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7 Shevat 5761 - January 31, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Histadrut General Strike Near Settlement
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A final agreement to end the week long Histadrut general strike was reached. There are last minute problems with financing it but it should be signed soon. A 3.6 percent wage increase was decided on. The negotiators said there was pressure from the prime minister's office, but Finance Minister Shochat insisted that the elections did not play a role, even though the amount of the wage increase was higher than expected.

Bone Marrow Donors Needed Urgently
by A. Cohen

In a special campaign to save the life of a four-year-old, the volunteers of the Ezer Mitzion organized a special test day for potential volunteers for a bone marrow transplant.

Rabbi Akiva Pashkos, Hy"d, Murdered by Terrorists
by Betzalel Kahn

Rabbi Akiva Pashkos Hy"d, the 45-year-old gabbai of Jerusalem's Bayit Vegan Chassidim synagogue, was murdered in a terrorist attack on the night of 1 Shevat in the Jerusalem Atarot industrial area. He was brought to his eternal rest on Thursday night after midnight.

Haifa Excavations Postponed Due to Chareidi Pressure
by Aryeh Zisman

Excavation of graves from Talmudic times have been put on hold for now in Haifa. A large demonstration protesting the desecration of graves, supposed to have taken place on Sunday 4 Shevat, was postponed at the last minute when an agreement was reached stating that excavation would be postponed until halachic solutions could be found.

Intel Israel is Israel's Biggest Exporter; Hiring More Research Workers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Intel Israel -- which includes a billion dollar manufacturing plant in Jerusalem, a two billion dollar plant in Kiryat Gat, a research and development center in Haifa and two smaller companies that Intel bought in 1999 -- is Israel's largest exporter with total exports of over $2 billion. This is a big jump from the previous year when it exported $810 million.

New Central Rabbinical Authority in Germany
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

For the first time since the war, four people in Germany became geirim on the same day. They came from Munich, Krefeld and Bad Nauheim and the formal procedure took place in Munich.

Public Meetings for Recipients of Holocaust "Slave Labor" Compensation
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In response to a request by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Agudath Israel World Organization -- the Conference's sole Orthodox member -- is endeavoring to provide eligible Orthodox Jewish survivors with information about a recently ratified "slave labor" settlement.

Yad Sarah Helps Earthquake Victims in India
by Betzalel Kahn

The Yad Sarah organization has rallied to the aid of the victims of the earthquake in India, and this past Monday (5 Shevat) it sent four oxygen purifiers to India along with a medical team.

End of Seven-Year Struggle to Abolish Discrimination Against Chareidi Education
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Education Minister has recently signed an amendment improving rules regulating transfer of students to different school. Transfer of students from government to private schools -- such as the Chinuch Atzmai -- will be permitted throughout the year for "educational ends."

Section of Trans-Israel Highway to Open In a Year
by S. Fried

The second stage of the Trans-Israel Highway: the section between Nachshonim and Rosh Ha'ayin and kibbutz Eyal will open to traffic by February 2002, according to senior Traffic Ministry officials.

Tvunot Family Resource Center Opens in Jerusalem
by Yonina Hall

In a long-awaited development on the Israeli social services scene, a new community-based resource center now addresses the specific needs of the English-speaking religious population.

Help Yated!

Yated Ne'eman, the only weekly news publication that is under the direct and full supervision of a rabbinical board, is expanding, as many readers may have already noticed. It has increased its weekly pages from 40 to 56 so far, and plans to add more be'eizer Hashem. There are plans to include more news of Torah communities around the world.

Bush Planning to Channel U.S. Government Money Through Religious Groups
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

President Bush moved to establish a White House office that he hoped would distribute billions of dollars through religious groups and charities over the next 10 years. The U.S. president wants to let such groups administer taxpayer money to provide after-school programs, prison ministries and drug treatment, among other things.

Marbitzei Torah Sephardim Chizuk Rallies
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Marbitzei Torah Sephardim organization has launched a series of country wide chizuk rallies. The purpose of the rallies is to fortify the Sephardi Torah world and to strengthen the pure, uncompromising Torah outlook.

NEFESH Grows by Leaps and Bounds
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Nefesh UK, part of The International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals, continues to expand its activities and membership. The latest program for NEFESH UK members featured Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Becker of Telz-Stone, Israel, speaking on the topic of, "Analyzing the Therapeutic Encounter in the Light of Ahavas Yisroel."

The Man Behind Rechovot: Finding Common Ground
by S. Fried

Crossing a typical street in Eretz Yisroel is much like crossing a traffic-logged avenue in Manhattan during rush hour: motorists assume that they -- not the pedestrians -- have the right of way.

Research on Fragments of Ancient Jewish Tombstones in Wurtzburg
by B. Rabinowitz

In its latest edition, the Eit-Mol journal reported that fragments of Jewish tombstones from the time of the Crusades discovered fifteen years ago in Wurtzburg, Germany are currently being studied by a joint Israeli-German team.

Consumer Consumption Rates Highlighted in Study
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rishon Letzion holds the title of the city with the highest rate of monthly consumption per household: NIS 11,150, while Ramat Gan is the runner-up at NIS 10,620, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics study of cities with more than 100 thousand residents. Bat Yam and Ashdod had the lowest rates of consumption per household at NIS 7260 and 7,210 respectively.

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning
Under the Direction of HaRav Chaim Dovid Kovalsky

Contents of this Issue of Meoros: * Why say birkas kohanim only on holidays? * Tevila for kohanim before birkas kohanim * Birkas kohanim in the presence of non-Jews * Why is birkas kohanim only in chazoras hashatz? * A question from Egyptian Jews visiting the Kosel * Carrying a sefer Torah to a jail * Moving sifrei Torah inside a shtiblach * Removing sifrei Torah to the plaza of the Kosel * Payment for damages caused by an "evil eye" * How did Moshe Rabbenu write 13 sifrei Torah in one day? * The difference between kishuf and an "evil eye" * Naming a child "Alter" as a segula against the "evil eye" * Efforts of the "S'dei Chemed" to avoid flattering * "Permission" to flatter one's wife

Thousands at Bnei Brak Prayer Rally
by A. Cohen

Thousands of Bnei Brak residents participated in a tefilloh rally on erev rosh chodesh Shevat in the center of the city. At the rally, held at the request of maranan verabonon, HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner delivered stirring words of chizuk and his'orerus.

News Analysis
Official Palestinian Terror
by A. Yitzchaki

The discovery that the terrorist who placed the bomb in bus no. 51 in Tel Aviv two weeks ago was sent by the Palestinian Authority doesn't surprise anyone. The attempt to draw a line between Palestinian terror elements and official people of the Palestinian Authority, has long ago proven futile.

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