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12 Iyar 5766 - May 10, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Peres: "Iran can also be Destroyed"
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

After the steady verbal assaults from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against Israel, there was an official reaction on Monday from Vice Premier Shimon Peres who said, "The president of Iran should remember that Iran can also be destroyed."

Public Furor Over Rise in Bread Prices
By G. Kleiman

The public, social organizations and the Gil Pensioners Party are up in arms after PM Ehud Olmert unexpectedly signed a 7.11 percent increase in the price of bread.

Conference of European Rabbis Holds Convention in London
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

More than 300 rabbonim and dayonim are taking part in the 50th anniversary convention of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) in London this week. Letters of support for the three-day convention were sent by Maran HaRav Eliashiv and Maran HaRav Shteinman shlita. This time the biennial conference will focus on medicine and halochoh.

Annual Crohn's Disease Conference in Bnei Brak
by N. Katzin

HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein, rov of Ramat Elchonon, was on hand at the annual conference of Ezra Umozor, an organization for Crohn's disease sufferers, in Bnei Brak and hundreds of members arrived from around the country.

Hesped Gatherings for HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira and HaRav Moshe Halberstam zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

At the end of the Shivoh for HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov, thousands of talmidim and yeshiva alumni gathered to hear hespeidim. The Shas was divided among the talmidim to be learned during the year of mourning as an illui neshomoh.

Wave of Sifrei Torah Thefts in Antwerp
By S. Fried

Another wave of sifrei Torah thefts has struck Antwerp according to Lemaan Teida. Two sifrei Torah stolen a few months ago were miraculously found in Russia, one at a border crossing and the other when an unknown figure tried to sell it to a rov in Grodno.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Will Trade Shekel Futures Contracts
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This week a shekel-dollar futures contract was launched on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). The CME is one of the largest exchanges in the world for futures contracts, and it is the leading foreign currency exchange. The launch signifies that the shekel is considered a convertible currency, and has a place among the international currencies traded on the CME.

Education Ministry Requires Institutions Submit Engineering Declaration with Licensing Requests
By Betzalel Kahn

The Education Ministry recently sent letters to recognized, unofficial educational institutions saying that license and license renewal requests for the educational institutions should include a declaration by an engineer or architect that the structure meets all planning and construction laws, including any relevant permit or easement.

Marketing to the Chareidi Community in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The general public will get a rare glance at the keys to marketing products and services to the chareidi world next week during a seminar to be held at the Sheraton City Tower Hotel in Ramat Gan by the Israeli Center for Management.

Child Tax Credit Bill Passes in New York
By G. Kleiman

The New York State Legislature recently passed a child tax credit bill that thousands of Jewish families stand to benefit from.

Lupoliansky Calls on Government to Complete Security Barrier Immediately
By Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky called on acting PM Ehud Olmert to complete construction of the security barrier around Jerusalem by the end of this year.

Another Incident of Antisemitic Vandalism in Petach Tikva
By Yechiel Sever and A. Cohen

Police detectives in Petach Tikva arrested four youths who admitted writing antisemitic graffiti and swastikas on the walls of Beit Sefer Morasha Sunday night.

Labor Court Forces Teachers to Administer PISA Exams
By G. Lazer

The National Labor Court in Jerusalem upheld a request by the Education Ministry by issuing an injunction requiring the Association of Secondary School Teachers to cooperate in administering the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) exams, which began on Sunday.

HaRav Boruch Noach Abelow zt"l

Many residents of Jerusalem's Unsdorf neighborhood took part in the levaya last week of HaRav Boruch Noach Abelow zt"l, a talmid chochom who endured much suffering before he passed away from a major stroke last week.

Kohanim Can Continue to Enter Knesset
by Eliezer Rauchberger

A burial cave beneath the Knesset was covered with wood to allow kohanim to continue entering the building after the Knesset Secretary and activists involved in burial issues held a meeting to solve a tumah problem.

Siyum in World's Oldest Shul in Prague
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A few days after Pesach a siyum took place in the Altneushul of Prague. Avrohom Yehuda Sohn, a talmid of the Yeshiva Gedoloh section of Gateshead's Yeshiva Letze'irim, travelled as part of a group of yeshiva bochurim to Prague. After staying up most of the night he was able to complete maseches Kiddushin within the same walls which had once heard the Maharal's and Shloh Hakodosh's deep divrei Torah.

Inauguration of the Dirshu Kinyan Halochoh Program
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A shiver of awe passed through everyone present at this momentous occasion. Thousands of elite avreichim assembled in one hall. It was not just an event; it was another brick laid in the edifice of the Torah empire that is Dirshu.

New Volume on Kiddushin from the Kovetz Tziyonim VeHo'oros Series
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A new volume of the Kovetz Tziyonim VeHo'oros series was recently published, covering the second and third perokim of Kiddushin. This volume follows earlier volumes on Succah, Nedorim, Gittin, the second perek of Pesochim, and the first perek of Kesuvos.

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