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20 Kislev 5762 - December 5, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Israel Declares PA: "An Entity that Supports Terror"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Israeli government voted to declare the Palestinian Authority "an entity that supports terror" at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, after a six-hour session beginning Monday night. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres led a walkout of Labor ministers in protest over the decision before the Cabinet vote.

Solution to Problem of Kohanim on Flights Imminent
by Betzalel Kahn

The problems of the flights for kohanim who take off from the Ben Gurion airport will soon be solved according to those involved in the negotiations. Rabbi Ravitz, Rabbi Gafni and Rabbi Porush recently conducted extensive deliberations with the Transportation Ministry and top raking IDF personnel on the issue.

Housing Market at a Crossroads: Is Now the Time to Buy?
by A. Yechiel

Last month the Rabinovich Committee released its recommendations for the property tax reform, effectively bringing the housing sales market to a halt. The committee recommended eliminating the purchase tax at the 0.5 percent level, eliminating the sales tax and reducing the capital gains tax.

Manof Demands Criminal Investigation of Cameri Theater For Incitement
by Betzalel Kahn

"The Cameri Tel Aviv Municipal Theater has turned into a weapon for incitement to murder as well as de-legitimization of Israel's chareidi and religious public," according to the leaders of the Manof Center for Jewish Information. This was stated in a complaint filed by Manof with the Israel Police, the Attorney General, the President of the State of Israel, the Prime Minister, members of Knesset and other public figures.

U.S. Shmittah Product Category List
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to information supplied by the kashrus division of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the following categories of foods may contain products that were imported to the U.S. and sold under the OU hechsher based on an enhanced version of the heter mechirah.

Rain, Rain Be a Blessing
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Heavy rains began on Tuesday morning in the north of the country and were expected to spread all over by the late afternoon. A total accumulation of 100 millimeters (about four inches) was expected within about two days.

Thousands Visit Final Resting Place of HaRav Shach, ztvk"l to Mark Sheloshim
by A. Cohen

On Sunday 17 Kislev, thousands of people visited the final resting place of the Avi Ezri, Rabbenu Maran HaGaon Elozor Menachem Man Shach, ztvk"l, to mark the closing of the thirty-day mourning period following Rabbenu's passing on the 16th of Marcheshvon.

South African Jews Mourn Passing Of HaRav Shach
by D. Saks

Hundreds of members of Johannesburg's Torah community, including many of the youth, crowded into the beis hamedrash of the Kollel Yad Shaul to hear hespedim for the godol hador, Maran HaRav Shach zt"l at the end of the sheloshim. Speakers included HaRav Tzvi Kushelevsky, Dayan Boruch Rapoport and the rosh kollel, HaRav Boruch Dov Grossnass. HaRav Kushelevsky, the rosh yeshiva of Heichal Hatorah in Jerusalem, was especially brought out for the occasion.

ZAKA at the Forefront
by Betzalel Kahn

This past motzei Shabbos after the awful bomb in the center of Yerushalayim's entertainment district, ZAKA's volunteers displayed maximal efficiency and competence as they went about their rescue work on the site of the terrorist attack on the Ben Yehuda mall in Jerusalem. One of their first steps was to set up a special tent, recently acquired by the organization, to record initial findings. Bodies were brought there and then transferred to the Abu Kabir Institute for Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv.

Rebbitzen Michal Mor Hy"d
by Aryeh Zisman

The Torah community of Rechasim was shocked on 12 Kislev to learn of the murder of the ishoh hatzidkonis Michal Mor Hy"d by Arab terrorists.

The new user-friendly guide entitled, Bridging the Gap is written by Rabbi Dovid Abenson of Manchester. It is the culmination of fifteen years of hands-on experience.

A Unique Simcha In The Ezer Mizion Family
by T. Colton

An air of anticipation filled Petach Tikvah's Rinat Asher synagogue on Thursday, November 15, 2001 as twin brothers, Yonatan and Yedidiya Aragash from the nearby city of Rosh Ha'ayin, came to celebrate their bar mitzvah. There were smiles from family and friends, together with a myriad of young boys singing and dancing round the synagogue's central bimah.

Modern Mikveh is Built in Resort Area in Cape, South Africa
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The most exciting news in South Africa is that one of the most beautiful holiday areas in the world, the Garden Route, now boasts a mikveh.

Mishnas HaRosh on the Talmud
The Commentary and Novella of the Rosh on the Talmud

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

There is a new light illuminating the skies of the Torah world with the publication of Mishnas HaRosh -- the commentary and novella of Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel on the Talmud. For the first time, the commentary and novella are arranged in order of the gemora, chapter by chapter and page by page.

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