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29 Cheshvan 5766 - November 30, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Newspaper Expose Reveals:
Jerusalem Kashrus Sacrificed to Sharon's Political Plans
by Betzalel Kahn

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his son MK Omri Sharon gained control over every focal point of power at the religious authorities across the country by appointing Likud Center members and other Likud members to head them. Probably most of these appointed functionaries will follow Sharon into his new party Kadima, and that is apparently one of the sources of support that he is counting on.

Hundreds of Soldiers Undergo 4-Month Course and Receive Conversion Certificate from Special IDF Beis Din
By Betzalel Kahn

Twelve percent of the 5,000 non-Jewish soldiers currently serving in the IDF undergo an accelerated "conversion" process every year according to recently publicized figures. IDF officials estimate that rate will go up to 20 percent in the next few years.

Agudath Israel of America's 83rd National Convention

The Opening Day

There is always risk in change, but opportunity too. And to judge from the response of the thousands who participated in Agudath Israel's 83rd national convention this past Shabbos and weekend, the new format instituted by the organization's executive vice president, Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, proved itself an opportunity.

New Construction in Har Nof
by Betzalel Kahn

A new project is slated for construction in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood for the first time in the past decade. The project, which received blessings from Har Nof rabbonim, will allow young couples to join the neighborhood's somewhat aging populace. Har Nof was built over 20 years ago and today has 25,000 residents. The total absence of construction for the past ten years has prevented young couples from moving to Har Nof.

Mesillah Opens New Branch in Beitar Illit to Help Families Achieve Financial Stability
by Tzvi Sofer

Dozens of Beitar Illit activists, headed by the city's rabbonim and leaders and the heads of the Mesillah management, took part in a special gathering to mark to opening of a Mesillah branch in the city, in cooperation with Kupat Hatzedaka Haklalit of Beitar Illit.

Big Bug Problems in America with Washed Vegetables
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

This call, signed by some 30 rabbonim in America including many who are very involved in kashrus matters, applies to pre- washed vegetables prepared and sold in America, and not to Israeli washed and hothouse vegetables grown with special precautions.

Vaada Lemaan HaShabbos Discusses Eruvin Problems and Bolstering Shabbos in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Vaadat Harabbonim Lemaan Kedushas HaShabbos held a meeting to discuss ways of maintaining the sanctity of Shabbos in Jerusalem, which the rabbonim referred to as the crown of the Jewish people. They said that the city should be a paragon of Shabbos observance, setting an example for other cities. Shabbos observance also guarantees its security, for Chazal said Jerusalem was destroyed because of Shabbos desecration.

Roshei Yeshivos Meet to Discuss Housing Crisis Among Young Couples
by Betzalel Kahn

A number of roshei yeshivos took part in a special meeting to discuss the housing crisis among bnei Torah. The roshei yeshivos discussed the possibilities currently available to avreichim and the difficulty in bearing the costs of marrying off children.

Finance Committee Approves NIS 30 Million for Chareidi Education
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At the end of a tempestuous meeting, the Knesset Finance Committee approved the transfer of NIS 30 million to chareidi educational institutions.

Parents Object to Meitzav Exam
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Parents continued to stream to Vaadas HaRabbonim LeInyonei Chinuch founded by Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, seeking answers to numerous problems and to resist the persistent efforts of the Education Ministry to interfere with chareidi education.

Siyum on Chosen Mishpat
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Torah community of Yerushalayim witnessed an outstanding kiddush Hashem this past Chol Hamoed. The occasion was a siyum by some of the members of the Jerusalem Institute for Dayanim on the entire Choshen Mishpat.

Government Decides to Force Local Authorities to Transfer Funding to Religious Authorities
by Betzalel Kahn

The government decided on Sunday to determine the amount of funding 40 local authorities will have to provide the respective religious authorities in their jurisdiction, after Interior Minister Ofir Pines refused to cooperate with the Prime Minister's Office on the matter.

Renovation Work at Kever Rochel
by Betzalel Kahn

Following a joint tour of Kever Rochel, HaRav Shmuel Rabinowitz, rov of the Kosel Maarovi and the Holy Sites, and Central Headquarters Commander Gen. Ya'ir Naveh decided the building would undergo renovations and repair work in the coming months.

Welfare Ministry Makes Plans to Accommodate Chareidi Sector
by G. Kleiman

Deputy Minister of Welfare MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz convened his department and bureau heads to discuss for the first time the issue of handling welfare problems in the chareidi sector. The aim of the meeting was to formulate a plan to make welfare services more available to the chareidi sector and to develop services suited to their way of life.

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