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10 Ellul 5761 - August 29, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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South African Jews Battered By Anti-Israel Frenzy, Bracing for Conference
by D. Saks, South African correspondent and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The world press is covering Israel's problems over the upcoming World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, at the end of this week, but South Africa's own Jews are having related troubles of their own that have so far been ignored in the general press.

Head of PFLP Attacked and Killed
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli security forces carried out an initiated attack against the headquarters of Marxist-oriented Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Ramallah on Monday, killing its commander in the territories, Haj Ali Zabri, 63, better known as Abu Ali Mustafa. According to reports, Mustafa had considered himself immune to attack since he is a political leader.

Chareidi Education Grows in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Chareidi chinuch in Jerusalem is continuing in its status as the clear majority of Jewish education in the city for the coming school year, kein yirbu. All in all, this forthcoming school year (5762), 77,814 students will study in the chareidi school system compared to 65,265 students in the Jewish part of the general school system. There are 32,736 in East Jerusalem's system. The total number of students in the entire city is 175,000.

Significant Drop in Smoking Among Chareidim
by Betzalel Kahn

A recent survey reveals that 17 percent of Israel's chareidi population smoke, as opposed to 28 percent of the general sector. The survey was conducted at the request of Rabbi Yechezkel Eschayek, who is involved in efforts to explain the hazards of smoking to the chareidi public.

Observations: Secular Researchers Conclude That Students Achieve Better Results in Separate Classrooms
by S. Yisraeli

While the IDF debates Hesder soldiers' protests against assigning female soldiers to their units, in another arena, extreme liberalism, with its concern for "equal rights for women" -- and arbitrary disregard for common sense and Jewish values -- has been shown to hinder elementary and high school students through one of the symbols of secular education: forcing boys and girls to study together.

Observations: Hate Songs in America
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As Jews we must have an interest in worldwide hatred, because we are so often its recipients. Whatever its address, we can never be sure that it will not be sent to us next. The following words, edited somewhat for our readers, are taken from one of the regular columnists of the New York Times, Bob Herbert, and highlight a phenomenon of growing concern.

Bank of Israel keeps Interest Rate Unchanged
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Bank of Israel said on Monday it would leave its key lending rate unchanged at 6.3 percent for September, due to rising inflationary expectations. The central bank's decision was widely expected. The rate has been lowered in small increments for 14 months steadily.

IDF enters Beit Jalla
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The IDF was holding positions at press time that it seized Monday night in the West Bank village of Beit Jalla in retaliation for renewed shooting at the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Despite the incursion into Beit Jalla, Palestinian gunmen were still firing sporadically at Gilo on Tuesday morning.

Egged Improves Service to Jerusalem Chareidi Neighborhoods - - Ramot
by Betzalel Kahn

Several steps to improve Egged public bus service to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot were implemented on Rosh Chodesh Elul. The steps were determined by the Advisory Council for Transportation and presented to the Jerusalem deputy mayors and representatives of the chareidi parties, who expressed their satisfaction at the plans.

Promises, Promises, Promises: Yeshiva Funding Finally Approved
by Betzalel Kahn

Yeshiva subsidies that had been withheld last month were transferred almost in their entirety last week. This brings to an end the latest Finance Ministry incitement campaign against the yeshiva world.

Efforts to Preserve Purity of Beis Yaakov Schools
by Betzalel Kahn

Renewed efforts are being made to fortify and preserve the purity of the chinuch in the country's Beis Yaakov schools, schools that have produced generations of outstanding Jewish mothers who built their homes with Torah and pure yiras Shomayim.

Osem Bnei Brak Plant To Close
by S. Bruchi

Bnei Brak employees of the Osem food conglomerate have been informed that the company's Bnei Brak plant will close within a year and its production lines transferred to company factories in Sderot and Yokne'am. The transfer will be implemented gradually.

