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5 Kislev 5768 - November 15, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Over 40,000 Jews Turn Out for Torah Day in France
By Yechiel Sever

Over 40,000 Jews from throughout France gathered at an enormous site on the eastern end of Paris for Torah Day, where various organizations were presented and speeches given to reach out to the French Jewish community and strengthen and preserve ties.

French Rabbonim Ask Sarkozy for Support
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Before the arrival of President Nicolai Sarkozy at tefillas Ne'iloh at one of Paris' main synagogues, and at the French Rabbinate on Rue de la Victoire, the President received the heads of the Consistoire at the Elysees Palace. Servants opened the door of the car that brought the president of the Consistoire, Jean Kahn, along with his deputies, Yoel Mergui, Tzvi Amar and Charles Shulman, and escorted them to the office of Sarkozy, who met with them for 40 minutes. Sword-bearing guards stood stiffly at the gates, but it remained unclear whether they were posted to honor the Consistoire heads or subsequent visitors.

Shabbos Water Tower Inaugurated in Modi'in Illit

By A. Cohen

Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer was on hand at a dedication ceremony for a large water tower built by Mekorot for Modi'in Illit residents.

Gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslav in Danger of Foreclosure
By R. Hoffman

The gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslav zechuso yogen oleinu is in danger of foreclosure following a Ukraine Supreme Court ruling regarding a large debt to a construction contractor who is also a member of parliament. The court determined Breslav chassidim must pay the contractor $3 million including penalties for a debt that was originally $100,000.

General Prosecutor: Work and Rest Hours Law Does Not Apply to Kibbutz Stores
By Yechiel Sever

The General Prosecutor has issued a decision that the Shabbat Work and Rest Hours Law does not apply to stores at kibbutzim. Rabbonim and public figures are concerned that the move could lead to an unprecedented breach.

MK Gafni Asks State Comptroller to Address Anti-Chareidi Discrimination in Bussing Budget
By Yechiel Sever

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni sent an urgent letter to the State Comptroller, retired judge Micha Lindenstrauss, following alarming findings revealed during a Knesset Education Committee meeting according to which the chareidi education system is severely discriminated against in the area of transportation budgeting.

Religious Affairs Authority Introduces Measures Intended to Undermine Local Rabbonim and Religious Services
By Yechiel Sever

Local rabbonim in Eretz Hakodesh are expressing staunch opposition and evaluating modes of action in response to a series of regulations formulated by the Religious Services Authority to undermine their authority and the religious services provided in every city.

Arachim Holds Seminar in France
By Yechiel Sever

Hundreds took part in an Arachim seminar in Paris, including many participants with no previous exposure to Yiddishkeit.

R' Sholom Fisher Named Joint Chairman of Supersol
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Supersol Directorate has confirmed the appointment of R' Sholom Fisher, known for his many chessed activities and as a major supporter of the Torah world in Eretz Yisroel, to the post of joint chairman together with Rafi Bisker.

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