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4 Sivan 5759 - May 19, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Barak Wins Decisively
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

One Israel's Ehud Barak trounced Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, 56.5% to 43.5%, in this week's national elections. Just half an hour after the polls closed, Netanyahu conceded defeat and told stunned supporters that he is withdrawing from politics, at least for a while.

A Terrible Scandal at the Polls -- Violence During the Campaign
by Betzalel Kahn and B. Katz

Throughout the entire election day, reports streamed into UTJ's election headquarters -- and to those of other religious parties -- of Leftists who manned the polls in various capacities who were disrupting the voting procedures and causing the voters to wait for long hours, apparently in order to discourage them from voting, and thus to cut the number of voters in the chareidi and religious polls.

Unprecedented Activity on Behalf of UTJ Throughout the Country
by Arye Zisman

On Monday, election day for the 15h Knesset, masses of Torah Jews throughout the country were mekadesh sheim Shomayim by voting for United Torah Judaism (UTJ) and by participating in all of the varied activities on behalf of the slate. The vast mobilization, in light of the call of maranan verabonon, swept up all of the chareidi centers and all of the smaller communities.

Thoughts on the Morning After
by Mordecai Plaut

The results of the elections certainly arouse mixed feelings in the chareidi community. Our Knesset representation went up, but so did that of those who ran on a platform of hatred for us.

Meretz Fabrication Fizzles

In the heyday of the election campaign, Meretz released a scoop about a born and bred chareidi who went off the track and "confessed" that in the previous elections, while still chareidi, he had cast several ballots in one day.

Lessons from the Election Campaign
by Yated Ne'eman staff

A large rally was held in Bnei Brak towards the end of the last election campaign by the United Torah Judaism party. The rally was attended by many important women, including Rebbetzin Steinman and others.

Use Holocaust Reparations to Compensate Palestinians
by Arnon Yaffeh
Yated Ne'eman Paris Correspondent

In an article in the Herald Tribune, Clinton Bailey, a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, proposes that some reparations received for Jewish assets expropriated by the Nazis be transferred to the Palestinians.

Political Campaigning and Reaching Out
by Y. Ariel

United Torah Judaism deliberately included the phrase "for the sake of Shabbos" in its official title, to stress that the values that it promotes and defends against the hostile herd are general Jewish values of which Shabbos is the prime example. The election effort included various attempts to get the message across to broad sections of Israeli society.

Commentary: Netanyahu Resigns
by Arye Zisman

Prime Minister Netanyahu seemed totally at peace with his resignation announcement. Netanyahu acted according to a dignified code of public behavior that is rarely seen in Israel.

News Analysis
Mordechai: The Media Made Him -- the Media Broke Him

by Y. Roth

Yitzchak Mordechai is a victim of the media. First he was applauded and pounded on the back by the entire media when he betrayed the party which had placed him on his political feet and advanced him to the center of the political map.

HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Visit Reb Aharon Kornblit in Prison
by Betzalel Kahn

A moving encounter took place last week in the Sharon prison, when HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky visited Reb Aharon Kornblit. Reb Kornblit has been detained in prison for more than six months under the false accusation that he was one of the organizers of the torching of a missionary apartment in Meah Shearim. This is a full report of the visit which was mentioned briefly in our last edition.

Unprecedented Reelection
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In an unpredcedented development, Councilor Joe Lobenstein MBE was elected Mayor of the London Borough of Hackney for a third consecutive year.

First Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Moshe Sherer zt'l
by A Sapir

Almost exactly a year to the day since shock and sadness permeated Agudas Yisroel of America's 76th Anniversary Dinner, more than 1,500 who gathered at the New York Hilton last week for the organization's 77th fete were overwhelmed with fond memories and deep appreciation for Rabbi Moshe Sherer zt'l.

5000 Jews Celebrate Lag BaOmer in Djerba
by S. Fried

Nearly 5000 Jews participated in the annual excursion to El-Ghariba, the oldest synagogue in Africa, which is situated on the island of Djerba off the north African coast of Tunisia.

Torah Umesorah's CounterForce Outreach Program
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Having a child thrown out of a yeshiva or Bais Yaakov is the ultimate shock and wake-up call for many parents. What then? Where do embarrassed and frightened parents turn?

Orchos Chasidecho
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new sefer, Orchos Chasidecho, was recently published with the recommendations of HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky and HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman. It was compiled and edited by HaRav Osher Bergman.

Newly Discovered Letter of R' Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk Magnifies our Respect for Torah Giants
by N. Safran

A hitherto unknown letter, written by R' Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk to R' Dovid of Karlin has recently been discovered. It contains the following story:

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