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25 Sivan 5760 - June 28, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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300 Crates of Human Bones Found in Hadassah Hospital Cellar
by Betzalel Kahn and M. Plaut

Tens of thousands of skeletons and human bones in some 300 crates were discovered on Thursday afternoon, 19 Sivan, in the basement of Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Karem School of Dentistry. The shocking discovery, which is in flagrant contradiction to statements made by archaeological authorities that all bones that were found were given over for burial, was made through the vigilance of the Federation for the Prevention of Desecration of Graves.

Maranan Verabonon Call on Everyone to Pray for the 13 Iranian Jews
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maranan verabonon, the gedolei Yisroel have issued a heartfelt call to the Jews all over the world to pray profusely for the deliverance of the thirteen Iranian Jews over whose heads the death sentence hovers. The verdict of these Jews, charged with espionage, is to be issued this Shabbos, parshas Korach in Eretz Yisroel (parshas Shlach elsewhere).

Women's Prayer Rally on Behalf of Iranian Jews
by A. Cohen

More than 1,000 women participated in a prayer and his'orerus rally on behalf of the imprisoned Iranian Jews last week. The rally was held in Bnei Brak's Wagschal Hall, the use of which was donated by the owners.

Rabbi Avrohom Yosef Shapira, z"l

This past Monday (23 Sivan), a large crowd headed by gedolei Yisroel accompanied Rabbi Avrohom Yosef Shapira zt"l on his last earthly journey. Rabbi Shapira was niftar suddenly at the age 71.

Grants to Kiryat Sefer and Beitar Illit Will Still Be Given
by Betzalel Kahn

Finance Minister Avraham Shochat has promised Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz that as long as a new list of cities to be given national preference is not issued, grants will still be extended to those purchasing apartments in cities on the current list.

Mass Prayers in Shunam
by Udi Mor

On Tuesday, 10 Sivan, a unique event took place in Kfar Shunam, an Arab village located near Afula. 13 buses filled with avreichim headed northward to pray at the house of the Biblical Shunamite woman, known as a place where childless Jews go to pour out their hearts to the Ribono Shel Olom: prayers which are not turned away.

Trial Of Synagogue Bombers Underway In Cape Town
by Yated Ne'eman South African Correspondent

Four members of the Muslim vigilante group Pagad are currently on trial in Cape Town on charges of bombing the Wynberg Synagogue in November 1998.

Bus Fares To Remain Stable
by S. Fried

For the first time in the history of the State, bus fares on public transportation will not go up on the 1st of July. This decision was made following the recent stability in the cost- of-living index. Fares will actually be decreased on a number of Egged inter-city lines.

Separate Herzliya Beach To Open Again
by A. Cohen

At a meeting between mayor of Bnei Brak Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz, and Herzliya mayor Mrs. Yael Gorman it was agreed that the beach in Herzliya for separate swimming will soon open under their joint auspices.

Chareidi Representation in Government Corp. Boards Passed
by A. Cohen

A proposal to amend the Government Corporation Law so that the chareidi sector will be fairly represented on the boards of government corporations passed a preliminary reading last week in the Knesset. The amendment had been proposed by MKs Rabbi Moshe Gafni and Yuval Steinitz (Likud).

HaRav Yisroel Goelman Appointed Rav of Ramot Sha'arei Tvuno Community
by Betzalel Kahn

On motzei Shabbos, parshas Beha'alosecho, HaRav Yisroel Goelman was invested as rav of the illustrious Sha'arei Tvuno community of Ramot Alef. The stirring ceremony took place in the Magen Avot hall in Jerusalem's Ramot Alef neighborhood.

Interior Security Minster: Police Doing Utmost to Locate Synagogue Desecraters
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Israel Police is taking the entire issue of desecration of sacred places quite seriously, making all-out efforts to locate the culprits. The specific complaint regarding the desecration of the Ohel Shmuel and Neveh David synagogues in Jerusalem's French Hill is being handled by Police intelligence within the framework of the Public Order Squad operating in Jerusalem."

Violence in Secular Schools
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A study conducted by professors from Hebrew University and the University of Michigan found high rates of fighting, bullying, and other physical violence, as well as verbal abuse, such as insults and humiliation, in Israeli schools. Some 1,500 teachers and 200 principles were contacted.

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