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Military Intelligence: No Palestinian Violence For Now
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a report in Ha'aretz the assessment of IDF Military Intelligence is that the Palestinian Authority is not expected to initiate any violence directed at Israelis in the immediate future.

The Admor of Bobov, zt"l
by S. Baruchi

A huge throng of over a hundred thousand bereft Jews from all circles mournfully accompanied the saintly Admor of Bobov, HaRav Shlomo Halberstam, zt"l, last week on his last earthly journey. Heading the vast crowd were maranan verabonon, gedolei Torah veChassidus from the United States. The Admor of Bobov returned his pure soul to its Maker at 2:00 AM on Rosh Chodesh Av (the yahrtzeit of Aharon Hakohen). He was niftar in a Boro Park hospital.

Court Petition Against Prague Cemetery Desecration
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights against the Czech government in an effort to stop the ongoing desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Prague -- or at least to set a precedent that could prevent recurrences in similar cases in the future.

Halachic Ruling Bans Tourist Visits To Chareidi Neighborhoods on Shabbos
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, the av beis din of Zichron Meir of Bnei Brak, has issued a psak halocho stating that groups of nonobservant tourists should not be brought to Jerusalem on Shabbos kodesh to tour chareidi neighborhoods because this causes Shabbos desecration.

Chevra Kadisha Accuses Abu Kabir Institute of Organ Theft
by A. Cohen

Activists and members of the Chevra Kadisha have filed a police complaint, claiming that organs of a Torah-observant Jew were stolen during the week of parshas Korach in the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine. The alleged theft took place after the body of the deceased was brought there for an autopsy following his sudden death in a work accident.

Torah Education Recognized as Equivalent to Academic Education
by Eliezer Rauchberger

A Knesset committee has decided to recognize higher Torah education for the purpose of appointment to positions of political aides to members of the Knesset. Vocational and academic education only had been recognized until now.

Rabbi Ravitz Demands Cancellation of Stamp With Cross
by Betzalel Kahn

MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz has demanded that Communications Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer remove a series of stamps that show pictures of a religious cross from circulation. "This is the first time that an Israeli government has produced such a thing," Rabbi Ravitz said.

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning. Stories, Mussar, Practical Halacha (Tractate Nedorim Daf 17- 24)
From the Sochatchov "Beis Medrash of Teachers of the Daf Hayomi" Bnei Brak

The Custom to Visit the Western Wall on Festivals

Our Daf relates that in the days of R. Yossi, a husband made a vow that forbade his wife from having any benefit from him if she would be oleh leregel" i.e. if she would make the obligatory pilgrimage to the Beis Hamikdash. The woman did not listen to her husband's warning. She disregarded his vow and went anyway. Seeing this, the husband sought to have the vow annulled, and for this purpose he called upon R. Yossi.

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