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16 Kislev 5761 - December 13, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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High Court: We Will Not Protect the Rights of the Chareidi Community
by B. Kahn and M. Plaut

On Monday, 14 Kislev, High Court Justice, Mishael Cheshin said that as long as the chareidi sector doesn't recognize the High Court, the judges will not protect its rights. Shocked by the remark, MKs Ravitz and Gafni said that Cheshin should not continue on the High Court.

Knesset Turmoil: Will there be Knesset Elections? Will Netanyahu Run for Prime Minister?
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Almost everyone expects a contest for the office of prime minister between Ehud Barak and Binyamin Netanyahu, but it remains unclear whether Israelis should prepare for special direct elections for prime minister in 60 days (perhaps even without Netanyahu) or, following the passing of the bill next week dissolving the Knesset, for general elections in 90 days or sometime in May (almost certainly with Netanyahu).

Temporary Draft Law Postponed at Last Minute
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At the last minute, the Knesset plenum refrained from voting on the first reading of the temporary law to continue the current arrangements for the drafting of yeshiva students for a year. UTJ's representatives had no choice but to agree to the postponement of the voting.

Shmittah Update
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Since Maran the Chazon Ish ruled that one should be machmir with regard to any doubts as to the boundaries of Eretz Yisroel, and since this is also the opinion of the gedolei haposkim, shlita, the northern part of the Aravah (in the Negev) should be considered within the boundaries of Eretz Yisroel with regard to shmittah with all that entails.

U.S. Court Stops Use of Educational Vouchers in Ohio; Agudath Israel Responds
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a decision that has a big impact on the efforts of the American Jewish community to pass legislation allowing parents the use of vouchers to decide how to educate their children, a federal appeals court declared a Cleveland school voucher program unconstitutional on Monday. Their decision confirms a lower court ruling that using public funds to pay for thousands of children to attend parochial schools breaches the First Amendment's requirement of separation between church and state.

British Minister Meets with Chareidim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A delegation of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregationƒ met with the Home Secretary the Right Hon. Jack Straw to appraise him of the growing size and activities of the chareidi community in the U.K.

Allow Religious Use Of Public School Buildings in New York
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

While Orthodox Jews generally never consider sending their children to public schools, they do have occasion from time to time to use the public schools -- specifically, the public school buildings, when school is not in session.

Rebbetzin Libbe Leifer a"h of Nadvorner-Tzfas.
by Leah Mindel

My mother-in-law, the Rebbetzin a"h, was born in 1916. Her parents were HaRav Zev Wolf Tirnauer zt"l of Shotz, Romania, and Rebbetzin Hentshe a"h, daughter of Rav Moshe Chaim Deitsch zt"l. She grew up in a home steeped in ahavas haTorah, meticulous shemiras hamitzvos and gemilus chassodim.

Ta'amei Torah School -- Providing a New Taste for Torah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Imagine a classroom in a Bais Yaakov high school in Yerushalayim. The teacher is presenting a fascinating lesson on making our tefillos relevant, but Sara sits, uncomprehending, missing the opportunity for growth.

Chessed Organizations Function in Tremendous Vacuum
by M. Halevi

Yad Sarah, a famous chessed organization which needs no introduction, was founded by Rabbi Uri Lopolianski and has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Currently, it sponsors a wide variety of chessed and voluntary activities, compensating for what the health system does not provide to citizens in distress.

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