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1 Adar II 5763 - March 5, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Hamas Leaders Targeted by IDF
by M Plaut

As part of its offensive against Hamas, Israeli soldiers arrested Sheikh Muhammad Taha, 65, one of the co-founders of Hamas, as well as three of his sons, all of whom were deeply involved in terror activities. Three other Hamas terror criminals were detained at the same time, including one who was arrested while preparing a bomb. Israeli troops encountered heavy fire in the operation, including seven bombs that were set off.

Sharon Plans to Speed Conversion Process by Transferring Interior Ministry Portfolio
by Betzalel Kahn

During a meeting with representatives of the United Jewish Communities, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency last week Prime Ministry Ariel Sharon said he would work to shorten the conversion procedure "to ease the hardship of people waiting a long time to complete the process." Sharon said the change would become feasible once the Interior Ministry was taken out of the hands of a chareidi party, referring to Shas.

Tenth Anniversary for African Jewish Organization
by D. Saks

This year, a still little-known but important Jewish umbrella organization, the African Jewish Congress, celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Palestinian Preventative Security Service Funds Terrorism
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Documents found recently in the Gaza offices of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service (PPSS) expose not only the corruption and mismanagement of the Palestinian Authority, but also reveal the channeling of PA funds toward the financing and implementation of terrorist operation.

Shock Over Remarks by Ben-Dahan
by Betzalel Kahn

Leading poskim and gedolei Torah issued harsh rebuttals against offensive remarks made recently by Rabbinical Courts Director Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan against the selection of dayanim who are talmidei chachomim and yirei Shomayim.

Sharon Tells Lapid: Religious Affairs Ministry to Close Within One Year
by E Rauchberger

Following a meeting between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Justice Minister Yosef Lapid Monday morning, the two announced that the religious councils (moatzot dat) would begin to be dismantled within days and the Ministry of Religious Affairs would be dismantled within the new government's first year in power.

MK Gafni Selected for Chief Rabbi Committee
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Although not included in the coalition deal and although the Likud tried to block his inclusion, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni was selected among five MKs chosen during Monday's Knesset plenum to serve as members of a committee to appoint the new chief rabbis. The other representatives are Yair Peretz (Shas), Yitzhak Herzog (Labor), Danny Benlulu (Likud) and Shaul Yahalom (Mafdal).

Ezer Mizion and Yad Sarah were Hard at Work in Yerushalayim's Snowstorm
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The largest snowstorm in Jerusalem in 50 years blanketed the city with a foot of snow and shut it down for two days. While children and their parents enjoyed an unexpected vacation, Ezer Mizion and Yad Sarah staff and volunteers worked round the clock to help the sick, the handicapped and the elderly -- and to make weddings happen on schedule.

Current Findings Regarding Bug Infestation
by Devorah Plaut and Ruth Levy

From time to time, conditions change in the world of food infestation -- foods that used to be free of bugs and did not require checking became host to insects, or vice versa. Or existing conditions that we were not aware of come to light (as happened in the case of mushrooms from China, about a year and a half ago).

HaRav Yisroel Yaakov Fisher, ztvk'l
by Betzalel Kahn

Chareidi Jewry in Eretz Yisroel and throughout the world was plunged into deep mourning upon hearing of the petiroh of HaRav Yisroel Yaakov Fisher, zt'l, av beis din of the Eida HaChareidis and rov of the Zichron Moshe beis hamedrash and the surrounding neighborhood in Yerushalayim.

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