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5 Yiar 5759 - April 21, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







An Israeli Judge Permits "Mercy" Killing
by Betzalel Kahn

A precedent establishing verdict, which permits the killing of an invalid, was set last week in Tel Aviv's regional court. The decision, which was made known last Friday in Yediot Acharonot aroused much astonishment.

Admor of Vishnitz Meets With UTJ Slate
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"When we work to strengthen Yiddishkeit with complete harmony and unity, and work together out of ahavas Yisroel and camaraderie with the full cooperation of all representatives, we will be able to make great achievements and raise kevod Shomayim."

Deri Gets Four Years, NIS 250,000 Fine
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Shas party officials are saying that MK Arye Deri will continue as their leader, despite being sentenced to four years in prison and fined NIS 250,000 for accepting bribes.

Rav Refoel Rubinstein, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Monday night, the 26th of Nisan, a shocked, pained crowd of residents of the Bayit Vegan neighborhood accompanied Reb Refoel Rubinstein, zt"l on his last earthly journey. One of the most prominent avreichim of his neighborhood, he was killed in a tragic car accident at the age of 44. His son, Matisyahu ben Devora, who was with him in the car, is suffering from second degree injuries.

Gilo Synagogue Arson Apparently Criminally Motivated
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At a recent special session of the Knesset plenum, Deputy Minister Michael Eitan, stated that the Police investigation of the fire in the Jerusalem Gilo synagogue which took place a number of weeks ago has reached new conclusions: the arson was criminally motivated. Eitan's remarks were made in response to Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz's request to discuss the issue at last Tuesday's meeting.

Halachic Ruling Redefines Role of Kiruv Work in Eretz Yisroel
by Moshe Schapiro

How should a Torah-observant person relate to the mitzvah of bringing wayward Jews back to the fold? Is it an optional commandment that one may choose to fulfill if and when the opportunity to do so arises, or, is it an obligatory mitzvah that one should seek out and pursue?

The Conversion Administration Has Six Special Courts
by Betzalel Kahn

A secret document of the Chief Rabbinate was forwarded to the editorial board of Yated Ne'eman via a prominent dayan in the rabbinical court system.

Action Against Offensive Advertisements
by B. Rabinowitz

The Nationwide Committee for the Prevention of Indecent Advertising in Eretz Hakodesh has announced that Maxi Media, the umbrella company that controls most of the public advertising in the streets and on the buses, took immediate steps to correct the problems of tsnius that were identified.

Mikveh Dedicated in Peki'in
by Betzalel Kahn and Y. Ariel

The week before Pesach, a large gathering of residents of Peki'in and the Upper Galilee, headed by rabbonim, public figures and prominent guests, participated in an impressive ceremony dedicating the new mikveh built in Peki'in by the Mercaz Haartzi LeMaan Taharas Hamishpocho.

Herzl's Vision
by N. Ze'evi

Yossi Beilin, one of the senior members of the Israeli Labor Party has determined that Herzl's real and original vision was that of assimilation among the non-Jews. For him, Judaism was an albatross, and were he alive today, says Beilin, he would certainly prefer life in the assimilated Jewish communities of America than in Israel.

His'orerus in Har Nof
by Betzalel Kahn

fter consulting with gedolei hador, Har Nof rabbonim have decided to hold several rallies during the coming weeks in order to strengthen the neighborhood's tsnius and chinuch.

HaRav Yehuda Leib Bogatch, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

On erev shevi'i shel Pesach, the sad news of the petirah of R' Yehuda Leib Arye Bogatch, author of the important work, Hegyon Libi, reached Jerusalem's residents.

Give Them Another Chance
by Chanah Moskowitz

Her eyes were bright. Her youthful face was animated as she spoke to the group of high school girls crowding around her, eager to hear her every word...

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