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22 Av 5759 - August 4, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Police Officials Say Meretz Activists Unnecessarily Provocative on Shabbos
by Betzalel Kahn and Mordecai Plaut

Jerusalem's Police Department officials sharply criticized Meretz politicians and activists for causing excessive and unnecessary provocation and contention in their fight against the justified demands of chareidi residents to close traffic routes in the hearts of their neighborhoods on Shabbos.

Utensils Manufactured by the Phoenicia Glass Company of Yeruchom Require Tevillo
by B. Rabinowitz

HaRav Nissim Karelitz recently issued a psak halocho, to the effect that all of the utensils manufactured by the Phoenicia company in the southern city of Yeruchom require tevillo. The reason for this psak is that Phoenicia, the only glass bottle manufacturer in Israel, has recently signed a deal with an active non-Jewish partner of Iranian descent in order to enable the firm to emerge from its long-term financial difficulties.

Compromise in Montefiore Tomb Controversy
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A compromise might be possible in a battle over the tomb of one of Anglo Jewry's most famous figures, Sir Moses Montefiore.

After months of wrangling over plans to build houses near the Ramsgate resting-place of the Victorian philanthropist, the local authority has brought together the various interest groups in an effort to hammer out a solution.

Masses Stream to the Grave of the Admor of Belz, ztvk"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Tuesday the 21st of Menachem Av, marked the 42nd yahrtzeit of the Admor of Belz, HaRav Aharon Rokach, ztvk"l. As is the case every year, huge throngs visited his grave on Har Hamenuchos.

Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky Visits Elad
by A. Cohen

HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of the Philadelphia Yeshiva and a member of the American Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, was the guest of Yeshivas Elad and the city's Torah community. He came to Elad to help fortify the yeshiva, headed by HaRav Chaim Pas, and to share his vast Torah knowledge with its students.

Demonstrations Against the Immigration of non-Jews from the C.I.S.
by Betzalel Kahn

A few score members of the Shai organization (the Association for the Preservation of the Jewish Character of Israeli Society) demonstrated last week in front of the office of the Prime Minster in Jerusalem.

Bank Hamizrachi Will Operate Its ATMs on Shabbos
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Globes, Israel's main financial newspaper, recently revealed that Bank Hamizrachi will soon begin to operate its automatic banking machines (ATMs) on Shabbosim. The first automatic banking device the bank plans to open on Shabbosim is located in its branch at the Savyonim shopping mall.

Efforts are Being Made to Ensure HaRav Yonah Torchin's Election as Rav of Yehud
by B. Rabinowitz

A number of months ago, the town of Yehud began to make plans for the election of its Ashkenazic rav. Already then, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky entreated HaRav Yonah Torchin to fill the shoes of HaRav Nisan Torchin, HaRav Yonah's illustrious father, and even influenced others do their utmost to ensure his election. The elections will take place next month on 17 Elul, and many efforts are being made on HaRav Torchin's behalf.

Torah Umesorah Educational Mission in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

While billboards at the entrance to Yerushalayim pompously welcomed the World Congress of Jewish Teachers to one of the never-ending rounds of meaningless conferences so prevalent in our sacred Capital today, a group of authentic Torah educators and menahelim of the Torah Umesorah educational system in the States, organized by their highly capable and devoted leader, Rabbi Dovid Bernstein of Monsey, has been quietly -- behatznei'a leches -- absorbing the true kedusha emanating from the Ir Hakodesh, by acquiring knowledge and techniques from local expert educators that will be of inestimable value when applied in their institutions upon their return to America.

Barak's Game Plan
by Arye Zisman

Accelerated political negotiations are ruining the daily routine for new Prime Minister Ehud Barak. No more working into the wee hours of the morning -- it's normal work hours for him now.

Yeshiva Mercaz HaTorah Dinner
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Yeshiva Mercaz HaTorah, located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiot, held its Annual Scholarship Dinner on the 14th of Tammuz with the participation of the rosh hayeshiva, HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth, chief rabbi of Antwerp, Belgium, who has headed the Yeshiva and guided it since its founding.

Rebbetzin Esther Ortzel o"h

Roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, community leaders and a large throng of former Swiss residents accompanied Esther Ortzel o"h, on her last earthly journey. Rebbetzin Ortzel was niftar in Switzerland, and she was buried in the Tamir plot of Har Hamenuchos.

Gone Are Almost All the Jews of the Arab World
by S. Yisraeli

Until the recent arrests, Jews in Iran had survived the 20- year dominion of Iran's ruling ayatollahs better than many feared in 1979, when the Islamic republic was declared.

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