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7 Tammuz 5768 - July 10, 2008 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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British High Court: Secular Court Cannot Rule on Halachic Matters
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

The Jewish Free School in London was cleared of discrimination charges for refusing to accept a student who is from an intermarriage and whose mother is not Jewish. According to the London Times the father of the 11- year-old boy sued the school for racial discrimination. The school had refused to accept the student because he is not halachically Jewish.

Half of FSU Residents Eligible for Aliyah are Not Jewish
By G. Lazer

Based on figures presented this week by Nativ, the Jewish community in the FSU is vanishing due to old age and assimilation. According to the report more than half of the 880,000 people currently residing in these countries who are eligible for aliyah are not Jewish according to halacha.

Livni: "Conversion Processes Should Be Easier — Only One in Ten Immigrants Is Jewish"
By Yechiel Sever

Rabbonim and dayanim expressed staunch opposition to a call by Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni to ease conversion processes and spoke out against large-scale aliyah since the vast majority of recent immigrants are non-Jews. Livni declared that only one in ten immigrants is Jewish.

An Accused Spy for Israel in the US Fights for Vindication
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The case of an Army engineer accused over ten years ago of spying for Israel was the focus of a recent government watchdog group report and is once again being pressed by Agudath Israel of America.

Degel HaTorah of Beit Shemesh Meets to Discuss Election Preparations
By Yechiel Sever

Degel HaTorah of Beit Shemesh held its first board meeting on elections preparations after selecting 45 branch members and 11 board members in internal branch elections two months ago.

Jewish Agency: Falash Mura Remaining in Ethiopia are Impostors
By G. Lazer

"All of the Falash Mura have already immigrated to Israel," claimed the Jewish Agency in a report submitted to PM Ehud Olmert. "All those who were counted in the 1999 survey as potential immigrants have either been brought to Israel or their eligibility was rejected following inquiries conducted by the Interior Ministry."

Yad Sarah Saves Government NIS 1.5 Billion Yearly
By Yechiel Sever

In preparation for a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee to discuss whether nonprofit organizations contribute to the country economically, Yad Sarah made a series of calculations. Based on conservative estimates, it was found that in 2007 Yad Sarah saved the state NIS 1.5 billion ($460 million) by shortening hospital stays.

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