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26 Av 5761 - August 15, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Kedoshim of the Recent Bomb in Yerushalayim: Shema Yisroel on Their Lips
by Nosson Grossman, Betzalel Kahn, S. Bruchi, M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

When reports about the deaths of the terrorist victims in Jerusalem were processed, it became clear that many of the Jews died there with Shema Yisroel on their lips.

South African Jews Gear Up For Racism Conference
by D. Saks

The South African Jewish community, headed by its political arm, the Jewish Board of Deputies, is at the center of efforts to coordinate the input of international Jewry to the forthcoming World Conference Against Racism. Over 20,000 delegates are expected to attend the conference, which commences in the South African coastal city of Durban on August 31.

At The Behest Of The Leading Poskim: Rabbonim And Dayonim In America Prepare Takonos For Botei Din That Issue Gittin
by B. Kahn

With the encouragement and guidance of HaRav Eliashiv, rabbonim and senior dayonim in the United States have started to formulate a set of guidelines for botei din that deal with marriages and divorces, since a serious breach in the correct procedures in these areas has recently come to light.

Constant Scheming to Deprive the Poor Man of his Lamb
By S. Chemed

When UTJ MK Rabbi Shmuel Halpert put forward his proposal a year ago to increase the National Insurance Child Benefit allowance from the fifth child onwards, the previous Finance Minister, Avraham Shochat staunchly opposed this proposal, terming it "corrupt." However, despite the backing Shochat received from members of his own party and other anti- religious parties, Rabbi Halpert's bill was approved and became law, accompanied by the ranting of the Finance Minister.

Sharon to let Peres Negotiate
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gave a conditional and limited approval for Foreign Minister Shimon Peres to meet with senior Palestinian officials and discuss how to bring about a cessation of hostilities. Peres has insisted that negotiations are a priority; Sharon has merely proclaimed that there can be no negotiations without a cessation of violence.

Observations: Antisemitism in England
by B. Rapoport

The following letter to the editor appeared in last Thursday's Ha'aretz newspaper in Israel.

"Israel is reported to be compiling a list of countries in which its officials might be in danger of arrest for war crimes allegations. Never mind officials -- all an ordinary citizen has to do is say `Israel' to get attacked by members of the public.

Observations: Profits Versus Losses
by Y. Freind

Ironically, heavy smoking generates considerable economic benefits to some, and heavy smokers bring large amounts of money into state coffers -- truly large amounts of money -- in the form of health-care savings because of the premature death that results from heavy smoking.

The New York State Bungalow Colony Experience
by Moshe Rockove

As the "dog days" of summer roll along, with the sweltering heat and humidity beating down on the American landscape, those up in the Catskill Mountains of New York are grateful to have been spared some of the weather's wrath. Although it's hot there too -- temperatures easily rise to the '90s (Fahrenheit) -- the less humid air and more pleasant landscape make it easier to handle the weather.

HaRav Shaul Rubin zt'l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On the sixteenth of Av, throngs of Torah faithful Jews of Bnei Brak and Jerusalem -- amongst them many dayanim, roshei yeshivos and roshei kollelim -- followed HaRav Shaul Rubin zt'l to his final resting place in the Har Hazeisim cemetery in Jerusalem.

Observations: Used Appliances at New Appliance Prices
by Y. Barak

Purchasing electronics and electrical appliance seconds and irregulars is not what it used to be. It seems "sug beit," normally a mark of disgrace, includes a variety of other products as well.

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