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15 Adar II 5760 - March 22, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Interim Agreement to Prevent Desecration of Ancient Cemetery in Prague
by S. Fried and B. Rabinowitz

An interim agreement to prevent the continual desecration of the ancient cemetery in Prague was reached last week. The English Committee for the Rescue of the Cemeteries in Europe, prominent rabbonim from the United States, chareidi activists and the Office of Chief Rabbi of Israel Yisroel Meir Lau, all made untiring efforts to prevent the desecration of this ancient cemetery.

Barak Permits the PA to Drill for Gas Off of Gaza
by Yated Ne'eman Staff Minster of National Infrastructure Eliyahu Suissa has expressed his opposition to the decision of the Prime Minister to grant the Palestinian Authority a permit to conduct gas drilling off the shores of Gaza, especially since this is an area which, according to international treaties, is not under the control or possession of the Palestinian Authority.

Chareidi Community Not Focusing on Pope's Visit
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

While foreign media news reports appear to indicate that the chareidi community is "critical" of the pope's visit, the truth is that it is far more likely to be apathetic, according to representatives of Am Echad. The group held a press conference to explain their attitude toward the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

State Comptroller: Religious Affairs Ministry a Failure at Burial Management
No Room in Dan Area Cemeteries

by E. Rauchberger and A. Cohen

State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg has stated that the Religious Affairs Ministry is a complete failure in all that pertains to its handling of burials in Israel. Speaking in the Knesset last week, Goldberg added that despite serious findings in last year's report on this issue, nothing has been done to correct shortcomings which should have been attended to immediately.

Chinuch Atzmai Rejects High Court Intervention
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Since the establishment of the State, Torah educational systems and Chinuch Atzmai have always enjoyed full educational autonomy. Any undesirable intervention by the High Court in the curriculum or number of classroom hours constitutes an intolerable offense to the core of the system's spiritual autonomy. We reject it completely and firmly oppose this new trend on the part of the High Court."

Failure of Open Policy to Jews in Algeria
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

The cancellation of a visit by a Jewish contingent to cities in which Algerian Jews once lived signifies the failure of the president of Algeria's policy of openness towards the Jews. President Abadalazis Botipalika's attempts to establish diplomatic relationships with Israel are also seen by observers as a failure. In Paris it was reported that the cancellation is regarded as a political decision, reflecting the shaky status of the ruling president.

Guidelines for Marriage Registrars Regarding the Registration of Converts
by Betzalel Kahn

In light of the requests of marriage registrars throughout the country for clear guidelines regarding the acceptance of converts and the examination of the validity of their conversion certificates, the Vaad HaRabbonim Haolami LeInyonei Giyur headed by HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth, the gaavad of Antwerp, has issued the following directives.

Jew Kidnapped in Caucasus Region Arrives in Israel
by S. Fried

Seventy-one year old Roman Ashorov who managed to survive the captivity of the Chechnyans, came to Israel last week.

Three Prominent Botei Din Decry Involving Secular Courts in Disputes Between Neighbors
by Betzalel Kahn

Three prominent botei din have decried the current trend among chareidi Jews of applying to secular courts in disputes between neighbors without first receiving written permission to do so from a beis din.

Israel Has Erected Special Screens to Protect its Soldiers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This past Monday, sources in Lebanon announced that the IDF has erected protective screens known as "chicken coops" before its posts in the security strip in southern Lebanon, in order to protect the IDF soldiers from accurate Hizbullah rockets.

The Mitzvos of Eretz Yisroel are the Real Key to Israel's Security
By Moshe Schapiro

As the Israeli government continues to press forward in its quest for peace with its Arab neighbors, living in Eretz Yisroel these days seems to be getting more and more dangerous.

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