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15 Sivan 5765 - June 22, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Palestinian Patient Planned to Blow Up Israeli Hospital
by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

A 21-year old who was seriously burned six months ago and had been granted a special medical pass on humanitarian grounds to receive treatment in an Israeli hospital was arrested on Monday with 10 kilograms of explosives hidden in her clothes as she was trying to travel through the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel. When discovered she tried to detonate her bomb on the spot, but with Heaven's help it did not go off.

Progress in Talks to Prevent Desecration of Burial Caves Along Trans-Israel Highway Route
By Betzalel Kahn

Significant progress was made this week in talks to prevent the desecration of burial caves along the route of the Trans- Israel Highway during a meeting of the Religious Lobby at Kibbutz Regavim, located near the site of the burial caves.

Crematorium Comes to Israel
By Betzalel Kahn

For the first time in Israel a crematorium, which is strictly prohibited by halochoh, has been installed.

Degel HaTorah Meeting in Bnei Brak
By A. Cohen

The Degel HaTorah Executive Board met at the Beit Degel HaTorah in Bnei Brak to discuss a series of issues on the agenda of chareidi Jewry in Eretz Hakodesh, focusing on spread of party branches across the country.

Call for United Campaign to Increase Yeshiva Funding
By Betzalel Kahn

An emergency meeting of roshei yeshivos held at the home of HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi together with MKs from Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel focused on the severe financial condition of the yeshiva world in Eretz Yisroel.

Gravestones Smashed in London Cemetery
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris, and ITIM

Gravestones were shattered and overturned and swastikas spray- painted along with the words, "A Jewish child dead, ha, ha . . . " at the old Westham Jewish cemetery in East London's Jewish quarter. "The shocking face of antisemitism," wrote the Independent, printing photos of the desecrated grave on the front page.

Building Permit in Netanya on Condition the Coffee Shop Stays Closed on Shabbos
By Y. Ariel

Degel HaTorah representatives in Netanya are notching up another achievement after the local planning and construction committee approved a request by Kanyon HaSharon (Sharon Mall) to carry out internal changes on condition that the coffee shop operating on the premises does not open its doors on Shabbos.

Deputy Defense Minister Warns Contractors at Nitzan Construction Site Not to Work on Shabbos
By Eliezer Rauchberger

"All of the companies involved in construction have been notified of the absolute prohibition against working at the site on Shabbatot and chagim, and they have also been warned that any divergence from this directive in the future will bring with it severe steps including suspension from the list of Defense Ministry contractors," said Deputy Defense Minister MK Zeev Baum...

Rabbi Gafni Proposes Law Allowing Installation of Shabbos Clock in Stairwell Without Neighbors' Consent
By Eliezer Rauchberger

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni tabled a law that would allow a resident of a building to install a Shabbos clock or other device to light common areas or stairwells with or without the neighbors' consent as long as they are not required to participate in the cost. The law would probably allow installing a Shabbos generator to light the common areas, as well.

Sharon Asks Reform Figures to Help Him Elect Jewish Agency Chairman
By G. Lazer and ITIM

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to bypass the Likud Party by contacting Reform organizations to nominate Zeev Bielsky as chairman of the Jewish Agency.

Arrival of US Defense Secretary Resulted in Shabbos Desecration
By Betzalel Kahn

Although the government upheld a pledge by Government Secretary Yisrael Maimon to MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni not to hold an official ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport on Shabbos morning to welcome of US Defense Secretary Condoleeza Rice, according to press reports Rice's landing involved large-scale Shabbos desecration by security personnel.

Book Review: Chumash HaGra — Sefer Bamidbar
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After eagerly awaiting its publication, the public will be pleased to see the arrival on the bookshelves of another volume in the Chumash HaGra series by HaRav Dov Eliach. Two previous volumes in the series, on Bereishis and Shemos, have appeared.

Rabbanit Esther Bakshi-Doron, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

Esther Bakshi-Doron o"h, the wife of former Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, passed away at the age of 64 on Rosh Chodesh Iyar.

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