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10 Av 5764 - July 28, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Sharon Supports Civil Marriage Proposal
by E. Rauchberger and Betzalel Kahn

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed to a request by Justice Minister Yosef Lapid (Shinui) at this week's cabinet meeting to address the recommendations formulated by the Bar-On Committee regarding civil marriage registry in Israel.

US Commission Studying the Al Qaeda Attacks on the World Trade Center Rewrites their History
by Mordecai Plaut

Last week, 19 months after the original attacks in late Elul 5761 (9/11/01), the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States released a final, unanimous book- length report that showed that much of what had been common wisdom about the September 11 attacks was wrong.

Tens of Thousands form Protest Chain to link Gush Katif with Jerusalem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An estimated 130,000 people formed a human chain that stretched 90 kilometers (55 miles) from Gaza to Jerusalem to protest the disengagement plan. It was said to be the third longest such chain in history.

Assistant Attorney General Opposes Mezuzoh Law
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Attorney Yehoshua Shifman, assistant to the Attorney General, joined Shinui MKs on Monday in voicing opposition to proposed legislation to require a mezuzoh be posted on every public facility in Israel.

HaRav Yitzchok Zilber zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Yitzchok Zilber zt"l was niftar on 8 Av at the age of 87. The levaya left from the Ezras Torah shul in Sanhedria Murchevet at 11 p.m. on the night of Tisha B'Av. Many thousands attended.

22nd Annual Mifal HaShas Gathering
by A. Cohen

Gedolei Yisroel called for increased Torah study as a response to the harsh decrees on the Torah world during the 22nd Annual Nesius Meeting of the Worldwide Mifal HaShas, held this year at the home of HaRav Gershon Edelstein, one of the roshei yeshivos at Yeshivas Ponovezh in Bnei Brak.

Spontaneous Protests Prevent Encroachment on Holiness of Kosel Maarovi
by Betzalel Kahn

Staunch protests by men and women praying at the Kosel succeeded in upholding the kedushoh of the Western Wall Plaza by preventing a group of women from holding a Torah- reading ceremony in the Ezras Noshim on Rosh Chodesh Av.

Beware of Yichud in X-ray Rooms

We have been asked to alert the public to the serious stumbling block in terms of yichud during x-raying or CT scanning, and similar procedures, since Health Ministry regulations require the doors of the x-ray room to close and lock automatically.

City of Jerusalem Assists in Construction of Beis Knesses Hachurvah
by Betzalel Kahn

The City of Jerusalem, the national government, the Environmental Ministry and other bodies have begun assisting the Renovation and Development Company for the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City to rebuild the Churvah Shul.

Mofaz: "Government Lacks Jewish Values"
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"As a traditional man I feel a significant lack in the government of the values of the religious parties," said Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz at a meeting of Knesset correspondents when asked for his opinion on talks toward the setup of a unity government.

Large Group of Immigrants from North America Arrives
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A large group of Jews from North America arrived in Israel recently to settle. The first arrivals received a welcome by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister that was widely covered in the media.

Special Coordinator for Egged's Mehadrin Lines in Jerusalem Appointed
by Betzalel Kahn

Yossi Chachkes, director of Egged's Jerusalem bureau, announced the appointment of Ram Oren as coordinator- supervisor of the mehadrin and standard bus lines in the city's chareidi neighborhoods.

Innovative Summer Program for Israeli Girls
By M. Samsonowitz

When June rolls around in Israel, teachers, school counselors and newspaper editorialists in the religious community begin lamenting that the upcoming ten week summer vacation is a recipe for trouble. They warn parents to guard their children from the "street" and that a few weeks of boredom in the summer can undo the educational impact of an entire year.

The Admor of Lelov-Yerushalayim, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands followed the mittoh of HaRav Shimon Nosson Nota Biderman zt"l, Admor of Lelov Yerushalayim, who returned his soul to his Maker at the age of 74 after seven months of incapacitation due to a heart attack. The procession was led by Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv as well as other gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos and admorim, shlita.

City of Bnei Brak Requests Yellow Pages Not Be Distributed
by A. Cohen

The Mayor of Bnei Brak sent a letter to Mr. Moshe Ronen, managing director of the Yellow Pages, asking him to discontinue distributing the Tel Aviv business phone directory in all of the chareidi and religious areas of Bnei Brak.

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