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6 Tammuz 5761 - June 27, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Is Bin Laden Planning New Attacks Soon?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The London-based Arabic satellite channel Middle East Broadcasting Corp. reported that followers of bin Laden, based in Afghanistan, were planning an attack on American and Israeli "interests" within the next few weeks.

Assad's Visit to France Greeted with Demonstrations
by Arnon Yaffe, Paris

Bashar Assad, president of Syria, arrived in France on Monday for an official visit, as many protests were organized against his recent expressions of extreme antisemitism. The protests were barely mentioned in the press.

Rescue Digs in Tiveria Cemetery Postponed
by Y. Ariel

"Rescue" excavations slated for 3 Tammuz in the ancient cemetery in Tiveria were postponed. Following a meeting by Deputy Education Minister Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and Chairman of the Knesset Interior Affairs Committee Rabbi Moshe Gafni with the Education Minister, under whose auspices the Antiquities Authority operates, it was decided to postpone excavations for a week. During this time, attempts will be made to reach a compromise acceptable to all parties.

Anonymous Doctors Murder a Terminal Patient With Court Approval
by N. Katzin and E. Rauchberger

Anonymous neurologists in Meir Hospital detached a terminal patient from a respirator a week after the president of the Tel Aviv District Court, Uri Goren, issued an order permitting the patient's removal from her life support machines.

Nachlas Shraga Project in Elad Receives Blessings of Gedolei Yisroel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maranan verabonon, the gedolei Yisroel have issued a special memorandum requesting community support for the new Nachlas Shraga project in the city of Elad.

Vaad HaRabbonim Concerned that Beis Din for Conversion Appeals Could be Undermined
by Betzalel Kahn

The new beis din recently established by Chief Rabbi Lau for conversion appeals could be torpedoed by top officials in the existing beis din system says the Vaad HaRabbonim Haolami LeInyonei Giyur headed by HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth.

Procacia Appointment to High Court Provocation Against Religious Sector
by Betzalel Kahn

Two new justices will be appointed to the High Court: Tel Aviv Regional Court Justice Edmond Levi and Jerusalem Regional Court Justice Ayala Procacia. The appointments were made last week by Justice Minister Meir Shetreet and Chief Justice of the High Court, Aharon Barak.

IAI Wins Award for Arrow
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) has won first place in the prestigious Flight International award for its Arrow anti- ballistic missile system.

Eastern European Authorities Show Interest in Restoration of Jewish Cemeteries
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Reports of the upcoming visit by delegations from all over the Jewish world to former Torah sites and aged Lithuanian cemeteries are generating considerable interest.

NYS Rights Bill Opposed by Agudath Israel
by B. Isaac

The Orthodox Jewish mother and father are gratified to have received an offer to rent the vacant apartment in their three-family house.

Kikar Shabbos Kidnapping Ends Well
by Betzalel Kahn

The kidnapping of a two-year-old girl from Meah Shearim by two mentally unbalanced women on Shabbos night ended bechasdei Hashem with the child being found unharmed on Shabbos morning in the Givat Shaul neighborhood. Hundreds of policemen, volunteers, scouts and search dogs had joined all-night Shabbos search efforts with the guidance of halachic authorities.

Two More Suspects in Ramallah Lynching Caught
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A statement by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser said that the ISA (GSS) and IDF Central Command units recently arrested two Ramallah-area residents suspected of active involvement in the lynching of two IDF reservists at the Ramallah police station on October 12, 2000.

Keren Lekiruv Yisroel's Cornerstone-Laying Ceremony in Yokneam
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Rosh Chodesh Sivan in the presence of many prominent rabbonim and numerous guests, Rav Sender Dominitz, guest of honor, headed the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the impressive three story building of Merkaz HaTorah in Yokneam, in the north of Israel near Haifa.

Positions Regarding the Budgetary Support of Yeshivos Will Soon be Formulated
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Religious Affairs Ministry and the Justice and Finance Ministries will, within two weeks, formulate a position regarding transforming the form of funding the yeshivos from extra-budgetary support to a regular budgeted item.

Transcendental Meditation Cult Meeting Canceled in Beersheva
by Y. Cohen

Due to the brisk efforts of the activists of the Anti-Cult Department of Lev L'Achim, and the many requests of the city's residents, the managers of the Paradise Hotel in Beersheva canceled a meeting of the Transcendental Meditation Cult of the Maharishi scheduled for last Monday (27 Sivan) in the hotel.

Russian Immigrant Assaults Bnei Brak Passersby on Shabbos
by S. Bruchi

On Shabbos 25 Sivan, a Russian immigrant wielding a steel rod attacked innocent passersby in Bnei Brak with intent to murder. Several of the victims were severely injured.

Mr. Yisroel (Izzy) Herzog Honored by the Australian Government
by S. B. Abelesz, Melbourne

Mr. Yisroel (Izzy) Herzog, a prominent member of the Adass Yisroel kehilla, has been honored by the Australian Government with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) award.

Mr. Yitzchok (Ernest) Gutman, z"l
by C. D. Sklar

On Monday the levaya of Mr. Ernest Gutman of Baltimore, MD, U.S.A., set out from Yeshivas Kol Torah in Bayit Vegan, one of the numerous institutions Mr. Gutman supported loyally for many years.

HaRav Yitzchok Shraga Faivel Warhaftig zt"l
by S. Bruchi

Straightforward sevoro, profound understanding of the sugyos of the Shas, warmth, geniality, humility and every midda tova, coupled with a willingness to impart all these to his admiring students, are what endeared the gaon, HaRav Yitzchok Shraga Feivel Warhaftig to his many students. These students regarded him as a model of the perfect oveid Hashem, whose entire life focused only on serving Hashem with his entire being and on raising kevod Shomayim..

HaRav Shimon Porush zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On erev Shabbos parshas Shelach one of Yerushalayim's finest, HaRav Shimon Porush, zt"l, was niftar after considerable suffering. He was an outstanding talmid chochom with remarkable middos, a genuine oveid Hashem, beloved Above and beloved below.

HaRav Yisroel Gross zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An anguished, bereaved throng headed by rabbonim and gedolei haTorah accompanied the bier of HaRav Yisroel Gross, who was niftar suddenly on 26 Sivan. An outstanding example of both Torah and yir'oh, he was 77 at the time of his petirah.

Rebbetzin Yehudis Tabal o"h
by S. Bruchi

On 28 Sivan, thousands of Bnei Brak residents accompanied the righteous mechaneches Rebbetzin Yehudis Tabal, o"h, on her last earthy journey. She passed away suddenly at the age of 43, leaving behind thirteen orphans.

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