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17 Shevat 5766 - February 15, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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German Foreign Minister Promises to Implement Ghetto Work Law

Passed four years ago, almost all of the applicants have been turned down
By G. Kleiman

"I turn to you as acting Welfare Minister and as one who sees himself as the representative of thousands of Jews rescued from the fires. The manner of implementation and the legal interpretation of the Ghetto Work Law [Gesetz zur Zahlbarmachung von Renten aus Beschaftigungen in einem Ghetto, known by the German initials ZRBG — Ed] in Germany are defined very strictly.

U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of New PA Elections
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Tuesday the New York Times reported that United States and Israel were considering a campaign to starve the Palestinian Authority of cash so that Palestinians would grow disillusioned with Hamas and bring down the Hamas government.

United Torah Jewry and Shabbos — Agudas Yisroel- Degel HaTorah Submits Joint Knesset List
By B. Kahn, Y. Ariel and A. Zissman

Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel again submitted a joint Knesset list to the Central Election Committee at the last minute, and once again chose to use the letter "Gimmel" on ballot slips. The list for the joint party, known as United Torah Jewry and Shabbos-Agudas Yisroel Degel HaTorah, was submitted by Rabbi Avrohom Weber and Rabbi Moshe Shiffman of Degel HaTorah and Rabbi Shlomo Vidslavsky and Rabbi Yosef Deutsch of Agudas Yisroel.

High Court Forces Housing Ministry to Sell Lots in Ramat Beit Shemesh to Chareidim
by Betzalel Kahn

Following a legal battle stretching nearly five years, the High Court determined that the decision by the Housing Ministry's Tenders Committee to annul the tender for build it yourself plots of land in the Shachar neighborhood located in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel merely because the winners were chareidi, was illegal.

Shinui's Wayward Path to Self-Destruction
By Betzalel Kahn

Nobody needs to be reminded of the sour grapes produced by the Likud-Shinui-NRP government. All of us suffer from them to this day. In hindsight, some might say Sharon wanted Shinui in the coalition only because of his desire to effect far-reaching changes, particularly in economics, and he was well aware that the chareidi parties would not support these moves.

Jerusalem Opens Special Kindergarten Enrollment Center
By Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem Municipality's Department of Chareidi Education will operate a special enrollment center in addition to the one at Safra Square, to allow parents of kindergartners to enroll their children for the upcoming 5767 school year. Designed to save parents time, the enrollment center will be open this week from Sunday to Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Beit Malka, Rechov Brandeis 2.

Daf Yomi Shiurim on Commuter Buses
By G. Kleiman

shiurim for commuters were begun two years ago. HaRav Chaim Binyomin Kirshenbaum delivers a regular Daf Yomi shiur on Line 402 between Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak. The program has received blessings from HaRav Shteinman and HaRav Kanievsky.

Degel HaTorah Representatives Hold Reception Hours at Botei Knesses and Kollelim in Beit Shemesh
by Betzalel Kahn

Degel HaTorah representatives in Beit Shemesh held reception hours at several locations in Beit Shemesh's chareidi neighborhoods to assist avreichim submitting requests for property tax (arnona) discounts.

Egged Boosts Frequency of Jerusalem Bus Lines
by Tzvi Sofer

Egged has introduced a series of innovations and improvements designed to serve Jerusalem's chareidi residents.

Events mark the 35th Yahrtzeit of the Admor of Ozerov- Chenchin, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Ozerov-Chenchin institutions in Bnei Brak recently sponsored a series of events marking the 35th yahrtzeit of the Admor of Ozerov-Chenchin, HaRav Moshe Yechiel Halevy Epstein, zt"l, former President of the Council of Torah Sages and author of the monumental Torah masterwork, the 11- volume, Eish Dos and the 12-volume Be'er Moshe on Torah and Nevi'im.

HaRav Shabtai Atun zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Shabtai Atun zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Reishit Chochmah and one of the prominent roshei yeshivos and marbitzei Torah of our generation, passed away at the age of 80 following a stroke.

HaRav Eliezer HaKohen Kahn zt"l
by Y. Ariel

Numerous Tzfat residents laid to rest HaRav Eliezer HaKohen Kahn, a respected member of the city's chareidi community who passed away suddenly at the age of 50. An outstanding avreich at the height of his achievement in Torah, he served as an example of hardworking dedication to Torah and elevated middos.

HaRav Gavriel Salkow zt"l
by HaRav Shmuel Merel

Tzar li olecho ochi no'amto li me'od.

I shed tears as I write this article about the untimely petiroh of my intimate friend for over thirty years — and my chavrusa in Gateshead — Rav Gavriel zt"l. His other chavrusa and yedid-nefesh was Mr. Geoffrey Dansky.

R' Avrohom and Frida Weiss zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Alongside a solution recently found besiyata deShmaya to deal with overcrowded conditions and lack of a building at Darkei Rochel Seminary, efforts toward a permanent solution continue and recently a move was made to alter the zoning for a plot of land in the Sanhedria area, designating it for a large building complex to serve the 2,000 students.

Degel HaTorah-Vishnitz List for Elad Council Meets with HaRav Steinman
by A. Cohen

Members of the Degel HaTorah-Vishnitz Party in Elad met at the home of HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, presenting a full report on the activity by Degel HaTorah members and their help in developing Torah institutions in the city.

Pesachia Awarded Os Hachessed
by Betzalel Kahn

The Willy Trump Os Hachessed Prize Committee, headed by HaRav Yitzchok Goldknopf, awarded the Os Hachessed to Pesachia at a moving ceremony held at Beit Izzy Shapira in Raanana.

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