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12 Iyar 5759 - April 28, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Common Political Denominator: Incitement Against Jewish Life
by Arye Zisman and Yated Ne'eman staff

The consensus among nearly all of the non-religious parties competing in Israel's coming elections -- and not just the well-known anti-religious ones -- is an overall aim to limit the influence of the Torah-observant public in Israel in fundamental matters of religion and state.

Kupat Cholim Klalit Refuses to Starve Patient
by A. Cohen

Dr. Peterberg has announced that Kupat Cholim Klalit, Israel's largest health fund (HMO), will adamantly oppose every case of mercy killing to be perpetrated by starving a patient, even one who is very ill and appears to be dying. He further adds that neither the Fund, its doctors nor other personnel have any intention of performing such killings.

HaRav Yitzchok Flakser zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

On Monday afternoon, the 10th of Iyar a massive entourage of members of the Torah world, headed by the Admor of Gur, admorim, rabbonim, roshei yeshiva, dayanim and talmidei chachomim accompanied HaRav Yitzchok Dovid Flakser zt"l to his eternal rest. In the center of the entourage, were the students of Sfas Emes yeshiva whom he had taught over the past fifty years.

HaRav Moshe Hagar zt"l, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yachel Yisroel, Seret-Vizhnitz of Haifa
by Y. Ariel

On Sunday night, the 10th of Iyar, the saddening and bitter news of the petirah of HaRav Moshe Hagar, the rosh yeshiva of the Seret-Vizhnitz yeshiva of Haifa and the son of the Admor, zt"l, the author of Mekor Boruch, was received. The niftar was well-regarded as an exemplary figure who devoted his entire life to avodas Hashem. He passed away in New York City.

More Than One-Third of All Jews Live in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thirty-six percent of world Jewry currently lives in Israel-- a sixfold rise since 1948, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics and a demographics project at the Hebrew University.

Registration Has Begun for Beis Yaakov Day Care Centers
by Betzalel Kahn

Registration for the day care centers of Beis Yaakov has already begun in Jerusalem and in other areas all over the country, and will end within two weeks, on Thursday, the 20th of Iyar.

The Admor of Belz Dedicates the El Al Terminal in New York
by B. Rabinowitz

Last week, the renovated lobby of the business section of El Al's New York terminal was dedicated by the Admor of Belz who honored the event by affixing the mezuza at the entrance. The Admor's participation in the ceremony, expresses the gratitude of the chareidi community to El Al for its efforts in accommodating the needs and preferences of the chareidi community with its film-free sections and other arrangements.

Government Building 400 Chareidi Classrooms
by Betzalel Kahn

Last week, the chairman of the Finance Committee of the Knesset, Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, gave Prime Minster Netanyahu a list of more than 1000 classrooms of which the government will choose 400 to build for chareidi educational institutions all over the country. A professional committee of the Education Ministry and the Office of the Prime Minister will decide which 400 will be built.

New Interchange on the Ramot Road
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

During the next few months, the Jerusalem Municipality, in conjunction with the Moriah Company for the Development of Jerusalem and the Transportation Ministry, will proceed on significant new work at the junction of the Golda Meir- Menachem Begin(`highway 4)-Yigal Yadin (highway 9) avenues, located between Ramot, Ramat Shlomo and Givat Zev, and the closer areas of Har Chotzvim, Ezras Torah and Sanhedria Murchevet.

Housing Ministry in Million Shekel Renovation of Itzkowitz Shul in Bnei Brak
by A. Cohen

Last week, the Housing Ministry's Director General, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Greenberg, signed an official authorization of 986,000 shekels for the project of expanding and renovating the central Itzkowitz shul in Bnei Brak. This sum was transferred by the Ministry to the Bnei Brak Municipality.

Rebbetzin Pia Obermeister o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

Rebbetzin Pia Obermeister, o"h, was brought to her eternal rest last week. She was 87 years old at the time of her petirah.

A Memorial Ceremony for Rabbi Moshe Sherer in New York
by Betzalel Kahn

At a modest memorial ceremony held Sunday, 25 Nisan, a tombstone commemorating the esteemed, beloved and dynamic former president of American Agudas Yisroel, Rabbi Moshe Sherer, who was niftar 11 months ago, was unveiled in the Jewish Cemetery of New York. His monumental achievements on behalf of the chareidi community of the United States, and his dedicated and resolute leadership of Agudas Yisroel which he headed for more than 50 years, are unforgettable.

RETURN/SHUVU Brings Pesach to Thousands of Immigrants
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Seder night has forged iron clad links in the chain of our Mesora for over 3,300 years. The indelible imprint of this night fortifies its participants, young and old, for the entire year. The message of the Seder has been carried in Jewish heart throughout the centuries: "Vehi she'omdo la'avoseinu velonu," providing the endurance to combat some of the most hellish tortures and pain imaginable.