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25 Nissan 5761 - April 18, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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IDF Forces Move Temporarily into Gaza Strip
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In response to Palestinian mortar shelling of Shderot, a town in the south within the recognized international borders of Israel ("the Green Line"), IDF forces took up key positions at locations throughout the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, effectively cutting it into thirds and preventing Palestinians from traveling from one sector to another. According to army spokesman, this step is very effective in crippling the abilities of terrorists to plan and carry out their evil work.

It's the Law: Bury the Bones in the Cellars of the Tel Aviv University
by Betzalel Kahn

The Federation for the Prevention of the Desecration of Graves demands that the hundreds of crates of bones discovered in the basements of the Tel Aviv University be transferred to the Religious Affairs Ministry for immediate burial. This demand was made after it became clear that the university has not honored the promise given two years ago arrange for their burial.

Rabbi Ravitz -- Deputy Education Minister
by E. Rauchberger

This past Monday (22 Nisan), MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz was appointed Deputy Education Minister. The appointment was finalized after the coordinator between the government and the Knesset, Dani Noach, announced it in the Knesset plenum, at a special recess session.

High Court Halts Yeshiva Students' Tax Breaks
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The High Court ruled just before Pesach that the Jerusalem Municipality must stop giving yeshiva students who receive welfare payments from the Religious Affairs Ministry an automatic 70 percent discount on their municipal property taxes (arnona). The petition was submitted by city councilman Ornan Yekutieli and the militant anti religious Am Hofshi group.

Technicalities Get Antisemitic Radio Station In Cape Town Off The Hook
by D. Saks

Procedural and technical irregularities on the part of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the official body set up to deal with media racism in South Africa, recently enabled Radio 786, a Muslim community radio station in Cape Town, to evade prosecution for broadcasting antisemitism.

HaRav Shimshon Pincus zt"l, Rebbetzin Chaya Mindel Pincus o"h and Miriam o"h
by B. Rabinowitz and B. Kahn

On Thursday afternoon 12 Nisan, tens of thousands of shocked, deeply pained mourners, headed by maranan verabonon the gedolei haTorah, roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, bnei Torah and many family members, followed the aron of the gaon and tzaddik, HaRav Shimshon Dovid Pincus, zt"l, the rav of Kehal Adas Chareidim of Ofakim, as well as those of his righteous wife, well-known educator, Rebbetzin Chaya Mindel, o"h, and their eighteen-year-old daughter Miriam o"h, who had been killed the previous night in a terrible car accident near Netivot.

Remembering Rav Shimshon
by Rabbi Nosson Spector

-- and when (Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel's) head was severed (Rabbi Yishmoel) took it and wailed over him in a bitter, shofar-like voice: "Woe is the tongue that hastened to teach words of beauty -- how could it now lick the dust because of sins?" (The sins of the Jewish people had caused Rabban Shimon to come to this awful end.) Artscroll Machzor Yom Kippur, p. 589.

Lev L'Achim Launches Campaign to Fight Scientology
by Moshe Schapiro

The church of scientology, which long ago seemed to be relegated to the dustbin of cult history, is trying to make a strong comeback in Eretz Yisroel.

The Vatican's Complex Relations With Moslems and Jews
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Ties between the Roman Catholic church and the Jews, on the one hand, and the church's ties with Islam, on the other, are filled with contradictions.

Metulla Farmers Sued for Unemployment Compensation
by M. Tzvi

The International Red Cross is suing several farmers in Metulla for tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment compensation for Lebanese workers who had worked for them for the past several years. One of the farmers was asked to compensate 17 Lebanese workers he had employed. The farmers were warned that if they do not meet the demands, the Red Cross will sue them in international court.

Bill to Limit Orchestra Volume
by P. Moses

Within the secular sector, the accepted norm of playing ear-splitting music at reception halls has become unbearable.

Immortalized Before the Grave
by P. Milgrom

Those who feel they are important enough for a stamp to be issued in their honor do not have to wait until they are elected prime minister or until they receive a Nobel Prize.

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