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11 Tammuz 5764 - June 30, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Gedolei Yisroel Warn Against Birthright Trips to Israel
by M. Halevy

Last year, gedolei Yisroel in Eretz Hakodesh and the US, headed by Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, shlita, issued a statement against trips for chareidi youths from the US to Eretz Yisroel that cause numerous stumbling- blocks, in tznius, kashrus and hashkofoh. Maranan verabonon said these trips, organized by a program called Birthright, have a detrimental effect on the participants.

IDF Enters Gaza as Qassams Murder 4 Year Old
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday that Israel Defense Forces troops will take over the area in Gaza from which Qassam rockets were fired at Israel for the past few days. Mofaz was referring to the area between Beit Hanoun and the Jabalya refugee camp in the north of the Gaza Strip, and said that troops would remain there for as long as necessary.

Security Escort for Visitors at Mount of Olives
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As of Friday, 8 Sivan 5764, the Security Department of the Ministry of Construction and Housing has been operating a new telephone hotline to reserve a security vehicle to escort people visiting their loved ones' graves on Har Hazeisim and to escort funeral processions when needed.

Heated Exchange Between Ministers Shalom and Lapid
by G. Lazer

Justice Minister Yosef Lapid and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom exchanged heated remarks during a government meeting on Sunday to discuss a report called The Jewish People 2004.

How Many Hours are Required at Kollelim?
by Eliezer Rauchberger

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni tabled an amendment to the law allowing yeshiva students to defer military service, to allow kollel students to learn 35 hours per week in their main kollel and another 10 hours in a different framework, instead of 45 hours per week in a single kollel as required by the current law.

NRP Thwarts Bill for Religious Council Workers
By Eliezer Rauchberger

NRP votes helped defeat legislation proposed by MK Amir Peretz (Am Echad) to apply the Civil Service Law to religious council retirees, thereby requiring the State rather than the religious councils to pay their pensions.

City of Bnei Brak Cancels Dismissal Notices and Continues With Recovery Program
by A. Cohen

Labor relations at the City of Bnei Brak are looking up. After months of tension that began with the recovery program and reached a climax two months ago when the City Council unanimously decided to send dismissal notices to 403 employees, there has been marked improvement following an agreement between the municipality and the Organization of Municipality Clerks' and Workers' Committees in which the two sides pledged to make an effort to achieve a comprehensive recovery program.

MK Ravitz Proposes Changes in Adoption Laws
By Eliezer Rauchberger

"A lack of faith has been created between families in very dire situations and [State] welfare services to the point that there are families who should receive temporary assistance and some sort of help and they do not turn to the social bureaus out of fear and dread their children may be taken away for adoption.

Pair of Fraudulent Tzedokoh Collectors Uncovered
by Betzalel Kahn

Two hucksters who succeeded in collecting large sums of money from hundreds of families by claiming they were backed by prominent rabbonim were caught in Jerusalem last week.

Mrs. Chanah Perlstein, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

Mrs. Chanah Perlstein o"h, a tzadeikes and the wife of HaRav Yaakov Perlstein ylct"a, passed away in London on Sunday 8 Tammuz at the age of 80.

Kaliv Building Dedicated
by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands were on hand to take part in the dedication of the Shema Yisroel-Kaliv Center and the installation of three sifrei Torah in remembrance of Holocaust martyrs and sifrei Torah that were desecrated and burned. The large ceremony was held on 27 Sivan in Yerushalayim to mark 60 years since the Admor of Kaliv was spared from the Nazis.

Satisfied Riders on Egged's Mehadrin Lines in Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

Egged has been operating several Mehadrin bus lines in chareidi neighborhoods in Jerusalem for the past six months following requests by rabbonim and askonim.

Jerusalem Funds New Genizah
by Betzalel Kahn

Following extensive efforts to locate a site, enormous quantities of genizah were buried at a new, specially prepared site in the Abu Dis area near Maaleh Adumim through City of Jerusalem funding.

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