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6 Teves 5760 - December 15, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Non-Jewish Mass Immigration: A Time Bomb in Israeli Society
by Betzalel Kahn

Two weeks ago, UTJ MK Rabbi Halpert said that the massive immigration of non-Jews from the C.I.S. is a social and even a security problem. His remarks touched off a political storm.

UTJ MKs Demand Investigation of Universities' Double Budgets
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At a meeting last week dealing with the budgets of Israel's institutions of higher learning, the Knesset Finance Committee raised a demand for an immediate investigation of double budgets granted by government ministries -- mainly the Ministry of Education -- to institutions of higher learning such as universities.

Significant Rise in the Mortality Rate From Complications of Flu
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The head of the Public Health Services Department in the Israel Health Ministry, Dr. Alex Leventhal, recently said: "The mortality rate due to pneumonia is currently higher than the average rate of the past ten years. Death from pneumonia occurs mainly among the weaker sectors of the population which include the elderly and the chronically ill who, for the most part, did not receive flu inoculations and, after contracting the flu, they suffer serious complications which result in death."

Prohibited Joint Conversion Seminaries to Expand
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Ministerial Committee for Conversions headed by Minister Michael Melchior and the Knesset Committee for Aliya and Absorption both met last week (separately) to discuss plans for conversions in the upcoming year.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman asks Sarid to resolve Shuvu School Crisis
by Moshe Schapiro

Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who has served as honorary chairman of Shuvu since 1990, sent a letter last week to Education Minister Yossi Sarid demanding that he revoke the planned closures of two Shuvu schools in Nahariya and Nazareth.

Rebbetzin Zisa Chazan, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

This past Monday (4 Teves) a large throng, among them thousands of students of the Beis Yaakov Seminary, accompanied the renowned mechaneches, Rebbetzin Zisa Chazan, on her last earthly journey. She was the wife of HaRav Yehoshua Chazan, yibodel lechayim arukim, and was 54 years old at the time of her petirah.

Proof: Antiquities Authority Uses Human Bones for Research
by Betzalel Kahn

Despite repeated denials, it has become clear that the Antiquities Authority is using human bones for research purposes. The shocking proof of this fact is that bones were returned to the Religious Affairs Ministry for reburial only two weeks a complaint was filed with the Police and the Attorney General.

Gateshead Hachnosas Sefer Torah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A crowd unprecedented in Gateshead turned out during Chanukah to greet a new sefer Torah presented to the Gateshead Kollel Harabbonim.

Shearis Yisroel Shemitta Preparations in High Gear
by B. Rabinowitz

The Shearis Yisroel kashrus network has moved into high gear with its preparations for the coming shemitta year. Its activities were spurred by last week's meeting of the Shearis beis din, headed by the gaavad, HaRav Shaul Chaim Karelitz.

Lev L'Achim Activists Prevented Missionary Activity on Chanukah
by Betzalel Kahn

The activists of the battle against the mission in Lev L'Achim prevented a Chanukah celebration from being held in the building of the Messianic Community in Jerusalem, to which many Jews were invited.

HaRav Isomor Beckerman zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

In Jerusalem one of the neki'ei da'as, HaRav Isomor Beckerman zt"l, known for many years as "the tzaddik," do to his behavior and his unique kindly and warm way of treating others, passed away.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Benefits to Religious Schools
by B. Isaac

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments early this month on the permissibility of granting federal educational benefits to religious schools.

Ramat Shlomo Chazon Ish Synagogue Refurbished
by Betzalel Kahn

Thanks to the generosity of the well known philanthropist Rabbi Refoel Halperin, the Chazon Ish Beis Midrash in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood has been completely refurbished. The Chazon Ish Beis Medrash serves both as a neighborhood central synagogue and a place of Torah study. In addition, its old library has been replaced.

Bnei Brak Municipality Strives to Improve Personnel Attitudes
by A. Cohen

"The Bnei Brak Municipality will shortly launch use a carrot- stick approach toward personnel in order to improve their attitude to the public," Mayor Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz said at a seminar for municipal administrators. The theme of the seminar, held at Kibbutz Chofetz Chaim, was "Centralized Output and Input in Administrative Functions."

Rabbi Gafni Opposes Granting El Al Shabbos Operation Following Privatization
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At a recent meeting of the Auxiliary Committee for Privatization, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni expressed opposition to granting permission to El Al to operate on Shabbos as it undergoes privatization.

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