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25 Sivan 5759 - June 9, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Shabbos Struggle in Petach Tikvah
by S. Baruchi

The cry of Shabbos was sounded this past Friday by the moro de'asra of Petach Tikvah, HaRav Boruch Shimon Solomon, who is also the rosh yeshiva of Nachlas Dovid, who, along with other rabbonim of the city, went down to the shopping mall at the city's Yarkonim junction to protest the opening of stores and marketing chains there on Shabbos for commercial purposes.

13 Iranian Jews Including the Rav Arrested for Spying
by A. Zisman and J.Goldman

The Chief Rabbi of south Iran, Rav Zadmar, is among 13 Jews who were arrested and charged with spying for Israel, a capital crime in Iran. According to some reports, they were arrested at their homes in Shiraz the night of the seder. The reports have been circulating for some time, but were only confirmed by Iranian authorities on Monday.

UTJ Denies It Has Agreed to Join Barak Government
by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Staff

United Torah Judaism denied emphatically that it had agreed in any way to join a government headed by Ehud Barak. An editorial in the Hebrew language Yated Ne'eman entitled "Lehadam" (Lo Hoyu Devorim Mei'olom) explained that the only activity so far has been the basic talks that are part of the routine of forming any coalition, and they do not signal any special willingness or fundamental agreement or even interest in joining the government in formation.

Pirate Radio Stations May Appeal To Supreme Court
by Betzalel Kahn

Attorney Tomer Moskowitz has written to Supreme Court regarding false claims that the religious-sponsored "pirate" radio stations are interfering with traffic control at Ben Gurion Airport.

The "Mad Chicken" Scandal in Belgium Rocks the World
by N. Katzin

Three years after the "mad cow" scandal erupted in Europe, a new panic is spreading throughout the world in the wake of the "cancerous chicken" epidemic. Many countries, including Israel, now forbid the importing of poultry and poultry products from Belgium. Kosher consumers should note that products with a good hashgocho are not known to suffer from any of the contamination.

Jewish Charlatan Takes his Show to England
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Moshe Morgenstern of New York, a retired accountant, was in London this week in his worldwide quest for publicity. Morgenstern has assumed a rabbinical role although it is not known if he has a legitimate rabbinical ordination. The claim that garners him the most publicity is that he annuls Jewish marriages, thereby allowing women whose husbands refuse to give them a get to remarry.

15th Knesset Holds Its First Session
by E. Rauchberger and Yated Ne'eman Staff

With a record 15 parties Israel's 15th Knesset convened on Monday for its inaugural session. 119 Knesset members declared their fealty and officially took office. MK Beiga Shochet was hospitalized and could not come.

Gedolei Eretz Yisroel Call for Renewed Enrollment Campaign
by Eliezer Schwartz

Many of Eretz Yisroel's greatest Torah authorities and spiritual leaders issued a joint declaration on Sunday 15 Sivan (May 30) urging members of the Torah community to support P'eylim / Lev L'Achim's current campaign to enroll thousands of children from nonobservant backgrounds into religious schools.

Volunteers Bury Bones Unearthed at Elad-Mazor
by Betzalel Kahn

Last week, a group of avreichim fulfilled the mitzvah of "gathering the bones of the ancients." The remains were from graves that had been desecrated in a shocking, disgraceful manner by archaeologists conducting diggings in the Elad-Mazor area.

HaRav Shmuel Auerbach and HaRav Chaim Brim Visit Rabbi Shmuel Kornblit in Prison
by Betzalel Kahn

Many prayers were said for Rabbi Aharon Kornblit as his sentence was due to be handed down on Tuesday. The result was not available at press time.

New Access Arrangements at Har Hamenuchos
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a related matter, new security arrangements have been set up at Jerusalem's Har Hamenuchos cemetery.

Position of Newly-Observant Airport Authority Employee in Jeopardy
by Betzalel Kahn

The Airport Authority plans to dismiss an airport employee who has begun to keep Shabbos. The employee, a driver for the airplane maintenance department, claims that the Authority refuses to release him from duty on Shabbosim and yomim tovim, and as a result, he runs the risk of losing his job.

Hundreds Daven Beside the Grave of HaRav Shaul Halevi, Former Av Beis Din of The Hague
by S. Fried

On Tuesday, the 25th of Iyar, hundreds of Jews, among them residents of nearby Antwerp, journeyed to The Hague in the Netherlands to pray beside the grave of HaRav Shaul Halevi, former av beis din of The Hague.

U. S. Friends of Sha'arei Tzedek Group Hold Normandy Memorial Service
by S. Fried

A delegation of the Friends of Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital held a memorial service for the 148 Jewish solders killed during the Allied forces' landing at Normandy. The service was held In honor of the 55th anniversary of the Allied landing on the shores of France, earlier this month.

Ezer Mizion Founder in United States to Assess Latest Medical Advancements
by Moshe Schapiro

Some moments in life are hard to face. Others are downright impossible:

It's one o'clock in the morning. A bus overturns on a lonely stretch of road in the north of Israel. Most of the passengers -- fifty women from the religious community of Beit Shemesh -- sustain serious injuries. Two young mothers are killed, mutilated beyond recognition. Who will identify the victims? Keep track of where each one is hospitalized? Inform their next of kin?...

HaRav Dovid Hershowitz, zt"l
by S. Baruchi

A large entourage of Bnei Brak's residents, headed by roshei yeshiva, dayanim and rabbonim joined by hundreds of avreichim and bnei Torah accompanied HaRav Dovid Hershowitz zt"l on his last earthly journey.

R' Aharon Friedman z"l
by S. Baruchi

Reb Aharon Friedman was laid to rest last week in Bnei Brak. He was niftar after a brief illness, in his 72nd year.

Rebbetzin Yetel (Ericka) Rothschild o"h
by S. Baruchi

Last week, the righteous Rebbetzin Yetel (Ericka) Rothschild of Zurich was laid to rest in Har Hamenuchos in Yerushalayim. Rebbetzin Rothschild had devoted her life to sanctifying the Name of Heaven in public.

Rebbetzin Raizel Braverman o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

On Tuesday, the 10th of Sivan, a large throng, headed by gedolei Yisroel and rabbonim of the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem, accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Raizel Braverman, o"h on her last earthly journey. She was the wife of HaRav Eliezer Lipa Braverman, the rosh yeshiva and director of the Yeshiva Hagedola Meah Shearim and its institutions.

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