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29 Adar II 5760 - April 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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IDF Offers Quick Conversion Course
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"The IDF helps non-Jewish soldiers to convert at their request through its conversion course, which is faster than other courses. The army provides non-Jewish soldiers with Judaic studies teachers and works along with the existing civilian conversion institutes."

Piecing the Picture of Lebanon After Israeli Withdrawal
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Now that talks with Syria on a permanent settlement have broken down -- and even prime minister Barak has admitted that he sees no chance of renewed talks anytime soon -- the parties in the region are moving ahead on implementing the Israeli withdrawal within the next three months.

Neka Chemicals Agrees to Stop Shabbos Advertising
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a letter from the CEO of Neka Chemicals Company to Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikvah HaRav Boruch Shimon Solomon, the company announced that it has decided to stop advertising in the electronic media on Shabbos.

Religious Lobby in Knesset Opposes Proposal to Change the Status Quo
by E. Rauchberger

A stormy meeting last week of the Knesset Religious Lobby saw emphatic opposition to the enactment of laws permitting Shabbos desecration and civil marriages. These proposals to change the status quo were in a bill presented by Nochum Langenthal (Mafdal).

Ancient Synagogue Destroyed in Yemen
by S. Fried

The government of Yemen is in the process of destroying an ancient synagogue in the city of Aden, sources in Yemen relate. Moslem residents of the city are astounded by this act. This building is known in Aden as "the Jewish sanctuary."

Mikveh Dedication in South Africa
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Sunday morning 26 Adar II, the mikveh "Be'er Chaya Esther" was officially opened in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This was a remarkable event in a Jewish community that is known to be dwindling through emigration. Just the large number of women who have already started using it before the official function shows that, in contrast to the overall Jewish community, the frum community is actually growing rapidly.

New Beis Din Opens In Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

A beis din for financial matters and for clarification of yichus has recently opened in Jerusalem. It is headed by HaRav Avrohom Dov Levine, who is assisted by HaRav Yehoshua Weiss and HaRav Chaim Domb.

New Ovens Designed for Religious Community
by N. Katzin and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Mini-Line company, importers of Kav Halavan domestic electrical appliances, announce their new King and Philco ovens which have especially adapted to the cooking and baking needs of the chareidi sector. They have two completely separate baking compartments and a special Shabbos device. These two new entries take their place alongside the Bellers stove and oven line that has long been specially designed and marketed to the chareidi community.

Car Costs Calculated
by S. Fried

Car owners in Israel: beware! The following article is liable to upset you. If you are car-less, however, the following report might make you feel better the next time you order a taxi. You are actually saving a quite a lot of money.

Registration in Eitz Hadaas Kindergartens Underway
by Betzalel Kahn

Registration is currently underway for the Eitz Hadaas network of kindergartens in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Kiryat Sefer, Brachfeld Estates, Elad, Mazkeret Batya and Rechovot.

New Head Teacher For Kisharon Day School
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Trustees and Governors of Kisharon are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gerald Lebrett as Head Teacher of the Kisharon Day School. Mr. Lebrett is currently Deputy Head Teacher of the School.

Rakusens Matzos Lose Their Hechsher
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Beis Din of the Federation of Synagogues has reluctantly withdrawn its hechsher from Rakusens Passover Matzos and wishes to clarify various issues arising from inaccurate statements that have been made in this connection.

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