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4 Teves 5766 - January 4, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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The Calm this Year was Due to Israel Security Services, not Palestinian Restraint
by Mordecai Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Almost all of 2005 was within the period of tahdia (declared calm) that began on January 22 of that year, but nonetheless there were 2,990 terrorist attacks against Israeli targets.

Government Funding of Chinuch Atzmai Buses Still Blocked
by Betzalel Kahn

Buses transporting students to and from 100 Chinuch Atzmai schools around the country stopped running on Monday and Tuesday when the government failed to provide funding.

Report by Council for Child Welfare Continues to Make Waves
by G. Kleiman

A report that the Council for Child Welfare released on 25 Kislev added fuel to the fire of public debate and drew numerous responses from across the public and political spectrum.

60 percent of Jewish Culture Funding Transferred
by Betzalel Kahn

On the last day of the 2005 fiscal year Jewish culture organizations received 60 percent of the funding earmarked for them in the 2005 budget. The prolonged delay in the transfer of funding was the result of an ongoing debate between the Education Ministry and Attorney Amnon de Hartog, head of the Support Department at the Justice Ministry.

Daf Yomi Event on 15 Teves
by Betzalel Kahn

Preparations for a major event to encourage the study of the Daf Yomi and halochoh, scheduled to take place at Jerusalem's Binyanei Ha'Uma on 15 Teves to mark the completion of maseches Eruvin and the beginning of maseches Pesochim, are now stepping into high gear.

Ukrainian Yeshiva Student Attacked by Skinheads Regains Consciousness After 5 Months
by A. Cohen

Mordechai Molozhenov, a yeshiva student who was bludgeoned by skinheads in Kiev five months ago and brought to Israel for treatment in critical condition with little hope of recovery, regained consciousness and is now scheduled to be discharged from the Beit Levenstein Rehabilitation Hospital in Raanana.

Most Foster Parents in Israel are Religious
by Aryeh Zissman

Last week the mainstream press (Ma'ariv) published an eye-catching article. The writer, Dr. Shlomo Tzadok, defines himself as a secular Jew and a social activist. Under the headline "Chilonim Le'atzmam" ("Secularists for Themselves") the writer mercilessly thrashes secular families for failing to adopt children like chareidi, religious and traditional families do.

Help Wanted: 600 High Tech Workers in Jerusalem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

According to a report in the Israeli business magazine Globes, Jerusalem has a shortage of 1,000 industrial workers, including 600 high tech workers. Jobs that are available include positions at prestigious employers like Intel (Israel), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., NDS Group, Deltathree (Nasdaq: DDDC), Oren Semiconductor, Matrix IT, Biometrix Ltd., General Microwave Corp. (Israel), Beit Shemesh Engines and other companies.

Justice Ministry Official Delays Guaranteed Income for Husbands of Teachers on Sabbatical
by Betzalel Kahn

Despite an order by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to the Education Ministry requiring the Guaranteed Income Committee to pay Guaranteed Income stipends to avreichim whose wives are on sabbatical leave, recently Attorney Amnon de Hartog, head of the Support Department at the Justice Ministry, issued instructions not to pay the stipends.

HaRav Tzvi Zeev (Hirsch) Pelei, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

The Torah and Mussar world felt orphaned following the histalkus on Wednesday, 20 Kislev of HaRav Tzvi Zeev (Hirsch) Pelei, zt"l, who left his mark on thousands of talmidim during decades of harbotzas Torah at Yeshivas Knesses Yisroel-Hevron, where he served as menahel ruchani, delivering mussar talks for over 50 years.

European Yarchei Kallah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 34th annual European Yarchei Kallah held at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth closed on Monday. Unfortunately the report arrived too late for us to include it in this week's issue, but it will bs"D appear in our next issue.

Ziv Hatorah's 15th Yarchei Kalloh in Manchester
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbi Leib Goldberg of the Choshen Mishpat Kollel was a speaker at the 15th Annual Yarchei Kalloh of Ziv HaTorah (Manchester). His topic was the famous case that occurred several years ago when a well-meaning person threw out the contents of a neighbor's freezer that had decomposed due to a power cut, not realizing that he was throwing out his neighbor's life savings.

Israel Sees Palestinian Parliament Elections as an Important Junction
by Aryeh Zissman

Government and IDF officials are following the PA election process in suspense and realizing it could have a major impact on the entire region. Some observers say these elections are even more significant than the elections in Israel. According to all of the forecasts Hamas will have a major presence in the PA parliament after the elections. Israel does not yet know how to approach this development.

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