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16 Ellul 5771 - September 15, 2011 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Egypt Refuses to Supply Lulavim for Succos to Israel, US and Europe
by Yechiel Sever

Egypt has halted the export of lulavim from the Sinai peninsula to Israel, the United States and Europe. The Sinai peninsula was the main source of lulavim for Israel in past years, supplying 500,000 out of a total demand for about 700,000 lulavim.

Movie-Free Flights Available to Destinations Worldwide
By Yechiel Sever

In response to passengers' complaints to the Rabbinical Committee for Transportation Matters regarding unseemly movies on international flights to and from Eretz Yisroel, the committee said that flights to many destinations around the world are available on airlines that offer excellent service and show consideration for their passengers. Some of these flights have stopovers in Europe.

Chareidi Cities Awarded Good Management Prize
By L.S. Wasserman

At a ceremony held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, the Interior Ministry gave out awards and certificates of recognition to 92 of Israel's 255 cities and local councils for proper administration.

MKs Gafni and Maklev Meet With OECD Heads
By M. Green

During a meeting earlier this week with heads of the OECD, which Israel joined four months ago, Knesset Finance Committee Chairman MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni and Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Rabbi Uri Maklev presented chareidi Jewry's stance and told the representatives from the organization who wrote the report on Israel's economy about the way of life in the chareidi community, rejecting recent comparisons drawn in the media.

Beit Shemesh Mayor Hosts Canadian Ambassador
By L.S. Wasserman

"The accelerated development taking place in Beit Shemesh is a challenge for the world's developing cities," said Paul Hunt, Canada's ambassador to Israel, during a visit to the city hosted by Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbol.

Bnei Brak to Undergo Face-lift
By Y. Schwartz

Hundreds of millions of shekels will be invested in the City of Bnei Brak during the coming years in a massive municipality-sponsored project called Mitchadshim Letish'im as the city prepares to mark its 90th anniversary and 50 years since the passing of its founder, Rabbi Yitzchok Gerstenkorn.

The Word "Holocaust" Deleted from French Textbooks
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

In the midst of the summer recess, the French Education Ministry and textbook publishers decided to delete the word "Holocaust" from schoolbooks and replace it with the terms "World War II" and the "war of destruction".

Ukraine: Lvov Mayor Denies Ruins of Taz Shul Threatened
By R. Hoffman

The mayor of Lvov, Ukraine has denied reports that the preserved remnants of the Golden Rose Synagogue, once headed by the Taz, are slated for demolition to make way for a controversial hotel on the site.

After 6 Decades Romanian City Gets a Rov
by Yated Ne'eman Correspondent

History in Romania: After over 60 years without a rov to oversee and strengthen religious affairs in the city of Iasi, one of the country's largest, a rov was appointed to the city and the entire province by HaRav Yoel Tobias, the rov of Shikun Vov in Bnei Brak and chairman of the Union of Former Romanian Rabbis in Eretz Yisroel.

The Gaon R' Yonoson Eibeshitz, zt"l, The Yaaros Devash
In honor of his yahrtzeit, 21st Elul

The Gaon R' Yonoson was born around the year 5454 (1694) in the city of Pintchov. His father was Reb Nosson Nota who later became rov of Eibeshitz, and his mother was the Rabbonis Sheindel, daughter of HaRav Yehudah Leib Tzintz, zt"l, rov of Pintshov.

From Our Archives

Kiddush Hashem Throughout the Ages: Singing a New Song

By Ben-Zion Nemett

Eyewitness testimony to the kiddush Hashem martyrdom of Family Schijveschuurder in the awful Sbarro terrorist bombing ten years ago. It is from the testimony recorded here that we know of the way the Family Schijveschuurder chose to die, with Shma Yisroel on their lips.

Ben-Zion Nemett's daughter Shira, 15 1/2 years old, was seriously wounded in the suicide bombing attack in the Sbarro restaurant on August 9 (20 Av), 2001.

Gedolim Speak Out About Commercial Periodicals
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A call from the gedolim ten years ago not to read commercial magazines, such as Mishpachah, even those published by a chareidi staff.

"It is obvious and goes without saying that all magazines published with commercial considerations in mind and which were not founded by gedolim, do not convey the correct hashkofoh."
Observations: Famous Holocaust Writer's Lifelong Code Finally Cracked
by B. Yitzchaki

His most captivating cipher was his insisting that the letters Alef, Daled, Mem, Ayin, be printed on every manuscript that he wrote. This is what they stood for.

Yechiel Denur, or as he was known to the public, K. Chatnik, died two weeks ago, a man of mystery for over fifty years who took most of the riddles he was made of to the grave. But his most captivating cipher, which engaged followers of Hebrew literature more than any other literary mystery, has finally been cracked by Professor Sheintoch of the Department of Yiddish Language and Literature in Hebrew University's Institute for Jewish Studies.




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