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8 Adar 5766 - March 8, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Israel Reduced Civilian Casualties to an Incredible 3.5 Percent
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a talk to the press on Tuesday morning, IAF Commander Major General Eliezer Shakedi said that the air force makes "superhuman efforts in order to reduce the number of innocent casualties in aerial strikes." He presented the latest IDF data that showed that the proportion of noncombatants (a technical term defined in the Geneva Conventions) killed in IAF aerial strikes in the territories has been reduced to a stunning 3.5 percent of all such casualties.

Thousands of Chinuch Atzmai Students Left at the Curbside After Finance Ministry Cuts Transportation Funding
By Betzalel Kahn

The Chinuch Atzmai system is facing a severe busing crisis following the Finance Ministry's decision to cut transportation funding immediately. Bus companies have stopped providing services for students at over 120 locations around the country.

New Eruv in Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel Neighborhood — Becoming Chareidi
By Betzalel Kahn

The construction of a new eruv in the main part of Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel neighborhood is now complete.

The need for the eruv, funded by R' Refoel Halperin, arose when more than 100 bnei Torah families, especially young couples, moved into a central section of Kiryat Yovel, where Torah activity is growing. The new eruv will connect to the Bayit Vegan eruv.

Warnings Against Firecrackers and Other Purim Dangers
By B. Kahn and G. Kleiman

As Purim draws near rescue services are issuing staunch warnings to parents not to allow their children to possess firecrackers and other items that pose a safety hazard.

Civil Marriage Law Narrowly Defeated in Knesset
by Eliezer Rauchberger

A civil marriage bill tabled by Shinui was defeated 12 to 11 in a Knesset plenum session.

Minister Roni Bar-On, responding for the government, lodged criticism against the former Shinui members, saying that their defiant and provocative conduct actually defeated efforts to reach a solution for Israelis who are ineligible to marry one another according to halochoh (e.g. a Jew and a non-Jew, chas vesholom).

Finance Ministry Agrees to Cover Fuel Costs for Mikvo'os Facing Threat of Closure
By Betzalel Kahn

Prime Ministerial Aide Oved Yechezkel notified MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni on Monday that during talks with the Finance Ministry's Budget Department a solution had been found to cover fuel costs at dozens of mikvo'os around the country facing imminent threats of closure due to lack of fuel to heat the water.

Alert Avreich Prevents Grave Desecration at Rambam's Gravesite in Tiveria
By Y. Ariel

Serious grave desecration was prevented near the Rambam's gravesite in Tiveria by an alert avreich from Bnei Brak who came to pray at the site.

UTJ Launches Election Campaign Across the Country
By Tzvi Sofer

A thousand buses traveling the roads will carry UTJ's message to various segments of the population around the country.

Opinion surveys commissioned by UTJ's publicity bureau indicate the party platform should be brought into every strata of Israeli society, where confusion and uncertainty abound and many voters feel disinclined to support any of the secular parties, creating an unprecedented number of undecided votes in the current campaign.

A New and Renewed Hebrew Yated Ne'eman
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Starting this week the Hebrew Yated Ne'eman is launching an expanded and redesigned paper. On Wednesday the entire specially expanded paper was planned to be distributed to every chareidi household in Eretz Yisroel.

HaRav Yosef Farbstein zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

Thousands took part in the levaya on Sunday 5 Adar for HaRav Yosef Farbstein zt"l, a ram at Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon and rosh kollel of Kollel Be'er Shmuel in Jerusalem, who passed away motzei Shabbos after two years of illness and suffering.

HaRav Zalman Halevi Ury zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

A large crowd attended the levaya in Jerusalem on Monday 29 Shvat of HaRav Zalman Halevi Ury zt"l, an elder talmid of HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l and the chairman of the California Bureau of Jewish Education, who passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 81.

Chareidi Man Killed in Drive-By Shooting Attack in Brooklyn; Rav Dies of Head Injuries in Tashkent
By S. Fried

R' Ephraim Klein z"l of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was hit by three bullets while moving his van late at night. Passersby pulled him out of the vehicle after it caught fire, but he passed away in a Hatzoloh ambulance on the way to Kings County Hospital. The gunners fled the scene undetected.

Police and Inspectors to Prevent Undesirable Gatherings in Bnei Brak on Purim Night
By A. Cohen

The City of Bnei Brak and Dan Region Police plan to boost patrols on Purim Night to prevent unwanted gatherings in various locations around the city of Bnei Brak and to keep out young hooligans by positioning hundreds of policemen, some in civilian clothing. The plan was formulated at a meeting led by Mayor Rabbi Yissochor Frankentahl to discuss arrangements to keep the peace on Purim Night.

Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedokoh Launches Matonos Le'evyonim Fundraising Drive
By Betzalel Kahn

Gedolei Yisroel are issuing a holy call to fulfill the mitzvah of matonos le'evyonim through Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedokoh Be'eretz Hakodesh. Many of them have already given matonos to Vaad HaRabbonim, who will distribute the money on Purim itself — bo bayome— to evyonim in cities around the country.

Welfare Ministry and Bituach Leumi Hail Negative Income Tax
By Y. Ariel

Rabbi Ravitz and Bituach Leumi Director Dr. Yigal Ben Shalom inaugurated new Bituach Leumi branches in Natzeret and Natzeret Illit that will serve half a million Jews and Arabs. Earlier Rabbi Ravitz conducted a working tour of Natzeret Illit. "I am proud of my part in the setup and operation of the Shuvu School, of its educators and of its students," Mayor Menachem Ariev told him.

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