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18 Sivan 5760 - June 21, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Protesters in Prague
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A dispute over remnants of the 13th century Jewish cemetery discovered in downtown Prague during construction three years ago is heating up again, despite a compromise reached in March that was intended to end the controversy.

Zoglobek Workers "Intimidated and Threatened" by Scientology Practitioners
by A. Ariel

Workers in the Zoglobek food factory in the North have recently presented shocking testimony to the heads of the Pe'ilim-Lev L'Achim organization's Department for the Battle Against Cults. They describe the prolonged pressures exerted on them to participate in workshops in methods of the Scientology cult. "We live in constant fear and feel threatened," say factory employees.

Germany, U.S. Clear Way for Slave Labor Deal
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

U.S. and German negotiators on Monday cleared a major obstacle to setting up a $4.86 billion fund to compensate more than one million people, most of them not Jews, whom the Nazis forced to work during World War II.

Studying With Computer Impairs Scholastic Achievement
by N. Katzin

A recent study confirms: Teaching by computer doesn't necessarily improve student achievement. Perhaps the opposite is true.

Ministerial Committee Boosts Jerusalem Residential Building
by Betzalel Kahn

Last week, the Ministerial Committee for Jerusalem Affairs submitted its recommendation to the government for adoption of a plan to help those wishing to purchase apartments in Jerusalem. The plan will aid eligible families who now lack apartments, immigrants, students, authorized rabbis and high- tech personnel already employed in Jerusalem who do not live in the city.

Proposal Approved to Allow Rabbinical Courts to Hear Cases on Monetary Issues
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Knesset Constitution Committee approved a proposal authorizing rabbinical courts to hear cases on monetary issues when both sides consent, despite opposition by the Justice Ministry. The Committee approved Rabbi Shmuel Halpert's proposal for its first reading in the Knesset.

HaRav Nissim Yagen, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After a long and difficult illness, HaRav Nissim Yagen zt"l was niftar this past Shabbos, parshas Beha'alosecho in Eretz Yisroel.

HaRav Nissim Yagen, 59, was born in Jerusalem. His father, Chacham Yaakov Yagen shlita, was a student of the mekubal, HaRav Mordechai Sharabi for many years.

Inventor Donates MRI Machine to Ezra Umarpeh
by A. Cohen

On a recent visit to Israel, world-acclaimed scientist Raymond Damadian, M.D., inventor of the well-known MRI machine, announced the donation of a new, advanced MRI to the Ezra Umarpeh association headed by Rabbi Elimelech Firer.

Reb Yehoshua Yitzchok Katz, zt"l
by M. Shapiro

The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe of Bnei Brak had a bad dream and woke up with a start at 5 a.m. last Wednesday morning, 12 Iyar. He immediately did hatovas chalom, but soon afterward the bad news reached him -- Reb Yehoshua Yitzchok Katz, a noted Torah scholar and community leader from Neve Yaakov with whom he was very close, had passed away. Rabbi Katz was 59.

Rabbi Ravitz Proposes a Prayer Break for Workers
by Eliezer Rauchberger

This past Monday, Sivan 9 the Knesset's Labor and Welfare Committee approved a proposed law presented by Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz for its second and third readings. If it passes these readings in the Knesset, it becomes law. This proposal obligates all places of employment to grant workers prayer breaks in the course of the work day.

Torah Scrolls Desecrated in French Hill Synagogue
by Betzalel Kahn

A pall of horror descended upon Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood on Shabbos morning, 7 Sivan, when its residents learned of the desecration of the Torah scrolls in one neighborhood synagogue and vandalism in another. Thugs broke into two synagogues before dawn, wreaking havoc, stealing valuable objects, and desecrating the Torah scrolls in one. Police have launched an investigation.

Proposal to Grant Health Benefits to Beneficiaries of Religions Ministry Approved At First Reading
by Eliezer Rauchberger

On 9 Sivan, the Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee approved the first reading of a proposal by MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz granting a series of reductions in fees for health services to families receiving supplementary income from the Religious Affairs Ministry. This would be similar to reductions made for families benefiting from supplementary income from the National Insurance Agency.

Adoption Registries from Abroad Will be Accessible to the Chief Rabbinate
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Chief Rabbinate, which has a register listing all the adopted children in Israel, was promised that it will also receive records of the adoptions of children from abroad. This promise was made Monday 9 Sivan during a meeting of Constitution Committee of the Knesset, with the approval of amendments to the law of adoptions records.

Chasonei Halocho Crowned at Two Regional Ceremonies
by Betzalel Kahn

Beit Shemesh and Petach Tikvah recently held regional competitions in the laws of tefilla and beis knesses. The Worldwide Halocho Examination of the Keren HaTarbus-Degel Yerushalayim sponsored these exciting events. Youngsters vied among themselves for the titles of regional chosson halocho and runner-up.

A Revolution in Teaching Hebrew Language in Schools Abroad
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Hebrew teachers in all countries throughout the Diaspora have always complained that teaching the Hebrew language was a tedious job; children did not enjoy the subject, and teachers found it difficult. This was due to the lack of a good textbook to teach the material in a clear and orderly manner. Teachers usually resorted to photocopying material from various sources.

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