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24 Cheshvan 5761 - November 22, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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2 Killed and 9 Wounded in School Bus Attack; IDF Strikes in Gaza
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M. Plaut

Gavriel Biton, 35, a father of six, and Miriam Amitai, 36, a mother of four, were killed when a heavy-caliber (120 mm.) mortar shell attached to a detonator and planted about 20 meters from the road, was activated by three terrorists against a packed school bus.

High Court Weighs Women of the Wall Provocation
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and B. Kahn

The question of where the Women of the Wall Reform congregation will be allowed to hold its monthly prayer service came down to three possibilities during a hearing before an extended panel of nine justices early this week.

Current Draft Situation Extended for a Year
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Following stormy deliberations, the Knesset House Committee voted Monday by 12-5 to approve splitting the Tal bill into two parts. The Knesset will now only pass the first reading of the section of the bill granting the defense minister the authority to defer the army service of yeshiva students.

Jewish Agency Proposes Quickie Conversions
by Betzalel Kahn

The Jewish Agency's Institute for Jewish Studies, which employs teachers from heretical movements, has recently offered non-Jewish Russian immigrants the opportunity to "enrich their knowledge of Judaism and Jewish culture."

The IDF's View of the Non-Peace: No Excessive Force

The following are edited excerpts from a press briefing by Colonel Daniel Reisner, head of the International Law Branch of the IDF Legal Division, given November 15, 2000

Large Eida HaChareidis Rally for Shmitta Observing Farmers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A large and impressive throng filled the Aperion-Renanim halls in Yerushalayim, at a meeting marking the opening of the extensive fundraising drive of the Eida HaChareidis on behalf of the shmitta observing farmers.

Crisis in Eretz Yisroel Sparks Changes in Agudah Convention
by A. Sapir

In light of the recent and ongoing Arab rioting in Eretz Yisroel, the theme of the keynote session of the 78th national convention of Agudas Yisroel has been revised to address that situation. The new theme is "Libi b'Mizrach--Uniting With Our Brothers Under Siege in Eretz Yisroel."

A Religious High Tech Park
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a report in Yediot Achronot, a high tech park is planned within Bnei Brak's municipal boundaries to be oriented towards religious employees. Advanced negotiations are said to be taking place about the planning and development between the Africa-Israel group, controlled by religious businessman Lev Leviev, Bank Leumi's investment company and Israel Association of Contractors and Builders president Uri Dori. The Ministry of the Interior and Israel Land Administration (ILA) support the plan.

Members of Haifa Religious Council Boycott Meeting
by Arye Zisman

Obeying instructions of the gedolei haTorah, all members of the Haifa religious council boycotted a council meeting on Monday, 15 Cheshvan, due to the participation of a Conservative member. The council was due to convene upon order of the investigating committee appointed by the Religious Affairs Ministry. As a result, the meeting was postponed by a week.

Chanukas Habayis at Yated Ne'eman
by S. Bruchi

A chanukas habayis in honor of Yated Ne'eman's spacious new offices for the Hebrew edition was held two weeks ago. Taking part in the ceremony were members of the Yated Ne'eman Vaada Ruchanis as well as the committee secretaries, members of the board of directors and the newspaper staff. The new headquarters is located on 108 Jabotinsky Street in Bnei Brak.

"If I Had Been Injured at Kever Yosef, Would You Have Rescued Me?"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Chagai Eldar is one of the owners of the Aviv Dairy in Netivot (which has the hechsher of the BaDaTz of Shearis Yisroel). Last week, Eldar sent a sharp letter to his IDF commanding officer as well as to the upper echelons of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Directives Regarding Rental Assistance Hurt Avreichim
by Betzalel Kahn

Last Wednesday (18 Cheshvan), UTJ's representatives met with the Finance Minister, Avraham (Beige) Shochat and requested that he cancel a new law that came into effect that day. Starting on Wednesday, the government will not allocate funds for special grants that young married couples receive for their rental payments.

Intermarriage on Rise in Holland
by S. Fried

Leaders of Dutch Jewry have expressed shock over a recent communal study disclosing the following unprecedented statistics:...

Freedom of Information Law To Apply to Religious Councils
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Constitution and Justice Committee has decided that the religious councils fall within the Law of Freedom of Information. As a result, the councils will be obligated by law to provide information to the public.

Credit Correction

The article entitled "Project Seed" in our Bereishis paper (28 Tishrei/27 November) should have been listed as written by J. Silkoff. Yated regrets the error.

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