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27 Iyar 5769 - May 21, 2009 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly


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At The Center of the Universe
At The Center of the Universe
by Mordechai Plaut

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High Court Tries to Interfere With Conversion Case
By Yechiel Sever

Once again the High Court has been involved in a bald attempt to interfere in halachic matters, trying to impose secular legal opinions on purely halachic issues. During a hearing early this week High Court judges issued an interim order affecting a psak din handed down at the Rabbinate Beis Din of Jerusalem.

HaRav Eliashiv: Everybody Should Pray for Gilad Shalit
by Yechiel Sever

Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, arrived at the home of Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita this week to request a brochoh for the speedy return of his son, who has been held captive by Hamas for over three years. Maran gave a brochoh adding, "Certainly every individual should pray for him, because this is a matter of saving a life and redeeming captives."

High Court Rejects Reform Petition to Freeze Special Bus Lines
By Yechiel Sever

The High Court rejected a petition submitted by Reform and by women's organizations aimed at halting the operation of new bus lines designed to accommodate the chareidi sector.

High Court Rules Reform and Conservative Conversion Programs Should Receive Equal Funding
By Yechiel Sever

High Court judges ruled the State must provide Reform and Conservative conversion institutes the same level of funding Orthodox conversion institutes receive.

Austrian Hotel Refuses Orthodox Jewish Guests
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A controversy erupted in Austria after a hotel in a mountain village refused to host Orthodox Jews, claiming the owner has had "bad experiences in the past."

Elad Service Center Inaugurated
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The new project center run by Manpower Bereishit in Elad was opened with an inauguration and mezuzah-posting ceremony attended by the moro de'asra, HaRav Mordechai Malkah, Mayor Rabbi Yitzchok Eidan, city councilmen and VIP guests.

Rechov HaNevi'im in Jerusalem to Remain Fully Preserved
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Jerusalem's Urban Preservation Committee has decided to keep Rechov HaNevi'im fully intact, meaning that not a single house will be demolished to allow future development.

Sifrei Torah Stolen from Jerusalem Shul; Mezuzas Stolen from Beer Sheva Storefronts
By Yechiel Sever and L.S. Wasserman

The members of congregation of Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh, a Moroccan shul on the outskirts of Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, were shocked when they arrived for Shacharis only to find that thieves had broken into the aron kodesh and made off with all six sifrei Torah, shofars, a Megillas Esther and other valuable articles. The gabboim filed a police report, but so far investigators have no leads.

Buenos Aires: Antisemitic Rioting Interrupts Pro-Israel Event
By R. Hoffner

Violent antisemitic demonstrators interrupted an event in Buenos Aires to celebrate 61 years of Israeli independence. Held in Plaza de Mayo opposite City Hall, the event drew members of the Jewish community, local activists and high-ranking city officials.


The Pagan Roots of Modern Thought
by Mordecai Plaut

Part 7 - Final

Abstract: Modern intellectuals, especially those who base their world view upon science, pride themselves on being totally separate from the sphere of religion. They believe their view of the world to be based on empirical data and built up with reason alone, leaving them entirely distinct from all religion. This pride is unfounded. In fact their approach and conclusions are grounded in one of the major old- time religions, namely, paganism.




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