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8 Tishrei 5762 - September 25, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Hashem's Hand at the World Trade Center
by Moshe Rockove

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, started out like any other nice, late summer day in New York: a clear blue sky, nice warm temperatures, and a gentle breeze; surely no hint to the carnage that was about to unfold in Manhattan starting at 8:50 AM. Many people made seemingly unimportant decisions that day that may have ended up sparing their lives, thus giving them a deeper appreciation of Hashgocho protis.

A Report from Ground Zero
by S. G.

The following letter was written by a member of Hatzoloh from Brooklyn who was sent over to help after the first moments, when it was thought that it was "only" two airplanes crashing into the two World Trade Center towers. The writer is not a professional author, but we have left his words intact for the most part, making only minor corrections.

Experts: Hundreds of bin Laden Terror Cells around Globe
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

One received military training in the rugged Afghan mountains. Another was sent to Sudan to run an import-export company. A third began a fishing business off the Kenyan coast.

Request to Open a Prompt Investigation for Fear of a New Lulav Cartel; A Cartel May Triple the Prices of El Arish Lulavs
by Betzalel Kahn

There is a concern about the renewal of a cartel in marketing lulavs as the daled minim markets open this erev Sukkos 5762. According to information that has reached Israeli Deputy Minister Rabbi Avraham Ravitz's bureau a few days ago, several huge dealers of lulavs are allegedly attempting, in an absolutely illicit fashion, to monopolize most of the lulav market, this year, as well.

Chodosh is Back
by M. Plaut

According to R' Yosef Herman, long-time chodosh activist and the compiler and publisher of the yearly "Guide to Chodosh," from now on, "Freshly baked bakery products may be Chodosh at this time, everywhere in the U.S.A. From this time on, it is advised that only Yoshon bakeries should be used."

IDF: Palestinian Cease-Fire is just Tactical
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Perhaps starting a year to the day from the beginning of the intifadah (both were on erev Rosh Hashanah) a fragile cease fire has broken out in Israel. Incitement on Palestinian media is down and attacks against Israelis have decreased, especially inside the Green Line.

Chareidi Building Boom
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A number of chareidi-dominated towns are, boruch Hashem, seeing surges in their population and offering expanded opportunities for reasonably-priced housing with all the benefits that have come to be associated with large concentrations of like-minded religious residents. These include Telz Stone, Beitar Illit, Elad and Modi'in Illit- Achuzat Brachfeld.

UTJ Will Protest FM Peres' Shabbos Desecration
by Y. Lazar

Against the background of the ongoing Shabbos desecration of Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres, UTJ will soon meet to discuss ways to protest his behavior. It will also discuss its future participation in the coalition.

Chairman and Secretary of New Degel HaTorah Branch in Beitar Illit Elected
by Betzalel Kahn

The newly-elected members of the Beitar Illit Degel HaTorah branch convened recently for a get-acquainted session. The board members had recently been elected, following the instructions of gedolei Yisroel to conduct internal elections in the Beitar Illit branch. More than 500 heads of families -- constituting over 60 percent of the bnei Torah community -- participated in the elections.

Clocks Moved Back

Daylight Savings ("summer") Time in Eretz Yisroel ended Sunday night 7 Tishrei (September 23) at 1 AM, and Standard ("winter") Time was resumed, setting all clocks back an hour. This changeover is in accordance with the Time Determination Law which was passed by secular MKs to ensure that Yom Kippur would be an hour shorter. Even most secular Israelis fast on Yom Kippur.

Passaic, NJ: A Profile of a Growing Torah Community
by Moshe Rockove

Northern New Jersey, near New York City just across the Hudson River, is perhaps best known for its crowded highways, traffic jams and shopping malls. It serves as a corridor to New York City from the South (through the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway) and the East (through Route 80). Many people are thus familiar with these areas only through the exit signs posted on the highways as they make their way to the big city.

Rebbetzin Chaya Tsirel Hagar o"h of Seret-Vizhnitz in Haifa
by Y. Ariel

A heavy pall of mourning fell over Kiryat Ramat Vishnitz and Haifa residents, along with those close to the Seret-Vishnitz chassidim at the bitter news of the petiroh of the righteous Rebbetzin Chaya Tsirel Hagar, o"h. The Rebbetzin returned her pure soul to its Maker on Shabbos night, 20 Elul.

Israeli Education Ministry: `Torah School Enrollment Up 60%'
by Moshe Schapiro

It's a battle for the neshomos of Israel's children -- and the early results are in. Children from non-religious homes are flocking to religious schools thanks to Lev L'Achim's school enrollment program.

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