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5 Cheshvan 5765 - October 20, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Jewish Roots: A Sensational Media Report and the True Facts
by Rabbi Nochum Eisenstein

Several years ago I publicized an article in the Yated about various rabbinical personalities and groups who claim that their standards meet all Orthodox requirements -- without detailing what these requirements are. At that time I was referring among other things to the standards of conversions performed by the IDF and to the kashrus of certain food products.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Calls on Principals Not to Alter Curricular Arrangements in Any Way
By Betzalel Kahn

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel Hatorah held an emergency meeting at the home of HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman after Succos to discuss crucial matters affecting talmudei Torah and Bais Yaakov schools.

Rabbinical Committee Set Up to Fight Cell-Phone Pitfalls: Bans Advertising
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and B. Kahn

Gedolei Yisroel from every stream of Torah-true Jewry have set up a special rabbinical committee, assisted by legal and technology experts, to lead a campaign against the spiritual stumbling-blocks caused by cellular phones. (See remarks of HaRav Wosner in this week's "Opinion" section.)

Grave Desecration Protestors in Acco Thrashed by Police; Demonstration on Thursday in Jerusalem
By Y. Ariel

Following consultation with gedolei Yisroel a demonstration has been scheduled to take place Thursday at Jerusalem's Kikar HaShabbat to protest the desecration of graves in Acco.

HaRav Ezriel Auerbach and HaRav Mordechai Gross Appointed to Shearis Yisroel Beis Din
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Ezriel Auerbach, and HaRav Mordechai Gross became members of the Shearis Yisroel beis din last week, at an impressive ceremony held at the home of Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, shlita. The new appointments promise to elevate the Shearis Yisroel kashrus organization, founded by HaRav Shach and HaRav Chaim Shaul Karelitz zt"l.

The Absentee Voting Process
by Mordechai Adler

For most Americans, the US elections will be in another 14 days. For others, the elections are already here.

Sharon Agrees to Investigate a Referendum
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon succeeded Monday in delaying the battle over whether to hold a national referendum on his unilateral disengagement plan, forcing his opponents to settle for appointing a committee to look into the matter. The committee is unlikely to reach any decision until after the Knesset is scheduled to approve the disengagement plan, next Tuesday.

National Elections in Australia -- a Jewish Perspective
By Shlomo Boruch Abelesz -- Melbourne

Shabbos Voting

As a child I recall how at every election frum Yidden had serious concerns about their voting arrangements. The reason was that elections in Australia are always held on Shabbos -- and voting is compulsory with nonattendance punishable with a fine!

Request for Security Arrangements to Allow Foot Travel to Kever Rochel
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Public Appeals Committee has asked the Defense Minister to look into the possibility of allowing foot travel to Kever Rochel on the 11th of Cheshvan, Rochel Imeinu's yahrtzeit, and throughout the year on Shabbosos and chagim.

Hachaver R' Erik Avrohom Guttermann zt"l
By Moshe Schapiro

The Jewish community of Scandinavia mourns the recent death of R' Avrohom Guttermann, the legendary Danish Jew who dedicated his life to perpetuating the tenets of authentic Torah observance in a region so distant from the hub of world Judaism.

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