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1 Adar I 5768 - February 7, 2008 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Show Trial for Jews Charged with Laundering Money by Shuttling Checks between France and Israel
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

A special courtroom was set up to hold all of the defendants in the largest trial ever held in France. The case involves a money-laundering network for French checks that were paid in Israel and ultimately cashed in France. It took three full hours to read the names of the 142 defendants on Monday, including Daniel Bouton, CEO of Societe Generale bank, who has constantly been in the headlines after losing 4.5 billion euros ($6.6 billion) through rogue trading by one of his traders.

First Arab Book About Holocaust Stirs Controversy in Algeria
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

The first Arab book about the Holocaust, which relates the story of a Nazi who served in the Algerian underground during the war against France and was later made mayor of an Algerian city, was immediately taken off the shelves and denounced by Algerian authorities. Author Boualem Sansal wrote Le village de l'Allemand, published by leading French publisher Gallimard, about a town far from his hometown in Algeria.

PM and Defense Minister Freeze Givat Ze'ev Housing Project By G. Lazer

The State notified the Jerusalem District Court that it would not approve at present continued construction on the Agan Ayalot Basin neighborhood, a project to build 600 apartment units in Givat Ze'ev, which lies just north of Jerusalem. It cited a directive by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to freeze settlement construction, though the State has already invested NIS 100 million ($27 million) in the project.

Chessed in the Snow
By Yechiel Sever

The snowfall that blanketed Jerusalem and other locations in Eretz Yisroel last week provided an opportunity for rescue and chessed organizations to show their true colors, dispatching hundreds of volunteers to offer assistance and save lives.

Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar I Was a Yom Tefilloh
by Yechiel Sever

Following calls issued by gedolei Yisroel shlita — members of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel as well as Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America, including Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita — to unite in tefilloh and tachnunim in light of the difficult state of affairs in Eretz Hakodesh, kehillos around the world held special tefillos, including the prayers of Yom Kippur Koton, on Tuesday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon, laying forth supplications and asking Borei Olom to take pity on His people and to deliver them.

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