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1 Kislev 5763 - November 6, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Elections in 3 Months
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M. Plaut

The main focus of the country for the next three months was determined, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dissolved the Knesset and set early elections. Scheduled to be held anyway next November, they are now scheduled for the early part of February, 2003 or late in January. By then, Sharon will have served as prime minister for almost two years, and it will be close to four years since the last elections in May, 1999.

One in Five in Poverty
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday the National Insurance Institute (NII - Bituach Leumi) released a report stating that 33.77 percent of families in Israel are poor, compared to 32.27 percent in 2000 and 31.9 percent in 1999. There were 318,900 poor families last year, with 530,700 children among the 1,169,000 individuals; in 2000, it was 305,000 families, 481,100 children, and 1,088,100 individuals. That is about one in four children and almost one in five people overall.

HaRav Chaim Avrohom Pincus zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As we went to press we received the sad news of the passing of HaRav Chaim Avrohom Pincus zt"l, one of the Torah pioneers of America.

HaRav Chaim Shalom Yisrael zt'l
by Betzalel Kahn

Hundreds of mourners participated in the levaya erev Shabbos of HaRav Chaim Shalom Yisrael zt'l, head of Yeshivas Ner Shmuel and Mosdot Ner Shmuel in Har Nof, Jerusalem, who passed away unexpectedly Friday morning at the age of 57.

HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon to Lead Mission of Vaad Lehatzolas Nidchei Yisroel to Russia
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Final preparations are currently underway for another major chizuk tour, led by HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon, to the countries of the former Soviet Union. The Vaad Lehatzolas Nidchei Yisroel which, over the past two decades, has pioneered the miraculous renewal of Yiddishkeit in those lands, has organized a mission that will be visiting some of the centers of its activity. The mission will be following an itinerary very like one followed three years ago by a similar group.

"Red Haifa" Becomes the First City to Levy Heavy Fines for Chilul Shabbos
by Aryeh Zissman

When the administration of Luna Grand in Haifa decided to keep that amusement park open on Shabbos and chagim, the director of the mall where the amusement park is located, Yisrael Sevion, told a Yated Ne'eman reporter, "Religious people don't have to come on Shabbat as far as I'm concerned. I'm convinced they'll come on weekdays."

Nishmas Shlomo Mordechai (Reprinted)
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Nishmas Shlomo Mordechai is a commentary on the ten chapters of Choker Umekubal by HaRav Moshe Chaim Luzatto, written by "Aharon Moshe son of the great Rav Mordechai, zt'l, son of HaRav Yaakov, zt'l, av beis din of Lida and grandson of the great gaon HaRav Shmuel, author of Beis Shmuel on the Shulchan Oruch and son-in-law of the holy luminary and gaon HaRav Leib, zt'l, who was av beis din and ram in Cracow and the grandson of the great Maharal of Prague."

Postscript On HaRav Yitzchok Isaac Halevi, zt'l, Author Of Doros Horishonim
by Moshe Musman

The third section of the recent series contained an extensive discussion of Rav Halevi's multi-volume Doros Horishonim and of his activities in the founding of Agudas Yisroel. This may have given the mistaken impression that once he embarked on the composition of his major work, this became his exclusive occupation.

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