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7 Av 5766 - August 1, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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An Ongoing Battle
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Despite the fact that Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, at the United States Department of State, announced on Sunday evening that Israel had agreed to an immediate 48-hour suspension of aerial strikes in the wake of the disaster at the village of Qana in Lebanon early on Sunday, Israel made clear that it was not a cease-fire and it was continuing the fight.

Maranan Verabonon Warn Against Government Attempt to Force Third Year at Women's Seminaries
by Betzalel Kahn

Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman and HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz shlita issued a special notice warning against an attempt by the Education Ministry to force seminaries to add a third year of studies and academic coursework for teachers-in-training. Based on their demand, the Education Ministry has withheld funds from the seminaries.

Malam Group Brings Dozens of High-Tech Jobs to Beitar Illit
By Yechiel Sever

At a grand event attended by the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Mayor, the head of the Malam Group and other distinguished guests, the Malam Group inaugurated Maalot — The Center for Development and Training in Beitar Illit.

Beis Din Rejects Machon Hamikdash Petition Against Yated Ne'eman
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Nissim Karelitz' beis din in Bnei Brak rejected a petition that Machon Hamikdash and its head, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, filed in response to an opinion piece published in the Hebrew edition of Yated Ne'eman.

The South African Jewish Community is 80 Percent Orthodox!
by Yated South African Correspondent

The South African Jewish community continues to show exceptionally high levels of commitment to Jewish religious practice and identity, and correspondingly low levels of intermarriage and assimilation, according to a comprehensive new attitudinal survey.

Continued Cuts in Children's Allowances Cancelled
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee approved bringing a government law to cancel continued cuts in Children's Allowances for second and third readings.

Surge of Activity in Torah Institutions in Azerbaijan
by B. Kahn

The Committee of friends of Torah Institutions in Azerbaijan, under the leadership of HaRav Moshe Kishon (Kashei), chief rabbi and av beis din of Azerbaijan, has decided to organize a special visit by a delegation of rabbonim, public personalities and philanthropists which will soon depart for the country, to strengthen the local community and to address the issue of how to increase spiritual rescue and strengthen Torah there.

In the shadow of the serious security situation
Countrywide Chinuch Atzmai Summer Programs End

by Betzalel Kahn

The annual Chinuch Atzmai summer day camps, which were held in 115 of the movement's schools all over the country from Dimona and Yeruchom in the south to Bet She'an and Chatzor in the north, have ended. The programs included rich and varied educational and social activities for approximately twenty thousand pupils who spent their time in an exciting, educational framework after the end of the school year.

Meoros HaDaf HaYomi Holds Siyum in Natzeret Illit Bomb Shelter
By Yechiel Sever

Dozens of shiur members took part in a siyum of maseches Yuma held in the bomb shelter of a beis knesses in Natzeret Illit as Katyushas landed in the city.

Funding for Jerusalem Talmudei Torah Approved
by Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem Municipality's Appropriations Committee approved a request by the Department for Chareidi Education for increased advances on criteria allotments for 2006 for talmudei Torah in Jerusalem, based on the Mayor's instructions to increase funding for talmudei Torah by 30 percent in the current budget year.

Event for Nesivos Moshe Parents and Students as School Sends Forth Third Graduating Class
By A. Cohen

Hundreds of parents and students from Nesivos Moshe in Kadima, a Torah-based school started by the Nesivos Moshe Foundation and Chinuch Atzmai, gathered for an end-of-the- year party held at the local community center.

R' Binyomin Zeev Bollack zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

The roshei yeshivos of Yeshivas Kol Torah and Yeshivas Ponovezh headed the grief-stricken bnei Torah laying to rest Rav Binyomin Zeev Bollack zt"l, a 27-year-old avreich who returned his soul to his Maker on Friday morning, Erev Shabbos Parshas Pinchos, two weeks after sustaining serious injuries in a car accident in Jerusalem.

A Letter Concerning Bais Yaakov

It is well known that Gedolei Yisroel, zechusom yogen oleinu, did not want to alter the study arrangements at the Bais Yaakov educational institutions, only reluctantly permitting a second year of seminary studies. Over the years additional studies were added, whose hetter remains unclear, Hashem yeracheim.

Another Letter Concerning Bais Yaakov

Unfortunately it has come to our attention that the administration of one of the Bais Yaakov seminaries printed a pamphlet containing a hetter to continue chas vesholom the period of study (1-2 years) beyond 6th grade [Editor's Note: This refers to the sixth year of study after eighth grade].

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