounds Jenin
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday the IDF, in response to a wave of bombs, surrounded the Arab city of Jenin. Some months ago they went into Jenin but left after a few hours. This time the operation appears to be planned to last longer.

Sharp Criticism of Advertisements Encouraging Working Careers for Bnei Torah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbonim and marbitzei Torah have had sharp criticism of a new wave of advertisements encouraging avreichim to leave the beis medrash to study a trade or profession. In fact, such appeals seek to change the career aspirations of bnei Torah and to create the impression that a "revolution" is in the works among bnei Torah who are taking up these courses of study.

Kohanim Traveling on Highway 444 Must Keep Right
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In response to a question from the moro de'asra of Modi'in Illit HaRav Meir Kessler, HaRav Sholom Yosef Eliashiv has determined that kohanim traveling on Highway 444 must remain in the right lane. This directive pertains to the part of the road from its intersection with Highway 443 until the Chadid cemetery junction only. It was recently discovered that part of the road runs over a burial cave.

Transport of Consignment on Shabbos Averted
by Y. Ariel

At the intervention of communal leaders in Haifa and Kiryat Ata and UTJ Knesset members, the Shabbos shipment of an over- sized consignment from Israel Shipyards to the Haifa refineries was prevented. In the presence of the chairman of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Government Secretary Gideon Saar repeated his pledge of government policy not to move freight on Shabbos.

Revised Penalty System for Moving Violations
by S. Fried

The Transportation Minister presented a proposal to the Knesset Economics Committee last week for a new method for the accrual of penalty points against traffic violators as an additional attempt to fight traffic accidents. The new method is particularity harsh with repeated offenders.

The Admor of Strikov, zt"l
by S. Bruchi

On Tuesday 16 Elul, a massive throng from all circles of chareidi Jewry accompanied the Admor of Strikov, HaRav Avrohom Landa, zt"l, on his last earthy journey. The procession was headed by maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel. He was niftar after a brief illness, during his 84th year.

When Lightning Struck Twice
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

July 15, 2001. Dr. Bracha Zisser typed an entry into her computer and sighed. Another case of a child in the need of a bone marrow transplant -- another desperate search. Zisser was in Oranit [Ezer Mizion's guesthouse for young cancer patients] manning the world's largest Jewish Bone Marrow Registry. The search for suitable bone marrow donors is not an easy one. With the chance of finding a match being just one in 30,000, the news for most of the 150 patients who call each month is not good.

Letter of Agudas Israel of America to the President about the UN Conference

The following letter was sent by the American Agudath Israel in appreciation of the strong stand taken by the U.S. against the terrible attempts at Durban, South Africa, to single out Israel for criticism and to ignore many other acts of racism around the world.

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