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24 Elul 5765 - September 28, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Israel Responds to Gaza Terrorism
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Friday evening, September 23, 2005, some 20 Palestinians died in an explosion of a truckload of munitions during a military parade by Hamas in the Jabalya refugee camp. Many more were wounded. Hamas blamed Israel for the blast and began firing volleys of Kassam rockets at Israel.

Gedolei Yisroel Caution Public Not to Use Unapproved Cell Phones

Gedolei Yisroel are issuing instructions to stop using cell phones not approved by Vaadas HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshoret now that Mirs, Pelephone and Cellcom all provide kosher cellular services—and therefore there is an alternative for everyone.

Plea Bargaining Agreement with Prof. Hess in Organ Snatching Scandal
By Betzalel Kahn

According to a plea-bargaining agreement the State Prosecutor recently reached with Professor Yehuda Hess, the director of the Forensics Institute at Abu-Kabir, will receive a reprimand for his part in the scandal surrounding the removal of organs and tissues for research purposes from 125 bodies brought for autopsies, says a report published in Ha'aretz.

Why Did the Egyptians Refuse to Export Lulavim?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Why the Egyptians were so adamant in their refusal to export lulavim from el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula remains a mystery. One of the explanations offered is that it damages the palm trees.

High Court Petition Demands Funding for Reform Rabbis
by Betzalel Kahn

A woman "rabbi" and the Gezer Regional Council are petitioning the High Court to recognize Reform and Conservative "rabbis" in rural areas and urban neighborhoods, on an equal standing with the rabbonim who are recognized and authorized by the Chief Rabbinate.

Two Years of Severe Congestion at Entrance to Jerusalem Due to Bridge Construction
By S. Fried

Traffic congestion has begun to form during the days throughout the area of the entrance to Jerusalem, especially between the end of Rechov Yaffo and the beginning of Sderot Herzl and the turn to Binyanei Ha'Uma, as construction gets underway on the dramatic suspension bridge for the light-rail project.

Electric Company Performs Work on Shabbos
By Betzalel Kahn

The Electric Company performed extensive work on Shabbos Kodesh at Hashiva Junction, blocking numerous roads to allow the technicians to carry out their task.

Guidelines to Yom Tov
Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Approaching the month of Tishrei, much of Elul is spent making the necessary preparations such as mussar seder, introspection, building the succah and buying the arba minim. However, little time is left for the all-important review of the pertinent halachos: The laws of Rosh Hashanah, the Aseres Yemei Teshuvoh, and Yom Kippur, as well as building and living in the succah and hilchos arba minim.

Break-in at Shul in Jerusalem's Unsdorf Neighborhood
By Betzalel Kahn

A gang of sophisticated thieves broke into beis knesses Be'er Shmuel in Jerusalem's Unsdorf neighborhood before dawn, removing the electronic coin-operated device used to turn on the air conditioners. The thieves are thought to have been disguised as chareidim.

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