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12 Shevat 5764 - February 4, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Sharon Settlement Surprise Shocks Israel
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Though some of the details were released earlier than he seemed to have planned, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral approach to a settlement with the Palestinians will involve withdrawing from 17 out of 20 settlements in the Gaza Strip, it was revealed on Monday. Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the evacuation of settlements in the Gaza Strip will commence as early as June or July this year.

State Comptroller: "The Delay in Religious Services, the Yeshiva Budget and Guaranteed Income Cries to the Heavens"
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"The government promised the religious services it provides citizens would not be affected [by dismantling the Religious Affairs Ministry]. In practice a large segment of the population is in need of religious services, but there is a total collapse in the provision of these services," said MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni on Monday at a special meeting of the State Control Committee...

Bloody Explosion Shakes Jerusalem Last Week
by Betzalel Kahn

After five months of relative quiet a powerful blast shook the center of Jerusalem last week when a suicide bomber blew up on a Line 19 bus traveling from Hadassah-Ein Karem Hospital toward downtown. Eleven people were killed in the explosion, Hy"d, and over 50 were injured, including 13 who sustained serious injuries.

Maharsham of Barzen's Gravesite Located
by A. Cohen

After several long months of concerted efforts in cooperation with local government heads in the Levov and Barzen areas the precise location of the grave of the Maharsham of Barzen, the leading posek of his generation in Galicia, was discovered.

Lapid to Head Dayanim Appointment Committee
by Eliezer Rauchberger

A large majority of the Knesset plenum passed a bill in second and third readings that will make Rabbinate Botei Din subordinate to the Justice Ministry, currently headed by Tommy Lapid.

Bnei Brak Education System Not Striking
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Bnei Brak Education System did not take part in the national strike that began on Sunday and schools, kindergartens and nursery schools were in session as usual.

New Revelations from the Prime Minister

by Aryeh Zisman

The Prime Minister has long been planning his new diplomatic plan. He invited reporter Yoel Marcus of Ha'aretz--a newspaper that has been criticizing him on a daily basis and demanding that he be thoroughly investigated about the Greek Island scandal and other affairs--to join him for breakfast at his Shikmim Ranch home on Monday.

The Vision that is Becoming a Reality
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Mentioning the desire of gedolei Yisroel to arouse people concerning the mitzvos hateluyos ba'aretz (mitzvos that are applicable only in Eretz Yisroel) is hardly necessary. The baal Kaftor Voferach already did this in his introduction, requesting that people "remove the rust" that surrounds the mitzvos of Eretz Yisroel.

HaRav Yosef Batzri, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Yosef Batzri zt"l, one of Yerushalayim's eminent figures, passed away last week at the age of 94.

Yarchei Kallah in Yerushalayim and the Shuvu Lifecycle
by Moshe Schapiro

When the Agudath Israel Yarchei Kallah participants saw the words "Shuvu Dinner" on their itinerary, some of them may have groaned internally, thinking, "Oh, no, not another dinner!"

Mr. Aharon Aronson of Amsterdam -- "Chover"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In an emotional evening, the zkan horabbonim of Europe, The Av Beth Din of Holland, HaRav Meir Just, in the name of the Netherlands Rabbinate endowed upon Mr. Aharon Aronson of Amsterdam the honored title of "Chover."

British Friends of Ma'ayanei Hayeshua Sponsors Speaker
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The British Friends of Ma'ayanei Hayeshua are delighted to welcome Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg as the second speaker in its series on advances in medicine and their impact on our community.

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