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17 Shevat 5759 - Feb. 3, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Reform Men and Women In Provocation at the Kosel
by Eliezer Rauchberger and M. Plaut

Monday morning a few minutes after nine, a group of no more than twenty Reform Jews arrived at the Kosel where they held a very noisy prayer gathering. They were shielded by a heavy police guard. Hundreds of Jews registered their distress at this provocative violation of universal Jewish tradition.

Ezra UMarpeh Flies World-Renowned Expert to Israel to Administer Rare Medical Treatment
by A. Cohen

An international enterprise was orchestrated by Rabbi Avrohom Elimelech Firrer, chairman of the Ezra UMarpeh Federation, who flew a world-renowned invasive-radiology expert to Israel in order to conduct an extremely rare medical treatment.

Rabbi Ravitz: Most of UTJ's Budgetary Demands are in Education
by Betzalel Kahn

MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz the chairman of the Finance Committee, is a central figure in the entire budget affair. He delayed the approval of the budget for a long time in order to pressure the Knesset into approving the Religious Council's Law.

A Coalition is Formed in the Jerusalem Municipality
by Betzalel Kahn

After three months during which the Jerusalem Municipality was paralyzed due to the failure of Mayor Olmert to form a coalition, the members of its council agreed to form a coalition which will direct the city.

Rabbi Chaim Miller Accused of Incitement
by Betzalel Kahn

While the police and the General Prosecutor are ignoring the complaints about the wave of lethal incitement aimed at the chareidi community, Rabbi Chaim Miller of UTJ, deputy mayor of Jerusalem, was interrogated in the Jerusalem Police Department this past Friday, for having said that some of the Russian immigrants are not Jewish and have brought the pork industry to Israel.

Knesset Recesses Before Approving the Budget and Arrangements Laws
by E. Rauchberger and M. Plaut

"The Knesset is adjourned and recessed," announced Dan Tichon, dramatically, as he closed the 14th Knesset without its having approved a current budget.

Knesset Protects Religious Councils
B. Isaac

Agudas Yisroel of America has welcomed the Israeli Knesset's passage of legislation to preserve the integrity of the country's religious councils, which serve the religious needs of the general population.

Labor And Mafdal Sign Anti- Violence Pact
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Labor Party head, Ehud Barak and the head of Mafdal, minister Yitzchak Levi, have signed an anti-violence pact designed to moderate the intensity of political warfare during the current election campaign.

HaRav Yosef Tzvi Dunner Visits Eretz Yisroel
by A. Cohen

HaRav Yosef Tzvi Dunner, the ravad of the Hisachdus of Chareidi Communities of England, president of Agudas Yisroel of Europe, and one of the most eminent leaders of Jewry abroad, arrived in Eretz Yisroel last week to bake matzos for England's chareidi community.

Hebrew Date to Determine Voter Eligibility
by A. Cohen

Secretary-general of Degel HaTorah, Rabbi Moshe Gafni, has asked Ministry of the Interior elections commissioner, attorney Ehud Shilat, to use the Jewish date in place of the secular one for determining voter eligibility in the upcoming Knesset elections.

Dutch Yarchei Kallah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The ninth annual Yarchei Kallah in Holland drew a large crowd, and lasted for three days of ample and productive learning.

Israeli Judge Unleashes Attack on Those Who Dare to Differ
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Be'er Sheva Magistrate Oded Alyagon has unleashed a storm of controversy after he denounced Orthodox Jews, among others, as "human-sized lice" who are trying "to take over the judicial system via brutal and relentless attacks and blood libels."

Synagogues and Religious Artifacts Preserved in Romania
by S. Fried

In the summer of 1997, a research team from the Center for the Study of Jewish Art of the Hebrew University went to Romania, where it conducted a survey of that country's Jewish art.

Israel's Ambassador to Germany Recalled in the Wake of Remarks Against the Chareidim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Foreign Affairs Minister, Ariel Sharon has instructed the general director of his office, Eitan Bentzur, to recall the Israeli ambassador to Germany Avi Primor, in order to clarify the remarks he made in an interview with the German newspaper, Di Welte, in which he attacked the chareidim and especially the Shas movement.

Knesset Approves the Religious Councils Law by a Majority of Only One
by Eliezer Rauchberger and Betzalel Kahn

The religious representation in the Knesset managed its most impressive legislative achievement during this term of office last Tuesday: the passage of the Religious Councils Law.

Hakomas Matzeivo for the Lakewood Mashgiach
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The hakomas matzeivo of the Lakewood mashgiach, HaRav Nosson Meir Wachtfogel, zt'l, took place last week on Wednesday at Har Hamenuchos.

Does Uncle David Really Want Us?

Editor's Note: The thoughtful article by Moshe Schapiro about his experiences in the Israeli Army elicited a number of interesting responses, which we are presenting here. We are also including another letter that appeared last week in the Hebrew Yated because of its relevance to the issues discussed here.

Rebbetzin Soro Pesha Ben-Menachem o"h
by B. Rabinowitz

Last Tuesday, the 9th of Shevat, Rebbetzin Soro Pesha Ben- Menachem, o"h, daughter of HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer author of Even Haezel, and wife of R' Yitzchok Meir, zt"l, author of Parshas Hamelech, returned her pure soul to its Maker. The petirah occurred in the Negev settlement of Tifrach.

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