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11 Nissan 5765 - April 20, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Quinoa Should Not be Used on Pesach
by M. Plaut

For our Pesach issue we received a very nice article on quinoa. For some years, it was widely believed that quinoa is permissible on Pesach. However in fact it is not to be used on Pesach, according to the Vaad Hakashrus of the Eida HaChareidis.

Oat Matzo: From Scotland to the World
By R. Deutsch

Twenty-two years ago, a little girl approached Rabbi Kestenbaum and she wept. "I will be bas mitzvah in a few years and I won't be able to fulfill the mitzvah of eating matzo."

Cigarettes Have Chometz!

Several years ago the RJ Reynolds Company was forced by the US Congress to disclose all of the additives that it puts into cigarettes. There are over 500! These additives are put in to give each brand its distinctive taste, so they are all significant — or at least are so considered by the company.

Destruction of Ancient Graves Continues
By Betzalel Kahn

This week Trans-Israel Highway workers continued to damage the ancient graves along the planned route near Binyamina, and burial caves were also discovered along another section near Yokneam. Company security guards beat dozens of protesters at the site and wounded one with a knife.

Vaadat HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshores

Notice and Warning

A. MIRS has met all of the demands of the rabbonim as agreed upon in the contract, which required the company to provide cell phones without content services and an agreement that the level of blocking would be increased at the end of three month in such a way that it would no longer be possible to alter the device.

Checking Strawberries
by Devorah Plaut

Recently, rumors have been circulating with regard to the effectiveness of cleaning strawberries to remove infestation by soaking them in soapy water and rinsing under a strong stream of water.

Magen David Adom Warns that Fish and Matzoh Pose Choking Hazards
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Magen David Adom is warning the public to exercise caution in eating fish and matzoh, both of which are very common on Pesach, offering advice on how to avoid health problems due to excessive matzoh consumption and/or choking on fish bones hidden in fish.

Travelers Beware when Taking Packages
by Y. Frommer

All travellers are well-advised to be extremely careful and to check the parcels that they have accepted to take for other people. It is recommended that they not take anything from people they do not know personally, and in any case they should be sure of the contents of the package.

Russian Jewish Schools Enroll Non-Jewish Children
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Most of the Jewish day schools in the former Soviet Union register exclusively or mostly children who are Jewish according to halochoh, at least according to their policy. However, there is hardly a school that doesn't have at least some non-Jewish students, not to mention children of mixed families who aren't Jewish at all because their mothers are not Jewish.

Dayan Avrohom Dov (Berel) Berkovits of London zt"l
By G. Kleiman

Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told Yated Ne'eman that he directed Bituach Leumi officials to advance payment of insurance allotments as Pesach approaches in consideration of the special needs of families with limited means.

GSS Foils Attempt to Assassinate HaRav Ovadia Yosef
By Aryeh Zissman

The GSS revealed a plan by a band of Popular Front terrorists to assassinate Shas leader HaRav Ovadia Yosef. The three-man squad planned to carry out the assassination as HaRav Ovadia stepped out of his home in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood, in addition to several other attacks in the city.

8 percent Cut for Avreichim Restored
By Betzalel Kahn

The Finance Ministry has rescinded the 8 percent cut in Guaranteed Income ("Havtachat Hachnasa"), restoring the monthly payment to NIS 942 (approximately $220) following efforts by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni.

Jews Returning to Birobidjan
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Hundreds of Jews who left Birobidjan in recent years returned during the past year according to local reports. For the first time in 50 years, they claim, more people migrated in than out. Returnees say they left Israel because of difficult employment, housing and even weather conditions.

Portable Cell Phone Charger Developed
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A unique solution has been developed to charge batteries without an electrical outlet: a portable cell-phone charger powered by a single AA battery and compatible with most cell phones in use in Israel.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees
By Y. Ben Avi

Until a decade ago people driving through Shaar Hagai, the steep hill that begins right after the turnoff to Beit Shemesh, on the way to Jerusalem could enjoy the sight of the pine and cypress trees crowning the area hilltops, and perhaps take a side-trip to them for a picnic.

Zahal Square to be Lowered to Accommodate Light-Rail Tracks
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Jerusalem development company Moriah, Inc. is beginning work to lower Zahal Square in central Jerusalem at the northwest corner of the Old City, as part of preparations for the city's light-rail project, says company CEO Yechiel Lavi.

New Matzoh Bakery in Melbourne, Australia
by Yumi Rosenbaum

After several decades of using various makeshift matzoh bakeries for Erev Pesach matzos (matzos mitzvah) every year, the Adass Yisroel Kehillah in Melbourne decided to construct a purpose-built matzoh bakery. With the encouragement and participation of the moro de'asra HaRav A.Z. Beck, funds were raised by the Kehilla's long-standing Rosh Hakohol R' Binyomin Koppel.

Mesamchei Lev: Bringing Joy to Jerusalem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This year the Ashkenazi family from New York reached a record high in dispensing help to Jerusalem families totaling some 2 million dollars.

Settlements to be Evacuated
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The following is a list of the 25 settlements that are to be evacuated.

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