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23 Tammuz 5763 - July 23, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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The Gateshead Rov zt"l
HaRav Betzalel Rakow, zt'l

by S. Bruchi

A heavy blow fell on all of Klal Yisroel, particularly European Jewry, on Sunday upon the histalkus of HaRav Betzalel Rakow zt'l, the Rov of Gateshead, England, who was niftar after an illness at the age of 76.

Top IDF officer: Hamas Rearming
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Hamas is utilizing the hudna cease-fire to build over 1000 Kassam rockets, a senior IDF officer told reporters on Monday. As a result, some analysts say, the next phase in the conflict may be very intense.

Mafdal Proposes New Head of Conversion Botei Din
by Betzalel Kahn

Attorney General Eliakim Rubinstein told Rabbinical Courts Director-General Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan that Rabbi Yosef Avior and Rabbi Tzefania Drori should be allowed to continue as dayanim in the Special Conversion Courts until they reach the regular retirement age of dayanim of 70, and should not be forced to leave at age 65, the the mandatory age of retirement from government service.

8,000 IDF Soldiers are not Jewish
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Eight thousand enlisted soldiers are not Jewish, the head of IDF education, Brigadier General Eliezer Stern, told the Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee last week.

Technology Makes Kosher Slaughter Even More Humane
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The humane slaughter of agricultural animals has been improved in recent years due to consumer demands on fast-food chains and supermarkets, said Joe Regenstein, Cornell University professor of food science, as quoted in the weekly US-based newsletter Kosher Today.

American Agudah Effort to Aid Jewish Families Raises Ruckus
by B. Isaac

An effort to help soften the blow of recent budget cuts in Israel that will disproportionately affect families with children has come under attack by two major American Jewish newspapers and some Jewish communal figures.

Bais Yaakov Schools Reach Agreement
by Betzalel Kahn

Following several weeks of concerted efforts the Vaadas HaRabbonim LeInyonei HaSeminarim and their delegates reversed the government decree to close many seminaries and to impose quotas intended to restrict the number of teachers-in- training in the chareidi sector.

MK Gafni: Chareidim Abused More Than Anyone Else
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"No other sector in the State of Israel in any government ministry is subject to as much abuse as the chareidi sector and Torah institutions. On every issue and every month there is some new decree," MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni remonstrated during a Knesset plenum following a question presented by Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Rabbi Yitzhak Levy (Mafdal) regarding the frequent delays in transferring budget allocations to Torah institutions.

Ministry of Education Cancels General Cuts While Leaving Yeshiva Cuts Intact
by Betzalel Kahn and Eliezer Rauchberger

The Education Ministry canceled the latest cut planned for government schools but left the 25 percent cuts in the yeshiva budget intact, according to figures presented in an emergency meeting held by the Union of Yeshiva Managers.

Nearly Half of Shuvu Yerushalayim Graduates will Go to Yeshiva
by Moshe Schapiro

"Before I came to this school, the Torah was something distant. It wasn't a living thing; it was more of a history book. But today, I know that the Torah is the book that contains all of the wisdom of the world and the keys to understanding. I leave this school a better person than when I came in. And it didn't happen by itself. It is all thanks to the staff."

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