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17 Ellul 5761 - September 5, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Kiddush Hashem Throughout the Ages: Singing a New Song
By Ben-Zion Nemett

Ben-Zion Nemett's daughter Shira, 15 1/2 years old, was seriously wounded in the suicide bombing attack in the Sbarro restaurant on August 9 (20 Av).

Shira was standing in the row behind Family Schijveschuurder. Ben-Zion Nemett wrote a very moving and powerful article about his reaction to this personal and national tragedy. Below is the English translation.

U.S. and Israel quit Durban Conference
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The U.S. and Israel dramatically announced simultaneously in Washington and Jerusalem Monday night that they would be leaving the UN conference against racism currently taking place in Durban, South Africa. There were rumors that Canada would also leave but meanwhile it has decided to stay.

OU Products Sold with Hetter Mechirah Identified
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israeli shemittah products sold in the United States under certification from the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) are parsley, dill and cilantro. These products are, in turn, used in hundreds, or even thousands, of other products.

Jews Attacked in Paris
by Arnon Yaffeh

Approximately two hundred Arabs from the suburbs of Paris attacked Jews on Sunday (14 Elul) on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Witnesses said that a mob of Arabs marched along the avenue shouting "Death to the Jews" and "Destroy Israel." A Jew who passed by in a car said that the rioters looked like "death squads" of antisemitic organizations, and shouted the very same slogans which were heard on Champs Elysees prior to the Second World War at the height of Nazi hysteria.

Gedolim Speak Out About Periodicals
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"It is obvious and goes without saying that all magazines published with commercial considerations in mind and which were not founded by gedolim, do not convey the correct hashkofoh."

Petition to High Court: IDF Must Provide Kosher Lemehadrin Food
by Betzalel Kahn

A chareidi soldier serving as a combat paramedic in a unit in the North has petitioned the High Court with a demand that the IDF provide him with kosher lemehadrin meals. The soldier, who filed the petition through the Association for Citizens' Rights, claims that since his enlistment two and a half years ago, he has been forced to subsidize the meals provided by the IDF from his own resources.

Peres: Why We Withdrew from the UN Conference
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

It is no secret that we have many differences over many years with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. He has been a recurring opponent of religion, despite his political maneuvering around election time when ho goes to speak to rabbonim.

Making a Big Difference -- Even on a Small Scale
by Moshe Schapiro

Just before Rosh Hashana last year, Vaad HaRabbonim in Eretz Yisroel learned of a father of eight who needed $100,000 for a kidney transplant. The Vaad found 12 people committed to raising $2,000 each, and then placed an ad in the newspaper, beseeching people to help. But it seemed like collecting the remaining $76,000 would require a miracle.

The Strikover Rov
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Avrohom Landau, zt"l, the Strikover Rov of Bnei Brak, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87. He was a great talmid chochom and was close to the Brisker Rov already in Europe. The levaya is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Jerusalem District Judge Accepts Favors
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a report in the Israeli business daily Globes, for over five years the president of the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court, Vardimous Zeiler, along with his wife Ilana, have been enjoying gratis representation from two large legal firms from the north of Israel. Zeiler has refused comment on the issue, while the Court administration has claimed that the matter is Zeiler's own private affair.

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