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2 Shvat 5772 - January 26, 2012 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Anti-Chareidi Incitement Did Not Impact Outreach
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Last month's activities were highly successful and weekend seminars were packed, outreach organization Arachim reports. Despite the headlines and high-profile media attacks against the chareidi public, Arachim management did not detect any decrease in registration for home-hosted lectures or workshops held throughout Eretz Yisroel.

Minister of Housing Reduces Housing Benefits to Chareidi Community
By Yechiel Sever

Minister of Housing Ariel Attias, from the Shas Party, changed the criteria for government preference in allocating affordable housing and blocked the chareidi community from its previously advantageous position. Minister Attias announced that point criteria favoring large families will be severely curtailed, and army service will be a new and important factor.

Bais Yaakov Seminaries Delay 5773 Enrollment Following Education Ministry Meddling
By Yechiel Sever

The Union of Bais Yaakov Schools announced to Education Minister Gidon Saar that the seminars would not open enrollment on Wednesday, Rosh Chodesh Shevat, for the coming school year due to ministry interference that poses a threat to the essence and very existence of the Bais Yaakov system.

MK Rabbi Uri Maklev Named `Outstanding Parliamentarian'
By Yechiel Sever

Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Rabbi Uri Maklev was selected by the Israel Democracy Institute as one of three members of Knesset cited for excellence. The selection committee, headed by Theodore Or, a retired High Court vice president, approved the selection after reviewing both the quantitative and substantive data gathered by IDI researchers, in addition to other criteria, such as the candidates' contribution to promoting laws, ties with the public and the degree of responsibility they showed in budget matters.

New Study Cycle of Orchos Hamussar Begins
By Yechiel Sever

With the backing of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, on Sunday a new daily study cycle of Orchos Hamussar — based on daily study topics derived from Orchos Yosher, which is being published in a new edition with commentaries and explanations — got under way. The booklet is intended for set study sessions of 7-10 minutes, and new booklets will be published on a monthly basis.

Yiddish Alive and Well in Stalin's `Jewish State'
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Jewish writer Marc Alter was in Moscow when he saw Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visit, accompanied by two rabbis, the autonomous Jewish district of Birobidjan, where they were received by signs in Yiddish. The delegation went to a synagogue while a chuppah ceremony was being held, and then Medvedev was seen laying several pebbles on a local Holocaust memorial. The Russian president's visit shed light on the fact that Jewish autonomy has continued.

The Oneg Yom Tov: HaRav Refoel Yom Tov Lipman Heilpern
In honor of his yahrtzeit - 6th of Shevat

Rabbi Refoel Yom Tov Lipman zt"l was born in 5576 (1816) when his father, Reb Yisroel zt"l, was rov in Razinoi. He learned first with his uncle the Kedushas Yom Tov of Kapoli and, when the family moved to Minsk, he learned under Reb Mendele Minsker.

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