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22 Kislev 5764 - December 17, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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IDF Planned Special Iraqi Mission
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The IDF General Staff's elite special-operations force known as Sayeret Matkal, trained in 1992 to assassinate Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein by sending commandos to Iraq who would fire sophisticated missiles at him during the funeral of his father-in-law. The plan was canceled after an accident that resulted in the deaths of five soldiers that took place in the presence of the IDF commander at the time, Ehud Barak.

Sharon Predicts Qurei will Fall
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei's government will collapse within six months, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon predicted. Sharon made the comment during consultations with his advisors on a major diplomatic speech that he plans to deliver at the Herzliya Conference at the end of this week. He claimed that the American administration shares this assessment.

Yarchei Kalloh? Me? You must be Joking!
By Dr Sholom Springer

It's a bit like stepping out of the plane at Ben Gurion. The warm gust of air that hits you is always a little unexpected, but you know you've arrived and that feeling of elation takes over.

Call to Stand Firm Against "Chareidi Yeshiva High Schools"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbonim and educations have been speaking out on the need to stand firm against renewed attempts by figures at "yeshiva high schools" to persuade parents of talmidim studying at talmudei Torah and other chareidi institutions to send their children to institutions that offer a mixture of limudei kodesh and limudei chol.

Prepared by Devorah Plaut and Ruth Levy

Note: The information provided here is only with regard to the incidence of bugs in products and does not address other kashrus issues such as chodosh.

MK Rabbi Gafni: Chareidi Education Institutions will not Commit to Core Curriculum Program
by G. Lazer

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, speaking from the Knesset rostrum, declared that the chareidi education system would not consent to sign any affirmation regarding the Core Curriculum program the Education Ministry is seeking to impose on every educational framework in the State of Israel.

Thousands of Non-Jews Liable to be Assimilated in the Guise of Citizenship
by Betzalel Kahn

Yet another grave breach threatens to bring tens of thousands of non-Jews into Kerem Yisroel under the guise of Israeli citizenship. Interior Minister Avrohom Poraz of Shinui intends to table a proposed Cabinet decision before the government that would allow him to grant citizenship to tens of thousands of foreigners currently ineligible for citizenship or residency.

Buying Produce from Businesses that Take Ma'aser Oni
by Betzalel Kahn

Following extensive preparation by mehadrin kashrus organizations to carry out the procedures associated with the ma'aser oni year (this year) at all points of sale -- removing and giving produce to tzedokoh organizations with which an authorization agreement has been signed--the list of stores that fulfill the mitzvah of giving ma'aser oni under the supervision of selected kashrus organizations was recently printed in the Hebrew edition of Yated Ne'eman.

Huge Moonies Convention in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Members of the International Inter-Religious Association for World Peace have been making concerted efforts to penetrate chareidi areas in Jerusalem. On Monday Mayor Lupoliansky asked the heads of community administrations not to cooperate with this dangerous missionary organization.

UTJ Protests NRP's Consent to Transfer Rabbinate Botei Din
by Eliezer Rauchberger

United Torah Jewry sent a letter Monday to National Religious Party Chairman Effi Eitam protesting the NRP's agreement to transfer the Rabbinate botei din to Justice Ministry authority.

Upcoming Conference on Bukharan Jewry
by A. Cohen

Signs of anticipation and excitement can be seen among bnei Torah and avreichim in Eretz Yisroel and abroad and among Jews from Bukhara and the former Soviet Union as the founding convention for the World Torah Leadership of Bukharan Jewry approaches.

Shabbos Desecration Increases in Ramat Gan Following Fine Reductions
by A. Cohen

The walls protecting the holiness of Shabbos are being breached in Ramat Gan following a move by Commerce and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert to reduce the fines levied on businesses that operate on Shabbos, warns the city's United Torah Jewry chairman, Rabbi Tzvi Sheinfeld.

Welfare Minister Orders Bituach Leumi to Refund Double Collection
by N. Katzin

Welfare Minister Zevulun Orlev has instructed the Director- General of Bituach Leumi to submit a plan within two weeks for the return of Bituach Leumi payments taken illegally from teachers, after a Yated Ne'eman investigation one- and- a-half years ago discovered the deduction was illegal and led to a public battle over the issue.

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