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5 Iyar 5760 - May 10, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Major Finance Reform Proposal
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last Thursday the committee headed by Treasury Director- General Avi Ben-Bassat published its long awaited plans for reform of the tax system and capital markets of Israel. On Sunday the government approved the plan but set up a special Cabinet committee to discuss the package and suggest changes. Finance Minister Shohat, who is a member of the committee, said that he would work to ensure that the changes are minor.

Protest Against Bogus IDF Rabbinate Conversions and Netiv
by B. Rabinowitz

This past chol hamoed Pesach, "Shai," the Organization for the Preservation of the Jewish Identity of Israel, organized two demonstrations. One was held in front of the offices of the IDF Rabbinate in Tel Aviv, while the other was held opposite the offices of Netiv. The demonstrators protested against the IDF Rabbinate's performance of fictitious "conversions" and Netiv's granting immigration permits to masses of non-Jews from the C.I.S.

Highlights of the Lev L'Achim Rally
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The annual Lev L'Achim rally was held on Monday 26 Nisan in Bnei Brak. Thousands came to hear maranan verabonon speak at the event which lasted more than six hours from three in the afternoon. This event brings together thousands of activists from all over the country.

The Notzrel Loshon Rally: A Revolution in Speech Patterns
by Betzalel Kahn

Rabbi C. is a ram in a prominent yeshiva in Jerusalem. Today, he teaches Torah to his many yeshiva students. But he is also the man who designed the posters which have been distributed during this past year throughout all chareidi centers in the country with slogans like: "It's Up to Us to Stop the Fire."

Thousands at the Uchesavtem Gathering
by A. Cohen

Thursday night (29-30 Nisan) was an impressive event at which the Uchesavtem organization awarded stipends to some of the finest students of the country's yeshivos. It was attended by maranan verabonon, roshei yeshiva, marbitzei Torah and bnei yeshiva from the entire spectrum of chareidi Jewry.

Mossad snatches Sifrei Torah from Saddam
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Dozens of sifrei Torah that Saddam Hussein ordered destroyed have been smuggled out of Iraq in an operation masterminded by Mossad, the Israeli secret service, according to the London Sunday Times.

Jerusalem Religious Council Says: "We Will Never Sit with Representatives of Heretical Movements"
by Betzalel Kahn

In the wake of the State Comptroller's censure of the Religious Councils for not holding joint meetings with representatives of the Reform movement, members of the Jerusalem Religious Council have made it absolutely clear that the council has always and will always conduct itself in accordance with halocho as directed by the ruling of the gedolei haTorah.

Airline Ticket Prices May Rise Due To Tower Air Collapse
by S. Fried

Charter flight operators in Israel must post bank guarantees with the Civil Airport Administration in the event that a flight doesn't materialize so that the Administration can provide alternate tickets in such cases, to protect consumers. This agreement was concluded after the relatively unruly charter market caused a number of Israelis to be stranded in foreign airports.

Worldwide Protest Against Indecent Advertising
by B. Rabinowitz

The Worldwide Rabbinical Committee for the Prevention of Indecent Advertising has recently launched a campaign against an advertising agency which has been plastering indecent, offensive advertisements on billboards throughout Israel. The entire Torah community has joined hands in an intensive battle to halt this dangerous trend.

Public Shabbos Desecration in Rechovot
by B. Rabinowitz

The preparations made by the Rechovot municipality the Independence day took place on the afternoon of Shabbos Kodesh (rosh chodesh Iyar) by scores of employees of a private firm commissioned by the Rechovot municipality.

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