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23 Tammuz 5760 - July 26, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Education Ministry Closes Conversion Network
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Citing a budget shortfall, the Education Ministry has decided to close down the network of Orthodox-sponsored conversion schools it has been funding, telling teachers they are being dismissed at the end of this month, according to a recent article in the Jerusalem Post.

Special Committee To Prepare Draft Law Approved
by Eliezer Rauchberger

On 16 Tammuz, the Knesset approved the makeup of a special committee to prepare the proposed Draft Deferral Law for its second and third reading. 37 MKs supported the appointments; there were no negative votes and two abstained. The Special Committee, comprised of representatives of fifteen parties in the Knesset, is headed by the chairman of the Knesset Committee, MK Salach Tarif (Yisrael Achat).

Maranan Verabonon: We Must Increase the Ranks of Shmitta Observers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel, have called upon the public to strengthen the mitzvah of shmitta and to increase the number of shmitta observers in the country. They affirm that the Torah forbids reliance upon any so-called heter mechiro and that all who aid and abet this heter are causing a chilul Hashem, for in this manner they are demeaning the precious, sacred mitzvah of shmitta in the eyes of many.

Israeli Factory Mixes Schnitzels with Scientology
by Moshe Schapiro

The telephone call came through to Lev L'Achim's anti- missionary/anti-cult division in early June. The caller was employed at a kosher food processing plant in the northern Israeli town of Shlomi. His request could be summed up in one word: Help!

World Aguda Conference Opens in U.K.
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

More that 100 Agudath Israel rabbinic and lay leaders from around the world have arrived in Bournemouth, England for a conference of the international board of the Agudath Israel World Organization (the Vaad Hapoel Ha'olami) that began Monday afternoon.

Memorial Gathering of Sanzer Chassidim
by Y. Ariel

A memorial gathering of Sanzer Chassidim was held in Kiryat Sanz in Netanya on Wednesday night, the eve of the tenth of Tammuz. Headed by the current Admor of Sanz, the gathering was graced by admorim and gedolei Yisroel. It commemorated the sixth yahrtzeit of the previous Admor of Sanz, author of Shefa Chaim and Divrei Yotziv.

The Admor of Zutchka, Zt"l
by A. Cohen

This past Monday, a throng of thousands accompanied the Admor of Zutchka, HaRav Yitzchok Eizek Rosenbaum, zt"l, on his last earthly journey. He was niftar at the age of 95.

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