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6 Nisan 5772 - March 29, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Rabbonim Warn Against Chilul Shabbos Caused by Digital Water Meters
By Yechiel Sever

Gedolei Yisroel are issuing a call to put a halt to chilul Shabbos in the form digital water meters installed by the utility company or the municipality, as the case may be. With these new meters, every time the tap is turned on, it creates an electrical impulse and feeds water consumption data into a computer.

No Discussion about Splitting Beit Shemesh
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"We will reject out of hand any attempt to talk about splitting Beit Shemesh into two cities. We will not meet with anyone about this issue, and we will not discuss it. This subject must be taken off the agenda."

Gathering of Educators in Jerusalem
By Yechiel Sever

A large meeting of mechanchim took place in Jerusalem during the first week of Nisan this year, organized by the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Yitzchok Pindrus.

Rosh Hayeshiva HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman shlita sent a special letter to the gathering.

The Numbers of Chareidim and the Aged will Increase
by Y Sheinfeld

The prediction of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) is that in 47 years there will be a larger proportion of chareidim and Arabs, and also the population will age. Israel's total population is expected to reach 15.6 million souls.

Over 1 in 3 U.S. Jews Not Halachically Jewish
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The number of Jews in the U.S. now comes to just under six and a half million (6,401,000), of which only 4,223,000 are Jews according to halacha. In other words, 2.2 million people who consider themselves Jewish are not Jewish according to halacha, as a result of the alarming intermarriage rate caused primarily by the Reform and Conservative movements.

Tefillos for HaRav Eliashiv at Bein Hazmanim Yeshivas and Kollelim
By Yechiel Sever

Collective tefillos continue to be said at bein hazmanim yeshivas and kollelim for the full recovery of Rabbenu Yosef Sholom ben Chaya Mousha Eliashiv shlita, who remains in critical condition and is in need of great rachmei Shomayim.

OTznius Encouragement

As the chagim and summer approach, Beis Din Mishmar HaTorah LeInyonei Tznius, presided over by maranan poskei hador shlita, has asked that this letter be publicized again.

Herzliya Mayor Pushes for Buses on Shabbos
By L.S. Wasserman

The shameful proposal passed by the Herzliya Municipality to have buses operate on Shabbos Kodesh remains on the public agenda in the city. Reactions in the secular city are fierce and merchants and bus drivers have voiced anger and frustration over the populist decision, which not only tramples over the sanctity of Shabbos, but also violates basic workers' rights, depriving them of the only rest day.

Rechovot: Heart-wrenching Funeral for Father and 5 Children Killed in Fire
By L.S. Wasserman

Heart-rending scenes and thousands of stunned mourners were part of the sorrowful levaya for the father and five children of the Shaer family who perished when their Rechovot home went up in flames. The funeral-goers were shaken by the depth of the tragedy that took the lives of an entire family in minutes, leaving only the bereaved mother alive.

London: Avreich Defrauded During Fundraising Drive
By Y. Gefen

In London rabbonim are warning against a scam against fundraisers from Israel. According to a recent report, an avreich from Eretz Yisroel who flew to London to raise money for his sick father was robbed by someone posing as a driver for fundraising. According to a witness, after the "driver" won the avreich's confidence he "agreed" to help him obtain addresses of Torah supporters and to transfer the money raised. Instead the driver disappeared with the money.

Rain and Kinneret Watch
by Dei'ah Vedibur Staff

As of March 22 (28 Adar) 624 millimeters of rain had fallen in the Jerusalem area during the current season (August 1 to date). This represents 128% of the average rainfall for this period and 116% of the average rainfall for the entire season in the Jerusalem area which is 537 mm.

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