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17 Tammuz 5763 - July 17, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Domestic Crisis Deepens: Hospitals Run Out of Money, Protesters Converge on Jerusalem
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu canceled a trip abroad that was supposed to start Wednesday and continue until early next week in order to deal with growing domestic troubles as government hospitals cut services and protesters hurt by the cutbacks converged on Jerusalem.

Sharon Meets Straw and Blair, Says Security Fence Must Go Up
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, visiting 10 Downing Street, has told Prime Minister Tony Blair that construction of the West Bank security fence will continue, despite international opposition. Earlier in the day he met with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. The meetings were friendly, but there was not meeting of the minds.

Rabbonim Work to Rein in Shabbos Demonstrations on Bar Ilan Street
by Betzalel Kahn

In a special meeting on Sunday, the Vaadas HaRabbonim Lema'an Kedushas HaShabbos determined that protest demonstrations against breaches in the walls protecting Shabbos may be held only after receiving directives and guidance from maranan verabonon, who will consider the potential benefits to the overall campaign.

Efforts to Implement Agreement to Halt Grave Desecration in Grodno
by Eliezer Rauchberger

A newly set up committee comprised of Grodno City Council members and representatives of Jewish organizations in Byelorussia and other countries is working to implement an agreement reached just days ago to halt grave desecration at a 500-year-old cemetery located in the city.

Clarification about Nefesh B'Nefesh
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Two weeks ago we ran an article about North American aliyah that discussed the activities of a Florida-based group entitled Nefesh B'Nefesh in promoting aliyah from America to Eretz Yisroel through substantial monetary grants.

HaRav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss Installed as Gavad of Eidoh Chareidis
by Betzalel Kahn

A large gathering was on hand Monday afternoon to welcome HaRav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss to his new post as Gavad (Godol Av Beis Din) of the Eidoh Chareidis of Jerusalem.

Shinui Forged Secret Agreement to Funnel NIS 123 Million in Discretionary Funds
by G. Lazer

A political storm raged following a report last Thursday that before joining the coalition the Shinui Party demanded NIS 123 million for distribution at its own discretion.

Roshei Yeshivos Discuss Admission and Enrollment at Yeshivos Gedolos

Last week dozens of roshei yeshivos gedolos gathered at the request of HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz and HaRav Gershon Edelstein for a special meeting at HaRav Shteinman's home to discuss acceptance and enrollment of talmidim at yeshivos gedolos.

Leumit and Meuchedet HMOs Won't Merge
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Knesset Leumit Health Fund and Kupat Cholim Meuchedet will not merge into a single health fund. An announcement to this effect was released on Monday, but it was a trial balloon by Knesset Finance Committee chairman and former Leumit Health Fund chairman Abraham Hirchson. Hirchson resigned from Leumit Health Fund six months ago.

Elad Council Members Fire Council Head
by A. Cohen

The Elad Local Council fired Rabbi Tzuriel Krispal from his job as council head by a six-to-two vote with one abstention.

Emergency Fundraising Drive for Degel Yerushalayim
by Betzalel Kahn

An emergency fundraising drive is now under way to save the Degel Yerushalayim cultural fund after twenty-five years of youth activities.

Year-End Atzeres at Nesivos Moshe
by A. Cohen

Hundreds of parents and other relatives as well as local rabbonim and Chinuch Atzmai and Lev L'Achim heads participated in a moving year-end atzeres at Nesivos Moshe, the Torah-based school in the town of Kadimah in the Sharon region founded a few years ago following a trip to the US by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman and the Admor of Gur and named after Rabbi Moshe Sherer, late leader of the American Agudas Yisroel.

World Agudas Yisroel Executive Board to Meet in Jerusalem
by G. Lazer

The Agudas Yisroel Executive Board is scheduled to convene next week in Jerusalem to discuss current issues affecting the chareidi world in Eretz Yisroel and abroad. World Executive Committee Chairman Rabbi Yehuda Meir Abramowitz recently sent out invitations to the conference to members of the Executive Board living around the world.

Bein Odom Lechavero Revolution in Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In 5761, Kollel Linas haTzedek was founded in Sanhedria Murchevet, Yerushalayim, to learn the halochos of bein odom lechavero. Less than two years later, the venture has expanded into the Linas haTzedek Kollel Network, a group of five kollelim which study hilchos bein odom lechavero.

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