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15 Adar 5766 - March 15, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Argentina Suspends Meat Exports — 30 Percent of Israel's Supply Affected
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Faced with rising domestic prices for beef, Argentina suspended all exports for six months according to a report in the Israeli business daily Globes and other media. Argentinean beef makes up about 30 percent of Israel's total beef consumption, and some 50 percent of its imports.

Deft Political Maneuver by Rabbi Gafni Scores Gain for Dayonim
By Eliezer Rauchberger

In a 37-1 vote, the Knesset plenum passed a law that will allow the appointment of associate judges. A magistrate court or district court judge who retired will be allowed to return to the bench for a maximum of four years to help relieve the backlog of cases.

Olmert Details His Plans for Permanent Borders
by M Plaut

In an apparent bid to win a mandate for his policies, Acting Prime Minister and head of Kadima Ehud Olmert detailed his plans for a unilaterally-imposed, permanent arrangement with the Palestinians. It is based on the policies followed by Ariel Sharon, Olmert's predecessor, but goes well beyond anything that Sharon ever declared in public that he was planning to do.

Haifa Court Allows Drivers to Hold Cell Phone While Driving
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A traffic court in Haifa recently acquitted drivers charged with speaking by cell phone without a hands-free set, ruling that drivers may use standard cell phones while driving as long as both hands stay on the steering wheel.

Thousands Attend Gur UTJ Rally in Bnei Brak
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thousands took part in a UTJ rally for Gur Chassidim held in Bnei Brak at the Keter Harimon Hall on Motzei Shabbos parshas Tetzaveh.

Bnei Brak Launches Purim No-Smoking Campaign for Youth
By A. Cohen

"Many [smokers] began smoking cigarettes on Purim under the guise of simchah but afterwards they were unable to quit," reads a notice to parents that the Bnei Brak Municipality posted around the city as part of a major campaign to prevent smoking among youth.

Arachim Lecture Tour Reaches Out to Israelis in 35 US Cities
By Betzalel Kahn

A total of 2,000 Israelis attended seminars and lectures when Arachim sent some of its top lecturers on a lecture tour of the US to introduce the foundations of Yiddishkeit and emunoh to Israelis in America who were severed from Jewish tradition.

HaRav Mordechai Apolion zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

Headed by maranan verabonon shlita, roshei yeshivos and their talmidim, thousands of Jerusalem residents participated in the levaya on 6 Adar for HaRav Mordechai Apolion zt"l, who returned his soul to his Maker at the age of 46 after a difficult illness.

HaRav Refoel Yaakov Yisrael zt"l
By S. Bruchi

HaRav Refoel Yaakov Yisrael zt"l, a prominent rov and a founder of the Torah world in France, passed away in Sarcelle at the age of 68 following an illness.

Heroism In Bulgaria Commemorated
By YATED South African Correspondent

The still little-known story of how the people of Bulgaria came together to save their entire Jewish community during the Holocaust was commemorated at a special "Tribute to Bulgaria" evening at the Beyachad Jewish Community center in Johannesburg last week.

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