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18 Tammuz 5764 - July 7, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Head of Shin Bet Warns Against Extremists on the Right
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Since Shin Bet security service head Avi Dichter spoke at Sunday's cabinet meeting, everyone else has not stopped talking about what he said. The most talked-about statement he made then concerned the possibility of violence from the extreme right in reaction to the implementation of the prime minister's disengagement plan.

Chareidi Cities in Israel Continue to Grow, Kein Yirbu
By Betzalel Kahn and M Plaut

While Jerusalem, the largest city in Israel, grew 1.9 percent (an increase of 12,800 people), chareidi towns and cities all over Israel continued to grow at a much higher rate than the rest of the country, with the exception of Bnei Brak, which grew just 0.5 percent, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Monday.

Belgian Foreign Minister Says Jews Have Become a Target
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Following five consecutive attacks on Jews in Antwerp within one week, the Belgian government acknowledged that Arabs have been carrying out antisemitic attacks but couched its denunciation in highly diplomatic terms.

The Gateshead Rov's Dikduk BeHalochoh

To the Editor:

At the first yahrtzeit of the beloved Gateshead Rov zt"l (20 Tammuz), one feels more intensely the great loss we have all suffered. Over the past year, a number of collective mitzvos including siyumim were dedicated le'iluy nishmoso, and perhaps now is an appropriate time to mention another opportunity for each individual to join forces in an additional dvar mitzvah.

Please Daven

For Yitzchok Yosef ben Leah Gittel

Kosher Beach in Herzliyah Reopens
by A. Cohen

Herzliyah's segregated beach, jointly operated by the cities of Herzliyah and Bnei Brak, reopened to the public last week.

Petition to Open Cultural Center in Netanya on Shabbos Rejected
by Y. Ariel

Exerted efforts by Netanya's Degel HaTorah chairman, Rabbi Moshe Lachover, and Deputy Mayor Atty. Mendy Weiss helped block an attempt by Shinui to open Netanya's municipal Heichal HaTarbut (cultural center) on Shabbos.

Supersol Decides Not to Operate on Shabbos or Sell Non- Kosher Food
by G. Kleiman

Supersol Chairman Nochi Dankner reached a decision recently not to open the chain of stores on Shabbos and not to bring non-kosher food products into the stores.

City of Beit Shemesh to Dismiss 3 of Its 4 Chareidi Employees
by Betzalel Kahn

The City of Beit Shemesh began to send letters to about 90 municipality workers early this week, summoning them to appear before a hearing committee before being dismissed from their jobs. Three of the city's four chareidi workers are among those facing dismissal.

Education Minister Says Chareidi Kindergartners of Lesser Importance
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Education Minister L. Livnat announced that she feels that her primary obligation is to children in official government kindergartens while children in recognized but unofficial (i.e. chareidi) kindergartens are of secondary importance.

Kashrus Supervisor Miraculously Spared from Qassam Rocket
by Betzalel Kahn

R' Reuven Mizrachi's life was miraculously spared from a Qassam rocket that landed near him at a potato packing plant in an industrial zone in the Negev outside Sderot last week.

Medical Organizations Help Fly Young Cystic Fibrosis Patients to Camps in Switzerland
by A. Cohen

Leading medical aid organizations have arranged to fly children to Switzerland to participate in Chaim Leyeled summer camps for cystic fibrosis and lung patients.

Justice Ministry Instructs Other Ministries to Transfer Funds to Yeshivas and NGOs from Previous Years
by G. Kleinman

The Justice Ministry instructed the other ministries last week to begin transferring support funding from previous years to hundreds of non-government organizations that held temporary proper management certificates valid for just a few months rather than an annual certificate.

R' Meir Salomon, z"l
by S. Bruchi

R' Meir Salomon, one of the founders of the Torah community in Buenos Aires, passed away last week at the age of 74.

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