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16 Tammuz 5766 - July 12, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Second Thoughts About Realignment?
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Senior members of Kadima openly expressed doubts about future pullbacks planned under Prime Minister Olmert's much- discussed plans, but Olmert himself expressed a resolve to continue in any case.

Police Weigh Banning Offensive International Event Scheduled to Take Place in Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

Concerned by the possibility of public unrest, the police might order the cancellation a disturbing, divisive parade that would undermine the sanctity of the holy city of Jerusalem. Police officials say they lack the manpower needed to provide proper policing for such an event due to current security situation in the country. Unconfirmed reports are that the event will be moved to Tel Aviv.

Important Ruling on Brain Death
by M. Plaut

In our issue of 27 Tishrei 5752 (October 4, 1991), we published a very important statement signed by HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l and ylt"a Maran HaRav Eliashiv on the subject of removing organs for transplants. The issue arose recently in connection with an unfortunate occurrence at the Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Yerushalayim.

Final Preparation for Geirus-Intermarriage Conference in Jerusalem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Final preparations are underway for a Conference to take place 21-23 Tammuz in Yerushalayim to deal with the issues of geirus and intermarriage. The Conference is being organized by Horizons, an internationally recognized institute of Jewish education and outreach based in Monsey, New York, and is sponsored by the Lillian Jean Kaplan Jewish Pride Through Education Project. It is in the framework of the Eternal Jewish Family effort.

Autopsy on Boy Who Drowned in Lake Nitzanim Averted
By Betzalel Kahn

On Monday State Attorney Eran Shendar issued orders to permit the burial of Shimon Zviker, the boy from Itamar who drowned in Lake Nitzanim, without an autopsy.

Mayor Lupoliansky Initiates Project to Restore and Elevate Old City Shuls
By Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky has initiated a project to restore and elevate two important botei knesses in the Old City, making them higher than the churches and mosques, thereby bringing back a Jewish look to the Jerusalem skyline.

Chinuch Atzmai and Maayan Hachinuch Hatorani Included in Soldier-Teacher Program
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee approved a directive to include soldier-teachers at the Chinuch Atzmai and Maayan Hachinuch Hatorani systems.

Agudath Israel Hails N.Y. Court Ruling Upholding Traditional Marriage
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A decision by New York State's highest court last week rejecting a challenge to the state's definition of marriage as the sanctioned union of a man and a woman elicited strong support from Agudath Israel of America.

Shomer Shabbos Pamphlets Available
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The publication of the Vaada LeMa'an HaShabbos in Israel that lists shomer Shabbos vacation sites is available at the Benswanger family in Telz-Stone. Until bein hazmanim it is possible to drop them off in Yerushalayim. Tel: 02-533- 2357; 052-763-2357; 052-761-4648.

Apartments in South for as Little as NIS 60 a Month
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As part of efforts to encourage young couples to live in peripheral areas, Construction and Housing Minister Meir Shetreet announced that public housing would be made available to everyone, even those who do not meet the regular eligibility criteria of the Ministry of Housing.

Internal Affairs Minister: Sheitels Allowed in ID Photos
By Eliezer Rauchberger

"There is no directive prohibiting a photo with a wig in official state [identification cards]," the Internal Affairs Ministry said in response to a question posed by MK Rabbi Meir Porush.

Baby Suffocated by Plastic Bag in Bnei Brak
By A. Cohen

A six-month-old baby suffocated to death when a plastic bag covered its face.

Ten Lakewood Avreichim Arrive in Sydney to Establish a Kollel
by Yosi Fromer

Ten Lakewood families arrived in Sydney early Tuesday morning this week to establish a community kollel. Many of Sydney's Jewish community were overjoyed at the sight of yeshivaleit arriving in their city.

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