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2 Tammuz 5766 - June 28, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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What You are Missing

Here, to encourage readers of Dei'ah Vedibur to become subscribers to the print edition of Yated Ne'eman - Bnei Brak, is a listing of what appears in the current print edition that is not online.

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7 pages of bulleted news items about Israel (a short sample follows). This gives a complete picture and the week's events in Israel and covers all significant events that are not covered in longer articles. It includes various pictures of events of the week, including pictures of rabbonim and events.

2 pages of bulleted news items about Jewish life around the world. (A short sample follows.) Includes pictures of recent events with explanatory captions.

Points to Ponder about Golus and Geuloh (a weekly feature)

A children's story by Libby Lazewnik

Rabbi Leff

A Recipe from Sara Finkel

5 longer news items about various aspects of the Jewish world.

Over 25 pictures and illustrations, including an editorial cartoon by Yoni. Many of the news photographs include long captions that capsulize the events.

About 50 percent of this issue is not online.


A sample of the pictures in the print edition this week.

The King Mindaugus Commercial and Apartment Center under construction in the Vilnius Snipisek Jewish cemetery

A prayer vigil was held by Asra Kadisha in front of the Lithuanian consulate in London last Sunday (June 22) to protest and arouse about the plans to build on top of the Snipisek Jewish cemetery, which existed until after World War II and served as a place of pilrimage and prayer. The King Mindaugus Commercial and Apartment Center, a multi-purpose building, is now going up on the cemetery itself, and plans have been announced for a major project that would be built on the cemetery, despite earlier committments on the part of the Lithuanian government to preserve the site. This pain and protest has the backing of Agudath Israel of America, Athra Kadisha, National Council of Young Israel, the Orthodox Union, Beth Medrash Govoha, Mirrer Yeshiva Central Institute, Telshe Yeshiva - Chicago and the Association of Advanced Rabbinic and Talmudic Schools.

A small portion of the the Snipisek Jewish cemetery in Vilnius as it once appeared.

Nearly five hundred Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists are being held without trial at this detention center on a US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- some for as long as four-and-a-half years. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the strict security rules are warranted, calling the detainees "among the most dangerous, best- trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth." But massive pressure on the US could lead President Bush to close down the base.

The dedication ceremony for a Petachya branch in the heart of Kiryat Sefer. The delegation was received by students from the town's largest talmud Torah, Ohalei Sefer, which hosts mainstreamed students. Council Head Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman (second from left) called it "the most professional Petachya center and the most heavily invested in."

At the end of this week the Reading Power Station will begin generating electricity using clean natural gas. On Monday the power station prepared for the installation of Unit 4, which has a capacity of 214 megawatts using natural gas. Operations had to be shut down Monday night to test the new systems. Up to know the plant has been a major source of pollution, running on heavy fuel oil.

Palestinian children display fragments of an Israeli missile (or shell) during a demonstration against IDF bombing. IAF Commander Gen. Eliezer Shakedi said that aerial attacks would continue because there is no alternative at this stage. He said terrorists intentionally hide and operate in settled areas. An IDF spokesman said the IDF does not operate in places where civilians are known to live, unlike the terrorists, who deliberately aim Kassam missiles at civilian areas.

A portion of the manuscript of the Rambam's commentary on maseches Shabbos published by the Ben Tzvi Institute, apparently part of a larger work that is a commentary on the Yerushalmi. The University of Manchester's Centre for Jewish Research is trying to piece together fragments of Rambam manuscripts that are located in collections scattered around the world, including 10,000 pieces at the University of Manchester. "Internet technology means that we can collaborate with colleagues around the world to solve some of the puzzles contained in the [Cairo Genizah] collections," said Stella Butler, head of special collections at the John Rylands University Library at Manchester.

Warren Buffet (left), whose net worth is second only to Microsoft's CEO Bill Gates (right), made a surprise announcement he plans to donate 80 percent of his capital (estimated at $44 billion) to charity, and most of that to the Bill and Melinda Gates find which is aimed at promoting education and health care in developing countries. About two weeks ago Gates announced that he will withdraw from most of his activities at Microsoft over the next two years to devote himself to his charity work. Buffet said that he always planned to give away most of his vast wealth. He still has a few billion dollars left for his three children.

State troopers escort HaRav Shteinman to the Torah Umesorah conference after Shacharis

(From left, seated): HaRav Osher Weiss, the Gerrer Rebbe, HaRav Shteinman -- at the yeshiva in Los Angeles

The Gerrer Rebbe speaking in Los Angeles at the atzeres on Lag BaOmer

HaRav Shteinman and HaRav Osher Weiss at the principals' gathering


Home Affairs

Katsav and Yoffe

President Moshe Katsav refused to address Eric Yoffe, president of the World Union for Reform Judaism, as "rabbi." But Yoffe did not skip a reception Katsav was hosting, as was widely reported. Katsav did not host any reception to which Yoffe had been invited.

Such fallacious reporting, said Katsav, harmed both the institution of the Israeli presidency and the Reform Movement.

Katsav has said he will recognize the Reform movement when the Knesset does so.


Polls conducted for Avigdor Lieberman's Israel Our Home party showed that some 70 percent of Israelis are opposed to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's realignment plan, and some 65-70 percent of those who backed last summer's Gaza disengagement object to the West Bank withdrawal plan.

In addition, the survey showed that 70 percent of Israelis who backed the Gaza pullout would have been against it today.

Residency Law Expanded

Israel expanded a law granting residency to children of non-Jewish foreign workers. Previously only children who were either born in Israel or arrived before turning 10 were eligible, but this bar has now been raised to 14. Other requirements for candidates are that they speak Hebrew and have lived in Israel for at least six years.

On completion of military service, they will become eligible for citizenship.

New Neighborhood Discovered

An announcement by the Antiquities Authority said that ruins of a residential quarter from the Second Temple period were uncovered on the western slope of a ravine in the eastern section of the City of David.

Cell Phones in Cars

Transportation and Road Safety Minister Shaul Mofaz said he will introduce a measure prohibiting drivers from sending SMS messages on cell phones while driving. The minister also wants to triple the fine on drivers who use cell phones without a hands-off speaker system.

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Community News

Camp Agudah Fire

A massive fire swept through the main building at Camp Agudah. There were miraculously no deaths even though there were numerous people there including infants. One person who was trapped on the roof jumped off and was flown by Medivac to the Hospital. The main building housed the kitchen, dining room, offices, apartments and a beis hamedrash.

Shofar Comes Home

A 100-year-old shofar now at the Beit Gidi Museum in Tel Aviv was donated by a former British policeman who seized it from a Jewish youth in Jerusalem in 1946. The retired policeman decided to hand over the shofar a few years ago when he came across Israelis vacationing near his hometown in Scotland.

Australian Jews

Australian Jewish leaders are urging the community declare their religion in the 2006 Census on August 8, noting this will contribute towards providing accurate data on the number of Australian Jews, which can affect government funding and the allocation of resources.

Some Jews have been reluctant to declare their religion on the census for fear of antisemitic reprisal, or because of apathy.

New French Leader

Pierre Besnainou, president of the European Jewish Congress, was named to head the United Jewish Social Fund, which raises money for the French Jewish community.

Group Fights Messianics

A Baltimore-based group, Jews for Judaism, is working with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, the Jewish Federation of New York and others to oppose the "grand finale" of a campaign that Jews for J. is running in the New York area.

Burial Records Online

The Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM) has launched a genealogical online search link: The community now has access to JCAM's 55,000 burial database online.

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