Rav Binyomin Ehrentreu zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

On 1 Elul, a large throng accompanied R' Binyomin Ehrentreu, zt"l, on his last earthly journey. He was the founder and gabbaiof the Gra synagogue in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood in Jerusalem, and one of the neighborhood's prominent residents and askonim. He was niftar at the age of 71, after having suffered a brief illness.

Civil Rights Group Petitions Court For Charedi Soldier's Kosher Lemehadrin Food
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) filed a petition to the High Court on behalf of a charedi soldier ordering the IDF to supply him with kosher food and to refund him for money he had spent on food.

Observations: Worm Wreaks Havoc in Business Computers
by B. Kravitz

The Code Red worm is not just another computer worm. So far it has nibbled its way into 250,000 computers around the world, and a computer systems protection company predicts that another two million potential targets may be vulnerable to its terrorist-like attacks.

Observations: Water Problems in the United States
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Residents of Eretz Yisroel are not the only ones who are worried about their water supply. Even the United States is also facing a water scarcity, but the situation in many other countries is worse. China, for example, faces more serious problems.

Observations: Manhattan is Already Here
by P. Yedid

No one has visited the Tel Aviv of the year 2015, but the first Hebrew city will look something like this: along the east side will be a row of hotels and to the west, far into the blue seas, impressive skyscrapers will jut up.

Observations: Fears of the Future in Israel and in America
by T. Yehudai

Taglit, a company that arranges educational trips in Israel for Jewish students from the Diaspora, has conducted an interesting survey: What do Israeli citizens think about the security situation in Israel? Does the impaired state of security threaten the well-being and the existence of the State of Israel, and can they point to other threats to the peace and future of Israel?

Observations: Equal Opportunity
by Y. Freind

Justice Minister Meir Sheetrit is planning to spring another little revolution on us, although it is likely to have a very different effect.

Observations: Israel's Other Red Cities
by A. Yechiel

Until today Haifa was often known as "Red Haifa," because it waved the red flag of the Communist Party. But now another 19 towns and cities have also been defined as "red" in terms of the percentage of the male population suffering from cancer, and another 16 towns and cities fall into the same category in terms of the percentage of the female population suffering from cancer.

Another Outstanding English Yarchei Kallah in the Lake District
by Brian Gordon

Fifty families, totaling around 330 people, enjoyed another two week Yarchei Kallah on the campus of Newton Rigg Agricultural College in the heart of the Lake District this summer. With magnificent surroundings of farmland and mountain countryside, Yarchei Kallah provided, as always, a beautiful blend of ruchniyus and gashmiyus.

Chareidim + Guns = Adventure?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An image of two chareidim next to a settler with a machine gun is being used by Australian travel agency STA to promote adventure tourism, alongside images of Burma, China and the Burning Man Festival in the U.S.A. The photograph is plastered around tram stops and newspapers in Melbourne.

Australian Outreach to Sydney
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Five members from Kollel Beth Hatalmud of Melbourne Australia, some with their families, flew to Sydney recently to conduct the "Torah Odyssey" program.

Over Shabbos the members of the Kollel spoke at various functions and conducted various oneg shabbatons in various parts of the city.

HaRav Boruch Abaranok zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Australia

Rabbi Boruch Abaranok zt"l, a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim, passed away in Melbourne Australia at the age of 90 years old.

As a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim and having married the niece of the Chofetz Chaim, HaRav Abaranok reflected the character traits that were so saliant in the Chofetz Chaim.

Observations: Regional Armaments
by A. Yechiel

Antony Kurdesman is the senior historian and chairman at the U.S.-based Center for International Strategic Studies. Based on a new study he conducted, Kurdesman claims that under normal circumstances, although the IDF's qualitative superiority would probably be able to repel a comprehensive surprise attack by Arab nations for a short period of time, the Arab armies' numerical advantage coupled with the Israeli public's sensitivity to casualties would prevent Israel from holding off a sustained attack.

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