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16 Iyar 5761 - May 9, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Arms Ship Capture Saved Israeli Blood -- Ben Eliezer
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A lot of Israeli blood was saved by the navy's capture of a ship loaded with deadly weapons, Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer said Monday, adding that the attempt at infiltration was proof of bad faith by the Palestinians. Earlier the Israeli navy intercepted a Lebanese ship laden with barrels full of weapons headed for the Gaza Strip.

Israel High Court Declines to Issue Provisional Order Against Draft Deferrals
by G. Lazar

The Israel High Court did not comply last week with the request of MKs Yossi Paritzky, Ran Cohen, and Naomi Chazan of Meretz, Attorney Ressler and the Hitorerut Movement, to issue a provisional order against the Knesset decision to extend the existing temporary order for the draft deferral of yeshiva students for an additional two years.

Rabbi Gafni Prevents Excavations in Burial Caves Near Elad
by Betzalel Kahn and A. Cohen

Intervention by Rabbi Moshe Gafni prevented exhumation of burial caves in the Kula Forest near Elad last week. The Ministry of Defense announced that it would change the route of the forest road which was supposed to be paved and would have involved desecration of burial caves.

EURO-K.I.M. -- A New Kosher Quality Standard
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Recent years have seen an incredible growth in the kosher food industry, allowing the creation of various types of rabbinical supervision. Therefore, the need for some definition of kosher quality standard is required, now more than ever.

HaRav Salomon Speaks Pointedly to Agudath Israel Conference on "Interface Of Ethics and Halacha"
By Yated Ne'eman Staff

They represented a broad range of professions and different walks of observant Jewish life, but the more than 400 participants in last Sunday's halacha conference for business people and professionals shared a single objective: to refine and update their knowledge of the halachic approach to ethical business practices.

Vegetables from the Aravah
by Rabbi Shlomo Shmulevitz

As of last week, the following vegetables from the northern part of the Aravah, which the poskim say is sofeik Eretz Yisroel, were still in the markets, some even under the hechsher of vaadot shmittah: peppers (all kinds), watermelons, melons, eggplants and potatoes.

Organization To Combat Antisemitism in Israel
by Betzalel Kahn

An Information and Help Center for Victims of Antisemitism has been set up in the wake of an increase in antisemitic acts in Israel. These acts are perpetrated by non-Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union who arrived in Israel either under the Law of Return or through use of counterfeit documents.

Huge Rise in Chareidi School Enrollment; Lev L'Achim: The Figures Are Even Higher
By Eliezer Schwartz

Recent figures released by the Israeli government's Central Bureau of Statistics which show that enrollment in Israel's chareidi elementary schools has tripled in the last 10 years have sent shockwaves through the country's secular community and has its leaders scrambling for answers.

Lev L'Achim Demands the Cancellation of a Massive Missionary Event in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

The activists of Lev L'Achim's Department for the Struggle Against the Missions has launched a public battle to prevent a large gathering which the British missionary, David Hatwai is about to hold. David Hatwai is a member of the Messianic Jews cult. The gathering is slated to take place in Binyanei Ha'Uma, and masses of new immigrants from C.I.S. countries have been invited to attend it.

The Siyum HaTorah Program Goes National
by Moshe Rockove

Have you ever wished to learn another masechta in Shas but you were not able to find the impetus to do so? Or you would love to learn consistently, every day, but find the Daf Yomi schedule too demanding. You may also wish to broaden your horizons by learning novi or mishnayos and lack a formal structure to undertake the limud.

Tower Semiconductor Reports Progress
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Tower Semiconductor announced another milestone in the construction of its billion dollar Fab 2 semiconductor plant with the awarding to two U.S. semiconductor industry suppliers -- Axecelis Technologies Inc. and PRI Automation -- of contracts worth more than $70 million over the next few years.

Tenth Anniversary of Kiev Jewish School
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A special ceremony took place on Rosh Chodesh Iyar to mark the tenth anniversary since the founding of the Jewish School in Kiev, under the aegis of Yad Yisroel. Some 2000 Jews of Kiev gathered in a large auditorium to mark the event, at which pupils, past and present, showed their appreciation for what the school has done for them.

Knesset Deliberates on Plans to Erect Missionary Center Near Keinut
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Knesset met on 9 Iyar in a special recess session called at the request of more than 25 Knesset members from various parties.

Arson in Netanya's Ramat Ephraim Synagogue
by Betzalel Kahn

Members of the Ramat Ephraim neighborhood synagogue in Netanya arriving for shacharis on Shabbos parshas Shemini were shocked to discover extensive damage to the synagogue as a result of malicious arson perpetrated in four different locations in the synagogue.

HaRav Moshe Finkel zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Sunday night, 14 Iyar, a massive throng accompanied HaRav Moshe Finkel zt"l, one of the roshei yeshiva of the Mirrer yeshiva, on his last earthly journey. He was niftar after prolonged suffering in his 68th year.

HaRav Moshe Boudilowsky zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

An impressively large crowd came to pay their final respects to HaRav Moshe Boudilowsky zt"l, and accompany him on his final journey. The young gaon, who had devoted his life to promoting spiritual life in the Diaspora, was suddenly cut off in his prime, at the young age of 48, while deeply involved in the spreading of Yiddishkeit and chinuch in Russia.

Hespedim for HaRav Shimshon Dovid Pincus, zt"l, and the Appointment of his Son HaRav Yisroel Yaakov in His Stead
by B. Rabinowitz

A public gathering for hespeidim and his'orerus following the tragic deaths of HaRav Shimshon Dovid Pincus, rav of the chareidi community of Ofakim, his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mindel, o"h, and their daughter Miriam, o"h, was held in Ofakim last week with maranan verabonon, roshei yeshiva, roshei kollel, marbitzei Torah and public figures from Ofakim and throughout the Negev in attendance.

HaRav Avraham Shrim zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Seventy-eight year-old HaRav Avraham Shrim, director of the Porat Yosef yeshiva network, was niftar last week in Jerusalem. Born in 5683 (1923), he was the son of HaRav Ezra Shrim and the grandson of HaRav Yitzchak Shrim, one of Jerusalem's well-known rabbonim.

Rebbetzin Ruth Stefansky o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

A large throng headed by roshei yeshiva and rabbonim accompanied Rebbetzin Ruth Stefansky o"h, eishes chover of HaRav Yaakov Stefansky ylct"a on her last early journey. She was 50 years old at the time of her petirah.

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