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15 Elul 5764 - September 1, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Widespread Suspicions of Political Appointments in Israeli Government

Rabbi Gafni asks Civil Service Commissioner to investigate Religious Councils as well
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Degel HaTorah General Secretary MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni contacted State Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander on Monday to demand that he investigate political appointments by the Prime Minister's Office allegedly made at religious councils around the country during the past few months.

Flap about Espionage Seems to be Dying Down
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

There really was an ongoing investigation in Washington about the leakage of classified information to Israel but it does not appear to have been the result of actions taken by Israel.

New Head of El Al Pledges Not to Fly on Shabbos
by Betzalel Kahn

Prof. Izzi Borovitz, managing director of Arkia, one of the new controlling owners of El Al and the designated company chairman, pledged that El Al would preserve the status quo by not flying on Shabbos.

IDF Quietly Promoting Large-Scale Conversion
by G. Lazer

IDF Personnel Department Commander Gen. Elazar Stern has decided to expand the army conversion process by opening more conversion courses for any of the IDF's 7,500 non-Jewish soldiers who express an interest.

Hebrew University Professors Call for the "Non-Working Population" to Leave Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

A group of eight economics professors at the Hebrew University publicized a letter proposing the transfer of the chareidi population from Jerusalem. The letter, which addresses the municipality's plan to expand the city westward, calls for efforts to encourage "the non-working population to migrate out of the city." Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky expressed shock over the professors' remarks, calling them "racist theories."

Orloh Fruits from Current Harvest Season Found in Produce Markets
by Betzalel Kahn

A memo sent out to rabbonim and morei horo'oh by Kashrut Lemehadrin-Chakla'ut Al Pi HaTorah warns that at this time of year orloh fruits found in produce markets can present a serious stumbling block to consumers.

International Graves Expert Visits London and Poland
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbi Mendel Eckstein of Bnei Brak, an internationally recognized expert in the identification and location of Jewish graves and human remains, has concluded a four-day visit to Europe at the invitation of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, with whom he has worked in the past on a number of projects.

Connecting Modi'in Illit to New Rapid Rail Transit
by A. Cohen

Israel Railways has set up a special team to assess how to connect Modi'in Illit to the new rail line slated to reach the Modi'in area. The arrangements were finalized in a meeting between City Council Chairman Rabbi Yaakov Guterman and ranking Israel Railways officials. Representatives selected by the Modi'in Illit Council will also be included on the assessment team.

Suspicions of Paris Police Methods
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

The Paris police again found that an apparent antisemitic crime was in fact not committed for antisemitic motives. It was simply an act of revenge because the vagabond who did it was about to get fired. "He is precisely the type of person who would perpetrate an antisemitic arson attack," said the police.

Enrollment Up in Bnei Brak
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A total of 53,800 students, kein yirbu, took to the classrooms at various schools and kindergartens in Bnei Brak this year, up from 52,100 last year, posting the largest relative increase in the entire Dan Region.

At Least 12 Dead in Beer Sheva Blasts
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Early Tuesday afternoon two blasts ripped through buses in central Beer Sheva. An MDA spokesman said that at least 35 people had been treated and 15-20 were critically hurt. Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva later reported that 59 wounded were admitted.

Hachnosas Sefer Torah at the Chayei Aharon Yeshiva in Yerushalayim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Sunday night erev rosh chodesh Elul, a magnificent Hachnosas Sefer Torah celebration took place at the Chayei Aharon Yeshiva of Mosdos Da'as Torah in Yerushalayim.

Kupat Hatzedoko Matan Beseter of Elad
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The religious city of Elad has recently celebrated its fifth birthday. Although the city is relatively new, its central charitable organization gives the impression of being an experienced one that is run by mature and dedicated people. Keren Hatzedoko Matan Beseter Elad regularly helps hundreds of troubled families in Elad, including the sick, the poor, the lonely and many large families who are unable to cope because of their limited means.

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