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25 Teves 5766 - January 25, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Over 1.5 Million Israelis Live Below the Poverty Line
by G. Kleiman

A total of 1.58 million people live below the poverty line in Israel, including 25,000 children who joined the ranks of the poor this year according to a report released by the National Insurance Institute on Monday this week.

Court Sentences Lulav Importers to 3 Months Community Service and NIS 30,000
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem District Court Judge Jonathan Adiel sentenced lulav importers Avraham Balili and Jean Manshapoor to three months of community service and a fine of NIS 30,000 ($6,500) each after being convicted of taking part in a lulav cartel seven years ago, a scandal first exposed in Yated Ne'eman.

Reduction in Number of Local Authorities Refusing to Pay Tuition for Chinuch Atzmai Students
by Betzalel Kahn

Following concerted efforts by Betzedek, the list of local authorities that are paying tuition for students enrolled at Chinuch Atzmai schools is growing from day to day.

Shipping Chamber Demands Ashdod Port Operate on Shabbos
by G. Kleiman

The Israel Shipping Chamber is calling on the Ashdod Port management to operate the port on Shabbos and holidays.

Tefillos for HaRav Kadouri's Recovery Continue
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Kadouri, who has been hospitalized at Bikur Cholim in Jerusalem for several days with a severe case of pneumonia, is showing slight improvement in his condition.

Jerusalem's Department for Torah Culture Launches Series of Evening Workshops
by Betzalel Kahn

The City of Jerusalem is launching a new project called Bimat Hasefer HaTorani, in which the Department for Torah Culture will sponsor evening workshops and discussion groups revolving around various Torah books.

The Unique Yeshiva in Kfar Zeitim
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Deputy Minister of the Labor and Welfare Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz recently visited the moshav Kfar Zeitim, located near Tiveria. He was accompanied by his senior staff. They went to see the unusual yeshiva that was established there several years ago for students who need other activities in addition to learning Torah.

North West London Unites in Torah!
By Simche Goitein

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet how many words does it take to paint a picture? As the sights and sounds of the joint North West London Daf Yomi Siyum continue to spin around in my head, I still struggle to find an answer.

Talmidim from Yeshivas Otzar Yerushalayim Tested by HaRav Shteinman and HaRav Kanievsky
by Betzalel Kahn

Talmidim from Yeshivas Otzar Yerushalayim, run by Siach Sod, were tested on their gemora learning by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman and HaRav Chaim Kanievsky.

Gittel Leah Friedenson a"h
by Betzalel Kahn

At a heart-rending levaya that drew roshei yeshivos, the Admor of Novominsk, rabbonim, public figures and family acquaintances, Mrs. Gittel Leah Friedenson a"h, the wife of Rav Friedenson ylct"a, general secretary of Agudas Yisroel of America and editor of Dos Yiddishe Vort, who passed away at the age of 83 in New York, was brought to Jerusalem for burial.

Gateshead Bochurim Visit Eretz Yisroel
by The Top Form Chevra

A group of "Top Formers" (high school seniors) consisting of S. Rotenberg, AB Orshansky, R. Warents, M. Cohen, E. Moscovich and Y. Marks from Gateshead Mechina returned home from Eretz Yisroel having spent the best part of a week in both Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim.

Siyum HaShas at Yeshivas Maoz Chaim in Haifa
by Y. Ariel

Yeshivas Maoz Chaim in Haifa held a grand siyum when one of its talmidim completed the entire Shas. The roshei yeshivas and the rabbonim of chareidi kehillos in the city said that the event was no ordinary siyum considering the story behind the bochur, Chaim Cohen, who had learned the entire Shas.

A Wholly Life: Spiritual Integration of Mind, Body, and Soul
by Dr. Moshe Kaplan
Reviewed by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A "whole" new look at holiness.

Today everyone's looking for spirituality. Yet Jewish spirituality, unlike other beliefs or fads, does not offer out-of-body experiences, magical remedies, or momentary "highs."

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