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9 Shevat 5765 - January 19, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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PA Orders Crackdown on Violence: Will it Crack Violence or Will Violence Crack it?
by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Palestinian Authority's National Security Council and the Cabinet on Monday instructed the PA security forces in the Gaza Strip to prevent attacks on Israel, saying it would not tolerate actions that harm the national interests of the Palestinians.

Arise Yerushalayim, the Holy City

Yerushalayim should raise an outcry against the people who breached the walls of kashrus in the Holy City, the court of the King, the city of royalty.

Report Debunks Demographic Threat
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An extra-academic document that debunks one of the foundations of the disengagement plan, "the demographic bomb," was presented in Washington. The document argues that only 2.4 million Palestinians live in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip today, and not the 3.8 million claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

Checking Dried Fruit
In honor of Tu BeShvat: Excerpted and translated from Rav Vaye's sefer Bedikas Hamozon Cahalocho vol. 2

Dried Apricots

Dried apricots are sometimes infested and they require checking.

452 Soldiers Converted in 2004 by IDF Rabbinate
By Eliezer Rauchberger

Four hundred and fifty-two soldiers were converted by the IDF Chief Rabbinate in 2004 and 2,092 soldiers completed the conversion course according to figures presented to the Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee.

Knesset Committee Authorizes Split in UTJ
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset House Committee unanimously approved the split of United Torah Jewry into two separate parties and notified the plenum of the decision. UTJ has now been replaced by the two- man party Degel HaTorah and the three-man party Agudas Yisroel. The split is primarily a political, technical move reflecting problems in operations in the Knesset, and not an ideological one.

Annual American Yarchei Kallah Closes in Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

The annual Yarchei Kallah for Agudas Yisroel of America held at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem ended last week with the 200 participants joining in a round of "Leshonoh habo'oh biYerushalayim."

Restraining Order Prohibits Distribution of Products Bearing False Kashrus Mehadrin Label
By A. Cohen

For the first time ever in the State of Israel, the Tel Aviv District court has issued a restraining order prohibiting the distribution of food products bearing false mehadrin kashrus labeling. The restraining order came in response to a request submitted by the Badatz Mehadrin of Rechovot.

Betzedek Files Appeal Regarding Allotment Committees at Local Authorities
By Betzalel Kahn

Betzedek has filed an urgent High Court appeal regarding the composition of the Allotment Committees at the local authorities, whose task is to make recommendations on how to allot buildings and lots, primarily for the needs of the chareidi public.

An Interview with Harav Dov Eliach, editor of Chumash HaGra, upon publication of the volume on Sefer Shemos.
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

YN: Congratulations on the publication of the second volume of the Chumash HaGra, a mere three months after publication of the first volume on Chumash Bereishis, as part of a project of the Machon Moreshet Hayeshivos. How were you able to do it in such a short period of time?

Degel HaTorah Councilmen Call for Battle Against Beit Shemesh Mayor
By Betzalel Kahn

Beit Shemesh City Councilmen Rabbi Moshe Montag and Rabbi Eliezer Greenbaum of Degel HaTorah are calling for a joint campaign against the municipality and the Mayor following continuing discrimination against the chareidi public.

Dozens of Chief Rabbis at Annual Eurasian Rabbinical Conference in Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

The Eurasian Rabbinical Congress held its annual two-day conference in Jerusalem at the Sheraton Plaza and the Renaissance. At the end of the conference the rabbonim met with Maran HaRav Eliashiv, shlita.

Changes in Egged Lines from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak to Tzfas and Meron
By Betzalel Kahn

Egged recently implemented changes in its lines from Jerusalem and Bnei Brak to Tzfas and Meron and back. Additional runs of Line 980 from Bnei Brak and Line 982 from Jerusalem to Tzfas and Meron have been added to the schedule in response to increased demand among passengers traveling to the gravesites of tzaddikim during the Shovevim period.

Refoel Ya'ir Lupoliansky, z"l
By Betzalel Kahn

Tragedy in Jerusalem: Refoel Ya'ir Lupoliansky z"l, passed away on his second birthday as a result of anesthetics administered during dental treatment.

Inside and Out: A Tribute to R' Yechezkel ("Chezi") Goldberg, Hy"d
By Rabbi Pinchas Kantrowitz

The long awaited Shabbos finally arrived. We had tried so many times to arrange this Shabbos, that now that it had finally come it was hard to believe. One Shabbos one of the girls couldn't make it, so we set a date for another. Right before that Shabbos rolled around something came up with another one of the girls, and we had to put it off again. But it was worth waiting for I told myself, as these were very fine girls from the excellent new Midreshet Tehillah branch of the Neve Yerushalayim Seminary. I was confident that they would really hit it off with my wife and kids.

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