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15 Kislev 5764 - December 10, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Israel's Security Fence Referred to International Court
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

As part of the Palestinian attempt to keep up the pressure on Israel, the UN General Assembly obediently voted on Monday to ask the International Court of Justice in the Hague to render an advisory opinion on Israel's security fence. The vote was much less lopsided than most General Assembly votes against Israel, as 90 of 191 nations voted in favor, eight opposed, and 74 abstained. As are all General Assembly votes, this one was nonbinding and the Court may refuse to hear the case.

Chief Rabbinate Courts Move to Justice Ministry Jurisdiction on January 1st
by Eliezer Rauchberger

"The Chief Rabbinate Courts will be transferred to Justice Ministry authority on January 1, 2004," declared Justice Minister Yosef Lapid in a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee to discuss his ministry's budget.

"Children's Allowance Should be Taken out of Arrangements Law"
by Eliezer Rauchberger and G. Kleiman

HaDorot HaBa'im Commissioner Retired Judge Shlomo Shoham presented to the Knesset his legal opinion regarding the Arrangements Law, calling for the removal of 12 issues, with those affecting cuts in Children's Allowances topping the list.

Bnei Brak is Israel's Most Crowded City
by G. Kleiman

Data for 2001-2002 released by the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) shows Bnei Brak is the most crowded city in Israel. The report covers various categories, and surveys the 13 largest cities in the country which all have a population of more than 100,000 residents.

Position Statement on Meron

It has come to our attention plans to develop the area of the holy gravesite of Rav Shimon Bar Yochai and his son Rav Elozor have been prepared, plans unbefitting the holiness of the site since, in addition to several other serious stumbling blocks, they would transform the road and the area of RaSHBI's gravesite in a manner inappropriate to this holy site which all of Am Yisroel holds dear.

Remedia Victim Released from Hospital
by Yated Ne'eman Staff and Itim

A Solution for Religious Services in Israel
by T. Katz

Rabbi Moshe Gafni began the last Knesset term with efforts to advance legislation to set up a religious services authority. Degel HaTorah's Rabbinical Council wrestled with the problem and formulated the fundamental elements of the law.

Letters About the Abramov Taharas Hamishpochoh Organization
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After the Rabbinical Committee headed by HaGaon Rabbi Yitzchok Zilberstein, shlita, has examined and made corrections to the books and the contents of the lectures by the Organization for Family Life run by the Abramov family, I hereby extend my blessings that they continue to disseminate kedushoh and taharoh in Klal Yisroel.

Two Chasanei Mishna in Antwerp
by S. Fried

Rabbonim, public figures and hundreds of children from Western Europe participated in the ceremony recognizing the chasanei Mishna of Agudas Yisroel of Europe, among whom were two talmidim from Belz institutions in Antwerp, Yisroel Dirnfeld and Yosef Yisroel Gold.

Reception in London for Moscow Yeshiva
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The miraculous revival of Yiddishkeit in Russia and the instrumental role of Yeshivas Toras Chaim of Moscow, which was founded 14 years ago by Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik zt"l of Zurich, was the theme of a well-attended reception that was held last Sunday night (7 December) in honor of Rabbi Moshe Lebel, its rosh yeshiva, in the home of Mr. Mendy Bude.

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