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13 Ellul 5763 - September 10, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Treasury Calls for NIS 10B Cut
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's budget for the next fiscal year includes a NIS 10 billion cut in spending that features a NIS 3 billion cut in the defense budget. The Shin Bet and Mossad are seen being forced to cut at least 13 percent of their officers in the coming three years.

American Agudah Petitions President Bush on Pollard
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

President George W. Bush received a detailed letter from Agudath Israel of America laying out reasons for why imprisoned spy Jonathan J. Pollard, currently serving a life sentence for spying, deserves a pardon from the US President.

Mosdos HaTorah Facing Budget Crisis
by Betzalel Kahn

At a Yeshivas' Union meeting last week at the organization's Bnei Brak offices a report was presented on the increasingly harsh economic decrees against the yeshiva world--including budget cuts by the Finance Ministry and scheming by the Education Ministry--that are leading to severe financial strain at mosdos HaTorah.

Arafat Appoints a New Prime Minister
by M. Plaut

There was a personnel shift in the Palestinian Authority as Mahmoud Abbas resigned on Saturday and Ahmed Qurei (also known as Abu Ala) was selected by Yasser Arafat to take his place. Israeli government sources said that the selection of a prime minister is an internal Palestinian process and they will deal with the new prime minister according to the way he performs.

Flu Can Mask SARS
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Health Ministry and the kupot cholim are strongly recommending that everyone who is at risk take the flu vaccine this year in October or November.

India and Israel Strengthen Ties
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flew to New Delhi and Bombay this week for the first prime-ministerial visit there since the two countries first established full ties 11 years ago. He was received with great ceremony.

Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories on WTC Attacks Compiled by ADL
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On September 10, 2001, 4,000 Israelis were issued a secret directive by the Mossad, warning them not to report to work at the World Trade Center the next day. The Mossad was working in cahoots with the Jewish owners of the World Trade Center, who supplied the Israeli agency with the information necessary to destroy the buildings.

Rabbi Gafni Sends Cutting Letter to Minister Orlev
by Betzalel Kahn

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni has launched an unprecedented attack on Welfare Minister Zevulun Orlev (Mafdal) in response to his harsh stance toward chareidi Torah institutions receiving support from his ministry.

Chareidi Education: A Majority in Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

Chareidi education in Beit Shemesh has now become a majority of the city's educational system. Of the 18,520 talmidim enrolled in all of the educational institutions, about 54 percent are studying in chareidi institutions. The rapid increase in the number of chareidi students has made them the majority within just a few years.

Mercaz Harmony Honors Batya Feigenbaum
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Mercaz Harmony is the pioneering educational program which reaches out and includes children with special needs alongside their typical peers. The amazing factor about Mercaz Harmony is the fact that when someone enters their facilities, one can almost be oblivious to the fact that the classes are integrated.

"Divrei Asaf"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The memory of Rabbi A. S. Feuerstein, zt"l, is still vivid in the minds of thousands of pupils whom he taught and guided at the Yesodei Hatorah schools in London for over forty years. As headmaster and rebbe, he had personal contact with each and every pupil. Each youngster felt his concern and warmth and had the feeling that he had a special place for him in his heart.

Yuta Raisel Kaufman, O'h
by A. Cohen

Mrs. Yuta Raisel o'h wife of R' Zachariyoh Menachem Mendel Kaufman ylct'a one of the leading figures in the Gateshead kehilloh, was buried last Thursday at the age of 76.

HaRav Mordechai Shmuel Leifer, Hy'd
by Y. Ariel

HaRav Mordechai Shmuel Leifer Hy'd son of the Admor of Nadvorna-Haifa, passed away on Friday at the age of 27 following injuries he sustained during the bloody attack on the 2 bus in Jerusalem on August 19. His petiroh brings the number of murders from the terror attack to 22.

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