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25 Kislev 5765 - December 8, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Gedolei Yisroel and Roshei Yeshivas Meet to Discuss Eliminating Cell Phones from Yeshivas
By Betzalel Kahn

A rare gathering of maronon verabonon, roshei yeshivos and ramim was held on Motzei Shabbos to address the damage being done to bochurim by cellular telephones. Gedolei Yisroel called for the removal of the plague from yeshiva halls.

Population Administration Pressured to Recognize Conversion Performed Abroad by Unrecognized Rabbis
By Betzalel Kahn

The wholesale conversion industry in Israel has reached new dimensions with the transfer of responsibility for the Special Conversion Courts to the Prime Minister's Office. Rabbi Chaim Druckman, head of the Conversion Administration at the Prime Minister's Office, reported to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that since taking over conversion matters several months ago he has signed 727 conversion certificates.

Sarkozy Supplants Chirac as Leader of Right-Wing Party
by Arnon Yaffe, Paris

Following a prolonged battle for control, French President Jacques Chirac's rival, Interior and Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, took over the governing right-wing party, Union for a Popular Movement (UPM), on Monday, at a lavish inauguration ceremony resembling a coronation. Some 50,000 mostly young participants received him with trumpet blasts, in accordance with the new custom of the French right, in an enormous hall at Le Bourget Airport.

Growing Kehilla Activities Reported at UOHC Council Meeting
by UOHC Staff

Delegates representing the constituent shuls of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC) gathered at a new venue last Sunday for the twice-yearly Council meeting.

Bnei Brak Parking Violations Below National Average
By A. Cohen

The number of parking violations by Bnei Brak residents has been decreasing in recent years compared to the national average according to a report released by the City Parking Authority based on accumulated statistics.

Fifth Anniversary of Avos Uvonim in South Africa
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The school year ended last week in South Africa. The summer holiday began with a special event for the many boys who learn in the various Johannesburg mosdos. It was the celebration of the 5th anniversary of Avos Uvonim which took the form of a melave malka on motzei Shabbos Vayeishev.

R' Yisroel HaKohen Bloom, z"l
by Rav Nosson Einfeld

US Jewry lost a rare gemstone with the passing of R' Yisroel HaKohen Bloom z"l, founder of Yeshivas Darkei Torah in Far Rockaway, who passed away on Erev Yom Kippur. Reflecting a life of good deeds and elevated character the words "Yisroel asher becho espo'er" were inscribed on his gravestone.

R' Refoel Posen, zt"l
by S. Bruchi

During the week of Parshas Vayishlach, 5765, R' Refoel Posen, zt"l, passed away at the age of 86.

Sefer Ma'aseh Yehudis
by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Leiter
Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Leiter, already known for his original works on the five Megillos, has once again benefited the Torah community with the publication of his new sefer, Ma'aseh Yehudis. This slim volume contains a thorough treatment of the well-known story of Yehudis, the valorous woman who cleverly succeeded in beheading the Greek governor of Jerusalem in the times of the Hellenists.

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