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29 Sivan 5761 - June 20, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Sharon: I Won't Start a War
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Speaking to Likud Knesset members on Monday while protesters outside urged him to take a firm hand against the Palestinians, Sharon said there is a limit to his restraint, but that he would resist calls to escalate the conflict.

Observations: A Case of False Identity
by Nosson Grossman

Ma'ariv had an interesting article about the Dolphinarium tragedy two weeks ago. It turns out that one of the twenty youngsters killed in that suicide bombing, a certain "Roman Gorochovsky," aged 20, was actually someone named Sergei Panshcheskov. His body was flown to the Ukraine under his real name, and that was how it became known that the young Ukrainian had entered Israel under a false identity!

Avishai Raviv's Trial Postponed Again
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

For the second time within three months, the trial of General Sercurity Service agent provocateur Avishai Raviv was postponed for another four months -- less than 24 hours before it was to begin.

HaRav Yosef Sitruk Reelected Chief Rabbi of France
by Yated Ne'eman staff

The offices of the Jewish Kehilla of France announced that this past Sunday (26 Sivan), 56 year-old HaRav Yosef Sitruk was reelected the Chief Rabbi of France by the General Central Assembly of the Jewish Kehilla, for a third seven- year term. HaRav Sitruk received 172 votes, compared to the 82 votes received by the other candidate, HaRav Mordechai Ben Shoshan, the 46 year-old rav of the city of Nice. Seven white ballots were cast.

U.S. High Court Rules on Religious Groups' Use of Public School Buildings
by B. Isaac

Public school buildings have often been used for Pirchei rallies, lectures and shiurim; chassidishe tish'en even Shabbos davening.

Shearis Yisroel Representatives Visit Haifa's Shemen Factory
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Shearis Yisroel Beis Din and their kashrus supervisors made several visits last week to the Shemen Industries factory in Haifa. The 58 year-old Shemen Industries Ltd. is one of Israel's leading producers of vegetable oils and dish- washing soaps.

Call for Yom Tefillah on Erev Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A special yom tefillah was called by the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah for Wednesday, erev Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. Although most of our readers will not see the paper until after then, we are publishing the special kol korei that was issued, to provide an indication of the thinking of the rabbonim on our current situation.

Order to Dismantle Temporary Har Nof Synagogue Postponed
by Betzalel Kahn

On 20 Sivan the Jerusalem Court for Local Affairs rejected the implementation of an order to raze a temporary synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood due to a problem found in the order issued by Mayor Ehud Olmert. The demolition order was issued on Friday, 7 Sivan, within a few hours after the request as a result of pressure exerted by someone with a high government post who lives near the synagogue and who objects to the shul's presence there.

Israel Ceases, Palestinians Fire: Two More Israelis Slain by Terrorists
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Dan Yehuda, 35 Hy"d, of Homesh, and Doron Zisserman, 38 Hy"d, of Einav, were murdered and two others wounded in three terrorist shootings in Samaria Monday, threatening the already fragile cease fire.

Planting Torah SEEDS Throughout the Summer
by Moshe Rockove

Pick up an apple seed. Observe it carefully. It's very small and can easily slip out of your hand if you don't hold it carefully. Yet despite its very miniature size, the seed has the ability to grow into a huge apple tree! One little seedling has the capability of producing so much when it is put into the ground and properly nurtured.

Agudath Israel Makes Case for Faith-Based Initiative at Senate Hearing
by B. Isaac

An Agudath Israel of America leader presented testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the controversial "faith- based" initiative under which religious organizations would be eligible for federal funding to help administer social service programs for the needy.

Israel Shows its Wares in Paris
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel opened a very large pavilion at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget this week, to show off its advanced aviation and military wares. The show, the major exhibition of the year, opened last Sunday.

Haifa Municipality UTJ Representatives Honor Rotation Agreement
by Y. Ariel

Last week, the UTJ-Agudas Yisroel internal rotation agreement in the Haifa municipality was honored by the UTJ representatives. The agreement had been made between Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel members on the eve of the municipal election in Haifa. Degel HaTorah representative Rabbi Chaim Wiliger, who presided during the first half of the term of office, transferred his seat to Agudas Yisroel representative Rabbi Aryeh Blitental.

Rotation Agreement Honored in Petach Tikvah City Council
by A. Cohen

The UTJ representative in the Petach Tikvah City Council has honored a rotation agreement signed between Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel on the eve of the last municipal elections. Agudas Yisroel's representative, Rabbi Yosef Altman, who served in the first half of the Council's term of office, vacated his seat in favor of Degel HaTorah representative Rabbi Uri Kaminsky.

The Crucible of Halochoh
by A. Yosefson

There is no beis hamedrash without its chiddush. The National Halochoh Project (Mifal HaHalochoh Ha'artzi - - Kur Hahalochoh) is well known for having developed a novel and refreshing system of weekly tests on halochoh.

Friends of the Mirrer Yeshiva Gather in Paris
by S. Fried

"If even one word of Torah study protects the entire generation when calamity occurs, how immense is the protection affected by the Torah studied by the Mirrer Yeshiva's 5000 talmidim. Torah study takes place twenty hours a day in the Mir, under all circumstances: in the main study hall, on the stairs, and in every corner of this illustrious edifice in which students cling to the Borei Olom," said HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva, in his opening remarks at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Mirrer Yeshiva held after Shavuos in Paris.

Rebbetzin Mattel Schlesinger o"h
By Betzalel Kahn

Last Friday thousands of people tearfully accompanied the distinguished Rebbetzin Mattel Schlesinger o"h on her last journey in this world. She was the widow of the late HaRav Yechiel Michel Schlesinger zt"l, rosh yeshiva and founder of Kol Torah Yeshiva. She was over 96 years old.

HaRav Boruch Shimon Shneerson zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Motzei Shabbos kodesh (26 Sivan) after chatzos, a throng of tens of thousands of pained and bereft mourners accompanied HaRav Boruch Shimon Shneerson zt"l, the rosh yeshiva of Kochav MiYaakov--Tchebin in Yerushalayim on his last earthly journey.

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