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10 Shevat 5766 - February 8, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Violent Moslem Protests Sweep Through Middle East; Europe also a Target
By M Plaut in Jerusalem and Arnon Yaffeh in Paris

Moslem protests of Danish cartoons that satirized the Prophet Mohammed swept across the Middle East and elsewhere in the world on Monday. Many were violent. There was violence in Afghanistan where at least five protesters died and more than a dozen police and protesters were wounded.

The Chief Rabbi of Azerbaijan warns: "Non-Jewish Children are Being Accepted in Jewish Schools in the Former Soviet Union."
HaRav Shmuel Auerbach speaks out in support

by S. Yisraeli

A new serious breach has developed in Eastern European countries particularly those of the former Soviet Union. The grave situation concerns non-Jewish families who are entering into Jewish communities by enrolling their children in Jewish schools.

Forensics Institute Defiles Body, Violating Court's Instructions
by Betzalel Kahn

The chareidi community was shocked by the desecration and defilement of the dead last week when the Haifa District Court approved an autopsy on the body of Frieda Wiesel o"h, who was found dead in her apartment in Kiryat Ata. Following the incident, demonstrations took place around the country.

City of Bnei Brak to Issue Debentures
by A. Cohen

The City of Bnei Brak will become one of the first municipalities in Israel to issue debentures said Deputy Interior Minister Ruchama Avraham at a working meeting in Bnei Brak.

Constitution Proposal to Continue in Next Knesset
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Despite a stiff protest by Degel HaTorah representatives Welfare Deputy Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee decided that the next Knesset would continue talks on formulating a "Constitution for Israel" (Chukah LeYisrael) even without unanimous agreement on the issue.

Police Complaint Filed Against Cremation Company
By Betzalel Kahn

The Chevra Kadisha Forum and the director of ZAKA's legal department filed a complaint to Kfar Saba police against Alei Shalechet, a company that has set up the only crematorium in Israel.

Jew Praying at Airport Draws Suspicions
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A Jew standing in place at the arrivals terminal at Manchester International Airport wearing tallis and tefillin drew suspicions among airport security personnel. They tried to speak to him, but since he was in the middle of tefillas Shemoneh Esrei he made no reply. The confrontation ended without incident, reports The Jewish Tribune.

Deputy Minister Rabbi Ravitz Surveys Prisoner Rehabilitation Program
By G. Kleiman

Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, who serves as commissioner of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority, was recently hosted by the Authority. Chairman Shlomo Bakish presented Rabbi Ravitz with a survey of the activities run by the Authority, which handled 2,344 prisoners and their families last year.

Rededication of Lusaka Synagogue in Zambia
by Yated South African Correspondent

Nearly a hundred people, including a 14-person delegation from the African Jewish Congress (AJC), participated in a rousing rededication ceremony of the Lusaka synagogue on 29 January. A number of American Jews connected with the local US Embassy were also in attendance.

Finance Ministry Budget Department Visits Modi'in Illit
by A. Cohen

A full delegation of officials from the Finance Ministry's budget department toured Modi'in Illit and held a working meeting with Council Chairman Rabbi Yaakov Guterman. The visit set a precedent since the department's personnel rarely engage in field work.

HaRav Aharon Feldman in Israel
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Aharon Feldman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ner Israel of Baltimore and a member of the Council of Torah Sages of America, arrived in Eretz Yisroel to take part in a family simchah. He is scheduled to remain until Tu BeShevat.

R' Naftoli Firrer
By A. Cohen

R' Naftoli Firrer z"l, a prominent Belzer chossid in Bnei Brak, passed away at the age of 85 following a brief illness.

1,000 New Participants Join Dirshu's Daf Yomi Testing Program
by Betzalel Kahn

Some 1,000 new participants registered within a three-day period for the Daf Yomi testing program sponsored by Dirshu, a Toronto-based international foundation to promote Torah study.

City of Jerusalem Advances Building Plan for Darkei Rochel Seminary
by Betzalel Kahn

Alongside a solution recently found besiyata deShmaya to deal with overcrowded conditions and lack of a building at Darkei Rochel Seminary, efforts toward a permanent solution continue and recently a move was made to alter the zoning for a plot of land in the Sanhedria area, designating it for a large building complex to serve the 2,000 students.

Degel HaTorah-Vishnitz List for Elad Council Meets with HaRav Steinman
by A. Cohen

Members of the Degel HaTorah-Vishnitz Party in Elad met at the home of HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, presenting a full report on the activity by Degel HaTorah members and their help in developing Torah institutions in the city.

Pesachia Awarded Os Hachessed
by Betzalel Kahn

The Willy Trump Os Hachessed Prize Committee, headed by HaRav Yitzchok Goldknopf, awarded the Os Hachessed to Pesachia at a moving ceremony held at Beit Izzy Shapira in Raanana.

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