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29 Adar 5762 - March 13, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Israel Launches Broad Campaign Against Palestinian Terror
by Mordecai Plaut

Israeli launched its broadest offensive against Palestinian terrorists early this week, so far entering seven refugee camps and several cities, including Ramallah early on Tuesday morning. Military sources said the operation in Ramallah was aimed at taking control over most of the city and the refugee camps surrounding it. Press reports say that the army has deployed most of its standing army and has canceled training courses, whose staff and instructors are also all being deployed in the missions.


The following statement, from the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah in Eretz Yisroel, has been endorsed and is being promoted by the Moetzes in America as well. It refers to a day of prayer on Wednesday 29 Adar/March 13 -- Yom Kippur Kotton. Even though this will have passed before our date of publication, we feel that the message is important even after then.

How Many Americans are Learning in Israel?
by Mordecai Plaut

In 5759 (the academic year 1998-99), a total of 109,956 talmidim, kein yirbu, learned in yeshivos, kollelim and other institutions under the supervision of the Ministry of Religions according to a new report of the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Vaad Warns of False Orthodox Conversions
by Betzalel Kahn

The Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Giyur, founded by the late HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth, av beis din of Antwerp, warned against the danger of bringing thousands of goyim into kerem Beis Yisroel through fictitious conversions performed by the Chief Rabbinate.

Annual Conference Of Headteachers Of Orthodox Jewish Schools
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last month the Association of Headteachers of Orthodox Jewish Schools held their Annual three-day Conference at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth. Close to eighty participants, representing 12,000 of the approximately 15,000 schoolchildren studying at Jewish schools in Britain, gathered together to participate in a series of shiurim, lectures and brainstorming sessions on various chinuch topics.

USA Shmittah Update
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Although the year after shmittah is almost half way through and many of the restrictions that apply to shmittah problems no longer apply, there is still the overhang of the spices and seasonings that were imported to the United States last year that were produced in Israel under an enhanced "hetter mechirah".

Query About Conversion

To the Editor:

I am a rav in England and I work in kiruv. I am in contact with an Israeli who was born in Rumania to a Jewish father. He was converted in Israel at Yemin Ord and has a stamp by the Rabbanut Yisrael on the Shtar Giyur. It doesn't seem glatt to us here so we wondered how to find out more.

Rebbetzin Ettel Dina Berlin o"h
by Betzalel Kah

In Yerushalayim, the righteous Rebbetzin Ettel Dina Berlin o"h, eishes chover of HaRav Elchonon Berlin and daughter of Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, shlita went to her eternal resting-place. She was sixty-seven at the time of her petiroh. Thousands of bnei Torah accompanied her on her final earthly journey.

HaRav Yechiel Michel Gutfarb, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As we go to press, loudspeakers are announcing the levaya of HaRav Yechiel Michel Gutfarb, zt"l. HaRav Gutfarb was a pillar of tzedokoh and chesed in Yerushalayim. His passing comes after a long illness.

HaKodosh Yisrael Meir Yehiye, Hy"D
by S. Bruchi

Thousands of roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, talmidim of Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak residents accompanied the holy Yisrael Meir Yehiye Hy"d, to his final resting place on Sunday 26 Adar. The bochur was murdered on motzei Shabbos parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei in a terrorist attack in Netanya.

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