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11 Teves 5766 - January 11, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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PM Shows Positive Signs As Anesthesia Reduced; Previous Treatment Contributed to Problem Due to Undiagnosed Ailment
by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in serious condition, even as his doctors reduce the drugs given to him and he shows signs that his brain is working.

Chareidim? Take a Hike — The Bussing Crisis in Chinuch Atzmai
by Betzalel Kahn and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The crisis over buses for Chinuch Atzmai schools may soon be solved. At a large meeting on Monday the Education and Justice Ministries were given 48 hours to prepare new criteria for funding the Chinuch Atzmai transportation system. The meeting had originally been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to the Prime Minister's condition.

Do-It-Yourself Strep Diagnostic Now Available
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Nili Tamir is the owner of BMT Bio Marketing (Tel/Fax: 04-639- 6116), a company that makes, imports and markets home diagnostic kits. Currently her company sells a kit that allows everyone to do a test for strep throat and have the results immediately.

Prepared by Devorah Plaut


At this time of year, there are 4 types of onions on the market in Eretz Yisroel:

a) specially-grown ("Gush Katif") onions,

b) onions from the new crop, with scanty yellow peel (semi- dry onions),


Requests for New Daf Yomi Shiurim as Maseches Pesochim Scheduled to Begin
by Betzalel Kahn

Meoros HaDaf HaYomi and other Daf Yomi organizations have been flooded with an unprecedented wave of requests for new shiurim inspired by the billing for the major Daf Yomi event scheduled to take place on Sunday 15 Teves (January) at Binyanei Ha'Uma in Jerusalem.

Computer Sabotage at the Jerusalem Municipality
by Betzalel Kahn

The workers of the Chevra LeOtomatzia Shel Hashilton Hamekomi (Local Authorities Automation Company) are carrying out a wildcat strike at the Jerusalem Municipality, wreaking havoc with the computer system.

Where Did UTJ Votes Come From? — An Analysis
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Had we received a sixth mandate in the 2003 election," Modi'in Illit Council Head Rabbi Yaakov Guterman told Yated Ne'eman, "we and the Jewish people in the State of Israel would have been spared great misfortune.

European Yarchei Kalloh in Bournemouth
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 34th European Yarchei Kalloh held at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth closed on Monday 2 Teves-January 2, after a rousing appeal by the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Boruch Dov Povarsky, rosh yeshivas Ponovezh, for an ever increasing level of limud haTorah among the chareidi communities throughout the world.

Sixth Aguda of America Yarchei Kalloh in Jerusalem to Focus on Kiddush and Havdoloh
by G. Lazer

The Agudas Yisroel of America Yarchei Kalloh in Jerusalem will focus on the sugiyoh of Kiddush and Havdoloh.

HaRav Aryeh Leib Rotkin, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Aryeh Leib Rotkin zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Zichron Yosef Aryeh in the US and Eretz Hakodesh, was laid to rest at the age of 88 following a difficult illness.

Interior Ministry Director General Visits Modi'in Illit
by A. Cohen

Interior Ministry Director General Oscar Aburazak paid a visit to Modi'in Illit and was impressed by the accelerated rate of development in the city. During a working meeting he noted the chareidi city is in a difficult socioeconomic state, with many unemployed families and numerous difficulties, yet finished the year with a balanced budget and no deficit.

MK Rabbi Gafni: Movement for Quality Government Battles Against Lomdei Torah
by Betzalel Kahn

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni is refusing to sign the Petition for the War Against Corruption sponsored by the Movement for Quality Government because the organization wages battle against lomdei Torah. Recently the director of the organization sent a letter to all MKs asking them to sign the petition against corruption.

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