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3 Tammuz 5762 - June 13, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Construction of Security Fence Underway
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staf

This is the headline that Israeli political leaders sought as they began immediate work clearing the ground for the first two-kilometer stretch of what is planned as an eventual 360 kilometer barrier to keep terrorists and car thieves out of Israel.

Bush: Still Waiting for a Peace Partner
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the White House Monday, President Bush suggested that conditions were not yet ripe for a ministerial Middle East summit "because nobody has confidence in the emerging Palestinian government" even after the "reforms" recently announced by Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Kosher Meat at Low Risk for Mad Cow Disease
by S. Baruchi

Kosher beef purchased at authorized locations poses no risk to consumers says Dr. Alex Levental, head of Public Health Services at the Ministry of Health. "Shechita has a big advantage in terms of protecting against mad-cow disease. [At non-kosher slaughterhouses they] stun the cow before slaughtering it, causing the [type of] protein that causes the disease to leave the brain and disperse throughout the body. As a result the disease spreads."

Flights from Ben-Gurion Airport Still Not Permitted to Kohanim
by Betzalel Kahn

After a two-day survey of takeoff routes last week showed many planes departing from Ben-Gurion International Airport still pass over the Cholon Cemetery, gedolei haposkim announced that international flights are not yet permitted to Kohanim. However, due to concerted, ongoing efforts by United Torah Jewry activists 40 percent of the planes took a new flight path that has no problems, according to survey results.

Immigrant Couples Will No Longer be Required to Prove They are Jewish in Order to Marry
by Betzalel Kahn

The State Prosecutor's Office notified the High Court last week that there are no grounds to prevent the abolishment of the special botei din commissioned by the Chief Rabbinate to verify whether immigrants registering for marriage through the rabbinate are indeed Jewish.

Unusual Grand Siyum in Johannesburg Shows Universal Appeal of Torah
by Yated Ne'eman South African Staff

The posters announcing the siyum to be held on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz failed to reveal the nature of this amazing event. The notice listed completion of "Shas Mishnayos", "gemora Beitzah" and "gemora Makkos." What it did not say is that the celebrants were a community of professionals, business people and other students, many of whom only started learning in the last few years.

Jerusalem Street Named After HaRav Dovid Povarsky
by Betzalel Kahn

Following efforts by Degel Hatorah representatives on the Jerusalem Municipality, the City Naming Committee decided last week to name a street in the Ezras Torah neighborhood after the late Ponevezh rosh hayeshiva, HaRav Dovid Povarsky.

Rebbetzin Tamar Steinman, o"h
by S. Baruchi

Tuesday night 24 Sivan, a large throng, headed by maranan verabonon, gedolei haTorah, dayanim, admorim and rabbonim, accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Tamar Steinman on her last earthly journey. She was the eishes chover of gaon, HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Steinman, yibodel lechayim tovim ve'arukim. Her petiroh took place in the Maayanei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Brak.

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