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3 Av 5764 - July 21, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Chaos in Gaza
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The situation in the Palestinian areas of the Gaza strip seemed to be heading for chaos, as various terror groups battled each other. The Palestinian Authority is facing complete anarchy.

France Irate Over Sharon's Call for French Jews to Make Aliyoh Immediately
By Arnon Yaffeh reporting from Paris, and Aryeh Zissman

France is irate over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's calls to French Jews to come on aliyah as soon as possible due to antisemitism in their current home. French officials sent a message to Jerusalem telling Israel to halt plans for Sharon's visit to Paris because the Prime Minister is unwanted in France.

The Train Attack Was a Lie, but it Reflects Reality in those Areas
Chirac Unapologetic Over Condemnations of Antisemitism

by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

Following four days of nationwide hysteria and condemnations by national leaders, France tried to restore equilibrium after a young woman supposedly attacked by antisemitic Arabs on a suburban commuter train admitted that she invented the whole story.

New Child Allowances Take Effect
By G. Kleiman

Seventy thousand families felt the sting of another cut in child allowances going into effect on July 20, following the cut enacted by the government and the Knesset one year ago, with Shinui and NRP support, as part of the Finance Ministry's new economic program.

Education Ministry Sets Tighter Criteria for Funding of Chareidi Educational Institutions Than Justice Ministry
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Education Ministry assumed a stricter policy than the Justice Ministry and the Attorney General on the issue of requiring the chareidi education system to abide by the Core Curriculum Program, according to statements issued at a Knesset Education Committee meeting convened by Committee Chairman MK Ilan Shalgi (Shinui).

Cut in Chareidi Kindergarten Funding
by Betzalel Kahn

Degel HaTorah Chairman Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz sent a letter to the director of Betzedek, Rabbi Mordechai Green, to request an inquiry into the possibility of a High Court appeal against the decision by Education Minister L. Livnat to cut the budget for chareidi kindergartens by 15 percent next year.

A South African Perspective of the Australian Jewish Community
by D Saks

Australia's Jewish community, today exceeding the 110,000 mark, can attribute much of its growth over the past two decades to immigration from South Africa. In June-July this year, South African Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris was given an opportunity to observe how South African expatriates were coping, both in Australia and neighboring New Zealand during a busy speaking tour on behalf of the Anti-Defamation Commission.

Appointing Secular Jews to Head Chevra Kadishas
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Ministerial Committee for Burial Matters plans to appoint a secular management to run chevra kadishas around the country said representatives of the Chevra Kadisha Management Forum at a meeting of the Knesset Religious Lobby, warning that such a move could lead to secular burials.

Erev Chizuk at Camp Agudah in Ferndale, NY
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Boruch Dov Povarsky, one of the roshei yeshivos at Yeshivas Ponovezh, delivered the central address at the Erev Chizuk at Beis Medrash Machaneh Ephraim at Camp Agudah in Ferndale, New York.

Kol Hadaf Information Center for Vacationers
by Betzalel Kahn

As bein hazmanim approaches Kol Hadaf has decided to set up a center to provide information on Daf Yomi shiurim and bein hazmanim yeshivas in locations around Israel in order to help vacationers maintain their daily learning schedules.

Belorussian Svir Cemetery Restored
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The CER has been working in conjunction with Frank Schwartz of the East European Heritage Project concerning the preservation of cemeteries in Belarus.

Jerusalem Mayor Anticipates Accelerated Development
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky sent a letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon thanking him for his decision at last week's cabinet meeting to include the City of Jerusalem among the main priorities for next year's budget.

Hundreds of Condensed Shemiras Haloshon Shiurim Around the Country
by Betzalel Kahn

During this period of Bein Hametzarim, Beis Yisroel is working to reinforce the study and fulfillment of hilchos shemiras haloshon, in part through the success of an wide array of condensed shiurim on hilchos shemiras haloshon held in hundreds of cities and neighborhoods and sponsored by Notzrei Haloshon.

Jerusalem Local Committee Approves Extending Light Rail System to Neve Yaakov
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem's Local Planning and Construction Committee, headed by Deputy Mayor Rabbi Yehoshua Pollack, approved extending to Neve Yaakov the first line of the light rail transport system. This 1.7-mile extension will provide service to an additional 20,000 residents living in the city's northern neighborhoods, improving their access to jobs, places of study and shopping.

Rav Dovid Rub, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Led by roshei yeshivos and rabbonim Jerusalemites took part in the levaya of Rav Dovid Rub, an outstanding avreich who was plucked away at the age of 35 following a difficult illness.

Mrs. Chana Zissel Weiner, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

On Friday erev Shabbos Parshas Pinchos, Mrs. Chana Zissel Weiner o"h, an exemplary figure of modesty and chessed, departed from this world.

Graduation to Independence
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A group of ladies living in one of Yad Voezer's Supported Housing projects in London for people with learning disabilities have completed a three year Food Preparation and Cookery course and have graduated with Honors. A reception to celebrate their achievements was held in the presence of friends, relatives and staff at the home in Osbaldeston Road where course participants had prepared a most attractive buffet for the guests.

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