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1 Kislev 5760 - November 10, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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More Calls to Reopen Investigation of Rabin Assassination; Pointed Questions Asked
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Amid growing controversy over the handling of the investigation into the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Rabin's children, Yuval Rabin and MK Dalia Rabin-Pelossof (Center Party), are calling for a new probe into the circumstances surrounding their father's death. The call came as the state was busy fighting a seemingly hopeless struggle to prevent certain aspects of the case from being released to the public.

Big Bucks in European "Conversions"
by B. Rabinowitz and Yated Staff

Shocking testimony of the corrupt activity of Rabbi Yosef Avior, one of the heads of the special conversion court in Or Etzion in the south of Israel, has been presented to the beis din of the gaavad of Antwerp, HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth. The testimony states that Rabbi Avior conducted a series of "conversions" for Belgian nationals for financial gain.

Intel Refuses to Employ Shomrei Shabbos Workers
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Minister of Labor and Welfare Eli Yishai (Shas) has formed a task force to examine complaints against the Intel company concerning its refusal to employ Shabbos observers in its Israeli plants. Intel is a major American corporation that has large manufacturing plants in Yerushalayim and Kiryat Gat. It is the largest producer of the CPU chips that are the heart and brains of modern computers, and it recently announced that its Kiryat Gat plant will use the most advanced production technology.

Women Who Participate in Unsupervised Enrichment Courses Will Not be Employed By Chareidi School Systems
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel have issued a public statement opposing attending enrichment courses that are not supervised by rabbinical authorities by educators of the chareidi school systems, and especially the Bais Yaakov systems. They say that women who do attend such courses will not be employed in the chareidi educational systems.

Jerusalem Water Company is Ready!

The Jerusalem Gichon Water and Sewage Company has completely complied with all measures recommended by pertinent professionals, in order to guarantee the steady flow of its services during the coming year. It has announced that it is Y2K compliant.

State Budget Illegal?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Legal experts have warned that it is quite probable that the budget for the year 2000 will not be approved on time. The delay was caused by complications arising as a result of the appearance of a representative of the Attorney General at a Finance Committee meeting at which the Religious Affairs Ministry budget was discussed.

Shinui Opposes Benign Bill Just to Spite Chareidim
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Last week Rabbi Moshe Gafni's proposal to exempt public institutions from capital gains tax on inheritances passed the Knesset with a majority of eleven votes. Four Knesset members opposed the bill, all of them from Tommy Lapid's Shinui Party. Rabbi Gafni noted, "The behavior of the members of Shinui proves that this party has fascist and racist leanings."

Shabbos Status Quo Threatened in Haifa Mall
by Aryeh Zisman

The religious front in the City Council of Haifa is planning to ask the city's chief rabbis as well as all Haifa rabbis to enjoin area religious and traditional residents to boycott the Grand Kanyon (Mall) if it continues operating on Shabbos.

U. S. Agudath Israel National Convention Chairmen Announced
by A. Sapir

A. Joseph Stern and Michael Kaiser will serve as chairmen at Agudath Israel of America's upcoming National Convention, which will open on 16 Kislev (November 25) at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, New Jersey.

Cooperation Between Religious Parties on Budget Deliberations
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On the 24th of Cheshvan, a meeting of the religious lobby was held in the Knesset. At the meeting it was decided that all religious parties would fully cooperate in votes on the budget which are slated to take place in the Knesset committees and plenum.

Shearis Food Center Opens in Jerusalem
by B. Rabinowitz

At the initiative of Alshi (Avreichim Lema'an Shearis Yisroel) a special food center has opened in Jerusalem, where a wide variety of food products with the hechsher of the Badatz of Shearis Yisroel are sold. This important initiative was praised the city's bnei Torah.

With Egged to the Kosel From All Jerusalem Chareidi Neighborhoods
by Betzalel Kahn

The Egged bus corporation has informed Rabbi Yechiel Turgeman, UTJ representative in the Jerusalem Municipality, that it intends to link all of the chareidi neighborhoods to the Kosel with improved bus service.

When a Few Fruits and Vegetables Make a Big Difference: Israel's Poor Benefit from Center for Halachic Agriculture's Ma'aser Oni
by Moshe Schapiro

Chana, a 34-year-old mother of six, simply does not have the money to put bread on the table.

"Every time we seem to find a way that will get us out debt," she says, describing her financial situation, "we just seem to fall deeper in debt."

Rabbinic Supervision of Stam Retailers Receives Positive Response
by Betzalel Kahn

The circulation of a list of Stam (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzos) retailers who are now under rabbinical supervision has aroused much interest in chareidi centers throughout the world. Many praise this new initiative which implements guidelines issued a number of weeks ago in the name of prominent rabbonim.

Four Ancient Sifrei Torah in Tiveria Stolen
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Four very special ancient sifrei Torah were stolen last week from an ancient synagogue near the promenade in Tiveria. Commander-in-chief of the Tiveria region, Deputy Police Commander Yaakov Zigdon, stated that the burglary had been carefully planned and that the perpetrators left no traces.

Anti-religious Elements Seek to Prevent Operation of Bayit Vegan Pool
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Kiryat Yovel Community Administration and some of its secular residents are trying to prevent the operation of a swimming pool in Kiryat Yovel that would serve the chareidi community and its needs.

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