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28 Nissan 5763 - April 30, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky to Run for Mayor of Yerushalayim
by M. Plaut

The current Jerusalem Mayor, Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky, head of the Degel Hatorah faction of United Torah Judaism and founder of the Yad Sarah chesed organization, announced that he will be a candidate for the position of Jerusalem mayor. The elections are to be held on June 3/3 Sivan, just over a month from now.

New Palestinian Leader Pledges End of "Armed Chaos"
by M Plaut

Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), designated as the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, said on Tuesday in the final hours before his new government was up for a vote of approval in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) where it must receive a majority of the 85 member Council that official security services would be the only entities allowed to bear weapons, signaling his intention to disarm militant groups.

Sharon: We Decided in Advance on Cuts that would Hit the Chareidi Community
by E. Rauchberger and Betzalel Kahn

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon drew irate reactions after saying in an interview he preferred an anti-religious coalition led by Shinui--fully recognizing the economic plan would harm chareidim more than other sectors--over a coalition including chareidi parties.

Bank of Israel Reports Major Erosion in Child Support Payments
by E. Rauchberger

Unemployment benefits and child support payments are continuing to erode in real value this year according to a statistical analysis of Bituach Leumi figures performed by the Bank of Israel's research department. In January child support payments declined in real value by 22.3 percent compared to January of last year, while unemployment benefits declined in real value by 40.2 percent.

Maranan Verabonon Stress Power of Unity at UTJ Conference
by Betzalel Kahn and Y. Arielli

An overwhelming spirit of unity prevailed at a landmark gathering of United Torah Jewry representatives that opened near Tiberius at Kibbutz Lavi on Sunday, marking the first time Degel Hatorah and Agudas Yisrael representatives have met to work side-by-side in such a forum. Hundreds of participants arrived from across the country to take part in the three-day seminar painstakingly organized by UTJ.

Police Make Arrest in Bnei Brak Arson Series
Serious Fire at Old Chazon Ish Kollel Building

by G. Grieve and Yated Neeman Staff

Following a rebellious decision to cancel Druse inspectors on Shabbos--a decision criticized by the Attorney General--on Sunday, Interior Minister Avraham Poraz (Shinui) declared "enforcing the Chometz Law is not at the top of [his] list of priorities" and he does not intend to honor the law, which requires his ministry to dispatch supervisors on Pesach.

Poraz Refuses to Dispatch Chometz Inspectors
by G. Lazer

Interior Minister Avraham Poraz (Shinui) carried out his pledge not to send out inspectors to enforce the Chometz Law, allowing hundreds of store owners and companies across the country to sell and display chometz during Pesach.

Summing Up the Winter Rains
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Kinneret, Israel's largest reservoir and benchmark for its water supply, began the rainy season at a dangerously low 214.42 meters below sea level -- almost 1.5 meters lower than the "red line" level the government had previously deemed as endangering the water table.

Rav Chaim Gutnick Reminisces in Melbourne
By Australian Yated Ne'eman correspondent

On Sunday chol hamoed Pesach, Rav Chaim Gutnick gave an inspiring talk on prewar Jewry in Europe to the members of Kollel Beth Hatalmud in Melbourne, Australia. It was similar to the articles featured in the past two editions of Yated entitled, "The Adventures of a Mirrer Bochur in Europe."

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