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2 Av 5763 - July 31, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Al Qaida is Active in East Africa
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A senior al-Qaida terrorist who is believed responsible for past attacks against Israeli and American targets in Kenya and Tanzania is reported to have gone recently to east Africa. Israeli security sources, quoted by Ze'ev Schiff writing in Ha'aretz, say that he is plotting an attack against an Israeli or an American target. He is already on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists, based on his previous activities.

Gedolim Oppose Attempts to Introduce Secular Studies into Chareidi Yeshiva High Schools
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Upon the instructions of the gedolei Torah, Yated Ne'eman is publishing some of the letters that were issued in past years by the Torah leaders zt'l and ylct'a, opposing yeshiva-high-school-type institutions and related initiatives to provide our youth with secular studies.

Shabbos Desecration in Covering Arrival of Six Elderly Jews from Iraq
by S. Fried

After concerted efforts including two special delegates who traveled from Israel to Iraq where they covered hundreds of kilometers, the Jewish Agency succeeded in persuading six elderly Jews, most of them geriatric patients, to make aliyah on a specially chartered plane. The aliyah operation, which included extensive media coverage, involved chilul Shabbos.

Founding Convention for Caucasus Kiruv Organization
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Yitzchok Silber, founder of Toldos Yeshurun, a nationwide Jewish studies program for Russian speakers, and Zoeir Gilelov, president of the World Congress for Caucasus Jewry, have initiated a program to train avreichim and bnei yeshivos from the Caucasus to lead communities in Israel and abroad.

Claims Conference Decision Welcomed By Agudath Israel -- Calls for Inclusion of Jewish Communal Institutions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The decision of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany -- more commonly known as the "Claims Conference" -- to reaffirm its restitution funds allocations policy was hailed by Agudath Israel World Organization.

In Defense of Jewish Babies
by Rabbi Avi Shafran

One way, it seems, to garner criticism from American Jewish newspapers and religious leaders is to try to assist poor families in Israel -- at least if they include chareidim.

Mobilize to Resist Anti-Schechita Attempts in US
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Orthodox Jewish groups are concerned about attempts to tamper with shechita in the US. Although shechita is protected by a special exemption in the US Code, some Orthodox Jewish leaders point to a number of recent developments of concern.

HaRav Yitzchok Kulitz, zt'l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Yitzchok Kulitz zt'l, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem for over two decades, passed away last week at the age of 81 following a protracted illness.

HaRav Shmuel Dovid Halevi Movshovitz, zt'l
by Betzalel Kahn

Last Wednesday HaRav Shmuel Dovid Halevi Movshovitz, zt'l, succumbed to a difficult illness he bore without ceasing his labors in Torah study.

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