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8 Teves 5761 - January 3, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Draft Arrangement Continued Until Rosh Chodesh Sivan
by Eliezer Rauchberger

On Monday, 5 Teves, the Knesset approved, by a large majority, a temporary order according the Minister of Defense the authority to defer the drafting of bnei yeshiva. This temporary order will be in effect until rosh chodesh Sivan, as a result of the suggestion of Rabbi Gafni, who asked that sufficient time be given to the extend the law or pass a more comprehensive one after the Knesset returns from its Pesach recess.

Attorney General says Gov't Should not Negotiate or Make Important Agreements
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein, in a sharp letter to Prime Minister Barak, warned the government in general, and the prime minister in particular, against conducting negotiations with the Palestinians and concluding an agreement with them at this time when it might appear as if it is done because of the imminent prime ministerial elections.

Violence Continues: 54 Wounded in Netanya Bombing; Kahane Couple Murdered; Media Fans Talk of Revenge
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Security measures are being tightened throughout the country following a car-bomb attack in Netanya Monday in which 34 people were wounded, one of them seriously, apparently someone connected to the bombing.

GDP Rises by 5.9% in 2000
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israeli economy grew rapidly in 2000, as real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 5.9 percent, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said Monday January 1 in its preliminary estimates of the national accounts.

Cereal Information from the Guide to Chodosh, USA
by Mordecai Plaut

According to the latest update from the Guide (December 31), General Mills Cereals sold in Israel, Europe and elsewhere are made in the USA. Sometimes they are packed in Europe, but they are still produced in the U.S. and sent in bulk shipments to Europe. Therefore, the Chodosh cutoff dates given in the Guide for General Mills cereals are good for Israel and Europe as well.

Elad City Council Convenes for First Time
by A. Cohen

The Elad Municipal Council finally convened for its inaugural meeting on 18 Kislev. Although elections to the Council took place three months ago and the coalition -- composed of representatives of Shas, Beyachad and Mafdal -- was also formed at that time, this was the Council's first meeting.

European Yarchei Kalloh
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 29th European Yarchei Kalloh concluded in the English seaside resort of Bournemouth in an atmosphere of sadness, yet exhilaration.

U.S. Agudah Calls for Pollard to be Pardoned
by B. Isaac

Dear Mr. President:

Agudath Israel of America has long been on record urging favorable consideration of Jonathan J. Pollard's various requests over the past years for commutation of sentence or clemency. Now, as you prepare to leave office, and with this issue once again being brought to your attention, we take the opportunity to renew our humanitarian plea.

American Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbonim Hold Emergency Meeting for Keren Shevi'is
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Scores of roshei yeshiva, admorim and rabbonim, as well as other spiritual leaders of chareidi Jewry in the United States convened for a special emergency meeting held in the Adas Yaakov Beis Medrash of the Admor of Novominsk. The meeting was initiated by HaRav Elya Svei, rosh yeshiva of the Philadelphia yeshiva, along with the Admor of Novominsk.

Buses Went Up Monday, Gas Prices Down
by G. Lazar

Public transport tariffs rose as of Monday (January 1) by an average of two percent. According to the new tariff, a bus ride inside Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and cities in Gush- Dan will now cost 4.80 NIS instead of 4.70 NIS. In other cities and settlements the cost of a bus ride will be 4.10 NIS instead of 4.00 NIS.

Arson in Haifa Synagogue
by Aryeh Zisman

Haifa residents were shocked by a fire that consumed sifrei kodesh in the city's Ohel Moshe-Shatz Vishnitz Synagogue. The fire on Shabbos parshas Vayeitzei was miraculously extinguished before reaching the sifrei Torah.

New Shemiras Haloshon Projects
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

We open the newspaper every day with trepidation: another shooting, another attack, along with grim details. Turning the page, we read of tragic illness, premature death, and fatal accidents. There is no doubt about it: We are experiencing very difficult times. How we wish we could protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community.

Ginzach Kiddush Hashem-Prager Museum to Document Jewish History
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Bnei Brak Municipality has allocated land for the construction of the Prager Center Museum -- Ginzach Kiddush Hashem Archives.

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