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28 Shevat 5761 - Febuary 21, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Large Rally Protesting the Desecration of Caves in Haifa
by Aryeh Zisman

A large demonstration was held this past Monday (26 Shevat) in front of the Haifa municipality, protesting the desecration of the graves near the ancient cemetery of Haifa, where the Yaffo Beltway (Bypass) project is currently working.

Gedolei Yisroel Issue a Call to Protest the Archaeological Diggings in Haifa
by Betzalel Kahn and Aryeh Zisman

Maranan verabonon, the gedolei Yisroel appeal to us in a heartfelt, emotion-filled letter which they have written in the wake of the continuation of the archaeological digs in Haifa, conducted by the archaeologists of the Antiquities Authority with the backing of the Haifa municipality. (See separate article about the protest rallies.)

Indian Reaction to Earthquake: Destroy Televisions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"It is the only way to recover from such a tragedy. We accept it as G-d's will. We believe that it had to happen and the only way to get out of this shock is to seek G- d's help." This quote is not from a mussar shmuess in a yeshiva. It is from Nurmohmad Yousuf, a Muslim priest in Bhuj and the tragedy he is referring to is the earthquake that took place a few weeks ago in India.

Hearings on Galil Riots Begin
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday, February 19, the Or Commission, designated to uncover what caused Israeli policemen to kill 13 Israeli Arab citizens at the outset of the Al Aqsa Intifadah in early October, held its first open session and heard contradictory testimony from border patrolmen as to what happened in the village of Jatt. The Tuesday testimony is to deal with Umm el-Fahm.

Sharon to Raise Spending; Deficit to be 2.5% GDP
By M Plaut

Even as the headlines are filled with reports of coalition negotiations, and questions of whether there will or will not be a "unity" government including the Labor Party, new plans are being laid for the budget which are likely to have a greater impact on more people in Israel.

More Stories About the Beis Yisroel Miracle
by M. Halevi

Amazing stories of Jews miraculously saved by what was supposed to be a murderous attack are being circulated in Jerusalem's Beis Yisroel neighborhood. A few minutes after the tremendous blast from the booby-trapped car, security forces received reports of "an attack with many victims." Anyone hearing the explosion, feeling the jolt and seeing the explosion was certain that scores of people had been killed or injured as a result. The car was parked in a place generally teeming with people at that time. But amazingly, no one was badly hurt.

Forged Flowers
by Betzalel Kahn

Caution: Many erev Shabbos vendors selling flowers at the crossroads to several Jerusalem neighborhoods are using forged kashrus committee certificates.

Last Friday, inspectors from the Mercaz Lechaklaut Al Pi HaTorah kashrus committee discovered a forged document in the possession of a vendor on the Highway no. 9 junction leading to the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.

Reactions to Bus Terrorist Attack
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel issued a thinly veiled threat to strike a serious blow at Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority in the wake of an unorthodox terrorist attack that killed eight soldiers and civilians and injured many last week at a crowded bus stop south of Tel Aviv.

Significant Advance in Understanding the Human Gene
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Possibly opening a new era in human biology and medicine, and certainly creating many pressing questions and controversial issues, two competing teams of researchers and scientists presented their first interpretations of the human genome, the set of DNA-encoded instructions that specify a person.

Revised Forecast of Power Needs
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israel Electric Corporation has raised its estimates for Israel's power needs in the next two decades based on an analysis that indicates that another $600 million is needed for two more gas turbines in addition to the original budget for new power plants. It also found that the $1.1 billion coal-fired generator planned for 2017 must be pushed up to 2008, according to a report in Ha'aretz.

Barak-Burg Deal Boosts Chances for Unity Coalition
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A compromise worked out Monday between Prime Minister Ehud Barak and one of the leading candidates as his successor as head of the Labor Party, Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg, increased the likelihood that the Likud and Labor will be able to finalize terms for a national-unity government by the Likud's deadline of next Monday.

Toldos Yeshurun -- Lev Lashovim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

There are many organizations for all different groups in the Torah world. This organization's holy work, however, is not yet a common sight. It is the first program in the world for new immigrants from the C.I.S in which secular immigrants learn the first perek in maseches Kiddushin with respected Russian avreichim.

Siyum Celebrated
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The members of Adass Yeshurun (Manchester) celebrated their annual siyum of Shisho Sidrei Mishna on Sunday night -- Parshas Yisro.

New Appointment
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Governors of the Menorah Primary School are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jacqueline Menczer, CertEd, DipEd, MA, as Head Teacher Designate, to succeed our esteemed Head Teacher Mrs. Sula Kestenbaum, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year after eleven years of devoted service.

Children's Allotments Not Effectively Updated
by S. Fried

In January 2001, the various allotments of the Bituach Leumi were updated. A number of our readers noted that the Children's allotments weren't updated. They feared that the failure to update them stems from the opposition of the Finance Ministry to the Law of Large Families which states that upgrading of the allotments starts from the fifth child.

Lev Malka Camp
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A group of fifty seriously ill young cancer and dialysis patients returned to Israel two weeks ago after enjoying a unique camp in the United States. Lev Malka, an organization active in many medical and chessed activities, organized this unique camp.

Libyan Life is Chaotic Under Qaddafi
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Things in Libya change from day to day and from week to week, according to the whims of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, long-time leader of the north African state. The four to five million Libyans never know what to expect, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

Misgav Ladach Hospital to Close
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Misgav Ladach obstetrics and gynecological hospital -- the second-oldest Jewish medical institution in the country -- will close before the end of this week by order of the Health Ministry, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

Behind-The-Scenes Efforts For Chief Rabbi of Moscow
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Israel's ambassador to Moscow and other involved parties have launched a behind-the-scenes attempt to solve the problem of affronts to the Chief Rabbi of Moscow, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt.

Appeal to High Court to Disqualify Shderot Religious Council Composition
by B. Rabinowitz

The Gesher Lev party in the Shderot City Council, headed by Attorney Yosef Pinchas Cohen, appealed last week to the High Court, demanding that it disqualify the makeup of the city Religious Council even though had been officially approved by Religious Affairs Minister Yossi Beilin.

The Righteous Rebbetzin Devorah Wilensky o"h
by A. Cohen

Last week, a large throng of Bnei Brak residents, headed by roshei yeshiva, rabbonim and dayanim accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Devorah Wilensky o"h, eishes chover to the av beis din of Tel Aviv, HaRav Yechezkel Hacohen Wilensky zt"l, on her last earthly journey.

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