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Pollard ends hunger strike
Esther Pollard, Israeli wife of Jonathan Pollard, has ended her
19-day hunger strike in response to requests from Prime minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel,
Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. Netanyahu promised in a meeting with
Pollard that his government would do all that is within its power
to achieve Jonathan Pollard's release from his American prison as
soon as possible.
Violent Bread Riots Engulf Much of Jordan
By Al Pessin (VOA-Aqaba, Jordan)
Jordanians in several cities, including the capital, Amman, held
sometimes-violent demonstrations during the weekend to protest the
more than doubling of bread prices by the government. The
country's government is blaming foreign instigators, but Jordanians
say the rare display of violence reflects mounting frustration over
Jordan's slow-moving economy.
The protesters stoned vehicles, clashed with police and burned
government buildings, drawing a televised threat from King Hussein
to deal with those who commit such violence with "an iron fist."
The king and government officials blamed the rioting on unnamed
foreign elements, and indicated privately they were talking about
Iraq. But several Jordanians interviewed Saturday and Sunday
pointed to other factors. The Jordanians say that while the few
thousand people who rioted might be from political fringe groups,
many Jordanians share their frustrations over economic issues.
A pound of bread used to cost the equivalent of 5.5 cents. Since
last Tuesday the price has been about 13.6 cents. One customer, who
would identify himself only as Issa, said many people are angry.
The government says the move was necessary to convince the
International Monetary Fund to grant Jordan additional loans and
to stop the abuse of direct bread subsidies to farmers. Cheap
Jordanian bread had created an underworld of bread smuggling, and
the illegal import of livestock into Jordan to be fed. The
government also says it is compensating Jordanians for the bread
price increase by giving an individual subsidy of about $20
a year. But some Jordanians say that is not enough, particularly
for poor people with large families.
Some Jordanian analysts say frustration has been increased by the
lack of a strong economic boost in the two years since Jordan
signed a peace agreement with Israel.
But all the Jordanians interviewed during several hours Sunday, who
admitted to being angry about the price increase, also denounced
the violence by the demonstrators in Amman, Karak and other cities.
The largest party in Jordan's parliament, the Islamic Action Front,
has called for the resignation of Prime Minister Abdul-Karim
Kabariti. But officials say they will stick by their policy and
King Hussein told the nation that while he does not blame the
Islamic Action Front for the weekend's violence, he will strike
against anyone who, in his words, "threatens security or plants
Judaism on the Internet
Chabad of Southern Ohio has announced "The Shul" on their World
Wide Web Site. At the Chabad of Southern Ohio Home Page (http://
www2.eos.net/chabad), one can access a wide variety of information
on Judaism. The web site includes a listing of the Chabad Centers
in the Cincinnati area, times and locations of events, and a
listing of programs and services offered by Chabad. One can
instantly find candle lighting times with the blessings to be
recited before the Shabbat and holidays, as well as further laws
and traditions. There is a section devoted to the Mezuzah, and a
dedicated kosher page.
Chabad-Lubavitch in Cyberspace maintains an active Listserv, FTP
and gopher, as well as a section devoted to any questions one might
have on Judaism. There are links to an English translation of the
Tanya, a five- volume seminal work in Hebrew of Chassidic
philosophy, as well as to a daily study guide of Maimonidies
Browsers can find lighter fare as well: a colorful gallery of art by
Chassidic artists; religious melodies and links to a site with
recipes for kosher versions of such Asian fare as Mu Shu chicken
and Tandoori dishes.
Chabad is an acronym for Hebrew words Chachmah, Binah, and Daath,
(Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge).
The Weizmann Institute of Science has developed a new,
sophisticated, three-dimensional mapping technique, especially
important for space satellites, and has applied for a world patent.
Drs. Daniel Zeifman and Oded Haber of the Department of Molecular
Physics at the Institute invented the instrument.
A computer combined with two ordinary video cameras photographs the
object through a fluorescent screen, attaining a three-dimensional
result. The technique is applicable to space satellites and aerial
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