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25 Adar I 5763 - February 27, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Anger and Biting Criticism Dominate Reactions to New Government
Religious Lobby Ousts NRP for Joining Shinui

by M. Plaut and Eliezer Rauchberger

There was a sharp response from many quarters to the announcement that the Likud signed coalition deals with both Shinui and the National Religious Party (NRP) giving Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the minimum 61 MKs needed to form a governing coalition.

Snowstorm Closes Much of Yerushalayim
Yeshivas Continue Learning

by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Heavy snow closed down much of Yerushalayim on Tuesday, with schools and chadorim shut in the city and the surrounding area after some 20cm fell overnight and continued into the morning. In yeshiva gedolah, almost all the talmidim sleep in dormitories so they continued as usual. Many yeshiva ketanohs also asked their talmidim to sleep over so that learning can continue as usual.

Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz: "Talmidim from Abroad Currently in Eretz Yisroel Should Let Their Parents Know Everyone Will be Safe."
by A. Cohen

"All talmidim from abroad currently staying in Eretz Yisroel should let their parents know that everyone will be safe. For when children stay in Eretz Yisroel occupied with Hashem's Torah this is the best, most secure shelter to defend and save the entire world, and only through those engaged in Torah will rescue and salvation come," said HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz during a talk he gave to bnei Torah from abroad at Yeshivas Daromah in Bnei Brak.

Agudath Israel: End of New York Kosher Laws "Disappointing and Dangerous"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The United States Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal of a federal Court of Appeals decision that New York State's 118-year-old "kosher law" is unconstitutional, is "disappointing and dangerous," according to Agudath Israel of America, and "a harbinger of harm to the unsuspecting consumer."

On Statute Before High Court, Agudah Stands Apart
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As the United States Supreme Court considers a constitutional challenge to a Texas law that prohibits acts considered immoral by the Torah and much of the American public, Agudath Israel of America, has filed a "friend of the court" brief.

Analysis of Election Results Shows Declines Only Among Non- Chareidi Voterst
by N. Ze'evi

United Torah Jewry can certainly be pleased with its ability to retain its position while slightly increasing its overall number of votes. On the other hand, the party was not particularly successful in repeating its performance of the summer of 5759.

Agudas Yisroel of America Holds Yarchei Kallah in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

The impressive three-day Yarchei Kallah held by Agudas Yisroel of America in Jerusalem last week drew dramatic visits by HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Admor of Gur and the Admor of Sanz.

New Clinic Increases Public Awareness of Anxiety Disorders
By Yonina Hall

My son is petrified to take the elevator. He will walk up 15 flights of stairs to avoid it.

My daughter talks freely with all of us at home. In gan, however, they think she doesn't know how to speak. Her teacher has never heard her voice.

Project Tvunot -- From Insight to Action
by A. Broide

Splash! I watched the penguin's keeper toss a fish into their tank and they streaked after it like lightning. I stared through the tank's glass wall, enthralled at the way their feet beat in rhythm like the tail fin of a whale. Afterwards, when the aquatic athletes emerged and staggered about on dry land, I understood what it means for newcomers to live in Israel. But not only newcomers. Old time residents and seasoned Israelis also have a hard time shooting the rapids of modern life here.

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