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8 Av 5762 - July 17, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Inflation in Israel Up in June
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday (July 15) the Consumer Price Index shot up 1.3 percent in June, far exceeding even the most pessimistic forecasts. The CPI has risen 6.3 percent in the last six months. This compares with a rise of 6.6 percent for the entire secular year 2001.

Knesset Approves Yeshiva Student Draft Law; Revote Expected on Unacceptable Amendment
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The ad hoc committee preparing the yeshiva student draft deferral legislation for its second and third readings approved the legislation on Tuesday morning. However, a controversial proposal -- entirely unacceptable to the Torah world -- to require all yeshiva students to serve for two weeks every year in the Civil Guard was, unexpectedly, approved. Therefore, instead of going directly to the Knesset for final approval, there will be a revote in the committee next week.

U.S Aguda to NYS Officials: No State Constitutional Bar to Vouchers
by B. Isaac

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision that educational vouchers do not violate the U.S. Constitution, attention is turning to the states, where most of the actual voucher programs to be proposed will be crafted.

Chareidi Jew Murdered in Toronto
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M. Plaut

Toronto police are not sure if the murder of 49-year-old charedi Jew David Rosenzweig, stabbed by a skinhead outside a kosher pizza restaurant just after 1 A.M. motzei Shabbos, was a hate crime. "The evidence and research that we've done does not support this as being a hate-related crime," Staff Insp. Bob Clarke of the Toronto police said at a news conference on Monday. Two suspects were arrested.

Israeli Packers Now Meet Halachic Requirements Regarding Wax on Apples
by Betzalel Kahn

Following extensive efforts and an uncompromising battle, rabbonim from the Jerusalem Rabbinate's Department for Mitzvot Haaretz, in cooperation with rabbonim from the Center for Agriculture According to Torah Law -- Kashrus Lemehadrin headed by Rav Yosef Efrati, began to enjoy the fruits of their labors as Seipack of Kfar Saba, Israel's largest apple- coating manufacturer, joined other companies that already produce kosher wax for polishing apples.

Chareidi Environmentalist
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Chareidi MKs usually deal only with topics closely connected with the public that elected them. This is only to be expected, since they were sent to the Knesset for that purpose. However, the Chairman of the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee, Rabbi Moshe Gafni, has proven that when a chareidi MK accepts a task upon himself, he goes out of his way to do a superb job in every respect, even when he is dealing with issues that do not interest the chareidi public at all, per se.

by A Concerned Neighbor

It was an ordinary Tuesday night. Shimon had come home from kollel, and was helping me put the children in for the night.

Rav Chaim Shaul Karelitz -- A Yeshiva on his Grave
by D. Tsfatman

The house of mourning was filled with a great void. Climbing up the twisted stairwell of the old building on Ha'ari Lane in Bnei Brak one met the terrible emptiness that reached the bare walls, the dampness of hidden recesses and the wardrobes worn with age.

So Close and Yet So Far: Soldiers Follow Up a Visit to Mt. Herzl with a Visit to a Yeshiva in Bayit Vegan
by Betzalel Kahn

Almost thirty years after then Chief of Staff Mota Gur prohibited IDF soldiers from visiting yeshivos and a number of years after the IDF prohibited rabbonim from visiting and lecturing at IDF bases, last week this barrier was finally dismantled. A group of thirty soldiers from an elite unit paid a visit to Yeshivas Ashrei Ho'ish in Jerusalem, where they heard a lecture by the rosh yeshiva and held discussion groups with talmidim at the yeshiva--recent ba'alei teshuva themselves.

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