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18 Sivan 5759 - June 2, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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United Torah Judaism in Coalition Talks
by E. Rauchberger

Despite months of harsh campaign rhetoric against the Torah- observant community, spokesmen for Ehud Barak are now saying that the Prime Minister elect is "very interested" in bringing the United Torah Judaism bloc into his coalition.

The Owner of a Simcha Hall in Yerushalayim Who Almost Served Treif Meat is Fined
By Betzalel Kahn

A very serious affair, in which Jews were nearly served meat which hadn't been kashered, was disclosed a number of days ago. It occurred in the simcha hall affiliated with the Beis Knesses HaGodol in Jerusalem. Due to this serious occurrence, the Chief Rabbinate fined the managers of the hall, and decided to assign an on-site kashrus supervisor to the hall from the time it opens until it closes.

Verses from Yeshaya and Tehillim in the Dakar's Last Broadcast
by Arye Zisman

Major Yaakov Raanan, captain of the Dakar submarine, used verses from Tanach in his final broadcast from the submarine to Naval Headquarters in Haifa. The message was received at midnight, January 18, 1968. The following day, the submarine disappeared.

"Pirate" Radio Stations Pursued and Temporarily Closed
by Betzalel Kahn

The police are currently hunting for the directors and broadcasters of the "pirate" radio stations, many of which are religious-sponsored, and have even issued arrest warrants against some of them. In the wake of the current legal and media assault against the religious-sponsored pirate radio stations, a number of them have stopped their country-wide broadcasts out of fear that Broadcasting Authority representatives with the aid of the Police might raid their studios and detain their broadcasters.

Desecration of Graves Continues in Elad-Mazor
by Betzalel Kahn

At least five ancient graves were heinously desecrated last week by Haifa University archaeologists carrying out work in the new city of Elad-Mazor.

The archaeologists were summoned to the site by the Ministry of Housing in order to authorize the release of an additional area for construction in the new city.

Gedolim of Eretz Yisroel Endorse P'eylim / Lev L'Achim's Registration 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 background into religious schools.

Reform Effort in Budapest Fails
by S. Fried

Attempts by a handful of Reform adherents in Budapest to gain recognition from the local Jewish community have failed. The installation ceremony of a Reform "clergywoman" was boycotted by the entire community, including the more modern Neologist community.

New Rav of Warsaw
by S. Fried

The orthodox Jewish kehilla of Warsaw has picked a rav as their spiritual leader. He will be the first official Warsaw rav since the holocaust.

HaRav Boruch Rabinowitz will serve as the new rav. A man with a diverse background, Rav Rabinowitz was born in Russia, raised in Denmark and studied at yeshivas in Israel.

HaRav Yosef Tzvi Dunner Visits the New Pediatrics Department of Ma'ayenei Hayeshua Hospital
by A. Cohen

"It's impossible to describe the spiritual damage caused to sick children who must be hospitalized. They return home healthy in body, but ailing in their souls. Dr. Rothschild, you are fortunate in having merited the founding of a hospital with a pediatrics department al taharas hakodesh."

Ohio Ruling Bodes Well for Vouchers
by B. Isaac

"On the surface, this may appear to be a loss. But in fact it is a great victory," stated Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president for Government and Public Affairs for Agudas Yisroel of America, in reaction to the Supreme Court of Ohio's ruling to strike down the state's pilot school voucher program for needy students in Cleveland.

Reform, Orthodox Square Off on Charitable Choice
by B. Isaac

The issue of "charitable choice" has touched off a spate of conflicting comments among an assortment of American Jewish groups, after Vice President Al Gore endorsed that idea of enlisting religious organizations to provide social services to the needy.

Kiryas Yoel Losing Ground in Efforts to Gain Own School District
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

With New York State lawmakers reluctant to make a fourth attempt to create a special school district for the handicapped children of Kiryas Yoel, its leaders have been looking for other ways of sustaining the school district, according to a report in the New York Times..

Who Really Won?
by Moshe Schapiro

The situation appeared grim indeed Monday evening 2 Sivan -- post-election day -- when the polls closed in Israel and initial results were announced. Ehud Barak, who had adopted an emphatically anti-religious platform since the outset of the election campaign, won the prime-ministerial race. Moreover, Lapid's virulently anti-chareidi Shinui Party received six seats and Meretz held on to its nine.

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