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10 Shevat 5759 - Jan. 27, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Religious Councils Law Passed on Tuesday
by Eliezer Rauchberger and M. Plaut

By a very narrow vote of 50 to 49, the Religious Councils Law, designed to prevent Reform and Conservative from joining, was passed by the Knesset on Tuesday. Passage of this law is certainly the most significant achievement in religious legislation during the 14th Knesset.

UTJ Representatives Boycott the Religious Council Meeting in Haifa
by Arye Zisman, M. Plaut and S. Baruchi

The representatives of UTJ boycotted the meeting of the religious council of Haifa in which the Conservative and Reform representatives participated. Nine other members did arrive at the meeting, but it was dispersed almost as soon as it began without any business being conducted.

Last Graves In Burial Cave Looted By Archaeologists; New Legislation Referred to Finance Committee
By E. Rauchberger

Despite efforts to stop them, archaeologists of the National Antiquities Authority desecrated the remainder of the graves in the large burial cave in Kfar Arah in northern Israel, ignoring for the second time an explicit order from the Minister of Education that the attacks on the graves at the site cease.

Jewish Awakening in Poland
by S. Fried

In recent years a limited Jewish awakening has been taking place in Poland, even though there are fewer Jews throughout the whole of all Poland than a single Polish city prior to the Holocaust.

Bnei Brak Municipal Company to Foster High- tech Initiatives
by A. Cohen

A special municipal economic enterprise in Bnei Brak constitutes a breakthrough in the areas of hi-tech and industry, which it will hopefully promote throughout Bnei Brak.

Housing Ministry Reports Construction of 46 Mikvehs and 77 Synagogues in Last Two Years
by Betzalel Kahn

"During the past two fiscal years, the Housing Ministry built 46 mikvehs and 77 synagogues, an expenditure of 100 million shekels. The mikvehs and the synagogues were built in new neighborhoods throughout the country, according to the decisions of the Brodet Committee."

Farewell to Rabbi Zahn of Sunderland
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Sunderland kehilla bade farewell to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Shammai Zahn, who are moving shortly to Gateshead, at a recent festive luncheon in the shul hall which was filled to capacity.

Ad Men Take on the Phantom of "Religious Coercion"
by S. Yisraeli

The legitimate demand of Rabbonim and public figures in the Torah-observant community to curb lewd advertising, has not been welcomed by the advertising agencies, for obvious reasons. But now the ad men are going on the offensive.

Rav Dessler Yahrzeit Gathering
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The annual yahrzeit gathering in memory of Rabbi E.E. Dessler, zt"l was graced with the presence of the world renown Gaon Rabbi Moshe Shapira, shlita of Jerusalem, a close talmid and one-time ben- bayis of Rabbi Dessler.

P'eylim / Lev L'Achim Addresses the Dropout Problem in Israeli Torah Community: Lev Shomea Division Hotline Serves As Lifeline For Troubled Youth
by Moshe Schapiro

Aviva is a bright girl who has enjoyed a fine upbringing and impressive scholastic achievements. She applied to one of the top girls' high schools in the country, was promptly accepted, and her parents rejoiced in their good fortune -- their daughter was proving to be a source of pride and joy to them, and everything was turning out well. Or so they thought.

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