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27 Ellul 5760 - September 27, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Thousand of Farmers Will Observe Shmitta Starting on Shabbos Rosh Hashana
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On erev Shabbos kodesh -- erev Rosh Hashonoh 5761 -- at the onset of the shmitta year, thousands of our finest farmers will place their trust in the Creator of the world, anticipating the blessing of Heaven. These brave farmers will lay fallow their fields and crops because the King -- the Master of the Universe -- has commanded them to do so.

More than 60% of the Russian Immigrants are Non-Jews
by Betzalel Kahn

60% of the people who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union in the year 2000 are not Jewish. This startling statistic emerged from statements made at a recent press conference by Minister Michael Melchior.

Dismantling of Religious Affairs Ministry Liable to Harm Torah Institutions
by A. Cohen

Torah institution principals and administrators recently participated in an emergency conference held in the Vishnitz Hotel in Bnei Brak. At the conference, they expressed their concern over the intention to dismantle the Religious Affairs Ministry as part of Prime Minster Barak's "secular revolution."

Degel HaTorah's Secretariat Deliberates on Current Issues
by A. Cohen

The secretariat of Degel HaTorah convened on the 15th of Elul for an urgent meeting on issues on the public agenda, among them religious services, government offices and their attitude toward the Torah world, relationships between religious and secular Jews and the elections to the municipal councils of Elad and Modi'in Illit.

Rabbinical Courts Transfer Funds to Reform-Conservative Ulpanim
by B. Rabinowitz

Yated Ne'eman recently learned that the administration of the rabbinical courts, headed by Rabbi Eli Ben Dehan, is transferring funds to the joint "Orthodox"-Reform- Conservative conversion ulpan network.

Kibbutzim Hold Land for Private Housing Rather than Farms
by S. Yisraeli

The argument over the hetter hamechirah has aroused an outcry among the representatives of the kibbutzim, especially among Meretz politicians. The outcry focuses on the "affront to the value of agriculture."

Police Department Refuses to Reinstate Shabbos Observant Officer
by B. Rabinowitz

In a letter to the Chief Commander of the Police, Attorney Menachem Chachmon accuses the Police Department of refusing to reinstate Officer Chezi Elmasi. Elmasi was fired from his job because of his unwillingness to desecrate Shabbos.

Free Vaccinations for Seniors from Me'uchedet
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Kupat Cholim (HMO) Me'uchedet announced that it will make available free vaccinations against flu and pneumonia for the populations at risk who are members.

R' Tzuriel Krispel Elected Head of Council of Elad Municipal Council
by S. Bruchi

R' Tzuriel Krispel of Shas was chosen to serve as the head of the Municipal Council of Elad with a slim margin of sixty votes. Rabbi Yaakov Asher, the candidate of the BeYachad-Chen slate, which was warmly endorsed by maranan verabonon, received 49% of the votes.

Religious Institutions and Talmudei Torah May Pay Real Estate Tax
by Eliezer Rauchberger

According to a recent decision by the Knesset Finance Committee, synagogues, talmudei Torah and religious institutions will have to pay real estate tax to the municipal authority in which they are located.

High Court Judges Criticize Property Tax Discounts Given to Avreichim
by Betzalel Kahn

During recent deliberations, three High Court judges broadly hinted to rulings they are about to issue in a number of weeks regarding an appeal filed by the Left objecting to criteria granting property tax discounts to large families. The appellants claim that current criteria are discriminatory.

A New Kupas Ho'ir in Bnei Brak
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

At a special gathering of rabbonim at the home of HaRav Yehuda Silman in Ramat Elchonon, the Bnei Brak rabbonim who are involved in raising tzedokoh throughout the year decided to establish a central tzedokoh fund to be called "the City Fund (Kupas Ho'ir)," which will centralize activities on behalf of families in the city who need help.

Rebbetzin Chaya Rochel Sarna, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

A large throng of bnei Torah and bnei yeshiva, headed by the country's most eminent roshei yeshiva, accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Chaya Rochel Sarna, o"h, wife of HaRav Chaim Sarna shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Chevron-Geula yeshiva, on her last earthly journey.

Peiros Te'eino on Nozir
by HaRav Shmuel Rothschild
Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Torah world has merited the publication of an additional volume of the Peiros Te'eino series. The new volume is a running commentary on Nozir, which will be studied in the Daf Hayomi program beginning on chol hamoed Succos.

Pirkei Emunah -- Shiurei Daas
By HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Gifter shlita
Reviewed by Rav Zev Leff

"Zeh hayom oso Hashem nogiloh venismecho bo."

It is a true source of joy for the Torah world that a group of dedicated bnei Torah, talmidim and talmidei talmidim of the Gaon HaRav Mordechai Gifter shlita, the Telzer rosh hayeshiva, have undertaken to reprint the Rosh Hayeshiva's monumental sefer "Pirkei Emunah -- Shiurei Daas."

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