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29 Kislev 5763 - December 4, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Silk-Screened, Invalid Kisvei Stam Found
by A. Cohen

Silk-screened sifrei Torah, tefillin, mezuzas and megillos, produced and distributed by a ring of forgers, were uncovered recently in Eretz Yisroel. These kisvei stam, invalid for use according to all opinions, are virtually indistinguishable from the valid product.

Thousands Protest Shabbos Desecration in Kfar Saba
by A. Cohen

Thousands of Kfar Saba residents participated in a demonstration and mass tefilloh on Shabbos Vayeishev in the city square, located near the Arim Shopping Mall, to protest the mall's new policy of opening on Shabbos.

Al-Qaida Claims Kenya Attacks
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli, Kenyan, and American investigators' -- and almost everyone else -- suspicion that al-Qaida was responsible for last week's attacks in Mombasa, Kenya seemed borne out when al-Qaida, in a statement published on an Islamist Web site, took responsibility.

Al-Qaida: `We're waging war against U.S. because of Israel'
by Yated Neeman Staff

A statement titled "Letter to the American People," allegedly written by Osama bin Laden and disseminated over the Internet in Arabic a few days before last week's double attack in Mombasa, says that Israel's very existence is the main reason why Bin Laden's al-Qaida organization has declared war on the United States. This is the first time that Israel has figured prominently in al-Qaida's rhetoric and seems to indicate a shift in strategy.

Terror Groups Competing -- Rachmono Litzlan
by Mordecai Plaut

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said that the various terror groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Fatah-Tanzim, are now competing to carry out the biggest attack. Mofaz said that the current wave of terror within Israel is liable to "get worse in the next month." He also said that the country should also brace for a wave of global terror he predicted would also worsen following the double attack in Mombassa.

Israel Second in Social Gap
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel is now rated second in the Western world, after the United States, in terms of social gaps in income, property, capital, education and spending.

Thousands in America Seek Hisorerus From Gedolei Yisroel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A beyond-capacity crowd remained still, pensive and absorbed in the thoughts its members heard for three hours on Thursday 23 Kislev-28 November. The hall is designed to hold approximately 2000 people; it was filled, with hundreds of others seated or standing in a large lobby area, which had been outfitted with screens on which the proceedings were projected. They were broadcast as well on a Jewish radio station, and electronically transmitted to over a dozen cities across the country.

Shuvu Students Connect to Yiddishkeit Through Project Shorashim
by Moshe Schapiro

Some of the schools that nurture descendants of the Vilna Gaon and relatives of Rav Eliezer Menachem Mann Shach, among others, are not tucked away in the chareidi neighborhoods in Meah Shearim or Geula as one might expect. Some of their students are not even aware of the importance of their lineage.

Beis Hamedrash Binyomin Yedid Hashem Of Yeshivas Heichal Hatorah, Dedicated in the Name of R' B. Schimmel, z'l, of London
by Moshe Musman

On leil shishi the eighteenth of Kislev, an extraordinary event took place in Yeshivas Heichal Hatorah, in Har Nof, Yerushalayim with the dedication of the main beis hamedrash in the name of the late Reb Binyomin Schimmel z'l of London.

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