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27 Teves 5764 - January 21, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Lebanese Border Quiet but Tense
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel was likely to retaliate for the antitank missile attack Monday by Hizbullah on one of its military bulldozers near the Lebanon border that killed one soldier and seriously wounded another.

Agudas Yisroel of America's Yarchei Kalloh Opens in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

"Every Jew no matter what his circumstances must constantly reinforce his efforts in Torah, avodas hatefilloh and chinuch habayis," said HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz in his opening address to the 200 participants at Agudas Yisroel of America's Yarchei Kalloh, which began last Monday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem.

Notice from Vaada Ruchanit

Recently there have again been various attempts through inappropriate notices in public and in the secular press to attack Yated Ne'eman in different ways.

Stockholm Envoy: Israeli Embassy Asked to Relocate
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel's ambassador to Sweden, Zvi Mazel, said that the owner of the building which currently houses the Stockholm embassy has asked the Israeli government to relocate it, citing concern for the security of other tenants.

32 Yeshiva Students Injured in Bus Accident
by Betzalel Kahn

Over 32 yeshiva students from the US were injured in a serious road accident last week late Thursday night near Yanai Junction in the Sharon Region. Two of the victims are listed in serious condition and three in moderate condition, while the rest sustained only minor injuries.

Core Curriculum: The Attempt to Reeducate the Chareidi Sector

by S. Fried

It started with the best of intentions, recounts MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz (UTJ). During the previous term, while Rabbi Ravitz was serving as Deputy Education Minister, the Education Minister arrived at the conclusion that schools were plagued with astonishing ignorance in the areas of Jewish heritage, Judaism and Jewish values. In the Knesset and in other forums she announced she wanted to introduce a program into the curriculum that would ensure at least minimal knowledge of Judaism.

French Interior Minister: French Government "Suppresses All Antisemitism"
by Arnon Yaffa, Paris

A group of Israeli journalists was invited to France to meet with government officials. The French purpose is to show that France is not anti-Israel.

El Al Might Fly on Shabbos Following Arkia Buyout
by G. Kleiman

According to airline industry sources national airline El Al will begin to fly on Shabbos and holidays after the government begins to implement its plan to privatize the company, which it appears will involve a takeover by Arkia.

Torah World Continues to Demand Eida Chareidis Denounce Violence and Cease Degrading Rabbonim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The entire chareidi community, particularly the Torah world, is shocked by continued attempts by the organizational leadership of the Eida Chareidis to hush demands from the Torah and yeshiva world to put an end to the campaign of defamation and incitement against maranan verabonon gedolei Torah shlita.

Agriculture Ministry to Alter Insurance Contract to Protect Farmers Who Keep Shmittah
by Betzalel Kahn

The Ministry of Agriculture has agreed to make changes in the multi-risk insurance contract with farmers, calculating the sixth year of the Shmittah cycle twice so that farmers who observe Shmittah would not be harmed in the event of damage caused by nature (as explained further below), Agricultural Minister Yisrael Katz notified Degel HaTorah General Secretary MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni this week.

High Court Orders Sharon to Explain His Failure to Select Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi
by Betzalel Kahn

The High Court issued a nisi order giving Prime Minister and Religious Affairs Minister Ariel Sharon 30 days to explain why he hasn't acted to select a chief rabbi for the City of Tel Aviv. The petition was submitted by the Movement for Fairness in Government.

Torah Events Commemorate the Second Yahrtzeit of HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

On the second yahrtzeit of Antwerp Gavad HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth zt"l, a series of events were held in his memory and le'ilui nishomoso.

R' Zodok Kestenbaum, z"l
by Betzalel Kahn

R' Zodok Kestenbaum z"l, a prominent philanthropist from Miami, Florida, was brought to rest this week in Eretz Yisroel.

HaRav Shmuel Halevy Shulsinger zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

A crowd of thousands of bnei Torah including HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and HaRav Gershon Edelstein gathered on motzei Shabbos to participate in the levaya of HaRav Shmuel Halevy Shulsinger zt"l, the rov of Kiryat Ata, who passed away on Shabbos night at Tel Hashomer Hospital.

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