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3 Adar I 5760 - February 9, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Austrian Jews are Apprehensive of New Right
by E. Rauchberger

In Vienna there is a small Jewish community of about 10,000 which, in recent years, has been living in relative tranquillity. Now, with the establishment of the new government that includes the rightist party of Jorge Haider, the Jews are apprehensive. Although they don't express their misgivings and are trying to continue their regular lives, deep down their feelings are rather unpleasant. Their stomachs churn and memories rise up to the surface.

Storm in the Knesset Regarding Blasphemous Remarks Against Gedolei Hador
by Eliezer Rauchberger

A storm erupted in the Knesset plenum last week when Shinui MK Paritzki uttered outrageous words of blasphemy against gedolei hador. Knesset members from UTJ and Shas protested vociferously against his appalling statements and did not let Paritzki continue speaking. This resulted in a ruckus which continued for quite a while even after Paritzki stepped down.

Rabbi Gafni Proposes "Education and Love Of Children Law"
by E. Rauchberger

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni proposed last week the enactment of an "Education and Love of Children Law." The purpose of the law is to determine parameters for raising children --- including punishment -- within the family framework.

Funds for Haifa Mikveh Diverted to Other Purposes
by Yehuda Ariel

Members of the Joint Religious Front in the Haifa Municipality have discovered that Housing Ministry funds earmarked for the building of a mikveh in the western part of Haifa were directed to other projects by Mayor Amram Mitzna.

Reserves General Moshe Nativ: Torah Study Must Not Be Stopped For Even a Day
by Eliezer Rauchberger

General (Res.) Moshe Nativ, former head of the Manpower Division of the IDF and currently a member of the Tal Committee to study the drafting of yeshiva students into the Israeli army, has recently stated, "After having visited a number of yeshivos, I realize that Torah study must not be stopped for even one day."

Fatal Results of Smoking: 10,000 Per Year in Israel
By N. Katzin

New statistics presented by a public committee for the examination of ways to restrict smoking and curb its damages indicate that as many as 25% of the deaths in Israel are caused by smoking. Approximately 10,000 people a year die as a result of smoking hazards. 1400 of these are passive smokers harmed by exposure to the smoking of others.

Significant Rise In Argentinean Antisemitism and Assimilation
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Antisemitism in Argentina is currently on an upswing and the Jewish community is afraid that attacks on Jewish communal and Israeli institutions are liable to recur.

Rabbi Gafni: No Referendums
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

While the Labor Party is busy with infighting for and against the proposed referendum on the surrender of the Golan Heights as part of a peace treaty with Syria, Rabbi Moshe Gafni has proposed a bill abolishing the necessity for a referendum on this issue.

Sdeh Boker Boasts World's Largest Solar Plate
by N. Katzin

The world's largest solar plate was recently displayed at an international symposium on the topic, "Solar Electricity Produced in Sdeh Boker." The plate was built at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Its circumference is 25 meters; its length (when upright) is that of a six story building (13 meters).

Gateshead Community Wins Award for New Center
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Gateshead community leaders have welcomed the news of a 490,000 British pounds lottery grant to renovate an historic building in Bensham for a much needed Jewish community center.

The National Lottery Charities Board has awarded the Jewish Community Council of Gateshead the money to renovate the derelict Bewick Road Bingo Hall, a former Edwardian cinema in the heart of a conservation area.

He Was Prime Minister, but Did They Try to Save His Life?
by S. Yisraeli

Four years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, an angry debate that until now has occupied Israel's leading medical establishment since the night of the murder has flared up in public. According to a report in Ha'aretz, the question at hand: Did the prime minister receive the best possible treatment in Ichilov Hospital's trauma room after being shot at the end of a peace rally?

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