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22 Adar II 5763 - March 26, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Position Statement

Darkness has covered the earth and the yoke of Golus is tightening from without and from within. From without, our enemies stand ready to destroy us physically and from within, a government has been set up by cohorts whose only tie is hatred--the hatred of amei ho'oretz for talmidei chachomim--and whose only aim is to be like all of the nations and to satisfy their urges and desires.

Israel on Alert for Iraqi Missile Attack
by Mordecai Plaut

Israel anxiously followed the news about the American struggle in Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein, as the first reports of casualties came in and Iraq showed no signs of collapsing in the face of the fierce American onslaught. Israel has not suffered any attacks from Iraq in the first few days of the war, and indeed Iraq has not shown that it still has any long-range missiles or other means to threaten Israel. Nonetheless all of Israel remained on high alert.

Economists Welcome Netanyahu's Recovery Plan; Public Concerned
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Economists welcomed Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's economic recovery plan, citing the positive nature of the Treasury's proposals to reduce public sector spending and cut government allowances. The question is whether political realities will force it to be significantly changed.

Jewish Skeletons Discovered Beneath Swiss University
by S. Fried

Swiss archaeologists uncovered and gathered the skeletal remains of approximately 40 Jewish bodies that had been buried in an ancient cemetery in Basel, and then failed to inform the local Jewish community for a period of two months. Now Jewish officials are working to have the bones properly reburied and to prevent further dishonor to the dead, says R' Dovid Rosenberg, an attorney based in Zurich who serves as the Swiss representative to the Committee for the Preservation of European Cemeteries.

Jubilee For Yeshiva College of South Africa
by D. Saks

A Johannesburg school that took the lead in pioneering Torah education in South Africa, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. Yeshiva College, which began its existence as a yeshiva ketanoh offering part-time shiurim to a handful of interested teenagers, is now the largest religious day school system in the country, with over 800 pupils from junior school to graduation.

Vigilance in America
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As the United States wages war on Iraq, there is a state of heightened security in New York and other big cities in the US.

Degel Hatorah Preparing for Municipal Elections in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem branch of Degel Hatorah has begun preparations for the municipal elections scheduled to take place at the beginning of Sivan.

HaRav Yaakov Chaim Jofen zt'l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Yaakov Chaim Jofen, rosh yeshivas Beis Yosef and the son of HaRav Avrohom Jofen, the son-in-law of the Alter of Novhardok, zecher tzadikim livrochoh, passed away in New York on Sunday at the age of 86.

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