- Over 150 people took part in a groundbreaking ceremony
today to inaugurate a new neighborhood in Kochav Yaakov, 4 miles north
of Jerusalem. The new town-to-be is one of the most important examples
of the recent trend to help 'transplant' entire Jewish communities, with
their rabbis, to Israel. Rabbi Mordechai Tendler of New York initiated
the idea in his hometown, and more than 25 local families have committed
to purchasing homes in the new neighborhood.
- Meretz party leader MK Yossi Sarid wrote a letter to
Rabbi Tendler congratulating him for bringing Jews from his town to Israel
- but trying to dissuade him from the chosen location. "Are you sure
you want to move to a disputed and dangerous area?" Sarid asked,
offering to help Rabbi Tendler find an alternate spot for his community.
Rabbi Tendler read the letter out loud but politely turned down the offer,
saying he is set on strengthening the areas where the Jews are outnumbered