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21 Shevat 5761 - Febuary 14, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Sharon Charges Ahead on all Fronts
by M. Plaut

Despite the pressure put on him by the Palestinians and the Europeans, prime minister-elect Sharon is working hard to bring the unruly realities into line on many fronts.

Likud and Labor near Unity Agreement
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon have tentatively approved an agreement on conditions for a national unity government. On Tuesday morning Likud leaders were minimizing the differences and Labor leaders insisted that there were still outstanding issues, but it was clear that significant progress had been made.

Beis Yisroel Miracle
by Betzalel Kahn

A great miracle occurred on Tu BeShevat in Jerusalem's Beis Yisroel neighborhood, when a booby-trapped car exploded in the heart of the neighborhood, only a few meters away from the Mirrer yeshiva. Miraculously, only one person was slightly hurt -- a sixty year-old-woman who suffered slight injury to her forehead by glass fragments. Nine people suffered from shock.

Jacob Frenkel appointed Merrill Lynch International President
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

At the end of last week former Governor of the Bank of Israel Dr. Jacob Frenkel, 58, was appointed president of Merrill Lynch International and one of four members of the chairman's office in that company, which manages the world's largest financial concern with over $1.7 trillion under management.

The Chief Rabbinate Says: Graduates of the Joint Conversion Ulpanim will be Recognized by Us
by Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem Report recently reported that the Chief Rabbis have written a letter to Attorney General Eliakim Rubinstein, confirming their promise that candidates who graduate the Joint Conversion Institutes (which are operated in conjunction with the Conservative and Reform) and who are converted in the courts of Rabbi Chaim Druckman in Or Etzion will be treated no differently than those converted in the courts of the Chief Rabbinate.

Ancient Bones Buried in Old Cemetery in Haifa
by Aryeh Zisman

At a massive levaya on erev Shabbos, parshas Beshalach, bones that had been removed last week from the Haifa graves of our ancients were brought to burial. The Haifa chareidi rabbonim called upon the public to participate in the burial following the archaeologists' nefarious acts of grave desecration.

Voting Results: Chareidim Choose Sharon All the Way
by Betzalel Kahn

Election results in chareidi neighborhoods and regions throughout the country indicate that more than 80 percent of eligible chareidi voters came to the polls to vote for the candidate chosen by gedolei Yisroel. With the counting of 99.9 percent of the actual votes, Ariel Sharon won 62.3 percent of the vote, compared with 37.7 percent for Ehud Barak, a lead of 24.6 percent.

25th Anniversary of Yad Sarah -- Tuesday 20 Shvat
by Betzalel Kahn

A series of events in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Yad Sarah organization was launched this week under the slogan of "Volunteering and Continuing." More than 1200 volunteers from 31 branches of the organization in Jerusalem and its environs participated in the annual volunteers' convention.

Yad Eliezer Volunteers have Melave Malka
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On motzei Shabbos parshas Bo, hundreds of Yad Eliezer nationwide volunteer coordinators assembled in the Tamir Hall in Jerusalem for a melave malka. Despite the stormy weather volunteers came from all over the country: from Bnei Brak, Ashdod, Ofakim, Zichron Yaakov, Tzfas and other places to participate in this heartening event.

Barak Refused to Bentsch Hagomel
by T. Weiss

In an extended interview, Gilad Sherr, head of Ehud Barak's office and a member of the team negotiating with the Palestinians for the Barak government, told of his frustration during the exhausting and discouraging negotiations with the Palestinians. During the course of the interview, he also recounted an enthralling anecdote which took place at the Camp David Summit, when Israel was almost left without a prime minister.

Agudas Yisroel Vice President Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel: The Struggle for Equality is a Real Problem
by Yisroel Friedman

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel is a lawyer whose his legal achievements have earned him a reputation as a top-notch attorney. And yet, he left this profession, and the handsome salary that goes with it, and devotes himself wholly to Klal Yisroel as head of the Agudas Yisroel Department for Governmental Affairs.

Three Times in One Month
by Betzalel Kahn

This isn't the first time this month that terrorist organizations have succeeded in sneaking bombs into Jerusalem's Beit Yisroel and Meah Shearim neighborhoods.

