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8 Sivan 5761 - May 30, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Building Collapse in Yerushalayim Kills 23 and Injures Hundreds
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The dance floor of a wedding hall in the Talpiyot neighborhood of Yerushalayim collapsed last Thursday night at around 10:45 p.m. sending 23 people to their deaths and injuring hundreds. On Tuesday after Shavuos, five days after the tragedy, over 100 people were still hospitalized eight of them in serious condition.

New U.S. Envoy Starts the Negotiations Ball Rolling
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

U.S. Mideast envoy William Burns, also the current U.S. ambassador to Jordan, has begun his difficult work of trying to end Mideast violence and restart peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with a flurry of meetings with the two sides. Appointed to try to get the sides to implement the recommendations of the international Mitchell commission, Burns met on Sunday with both Sharon and Arafat, and again on Monday night (after Shavuos) with Sharon.

Many Fires Started Erev Shavuos
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Several fires burst out in the Yerushalayim area on Sunday erev Shavuos, as well as near Beit Shemesh, near the Jordan River, in the Golan Heights and in the Sharon region. The weather was extraordinarily hot and may have been the cause of some of the blazes, but some fires are suspected arson.

The IDF's Conversion Court Meets at the Military Cemetery on Mount Herzl
by Betzalel Kahn

A comprehensive investigation which appeared in the Yated Hashavua of parshas Bamidbar, discloses the conversion methods utilized by the military conversion court. The names of the members of that court have also been revealed after many years in which they were kept secret.

Rav Yisroel Salanter's Grave has Finally been Located
by A. Cohen

Last week we were privileged to hear some exciting news: with obvious siyata deShmaya the burial place of HaRav Yisroel Salanter ztv"l in the ancient cemetery of Koenigsberg was located. Those involved in this holy task these past few years could not find an adequate way of giving expression to their feelings of joy and gratitude to the Creator. "They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy."

Increased Demand for Shearis Yisroel Products in Europe
by Arnon Yafeh

Food products under the supervision of the Badatz Shearis Yisroel are currently in great demand in Europe, especially in the French chareidi community, according to Shearis Yisroel Director Rabbi Yekusiel Dershowitz. Rabbi Dershowitz made this statement during a visit to the Euro-Kosher exhibition in Paris.

Memorial Plaque Erected on Sarah Schenirer Bais Yaakov Seminary in Cracow
by S. Fried

A memorial plaque was affixed to the building of Sara Schenirer's Beis Yaakov Seminary in Cracow at a recent stirring ceremony. It was attended by approximately a hundred women, former Bais Yaakov students from different countries.

"Askonus, a Holy Venture" Declares Novominsker Rebbe at 79th Agudath Israel Dinner
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Speaking to a capacity crowd in the grand ballroom of the New York Hilton at the 79th Anniversary Dinner of Agudath Israel of America, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudath Israel, issued a call to young and older members of the community alike to join and strengthen the "holy work" of Agudath Israel.

Tel Aviv University Cancels Planned Rav Amnon Yitzhak Appearance
by S. Bruchi

The Tel Aviv University administration cancelled an appearance by Rav Amnon Yitzhak planned for the afternoon of Rosh Chodesh Sivan on its Exact Sciences campus.

ZAKA Volunteers Lauded
by Betzalel Kahn

At the end of the rescue operation at the Versailles halls in Jerusalem all of the professional rescue and medical teams praised the scores of ZAKA (Disaster Victims Identification) volunteers, almost all of whom are chareidi.

Kiryat Sefer Residents Launch Massive Enrollment Campaign
By Moshe Schapiro

Over nine hundred Kiryat Sefer residents, or approximately one-third of the city's male population, took part Monday night in a large enrollment campaign organized by Lev L'Achim and endorsed jointly by HaRav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv and HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman.

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