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3 Shevat 5759 - Jan. 20, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Showdown in the Knesset: UTJ Makes Approval of the Budget Contingent on the Amendment to the Religious Councils Law
by Eliezer Rauchberger, Mordecai Plaut and Arye Zisman

The chairman of the Knesset's Finance Committee, Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz of United Torah Judaism, reiterated this past Monday his refusal to bring the Budget Law and the Arrangements Law in the Economy to the Committee -- two bills that are critical for the entire Israeli government -- for approval unless the Knesset plenum gives final approval to the law which prevents the inclusion of Reform and Conservative delegates in the religious councils.

Rains Throughout the Country -- A Significant Rise in the Water Level of the Kinneret is Expected
by Betzalel Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The numerous prayers in many places asking for an end to the prolonged drought, opened the gates of Shomayim, and plentiful rains fell throughout the country on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The precipitation was expected to taper off, but may renew itself toward the end of the week.

Doniel Blaustein z'l is Laid to Rest as a Meis Mitzvah
by Betzalel Kahn

The body of the chareidi young man discovered over ten days ago in the Amud River near Tsefas, was finally identified conclusively this past Sunday after an intricate and successful effort conducted by the Zaka unit for the identification of accident victims in Jerusalem.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel: It is Forbidden to Sit With the Reform and Conservative in the Religious Councils
by A. Zisman

The Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisroel announced its decision that it is forbidden to sit within the same framework as the Reform and Conservative.

Director of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Courts Criticizes Av Beis Din of Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Rabbi Eli Ben Dehan, director of the Rabbinical Courts of Jerusalem, has sharply attacked the av beis din of the Jerusalem Rabbinate, HaRav Avrohom Dov Levine, due to his meticulous care in clarifying the Jewish status of those registering for marriages as well as the validity of the conversions and divorces of such applicants.

A Negev UTJ Forum is Founded
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A large meeting of the representatives of UTJ and the heads of the chareidi community of the Negev was held this past motzei Shabbos in the Ganei Hadar hall of Ofakim.

Communal Administration of Jerusalem Chareidi Neighborhoods Backed By the City's Roshei Yeshiva
by Betzalel Kahn

Yerushalayim's most prominent roshei yeshiva recently expressed their support for the Communal Administration of the Chareidi Neighborhoods in Jerusalem, due to its outstanding activity in the areas of welfare and health.

Master Mishnah Berurah in Five Years: Hilchos Shabbos Began Thursday, Parshas Voeiro
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"An omud a day" -- The study of just one page of Mishnah Berurah a day enables one to finish all six sections in approximately five years.

Much Interest in the Daily Study of the Laws of Shemiras Haloshon
by Betzalel Kahn

The chareidi community has eagerly responded to the call of maranan verabonon to join the new cycle of the study of the laws of shemiras haloshon.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah's Gilui Da'as About the Independence of Halacha

The Torah hakedosha was given to us from Hashem. "Moshe received Torah on Sinai and transmitted it to Yehoshua, and Yehoshua to the elders. . ." and since then, until today, the chain of the Torah's transmission from generation to generation has continued without any change, cholilo.

Delays in Forming Jerusalem Municipality Coalition
by Betzalel Kahn

Rabbi Uri Lapolianski, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and chairman of the UTJ party in the Municipality, told Yated Ne'eman that he expects that Mayor Ehud Olmert will announce the formation of the municipal coalition at the Jerusalem City Council meeting to take place on Tu BeShevat.

Promoter of the Mamilla Shopping Mall, Alfred Akirov Resigns, Demands Compensation
by Betzalel Kahn

Promoter of the Mamilla Shopping Mall, Alfred Akirov, has announced that he is dropping the project in which he had invested millions of dollars. He is demanding that the Karta company compensate him for all of the money he invested in the project.

Barak Attacks Chareidim and other "Extremists"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Ehud Barak, Chairman of the Labor party, sharply attacked Prime Minster Netanyahu recently and repeatedly pronounced rallying cries against the settlements, the yeshivas and all "extremists." In a rejoinder, Netanyahu said that Barak has nothing new to say except for hollow slogans, and that he evades all of the issues on the agenda.

New Beis Medrash for Bostoner Chassidim in Beitar Illit
By B. Kahn

Bostoner chassidim held their first tefillos at Kedushas Pinchos, the new Bostoner beis hamedrash in Beitar Illit, on parshas Vayechi.

Lev L'Achim's One Hundred Meter Siyum -- An Electrifying Experience
by Moshe Schapiro

The gray Fiat snaked its way through Jerusalem's empty streets and sped its two passengers to their destination. Chaim checked his watch and noted with satisfaction that they were making good time -- it was 12:30 a.m.

Importers Required to Guarantee Kashrus of Imported Medicines
by Eliezer Rauchberger

An agreement has been made between the chairman of the Finance Committee, Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and the Health Ministry to the effect that all medicine importers will be required to insure the kashrus of their imports.

Government Announces Closure of Missionary Radio Station
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Minister of Communications, Limor Livnat, announced at a recent Knesset session that the ministry will act to close down "Kol Hayeshua," an illegal missionary radio station. Livnat was responding to numerous requests of MKs Chaim Dayan (Tzomet) and Shmaryahu Ben Tzur (Mafdal).

Demonstration Against Shabbos Desecration in Ashdod
By B. Rabinowitz

On Shabbos parshas Vayechi, chareidi residents of Ashdod held a demonstration against the R. A. Shalit construction company, whose workers were blatantly involved in chillul Shabbos at a local building project.

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