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29 Adar 5759 - March 17, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Jerusalem Religious Council Suspended
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Religious Affairs Minister Eli Suissa has suspended the Jerusalem Religious Council and named its head as caretaker. It is believed to be the first time ever that a religious council has been suspended.

Chief Rabbinate Will Not Recognize Conversion of Adopted Child
by Betzalel Kahn

The Chief Rabbinate will not recognize the "conversion" performed last week by Rabbi Chaim Druckman of N. D. who was the last of the minors who appealed to the High Court several years ago to recognize his Conservative conversion, conducted on Kibbutz Hanaton in the north of Israel.

Talmud Torah Yaldei Esrog Students Granted Temporary Occupation of Building
by Betzalel Kahn

Students of Talmud Torah Yaldei Esrog will officially occupy the building in Jerusalem's Katamon neighborhood which they illegally entered last week. This agreement was reached in the office of the director general of the Jerusalem Municipality, Raanan Dinur, together with the director of the Education Department, Meir Kraus.

Barak: "Tze'elim Report Clears Me"; Hanegbi: "Barak Should Quit"
by B. Kahn and M. Plaut

"For years he said that the minute the report of the State Comptroller is published he will be cleared -- but he was not cleared," said Minister of Justice Tzachi Hanegbi in response to the publication of State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg's report about the tragedy of the 1992 Tze'elim training accident.

French Prize Denied an Israeli Scientist, Even Though he is Pro-Arab
by Arnon Yaffeh Yated Paris Correspondent

Daniel Amit, an Israeli physicist, won a French scientific prize, but the French government refused to award it to him due to his Israeli origin and Arab opposition. The affair has aroused a scandal in French scientific circles.

International Performance is Likely to Cause Shameful Shabbos Desecration
by Betzalel Kahn

Massive Shabbos desecration on a worldwide scale may take place, Rachmono litzlan, on Shabbos kodesh, the 14th of Sivan, within the framework of an offensive international event to be held in Jerusalem.

Large Kosher Firms Eye Australia
by Y. Frommer - Special to Yated Ne'eman

In recent weeks, Australia has enjoyed two rabbinical visits to Melbourne to give hechsherim for local products that will be carried by large kosher firms. Next Monday we expect a virtual visit from an important rav.

Agudas Yisroel Backs Giuliani Voucher Proposal
by B. Isaac

As controversy swirled around New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's proposed new school voucher plan, the city's Board of Education--in whose hands the fate of the proposal rests-- received a legal memo from Agudas Yisroel of America...

Bill for Grave of Reb Yisroel Salanter Found
by S. Yisraeli

The extensive efforts to renovate the ancient cemetery in Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) and to locate the grave of Reb Yisroel Salanter, have received significant impetus this past month, due to the discovery of an ancient document, the original bill for the grave in which Reb Yisroel is buried.

HaRav Yisroel Bergstein zt"l
by B. Kahn

A large throng of bnei Torah, headed by roshei yeshiva, rabbonim and dayanim, accompanied the gaon, R' Yisroel Bergstein zt"l on his final earthly journey.

London Hesped for Maran HaRav Dovid Povarsky zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The exceptional harbotzas Torah and avodas Hashem practiced by the late rosh yeshivas Ponevezh, HaRav Dovid Povarsky zt"l, were the main theme at a hesped held in his memory at the North London Adass Yisroel Beis Haknesses last Sunday evening.

Rabbi Tzvi Schwartz -- Rechovot's "King" by Moshe Schapiro

Try this: Stop at various cities and towns within a ten mile radius of the city of Rechovot, flag down any pedestrians you see, and ask them for directions to Rabbi Tzvi Schwartz's outreach center. Chances are that every one of them will know the way.

The Cost of Restaffing the Yeshiva Tichoniyot
by M. HaLevi

Recently, the national religious daily Hatzofeh, published articles by various educators and public figures who acknowledged the education failure of the yeshiva tichonit system, which has been showing worrying signs of weakness.

New Principal

With the appointment last September of new governors to the Bnos Yisroel Schools in Manchester many significant changes have taken place in the High School.

Orchos Chasidecho

by Rav Osher Bergman - Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A book of four hundred fifty stories that are not bubby maases, these are stories chosen to illustrate a point, to learn from the words and deeds of gedolei Yisroel.

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