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17 Cheshvan 5760 - October 27, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Immigrants From the West and the Soviet Union Urge Change in Law of Return
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A groundswell of concern is building about the continuing immigration from the former Soviet Union, which is now bringing in many more non-Jews than Jews. Warnings are being issued about the dangers that this brings for the Jewish community in Israel.

Huge Prayer Rallies in Bnei Brak and Ashdod
by B. Kahn and B. Rabinowitz

Tens of thousands participated in prayer and his'orerus rallies in Bnei Brak and Ashdod, held in the wake of the terrible catastrophes which have beset many families during the past months, when heads of households passed away, leaving the behind tender orphans and widows.

Safe Passage Route Opens; Shabbos Operation Criticized
by Eliezer Rauchberger and Yated Staff

Five years after it was first agreed to in principle by Israel and the Palestinians, Israel has opened a safe passage route for Palestinians traveling between Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Opposition politicians criticized the operation of the route on Shabbos and Jewish holy days.

The Chief Rabbinate of the IDF Admits that its Kashrus is Lacking
by Betzalel Kahn

The Chief Rabbinate of the IDF admits: "The state of our kashrus supervisors in both the reserve and the regular army is not 100%." This surprising admission was made within the framework of the State's response to a petition filed against the army, demanding that its kitchens be closed due to serious kashrus infractions.

Paris Religious Community Growing Despite Opposition
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Socialist representatives to the City Council of Paris recently complained: "The chareidi Jews are gaining control of the 19th Quarter in east Paris."

"As a result of the high concentration of Jews in that area and their demands for kosher food in the schools and Sabbath observance, tension is already evident.

Vatican to Open Holocaust Archives
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Vatican has announced that a joint commission of Jewish and Catholic scholars will examine its secret archives to study the activities of the Catholic Church and the Pope during the Holocaust.

Steimatzky's Censorship of Rabin Assassination Book
by S. Yisraeli

The Steimatzky chain of book stores has decided to remove a book on the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin from its shelves.

The book is Who Murdered Yitzchak Rabin? by journalist Barry Chamish, and it tells a very different story than what the public has been told to believe until now.

HaRav Elozor Michel Levine of Paris, zt"l
by Arnon Yaffeh

On 7 Cheshvan, HaRav Elozor Michel Levine, son of Rabbi Meir, one of the France's prominent talmidei chachomim and the spiritual mentor to many students, returned his pure soul to His Maker.

Sarid to Provide "Corrective" Treatment for Conservatives and Reform in Schools
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Education Minister Yossi Sarid has once more explicitly stated his ministry's plans. In his remarks in the Knesset plenum, he said that he aims to carry out preferential treatment for the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements, which he believes have until now have been discriminated against by the Education Ministry. They are to receive much more support than in the past.

Motzei Shabbos Bus Service to Kosel from Ramot and Ramat Shlomo
by Betzalel Kahn

Egged has started a new bus line to the Kosel Ma'arovi every motzei Shabbos. The buses will serve the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramat Shlomo (Shuafat) and Ramot.

Rabbi Gafni: Freedom of Speech is a Code Word for Offense to the Religious Community
by Arye Zisman

In the wake of the removal of an indecent display in the Haifa museum, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni sent letters to the Attorney General and to other prominent figures, in which he presented a number of penetrating questions regarding the behavior of the media and the politicians in the affair. The work of "art" was offensive to the Christian community, in addition to being vulgar and lewd, and the Christian community, including many Arabs who live in the Haifa area, protested the museum display.

Emanuel Prepares for Elections
by Yehuda Ariel

Preparations for local elections in the city of Emanuel are at their height. Residents of the city feel these elections, on the upcoming 23rd of Cheshvan, are more critical than ever, and will determine whether the city will flourish from a spiritual and material standpoint or, chas vesholom, fall apart.

Chareidi Representatives in Yerushalayim To Oppose Funding Of Arena Project
by Betzalel Kahn

Chareidi representatives in the Jerusalem Municipality, along with members of all religious factions, will oppose a proposal to transfer all of Jerusalem's Mifal Hapayis funds to the Arena Project. The Arena Project consists of a large sports and events center being planned near Binyanei Ha'uma at the entrance to the city.

UTJ Representative Appointed Deputy Mayor in Beit Shean
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbi Yosef Abu, UTJ representative in Beit Shean, has recently been appointed deputy mayor of the city. The appointment had been delayed for a long time and was finally approved only last two weeks ago, after the city's mayor, Pinny Kabalo and the representatives of UTJ completed their coalition agreement. According to the agreement between UTJ and Kabalo, a committee for the selection of an electoral body to elect a chief rabbi for Beit Shean was appointed.

15,000 New Cancer Patients a Year in Israel
by N. Katzin

Every year over 15,000 new cancer patients are diagnosed in Israel, joining another 100 thousand local cancer patients. This information was reported in a survey conducted by the Association for the War Against Cancer inaugurating their annual "Hakesh Badelet" ("Knock on the Door") campaign.

Torah World Deprivation Discussed in Knesset
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"The State of Israel builds community centers and basketball courts but doesn't give a penny for the building of yeshivos and synagogues. The State saves millions of shekels through the help of the yeshiva students," said Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Yigal Bibi (Mafdal) at last week's discussion in the Knesset Interior Affairs Committee. The topic of the discussion was the activity of the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Thousands Greet Rabbi Kornblit Upon Release from Prison
by Betzalel Kahn

On 9 Cheshvan, over 30,000 people welcomed Rabbi Shmuel Kornblit upon his release from prison. Rabbi Kornblit, who completed two-thirds of his prison term, was greeted with dancing and singing.

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