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26 Adar 5761 - March 21, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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No Quick Solutions for Violence
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As Ariel Sharon began his first visit to the United States since becoming Prime Minister, any thoughts he may have had about relaxing and enjoying his new status are far away as the murderous Palestinian violence in Israel continues. Efrat resident Boruch Cohen Hy"d was murdered on his way to work on Monday morning, and the Palestinians launched a mortar attack the previous night, signaling an escalation in the tools they use to kill Jews.

Lev L'Achim Demands Closure of Scientology School; Cancellation of Approval of Scientology Textbooks
by Betzalel Kahn

On 20 Adar (March 15), Lev L'Achim appealed to the High Court to issue an order to prohibit the Education Ministry from granting a license to the Atid school of the Scientology cult. In addition, it has demanded that the Ministry retract its approval of Scientology textbooks recently approved for use.

Worldwide Prayer Rallies on Erev Rosh Chodesh Nisan
by Betzalel Kahn

In light of the trying situation in Eretz Hakodesh and the Diaspora, maranan verabonon, the gedolei haTorah vehaChassidus have issued a call to Jews everywhere to assemble for prayer rallies to be held in Jewish communities throughout the world, and to entreat the Master of all for mercy. The rallies are scheduled for Thursday the 27th of Adar, Yom Kippur Koton of chodesh Nisan, held early because Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday.

High Court Ignores Police Regulations and Rejects Petition of Religious Policemen
By B. Rabinowitz

The High Court last week rejected two petitions submitted by Police Officer Chezi Almassi from Maagalim in the Negev and Sgt. Avraham Ronen from Ashdod, who wanted to remain in the police force without being forced to work on Shabbos. Adv. Menachem Chakmon, who represented one of the petitioners, reacted to the High Court's decision by stating that this was a grim day for the State of Israel.

High Court Prevents Implementation of Order Forbidding Sale of Treif Meat in Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

At the instructions of High Court Justice Dorit Beinish, the Beit Shemesh Municipality will be unable to enforce the Municipal law prohibiting the sale of pork in city residential sections. As a result, the treif stores will be able to continue to operate unhampered throughout the entire city.

A School for Rebbes
By Arye Gefen

Recently a conference took place in Yerushalayim of a new organization called Beis Vaad Lemechanchim ("The Teachers' Meeting-Place").

Worldwide Shmiras Haloshon Campaign
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This spring, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation (CCHF) will show the Jewish world that neither politics nor weapons alone will save Israel; we need unity. Through their Worldwide Shmiras Haloshon Initiative, CCHF will bring the words of some of today's leading Jewish luminaries and the laws of shmiras haloshon to synagogues and schools everywhere.

UTJ and Shas Oppose Freezing Large Family Law
by E. Rauchberger

The Labor Party in the Knesset demands that the Minister of Labor freeze Mishpachot Beruchot Yeladim Law (Large Family Law) of Rabbi Shmuel Halpert, which was approved a number of months ago in the Knesset. The party intends to summon the Finance Minister, Silvan Shalom, to appear before it on Wednesday, 26 Adar for a debate on the issue.

Convention for Chareidi Educators at Kinar Hotel
by Betzalel Kahn

A three-day convention of hundreds of chareidi educational institution directors, rabbonim and communal leaders from all of Israel's chareidi groups was held this week at the vacation village of Kinar on the Kinneret. A variety of top- priority educational and administrative issues were discussed.

Worldwide Kashrus Experts Visit Yad Binyomin Matzoh Bakery
by B. Rabinowitz

Top-ranking kashrus experts from Israel and throughout the world have recently called upon and inspected the Yad Binyomin Matzoh Bakery. Among them was Rabbi Yitzchok Juravel from the United States, an expert of worldwide renown.

The Taliban Destroy Ancient Buddhist Monuments in Afghanistan
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Taliban, rulers of Afghanistan, blasted away and destroyed last week several monumental works of ancient art in their country: the giant standing Buddhas of Bamiyan. The world, including the world of Islamic scholarship, was outraged.

HaRav Yitzchok Shlomo Zilberman, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn and M. Plaut

A bereaved crowd of thousands, composed of and headed by gedolei haTorah, roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, dayonim and thousands of students, accompanied HaRav Yitzchok Shlomo Zilberman zt"l,, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Aderes Eliyahu on his last earthly journey. The seventy-two year old HaRav Yitzchok Shlomo was niftar after a brief illness.

Seudah Honors New Volume of Mifal Hashulchan Oruch Hasholeim
by Y. Ariel

The Haifa branch of Machon Yerushalayim recently held a gala seudas mitzva in honor of publication of the new volume of the Mifal Shulchan Oruch Hasholeim series on hilchos niddah and mikvaos.

British Headteachers Meet in Bournemouth
- part II
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Chinuch is always a top priority of the chareidi community. As such we are happy to present this report of a recent meeting of senior British educators discussing the problems that all face along with some solutions.

Important Visit of Prominent Rabbonim to Kisharon
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a rare show of commitment and community support, no less than thirteen of London's leading Dayonim and Rabbonim attended a special Yom Limud at Kisharon's adult vocational training center in Golders Green.

A Jubilee Celebration for the Torah Public
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

May a police investigator beat a suspected criminal in order to elicit an admission of guilt? May one use sugar from a milky sugar bowl for a cup of tea during a meaty meal? Do metal fillings in teeth pose a problem regarding chometz on Pesach?

Practical Plan for Model Center for Troubled Teens
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbi Immanuel Yosef Legomsky, Director of Menucha V'Simcha Neurofeedback Clinic of Jerusalem, has written a unique proposal for teenage problem children's centers that could be replicated everywhere in the world.

Hesped Rally in Memory of HaRav Shlomo Zalman Zilberman zt"l
by S. Bruchi

Thousands of Bnei Brak residents participated in a hesped and his'orerus rally on 20 Adar marking the end of the shiva over the petirah of HaRav Shlomo Zalman Zilberman, zt"l.

Consumer Consumption Rates Highlighted in Study
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rishon Letzion holds the title of the city with the highest rate of monthly consumption per household: NIS 11,150, while Ramat Gan is the runner-up at NIS 10,620, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics study of cities with more than 100 thousand residents.

The Talelei Oros Pesach Haggadah
by Rav Yissochor Dov Rubin

There are all sorts of Jewish books on the market. Some are deep and complicated -- written especially for learners and the yeshiva crowd. "Everyday" people usually do not have much appetite for such fare because the concepts are too "heavy" and involved. Other works are aimed from the outset at the wide, general audience -- the material being lighter.

Viewpoint: The Road to Iran
by D. Berger

Left-wing extremist, former Knesset member Uri Avneri, published a profile piece on Sharon. It goes without saying that the article was not flattering.

An Inadvertent Attack on Japan by Russia?
by P. Milgrom

Will the Mir Space Station fall on Japan?

According to plans by the Russian Space Agency, Mir is supposed to make a guided descent into the Pacific Ocean this week, thereby bringing operations of the aging space station to an end.

What Israel and Arab Countries Have in Common
by P. Milgrom

The economic pressure Israel is applying to the Palestinian Authority has European countries worried. Dispatches calling on Israel to transfer the funds it owes the P.A. are becoming more and more urgent. But while the Europeans wait for Israel to begin channeling funds to save the P.A. from total collapse, it seems that Israel is not alone in delaying the transfer of funds to the P.A.

Viewpoint: The Rise and Fall of "the Tax Police Commander"
by Pinchas Moses

Dmitri Prokofiev, a Hebrew-speaking journalist based in Moscow who works for the Israeli media, occasionally manages to dispatch fascinating reports that can be found nowhere else.

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