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23 Iyar 5761 - May 16, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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IMF Report Says Long Term Growth Prospects Are Good
by Mordecai Plaut

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) that spent the past two weeks in Israel studying the situation said in its report presented on Monday to Bank of Israel Governor David Klein and Finance Minister Silvan Shalom that long-term growth prospects for the Israeli economy remain bright, particularly once a lasting solution to the security problem is reached. The mission also praised Israeli authorities for establishing credibility on both the fiscal and monetary policy fronts.

Violence Continues as Israel Asked to Accept a Settlement Freeze
by N. Segal

Israeli-Palestinian violence shows no signs of abating, despite repeated international calls for a cease-fire. The renewed fighting comes as Israeli officials consider how to respond to the report of a U.S.-led Mitchell Commission investigating the violence, which officials hope can serve as the basis for a cease-fire.

This Shabbos: Fundraising Around the World on Behalf of the Shmittah-Observing Farmers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In parshas Behar Bechukosai, which will be read this forthcoming Shabbos, the mitzvah of shmittah and the warnings about its nonobservance are explained. For a number of shmittah years, this Shabbos had been dedicated to fundraising on behalf of our brethren the gibborei hakoach who, with love and joy, have taken upon themselves to observe the mitzvah of shmittah according to the halocho and without compromise.

Helping the Gibborei Hakoach
by HaRav Yeshayahu Deutsch

Seven years have passed, and in the Tirat Yehuda settlement, a moshav belonging to the national-religious stream, they still fondly recall the residents of Bnei Brak, Petach Tikvah, Jerusalem and Kiryat Sefer, through whom they were able to keep shmittah kehilchoso, by their purchase of kedushas shevi'is fruits and vegetables from distribution depots in these cities even if the produce was not always top quality. They also remember the warm admiration displayed towards shmittah observers of all affiliations.

Justice Barak Attacks Plan to Found Constitutional Court
by Betzalel Kahn

Chief Justice of the High Court Aharon Barak has attacked a proposal for a law to found a constitutional court, recently presented to the Knesset. Barak launched his attack on 14 Iyar at a press conference.

Justice Barak Expresses Prior Opposition to Draft Deferral Law
by G. Lazar

Judicial experts were flabbergasted by High Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak's announcement of his opposition to the grant of draft deferrals to yeshiva students on the eve of High Court deliberations on the issue. UTJ MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told Yated Ne'eman that Justice Barak should have disqualified himself from deliberation on the appeal since the justice had publicly expressed his opinion prior to the Court deliberations.

Constitutionality of Draft Deferments to be Reviewed by Court
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In one of its usual provocative rulings the Israeli High Court issued a show-cause order and decided to appoint an expanded panel of 11 justices to hear three petitions asking it to overrule a Knesset provisional law on the grounds that the law violates the principle of equality embedded in the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Freedom.

Torah Umesorah's Inspiring Convention
by Moshe Rockove

Picture the typical rebbi or morah standing at the head of the classroom, facing his or her students at this time of the year. They have been through lots of challenges so far this year: preparing for class every day, giving over the class to the students, making sure they know the lesson, and disciplining them.

US study: Young Charedim Have Weak Bones
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A New York study found that charedi teenagers in Brooklyn -- especially the boys -- suffer from significantly lower bone mineral density (BMD) than their non-charedi counterparts.

Agudath Israel of America 79th Anniversary Dinner
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Agudath Israel of America will pay tribute to three renowned Torah activists at its upcoming 79th Annual Dinner, to be held May 20 at the New York Hilton Hotel.

Beth Jacob Grammar School Delighted at OFSTED Praise
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Beth Jacob Grammar School for Girls received a strong endorsement from OFSTED, the Government's educational standards inspectorate, in a report issued recently. The school was strongly praised by OFSTED for its quality of education, its examination results and for its care for the personal and spiritual development of its pupils.

His'orerus rally in Kiryat Nordau Commemorates Miracle
by Y. Ariel

Hundreds of residents of the Kiryat Nordau Netanya neighborhood assembled for a his'orerus rally to express their gratitude to Hashem for the great miracle that occurred in their midst. A city resident discovered a large bomb that had been placed in the southern neighborhood's bustling industrial center. A heavy calamity was averted when the people in the area were evacuated from the scene.

Rabbinical Committee for Shabbos Deliberates on Breaches in Shabbos Observance in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

A troubled mood prevailed at a meeting of the Rabbinical Committee for the Sake of the Sanctity of Shabbos on 14 Iyar to discuss the increase in Shabbos desecration in Jerusalem.

Rebbetzin Shoshana Bamberger O"h
by S. Bruchi

A large throng of Bnei Brak residents, headed by gedolei haTorah, roshei yeshiva and dayanim and followed by thousands of graduates of the Ponevezh yeshiva, accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Shoshana Bamberger o"h, eishes chover of HaRav Ben Tzion Halevi Bamberger, zt"l, former menahel ruchani of Ponevezh, on her last earthly journey. She was niftar in her 76th year.

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