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1 Elul 5764 - August 16, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Budget Passed; Religious Council Workers Strike; Workers Threaten Big Strike Sept. 1
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The cabinet approved the 2005 state budget of NIS 266.9 billion by a 17-3 vote. Industry and Trade Minister Ehud Olmert (Likud), Interior Minister Avraham Poraz (Shinui) and Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) voted against the budget.

Meeting With HaRav Eliashiv on Chinuch Atzmai Broadcast by Satellite to the US
By Betzalel Kahn

"There is no need to explain the value of Chinuch Atzmai, which was founded by gedolei Yisroel of the previous generation. Thousands of children receive a Torah education there. Now hovering over [the system] is a definite danger that it will be unable to continue and they will have to close Chinuch Atzmai schools.

Chief Rabbinate Helping to Bring 6,000 Indians to Israel with Plans to Register them as Jews
by G. Kleiman

Certain officials at the Chief Rabbinate are providing assistance to an operation slated to bring approximately 6,000 immigrants from India, based on claims they are descendants from the Tribe of Menashe. These officials are asking the Interior Ministry to recognize them as Jews according to the Law of Return.

US Citizens in Israel and Elsewhere Can Vote
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The upcoming US elections could be just as close as the previous elections. As in the 2000 elections, the election could be decided by just a few voters in key states. Yet instead of American citizens in Israel sitting back in their armchairs and waiting for the outcome of the elections, they can sit back in their armchairs while actively taking part in the elections.

Antismoking Organization Launches Broad Campaign
by N. Katzin

An antismoking organization called Chaim Bri'im Kehalachoh started by Rabbi Yechezkel Escheiyik, rabbonim and public figures, has launched a broad campaign aimed at the chareidi public -- and yeshiva students in particular -- through advertisements, activities and the distribution of a special edition of Chaim Lelo Ishun Al Pi HaTorah ("Life Without Smoking According to the Torah"), which was written and edited by Rabbi Escheiyik.

Special Prayers Held Around Eretz Yisroel on Erev Rosh Chodesh Elul
by Betzalel Kahn

Following calls by maranan verabonon gedolei Yisroel thousands of Jews of all backgrounds held tefilloh and his'orerus gatherings to rouse rachamei Shomayim in light of the tragedies befalling Am Yisroel, as Jewish blood is spilled like water in Eretz Hakodesh and enemies from without and within rise up against us, leaving us with no recourse other than to take up our forefathers' trade by increasing our prayers and supplications.

61 percent Would Boycott Sales Outlets Open on Shabbos
By G. Kleiman

According to a survey conducted by Geocartographia, 61 percent of the general public would not patronize sales outlets that open for business on Shabbos. Thirty-seven percent would boycott these businesses for religious reasons and the rest for social and financial reasons.

Survey Figures Show 550,000 Israelis Ate Less, Due to Financial Strain
by G. Lazer

A recently released survey by the Central Bureau for Statistics says that 14 percent of the general population (550,000 Israelis) was compelled to forego food, medicine and heating during the past year due to financial strain. The figures include both Arab and Jewish Israelis.

Minister Orlev Says Political Considerations Led to Dismantling of Religious Affairs Ministry
by G. Lazer

Welfare Minister Zevulun Orlev (NRP), who heads the Interministerial Committee for Religious Services, claims the way decisions were made on the matter of dismantling the Religious Affairs Ministry is "material for an investigative committee."

HaRav Moshe Finkel, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Heavy grief descended on the Torah world, particularly the members of Yeshivas Mir past and present, upon receiving news of the petiroh of HaRav Moshe Finkel zt"l on Sunday 28 Av at the age of 94 following a long illness.

Charlatans Sell Patients Wonder Drug Made of Salt Water
by N. Katzin

Police arrested a Rosh Ha'ayin resident and a Nes Tziona resident on suspicions of defrauding hundreds of terminally- ill cancer patients and selling them a wonder drug that was discovered to contain only salt water. The investigation that uncovered the scam was opened following complaints that reached the Health Ministry.

Wave of Antisemitic Incidents in New Zealand
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Antisemitism has been on the rise in New Zealand ever since two Mossad agents were caught trying to obtain false passports. For the second time in three weeks, graves were desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in the capital city of Wellington and the Jewish funeral parlor was torched.

Vetalmudo Beyodo: How to Become a Talmid Chochom
by A Friend of the Method

R' Shlomo, a maggid shiur of a local daf yomi, walked into his shiur room. He was surprised to find the lights on, since usually at this time none of his baalei batim had arrived yet. Today however, a full 10 minutes before schedule, there was Yankel, a middle-aged real estate broker, sitting in his seat earnestly shuckling over his gemara.

New Yeshayoh Commentary for Teachers
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Teaching Nevi'im and Kesuvim in girls' schools and to tinokos shel beis rabbon is a holy task to which not everyone is accustomed. While teaching Chumosh is given over to many through Krias HaTorah and numerous commentaries are available, Nach is often more difficult--gan na'ul vechasum.

France Does not Want Israel to Win
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

France's foreign policy remains impervious to arguments by Jews and pro-Israel supporters that France's blind support for Arafat, who stands behind Palestinians terror and thwarts all order among Palestinians, is fanning the flames of Arab antisemitism in French suburbs. President Chirac himself admitted Arafat interferes with attempts to achieve order but says nothing can be done without him.

Jerusalem Municipality Introduces Service Pledge
by Betzalel Kahn

As part of a multiyear plan--including the Pashut Latet Sheirut project-- to improve and streamline resident services, last week the City of Jerusalem launched its service pledge, which fixes time limits for delivery of 13 municipal services. Others services are also slated to join the list in the future.

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