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3 Shevat 5768 - January 10, 2008 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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HaRav Shmuel Berenbaum zt"l
By S. Bruchi and Yechiel Sever

Thousands were on hand for the levaya in Flatbush and Jerusalem of HaRav Shmuel Berenbaum zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir in the US and one of the great marbitzei Torah of the generation. Among the few remaining survivors of the pre-War generation of Lithuanian Torah gedolim and a foundation stone of today's Torah world in the US, HaRav Berenbaum taught thousands of students over the course of 50 years.

Hundreds of Students Study by Candlelight After Electricity Disconnected at Chinuch Atzmai School in Or Yehuda
By A. Cohen

The Michtav MeEliahu School and a local kindergarten chain are demanding that the Or Yehuda Municipality reconnect the electricity and resume paying their electric bills.

100 Graves Found at Har Hazeisim Covered With Dirt by Jordanians Planning to Build Gas Station By Yechiel Sever

On the slopes of Har Hazeisim (Mount of Olives Cemetery), near the gravesite of the Rashash zechuso yogein oleinu, the greatest of Jerusalem's mekubolim, a large burial plot held by the Bukharan and Sephardic communities was recently uncovered.

Foreign Minister Calls for Conversion Leniencies
By Yechiel Sever

Rabbonim, dayonim and public figures were outraged following remarks by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during a cabinet meeting about easing conversion procedures for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who received Israeli citizenship based on the Law of Return. "Any attempt to intervene in halachic matters is wholly unacceptable," said rabbonim.

Ukraine Pledges to Grant R' Nachman's Grave Legal Protection
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

During a visit by ranking Israeli Foreign Ministry officials in the Ukraine, officials from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and President Victor Yushchenko's personal advisor pledged to defend the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov against any legal suits and to turn it into a national heritage site to prevent local businessmen from taking over the site following a legal dispute.

Government Investigating Committee to Look into Failures in Handling Holocaust Survivors
By Eliezer Rauchberger

In a rare move the Knesset State Control Committee decided to set up a government investigating committee to look into successive Israeli governments' failures in handling Holocaust reparations and general aid for Holocaust survivors.

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