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12 Adar 5761 - March 7, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Government to be Installed Before Purim
by M. Plaut

About a month after he was elected but before his self- imposed deadline of Purim, Ariel Sharon is expected to present his government on Wednesday. According to Knesset regulations, the Likud must submit the coalition agreements it has signed to the Knesset clerk 24 hours before the vote, which Sharon did on Tuesday afternoon.

"Conversions in the IDF Are not Orthodox"
by G. Lazar

The top education officer of the army, deputy General Eliezer Stern, has confirmed that the conversions which are conducted in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are not Orthodox.

Renovation of Gravestones in Eastern Europe
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Two weeks ago a gravestone left Eretz Yisroel for Kovna which commemorates HaRav Elchonon Wassermann Hy"d and the other kedoshim killed by the Nazis ym"sh and buried together with him in a communal grave.

Rabbonim Denounce Plan to Publish "Rabbinical Order" for Reconciliation With Church
by Arnon Yaffe, Paris

The Chief Rabbi of Strasbourg, Renee Guttman, has announced that he will publish "a declaration by the French Rabbinate" denouncing the abrogation of Christianity and any criticism of its actions throughout the years. The declaration calls upon Jews to learn "ethics" from Christianity and Islam.

The Last Laugh -
Yeshivas Mordechai Hatzaddik

An interview with international coordinator, R' Naftoli Falk

by Sheindel Weinbach

Hashem has His laughs; King David testifies to this in Tehillim. And I dare presume He is enjoying a sweet revenge these days as Mordechai is repeating history and gathering all Jewish children to study Torah. On Purim of all days! And who is providing the grand prizes? A firm in Austria, birthplace of one of the most fiendish Hamans the Jewish people has ever known. And how are we overcoming the latter day Haman and stamping out his name? Through a stamp!

Religious School Enrollment in Johannesburg Reaches 40%
by Yated South African Correspondent

Four Jewish children in ten in Johannesburg who attend a Jewish day school are now enrolled at one of the eight religious schools operating in the city according to the latest enrollment figures. More than 80% of Jewish children in South Africa attend Jewish day schools, with most of the remainder going to private colleges.

Relief for Syrian Jewish Immigrants to U.S.
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

More than two thousand Syrian Jewish immigrants residing in the United States are eagerly awaiting the issuance of a directive from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service's headquarters in Washington that will allow them, after a wait of nearly a decade, to apply for permanent residency. Among those urging the INS to issue the order is Agudath Israel of America.

The Truly Jewish Response
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

In a widely published recent opinion piece, UAHC (Reform) president Rabbi Eric Yoffie cites the case of four men serving prison sentences for misappropriating public funds and claims to have been unable to find more than "a single example" of an Orthodox leader "who has spoken out publicly against [the] reasoning" that misusing such funds in order to keep Jewish communities or institutions afloat is wrong.

Machine Matzo Baking Underway In Yad Binyomin
by B. Rabinowitz

Machine matzo baking has begun in the Yad Binyomin Hamatzos Hamehudoros Bakery under the supervision of Shearis Yisroel.

Chevra Kadishos to Have Public Board
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At a convocation held by the Knesset Interior Committee, Chanania Shachor, director of the Kehillas Yerushalayim Chevra Kadisho, announced the founding of an impartial public committee. The committee will serve as an address for the public concerning chevra kadisho operations throughout the country. The convocation was attended by 200 Israeli rabbonim and chevra kadisho heads.

HaRav Shammai Zahn, zt"l, Sar Vegodol Nofal beYisroel
by S. Baruchi and Yated Ne'eman Staff

At a massive levaya, headed by roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, dayanim and communal figures from the front ranks of England's Torah Jewry, HaRav Shamai Zahn zt'l was accompanied on his last earthly journey. HaRav Zahn was the rosh yeshiva of Netzach Yisroel, and the rav and av beis din of Sunderland, as well as the President of Agudas Yisroel of England.

Infant Hypothermia Liable to Cause Irrevocable Damage
by N. Katzin

Infants are particularly susceptible to hypothermia in cold weather, according to Professor Chagit Horowitz, director of the Bikur Cholim Hospital Pediatrics Department. Professor Horowitz warns that the damage caused by hypothermia is liable to harm various systems in the body, endangering the infant's life. Increased awareness of this problem is vital for the prevention of irrevocable damage to babies.

Viewpoint: Headquarters Abandoned
by V. Mandosh

The dread and fear Palestinian terrorists instill in every place they have carried out terrorist attacks has led to paradoxical results. According to recent media reports, since the onset of the intifadah, the police have held up construction of the new Border Patrol headquarters in Atarot's industrial zone following a demand by the building contractor to increase security for workers. Now the building's destiny is uncertain, although millions of shekels have already been invested. Meanwhile it has been abandoned.

A Letter from Gedolim for Purim

BS"D, Erev Purim, 5761 Hashem, with His abundant goodness and kindness, made an eternal covenant with His nation, Yisroel, selecting them to sustain Creation through constant Torah study. Chazal understand that it is Torah study that maintains the world from the posuk, "If My covenant with the night and with the day would not be. . ." (Yirmiyahu 33:25). Rabbenu Chaim of Volozhin zt"l discusses the connection between appropriate Torah study and the world's existence at length in Nefesh HaChaim (Sha'ar IV, chapter 11).

Ashkelon Officials Discriminate Against Chareidi Institutions
by Moshe Schapiro

The cluster of modest homes and quiet, tree-lined streets where Ashkelon's predominantly Hungarian religious residents settled some 50 years ago has since turned into a dowdy outdoor shopping area. The only places doing any business are the coffee shops, where the unemployed congregate to discuss the news and linger over their cold cups.

Maranan Verabonon Appeal to Aid Nesivos Yitzchok
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"To our Brothers, Bnei Yisroel the World Over: A Fire in the Camp

"Our eyes shed copious tears upon seeing Jewish youngsters who have been cut down and are withering at the height of their growth. Youngsters who were once the pride of their families and outstanding students -- or might have been -- have become dropouts who roam the streets and degenerate from day to day.

Shemen To Ma'aser Imported Soy Oil
by Betzalel Kahn

Shemen, the largest Israeli concern for the manufacture of oils, has decided to ma'aser all soy oil produced from imported soybeans. The soybeans undergo an extraction process in company plants in Israel.

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