A Letter from the Scene of the Bomb in Beis Yisroel
by Moshe Kupfer, Yeshivas Brisk, Yerushalayim

Being someone who heard -- or rather felt -- last week's blasts in the Beis Yisroel neighborhood while walking in the streets of Geula, I felt some kind of strange connection to the threat and even more so to the wondrous miracle that became clear in the end.

Court Issues Cease Order Against Housing Ministry
Court Issues Cease Order Against Housing Ministry

An appeal has been filed at the Court for Administrative Affairs of Jerusalem demanding that the Ministry of Housing and Construction cancel the decision of the Tender Committee against the Israel Land Administration which retroactively canceled a tender for the acquisition of lands for "do-it- yourself" building (Bnei Beisecha) in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel Shachar neighborhood.

Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Drive Exceeds Expectations
by Linda Feinberg

Traffic was sparse at Israeli polling stations last Tuesday, but Yerushalayim's Malcha Mall was packed wall-to-wall with thousands of people enjoying a day off from work. Shoppers faced long lines everywhere they turned -- restaurants, music stores and cellular phone outlets. But by far the biggest line was to save the life of a little girl named Naama.

The Economist: "The World Hasn't Collapsed"

One of the newspapers which attacked Sharon with special venom was the British Economist. This weekly, which is well known for its sharp and cynical style, published a special article against Sharon prior to the elections. Now, after Sharon's victory, an article has appeared with a new tone, which proves that the British have been blessed with keen political senses.

Survey: Democracy and Law Rank Low on the List
by P. Moses

A recent survey conducted by Dr. Dalia Mor of the Department of Behavior Sciences at the College of Business Administration produced interesting findings in a number of areas.

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning
Under the Direction of Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kovalski

* The borders of our Holy Land * "The air of Eretz Yisroel makes one wise." * The burial place of Moshe Rabbeinu * Wedding invitations written in Rashi script * The kedushah of ksav Ashuri *The sin of informing on one's fellow * Reporting eyesight problems of soldiers and cab drivers * Can building a landfill expand the Holy Land's borders? * The Jordan River is a "shifting" border * Buying a house in Israel from a non-Jew on Shabbos

Iraq and the Arab world Contribute to the Palestinians
By Udi Mor

Iraqi ruler, Saddam Hussein, is sending generous donations to the families of dead and wounded Palestinians. This assures him of hero status amongst the Palestinians and sets the signal for a whole series of donations from the Arab world for the intifadah cause.

Sharon Plows into Economic Issues
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Even before he has formed a government, Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon has already taken economic issues in hand as he meets with leaders and plans his first moves.

HaRav Chaim Kasriel Baddiel zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

On erev Shabbos parshas Bo, HaRav Chaim Kasriel Baddiel, zt"l, went to his eternal rest. A great man of spirit: noble in deeds, brilliant in Torah, he was rav and moreh tzeddek of the London Iranian community for nearly fifty years.

Rebbetzin Leah Karelitz o"h
by A. Cohen

Thousands of bnei Torah, headed by maranan verabonon, gedolei haTorah vehamusar, roshei yeshiva, dayanim and rabbonim accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Leah Karelitz, o"h, on her last earthy journey on 13 Shevat. Eishes chover to HaRav Chaim Shaul Karelitz, shlita, the ga'avad of Shearis Yisroel, she was niftar at the age of 78 after a difficult illness.

Ariel Sharon: Biographical Highlights
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

He was born on September 27, 1928, in Kfar Malal, as Ariel Scheinerman. Sharon is a widower and father of three sons, Omri and Gilad and Gur, who was killed in a shooting accident at age 11. His first wife, Margalit, was killed in a car accident. His second wife, Lily, died last year.

Agricultural Revolution
by C. Ofek

Though Hashem is certainly the ultimate control of success in everything and especially agriculture, Israeli agribusiness is doing extensive hishtadlus and revolutionary changes in current Israeli agriculture stem from the accelerated development of research in the various fields of agriculture.

Meeting of Degel HaTorah Secretariat
by S. Bruchi

The Degel HaTorah secretariat, along with representatives of the chareidi sector from all over the country, met on 17 Teves, before the recent prime ministerial elections, for a meeting in the Bnei Brak movement headquarters to discuss current issues of importance.

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