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5 Adar 5761 - February 28, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Labor Votes to Join Coalition
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Leaders of the Labor Party have followed the zig-zagging example of their former prime minister, Ehud Barak, and despite warnings that they were selling their souls for a scrap of power, in a stormy and at times near-violent session on Monday night the Labor Party Central Committee agreed to join a unity government led by Likud's Ariel Sharon. The Committee will select its ministers on Thursday.

A Book for Purim!
Sherashei Kerem Rosh Nevolim
by Mordechai ibn Shakran

As has been reportedly widely in the press, the sefer Sherashei Kerem Rosh Nevolim by ibn Shakran was found recently in the wine cellars of the Vatican where its folios had been used as stoppers in some ancient amphorae. We are truly indebted to Rabbi Brandwein for his effort in making this important work available to the Torah world.

Interest Rate Reduced by 0.2 Percent
by M. Plaut

The governor of the Bank of Israel, David Klein, reduced the interest rate in Israel by 0.2 percent on Monday. The interest rate for March 2001 will be 7.5 percent. Some observers had been hoping for a reduction of 0.3 percent. The action was taken against a backdrop of a bitter labor dispute inside the Bank of Israel that has hampered the conduct of economic policy.

Bones Buried in Haifa at a Massive Levaya
by Aryeh Zisman

A massive his'orerus and prayer rally, as well as the levaya of the bones of our ancients, was held on Tuesday (4 Adar) in Haifa. At this levaya, the participants requested the forgiveness of the deceased for the terrible desecration to their graves and their bones, as well as for the disgracing and destruction of the burial caves which occurred. At the rally and levaya, gedolei haTorah and roshei yeshiva from all circles of the city of Haifa, as well as the political representatives who played a vital role in the uncompromising struggle against the desecration of the graves, spoke.

Hundreds of Farmers Join Keren Shevi'is Kollelim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

During the past two months, hundreds of shmittah observant farmers have joined a special network of botei medrash and kollelim founded especially for them by the Keren Hashevi'is of the Nationwide Center for Shmittah Observant Farmers. These unique kollelim are functioning within the framework of the Halichos Ho'oretz Institute for the Observance of Mitzvos in the Farming Settlements.

Five Million NIS Transferred to Shmittah Observant Farmers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Stipends to the tune of five million NIS were transferred last month to the thousands of farmers who observe shmittah according to halocho. Since the beginning of the current shmittah, these giborei koach have let their lands, fields and vineyards lie fallow. The farmers are united in the framework of the Nationwide Center for Shmittah Observing Farmers founded by HaRav Binyomin Mendelsohn zt"l, the previous ga'avad of Kommemiyus.

Chief Rabbinate Demands Rescinding of Letters Dismissing Eleven City Chief Rabbis
by Betzalel Kahn

The Council of the Israel Chief Rabbinate has demanded that Minister of Justice and of Religious Affairs Yossi Beilin rescind the letters of dismissal he sent a number of weeks ago to the chief rabbis of 11 cities. The letters were ostensibly sent because these rabbis do not reside in the areas of their jurisdiction.

Siyum Marks Completion of Chazon Leadership Course
by Betzalel Kahn

Gedolei haTorah and roshei yeshiva joined course participants in a melave malka siyum held two weeks ago marking the completion of a training course for counselors to deal with the generation gap problem and the problem of dropout youth.

HaRav Wosner to Vaad HaRabbonim: Tzedokoh Brings Security
By Malky Levitansky

If there is one thing on Jews' minds the world over these days, it's the security situation in Eretz Yisroel.

According to HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, there is something everyone can do to improve the security situation -- give tzedokoh.

Rabbi Gafni Demands Investigation of Hitorerut Movement Financial Sources
by Betzalel Kahn

Rabbi Moshe Gafni sent a letter last week to the Attorney General demanding an investigation of the monetary sources behind the Hitorerut movement. The demand was made following suspicions that movement activities are subsidized by either the Labor party or one of Ehud Barak's NPOs.

Court Issues Cease Order Against Housing Ministry
by Betzalel Kahn

An appeal has been filed at the Court for Administrative Affairs of Jerusalem demanding that the Ministry of Housing and Construction cancel the decision of the Tender Committee against the Israel Land Administration which retroactively canceled a tender for the acquisition of lands for "do-it- yourself" building (Bnei Beisecha) in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel Shachar neighborhood.

Rosh HaMohalim Reb Yosef Dovid Weissberg, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands of Jerusalem residents, headed by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv as well as by rabbonim, roshei yeshiva, admorim and bnei Torah, participated in last week's levaya of Rosh HaMohalim Reb Yosef Dovid Weissberg zt"l.

A tribute to Mrs. Perele (Yudit) Herczl, a"h
by A Good Friend

Perele, we are sitting here today, where we used to sit and daven for rachmei Shomayim for you. We begged and begged and the Ribono Shel Olom answered, but his answer was "No." Mah nomar umah nedabeir.

Chana Rivka Wunder o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

On Wednesday night 22 Shvat, hundreds of residents of Jerusalem's Kiryat Mattersdorf and Kiryat Unsdorf, led by rabbonim, gedolei haTorah and public figures, accompanied Chana Rivka Wunder, o"h, on her last earthly journey. Chana Rivka, who was only six years old at the time of her petirah, had suffered from a dreaded illness that had caused her much pain.

Egged Missed the Bus
by S. Fried

Many Egged customers are unsatisfied with recent changes in the Jerusalem chareidi neighborhood bus lines, especially the 11 and the 15 lines. As soon as the changes went into effect, numerous residents of Har Nof, Givat Shaul, Ramat Shlomo, Katamon and Geula began to file complaints about the buses' failure to adhere to their timetables, overcrowding on the buses and the lack of direct access to needed destinations.

A Time of Thanks: Shuvu's 10th Annual Dinner Marks a Decade of Miracles
by Moshe Schapiro

"Thank you" seemed to be the operative words at the 10th annual Shuvu dinner, held February 11 in Ateres Chaya Hall in Boro Park.

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