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12 Tishrei 5760 - October 11, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Worst civil disturbances in Israel since 1948
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M. Plaut

In the worst civil unrest within the Green Line since 1948, there were clashes all over the country including Israeli Arabs and residents of the occupied territories beginning just before Rosh Hashana. There were various reports of cease fires, but so far none has held. The violence may be over later rather than sooner.

Farmers Declaration on Erev Rosh Hashonoh
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On erev Rosh Hashonoh, many shmitta observant farmers adopted the custom whereby they declare that they are mafkir their fields, lands and produce. The declaration, done at the suggestion of the Nationwide Center for Shmitta Observing Farmers, is one that is made although the hefker situation is afkaata deMalka meaning that it comes from Above and takes effect even when no explicit statement has been made on the part of the farmer.

A Heartfelt Call

The following statement was issued by the Moetzes Gedolei Torah of the Agudath Israel of America:

The Right Mix: Creativity, Determination and Emunas Chachomim Help Lev L'Achim Enroll Thousands of Children Into Religious Schools
By Moshe Schapiro

Everyone knows Lev L'Achim is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to enroll children in religious schools. But when residents of Yerushalayim's secular Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood heard that local workers had approached Ahmad Jabr to register his children in a Jewish school, they thought the organization may have gone just a bit too far.

Poskim Call for Careful Driving
by Betzalel Kahn

Poskim and morei halocho have issued a call to drivers not to exceed the speed limit and to slow down in residential areas. The call was issued as part of an government-sponsored campaign against reckless driving.

A Crowded Country
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Population density in Israel is among the highest in the world, having reached an average of 278 people per square kilometer in 1999 according to the new Statistical Yearbook of Israel of the Central Bureau of Statistics.

People of Oriental Descent Susceptible to Mutation Causing Skin Cancer
by N. Katzin

According to a new Israeli study, many non-Ashkenazi Jews carry a mutation exposing its bearers to a hereditary risk of contracting melanoma, one of the most fatal types of skin cancer. The mutation is found in up to 50 percent of the families with histories of melanoma.

1000 Students Enrolled in Schools in Tel Tzion
by Betzalel Kahn

The schools of the Grosswardein Institutions of the new Tel Tzion neighborhood in Jerusalem's north have opened their doors in time for the Elul zman and the school year.

Gedolei Yisroel Send Blessings to Chanukas Habayis of Yated Ne'eman's New Building
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Yated Ne'eman's new Bnei Brak building was dedicated at a festive event on 24 Elul in the presence of rabbonim of the Yated Vaada Ruchanis, the editors and employees. At a modest but stirring ceremony, mezuzas were affixed to the main entrance and on doors to the rooms of the spacious building. Blessings sent by maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel, in honor of the occasion, were read.

Gedolei Yisroel Call To Help Federation for the Prevention of Desecration of Graves
by Betzalel Kahn

Maranan verabonon, the gedolei Yisroel will soon issue a pronouncement calling upon each and every one of us to take part in the important mitzvah of safeguarding Jewish graves. They note that whoever cannot play an active role in this project himself should make an all-out effort to contribute to the Federation for the Prevention of the Desecration of Graves.

Toronto Yeshivos Raise Tuition Fees
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Tuition fees at the 13 Toronto Board of Jewish Education (BJE) schools are up this academic year by an average 4.5 percent over last year, according to the Canadian Jewish News. The increase a year ago over the previous year was 2.5 percent.

Machzikei Hadas Ready for Shmitta
by Betzalel Kahn

Heads of the BaDaTz and the kashrus board of the Machzikei Hadas (Belz) kashrus system met recently to complete its preparations for the shmitta year 5761. On Elul 20, rabbonim and mashgichim of the beis din toured the large storage area shared by Tnuva, Co-op Supermarkets and the Pe'er-Li companies which are coordinating the stock of fruits and vegetables for the shmitta year.

Extensive Activity By Hamercaz Ha'artzi Lema'an Taharas Hamishpocho
by Betzalel Kahn

A series of seminars, programs, courses and study groups were conducted by Hamercaz Ha'artzi Lema'an Taharas Hamishpocho (The Nationwide Center for Family Purity) over the summer. The seminars, attended by women who are active in Center activities, were a high point in the widespread explanatory activity which the Mercaz Ha'artzi has been sponsoring throughout the country.

Immediate Steps Must Be Taken To Fortify the Walls of Shabbos
by Betzalel Kahn

A Committee for the Sanctity of Shabbos in Eretz Yisroel met in Jerusalem on the 11th of Elul to discuss developments in light of the aims currently being pursued by anti-religious elements. The committee is comprised of rabbonim approved by maranan verabonon. The anti-religious elements are seeking to uproot the foundations of Yiddishkeit and to trample the sanctity of Shabbos.

Is there Anti-Jewish Bias In The U.S. Defense Department?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Agudath Israel of America has expressed concern to U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen about what appears to be a pattern of religious profiling in the nation's defense establishment. As a result of this pattern, the Orthodox Jewish group charges, a number of Jewish employees in the defense and intelligence services are working under a cloud of suspicion simply because of their religion.

HaRav Shabsai Frankel, zt"l
by A. Cohen

HaRav Shabsai Frankel, zt"l, went to his final resting place on Rosh Hashonoh. Replete with good deeds, he was 91 years old at the time of his petirah.

HaRav Shlomo Min-Hahar zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Shlomo Zalman Min-Hahar zt"l, who served as the rav of the Bayit Vegan neighborhood for many years, was brought to his final resting place in Jerusalem in the week of selichos. He was 89 years old at the time of his petirah.

HaRav Shlomo Rottenberg zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Shlomo Hacohen Rottenberg, one of the most prominent rabbonim and mechanchim in America, was niftar suddenly on motzei Shabbos, the second day of Rosh Hashonoh. He was known throughout the United States for his monumental efforts on behalf of the klal which he served for decades, and for his profound impact on thousands of students in America's yeshivos and Beis Yaakov schools, whom he inculcated with the foundations of Torah, yiras Hashem and pure Torah outlook. He was the author of the famed series Toldos Am Olom on Jewish history.

Toras Nozir -- A Treasury Of Peirushim On Masechta Nozir

"How good is something in the right season" said Shlomo Hamelech. Timely indeed is Machon Harry Fischel's new publication Toras Nozir that came off the presses only recently, just in time for the Daf Yomi's study of Maseches Nozir.

The World Within: Contemporary Mussar Essays
By Rabbi Chaim Walkin
Reviewed by R' Doron Kornbluth

HaRav Walkin is a well-known and admired figure in Israel's yeshiva world today. A grandson of one of the gedolei Yisroel in prewar Europe, HaRav Aharon Walkin of Pinsk, zt'1, Rabbi Walkin embodies a unique and authentic mussar tradition passed down through the generations. His father, HaRav Shmuel David Walkin, zt'l was a disciple of the Chofetz Chaim in Radin and head of the Jewish community as it traveled through the Far East and settled in Shanghai during the turbulent years of World War II.

A New Translation of the Chumash from Feldheim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"The Government must make a clear decision regarding theThe Chumash -- in any language -- remains, not only the best selling, but also the most influential book of all times. Plus, it's been translated into more languages, more often, than any other book in the world.

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