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16 Tammuz 5760 - July 19, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Prague Cemetery Agreement Breaks Down; Czech Minister Insults Jewish Preservation Efforts
by Mordecai Plaut

The agreement reached at the end of March between the Ceska Pojistovna (CP) insurance company, the national Czech government as represented by the Culture Ministry and the Archaeology Institute, and the Prague Jewish community (known as PZO) to preserve an ancient cemetery discovered in the middle of Prague seems to have broken down completely as the Culture Ministry has insulted the worldwide Jewish community and the CP company has decided to proceed unilaterally.

Reform Jews In South Africa Withering Away
by Yated Ne'eman South African Correspondent

Recent demographic surveys of South African Jewry show the non-Orthodox grouping -- particularly in Johannesburg where two-thirds of the entire Jewish community lives -- to be aging and steadily diminishing in numbers.

"They Fired Me Because I Refused to Join Scientology"
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Shocking testimony about a Zoglobeck factory worker who was fired for not submitting to demands of the company director to participate in Scientology cult seminars was heard on 9 Tammuz at a special meeting of the Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee.

Bones in Basement of Hadassah Await Final Resting Place
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A solution has yet to be found for the problem of the hundreds of crates of human bones discovered in the basement of the Jerusalem Hadassah Ein Karem School of Dentistry.

Or Etzion Conversion Court Defies the Gedolim to Appease the Reform
by B. Rabinowitz

The special conversion court in Or Etzion, headed by Rabbis Chaim Druckman, and Yosef Avior, recently conducted "conversion" ceremonies for the graduates of the State- sponsored Conversion Ulpan network, which is run jointly with Reform and Conservative leaders.

Professor Edward Said: The Closet Terrorist
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The AFP News Agency published a photo depicting Professor Edward Said, a prominent professor at Columbia University in New York City and a former president of the U.S. Modern Language Association, throwing stones from Lebanon at IDF soldiers stationed at the Fatma Crossing in Metulla.

Scaled-down Religious Liberty Bill Before Congress
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"This is an imperfect world, and Washington often stands out in the area of imperfection. . . . Half a loaf is better than none." That is how Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel of America's Washington Office director and counsel, explained the thinking behind a new religious liberty bill introduced last week in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate.

Shatnez Alert
by A. Cohen

Scores of this season's linen and linen-look garments have been found to contain shatnez. The mixture of linen and wool has been found even in garments with labels attesting that the garment is 100% linen.

Car Theft Suspects Arrested
by B. Rabinowitz

The southern region of the special Police Mist'aravim Unit, whose police detectives pose as Arabs, conducted a successful pre-dawn operation on 10 Tammuz. Goal: apprehension of thieves -- Arabs and Jews -- suspected of smuggling Israeli cars into Palestinian Authority areas. The mist'aravim were deployed in various places throughout the country, hoping to apprehend 56 suspects. A total of 41 were arrested.

Good News for Drivers With Large Families
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new Transportation Ministry regulation will enable those with class 2 (private driver) licenses to transport up to 15 passengers in minibuses, on condition that they have at least five year' driving experience and have taken a 50-hour classroom course for minibus drivers.

First Shuvu Girls' High School in Yerushalayim to be Named for Brochie Mermelstein, a"h
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

She dreamed of starting a high school of her own -- a different type of school. A school where there would be no judgmental or critical assessments -- where a girl's worth would be reckoned by who she was, not by what she scored. A place where every girl could feel she was an integral part of a greater whole.

Shearis Yisroel at Vacation Spots
by B. Rabinowitz

Shearis Yisroel has received numerous requests from institutions, organizations, seminars and yeshivas asking them to kasher vacation sites for the chareidi community during the summer.

Rabbi Noach Orlowek to Visit Australia
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbi Noach Orlowek will be the guest speaker at a Chizuk Hatorah Weekend on 28th-30th July sponsored by Kollel Beth Hatalmud Yehudah Fishman Institute in Melbourne Australia. The weekend will be held at the Cumberland Hotel in picturesque Marysville in country Victoria.

Worldwide Degel Yerushalayim Chosson Halocho Crowned
by Betzalel Kahn

At the end of a impressive event held this Monday night (15 Tammuz), the worldwide Chosson Halocho and his deputies, as well as the Chosson Hatefutzos and his deputies, were crowned. They were tested on hilchos tefilla uveis knesses, in an examination conducted by the Cultural Fund of Degel Yerushalayim.

Increasing Traffic Safety Awareness
by Betzalel Kahn

A special meeting of the religious lobby of the Knesset was held in the wake of a recent fatal traffic accident in which small children were killed in Jerusalem. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Transportation Ministry, the Education Ministry, the Police Department and heads of public organizations. Ways of eliminating the terrible scourge of traffic accidents were discussed.

Warning: Sunburn and the Chareidi Community
by N. Katzinf

"Many instances of sunburn caused by dangerous exposure to the sun have occurred in the chareidi sector," warns Professor Refael Shafir, chairman of the Committee for the Early Detection of the Israel Association for the War Against Cancer.

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