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12 Tishrei 5764 - October 8, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Agudas Yisroel and Degel HaTorah Sign Bnei Brak Unity Agreement
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Agudas Yisroel and Degel HaTorah representatives signed a unity agreement in Bnei Brak last week, bringing a dispute over the selection of representatives in the upcoming municipal elections to a happy ending. The UTJ-Agudas Yisroel- Degel HaTorah mayoral candidate will be Rabbi Yissochor Frankentahl and the candidate for first deputy mayor will be Rabbi Yaakov Asher.

All Talmudei Torah Oppose Government Involvement in Curriculum
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maranan verabonon have directed talmud Torah principals across the country to oppose recent attempts at outside intervention in curriculum.

French Jewry Considering Emigration
by Arnon Yaffe, reporting from Paris

Long lines strung out at kosher food stores just before Rosh Hashanah and the streets of the Paris Jewish quarter were packed with people. Heavily laden shoppers navigated through the crowds in search of sheep heads for sale.

Local Tax Discounts for Large Families and Guaranteed Income Recipients Soon to be Cancelled
by Betzalel Kahn

Interior Minister Avraham Poraz (Shinui) issued a new decree last week, ordering the cancellation of local tax (arnonah) discounts for large and low-income families.

United Torah Jewry Stands United for Municipal Elections
by Y. Arielli

Following the submission of the candidate lists for next month's local elections United Torah Jewry appears to have achieved unity and inner cohesiveness that promise great success on Election Day. The candidates chosen to represent the party in every location are also well-liked and accepted by the general public.

NJPS Sparks Controversy
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Among the conclusions of an independent review of the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01, which was conducted by the United Jewish Communities federation umbrella group, was that it may undercount the number of Jews and overestimate their Jewish activity.

US Study: Jews Richer Because of Religion
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Mainline Protestants and Catholics are about the same as the general population average in terms of overall wealth but that of conservative Protestants is half of the average. The average net worth of American Jews is three times that of the general population, according to a new national study by Ohio State University on religious affiliation and wealth.

Hamas's Use of Charitable Societies to Fund and Support Terror
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In Hamas's worldview, dawa ("preaching" or "calling") plays an important role in the organization's activities and is one of the more prominent means by which it realizes its immediate goals: inculcating Islam in the community, increasing public support for the organization and recruiting new members.

Concern Over Orloh in Citrus Fruits in Coming Years
by S. Yisraeli

According to a recent report in financial daily Globes, the citrus-fruit industry is enjoying an upswing after years of inactivity. This summer 350,000 citrus trees will be planted on 6,000 dunams (1,500 acres) of land in the Northern Negev and in the Sharon Region.

Possibility of Rebuilding Vilna Gaon's Beis Knesses
by E. Rauchberger

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauseks said before Rosh Hashonoh during a meeting with Knesset Chairman Reuven Rivlin, who was visiting the country, that the Lithuanian parliament would soon be asked to reconsider the local citizenship law which discriminates against Jewish Holocaust survivors.

Kadimah Local Council Refuses to Provide Security for Nesivos Moshe
by Y. Ariel

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni has demanded the Ministry of Internal Security intervene to protect students at the Nesivos Moshe school in Kadimah after Local Council Chairman Ezra Levy refused to take responsibility for the children's well-being. The council head said he does not recognize the school, a remark that aroused angry reactions since the school operates legally.

HaRav Efraim Oshry zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and M Plaut

The Torah world lost one of its elder statesmen on the second day of Rosh Hashonoh with the passing of HaRav Efraim Oshry zt"l at the age of 95. HaRav Oshry was a young rov in Kovno during the Holocaust and then later rosh yeshiva in Rome after the war. For half a century he was rov of the Beis Hamedrash Hagodol on the Lower East Side of New York City.

HaRav Refoel Yitzchok Wassermann, zt"l
by A. Cohen

Cloaked in mourning, a crowd of thousands, including gedolei Torah, rabbonim, and bnei Torah, participated in the levaya of HaRav Refoel Yitzchok Wassermann zt"l, who passed away without warning last Wednesday at the age of 80.

El Al Makes Yeshiva Students Eligible for Student Fares
by N. Katzin

Yeshiva and kollel students flying El Al will soon be eligible for the same fares granted to college students, following an agreement between the airline and Vaad Hayeshivot.

Shuvu Enrollment Soars
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

645 new children, including native Israelis, enrolled in Shuvu first grades across the country. Nearly 1,000 children in total entered the Shuvu school network, and many more enrolled in affiliated schools.

Rabbi Lupoliansky to Mofaz: Speed Up the Security Fence Around Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky hosted Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz last week for a working lunch followed by an inspection of the fence around Jerusalem, currently under construction.

Palestinian Saves Missing Child
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A child reported missing from his home in the Gush Etzion town of Neve Daniel on Monday was found by a Palestinian resident from the nearby village of Nachlin and brought to the fence surrounding Beitar Illit.

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