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1 Sivan 5761 - May 23, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Israel, Palestinians Accept Mitchell Report; U.S. Appointing Emissary
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"The Mitchell report is acceptable to us in principle. We had comments, which we conveyed, and they are clear," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said. PA Chairman Yasser Arafat welcomed the report and called for a Middle East summit to be reconvened to implement its recommendations.

Foreign Ministry Reviewing Policy Towards International Red Cross
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Foreign Ministry said that it is reviewing its policy toward the International Red Cross (IRC) in light of that organization's characterization last week of settlements as "war crimes." The IRC is involved in humanitarian activities in the territories for which it needs Israeli cooperation and government approval. These recent comments may impair the ability of the IRC to carry out these tasks as an impartial, humanitarian organization.

Education Ministry To Close Scientology Cult Atid School
by Betzalel Kahn

Deputy Education Minister Meshulem Nahari has announced that the Education Ministry will close the Scientology cult- backed Atid school. The school, in which scores of students from the Dan Bloc study, will be closed before the opening of the next school year. The announcement was made in response to a parliamentary question presented by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni.

Aharon Barak Hopes That He Can Design The Future Israeli High Court
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new book, based heavily on conversations with the president of the High Court, writes that he sees himself as "an educator" of the Israeli public and obligated to perpetuate a legal revolution, according to which "Everything is judiciable."

Innovative Plans to Relieve Bnei Brak Housing Shortage
by A. Cohen

Three innovative city planning projects aimed at providing a quick solution of the Bnei Brak housing shortage and acceleration of the usual bureaucratic procedures have been presented by the Municipal Committee for Planning and Construction headed by Mayor Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz. The plan covers the addition of elevators to existing buildings, additions to a building's built-up areas, the number of apartments per building and the basement areas.

Hatzoloh Volunteer Saves Woman in Hadera
by Yehuda Ariel

A Hatzoloh volunteer from Hadera will receive a citation of appreciation from the organization for saving the life of a woman caught in a traffic jam. The jam took place in Petach Tikvah when police closed the roads in order to dismantle a bomb. The woman suffered serious respiratory problems, and a Hatzoloh volunteer administered a transfusion before arrival of an intensive care ambulance.

Kiddush Shem Shomayim in Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands of chareidi and religious Jews assembled on Shabbos Parshas Behar-Bechukosai for massive, outdoor musaf services at the entrance to the city of Beit Shemesh, in protest at the opening on Shabbos of a MacDonald's restaurant in the city. The services were held at directives of the Beit Shemesh neighborhood rabbonim, whose call was joined by maranan verabonon, the gedolei Yisroel. Unprecedented in the history of Beit Shemesh, the event was a kiddush Shem Shomayim.

Israeli Settlements and International Law
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israeli government recently issued a Legal Position Paper detailing its view of the status of the settlements in the area known as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israel's GDP Rose in the First Quarter
by Mordecai Plaut

Israel's gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annualized rate of 1.7 percent during the first quarter, compared with a 9.8 percent drop in the fourth quarter of 2000, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reported on Monday. A year ago, it was up 6.5 percent in the first quarter.

Indyk Discusses Failure of Peace Attempts
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk took both Israel and the Palestinians to task this week, calling on Israel to re- order its settlement priorities, and leveling barely veiled criticism against the Palestinians for not grasping what was on the table at Camp David.

Needy Families in Eretz Yisroel Look to Shavuos Appeal for Help
By Linda Feinberg

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Fuchs, one of the heads of Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedaka, is worried about the hundreds of Israeli families in extreme need who have turned to the Vaad as their last resort. But Rabbi Fuchs is optimistic that help is on the way. The Vaad is in the midst of its Shavuos appeal, and he says he is hopeful that this year, as in previous years, Klal Yisroel will respond generously to these families who so urgently need assistance.

Chinuch Atzmai Rebuffs Attempts to Intervene in Curricula
by Betzalel Kahn

"Throughout the past fifty years, all Israeli Governments have granted Chinuch Atzmai full and absolute educational authority. This authority has prevailed in our institutions since the founding of Chinuch Atzmai by the gedolei ume'orai Yisroel.

Meron Traffic Jams
by Y. Ariel

The Office of the Chairman of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, received numerous complaints this week about traffic jams on Lag BaOmer both to and from Meron. Many visitors to Meron complained that police traffic control had been a failure. As a result, there were numerous traffic jams that lasted for many hours: in many cases the trip from the Tel Aviv area to Meron took more than six hours.

