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25 Sivan 5763 - June 25, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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IDF Seizes 160 in Hebron, Nablus; Hope for Truce in Gaza
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

Israel Defense Forces troops swept into various Palestinian cities early on Tuesday, seizing more than 160 suspects in the course of a large-scale raid on Hebron and a manhunt in the Casbah of Nablus. The army said it was trying to head off Hamas activity and to gather information on wanted men. Most of those arrested are expected to be released soon.

HaRav Shteinman: "Everyone has an Obligation to Participate in Lev L'Achim"
by A. Cohen

At a special emergency meeting held last Friday afternoon in the home of HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, the Rosh Yeshiva told representatives of various bnei Torah kehillos in Bnei Brak, "Everyone has an obligation to participate in the activities of Lev L'Achim [by covering] the cost of enrolling at least one child in the Torah-based education [system]."

European Rabbinical Conference Opposes Setup of Dubious Beis Din in Germany
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"We have heard repeated rumors that certain rabbonim intend to set up another beis din in Germany," reads a letter recently sent by European Rabbinical Conference heads, "a move that would undoubtedly undermine the authority of the beis din the European Rabbinical Conference set up in 5759 and would be liable to bring religious conditions in Germany back to a state of chaos, for every individual would be free to come forward and claim authority.

Grodno Grave Struggle
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a report from the BBC, municipal authorities in Grodno, Belarus, are digging up the 300-year old local cemetery -- which was in use until 50 years ago -- to expand a football stadium. Jewish religious leaders from Britain claim that thousands of Jewish graves have been desecrated.

Israeli Interest Rate Reduced by 0.5 Percent
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Despite heavy pressure to cut rates more, on Monday the Bank of Israel announced that its key interest rate for July would be 7.5 percent, only a 0.5 percent drop from the current rate of 8 percent.

Additional Cut in Income Support at End of Month
by G. Kleiman

At the end of June the cut in Guaranteed Income allotments approved in December is scheduled to take effect and 108,000 low-income families will lose an average of NIS 600 of their monthly income.

Reform Congregations Denied Membership in Swiss Umbrella Organization
by S. Fried

At a large gathering of representatives from Jewish organizations around Switzerland held before Shavuos, the official Swiss Jewish community -- SIG -- officially rejected a request by Reform groups for membership, reports the Yiddishe Tzeitung.

US Immigrant Murdered During Son's Sheva Brochos
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Zvi Goldstein Hy"d, 47, of Eli, was murdered and his parents and wife wounded, when a terrorist shot up their vehicle north of Ofra last Friday afternoon. The family was heading for Jerusalem to celebrate Shabbos sheva brochos with their son, David, who had been married the day before.

Suspend Interior Minister says Rabbi Gafni
by G. Lazer

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni told Yated Ne'eman last week that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon should suspend Interior Minister Avraham Poraz, based on suspicions that he voted twice during Knesset deliberations on the economic decrees, when several MKs were seen voting twice contrary to regulations and possibly against the law.

Education Minister: "Salaries for Directors of Cultural Institutions Unreasonable"
by Eliezer Rauchberger

State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg, who is currently preparing a report on the salaries of directors of culture and arts institutions, to be published in another three months, told the Knesset State Control Committee last week that he has sent a preliminary draft to the subjects of the report for their response.

Yeshiva Mechanchim Meeting Held in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

As the enrollment date for yeshiva ketanos and yeshivos gedolos approaches, Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Chinuch Be'Eretz Hakodesh summoned educators for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue of matching the right yeshivas to the right talmidim.

An Evening of Tribute and Support for "Shvilim"
An Extracurricular Institution for Special Needs Children

by Yated staff

It was a distinguished and memorable event for the many people who filled the Beis Yisroel hall in Jerusalem this month to give tribute to Shvilim, an organization for the rehabilitation and advancement of children with special needs; it was an unforgettable opportunity to experience the range of its activities and scope of its accomplishments.

HaRav Yitzchok Yehoshua Assaf, zt'l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Yitzchok Yehoshua Assaf zt'l passed away unexpectedly in his home in Lakewood at the age of 64.

Mrs. Malkah Sultan, Hy'd
by Betzalel Kahn

The Sultan Family was struck with tragedy after the mother of the family, a woman of chesed and midos tovos, was murdered two weeks ago in the bombing attack on bus line 14 in Jerusalem at the age of 67.

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