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8 Kislev 5760 - November 17, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Police Not Protecting New Immigrants' from Missionaries
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Charges that hundreds of Christian missionaries are exploiting the difficult social and economic situation of new immigrants, and that the police are not doing enough to protect them, were voiced by Adi Eldar, chairman of the Union of Local Authorities.

Eldar made his charges in a letter to Internal Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami. A spokesman for Ben-Ami said that the minister has not yet had time to consider the issue.

According to Vaad Research
80% of Current Russian Immigrants Not Jewish

by Mordecai Plaut

Minister of Interior Sharansky announced that 208,000 non Jews from the former Soviet Union (FSU) immigrated to Israel in the ten year period ending in 1998. This is the first time that the Interior Ministry has revealed such a clear statistic, noting that in the year 1999 over 50% of the immigrants were non-Jews.

Draft Committee Behind Schedule
by B. Kahan

The Tal Committee, which was set up to create legislation that would formalize the current procedures governing draft deferment for yeshiva students, will not complete its work in the time limit accorded it. The committee was supposed to have completed its deliberations by this week. However, the time was spent discussing issues which did not directly focus on the main objective of the committee.

Excerpts from The "Classified" Document

Following is a private English translation of the Israeli Government document that was forbidden for publication in Israel until it was ordered released by the High Court late last week.

This Ministry of Justice document, number 2976/96, is dated June 16, 1996. The document refers to file 403.

Extensive Shabbos Desecration Prevented in the Ashkelon Power Station
by B. Rabinowitz

Extensive work, which would have involved mass Shabbos desecration, was prevented through the efforts of the Committee on Behalf of Shabbos which enlisted the aid of Infrastructure Minister Eli Suissa (Shas) and UTJ MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni. More than 100 employees of the Israel Electric Company (IEC) in the Rottenberg power station in Ashkelon were scheduled to take part.

Meeting of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An urgent meeting of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe took place last Sunday in London.

The meeting at the home of HaRav Elyokim Schlesinger heard a report of recent and ongoing activities and discussed the action to be taken to continue to monitor and improve the state of the thousands of Jewish cemeteries in Europe, in many of which the graves unfortunately now have no tombstones by which to identify them.

Melbourne Kollel Celebrates Eighteenth Anniversary
by Rabbi Pinchos Chalk, Kollel Member

The Kollel Beis HaTalmud Yehudah Fishman Institute in Melbourne, Australia recently celebrated its eighteenth anniversary.

The Kollel was founded in 1981 by a group of ten yungerleit and their families, led by roshei hakollel Rabbi Dovid Nojowitz and Rabbi Binyomin Ze'ev Wurtzburger.

Hundreds of Lakewood Students Came to Eretz Yisroel
by S. Baruchi

Hundreds of Lakewood Yeshiva students have arrived in Eretz Yisroel to participate in the memorial ceremony on the first yahrtzeit of HaRav Nosson Tzvi Wachtfogel zt"l. HaRav Nosson was the Lakewood mashgiach and one of the world's most venerated mashgichim. He was niftar last year on the fourth of Kislev.

Vaad HaRabbonim Legiyur Cancels Knesset Invitation Because of Reform and Conservative Attendance
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The representative of the Vaad HaRabbonim Haolami LeInyonei Giyur headed by HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth cancelled his scheduled appearance before the Knesset Aliya and Absorption committee which had met at the request of MK Rabbi Shmuel Halpert (UTJ) to discuss the high percentage of non-Jews among the immigrants from the C.I.S.

HaRav Rav Mordechai Rimer zt"l
by A. Cohen

A huge crowd led by Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv and HaRav Boruch Shimon Schneerson, rosh yeshivas Kochav Miyaakov, attended the levaya of HaRav Mordechai Rimer, zt"l, the mashgiach of the Kochav Miyaakov- Tchebin yeshiva who was niftar in Jerusalem on Sunday, 5 Kislev.

Time Magazine Taken To Task For Anti-Chareidi Article
by A. Sapir

An article in the October 25 international edition of Time magazine, which is distributed in Europe and the Middle East, has generated deep irritation in Orthodox Jewish communities both overseas and in America.

The Burning Questions About Avishai Raviv
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The criminal trial against GSS agent provocateur Avishai Raviv will resume in several weeks, but a civil damages case in respect to Avishai Raviv's activities is about to begin in the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court.

Sharp Reaction to Raviv Document
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"The document uncovers a conspiracy between the state attorney and the GSS" to blacken the reputation of the right, said Likud MK Michael Eitan of the controversial document.

MK Rabbi Halpert: Non-Jewish Immigrants are a Dangerous `Fifth Column'
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

United Torah Judaism MK Rabbi Shmuel Halpert has warned that non-Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union are a fifth column against the state and pose a national-security problem.

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