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6 Elul 5759 - August 18, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Turbine Tempest -- the Latest Shabbos Outrage
by B. Kahn, M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

UTJ leaders -- with backing from the Likud -- have called a special session of the Knesset this Wednesday to debate the Prime Minister's decision to move a massive 300-ton turbine component for the Israel Electric Company from Ramat Hasharon to Ashkelon on last Shabbos. The special session, which can be called by 30 members of Knesset, will also discuss various other topics.

Illegal Organizations Appear to Have Aided One Israel in Recent Election
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A detailed investigative report appeared in this week's edition of Makor Rishon on the fictitious nonprofit associations that may have illegally helped One Israel and Ehud Barak win the recent election.

Conversion Tidings
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In an interview in the national-religious newspaper Hatsofe on 17 Av, Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, head of the Conversion Authority in Israel who had just returned from a trip to the C.I.S., claimed that he brought his new approach to conversion to Judaism to chutz la'aretz. This new approach, according to Rabbi Rosen, calls for taking steps to accommodate and encourage potential converts.

Gedolei Haposkim Say Buy Certified Stam Items
by Betzalel Kahn

The great poskim of our times have issued a heartfelt appeal to those in the Stam (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzos) field, as well as to the entire chareidi public, not to purchase Stam items lacking certification from a rabbinical body.

Rabbi Gafni Warns on Y2K Shabbos Desecration
by Betzalel Kahn

The Y2K problem is liable to cause massive Shabbos desecration with legal backing. This is evident from the demands of officials to permit local authorities' personnel to man their posts on the 1st of January, 2000, which falls on Shabbos. UTJ's MK Rabbi Gafni, however, warns that UTJ will not remain in the coalition if public Shabbos desecration continues.

Head of German Community Buried in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Ignatz Bubis, chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany since 1992, was buried in Israel in accordance with his wishes after he passed away last Friday. He feared his grave would be desecrated by neo-Nazis if buried in Germany, as was the case with the gravesite of his predecessor, Heinz Galinsky.

Dr. Yosef Laks Warns: Do Not Leave Children Alone in Cars
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In the wake of the recent deaths of infants left in closed cars, Dr. Yosef Laks, Director of the Kupat Cholim Klalit Child Health Center in Ramat Aviv, has issued the following warnings.

Music from the Neshomo
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Impossible." "Unbelievable." "Truly a miracle."

Those were the reactions of staff members at Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem last Purim when they found nine-year-old David Rosenberg clapping his hands to the beat during a musical performance by Zimra Vachessed volunteers for the hospital's mental health patients.

Bein Hazmanim Yeshivas of Bnei Torah in Har Nof
by Betzalel Kahn

The bein hazmanim yeshivas in Har Nof in Jerusalem run by the Bnei Torah organization were an impressive success. The bein hazmanim yeshivas for yeshiva gedola students were at Congregation Pnei Shmuel, and for yeshiva ketana students at Congregation Chesed Naftoli.

Israel Version of the Jewish Forward
by S. Fried

During recent months a special edition of the Yiddish newspaper, The Jewish Forward, has begun to appear in Israel. The American Yiddish-English newspaper, founded 103 years ago, is currently trying to attract circulation among Yiddish readers in Israel.

Marseilles Kollel Seeks to Expand
by S. Fried

An announcement appearing in Yated Ne'eman attracted our attention. The announcement, inserted by the chareidi community of Marseilles, invited Israeli French-speaking avreichim to join and strengthen their kollel.

Thousands of People Found Tzfas Closed to Vehicles
by Y. Ariel

A three-day secular musical event which took place in Tzfas caused much inconvenience to those who visited Tzfas on rosh chodesh Elul to daven at the graves of the tzaddikim there.

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