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13 Elul 5759 - August 25, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Barak Appoints Panel on Drafting Yeshiva Students
by Mordecai Plaut

Prime Minister Ehud Barak has appointed a public committee to formulate a suitable arrangement for drafting yeshiva students, as provided in the coalition agreement made with United Torah Judaism (UTJ). The Torah party did not ask for any of the normal perks of participation in the government, such as ministerial positions, money or even Knesset committee chairmanships, focusing exclusively on the issue of yeshiva students.

Israel to Rebuild Part of Quake Area; Israeli Team Rescues 12
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israeli rescue teams are to return from Turkey on Tuesday, as Israel offered to rehabilitate part of the area damaged by the earthquake. The field hospital set up by the Israeli Army will operate for some time longer, since there is a serious danger of epidemics and other medical problems in the wake of the natural disaster.

HaRav Boruch Auerbach, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thousands of people, led by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv and other gedolei haTorah, roshei yeshiva, ramim, dayanim and bnei Torah, participated in the levaya of HaRav Boruch Auerbach, zt"l, on Thursday 7 Elul. He was the youngest son of posek hador ve'omud hahoro'oh, HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l.

Last Shabbos No Turbine Part was Transported
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The High Court last Friday prevented the transport of a 250- ton turbine part to Ashkelon over Shabbos by rejecting the Friedenson Transport Company's request for an interim injunction to maintain what it called the status quo until the court hears its petition against the attorney-general, the police and the minister of labor and social affairs.

Religious Community Requested to Boycott Shabbos- Desecrating Stores in Yarkonim Junction
by A. Cohen

In light of the guidelines of maranan verabonon, the gedolei umeorei hador, rabbonim, roshei yeshiva, Torah- observant Jews from all circles are asked to boycott the stores which publicly trample Shabbos in the Yarkonim junction shopping center in Petach Tikvah. These stores include Office Depot, Knei Uvnei, Hypertoy and Home Center.

A Smile in the Shadow of Death: The Bochur, Chaim Yeshayahu Neuman z"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last Monday, a shocked, saddened crowd accompanied Chaim Yeshayahu Neuman, z"l, on his last earthly journey. One of the most outstanding students of Yeshivas Or Elchonon, Chaim Yeshayahu, victim of a heart attack, was only 21 at the time of his petirah.

Be on Guard
by Rabbi Nochum Eisenstein

I am reminded of the posuk we read in parshas Shofetim -- Ki yimotzei bekirbechoh be'achad she'orechoh asher Hashem elokechoh nosein lecho, ish oh isho asher ya'aseh es hora be'einei Hashem elokecho la'avor beriso. This posuk refers to avoda zorah. The message I want to emphasize from the posuk is ki yimotzei bekirbechoh -- that we must be on guard against the internal (bekirbechoh) enemies that the Torah obligates us to eradicate.

Shearis Yisroel Hechsher Preferred in Negev
by B. Rabinowitz

The rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Hanegev, HaRav Yissochor Meir, recently issued a call to chareidi members of Netivot to purchase their bread from the Margalit Bakery, which is under the supervision of the Shearis Yisroel hechsher. This is after the sale of local Tuv Taam Bakery and the decision of the new owners to change the hechsher.

Left Wingers Rewrite Zionist History
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The most recent and fashionable trend among young Israeli historians, most of whom are left-wingers, is to rewrite the history of the Zionist movement and the events leading up to the founding of the State of Israel. They call what they are doing "debunking the Zionist myths" but the objective observer will note that they often do so by replacing one set of myths -- the Zionist ones -- with another set: the Arab myths about those times.

"Kedushas Beis Haknesses" to be Topic of the 10th Yom Iyun
by A. Sapir

As Elul ebbs, Jews the world over are readying themselves to face the Y'mei Hadin of 5760, and, as each year, among their preparations will be the recitation of Selichos, beginning next Motzo'ei Shabbos.

Bikur Cholim Dedicates New Emergency Ward
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem's Bikur Cholim Hospital celebrated the opening of its large, modernized Emergency Department last week. The new emergency room opened with eighteen beds and will eventually have twenty-five.

Promoting Purity On Land, Sea and Air
by Mordechai Gerlitz

It is incumbent upon us to express our heartfelt gratitude to the askonim who, having undertaken to bear the burden of the Torah-observant public upon their own shoulders, have paved obstacle-free paths for us on public buses, at the beaches, and in the air.

Moreshes Spreads Torah In Hungary
by S. Fried

The completion of a maseches is an everyday occurrence in the yeshiva world. But the completion of siyum of Megillah, conducted by Reb Anshel Ronai was a very special event, because the chosson hasimcha is a young Jew from Budapest who completed the maseches in Hungary, and held the siyum celebration in Jerusalem.

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