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20 Ellul 5762 - August 28, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Education Ministry's Plan Holds Dangers for Chareidi Education
by M Plaut, Betzalel Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Education Minister Limor Livnat on Monday unveiled a new plan that she said will give every elementary school pupil the same educational opportunity. Chareidi spokesmen were concerned about the effects on the chareidi school system, including the Bais Yaakov schools and Chinuch Atzmai.

World Jewry Prepared For Sustainable Development Summit
by D. Saks and Yated Ne'eman Staff

After the first day of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, it seems that there will not be a repeat of the extensive Israel bashing inside the conference like there was at last year's Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.

Hundreds of Bar Ilan Residents Witness Capture of Terrorists
by Betzalel Kahn

When Rabbi Yitzchok Silberstein, a son-in-law of HaRav Eliashiv who serves as rosh kollelA tremendous wave of rumors swept through Jerusalem's chareidi neighborhoods motzei Shabbos parshas Ki Seitzei following the capture of a band of terrorists on Yirmiyahu Street, but no one knew exactly what had taken place. Later reports revealed a tight gag order even prohibited reporting any court order had been issued.

Arson Attack on Beis Knesses in Bnei Brak
by A. Cohen

An emergency meeting was held in Bnei Brak last week to address the refurbishing of Beis Knesses Heichal Shmuel, which was burned in an arson attack. The beis knesses was built by local avreichim and other residents after Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz apportioned the building site. Rabbonim and roshei yeshivos were present at the meeting, calling on the public to extend the boundaries of kedushoh in the neighborhood.

Joint Institutes Try to Send Conversion Candidates to Religious Schools
by Betzalel Kahn

The Directorate of the Chief Rabbinate's beis din is requesting of religious schools to accept children of students in the Joint Conversion Institutes, operated together with representatives of Conservative and Reform in Israel, since one of the demands placed on conversion candidates is a religious education for their children.

Giant Chesed Fair In New York City
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The "Chesed L'Yisrael" organization was established just half a year ago in New York to serve as a bridge between institutions here in Israel and donors and benefactors in the United States. The organization's purpose is to assist institutions in Israel in light of the terribly painful and difficult security and economic situation that plagues us by way of fundraising.

Bnei Hayeshivos Beis Knesses Opens in Second Phase of Beitar Illit
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

With joy and high spirits the bnei Torah kehilloh living on Hill Beit (Giv'a Beit) of Beitar Illit welcomed the opening of the large, spacious Bnei Hayeshivos beis medrash on Shabbos.

New Neighborhood in Beit Shemesh
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The high-quality housing project for bnei Torah called Kiryat Avi Ezri, a neighborhood in Beit Shemesh dedicated to the holy memory of Maran Rosh Hayeshiva zt'l, has attracted wide interest among potential buyers.

Mr. Zvi Benedikt z"l
by Dayan Berel Berkovits

The death of Zvi Benedikt at the early age of 52, has left his family and friends shocked and bereft of comfort. Shortly before Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Nachamu, as his strength was failing, he summoned the energy to ring his mother, reassure her, and wish her a Good Shabbos. A few hours later, having managed to put on tefillin before Shabbos and to say every word of Shema with kavonoh, he returned his neshomoh.

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