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26 Adar II 5765 - April 6, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Steps to Stop Court Quickie Conversion Concession
By E. Rauchberger, B. Kahn and G. Lazer

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni sent a letter early this week to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon demanding that he have the government table a bill ensuring that conversions are performed according to halochoh, and blocking the High Court's recent ruling in favor of quickie Reform and Conservative conversions performed outside of Israel.

High Court: Law Against Employing Jews on Shabbos Does not Contradict the Basic Law
By B Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The High Court of Justice on Monday said that the laws prohibiting employment of Jews on Shabbos do not contradict the Basic Law: Freedom of Occupation because the law is in keeping with "the general values of the State of Israel as a Jewish state."

Gaza Residents Propose Mass Move to Nitzanim
By M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a dramatic change, a broad array of Gaza settler organizations proposed early this week that they move voluntarily, together, to the Nitzanim dunes area located between Ashdod and Ashkelon.

Betzedek Files Suit Against Shinui Slush Fund
By Betzalel Kahn

Betzedek filed a High Court petition on Sunday 23 Adar II against the agreement Prime Minister Ariel Sharon signed with Shinui for its support of the state budget in exchange for NIS 700 million in funding. The petition was filed against the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the government, the Knesset and Shinui.

Scheme to Undermine Kosher Cell Phones Uncovered
By Betzalel Kahn

"The kosher cellular phones by Mirs do not permit breaches [to the Internet] and fully meet the requirements set by Vaadat HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshoret," said Mirs CEO Avraham Bourstein during a meeting with chareidi reporters at the Vishnitz Hotel in Bnei Brak called in response to media reports that the safeguards in the new Mirs cell phones can be easily bypassed and a connection to the Internet may be established. Bourstein said that the reports are based on an obvious attempt at fraud.

Comments about the High Court Ruling
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told Yated Ne'eman, "The present High Court ruling, like previous rulings, is designed to transform Israel into a secular state. In their ruling [the judges] abuse the principles of Judaism and the halochoh handed down to us through the generations since we became a people.

MK Rabbi Ravitz Takes Up Post as Deputy Minister of Welfare
By G. Lazer

MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz assumed the post of deputy minister of welfare, serving in practice as minister since the Ministry of Welfare has no minister.

Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein Inaugurated as Chief Rabbi of South Africa
by D. Saks

Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein was formally inaugurated as Chief Rabbi of South Africa this week at a solemn and moving ceremony held at the Bet Hamedrash Hagadol in Sandton. Amongst those in attendance was South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Connecting Fathers and Sons
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

What has more branches in Israel than there are Post Offices, promoting Torah learning in more botei midrash worldwide than Daf Yomi? With 70,000 pairs of fathers and sons learning bechavrusa at 960 branches around Israel, and 30,000 pairs in Diaspora kehillos, Ovos UBonim has become a major Torah movement.

UK Lottery Boost for Torah Education
By Zeldy Rubin, Jewish Tribune staff

Jewish education received a boost with the announcement of a National Lottery dedicated to schools and other orthodox mosdos. Jewish Education Lottery UK (JEL) is the brainchild of a well-known askan in Golders Green who has founded two Jewish schools in North West London. The beneficiaries of the proceeds will be any organization connected with orthodox education.

HaRav Yaakov Osher Kapf zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Yaakov Osher Kapf zt"l, the grandson of the Admor of Lelov R' Moshe Mordechai, passed away unexpectedly in his beis medrash on Purim. The levaya set out from his beis medrash located in Jerusalem's Neveh Tzvi neighborhood just three hours later, at midnight. The deceased was buried in the family plot on Har Hazeisim.

HaRav Pinchas Lieberman zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

On the night following the last day of Purim Meshulash, the night of 16 Adar II, thousands of Jerusalem residents took part in the levaya for HaRav Pinchas Lieberman zt"l, the author of the Lev Tov translation of Chovos Halevovos and the peirush Tuv Yerushalayim on the Ramban on Chumash.

HaRav Leib Baron Visits Midrash Shmuel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel of Yerushalayim, under the leadership of HaRav Binyomin Moskovits, was recently privileged to be inspired by the wise words of the esteemed rosh hayeshiva of Yeshivas Mercaz HaTorah in Montreal, HaRav Aryeh Leib Baron.

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