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27 Teves 5763 - January 1, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Israel to Step Up Fight Against Terror
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Both Prime Minister Sharon and Defense Minister Mofaz said at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday that the army's pressure on the terrorism infrastructure is being stepped-up in response to the deadly terror attack on leil Shabbos.

80th Annual Agudah Convention
by N. Grossman

Following three days of productive meetings and talks, with thousands of participants led by gedolei Torah, the 80th Annual Convention of Agudath Israel of America came to a close on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut.

Call to Principals and Parents to Keep Pictures and Albums Out of Schools
by A. Cohen

Rabbonim and educators have issued calls to principals, teachers and parents to prevent talmidim from bringing pictures of rabbonim and the associated albums to their respective talmudei Torah due to the spiritual corruption and decline manifested among children in recent years as a consequence of this practice.

High Court Reverses Ruling that Shabbos Begins at Midnight
by Betzalel Kahn

The High Court rejected an "interpretation" by a regional labor court that according to the law the term "Shabbat" applies to the period of time from midnight Friday until midnight Saturday.

Several European Countries Attempt to Ban Shechitah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A movement to ban shechitah in Holland was withdrawn this month, although the referendum gained a "very disturbing" amount of popularity, says Dr. Avi Beker, secretary general of the World Jewish Congress.

Who is a Jew in Peru?
by Yated Neeman Staff

Peru, a South American country of 27 million, has fewer than 2,800 Jews. At its peak, the once-thriving Peruvian community was 5,500 strong in 1970.

U.S. Aguda to Help Iranian Jews
by Yated Neeman Staff

On Dec. 12, Agudas Yisroel of America announced an agreement with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society to pay the $2,100 fee that Iranian Jews seeking refugee status in the United States must pay to cover their living expenses while their cases are processed in Vienna.

North Bnei Brak Development Plan to be Submitted
by A. Cohen

At a recent meeting, the city of Bnei Brak's Local Planning and Construction Committee decided to submit Municipal Construction Plan 572, one of the largest such plans in decades, to the Regional Committee. The plan is slated to span an extensive area: from Kiryat Hertzog and the Eim Hamoshavot Road on the south to the Yarkon River on the north, and from Geihah Road on the east to Mivtza Kodeish Barnea Road on the west.

Two Yeshaya Scrolls Donated to Kosel Plaza
by Betzalel Kahn

A fine Yeshaya scroll was brought to its new home at the Kosel Plaza during a mass tefillas Minchoh on Asoroh BeTeves at the Kosel Plaza and the occasion was marked by a seudas mitzvoh following the fast.

NIS 132 Million Spent on Food for Simchas
by Betzalel Kahn

Wedding halls, other catered facilities and catering companies spend NIS 132 million ($28 million) per year on food, according to a special survey conducted by the Israel Manufacturers' Association.

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