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23 Kislev 5761 - December 20, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Knesset Votes Against General Elections
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Knesset voted not to dissolve itself and hold new general elections. Former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that he will not run for prime minister since he would be unable to form a workable government with the current Knesset, and will also not run against Arik Sharon for leadership of the Likud.

Ten Senior Terrorists Killed
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

About 10 senior activists have been killed recently, say Palestinian sources. Though Israel has not announced that it has killed any terrorists, the IDF and the Shin Bet are said to be visibly satisfied with the work done by its special units, especially the special police unit, against Palestinian field activists in the last few weeks.

Justice Cheshin Does not Apologize for Anti-Chareidi Remarks
by Betzalel Kahn and Mordecai Plaut

High Court Justice Mishael Cheshin's pronouncements about the chareidi sector's lack of rights have elicited acerbic reactions not only from the chareidi sector, as would seem natural, but from the secular public as well. Justice Cheshin has not apologized for his remarks, and he even sought personal support against what he called "the chareidi attacks" from the Central Elections Committee which he heads.

Police Find Evidence for Cabinet Secretary Violations
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a report in Globes by investigative reporter Yoav Yitzhak, police investigating the activities of One Israel in the past elections have evidence indicating criminal acts by Yitzchok Herzog, currently the Cabinet Secretary of prime minister Barak. It is not yet known whether the evidence is sufficient to support an indictment. Herzog raised millions of dollars for Prime Minister Ehud Barak's election campaign in 1999.

Manof Demands Accurate Reporting of Draft Statistics
by B. Kahn

In light of headlines and recent reports on the issue of the draft of yeshiva students, Manof -- the Jewish Information Center -- has demanded that news editors and reporters employ precise terms when describing news related to this issue.

Vaad Harabbonim Helps Eretz Yisroel's Poor on Chanukah and Year Round
by Moshe Schapiro

Chana looked at the stack of unpaid bills in front of her and felt the tears trickling down her cheeks. There was no way she could pay them all -- the rent was due in two days, tuition by the end of the week, and then there were the gas, electricity and water bills, all of which had to be paid by the end of the month.

American Aguda Plans Responses to Situation in Eretz Yisroel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The large conference room at Agudath Israel national headquarters in Manhattan was filled to capacity last Wednesday night as dozens of Am Echad activists came together to hear reports on the current military and political situation in Eretz Yisroel, and to discuss how American Orthodox Jewry might play a constructive role in those urgent matters.

Kever Rochel Today: A War Zone
by Betzalel Kahn

The phenomenon of people clandestinely visiting Kever Rochel in defiance of IDF orders has become a daily occurrence. People who do so are endangering their lives. In order to reach the kever they must pass through Palestinian- controlled territory, thus exposing themselves to Palestinian sharp shooters.

17 Ancient Graves Destroyed in Yavneh
by B. Rabinowitz

Residents of the city of Yavneh were deeply shocked to learn about the desecration and destruction of 17 ancient graves on 6 Kislev. This shocking act took place at the Friedman- Chakshori construction site, near the grave of Rabban Gamliel which is in Yavneh.

Nahariya, Kiryat Shmuel, Tzoran and Afula -- The Religious Revolution of Keren Nesivos Moshe
by Moshe Schapiro

Recently a two-room addition to a religious school set up by Keren Nesivos Moshe was ruthlessly demolished by a crane sent by the Nahariya municipality -- despite the fact that the school had received permission from that same municipality to build the addition.

A Chanukah Miracle in Our Day
by M. Green

Neve Shaanan is a secular suburb of Haifa, popular with the leftist, anti-religious element of the city's society. Haifa -- the very name conjures up repulsive images of restaurants selling treif meat, buses running on Shabbos, the smell of barbecues on Yom Kippur night. Who would have believed that in this sea of secularism, the light of Torah could begin to make deep inroads?

New Committee to Restore Cemeteries of Plavnica and Lublow
by S. Feldman

Plavnica and Lublow are two small, neighboring villages on the border of Galicia, close to Zanz. Before the outbreak of World War II these two communities were as one, sharing one shechita and one set of educational institutions. Though each town had its own shul and individual cemetery, citizens of one town were often buried in the other, probably due to family plots.

Magen Prize to Rav Chananiah Cholek of Ezer Mitzion
by A. Cohen

The Magen Prize for the promotion of volunteerism in Israel and for exemplary volunteer work was given to Rav Chananiah Cholek the chairman and founder of Ezer Mitzion. The prize was awarded at an impressive ceremony which took place on Tuesday, 8 Kislev, in the Sun Hotel in Bat Yam. It was attended by many top ranking public figures.

Life of Infant Saved By Prenatal Operation
by N. Katzin

In a rare operation performed recently in Israel, the life of a baby was saved by the insertion of a drain into her chest a few months prior to birth. The operation was mandated by an accumulation of fluids and the appearance of edema.

Rabbi Ravitz Proposes Amendment to Adoption Law
by Eliezer Rauchberger

UTJ MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz has filed a proposal to amend the Adoption Law. His proposal states that in the event of mandatory adoption, the court will not allow adoption by someone whose lifestyle does not correspond to that of the adopted child's parents or to the type of education the child had thus far received.

Agudath Israel Leads Protest Against Indecent Ads in New York
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Offensive advertisements that are being displayed on and in New York City subways, buses and Long Island Railroad cars have spurred Agudath Israel of America to protest the ads to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and to call on concerned members of the Jewish public to do the same.

Rabbi Gafni Attacks Barak for Delays on Draft Law
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Rabbi Moshe Gafni sharply attacked Prime Minister Ehud Barak for his decision to prevent the first reading in the Knesset of the temporary order for the deferral of the draft of yeshiva students.

Community Police
by Chaim Walder

Before becoming a ba'al teshuva, Azriel Karchov was a police officer at the Tel Aviv headquarters. His job was simple: to apprehend criminals. Karchov wasn't a social worker or a family consultant. So when he was told to apprehend a particular criminal, he wasn't supposed to inquire about the guy's family or personal problems. His sole concern was to convey the crook to a prison cell. Anyone who has ever seen Karchov knows that this presented him with no difficulties.

Achdus and Kovod HaTorah in Ramot in Memory of Mrs. Margalit Ruben
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A hachnosas sefer Torah on motzei Shabbos parshas Lech Lecho was a demonstration of kovod haTorah, achdus and zicoron for an ishoh chashuvah. Residents of Kiryat Ungvar, Nof Ramot, Tiferes Ramot, Ramot Polin and hundreds of other guests participated in the magnificent event le'ilui nishmas Mrs. Margalit Ruben a"h.

Why Weren't the Buses in Gush Katif Protected Against Bombs?
by Betzalel Kahn

The bus taking children and teachers from Kfar Darom in Gush Katif on Cheshvan 22 was protected against gunfire, but not against bombs.

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