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4 Sivan 5762 - May 15, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Likud Votes Against Allowing Palestinian State
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Likud Party voted Monday night never to allow the creation of a Palestinian state, defying Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and apparently supporting his rival Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel "Postpones" Gaza Incursion
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli postponed or called-off its plan to move into the Gaza Strip in order to root out terrorists there. It sent home some reservists who had been called-up, but others remain on alert. The army remains poised around Gaza and it is not clear if these moves are the result of genuine decisions to postpone the action, or an attempt to put the terrorists in Gaza off balance to restore the element of surprise in a subsequent attack.

23rd Biannual Convention of the CER
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 23rd biannual Conference of European Rabbis (CER) convention took place in Brussels last week with the participation of 230 European rabbis including all the European chief rabbis as well as the two chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi I M Lau and Rabbi Bakshi Doron, and the Minister of Religion Rabbi O Ohana and Deputy Minister of Housing Rabbi M Porush. The convention was held under the patronage of the European Commission who put their building at the disposal of the conference.

Still No Solution for Haifa's Jaffa St.
by Y. Ariel

Chareidi community leaders in Haifa and representatives of United Torah Judaism on the Haifa City Council are warning that continued construction on Jaffa Street without building the necessary ceilings above the burial caves lying beneath the street could pose a problem of tumas kohanim.

Agudath Israel's 80th Anniversary Dinner
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

80 years of accomplishment, 80 years of service, 80 years of advocacy for the Torah community were the foci of a celebration that drew a crowd of 1400 to the New York Hilton on Sunday night, May 5, for Agudath Israel of America's 80th Anniversary Dinner.

Thousands of Teachers Eligible for Refunds
by N. Katzin

Thousands of teachers and other educators are eligible to receive refunds from Bituach Leumi for overpayments that resulted from misinformation regarding the National Insurance Law.

Airlines Prepare for Summer Price War in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Foreign and Israeli airlines have recently announced price cuts on airfares and holiday packages for May and June, apparently heralding a trend toward lower prices for the summer months.

Observations: Too Good to be True or, a Warning to Collectors
by Y. B.

I was in the U.S. raising funds for a worthy cause. One day as I was about to leave a particular office in a well-known city, another solicitor (let's call him Berel) who was casually sitting there, stopped me and asked how my fundraising was going. He said, "I remember that you mentioned that you need a major backer."

Rav Binyomin HaKohen Bloom z"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last Thursday night, Rav Binyamin HaKohen Bloom, z"l, one of the prominent members of the chareidi community in the United States, was niftar in New York.

HaRav Pesach Stein zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

This past erev Shabbos Bamidbar, the entire Torah world was deeply saddened by the petiroh of the great gaon, HaRav Pesach Stein zt"l.

Chok Uzman on the Laws of Taharas HaBayis
by HaRav Avrohom Bleich
Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

There is great joy in Klal Yisroel with the appearance of the long awaited sefer Chok Uzman on the laws of taharas habayis, a Hebrew sefer which affords us much benefit, and the only one of its kind. Both for experts in halocho -- dayonim and Rabbonim -- and for laymen who want to discover what the poskim of our generation have to say about practical halocho in this area, this sefer will come in very handy.

Bridging the Gap
by Rabbi Dovid Abenson
Reviewed by Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach Beis Medrash Govoha, Lakewood

I consider it an honor to be associated with this exceptional work -- Rabbi Dovid Abenson's new sefer, -- Bridging the Gap.

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