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8 Adar I 5768 - February 14, 2008 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Letter from HaRav Eliashiv shlita about Brain Death

I hereby reiterate my opinion, which I put on record on the eighteenth of Menachem Av 5751, that according to our holy Torah, as long as the heart beats, even though the patient has suffered brain death, there is no license whatsoever to remove any organ from his body.

UTJ Opposes Bill to Disconnect Brain-Dead Patients from Life Support
By Yechiel Sever

During a rabbinical conference held at a Dead Sea hotel MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni delivered a speech in which addressed the bill regarding brain-dead patients on respirators proposed by Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who was in attendance.

Staunch Opposition Following Plan to Set Up Government Conversion Authority By Yechiel Sever

Rabbonim, dayonim and public figures expressed shock and firm opposition following a further decline in the conversion system in Eretz Yisroel with the setup of a government conversion authority designed to speed up and push through the conversions of hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

Comptroller: Chareidi Education System in Dire Physical State
By G. Lazer

State Comptroller Michah Lindenstrauss issued a report for the 2007 fiscal year revealing serious of deficiencies at local authorities in Israel. This section of the report focuses on conditions at chareidi and Arab schools, safety problems on school buses and minibuses, improper political appointments, illegal cancellation of debts for individual residents, and reckless and improper handling of lands belonging to the authorities.

The Palestinian Census — Smoke & Mirrors
by Yoram Ettinger

(Distributed by GPO)

In contrast with the numbers published in the Palestinian census of February 9, 2008, the accurate number of Judea & Samaria Arabs is 1.5 million, and not 2.3 million, and the number of Gaza Arabs is 1.1 million, and not 1.5 million.

Jewish Communities in FSU Georgia Continue to Develop
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A special delegation headed by Rav Gedaliah Olstein, who has been placed in charge of mikvo'os for the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), recently returned from a tour of mikvo'os in Georgia's Jewish communities, based on an invitation by Rav Avimelech Rosenblatt, the acting Chief Rabbi of Georgia.

Beitar Illit Introduces Mehadrin Bus Arrangement
By Yechiel Sever

Beitar Illit's new bus company, Illit, recently began operating 12 of the interurban lines with a total of some 400 runs per day according to arrangements to have women board and step off the bus using the back door.

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