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A Declaration by the Rabbonim About Drafting Yeshiva Students
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In response to the most recent effort to draft yeshiva students, a High Court decision in response to suits filed by established enemies of all things religious declaring that the current arrangements allowing all those whose exclusive occupation is Torah learning may defer all military service while they are thus occupied, an extraordinarily broad array of leading rabbonim issued the following declaration, including many who are not at all involved with political issues.

Attorney About the Decision to Allow Kibbutzim to Work on Shabbos: "The Entire Ruling is Mistaken"
by B. Kahn

In addition to the fundamental value perspective of the court ruling in the kibbutz Tzorah affair, which grants the legal backing to public Shabbos desecration, the ruling has a legal aspects.

A Stormy Deliberation in the Knesset Plenum Regarding the Conscription of Yeshiva Students
by R. Tzvieli

"The gedolei haTorah unequivocally oppose every change in the existing arrangement regarding the deferment and conscription of the yeshiva students.

A Prayer Gathering in Jerusalem Due to the Drought
by B. Kahn

Zos Chanukah is known as known as a propitious day for the acceptance of our tefillos.

Falash Mura Immigrants from Ethiopia Will Have to Undergo Full Conversion
by B. Kahn

The Council of the Chief Rabbinate has ruled that Falash Mura immigrants currently arriving in Israel will have to undergo full conversion to Judaism.

A Bomb in a Capetown Synagogue
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A Chanukah miracle occurred in South Africa, when a bomb went off in an empty synagogue in the Wynberg suburb of Capetown.

Chareidi Education Budget of Jerusalem Cut Deeply
by B. Kahn

At a stormy meeting, the members of the executive board of the Iggud Hatatim (Talmud Torah Association) angrily criticized the Jerusalem Municipality's intention to cut the forthcoming year's budget of its Chareidi Chinuch Department by 25%.

In the Wake of the High Court Decision: Efforts to Save the Honor of Shabbos
by R. Tzvieli and Betzalel Kahn

Last week, the religious lobby in the Knesset held deliberations on the decision of Justice Ari Tivon which enabled kibbutzim to open their stores on Shabbos, a decision which is liable to destroy Shabbos observance in Israel.

Rebbetzin Gittel Tova Kolitz, o'h
by B. Kahn

Thursday afternoon, the 28th of Kislev, a large crowd accompanied Rebbetzin Gittel Tova Kolitz, o'h, on her last earthly journey.

New Torah School in Israel Vandalized by Anti-Religious Fanatics
by Moshe Schapiro

The angry mob of one hundred men and women marched swiftly toward the school, determined to drive away the vermin that had invaded their city.

Knesset Committee Tries to Pressure the Karta Company
by B. Kahn

At the end of a stormy deliberation in the Knesset about the building of the Mamilla project in Jerusalem, the Economic Committee of the Knesset decided that it regards the Mamilla development in Jerusalem opposite the Old City, "as a high priority national project, on which construction work should proceed without pause."

Attempt to Steal 600-Year-Old Sifrei Torah in Tsefas is Frustrated
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Anonymous thieves burst into the ancient Abuhav synagogue in Tsefas in the wee hours of the morning of the 21st of Kislev and attempted to steal 600-year-old Torah scrolls.

A Celebration in Honor of the Printing of the Complete She'eilos Uteshuvos Divrei Chaim
by A. Cohen

An impressive celebration was held in the Divrei Chaim synagogue in Bnei Brak's Shikun Gimmel, in honor of the appearance of She'eilos Uteshuvos Divrei Chaim of R' Chaim Halberstam, zt'l, av beis din of the kehilla kedoshah of Sanz.

Matzo Baking is Underway at the Yad Binyomin Matzo Factory
by B. Rabinowitz

At the Yad Binyomin matzo factory, preparations for the baking of matzos have been completed, and matzo baking is well underway.

A Sefer Torah is Ushered into the Even Yisroel Yeshiva in Ramot
by B. Kahn

Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood was filled with excitement on Monday, the 26th of Kislev, the second night of Chanukah as it anticipated the ushering in of a sefer Torah to the Even Yisroel yeshiva.

The Knesset Approves UTJ's Summation Proposal
by R. Tzvielei

Last Monday, the Knesset plenum approved UTJ's summation proposal regarding the political deliberations.

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