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20 Tammuz 5765 - July 27, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Report: Palestinian Security Forces are A Mess
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a story in the New York Times, the PA security forces are divided, weak, overstaffed, badly motivated and underarmed. This assessment was the conclusion of a report prepared by a group called Strategic Assessments Initiative and was funded the Dutch and Canadian governments.

International Efforts to Prevent Destruction of Large Jewish Cemetery in Vilna
By Betzalel Kahn

What remains of the large Jewish cemetery in Vilna is being threatened with total destruction at the hands of private entrepreneurs planning to build one of Eastern Europe's largest commercial centers at the site. Gedolei olom and tens of thousands of Vilna Jews lie buried at the 500- year-old cemetery.

Bottles Containing Chlorine Solution Thrown at French Jewish Students During Tefilloh
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited Sinai, a Jewish day school located in Paris' 18th arrondissement, after three Arab teenagers were arrested on suspicions of throwing bottles filled with a chlorine solution into the school yard and the beis knesses. "He who attacks Jews attacks the French Republic," Sarkozy declared.

Jerusalem Religious Council Withdraws High Court Petition
By Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem Religious Council withdrew its High Court petition against the Chief Rabbinate and against HaRav Adler and HaRav Efrati, the two rabbonim now authorized to issue kashrus certificates to Jerusalem's business establishments.

Israel Tax Reform Will Cut the Marginal Rate and VAT
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Knesset Finance Committee approved the government's multi- year proposals for tax reform for their second and third Knesset readings. The vote was 12:4: Likud, Shinui, the religious, chareidi, and right-wing parties voted in favor; Labor and Yahad voted against.

Police and Soldiers Train at "Chicago" in the Desert
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thousands of soldiers and policemen began intensive training on Monday at the Tze'elim army base for the pullout from the Gaza Strip. The army constructed a mock settlement there, known as "Chicago," that was adapted from what was once a mock Palestinian village used to train anti-terror forces.

BUG UPDATE, Tammuz 5765
Prepared by Devorah Plaut and Ruth Levy

Rav Vaye recently published a second edition of Volume I of his sefer, with updates to several of the entries. (For those who already own the first edition, a booklet is available containing just the updates). He also came out with an update to his Hebrew pamphlet summarizing the checking of various foods. Below we present some of the highlights, rendered into English.

Degel HaTorah Withdraws No Confidence Motion
By G. Lazer

Degel HaTorah announced Sunday night the postponement of its no-confidence motion that had been scheduled for Monday based on directions from gedolei Yisroel shlita.

Intel to Build in Kiryat Gat
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Intel, the company which makes the computer brains for most of the personal computers in the world, will build a second factory in Kiryat Gat for $4 billion, Intel CEO Dr. Craig Barrett told Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Sunday.

HaRav Pesach Moshe Goldberg, zt"l, Killed in Car Accident While Driving to Son's Bar Mitzvah in Catskills
By S. Bruchi

Thousands of New York residents, particularly Bobov Chassidim, attended Monday's levaya for HaRav Pesach Moshe Tzvi Goldberg, z"l, who was killed Sunday evening 18 Tammuz in a fatal car accident on his way to his son's bar mitzvah.

Midrash Shmuel's Summer Program Off to a Great Start
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Under the auspices of Midrash Shmuel's rosh yeshiva HaRav Binyomin Moskovits, high school students from London and Canada have once again joined the unique learning atmosphere of Midrash Shmuel for the summer.

HaRav Moshe Mordechai Karp Inaugurated as Rov in Modi'in Illit
By A. Cohen

HaRav Moshe Mordechai Karp was inaugurated as rov of the original northern section of Kiryat Sefer — Giva Hatzfonit.

15 Tammuz, the Day After
by Mrs. S. Weinbach

We are still trembling with shock after hearing of the death of a true ben aliya, Eliyohu Rotman, 17-year-old son of our dear writer, Risa Rotman, who died on a bike sortie bein hasedorim. We wish to share our feelings with the readers, and pray . . .

Rebbetzin Raizel Portugal of Skulen, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

Rebbetzin Raizel Portugal, o"h, the wife of the Admor of Skulen ylct"a, passed away in New York at the age of 80 on 7 Tammuz. With her passing US Jews lost an eishes chayil and tzadekes whose entire life was one constant stream of mesirus nefesh for kodshei Shomayim and Jews, both in communist Romania and later in the US.

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