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5 Av 5761 - July 25, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Sharon Proceeding on the Basis of Mitchell Plan
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, rejecting pressure from the Right to initiate harsher military action, said that he is "sticking to the Mitchell plan," for a cease-fire followed by a renewal of the peace process. The plan "has not been exploited," Sharon said, adding that every effort must be made to reach a cease-fire.

Private Company Charges Holocaust Survivors Exorbitant Fees
by S. Fried

While compensation from Germany's Remembrance, Responsibility and Future fund to former slave laborers during the Holocaust is being held up due to last minute complications, a scandal has arisen regarding fees charged for help in filling out the applications.

Chareidim not Represented in Ramot Administration
by Eliezer Rauchberger

On 19 Tammuz, the chairman of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, Rabbi Moshe Gafni, gave Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert two weeks in which to report his intentions concerning the holding of elections for the Ramot Community Administration.

Rabbinical Court System Funds Joint Conversion Institutes; Discriminates Against Orthodox Conversion Ulpanim
by Betzalel Kahn

The Rabbinical Court Administration of the Chief Rabbinate is continuing to cooperate and to channel funds to the Joint Conversion Institutes, in which Conservative and Reform are allowed to participate along with the Orthodox, which have been prohibited by all gedolei harabonim.

Israel Interest Rates Cut Again by 2 Percent
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Bank of Israel's key lending rate will go down to 6.3 percent, the lowest nominal rate since the Bank of Israel was set up in the early 1950s, announced the Governor of the Bank of Israel David Klein, in reducing the August interest rate by 0.2 percent.

French Yom HaTorah in Israel
by Betzalel Kahn

In light of the success of the Torah Day held every two years in France for French Jewry and the success of a similar event held last year in Jerusalem, a special daylong event will also be held this year for French speakers living in Israel. The events were organized at the initiative of HaRav Yosef Sitruk, the chief rabbi of France.

Large Catskills Gathering Pleads for Divine Mercy, Safety of Fellow Jews
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

When the Jewish people in Moshe Rabbeinu's time went out to war, the Torah teaches, they blew the chatzotzros. "Today we don't have the chatzotzros, but we have our tefillos."

The Three Weeks in the U.S.
by Moshe Rockove

As the month of July rolls around in America, with the Fourth of July fireworks lighting up the sky in celebration of American Independence Day and many enjoying their extended summer break, the Jewish community observes the sad days of the Bein Hametzorim.

Observations: The True Face of the "National Poet," Chaim Nachman Bialik
by S. Yisraeli

On the anniversary of the death of the "national poet," Chaim Nachman Bialik, Ha'aretz decided to continue debunking the myths that have been circulating in Israel during recent years, and revealed problematic aspects of the character of this national hero.

HaRav Elimelech Shraga Kornfeld Inaugurated Rav of Kehillas HaGra in Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Elimelech Shraga Kornfeld, newly appointed rav and moreh tzedek of the eminent Kehillas HaGra community in Ramat Beit Shemesh, was welcomed last week at a gala induction ceremony. The event was attended by maranan verabonon, the gedolei haTorah, as well as by local rabbonim and many residents.

R' Aharon Avadian, Hy"d
by Yisrael Rutman

On Monday afternoon, July 2nd, Aharon Avadian, father of four from Zichron Yaakov, was shot and killed by terrorists outside an Arab town in Israel. His death did not attract the attention of the world media. Nor did Israeli broadcasting give it more than cursory coverage. It seemed to be just another in a long list of Jews murdered by Palestinian Arabs over the past year, over the past century.

HaRav Simcha Zissel Halevi Levovitz zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

This past Monday 3 Av, thousands of bnei Torah, headed by roshei yeshiva and rabbonim, accompanied the gaon and tzaddik, HaRav Simcha Zissel Halevi Levovitz zt"l on his last earthy journey. He was a vestige of dor dei'ah, the son of the Mashgiach, HaRav Yeruchom of Mir ztvk"l, and was 93 at the time of his petiroh.

Lights Out at Meiron
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The masses of people who came to Meiron on erev rosh chodesh Av to pray at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai found the gravesite in a state of total darkness, as a result of a decision by the Religious Affairs Ministry to cut off all electricity.

Events in Yesoiday HaTorah School of Manchester
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Over the last few weeks a number of major events have taken place for the girls of Yesoiday HaTorah School -- Manchester.

Sheloshim Marked in Manchester
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week, Yeshivas Shaarei Torah in Manchester marked the sheloshim of the late Sir Sidney Hamburger z"l with a siyum on Shisho Sidrei Mishnah.

Meah Shearim Building Sinking
by Betzalel Kahn

A number of families in the Batei Warsaw neighborhood near Meah Shearim in Jerusalem were evacuated from their homes last week. A check by the Jerusalem Municipality's Department for Dangerous Structures indicated that significant damage had been caused to the building as a result of infrastructure work being conducted on the road beside it. The building had begun to sink.

UTJ Representatives Meet With Prime Minister Sharon
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The UTJ Knesset members met with Ariel Sharon in the prime minister's office on 25 Tammuz. They requested the meeting to protest Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres' Shabbos meeting with Yasser Arafat at the International Socialist conference in Spain.

"Ohr Chodosh" -- A New Yeshiva Combining Yeshiva Studies With Vocational Training
by M. Samsonowitz

The religious community has a number of youths who are intelligent and capable but for various reasons find it difficult to maintain an all-day learning program. These youths often drop out of yeshiva and then, for lack of choice, reluctantly and unwillingly gravitate toward the street with all its attractions.

Meah Shearim on Mitzvas Kibbud Ov Vo'em and Educating Children
by Rabbeinu Eliyahu ben Rav Elkana Capsali, a contemporary of the Beis Yosef, and one of the gedolim of his generation.

An original manuscript has been published recently for the first time, together with annotations and commentaries, a lengthy introduction about the author and the period in which he lived, an index of sources and a large detailed subject index. The editor is Rav Avrohom Shoshanah and the publisher Machon Ofeq, Yerushalayim 5761. The book consists of two elegant volumes, containing 892 pages.

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