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23 Kislev 5770 - December 10, 2009 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Maran HaRav Eliashiv Warns Against Taking Brain Dead Patients Off Respirator
By Yechiel Sever

Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita said this week, "According to well-known halachic rulings, one may not do anything to a dying person, and doing so is considered as spilling blood." The remark followed a recent case in which doctors sought to remove a baby girl diagnosed as brain dead from a respirator, although her heart continued to beat. The remark came during the course of a visit by Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman to discuss halacha and medical care issues.

The Bostoner Rebbe zt"l
By Yechiel Sever

On Motzei Shabbos Parshas Vayishlach (18 Kislev) news spread around Jerusalem of the histalkus of the Bostoner Rebbe, HaRav Levy Yitzchok Horowitz, who returned his soul to his Maker at the age of 88.

UTJ Considers Revised Version of Bill on Girls Exempted from IDF Service
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

United Torah Judaism met this week to discuss how to deal with an amendment to the law regulating the drafting of girls into the IDF, which has been passed by the government.

Sunday Morning Sessions at the Agudah Convention
by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

With as packed a schedule as an Agudah convention offers, it is hard for participants to not take advantage of as much as possible. At Agudath Israel of America's recent 87th national convention, which took place for the first time at the East Brunswick, New Jersey Hilton, that was most evident. After a compelling and uplifting Motzei Shabbos plenary session that went until near midnight, convention guests enjoyed Melave Malka and then hours of zemiros with Abish Brodt. Shacharis Sunday morning was at 7:00, Daf Yomi at 8:00, the Yarchei Kallah drosho by Lakewood Rosh Hayeshiva Rabbi Dovid Schustal at 9:30 (and a shiur for women from noted mechaneches Mrs. Shira Smiles at 9:15).

Dozens of Fraudulent Olive Oil Labels on Store Shelves
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Although the incidence of phony olive oil is diminishing, dozens of fraudulent products are still sold in Israel. The National Unit for the Enforcement of the Law Against Kashrus Fraud has issued a warning against fake olive oil brands hitting the shelves before Chanukah.

Dinner Held to Strengthen Yad Mordechai Kehilloh in Paris
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Nearly 2,000 Jews watched a moving film describing the various activities of Yad Mordechai in the heart of Paris during the annual dinner to strengthen the bnei Torah organization headed by HaRav Yitzchok Katz.

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