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3 Adar I 5763 - February 5, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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IDF Rabbi to Help Identify Astronaut's Remains
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

NASA authorities have told Israeli officials that remains of four of the astronauts killed in the Columbia shuttle disaster on Shabbos had been found among the debris that fell to the ground by Tuesday. NASA believes that the remains of two of the astronauts can be identified relatively quickly, but that DNA examinations of the remains will likely take some two weeks. NASA does have DNA samples of all the astronauts on file.

Ilan Ramon: The Death of a Jew in Space
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

Col. Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who died last Shabbos aboard the space shuttle Columbia, was a soft-spoken combat pilot.

Thoughts about the Tragedy

Dear Ilan,

With great trepidation I write to you of two world shaking events that took place yesterday, Shabbos Mishpotim. Both involved men by the name of Ilan (lehavdil bein chaim lechaim), both men with great interests in aerospace and both events had to do with Shabbos.

UTJ Election Results
by Betzalel Kahn

United Torah Jewry received a total increase of 10,000 votes in comparison to the previous elections due primarily to the natural population increase in chareidi cities, which overcame the out-migration in recent years of thousands of families that have moved to burgeoning towns such as Beit Shemesh, Beitar Illit, Modi'in Illit, Elad, Tel Tzion, Rechasim, Netivot and others.

Mehadrin Buses in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A recent survey revealed that in the United Kingdom there are about 600 vehicles on the road for every 1000 people. A similar survey in Israel revealed that there are only 250 cars on the road for every 1000 people. However, in chareidi circles, where car ownership is proportionately even lower, there are only a mere 50 cars for every 1000 people. The result: Chareidim are the heaviest users of public transportation in Eretz Yisroel.

Rabbinical Delegation Visits Kaliningrad
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A delegation lead by Chief Rabbi A. Shayevitch of Russia and Rabbi Aba Dunner, secretary general of the Conference of European Rabbis, visited Kaliningrad last week. The delegation visited the grave of Reb Yisroel Salanter on the day of his yahrtzeit and recited Tehillim at the vandalized grave, where the recently-dedicated tombstone has already been badly damaged.

Kiryat Avi Ezri Apartments in Beit Shemesh to be Ready Ahead of Schedule
by Betzalel Kahn

Heads of Kiryat Avi Ezri in Beit Shemesh have announced the transfer of ownerships of apartments will be advanced thanks to substantial financial assistance provided by R' Heshy Friedman of Canada, who received blessings from maranan verabonon recently.

Hundreds of Agronomists and Kashrus Professionals Drawn to Seminar in Jerusalem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An impressive one-day seminar sponsored by the Jerusalem Rabbinate's Department for Land of Israel Mitzvos and the Center for Torah-Based Agriculture drew hundreds of agronomists and kashrus professionals to Jerusalem just after Tu BeShvat.

Chiddushei HoRitvo Hachadoshim al Maseches Bovo Metzia
A new edition of the original work, edited and arranged by HaRav S. Alter Halpern, zt'l

A sefer as well known as this one -- it was first published in 5722 (1962) -- hardly needs any introduction. The reappearance of the highly acclaimed Chidushei HoRitvo Hachadoshim to Bovo Metzia is bound to be very welcome news in botei medrash and yeshivos the world over, where many have been eagerly awaiting a further opportunity to obtain it.

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