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13 Sivan 5764 - June 2, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Great Sheitel Kiddush Hashem -- The Factual And Halachic Background

An Explanation Of HaRav Eliashiv's Psak
By R' Dovid Moshe Fleisch

This article provides a good deal of perspective and an insider account of the recent events that have been of concern to the frum community around the world.

Severe Government Pressure on Religious Education -- Principals Call on Education Ministry to Cancel Budget Decrees
By Betzalel Kahn

Several hundred principals from around the country, United Torah Jewry and Shas MKs, mayors of chareidi cities and public figures participated in a gathering organized by the Forum of the Heads of Organizations and Exempt Institutions and the Forum of Heads of Chareidi Local Authorities on Sunday to protest against the Education Ministry's budget decrees against chareidi educational institutions.

Arrangements Made to Accommodate Tens of Thousands at Kosel on Shavuos
By Betzalel Kahn

The National Center for the Development of Holy Sites made preparations to accommodate the tens of thousands of visitors arriving at the Kosel Maarovi for tefillas Vosikin and throughout Shavuos while Israel Police positioned large forces to secure all of the routes leading to the Kosel.

BOI Blasted for Issuing Press Release on Shavuos
By Betzalel Kahn

Bank of Israel Spokesman Gabi Fishman issued a press release on the afternoon of Shavuos about an impending strike, raising the wrath of ranking BOI employees who keep Torah and mitzvos as well as several financial newspapers that were forced to deal with the issue on a holiday.

Chinuch Atzmai
by Betzalel Kahn

An emergency meeting of Chinuch Atzmai in Jerusalem was attended by HaRav Yosef Efrati, United Torah Jewry MKs Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, Rabbi Moshe Gafni and Rabbi Meir Porush, Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Secretary HaRav Avrohom Rubinstein and Chinuch Atzmai Director Rabbi Meir Luria and one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, Rabbi Tzvi Boimel.

Against an Upcoming "Chassidic Pop" Concert in London

Translation of the letter from the Rabbis of London:

Since a Concert is being planned to take place soon in our city, that is a means to break down the tznius and purity of our community, and the Gedolei Hador have seen that this brings a foreign culture into the tents of Yaakov, and have expressed strong opposition to this, and have forbidden to participate in these concerts. Therefore we join in their proclamation, and all those who care for their souls must stay far away from this and ensure that the members of their families do not go to these places. And all those who listen to us will be guarded from all danger.

by Devorah Plaut

1. Onions

The Israeli-grown onions continue to be problematic, even though the peel is starting to grow up over the top of the layers. In an experiment conducted by the Badatz a couple of weeks ago, the majority of these onions were found to harbor thrips. For now, your best bet is the Gush Katif onions, which do not have to be checked at all, or the imported onions, whose first and outside-of-the-second layers should be washed or checked. Regular Israeli-grown onions must still be cleaned or checked layer by layer.

Letter from HaRav Eliashiv

Shearis Yisroel Rabbonim Issue Directives Regarding Wigs -- Naturally Light-Colored Sheitels OK
By Betzalel Kahn

Rabbonim from Shearis Yisroel's special committee to clarify the kashrus of various types of imported wigs met with Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, shlita, to clarify numerous questions that arose during discussions held over several days.

Letter from Rabbonim about Kosher Wigs

Dear Neighbor and Friend,

Lately, women in Eretz Yisrael and throughout the world have enacted a great kiddush Hashem, both as they patiently waited for a ruling to issue forth from our godol hador, HaRav Eliashiv, shlita, and after hearing his psak, when they immediately refrained from wearing those sheitels which originated in India and are to be considered idolatrous offerings. Surely this great merit will stand solidly for the redemption and consolation of all Klal Yisrael.

Hoping for Progress in Chinuch Atzmai
By Betzalel Kahn

Based on instructions from maranan verabonon, Degel HaTorah heads are making major efforts to bolster Chinuch Atzmai's rabbinical committee and to rebuild the Chinuch Atzmai executive board and to appoint association members.

HaRav Avrohom Chaim Dovid Schreiber, zt"l
by S. Bruchi

HaRav Avrohom Chaim Dovid Schreiber zt"l one of the founders of Modi'in Illit and one of the builders of Torah and tzedokoh in Eretz Hakodesh, passed away at the age of 62 following a difficult illness.

HaRav Nissim Rebibo, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Nissim Rebibo, the av beis din of the Paris Bet Din and a member of the Standing Committee of CER, was niftar on Monday, 11 Sivan-May 31.

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