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3 Nissan 5764 - March 25, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Ya'alon: "In the Long Run, the Assassination is Likely to Calm the Situation."
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

The director of Military Intelligence, Major General Aharon Ze'evi, said that he does not believe that Israel's assassination of Sheik Yassin will lead to a significant rise in terror attacks even in the short term.

MK Rabbi Gafni Demands Enforcement of Law Prohibiting Sale of Chometz in Public During Pesach
By Betzalel Kahn

Degel HaTorah secretary MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni asked Attorney General Mani Mazuz to instruct Interior Minister Avraham Poraz (Shinui) to enforce the law prohibiting the sale of chometz in public during Pesach.

Judge Barak: "Religious Parties are a Minority that Acts Like a Majority"
by Betzalel Kahn

High Court President Aharon Barak claimed the chareidi public criticizes High Court rulings because they thwart the political achievements of the chareidi parties, which he referred to as "a minority that acts like a majority."
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"The fact that thousands of families of religious council and local authority workers have remained without pay and the State has refrained from attending to the matter is a crime," said Knesset Interior Committee Chairman Yuri Stern (HaIchud HaLeumi) on Sunday, referring to the failure to pay religious council workers, which has brought religious services in the country to the verge of collapse.

CER Welcomes Appointment Of New Chief Rabbi In Lithuania
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The CER welcomes the appointment of Rabbi Chaim Burshtein as the new rabbi for Lithuania. In a letter addressed to Rabbi Burshtein, the Secretary General of the CER Mr. A Dunner, and the Director General Rabbi M Rose, expressed the hope that Rabbi Burshtein will lead the community of Lithuania towards greater observance and higher standards, and especially concentrate on the field of Jewish education.

Shearis Yisroel Distributes Terumoh Oil to Kohanim
By A. Cohen

Hundreds of kohanim received 4-liter canisters containing terumoh gedoloh and terumas ma'aser from oil produced by the Zeita factory, which is a subsidiary of the Shemen oil company whose kashrus is supervised by Shearis Yisroel and other kashrus organizations.

Court Ruling In South Africa A Blow Against Antisemitism
by D Saks

South African Jewish leaders have welcomed the decision by the Johannesburg High Court that a Muslim radio station must answer for its antisemitic broadcasting. The court upheld an application by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) to set aside a previous decision by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) letting the radio station off the hook.

Yad Vashem Cancelled Prize to Tumarkin Following Yated Ne'eman Expose
By Betzalel Kahn

Israeli artist Yigal Tumarkin is currently slated to receive the Israeli Prize awarded every year on Independence Day of the State of Israel. Though Tumarkin has expressed himself in ways that deeply insulted most of the citizenry of Israel at one time or another, the prize committee decided to award him anyway. The Movement for Decent Government filed a motion with the High Court to change the award.

Foreign Ministry Talking Points

The Foreign Ministry suggested its representatives abroad use the following points to explain the assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin.

Degel HaTorah Meeting
by A. Cohen

Degel HaTorah directors met at the end of Adar at the Bnei Brak office to discuss a series of organizational issues and expanded activities at party headquarters and branches.

Giant Yated Labayis Sale Underway in Bnei Brak
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Yated Labayis sale began on Tuesday in Bnei Brak at Mifal Hapayis on Rechov Eshel Avraham. The giant sale will also be open Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Taking the Initiative to Help the Needy
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

During these economically depressed days, more families than ever have been plunged into financial distress. Chasdei Yeshurun proves that all it requires is caring and initiative to bring relief to many families.

By Rabbi Yekusiel Zalman Zev Fish
Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The new sefer Sod Hachashmal, by Rabbi Yekusiel Zalman Zev Fish, combines pshat, remez, drush and sod, and explains issues of pshat according to Toras hasod. It also explains deep concepts from Toras hasod in clear language, that can be understood by all, young and old. This comprehensive sefer can open the gates of studying sod.

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