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4 Sivan 5766 - May 31, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Police Demand Autopsy for Infant in Ashdod; Community Protests
By Betzalel Kahn

Ashdod residents are up in arms following a demand by police to have an autopsy performed on a baby that died suddenly Sunday morning. Through the intervention of Atty. Rabbi Moshe Elmaliach and ZAKA's legal department, the court denied the request for an autopsy, except for a blood test. If the police persist, the case will be turned over to the High Court.

Gatherings to Mark Shloshim for HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

As the 30-day mourning period for HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov, came to an end this week, special events were held throughout Israel and abroad. At Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos and thousands of the Rosh Yeshiva's talmidim gathered to hear talks by the rabbonim of the yeshiva and leading talmidim.

HaRav Shteinman Ends Tour of North and South America with Visit to Sao Paolo
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Beis Knesses Makor Chaim in Sao Paulo was filled to capacity when about 2,000 of the city's chareidi residents turned out to receive HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman. Two rows of talmud Torah talmidim decked out in white shirts kept singing and singing — Vechol asher ya'aseh yatzliach, Ashrei mi she'amolo baTorah and Yomim al yemei melech tosif — until the rov of the kehilloh began to speak.

Peretz Upholds Order to Expand Beitar Illit
by Tzvi Sofer

Despite recent announcements by Defense Minister Amir Peretz he would "reassess" expansion orders for Jewish communities beyond the Green Line, Peretz does not plan to cancel the orders. One day earlier Central Headquarters Commander Gen. Yair Naveh signed an order authorizing the expansion of the city of Beitar Illit by 500 dunams (125 acres), thereby connecting the city to the Green Line.

Rise in Percentage of Orthodox in US
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The latest survey on the young segment of the Jewish population in the US indicates the Orthodox community is slated to grow and become more influential in the coming decades.

Judge Refuses to Attend Gathering of Organization Against Rabbinate Botei Din
By Betzalel Kahn

Judge Menachem Cohen of the Jerusalem Court for Family Matters gave notice he would not be participating in a gathering of Tzedek Lenashim ("Justice for Women"), an organization that has been fighting the Rabbinate beis din system in recent years, following an inquiry by Yated Ne'eman.

German Pope Offends Local Jewish Community During Visit in Poland
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Benedict XVI, the current pope, drove by the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto at 60 mph instead of stopping to participate at a ceremony the local Jewish community had prepared for him. The Israeli Ambassador, communal leaders and delegations from Jewish communities in Europe waited for him at the site in pouring rain.

IDF Says Hizbullah Border Posts Destroyed in Sunday Clashes
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel managed to destroy most of the permanent military positions that Hizbullah had set up along the northern border in the clashes on Sunday, the heaviest fighting since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon six years ago.

Chof Hashaket in Haifa will Remain Separated Beach
by Y. Ariel

Chof Hashaket in Haifa will continue to operate as a separated beach this year as well, following great efforts by UTJ City Councilman Rabbi Aryeh Blitental. The arrangement was secured after the rabbonim of the chareidi kehillos waged a campaign all winter.

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