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27 Teves 5760 - January 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Rabbi Ravitz: We Must "Blackmail" for What Everyone Else Gets Automatically!
by E. Rauchberger and Yated Ne'eman Staff

"UTJ representatives must fight for what other citizens receive automatically. As a result of this, over the years people have begun to view us as extortionists. The image of a party which exploits chance political configurations [to "extort" the public] pursues us all the time. Woe to us for having reached such a situation, because it is true. We do exploit the political situation. But for what purpose?

According to Kol Ha'ir: Barak to Mrs. Clinton: Lapid Can Teach You How to Handle Chareidim
by Eliezer Rauchberger and M. Plaut

On Monday 25 Teves (January 3), Rabbi Moshe Gafni questioned Minister Chaim Ramon, who was speaking in the name of the Government, about the report that Prime Minster Barak had recommended that Mrs. Clinton learn "how to handle the chareidim" (in running for the Senate in the U.S. State of New York) from Tommy Lapid, the colorful head of the virulently anti-religious Shinui party. Rabbi Gafni said that Barak has not denied that he said this and "such a Prime Minister is not worthy of our confidence."

Knesset Presidium Allows Law Declared Racist by its Own Attorney
by Eliezer Rauchberger

For the first time in the history of the Knesset, its presidium has decided to reject a legal opinion of its own legal advisory office. By a majority vote, it was decided to enable the representatives of the Arab party Chadash to table a proposal in the Knesset regarding the equality of the country's Arab sector. Those who opposed the proposed law say that it is racist, and that its purpose is to obliterate the Jewish character of the State of Israel.

Missionaries Distribute Material in Chareidi Neighborhoods
by Betzalel Kahn

Last week, missionaries disseminated highly destructive missionary material in English throughout Jerusalem's chareidi neighborhoods.

Matzo Baking To Begin in Shearis' Yad Binyomin Bakery
by B. Rabinowitz

All necessary preparations for the baking of hand matzos have been completed in the Yad Binyomin matzo factory, and the actual baking will begin soon. The rabbonim of the Badatz Shearis Yisroel, HaRav Tzvi Friedman and HaRav Arye Halevi Dunner, visited the bakery and personally witnessed its strict adherence to halachic guidelines.

Israeli Real Estate Not a Good Investment in the Last Ten Years
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Compared to the American Stock Market, Israeli real estate did not do well in the last ten years. According to a survey by the Association of Real Estate Assessors, real estate in Yerushalayim rose only 44% during the last decade to a current cost of an average of $280,000 for a four-room apartment (two bedrooms). In real terms this represents a rise of only 7.5%. These figures do not factor in the cost of saved rent or the (tax-free) earnings from rental, and they certainly do not attempt to evaluate the quality of life in the various places.

34 Israeli Plants Employ 9000 Workers In Jordan And Egypt
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Enterprises that highlight business cooperation between Israel and her neighbors (who have signed peace treaties) are flourishing. According to the Israeli daily Ma'ariv, in the last two years Israeli companies have set up 30 plants in Jordan and 4 in Egypt, which employ 9000 local workers altogether. Some of these plants were set up jointly with local businessmen.

An Army of Clerks and $40 Million for Just One Referendum
by S. Yisraeli

Although no one knows for sure when a referendum on the peace agreement with Syria might be held, Israel's Central Election Committee has already begun making preparations for it. According to a report in Ha'aretz, the referendum will cost about NIS 150 million, assuming that it is held 90 days after the Knesset approves a diplomatic agreement with Syria. If the government wants to push up the date, however, as Justice Minister Yossi Beilin would like, it will cost more.

Sicilian Aristocrat Unearths Ancient Mikve
by S. Yisraeli

More than 500 years have passed since the Jews were expelled from Sicily by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, the same year the Catholic king and his queen exiled the Jews from Spain.

28th European Yarchei Kalloh

In a spirit continuing a practice dating back one and a half thousand years, Normandie Hotel, Boumemouth was once again the base for the annual European Yarchei Kalloh.

Hundreds Participate in Veshinantom Assembly
by Betzalel Kahn

Hundreds of yeshiva students and avreichim gathered on Chanukah in Jerusalem's Tamir Hall in an assembly sponsored by the Veshinantom organization for the encouragement of shinun and chazoro (memorizing and review) of gemora. Stipends to organization members in order to encourage the budding talmidei chachomim, were also distributed at this joyous and important event.

HaRav Shlomo Yichya zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Motzei Shabbos, the 23rd of Teves, a large and bereft thong accompanied HaRav Shlomo Yichya zt"l on his last earthly journey. He was a ram in the Mesillas Yeshorim yeshiva in Bnei Brak, and one of the most prominent members of Kollel Chazon Ish. He was niftar on Shabbos night after a difficult illness. He was only 52 years old at the time of his petirah, and left behind 14 orphans.

HaRav Zvi Broide zt"l
by B. Kahn

A large throng, led by roshei yeshiva, rabbonim and dayanim participated in the levayo of HaGoan HaRav Tzvi Broide, an av beis din in Petach Tikvah on the 19th of Teves.

HaRav Yitzchok Greenberg zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

A large throng participated in the levayo of Hagaon HaRav Yitzchok Greenberg, zt"l, one of the great baalei mussar of our generation, and a mechanech who produced hundreds of bnei Torah

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