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21 Iyar 5764 - May 12, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Almost 20 Percent of all Israelis now Live in Poverty
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is interpreting Likud voters' rejection of his "disengagement plan" as a rejection of the details of his plan and not as a decision about the overall concept. Thus his main response to the Likud party vote will apparently be to scale down the proposal.

UTJ Protests Delay in Transfer of NIS 32 Million to Yeshivas
By Eliezer Rauchberger

United Torah Jewry strongly objected early this week to the Knesset Finance Minister's withdrawal of a request for the transfer of NIS 32 million ($7 million) in funding for the yeshivas.

Talmudei Torah Fight Attempts to Interfere with Chinuch Policies
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Following pressure and inducements aimed at the Torah-based education system lately as part of government attempts to interfere with study arrangements and the shaping of education and instruction in talmudei Torah, gedolei Yisroel, including HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, shlita, are calling on rabbonim and public figures to stand firm and wage a battle to safeguard the purity of Torah- based education.

Hundreds Gather at Vandalized Cemetery in France
By S. Fried

Six hundred people gathered at a Jewish cemetery in Herlscheim, located in the area formerly known as Alsace, to protest the vandalizing of the cemetery last week as well as the increasing incidence of antisemitism in France. The gatherers recited Kaddish and lit 127 candles, matching the number of graves that were desecrated.

Whither Jews of France?

By Arnon Yaffa, Paris

Jews are unsure where they belong. Should they stay in France? Leave? Most of them do not have the liberty to choose. Jews barely making ends meet are stuck in the suburbs.

Leumi Bank to be Given to Israeli Voters
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Finance Minister Netanyahu announced an innovative plan to privatize Bank Leumi after 21 years of efforts proved unsuccessful. Netanyahu said this plan is part of a three- pronged strategy to fix the three worst problems in the Israeli economy: the banks, the ports and the ownership of land.

IDF Incursion into Gaza -- Palestinians Bomb a Military Vehicle
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli forces backed by armored and engineering units entered the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza late Monday night searching for metal workshops that produce Kassam rockets. Heavy exchanges of gunfire erupted between soldiers and armed Palestinians. Soldiers took up positions on the rooftops of houses as others swept the area for suspects.

Basel's Chareidi Community Celebrates 75 Years
By S. Fried

The chareidi kehilloh in Basel celebrated 75 years since its founding and the construction of its beis knesses, reports Die Judische Zeitung.

Poland Seeks to Extradite Israeli Suspected of Mistreating German Prisoners
By S. Fried

Poland has asked Israel to extradite Solomon Morall from Israel, who is suspected by them of committing war crimes when he commanded a forced-labor camp where Germans were imprisoned in Poland after World War II.

Realtor Exclusivity Limited to Six Months
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Finance Committee approved a bill in second and third readings that will limit the exclusivity rights given to realtors to a maximum of six months.

Building Contractors Accuse State of Taxing Apartment Buyers Excessively
By G. Kleiman

A comprehensive study commissioned by the Contractors Union of Israel shows that of every shekel spent on buying an apartment in Israel, 41 agorot (41 percent) goes to the State in the form of various hidden taxes and charges.

Cemetery Protection Law in Romania
By S. Fried

Following nearly two years of intensive efforts a delegation of rabbonim belonging to the Association of Rabbis from Romania in Israel and Rabbi Halpert succeeded in lobbying the Romanian government to pass legislation protecting Jewish cemeteries throughout the country.

Chirac: Tell the World that France is not Antisemitic
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The President of France met with the Rabbis of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) at the conclusion of its 24th meeting, held this time in France. The Meeting of the Conference of European Rabbis began on Monday of last week (May 3--12 Iyar) under an unprecedented level of security measures.

Following Meeting with PM Rabbi Moshe Gafni Says Actions Speak Louder Than Words
By Betzalel Kahn

"We must not make the mistake of deluding ourselves into thinking the Prime Minister has suddenly changed his stripes," Degel HaTorah Director MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni told the press following a meeting between United Torah Jewry and the Prime Minister during which Ariel Sharon pledged to renew positive ties with the party.

Hatzoloh of Jerusalem Sends Reinforcements to Meron
by A. Ariel

Hundreds of volunteers from Hatzoloh of Jerusalem arrived from around the country to join Magen David Adom of the Galilee Region and to work in coordination with Israel Police from the Galilee District and the National Center for the Development of Holy Sites.

A Wave of Layoffs in Chareidi Education?
By Betzalel Kahn

The government's harsh decrees against Torah institutions and the chareidi education system is causing increasing strain that has led to the possibility of large-scale layoffs at institutions that lack the means to maintain operations as needed. Both yeshivas and talmudei Torah, whose budgets were cut drastically last year, are facing severe difficulties.

Makava Conference in Hungary
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On the 17th of Sivan, the International Conference of the Makava community will take place in the city of Makava, Hungary. On the occasion of the 60th year since the passing of the famous tzaddik and Rebbe, Reb Moshe Vorhand zt'l, author of the Ohel Moshe, an International Conference of his descendants and talmidim from all corners of the world will be held, under the leadership of the current Makava Rebbe.

HaRav Moshe Kopschitz, zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Moshe Pinchos HaKohen Kopschitz zt"l was laid to rest by maranan verabonon, roshei yeshivos, rabbonim, dayonim and thousands of his talmidim late Sunday night after passing away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 63.

Mrs. Sokolover, o"h

Thousands of Jerusalem residents accompanied Mrs. Chayoh Odoh Sokolover o"h, the wife of HaRav Yaakov Reuven Sokolover ylct"a, and the daughter of HaRav Chaim Kober, who was killed in a frightful car accident on the Trans-Israel Highway at the age of 38.

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