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24 Shevat 5762 - February 6, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Finance Ministry's High-Pressure Attempt to Cut Yeshiva Support Foiled
by Eliezer Rauchberger and M. Plaut

Knesset Finance Committee Chairman Rabbi Yaakov Litzman of UTJ finally agreed to convene the committee on Tuesday morning to discuss the 2002 state budget, after he received a pledge that all of the promised money would be included in the budget, including NIS 40 million that will be allocated to yeshivas from the budget reserves. The Ministry of Finance struggled all the way to keep out whatever it could, using the time pressure twice to avoid including all the promised funds.

Monday's Violence: 4 Bombs, 9 Shootings, 1 Rocket Attack, 5 (Terrorists) Killed
by Mordecai Plaut

Five Palestinians were killed Monday morning when their car exploded in Gaza and went up in flames. Israel did not acknowledge responsibility and there remains the possibility that they died in a "work accident" preparing a bomb. In some press reports they were called "activists" but it was universally reported that all had been involved in violence against Israeli soldiers and civilians, and all were identified as members of terrorist organizations including the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Hamas and Fatah.

Lithuania Hands Over 31 Sifrei Torah through Efforts of the CER
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Lithuania handed over 309 sifrei Torah and megillot to Israel in a ceremony that closed the book on a sad chapter. The collection of scrolls -- some more than 200 years old and all in various states of disrepair -- were part of German loot confiscated from the Jewish community of Lithuania during the Holocaust, which lay in a church in Vilna for over 50 years.

Shemittah Concerns Still Trouble USA
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As the Pesach season approaches, we have received several inquiries for individuals and hotels who are concerned, as the gedolei haposkim recommended, about the presence of even small amounts of spices that were produced under an enhanced "hetter mechirah".

Israeli Rabbis Convert Dozens of "Inca Jews"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Four Israeli rabbis flew to Peru in mid- November and "converted" about half of 150 Peruvians popularly known as "Inca Jews."

Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, director of Israel's Rabbinical Courts, told The Jerusalem Report that the delegation was sent because there is no rabbinical court--the only institution authorized to perform Orthodox conversions--in Peru.

Israel has $13 Billion Kosher Food Market
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel's market for kosher food is over $13 billion, with imports accounting for about $2 billion, according to a report by the Foreign Agriculture Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA report noted that the U.S. holds about 30 percent of the import share, with a variety of value-added processed food products from the U.S. increasing their sales.

Bikur Cholim Hospital in Central Jerusalem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week the ultramodern Emergency Room of Bikur Cholim Hospital was turned into a veritable "War Room" as, in less than an hour, 118 casualties were received there from the latest terrorist attack, a suicide bomber on Jaffa Road.

HaRav Yosef Dovid Epstein, zt"l
by S. Baruchi

Last week, Torah Jewry in the United States accompanied the gaon and tzaddik, HaRav Yosef Dovid Epstein zt"l, on his last earthly journey. HaRav Epstein was one of the senior marbitzei mussar of the United States.

Hachtoro of HaRav Dov Tzvi Kreiswirth
by Betzalel Kahn

An impressive ceremony was held at the appointment of HaRav Dov Tzvi Kreiswirth as the rav of the Derech Chaim community and the Meir community in Har Nof, Yerushalayim. He is succeeding his father, the great gaon HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth zt"l, the Gavad of Antwerp, who served as the rav of both these eminent communities.

Toldos Yeshurun--The Light of Torah in the Darkness
by Binyomin Rabinowitz

A very special, heartwarming Chanukah mesibah took place in the Ezras Torah shul in Sanhedria Murchevet, Yerushalayim. Over two hundred bnei Torah came from all over the country and sat together with men who are just beginning to learn about Judaism -- ke'ish echod beleiv echod.

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