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1 Kislev 5764 - November 26, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Security Fence So Far A Big Success
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

ISA Director Avi Dichter briefed ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting last Sunday, and said that the part of the Security Fence built so far has been an unqualified success. Dichter said he does not know of another meter of fence in Israel that has been as worthwhile as the 107 kilometers of the security fence that have been constructed so far in the northern part of the border with Palestinian areas. This fence, Dichter said, has already paid for itself "with compound interest."

New Chareidi City Near Kiryat Sefer?
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Real estate developer Shmuel Einav recently bought a 1,000 dunam area north of Modi'in, beyond the Green Line. Einav and his partners paid the sellers, local Arabs, $10 million, which comes out to $10,000 per dunam or $40,000 per acre. Einav plans to build East Matityahu on the site, with at least 5,000 apartments and 30,000 residents, all chareidi.

Study Shows Atmosphere and Discipline at Government Schools Have Plummeted
by Eliezer Rauchberger

University of Bar Ilan researchers presented the Knesset Education Committee with a study that found vast differences in atmosphere and discipline in separate chareidi educational institutions from government schools--both secular and religious.

Yeshiva World Fears Next Round of Budget Cuts for Torah Institutions
by Betzalel Kahn

Government ministries continue to plot against the Torah world. Last week the Education Ministry imposed further economic decrees against the yeshivos ketanos.

81st Agudas Yisroel of America Conference Opens in Connecticut
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Agudath Israel of America annual conference, which draws thousands of participants from around the United States and many guests from abroad every year, is scheduled to open at the Stamford Westin Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut this Thursday. The theme of the weekend is, "Measured Gains, Growing Pains: Shouldering the Burden of our Blessing."

Olmert Trying to Bypass Knesset and A-G on Shabbos Law
by Betzalel Kahn

Justice Minister Yosef Lapid and Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert must present the Knesset with all regulation changes in the Labor and Rest Hours Law, including changes in the level of fines for violating the law by working on Shabbos or opening a store on Shabbos, the Knesset's legal advisor, Anna Schneider, announced on Monday in response to a question posed by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni.

"Mercy Killing" Bills Pass Preliminary Vote
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Two bills that would allow doctors to refrain from administering lifesaving care at a patient's request received approval by a Knesset plenum in a preliminary reading last week.

Environmental Ministry Funds Pig Projects
by Betzalel Kahn

The Environmental Ministry, headed by Yehudit Naot of Shinui, allocated hundreds of thousands of shekels in budget funding to local and regional authorities to provide generous financial aid to authorities that construct large pigsties within their bounds despite the law against raising pigs in Israel.

NGO Headed by Poraz Suspected of Illegally Transferring Funds to Meretz
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The registrar for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is conducting a inquiry into the Liberal Institute for Research and Education, formerly headed by Interior Minister Avraham Poraz, which is suspected of illegally transferring funds to the Meretz Party.

New Signs at Egged Bus Stops in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

"Passengers are requested to sit in the bus according to halacha," read signs posted at 120 bus stops in Jerusalem's chareidi neighborhoods. The signs were installed by Egged based on an initiative by the Traffic Advisory Council for the Chareidi Sector as part of efforts to promote the idea of separate seating on all lines serving the chareidi public.

HaRav Yosef Zimbal Appointed Rov of Westgate, Lakewood
by Yehuda Aryeh

On a recent motzei Shabbos in Westgate, Lakewood, a reception welcomed HaRav Yosef Zimbal as the community's new rov. Westgate currently houses two hundred families of bnei Torah. An additional seven hundred homes are being built, making it the largest chareidi development in America. There are, at present, four separate minyanim, two daf yomi shiurim, a night kollel and a mikveh is under construction.

Beitar Illit Dubbed Most Attractive Chareidi City
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Council for a Beautiful Israel awarded Beitar Illit five stars in its annual Beautiful Town in a Beautiful Israel competition and the city retained its title of the Most Beautiful Chareidi City, which it has held for several years running. The Elad and Emanuel local councils were also awarded five stars, along with Jerusalem.

HaRav Mondrer Appointed Rov of Yeffeih Nof
by Betzalel Kahn

A stately ceremony was held in Beit Shemesh last week to mark the appointment of HaRav Chaim Aharon Mondrer as rov of the new Yeffeih Nof neighborhood currently being developed in the city.

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