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13 Teves 5760 - December 22, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Chareidi Chinuch Receives a Quarter of What it Deserves
by Eliezer Rauchberger

On Monday, the Finance Committee discussed the budget of the Education Ministry, always an important and sensitive issue for the chareidi community . During the deliberation, a startling fact became known: According to the official figures of the Education Ministry, students of the chareidi educational stream constitute a full 13.1 percent of the entire system, while they receive only 3.9 % of the Education Ministry's budget...

City of Jerusalem Plans Big Cut in Chareidi Education
by Betzalel Kahn

The Federation of the Talmudei Torah warned that it is likely that the budgets of the educational institutions in Jerusalem will be drastically cut, by of tens of millions of shekels, in the year 2000. As a result, it was decided to make an all- out effort to prevent this drastic move, which is liable to undermine all of the achievements of the chareidi representation in the municipality in chareidi chinuch.

Battle to Stop Financial Discrimination Against Chareidim in Ashdod
by B. Rabinowitz

Publicity about the Forum of Ashdod Chareidi Institutions as well as the launching of a battle against Ashdod Mayor Tzvi Tzikler due to the shocking discrimination against Ashdod's chareidi sector has had far-reaching repercussions. At the same time, appreciation of the Forum's vital activities on behalf of Ashdod's chareidi residents has been expressed.

Israel Poverty Population Passes One Million
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The poverty rate in Israel took a slight turn for the worse in 1998, but the figures do not show any significant deterioration and some groups showed an improvement, according to a report published on Monday by the National Insurance Institute (NII) and presented by Minister of Labor Eli Yishai at a press conference in his office.

Barak: Court Has the Right to Abrogate Law and Deal with Values
by E. Rauchberger

"Judges who have not been elected by the people can cancel laws of the elected legislature. This is a democratic act. In addition, the argument that the Court should not rule on values is unacceptable," said Chief Justice Aharon Barak in a lecture to the Israeli Association for Parliamentary Issues.

Chanukah Celebration of Sephardic Marbitzei Torah
by Betzalel Kahn

On Thursday night 29 Kislev, a chizuk rally and Chanukah celebration for the Sephardic Marbitzei Torah was held in Jerusalem. The occasion was attended by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach of Maalos HaTorah, the heads of the Marbitzei Torah organization, roshei yeshiva and hundreds of bnei Torah.

Efi Fein Isn't Being Promoted Because He is Religious
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The wife of Brigadier-General Efi Eitam Fein claimed, in the media, that her husband is not being promoted to the rank of full general, because he wears a yarmulke.

Swastikas Sprayed on Synagogue Walls in Kiryat Motzkin
by Yehuda Ariel

Swastikas and slogans slurring religious Jews were scrawled on the walls of a synagogue in Kiryat Motzkin last week. The Chief Rabbi of the city, HaRav Dovid Meir Druckman, said that this occurrence is the direct result of incessant incitement against religious and chareidi Jews.

World Expert on Hemangioma Surgery Visits Israel
by S. Baruchi

Dr. Milton Werner, the United States' most eminent expert on hemangioma surgery (facial vascular malformations and non- malignant growths) was in Israel last month as the guest of Rabbi Elimelech Firrer, chairman of the Ezra Umarpeh chessed organization.

"Kosher" Music
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Kashrus stamps certify thousands of food products around the world, assuring the Jewish consumer that the food has met with stringent standards of Rabbinic supervision. Now, for the first time ever, a music tape cassette/CD has been released which bears a "kosher" stamp. Dovid Honig's "Shabbos Treasures" carries the endorsement of HaRav Moshe Halberstam and HaRav Yehoshua Binyomin Zilber.

HaRav Ephraim Oshry Visits the Torah Institutions of Antwerp
by S. Fried

A student of the Chofetz Chaim and one of the illustrious gedolim of Lithuania, the elderly gaon, HaRav Ephraim Oshry, formerly an av beis din of Kovna and currently a rov on the Lower East Side, was warmly welcomed and honored in the Belzer beis hamedrash in Antwerp.

Antiquities Authority Damages Yeshiva's Temporary Buildings
by Betzalel Kahn

On 11 Kislev, Antiquities Authority workers caused heavy damage to temporary buildings near the Even Yisroel Yeshiva, founded by Yeshivas HaRan and currently located in Jerusalem's Ramat Polin neighborhood. The ravage was perpetrated at the same time that negotiations on the issue were being held with members of the Authority.

Vaccine to Treat Skin Cancer
by N. Katzin

The Israel Cancer Association recently publicized information about several Israeli innovations in the field. The information focused on the developments of vaccines against the disease, particularly on a vaccine against melanoma -- malignant skin cancer -- which will hopefully be available within the next few months.

South African Jewish Community Dwindling
by S. Fried

Most of the 75 thousand Jews living today in South Africa are ready to pack up and leave at a moment's notice. This is in contrast to the 120 thousand Jews who lived there before the current democratic-black government came into power.

Remnants of Sabbateans in Turkey
by S. Fried

The recent earthquake in Turkey brought the country's Jewish community to the attention of world Jewry. Turkey, the center of the Ottoman Empire for hundreds of years, was also once a large hub of Jewish life.

27 Israeli Species Have Become Extinct this Century
by N. Katzin

The LaTeva Nolad (Born to Nature) report about the state of wild animals in Israel in 1999 reveals that 27 species of animals have become extinct in Israel -- as well as in the entire world -- over the last one hundred years.

Rav Zeev Adleman, zt"l
by S. Baruchi

A deep pall of mourning descended on the Torah world at the passing of the gaon, HaRav Zev Adleman, one of the greatest tzaddikim of our times who was nifter Wednesday the 6th of Kislev at the age of 86.

Rav Yosef Leib Zusman zt"l
by B.K.

On Monday, Teves 4, a large throng of Jerusalem's residents participated in the levayo of the gaon and tzaddik, Harav Yosef Leib Zusman zt"l.

Rebbetzin Tzivia Walkin o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

A massive throng , both in the United States and Eretz Yisroel, accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Tzivia Walkin o"h, wife of HaRav Shmuel Dovid Walkin, and mother of HaRav Chaim Walkin, the menahel ruchani of yeshivas Ateres Yisroel, on her last earthly journey on Chanukah, 29 Kislev. She was 85 at the time of her petirah.

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