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13 Teves 5764 - January 7, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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100 Days of Public Sector Work Sanctions End
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday afternoon, Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu and Histadrut chairman Amir Peretz signed an agreement that ended more than three months of work slowdowns, stoppages and sanctions. Of course, both sides claimed victory. The public also "won" when all civil servants finally returned to normal work on Tuesday.

Ministry of Religious Affairs Closes
by Betzalel Kahn and Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset finalized the decision to close the Ministry of Religious Affairs and transfer its departments to various government ministries. One of the Ministry's main departments, the Yeshiva Department, was transferred to the Ministry of Education, but the new department remained in the same offices, located on Kanfei Nesharim Street in Jerusalem.

Politica: Media Mum on Shinui Blackmail
by E. Rauchberger

Shinui recently made off with NIS 200 million for matters close to the hearts of the party and its voters--culture, universities, students, etc.--but it did not make headlines. An outcry should be raised over this twin scandal: wringing the State coffers dry and virtual silence on the part of the Israeli media, which has demonstrated once again where its loyalties lie.

The Mishna Berurah Amud Yomi Program
By Y. Yitzhar

Mifal Shoneh Halachos is presenting Yidden the world over with an offer about the very foundation of Yiddishkeit. At the cost of just a few minutes each day, you can become part of a huge enterprise, comprising tens of thousands of lomdim, who have incorporated the Mishna Berurah Amud Yomi into their daily regimen.

Uncompromising Campaign Against Violent Group in Jerusalem
by A. Cohen

At an urgent gathering in Bnei Brak rabbonim and leading public figures from the chareidi community decided to launch an uncompromising campaign against a violent group from Jerusalem that has been committing frightful acts against gedolei Yisroel, shlita. Recently three members of the group attacked a prominent Jerusalem avreich, Rav M.B., beating him severely and even stabbing him with a knife, while he was learning at Beis Knesses Papa.

Government to Help Launch Call Centers in Modi'in Illit
by A. Cohen

In response to a request by Modi'in Illit local council head Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman, the government unanimously approved including his town in a project to create jobs. The government will thus provide funding toward the setup of call support centers in the town.

Israel to give away Hebrew Version of Open Office
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Finance Ministry has begun distributing Open Office, a suite of basic software programs similar to Microsoft Office, for free. The ministry also said that it would begin to distribute thousands of Open Office CD-ROMs throughout the country. The offer is expected to last at least through 2004.

Annual Toldos Yeshurun Conference Held
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Gedolei hador, roshei yeshivos and hundreds of Russian- speaking avreichim and talmidim gathered on the fourth night of Chanukah for the annual Toldos Yeshurun conference. Hundreds of activists and avreichim, along with over a thousand talmidim, participated in the event.

Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of England Siyum Mishnayos
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 55th Annual Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of England Siyum Mishnayos was held in Manchester last motzei Shabbos parshas Vayigash, 3 Jan 04. The first prize winner was Avrohom Chaim Zahn from Gateshead who learned 3023 mishnayos. Yasher koach.

Changes and Improvements in Egged's Jerusalem Lines
by Betzalel Kahn

Egged's winter schedule for urban bus service in Jerusalem has now taken effect. Lines 1 and 2 to the Kosel HaMaarovi will run every day until 12:30 am. Most bus service ends between 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 midnight.

Eighth Bein Odom Lechavero Kollel Opens
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On 2 Kislev, Linas HaTzedek: The Center for Jewish Values launched its eighth kollel for the study of hilchos bein odom lechavero. A large crowd participated in a pesicha shiur given by HaRav Yitzchok Berkovits, nosi of the Linas HaTzedek Kollelim. In a fascinating presentation, HaRav Berkovits examined the practical difference between chukim and mishpotim, and stressed the importance of learning hilchos bein odom lechavero.

Ziv HaTorah Yarchei Kallah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Ziv HaTorah Yarchei Kallah recently celebrated its Barmitzvah year. Almost seventy people attended the three day program at the Stenecourt Shul on the December Bank Holiday.

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