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6 Kislev 5766 - December 7, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Newspaper Expose Reveals:
After Betzedek Court Campaign, Government Inspections of Yeshivas Now Much Fairer
by Betzalel Kahn

Following a nisi order issued by High Court President Judge Aharon Barak in a petition filed by the Betzedek organization, the Finance and Education Ministries were forced to make a significant number of changes in their inspections at yeshivas, making them fairer and moderating the sanctions imposed if irregularities are found. The discrimination against Torah institutions has also been remedied.

IDF to Launch Major Offensive in Shomron and Gaza
by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel's security cabinet decided on Monday night to launch "a major operation in Judea, Samaria and Gaza" against the Islamic Jihad terror organization. The Palestinian Authority will also be punished by the cancellation of the VIP status granted leading officials which enables them to travel on roads generally closed to Palestinians.

Convention Closing Session Focuses on "Bringing Jews Home"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The following supplements our report of last week that covered the large plenum sessions on Thursday night and motzei Shabbos, as well as parallel activities. This report covers Convention activities on Sunday.

MK Gafni Asks Mazuz Why Funding Not Transferred to Chareidi Educational Institutions
by G. Kleiman

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni sent a letter to Attorney General Mani Mazuz asking why other funding pledged in the coalition agreement — NIS 600 million for Labor and NIS 700 million for Shinui — was transferred long ago whereas the NIS 150 million United Torah Jewry was promised for chareidi educational institutions is still being withheld.

Burial Cave Discovered Near Kiryat Gat
by Betzalel Kahn

A burial cave was discovered along the southern section of the Trans-Israel Highway near Sdeh Moshe in the area of Kiryat Gat. Whether the graves are Jewish graves has not yet been ascertained. In the meantime Transportation Minister Meir Shetreet has ordered his Director General not to unearth the graves until a solution is found.

Tourism Minister Withdraws Initiative to Build Casinos
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Tourism Minister Avraham Hirshson told the Knesset Finance Committee that the government decided to postpone tabling a bill to open casinos in Israel.

Country Club in Netanya to Close on Shabbos
by Y. Ariel

The Netanya Country Club will serve the local chareidi public and will not operate on Shabbos. The new policies follow the work of Degel HaTorah Councilman Rabbi Moshe Lachover, who is in charge of the Association for Informal Education. Rabbi Lachover prevented another country club from operating on Shabbos and worked to make accommodations for the chareidi public at the country club now scheduled to open.

Amendment to Require Products to be Labeled Milchig, Fleishig or Pareve
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Finance Committee gave approval to table for second and third readings an amendment to the Kashrus Fraud Law according to which manufacturers, importers and retailers would be required to label every product milchig, fleishig or pareve.

Community Patrol Car in Bnei Brak
by A. Cohen

In its first week of operation Bnei Brak's community patrol removed from parks dozens of young loiterers, mostly from other cities, for disturbing the peace late at night.

Talmidim of HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l Spend Special Shabbos at Lakewood East
by Betzalel Kahn

Alumni, friends and supporters of Yeshivas Lakewood of Jerusalem joined current students on Shabbos Parshas Toldos to mark the yahrtzeit for Maran HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l. Guests of honor included HaRav Leib Heiman, rov of Beis Knesses HaGra in Bayit Vegan and a talmid muvhok of HaRav Kotler, as well as HaRav Moshe Carlebach and HaRav Osher Winternitz, talmidim of HaRav Kotler who now serve as rabbonim at the yeshiva.

Gateshead Hespedim for HaRav Chaim Kaufman at Shloshim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On the occasion of the Shloshim after the petiroh of HaRav Chaim Kaufman, rosh yeshiva in Gateshead Yeshiva Letze'irim and international speaker, the kehilloh arranged a large gathering in its large chasunah hall.

HaRav Eliyohu Yourkansky zt"l
by S. Bruchi

A crowd of thousands, including many prominent roshei yeshivos, attended the levaya of HaRav Eliyohu Yourkansky zt"l, one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir in the US and one of the last survivors of the previous generation of Torah giants, who was summoned to Yeshiva Shel Maaloh at the age of 98.

Bituach Leumi to Award Compensation to Israeli Citizens Harmed by Antisemitism While Abroad
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee approved on Monday 26 Cheshvan in second and third readings a proposal by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni to make Israeli citizens harmed by antisemitism abroad eligible for compensation payments similar to those awarded to terror victims.

Hatzoloh Installs Advanced First Aid Cabinet at Kosel Maarovi
by Betzalel Kahn

Hatzoloh Israel has installed an advanced first aid cabinet at the Kosel Maarovi in Jerusalem, including a full resuscitation kit, bandages and other first aid supplies for use in the event of an emergency.

Hot Lunch Program to Include Chareidi Talmudei Torah
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Over 50 MKs signed a proposal by MK Yitzhak Cohen (Shas) that would ensure the hot-lunch program would apply at chareidi talmudei Torah as well.

Becher Antipoverty Commission Visits Modi'in Illit
by A. Cohen

Finance Ministry Director Dr. Yossi Becher and members of the Becher Commission set up to find ways to reduce poverty in Israel, visited Modi'in Illit recently to gain a firsthand acquaintance with the city's needs.

Rabbi Gafni Calls for Dayonim to be Appointed
by Eliezer Rauchberger

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni issued a demand to man the benches of the Rabbinate botei din. "We cannot allow a situation in which the Rabbinate botei din hear matters with incomplete benches," he said during a meeting of the Knesset State Control Committee on Monday 26 Cheshvan to discuss the State Comptroller's report on the Rabbinate botei din.

Chilul Shabbos on Route 6
by Betzalel Kahn

Is the Trans-Israel Highway Company regularly performing infrastructure work on Shabbosos? That depends on who you ask.

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