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9 Nissan 5764 - March 31, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Letter of Maran HaRav Eliashiv and HaRav Shteinman on Bolstering Torah Study, and Caution During Bein Hazmanim

For many years, when the yeshivas are not in session, such as the months of Nisan, Tishrei and Av, many take advantage of this time, as well, for Torah learning in what are known as yeshivos bein hazmanim.

Jerusalem Launches Multi-Year Cleanup Project
By Betzalel Kahn

The City of Jerusalem unveiled a restoration project as part of Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky's policy of prioritizing cleanliness, the urban environment and quality of life.

Big Changes in IDF Reservist Policy
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After more than five years of talk, the security establishment appears poised to make major changes in the army reserve system. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is said to be backing the proposals. IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon has expressed some reservations about the plan. Mofaz has indicated that the plan may be gradually adopted over the next two years.

Petach Tikva's Battle to Maintain Status Quo
By A. Cohen

A coalition of Petach Tikva residents including rabbonim, public officials and community organizers have launched a battle to preserve the status quo on religious issues in the city.

Fighting to Shut the Store on Shabbos
by Betzalel Kahn

When R' Michoel and R' Yosef Wolfe started Erroca a few years ago their only goal was to earn a respectable living from a chain of optics stores across the country. Besiyata deShmaya their efforts were blessed with success and now Erroca outlets can be found everywhere.

Gedolei Yisroel Warn Against Series of Books Containing Alterations in Siddurim and Chumoshim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Woe to a generation in which every man does as he sees fit. And the matter should be publicized to prevent others from being drawn in by their ways," write maranan verabonon gedolei Yisroel headed by Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita, in a letter opposing the publication of "precise" ("meduyak") editions of Chumoshim and Tehillim as well as new siddurim and machzorim that contain grave breaches and changes from the accepted tradition handed down to us.

MK Rabbi Eichler: "The State Prefers Elderly Non-Jewish Immigrants to Jewish Children"
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The absorption of an elderly immigrant couple costs NIS 60,000 ($13,000) Absorption Minister Tzippi Livnat told the Knesset in response to a question posed by MK Rabbi Yisroel Eichler (UTJ). This sum does not include the cost of their medical care and medication.

Switzerland Swings to the Right -- in Part Because of Bank Settlement
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Switzerland is a federal republic comprised of 26 cantons inhabited by different peoples speaking German, Italian, French and Romansch and even practicing different religions. It emerged as a nation based on certain common values: hard work, personal interests and neutrality as the essence of its foreign policy.

Hachnosas Sefer Torah at Yeshivas Netzach Yisroel
By Betzalel Kahn

With HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, roshei yeshivos, rabbonim, and public figures on hand, a rare sefer Torah--"mutzal mei'eish"--was brought into Yeshivas Netzach Yisroel in Jerusalem's Rechavia neighborhood.

Moshav Matityahu Honors Rabbi And Rebbetzin Zeev Leff
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Marking twenty years of service and dedication, Moshav Matityahu paid tribute to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Zeev Leff, with an elegant "Evening of Appreciation and Thanks" at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem. Over three hundred people participated in this evening of heartfelt emotions and hakoras hatov for Rabbi and Rebbetzin Zeev Leff.

Kimcha DePischa for Beis HaTavshil, Bnei Brak
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Hungry Jews are accommodated and fed for the Seder and during the whole week of Pesach, when "kol dichfin yeisei veyeichol" is literally carried out.

These days when, unfortunately, you can see Yidden looking for food in garbage cans, the concept of "kol dichfin" has really become concrete and significant: There are hungry people amongst us.

Mrs. Chayah Freiman, o"h
By A. Cohen

A large crowd was on hand to accompany Mrs. Chayah Freiman o"h, who passed away in the US at the age of 103.

Klalit Agrees to Continue Using Bikur Cholim Services
By Betzalel Kahn

Klalit Health Services in the Jerusalem area reached an understanding for continued cooperation with Bikur Cholim Hospital. In a court hearing on the hospital's current situation the judge praised Klalit for taking a step that has a good chance of helping rehabilitate the hospital

CER Visit to Ukraine
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a recent visit to the Ukraine, Councilor Aba Dunner, the Secretary General of the Conference of European Rabbis, visited a number of institutions in order to establish the needs of the local community and ways in which they could be assisted by Diaspora Jewry.

A Global Bomb-Making Network
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

US investigators have found that Islamic militant bomb builders have used the same designs for car bombs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, government officials said this week. One forensic expert explained that they could see that widely dispersed attacks were the work of the same bomb maker, or different bomb makers using the same instructions.

Greenhouse Effect Helps Forests Spread
by N. Katzin

Despite the harmful effects generally associated with it, the greenhouse effect may actually bring surprising benefits by helping the spread of forests and halting global warming says a team of researchers headed by Professor Dan Yakir of the Department of Environmental Science and Energy Research at the Weitzman Institute.

Terror's Current Strategy
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to IDF Intelligence Research Department head Brig.- Gen. Yossi Kupperwasser, Hamas's main aim now is to carry out "sophisticated" attacks from the Gaza Strip. The trend is likely to spread to other terrorist groups in the West Bank, he said.

Kitzur Sefer HaChinuch
by HaRav Osher Wasserman
Reviewed by C. Zilberman

"Hi, Moishi! It is sure good to see that you have come home from the yeshiva. Daddy isn't here right now, so maybe you can help me with my homework? I'm having a real rough time," pleaded Shanny.

The Midrash Shmuel Haggadah (Hard-cover, 285 pp.)
Compiled by the students of Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel, Jerusalem
Reviewed by Y. Shaw

This year's newest addition to the outstanding English haggodos is the Midrash Shmuel Haggadah. This Haggadah, with original insights, commentaries, and explanations, was produced by the students of Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel in Jerusalem. Its professional appearance and layout, including original illustrations, make it a most appealing addition to the Pesach table. The commentaries are concise and to the point, and the text of the Haggadah itself is set off in large letters and is easy to read.

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