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15 Adar II 5763 - March 19, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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A Letter of Chizuk from HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, shlita

To the Shomer Torah Umitzvos Community:

As you all know the present circumstances Klal Yisroel is facing--both at the hands of the nations of the world without, where hatred for Yisroel has increased greatly in nearly every country, and Klal Yisroel's state of ruchniyus within--need great rachamim. What can one do to save himself [from this state of affairs]?

Netanyahu Recovery Plan for Israeli Economy
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

As Western leaders appeared to march steadily towards a war with Iraq that could break out any time, Finance Minister Netanyahu seized the Israeli bull by the horns with a sweeping new economic plan that takes something from everyone.

Palestinians Use Ambulances for Terrorism
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On March 10, 2003, Isalam Jibril, a Red Crescent ambulance driver, was charged with using ambulances to transport weapons to terrorists of the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Nablus and Ramallah. According to international law and minimal standards of human decency, this is a serious violation.

CER Meeting in Paris
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A well-attended meeting of the Vaad Hamasmedet -- Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) was held in Paris to discuss the present situation both in Europe and Israel.

Wholesale Geirus in the IDF
by Betzalel Kahn and E. Rauchberger

The IDF Chief Rabbinate has agreed to begin systematic conversion of immigrant soldiers from the Former Soviet Union, after reaching a compromise with the IDF's Chief Education Officer, who originally proposed converting 3,000 soldiers per year.

Animals and Holocaust Victims Compared
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) new exhibition, is to be displayed in cities across the United States. It consists of eight 60-square-foot panels depicting photographs of farm and slaughterhouse scenes side-by-side with photographs of Nazi death camp victims. Naked, emaciated men are juxtaposed with a gaggle of chickens; pigs behind bars with starving children behind barbed wire; mounds of human corpses with mounds of cow carcasses. The unspoken but unmistakable message is the group's long-time slogan "Meat is Murder."

Wave of Increased Missionary Activity Around the Country
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Citizens around the country file dozens of complaints about missionary activity aimed primarily at vulnerable sectors of the population, Religious Affairs Minister Gidon Ezra told a Knesset plenum in response to an inquiry by MK David Azoulai (Shas) about the wave of missionary activity washing through Haifa and the surrounding area.

Annual Educators' Conference Held Near Haifa
by Betzalel Kahn

A three-day conference for principals of schools and talmudei Torah located in Jerusalem was held earlier this week at the Nir Etzion Hotel outside of Haifa.

MiMitzrayim Gealtanu
by Rav Ben Tzion Goldzweig
Reviewed by N. Travis

A good time to start spiritual preparation for Pesach, as recommended by halacha, is thirty days before the chag. After Purim, in addition to all of the other preparations, we should also start learning about Pesach.

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