The "Kosel" in Moscow and a New Jerusalem Street
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A well-attended ceremony recently took place in Moscow: the cornerstone laying of the new Jewish community center. MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, Deputy Minister of Education, participated in the ceremony as he was invited by the chief Rabbi of Moscow, Rav Pinchos Goldshmidt and the Russian Jewish congress. Members of the Russian government, including the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister participated as well. During his stay in Russia, Rabbi Ravitz met with communal leaders and discussed their unique educational issues.

Materna Launches New Cholov Yisroel Premium Three-Stage Line
by N. Katzin

An important announcement for the chareidi sector in the area of infant nutrition: Materna, Israel's largest infant formula manufacturer, has announced the launch of its "Materna Premium" line of formula, now using cholov Yisroel and under the supervision of the Eida Chareidis.

Mussaf Shabbos Kodesh Vayeitzei 5761
We Must Dedicate Ourselves to These Immigrants--For Their Sakes and For Our Own

by Yisroel Friedman

An interview with Rabbi Avrohom Biderman, Chairman of Am Echad and Shuvu. The interview originally appeared in the Hebrew edition of parshas Vayeitzei.

ESC Medical Reports First Quarter Sales up 22%
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

ESC Medical Systems (Nasdaq symbol: ESCM) announced sales of $43.9 million for the first quarter of 2001, compared with $36.0 million from the same quarter a year ago in 2000. As a percentage of sales the gross profit was 65 percent in the three months period ended March 31, 2001 compared to 54 percent in the same period in 2000. According to the company, the significant increase in gross profit is due to the increase in sales and a more favorable product mix.

New Genizah Bins Installed in Tel Aviv Area
by A. Cohen

The Chevra Kadisha of Tel Aviv and its environs has recently installed huge genizah bins throughout the Dan area. The bins are located in the square in front of the entrance to the Holon cemetery; in the parking lot in the Yarkon cemetery; and in front of the Chevra Kadisha main office on Rechov Mohilever in Tel Aviv.

Media Unjustly Attacks Rav of Kiryat Ata
by Y. Ariel

Last week, the media rushed to distort remarks that had been made by Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Ata, HaRav Shulsinger to the effect that non-Jewish immigrants are taking over his city. An attempt was made to present his remarks as general criticism of immigrants from the C.I.S. Interested parties in Kiryat Ata were incensed at the Religious Affairs Ministry over its lack of support for Rav Shulsinger.

Antisemitic Non-Jewish Immigrants: A Ticking Time Bomb
by Betzalel Kahn

The letter by the rav of Kiryat Ata aroused a tempest in the media, and rightly so, since the media has "seen no evil," barely reporting on the ticking time-bomb otherwise known as "non-Jewish antisemitism" in Israel. Except for Ma'ariv, which devoted a mere one page to the issue a month-and-a-half-ago, nothing has been said in the media about this widespread, dangerous trend.

Massive Erev Rosh Chodesh Prayers in Light of Situation
by Betzalel Kahn

Tens of thousand of Jews in Eretz Yisroel and the world over joined together on erev rosh chodesh Sivan, a day which is particularly propitious for tefillah and yeshua, and cried out to Hashem to deliver us from the difficult situation prevailing in Eretz Yisroel.

Stalin's Grandson and the Mad Cow
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Stalin's grandson is forming an antisemitic party. The chief veterinarian of Russia explains in a scientific lecture that nearly all cases of "mad cow" disease are connected to Jews, who are "eaters of lamb brains."

Halachic View on Transplants Explained
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Community representatives have given advice on Jewish religious law to the Member of the Scottish Parliament who intends to introduce a Bill aimed at increasing the number of organ-donors.

Observations: Refusing to Bury the Dead
by M. Tzvi

The increasing extremism among Arab-Israelis has now become apparent among Muslim clergymen who refuse to take part in the funerals of Muslim IDF soldiers.

Observations: Parents have had Enough of Old-Fashioned Secular Education
by P. Moses

Not all parents who have grown tired of the defective education the Israeli educational system provides their children as an alternative to traditional Jewish education have reached the logical conclusion. Although some parents have elected to transfer their children to Torah schools, others have decided to set up new brands of secular education.

Observations: Fear in Israel
by B. Adler

Since the onset of the Intifadah, many Israeli drivers have been overcome by trepidation while on the roads. The Jordan Valley Highway, for instance, has struck fear in the hearts of travelers since becoming a regular target for rock- throwing, along with the Jerusalem-Modi'in Highway, which many drivers now avoid traveling at night.

Observations: Yet Another Temporary Order Passed
by S. Yisraeli

The passage in the Knesset of a temporary order extending the draft deferment of yeshiva students for another two years has stirred opposition among figures hostile to the Torah world. Meretz representatives filed an appeal with the High Court claiming the Knesset lacks the authority to legislate a temporary order, particularly in a matter with so many legal complications.

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