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19 Adar 5761 - March 14, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Israel Tries Carrot and Stick
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday, Israel imposed a complete blockade of Ramallah, a city just north of Yerushalayim with a population of 60,000 that is the commercial capital of the Palestinian Authority areas in Shomron and Yehuda. Blocking all roads with trenches, mounds of earth and checkpoints backed by tanks and armored troop carriers, the IDF cut off Ramallah completely from the outside world, including the villages that surround it.

Conference of European Rabbis Meets in Germany
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

History was made last week when the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) held its Standing Committee meeting in Germany for the first time. It was attended by twenty- six Chief Rabbis and Rabbis from eleven countries. Some had come for the weekend and addressed the Munich community at a number of specially organized events.

Coalition Negotiations With UTJ Continue
by G. Lazar

On Monday night (18 Adar), UTJ's representatives in the Knesset were still involved in coalition negotiations regarding the party's joining the unity government. They were following the guidelines of maranan verabonon, the gedolei haTorah.

Yeshiva Student Draft Deferral Arrangement Extended for Two Years
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset approved a law on 12 Adar to continue the existing arrangement for yeshiva student draft deferrals for the next two years. The unceasing efforts of the UTJ representatives at the instruction of maranan verabonon to do away with the decree that loomed over the yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel has borne fruit.

Attempts to Prevent Desecration of Ancient Graves in Beersheva
by B. Rabinowitz

Chareidi activists in the Negev are ardently trying to prevent the desecration of ancient graves discovered during digging for the installation of new water lines in Beersheva's old city.

Jewish Leaders Meet With President Bush
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On March 7, approximately 15 American Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel Executive Vice President for Government and Public Affairs, met at the White House with President George W. Bush and discussed a number of issues at the top of the President's agenda and of special concern to many American Jews.

Non-Jewish Soldier Buried Among Jews in Military Cemetery in Netanya
by Aryeh Zisman

The Chief Rabbinate of the IDF is incensed over a new policy enabling the burial of non-Jewish soldiers alongside Jewish ones in military cemeteries. On 6 Adar, a non- Jewish immigrant soldier from the C.I.S was buried in the military cemetery in Netanya after all attempts to stop this were unsuccessful.

Lecture Cancelled Because of Stone Throwing
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On a visit to Lebanon last July, Columbia University professor Edward Said, a famous literary critic and champion of the Palestinian cause, was photographed throwing stones at Israeli army positions in Lebanon. Now his acts have resulted in the cancellation of a lecture that he was due to give in Vienna.

Sculpture in Front of Beersheva Prison Removed
by B. Rabinowitz

Due to the efforts of Rabbi Benzion Shetreet, rav of the Beersheva prison, the prison administration issued an order to destroy part of a sculpture that had been placed in front of the prison's gates. The sculpture aroused sharp opposition from visitors and prisoners. The sculpture will be completely removed shortly.

Home Water Prices to Rise
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The price for water used in excess of the basic allocation of 60 cubic meters per person will rise sharply in an effort to cut home consumption according to an agreement between the Water Commission, the Treasury, the Interior Ministry and Union of Local Authorities.

Yeshivas Mordechai Hatzaddik in Melbourne
- and Around the World

by Shlomo Boruch Abelesz and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The world renowned Ovos Ubonim learning program, where fathers and sons come together to study Torah, has now arrived Down-Under in Australia. It also enjoyed considerable success elsewhere.

Credit Correction

The following is the proper crediting for the article "Lincoln's Jews" that appeared in the issue of Parshas Terumah:

Genetic Engineering Flowering in Flowers
by N. Katzin

As part of Israel's first project of its kind, genetic researchers in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are attempting to locate the genes that change flowers' shapes, fragrances and colors.

British Headteachers Meet in Bournemouth
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Chinuch is always a top priority of the chareidi community. As such we are happy to present this report of a recent meeting of senior British educators discussing the problems that all face along with some solutions.

Necca Total Has Non Bleach
by N. Katzin

Just in time for Pesach, Necca has launched a series of anti- bacterial products for house cleaning called "Necca Total," which do not contain bleach. Necca is Israel's leading company in the current worldwide switch to anti-bacterial products that do not contain bleach, a hazardous product that should not be used near food or young children.

The Righteous Rebbetzin Chana Pfeufer o"h
by S. Baruchi

Last week, thousands accompanied the righteous, modest, G-d- fearing Rebbetzin Chana Pfeufer o"h on her last earthly journey. She was 76 at the time of her petirah.

HaRav Moshe Chaim Katznelbogen zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands of Jerusalem residents headed by rabbonim and roshei yeshiva brokenheartedly accompanied one of Jerusalem's finest, HaRav Moshe Chaim Halevi Katznelbogen, zt"l, on his last earthly journey.

Victory For Orthodox Teachers In School Leave Dispute
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Orthodox public school teachers in the Monsey area recently won their fight to overturn a discriminatory policy that had prevented them from using personal leave days for religious holidays. The East Ramapo school board is now once again allowing teachers paid leave for religious reasons.

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