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15 Av 5766 - August 9, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Reuters Photographer in Lebanon Digitally Altered Images
by M Plaut

For the second time in two days Reuters news agency had to send all its clients an embarrassing "Picture Kill" advisory, as two images sent in by its Beirut photographer, Adnan Hajj, were exposed as having been digitally altered. Alert obervers on web logs (known as "blogs") found that both images had parts that were copied to make them appear more fearful than they were, and to put Israel in a worse light than it deserved.

To the Bnei Yeshivas Regarding the Demands of this Period

BS"D, Menachem Av 5766

We currently face a collective time of difficulty in which sonei Yisroel seek to put us in dire straits. Many residents of Eretz Hakodesh are in constant danger and clearly this is a time to cry out and sound the alarm that this evil is our doing. Each of us must strengthen himself and rectify his ways so that Our Father in Heaven will remove this suffering from upon us. The heart knows the bitterness of the soul.

Conversion Scandal Exposed in Prague
By Binyomin Rabinowitz

It was exactly ten years ago. Yated Ne'eman was waging a hard-nosed campaign against one of the major players in the "conversion" industry, Rabbi Noach Landsberg, who was operating at several botei din, particularly the Jerusalem District Beis Din. The campaign included a series of investigative reports that uncovered his activities.

Chessed Organizations Meeting the Needs of Northern Residents
by Yechiel Sabar, Betzalel Kahn and A. Cohen

With Katyusha missiles falling on towns and cities in the north of Eretz Yisroel for nearly a month, chessed organizations are busy helping families that fled south as well as others that stayed home, spending much of their days and nights in bomb shelters.

Treasury to Reconsider Reduction of Income Support for Avreichim
by Betzalel Kahn

The Finance Ministry is planning to cut the budget for Income Support Benefit for avreichim by five percent as part of the government directives for a five percent across-the- board cut in the 2006 Budget. MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni has protested the plan to senior staff in the Finance Ministry, and has been promised that a decision will soon be reached as to whether to accede to his request and cancel the proposed cut.

Knesset Education Ministry to Discuss Discrimination Against Chareidi Education System
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Education Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting to assess and seek ways to reduce discrimination against the chareidi education system. The meeting was set following a proposal by former Education Ministry Director Ronit Tirosh, who said she is very familiar with the situation and confirmed that the chareidi education system is indeed discriminated against in numerous areas.

Federal Appeals Court Decision Big Victory for Yeshiva Students
by Yad LeTat

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that where a school district's proposed school placement would not provide a child with a free appropriate public education, the child's parents may unilaterally place the child in a private school and the school district would then be required to reimburse the parents for the cost of the private school tuition.

Knesset Approves NIS 32 Million in Funding for Yeshivas and Kollelim
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Finance Committee approved an additional NIS 32 million ($7 million) in Education Ministry funding for yeshivas and kollelim.

Zol Po Changes its Name and Direction
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Zol Po chain is halting activity in the chareidi sector and opening a new chain. The Zol Po name, which has etched itself into the consumer consciousness, will continue to be used at a few stores in the general sector and will be completely upgraded in the chareidi sector.

Yeshivas Ponovezh Opens 54th Yarchei Kallah
By A. Cohen

The 54th Annual Yarchei Kallah at Yeshivas Ponovezh was opened in Bnei Brak this week by HaRav Eliezer Kahaneman and the roshei yeshiva.

Egged Plus Chosen to Operate Public Transportation in Beitar Illit
by Yechiel Sabar

After months of deliberations, Egged Plus was selected as the final winner of a tender to run a cluster of bus lines to and from Beitar Illit. An initial agreement was signed by the Transportation Ministry, Egged Plus and Beitar Illit pending the approval of the Jerusalem District Court.

Hansy Josovic Activists from Stamford Hill Go to Venice
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A group of eight Stamford Hill women recently returned from a two-day trip to Venice organized by the Hansy Josovic Maternity Trust.

Mishmeres HaSholom on the Front Lines
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Notorious Katyusha rockets have made headlines. War. Buzzing cities and holy sites are suddenly transformed into danger zones. Sirens go off in the mind of the most carefree. Reservists are called up for duty, IDF troops fight bloody battles, and the air force wreaks havoc on enemy territory. Some of us are fretful, others less, every one of us is left to wonder: What am I to do?

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