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2 Tammuz 5760 - July 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Yeshiva Draft Bill Passes First Knesset Reading
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Monday, after seven hours of deliberation on the clearly controversial measure, the Knesset passed the first reading of a bill that would legalize military deferrals to yeshiva students under a five-year law, but establish special frameworks for optional service. The bill, legislating the Tal Commission's recommendations, passed by 52-43 on a confidence vote.

10 Iranian Jews Given Heavy Prison Sentences; Guilty Verdicts Threaten all Iranian Jews
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Shabbos afternoon parshas Korach, as Israeli chareidi Jewry obeyed to instructions of the rabbonim to pray for their welfare, 10 of the Jewish defendants in the Iranian show spy trial were found guilty and sentenced to long prison sentences ranging from four to 13 years in prison. Three, including a 17-year-old student, were found innocent.

Israeli French Speakers Celebrate Torah Day
by Betzalel Kahn

Following the success of France's Torah Days for the country's Jewish community, Israel will host a similar event for French speakers for the first time.

Slanted Reporting: Using a Scientific Study to Attack Modest Dress
by N. Katzin

Last week, the Israeli media reported a surprising "scientific discovery:" modest dress is dangerous to your health. "Women who dress modestly are liable to suffer from osteoporosis," the Yediot Acharonot daily screamed.

Zimbabwe Jewry Not Out Of Woods Yet
by Yated Ne'eman South African Correspondent

Jewish leaders in South Africa have expressed relief at the fact that the recent elections in neighboring Zimbabwe took place fairly peacefully and that the immediate danger to the country's small Jewish community has receded for the time being. About half of Zimbabwe's 800 Jews, mostly the younger members, left the country during the elections, which were narrowly won by Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF Party.

Decline in Worldwide Jewish Population
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Jewish population of the entire world exclusive of Israel is steadily declining. Only in Israel is there real growth. However, contrary to previous projections which spoke of a constant decrease in the population of the Jewish people, the past two years have actually seen a small increase of about 100,000, from 13.1 to 13.2 million Jews in the world, according to Professor Sergio Della Pergola, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Daylight Savings Time Period to be Standardized
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Interior Affairs Committee will appeal to the High Court to request additional time in which to reach agreement on a standard yearly date on which to end Daylight Savings Time.

Efforts to Curb Traffic Accidents Insufficient
by S. Fried

A State Comptroller's report on the battle against traffic accidents published two weeks ago has determined that none of the relevant ministries has done enough to reduce the number of traffic accidents and victims.

UTJ Statement After Passage of the Draft Law

The UTJ party in the Knesset has expressed its satisfaction with the efforts of the Prime Minster to pass the law on its first reading, and hopes that it will soon be passed at a second and third reading with the requisite amendments.

UTJ Representatives Will Demand That the Law Be Amended
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At the Knesset's deliberation on the passage of the draft deferral law on Monday night (1 Tammuz), UTJ's representatives very clearly explained the importance of Torah study and stated that the existence of the Jewish Nation is dependent on Torah study.

Education Ministry Withholds Summer Security Subsidy in Talmudei Torah
by Betzalel Kahn

Unlike its policy in previous years, this year the Education Ministry has refused to subsidize the cost of security guards in chareidi educational institutions during the months of July and August, months when secular schools are on vacation. Throughout the rest of the year, the Education Ministry contributes to the cost of employing a security guard at every educational institution in Jerusalem.

Lev L'Achim's Tel Aviv Outreach Efforts Meet With Unparalleled Success
By Moshe Schapiro

Ephraim Paktor blends in well with the tide of humanity bustling down the streets of Bnei Brak. He's dressed like your typical kollel scholar, wearing a black hat and jacket despite the intense heat and humidity that envelops the city like a great clammy hand.

Mekorot To Fluoridate Israel's Drinking Water
by N. Katzin

Mekorot has begun preparations to install fluoridation units on the National Water Carrier and at all of its wells, to treat the water supplied for drinking. The goal is to fluoridate all drinking water by May 2001, in compliance with Health Ministry requirements.

HaRav Shmuel Tzvi Spekoina zt"l
by A. Cohen

A large throng of Bnei Brak residents accompanied HaRav Shmuel Tzvi Spekoina, zt"l, on his last earthly journey on Tuesday, 17 Sivan. He was niftar after an illness in the 84th year of his life.

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