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11 Kislev 5765 - November 24, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Team Funds Outrage Settled; 16 Percent Increase in Yeshiva Funding for November-December
By Betzalel Kahn

Following prolonged discussions between Degel HaTorah Secretary MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni and ranking Finance Ministry officials during recent months, a decision was reached to increase funding support for yeshivas by 16 percent during November and December. In addition the Team Funds, which the State pledged to pay years ago, were finally transferred.

Chief Police Investigator Dismissed from Post
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Sunday, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra suddenly dismissed Cmdr. Moshe Mizrachi, head of the Police Investigations Unit, from his post. About a year ago, then- attorney-general Elyakim Rubinstein recommended that be removed from his post for illicit wiretapping and transcribing recordings and hoarding them for undisclosed future use.

Thousands Participate in Levaya for Remains of Desecrated Sefer Torah
By Betzalel Kahn

Thousands turned out in the rain on Monday 9 Kislev to participate in the heart-rending levaya for the parchments of a sefer Torah stolen from the Chernobyl beis medrash in Jerusalem and desecrated. Shortly after the parchments were buried at Har Hamenuchos the writing of two new sifrei Torah for the beis medrash in Ezras Torah began.

Public Announcement about Cell Phones

We hereby notify the public that progress has been made in implementing a suitable solution to the problem of cellular phones, namely a device suitable for conversation alone. Emphasis is also being placed on the economic aspects, ensuring that these devices approved for and designed to meet the needs of Jewish households are available at the lowest possible prices and the highest quality.

Rabbinical Committee Arranging to Provide Content-Free Cell Phones
By Betzalel Kahn

In response to efforts by the various cellular companies over the course of time to expand the cellular contents services available, gedolei Yisroel, headed by Maran HaRav Eliashiv, set up Vaadas HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshores to address the problem and the spiritual havoc being wreaked.

Acco Cemetery Committee Meets Today
By Betzalel Kahn

The committee set up to seek an engineering solution for the railroad tracks slated for construction in the middle of an ancient cemetery in Acco is scheduled to hold another meeting on Wednesday this week.

American Agudah Convention to Focus on "Yisroel Bein Ho'Amim"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This year's convention of Agudath Israel of America, the organization's 82nd, will focus on the theme "Yisroel Bein Ho'amim: A Part of the World, Apart From the World." The convention, which attracts thousands of Jews from around the world, will open this Thursday, November 25 at the Stamford Westin Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. The event will be chaired by Shmuel Yosef Reider and co-chaired by Stephan L. Rosedale of Cincinnati.

Majority of Israelis Favor Preserving Sanctity of Shabbos
By Betzalel Kahn

A large majority of Israelis support a feeling of kedushoh on Shabbos according to a special survey commissioned in advance of the large Shabbos rally to be held at Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv on 29 Teves.

Agudas Yisroel Protests WJC Leader's Intermarriage Remarks
by Rabbi A. Shafran

In response to a strong protest lodged by Agudath Israel of America's executive vice president Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, World Jewish Congress president Edgar M. Bronfman backed away from statements attributed to him in the London Jewish Chronicle.

CBS: One-Third of General Population Children Under 17
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Over two million Israeli residents are children under the age of 17 and they constitute over one-third of the population, according to the Central Bureau for Statistics.

The CER Visits Berlin
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last week the Standing Committee of the CER visited Berlin. In addition to the business that was taken care of, a ma'ariv service was arranged to take place in the shell of the burnt out Brunnenstrasse Synagogue that had been gutted on the 9th November — Kristallnacht — in 1938. The synagogue complex has been acquired by Dr. Skoblow, a local philanthropist who intends to rebuild it to be used by the Berlin Lauder Yeshiva, currently situated some blocks away.

Oudtshoorn 120th Anniversary
by D. Saks

Hundreds of well-wishers and former community members from all around South Africa converged on the historic town of Oudtshoorn, from 12-14 November, to join the local Jewish community in celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Oudtshoorn synagogue.

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