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27 Elul 5759 - September 8, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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UTJ Leaves the Government Coalition Because of Shabbos Turbine Transport
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel HaTorah and of Agudas Yisroel have instructed the UTJ MKs to leave the coalition, following the transfer of the third superheater turbine component built by the Israel Military Industries in Ramat Hasharon to the Ashkelon power station on last Friday night parshas Nitzovim and Shabbos.

New Agreement Signed Between Israel and the Palestinians
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On motzei Shabbos parshas Nitzovim, at an impressive ceremony held at Sham e-Sheikh, Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed a new agreement governing certain aspects of implementing an earlier agreement reached by the previous Netanyahu government at the Wye Conference Center in the United States. The agreement was signed by Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and by Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, and witnessed by Egypt, the United States and Jordan.

American Moetzes Calls for Increased Tefillos for 13 Iranian Jews as Trial Pends
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In response to the recent development in Iran, where it was announced that the case of the thirteen imprisoned Jews has been handed over to the judiciary for trial, the Moetzes Gedolei haTorah of America has issued a call to Klal Yisroel to increase its tefillos as the urgency of the situation has just escalated.

Conversion Industry in Or Etzion Defies the Guidelines of Chief Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau
by B. Rabinowitz

The wholesale conversion industry in the special conversion court in Or Etzion functions in total defiance of the guidelines issued by the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau who is currently responsible for the Chief Rabbinate's Rabbinical Courts. Despite this fact, senior officials in the Chief Rabbinate have instructed the chairman of the Conversion Administration, Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, to approve all of the "conversions" conducted in that special conversion court. This information arises from an extensive investigation made by Yated Ne'eman's reporter.

Education Minister Plans Major Reforms in State Jewish Studies Programs
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Minister of Education Yossi Sarid has announced in the Knesset that he intends to execute a "reform" in the general school system Jewish studies programs.

"Stashed away in the Ministry's drawer is something called the Shenhar Reports. This is very important and very interesting. It was adopted a number of times, and when a report is adopted a number of times, I know that no one plans to execute it. It goes into the drawer. Because I did not yet have the privilege to adopt it, I am about to adopt it. It is about Judaism: Judaism according to our world view."

Rabbonim Meet With NYC Police Head Over Boro Park Death
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbinic leaders of the Borough Park community and several prominent askonim met on erev Shabbos parshas Nitzovim with New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir regarding the fatal shooting the previous Monday night of an emotionally disturbed man, Gideon (Gary) Busch, in the heart of the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.

Jerusalem Municipality Leftists Oppose Karta Parking Lot Shabbos Closure
by Betzalel Kahn

Leftists in the Jerusalem Municipality have sharply attacked Karta, a municipal company, for its refusal to open their parking lot on Shabbos and holidays.

HaRav Chanoch Henoch Karelenstein zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This past Friday afternoon, Elul 22, a crowd headed by Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, roshei yeshiva, dayanim and rabbonim and including thousands of bnei Torah, accompanied HaRav Chanoch Henoch Karelenstein on his last earthly journey. HaRav Karelenstein was niftar on Friday morning, his soul having been purified by great suffering. He was 42 at the time of his petirah.

HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Roth zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Manchester community, and the Shaarei Tefillah community of Prestwich in particular, are still reeling from the shock of the sudden petirah on motzei Tisha B'Av of one of its most outstanding talmidei chachomim and morei horo'oh, HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Roth zt"l.

An Inside Look at Lakewood of Eretz Yisroel
by Moshe Schapiro

Squeezing past groups of lively bochurim rushing to their next shiur, I wend my way through labyrinths of narrow staircases and halls that permit one-way traffic only. The first thought that crosses the mind of anyone entering Beth Medrash Govoha of Eretz Yisroel-Lakewood is that the institution has severely outgrown its physical facilities.

A Shabbos Beating
by B. Kahn

Niron Meir Gil will never forget that Shabbos afternoon. It was on the way to mincha, the shul was not far from his house.

As he passed the corner of Ethiopia Street and Chazanovitz, he saw gangs there, scores of street thugs, a lot of hate. Ten of them attacked him.

Tvuno High School Students Allotted Classrooms
by Betzalel Kahn

Due to Mayor Ehud Olmert's intervention, the problem of the Tvunas Yaakov Bais Yaakov School in Ramot Alef of Jerusalem has been solved. Despite promises from City Hall that it was "making every effort to find a building for the classrooms," it took negotiations and demonstrations to procure a location for the school. Finally, they were given space on the campus of a school in Ramot.

Treasury Minister Promises to Reexamine Chareidi Budget Cuts
by Betzalel Kahn

At a meeting between the Finance Minster, Avraham Beige Shochet and the UTJ Knesset representatives, Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and Rabbi Meir Porush, various issues were raised, which were later on discussed by the government at its deliberations on the budget. The Finance Minister responded to the requests of Rabbi Ravitz and Rabbi Porush, and agreed to reexamine a number of the issues which were liable to harm the chareidi community.

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