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17 Elul 5765 - September 21, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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NIS 1.5b More for Disengagement
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Knesset Finance Committee approved NIS 1.5 billion more for Disengagement expenses, bringing the total budget to NIS 3.5 billion. Around 80 percent of the additional funds will be for compensation to the evacuees. About NIS 800 million will go to individual claimants and NIS 300 million will go to businesses.

Collective Supplementary Health Insurance Plan for Entire Chareidi Public
By M. Halevy

Due to the heavy financial burdens that have fallen on many chareidi families as a result of extremely expensive medical treatments, a single, collective medical insurance plan for the entire chareidi public is being formulated.

Lulavim to be Imported from Spain Instead of el-Arish
By G. Kleiman

Less than one month before Succos a solution was found to the lulav crisis. Through the involvement of Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Yisrael Katz the Ministry is looking into the possibility of importing lulavim from Jordan and Southern Spain.

Education Institutions in Petach Tikva Growing Rapidly
By A. Cohen

This year's enrollment increased 15 percent in the educational institutions united under the Department of Chareidi Education and Traditional Jewish Culture in Petach Tikva, where 25 percent of the city's students are now enrolled at chareidi and Torah-based institutions.

Rabbi Ravitz: Government Not Doing Enough Towards the Spiritual Rehabilitation of Former Gaza Residents
By G. Kleiman

Deputy Welfare Minister MK Avrohom Ravitz said on Monday that the government did not do enough for the spiritual needs of the Gush Katif evacuees in their new places of residence.

Tender Issued for New Bus Company in Beitar Illit
By Tzvi Sofer

The prolonged battle by Beitar Illit residents and the City of Beitar Illit led to a major achievement at the beginning of the week when a tender was issued for a new bus company to take over public transport operations in the city.

Betzedek Petitions to Allow Demonstrations Outside of Missionaries' Homes
By Betzalel Kahn

Betzedek petitioned the High Court for permission to hold demonstration outside the private homes of missionaries, just as the law permits demonstrations outside the homes of public figures.

Yeshivas Required to Pay Property Taxes on Dorms and Offices
By Betzalel Kahn

Interior Ministry Director-General Oscar Abu Razek issued a decision to require yeshivos gedolos with students over the age of 18 to pay local authorities full property taxes (arnona) on space used for dormitories. Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Rabbi Uri Maklev and Bnei Brak Deputy Mayor Rabbi Avrohom Rubinstein asked MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni to intervene in the matter.

Rebbetzin Mrs. Zipa Lopian a"h
by A. Gatesheader

How does one describe the vivid colors that emanate from the facets of a brilliant diamond? How does one portray the multi- faceted personality that was Rebbetzin Zipa Lopian? A close and long-standing friend echoed the feelings of so many when she said, "Whatever you write about Aunty Zipa will never be enough."

Rebbetzin Soroh Grossbard, o"h
By A. Cohen

Gedolei Yisroel, roshei yeshivos, rabbonim, dayonim and thousands of bnei Torah and bnos Yisroel took part in the levaya for Rebbetzin Soroh Grossbard o"h the widow of HaRav Nachum Abba Grossbard zt"l on 9 Elul in the middle of the night.

HaRav Dov Cohen, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Dov Cohen zt"l, was laid to rest in Jerusalem on motzei Shabbos Parshas Shofetim at the age of 93. The author of the Seder Hashulchon series, HaRav Cohen was among the last remnants of the previous generation of Torah scholars and a prodigy of Yeshivas Chevron in Chevron from the era of the Alter of Slobodka.

Connecting to Hashem: A Tribute to Rabbi Dovid Sofer, zt"l
by Rabbi Y. A. Sofer — Maggid Shiur

On the 28th of Tammuz (4 August), the Far Rockaway (NY) community lost one of its most distinguished members, HaRav Dovid Sofer zt"l.

Rav Cyril Harris zt"l
by D. Saks

Last week, South African Jews mourned the loss of their beloved Emeritus Chief Rabbi Cyril K Harris, who passed away after a year-long illness in the southern coastal town of Hermanus. He was a few days short of his 69th birthday. The levaya took place in Jerusalem on Thursday, following a memorial service at Johannesburg International Airport the previous day.

The Last Tangible Lesson from Our Father, a"h, Soon after His Parting
by Mrs. Sara Devora Chrysler, Manchester

Our father, a"h, was niftar unexpectedly on a motzei Shabbos in Adar, 2 1/2 years ago (2003). He was 71 years old.

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