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11 Sivan 5759 - May 26, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Coalition Talks With Barak's Team Begin
by E. Rauchberger and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Ehud Barak wants to set up a government that is as broad as possible, to include Meretz, Shas and Likud, according to senior members of the Yisrael Achat party. They stressed that they believed that this was possible, though it certainly is not an easy task.

Observers in Bnei Brak to Supervise Elections Caused Disturbances
by A. Cohen

The significant increase in the number of Bnei Brak voters for chareidi parties in the recent elections, as compared with the previous election, unequivocally indicates that all claims of fictitious voting which supposedly occurred in past elections were groundless, according to Rabbi Avrohom Tannebaum. Rabbi Tannebaum is secretary and spokesman of Bnei Brak's Municipality as well as director of the Bnei Brak bloc in the Dan-North regional elections committee.

"Confessions of a Vote Forger"
by Professor Yehuda Eisenberg

The exasperating attempts of the Leftist parties to disrupt and cause delays at the polls in the chareidi centers have already been reviewed at length in our paper. This phenomenon was manifest in various polls in chareidi neighborhoods. One of the most extreme and flagrant incidents occurred in poll no. 287, in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Contempt of Court Indictment Against Attorney Dror Choter- Yishai Canceled
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Justice Avi Haber of the Haifa' Magistrates Court recently canceled a repeat indictment filed against the head of the Israel Bar Association, attorney Dror Choter-Yishai. Choter- Yishai was accused by the Attorney General of contempt of court.

Heat Wave to End on Tuesday
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A severe and unusual heat wave that brought record high temperatures for this time of year has lessened and is expected to break completely on Tuesday. The rest of the week is expected to be about average for May. This type of heat is known as a chamsin or sharav.

Maranan Verabonon: "It is a Great Mitzvah to Bolster Rabbi Aharon Shmuel Kornblit"
by Betzalel Kahn

In a letter which they issued erev Shavuos, Maranan verabonon, the gedolei Yisroel, stated that it is a great mitzvah to stand behind the prisoner, Rabbi Aharon Shmuel ben Miriam Kornblit who has been languishing in prison for more than half a year on the false charge of arson to a missionary apartment in Jerusalem.

Unreasonable German Demand Canceled
by S. Fried
Yated Ne'eman Paris Correspondent

The Federal Court of Germany has announced that it has canceled its demand that Jews of German origin currently residing in other countries be able to write fluent German in order to be eligible for pensions.

Dozens of Demobilized Soldiers Defrauded the Ministry of Defense
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A resident of Beit Shean is suspected of getting money from the Ministry of Defense under false pretenses. The sums are said to amount to millions of shekels.

Demand to Cease the Display of Ancient Coffins in the Tower of David Museum
by Betzalel Kahn

Currently on display in Jerusalem's Tower of David Museum just inside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City, is a shocking exhibition of 39 stone Jewish coffins. The coffins have been removed from burial caves dating back to the period of the Bayis Sheini. They were discovered at a site called Chekel-Doma, situated on the periphery of the Har Hazeisim cemetery near the village of Silwan.

News Analysis
Impressions From a Trip to Yemen

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Suddenly the driver stops and signals to me to approach a huge boulder, jutting out like an island on the flat plateau. When I approach the boulder, I see a natural monument, on which Jews immortalized their names before setting out on the long journey across desert and mountain crest to Eretz Hakodesh. Countless names have been etched in Hebrew letters on the sand boulder...

Yisrael Ba'Aliyah: "Conscription of Yeshiva Students Must be Decided by Means of Negotiation
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This week, the head of the negotiating team of Yisrael Achat, Professor David Libai met with the Yisrael Ba'Aliyah delegation, headed by Minister Yuli Edelstein, and stated that Barak does not intend to freeze the settlements.

Illinois Passes Tuition Tax Credit Bill
by B. Isaac

Amid the continuing controversy over school vouchers, the State of Illinois is about to enact a law that would provide parents of non-public and religious school students with a different sort of financial assistance.

Kever Shmuel Hanovi Renovations Completed
by Betzalel Kahn

Just-completed renovations in the structure where the grave of Shmuel Hanovi is located eased the way for thousands of people who stream there to daven on the 28th of Iyar, the yahrtzeit of Shmuel Hanovi.

Mezuzas Affixed in the New Hacker Jerusalem Plant
by Betzalel Kahn

Last week, mezuzas were affixed at the renovated meat concern of the Jerusalem Hacker Brothers, in the presence of HaRav Chaim Shaul Karelitz, gaavad of Shearis Yisroel.

"When the Audience Sang Hatikvah, the Self-satisfied Imber Stood on His Tottering Feet, a Whiskey Bottle Protruding from His Coat Pocket"
by N. Zeevi

A recently published study discusses the image of Naftali Hertz Imber, author of Hatikvah, the State of Israel's national anthem. The book, The Imber Portfolio, was published by the Zionist Library and distributed by Mossad Bialik.

Jewish Congress of Russia To Support Communal Projects
by S. Fried

As indicated by its new annual budget, the Jewish Congress of Russia plans to distribute a sum of 2.6 million dollars to various communal projects to be coordinated in Moscow.

Gedolei Yisroel Bless Appointment of Rav Moshe Peleg as Rav of Sha'arei Zedek Hospital
by Betzalel Kahn

The administration of Jerusalem's Sha'arei Zedek Medical Center has appointed Rav Moshe Peleg to preside as hospital rabbi. Rav Peleg is replacing Rav Yaakov Strauss, who is retiring after 20 years of exemplary service.

Demonstration Against Swiss Antisemitism More Than One Hundred Years Ago
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Jewish representatives from 12 towns assembled in Baltimore for a large demonstration. After it, a declaration was formulated, brought to the Senate, and presented to President James Buchanan. This took place on the 29th of October, 1857, and was the first national Jewish demonstration in the history of the United States. The main issue: Swiss antisemitism.

Archaeological "Rescue" Excavations Impede the Saving of Lives
by N. Katzin

The Antiquities Authority is well known to us from its "achievements" in the area of the destruction of ancient graves, an unwelcome phenomenon against which chareidi Jewry is battling. However, the Authority has an additional side, revealed by reports of the Rambam Medical Center of Haifa.

New Traffic Procedures in Jerusalem Chareidi Centers
by S. Fried

As a result of long deliberations held by the Jerusalem branch of Degel HaTorah and the UTJ faction of the Jerusalem Municipality with the city's traffic officials, it has been decided to revamp the traffic arrangements of the chareidi centers of Geula, Meah Shearim and their environs.

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