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19 Iyar 5759 - May 5, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Hope for a Sixth Seat?
UTJ Election Campaign Into High Gear

by Y. Ariel, B. Katz and Yated Ne'eman Staff

UTJ media broadcasts as well as tireless workers all over the country will focus on the idea that the State of Israel must strengthen Yiddishkeit and tradition and that this can be achieved only by voting Gimmel.

Bus Tragedy on the Way to Meron
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The convergence of hundreds of thousands to Meron on Lag B'Omer was marred by the tragedy of the death of two young women from the religious community of Beit Shemesh when the bus they were traveling in to Meron overturned.

Appointments Announced at the European Aguda Convention
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The announcement at last week's European Aguda convention held in Bournemouth that two of Britain's leading gedolei HaTorah had joined the presidium of the British Aguda was greeted with great enthusiasm by the large gathering attending the public session on Sunday afternoon.

UTJ Achievement in Buenos Aires Elections
by S. Fried

The United Torah Judaism list of the large Ashkenazic community of Buenos Aires, Argentina received 20% of the votes in the community elections making it the second largest party, an accomplishment which will influence the entire community in the forthcoming years.

Melbourne's Merkaz HaTorah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

If we study the map of the world, Melbourne appears isolated from the rest of the Torah world. Today, however, this is only a geographical perspective. In truth, Torah and Yiddishkeit are thriving down under in Australia.

The Duping of the Israeli Electorate
by M. HaLevi

The current Israeli election campaign is a clear example of marketing gone wild, with politicians been foisted on the public as little more than glorified consumer items. In the large parties, especially those sponsoring candidates for the Prime Minister, the spotlights focus on the advertising and marketing experts, the public relations experts and the propagandists, some of whom have come from abroad.

Battle Against Smoking Gets Results
by N. Katzin

A new report appearing in the Israeli Medical Association's journal, Refu'ah, states that during the past twenty years there has been a significant decline in the number of smokers in Israel. As a result, there has been a distinct drop in the number of lung cancer victims.

Meretz Opposes "Chareidization" of Ramat Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

Meretz has established a Secular Activities Committee which is waging a battle against the "chareidization of Ramat Beit Shemesh." Chadash, the local newspaper distributed in Beit Shemesh, reports that a handful of the neighborhood's secular residents invited MK Ran Cohen of Meretz to visit the neighborhood "in order to grant humanitarian support and to save the handful of secular people."

Rebetzin Shlomtza (Sylvia) Ludmir o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

A large throng accompanied Rebbetzin Shlmotza (Sylvia) Ludmir o"h on her last earthly journey motzei Shabbos parshas Acharei Mos-Kedoshim. Rebbetzin Ludmir, an eishes chayil, was the wife of R' Mordecahi Zeidel Ludmir, a prominent Boyaner chossid, and the daughter of the famous R' Yisroel Aryeh Margolios, the Admor of Parmishlan- London, and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah.

A First: Mikveh on Kibbutz Parod
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Kibbutz Parod, situated in the Northern Galil area of Merom Hagalil, and a member of the United Kibbutz Movement, will be the movement's first kibbutz with a mikveh. The Religious Affairs Ministry approved the building of the mikveh on the kibbutz after the demand for it became apparent.

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