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29 Kislev 5760 - December 8, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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World Wide Protest of Italian Court Custody Decision Against Two Jewish Sisters
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An Italian court in Genoa and the Italian attorney general's office have recently behaved in a way that does not even give the appearance of fairness, as they gave custody of two young observant Jewish girls to their father -- a Jew who converted to Catholicism -- without hearing any of the witnesses for the mother. Duty, they apparently believed, requires them to "save" two Jewish girls from being raised as observant Jews.

Jewish Philanthropist Dies in a Senseless Tragedy
by A. Tal

Jewish banker Edmond Safra, 67, one of the world's richest men and constantly fearful of assassins, died early last Friday of smoke inhalation in his luxurious Monaco penthouse. The founder of the Republic National Bank of New York and one of the world's wealthiest men, Safra was under medical care for Parkinson's disease at the time of his death.

Pride, Problems and the American Jewish Future: The Thursday Plenary Sessions at the 77th Agudath Israel Convention
by Avi Shafran

Mere days after the United Jewish Communities General Assembly met in Atlanta to discuss how best to direct communal funds raised by Jewish federations, a different sort of asset, the most precious one any Jew can possess -- children -- occupied the hearts and minds of those gathered for the opening session of Agudath Israel of America's 77th national convention on Thursday, November 25.

False Charges Against Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Klein
by B. Rabinowitz

Secretary of the Beersheba Rabbinical Court, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Klein, reacted very sharply at the end of last week to negative media reports claiming he had accepted bribes in exchange for conducting fictitious conversions.

Rabbi Gafni Warns Against Cuts in Torah and Religious Services Budgets
by Eliezer Rauchberger

In Knesset Finance Committee deliberations held on 22 Kislev about the budget of the Religious Affairs Ministry, Rabbi Moshe Gafni raised the serious problem of budgetary discrimination against Torah institutions and religious services.

MK Rabbi Gafni: Much Mistreatment of Religious Soldiers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A religious solder serving in the Central Command Tank Corps was sentenced to 28 days in prison after he had merely asked to daven before sof zman tefilla,the time limit for shacharis.

New Conversion Court and Course are No Solution
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Vaad HaRabbonim Haolami LeInyonei Giyur headed by HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth recently condemned the activities of the Eretz Chemdah Institute, which intends to set up conversion botei din to "solve the problems" of non- Jewish immigrants arriving from the C.I.S.

A Miraculous Recovery Remembered
Magen Lacholeh's Binyamin Fischer Helps Save Life of Shuvu Director

by Malky Levitansky

There were numerous stories in the press in recent weeks about a seudas hoda'ah held in the home of HaRav Avrohom Pam, rosh yeshiva of Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn, in honor of the miraculous recovery of Rabbi Chaim Michoel Gutterman, Shuvu's director in Eretz Yisroel. Some also mentioned the hachnosas sefer Torah ceremony held in Copenhagen for the same reason. None, however, mentioned the miraculous chain of events that led up to Rabbi Gutterman's recovery. Here is what happened:

Jerusalem Rabbonim Decry Video Trend
by Betzalel Kahn

At a special meeting held on motzei Shabbos 19 Kislev, the rabbonim of Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood decided to wage an all-out battle against the trend of supposedly "approved" videos, due to the their highly negative influence on both youngsters and adults viewing them.

Antiquities Authority Empties Burial Cave
by A. Cohen

On Thursday, the second of Kislev, Antiquities Authority workers emptied an ancient burial cave in the city of Shoham in a lightening, overnight operation. The affair had been coordinated in advance between the Mivnei Taasia company and the Lod Police.

Kiryat Bnei Torah in Modi'in Ilit
by N. Katzin

A group of avreichim has organized to build Kiryat Bnei Torah in Modi'in Ilit (also known as "Brachfeld"). The new housing project, which has received the blessings of gedolei Yisroel, will constitute a Torah solution for the chareidi community's serious lack of housing and will guarantee maximum economic stability.

HaRav Dovid Leib Schwartz, zt"l
by A. Cohen

One of the most outstanding and remarkable personages of out time, hatzaddik Reb Dovid Leib Schwartz, zt"l, of Kiryat Vizhnitz, Bnei Brak, was niftar last Friday at the age of 77.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Benefits to Religious Schools
by B. Isaac

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on December 1 on the permissibility of granting federal educational benefits to religious schools.

Knesset Rejects Two Shinui Anti-Religious Bills
by Eliezer Rauchberger

On 22 Kislev, the Knesset plenum rejected two provocative anti-religious bills presented by the Shinui party. The laws, whose purpose was to change the religious status quo, were voted down by a large majority.

Strike in Offices of the Nonprofit Organizations Registrar Causes Difficulty to Thousands of Organizations
by Betzalel Kahn

New decisions stipulated that all organizations that receive government funding through the Ministry of Religions must present a certificate attesting to their proper administration signed by the Nonprofit Organizations Registrar.

Council for Shabbos Founded in Haifa
by Arye Zisman

In the wake of the serious breach of Shabbos which has been occurring at the Grand Kanyon Mall in Haifa, a Public Council for Shabbos has been formed in Haifa. The Council is composed of rabbonim, public figures and activists from all circles of the city. It met last week to decide on steps to be taken in order to prevent additional Shabbos desecration in the city.

Jewish Finance Minister of France Forced to Resign on Suspicion of Corruption
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

French Finance and Industry Minster, Dominic Strauss Kahn, a Jew of Tunisian descent who held key positions in the Socialist Government, has been forced to resign from the Government. He resigned due to allegations that he was involved in corruption.

Battle to Stop Deprivation of Chareidim in Ashdod
by B. Rabinowitz

Publicity about the Forum of Ashdod Chareidi Institutions as well as the launching of a battle against Ashdod Mayor Tzvi Tzikler due to the shocking discrimination against Ashdod's chareidi sector has had far-reaching repercussions. At the same time, appreciation of the Forum's vital activities on behalf of Ashdod's chareidi residents has been expressed.

Ramat Shlomo Chazon Ish Synagogue Refurbished
by Betzalel Kahn

Thanks to the generosity of the well known philanthropist Rabbi Refoel Halperin, the Chazon Ish Beis Midrash in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood has been completely refurbished. The Chazon Ish Beis Medrash serves both as a neighborhood central synagogue and a place of Torah study. In addition, its old library has been replaced.

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