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16 Iyar 5765 - May 25, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Emergency Meeting to Protest Decline of Kashrus of the Jerusalem Rabbinate
by E. Rauchberger and B. Kahn

An emergency meeting was held at Zeviehl Hall last Thursday (10 Iyar) to protest the destruction of the Jerusalem kashrus department. The gathering, organized at the behest of maranan verabonon, was a great act of kiddush Hashem and proof all streams of the chareidi public are deeply disturbed over the damage done to the Jerusalem Rabbinate through the takeover of the Religious Affairs Council by Likud Party officials.

40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations: How Israel Liberated Germany
By Y. Epstein

Today it's history. Then, in January 1952, Cherut—the precursor to the Likud Party—waged a tough battle against Mapai, which wanted to get restitution payments from Germany. Later, in March 1960, Prime Minister Ben Gurion met with West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer at the Waldorf- Astoria Hotel in New York. That meeting led to diplomatic relations in 1965, 40 years ago.

Disengagement Arrangements Stalled
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister's Office director-general Ilan Cohen blamed political leaders of Gush Katif for creating "confusion and denial" among settlers and preventing pragmatic dialogue about the "day after." However, Attorney Yitzhak Meiron, a representative of the settlers, said that the relocation solutions being offered were only theoretical and cannot work out in practice.

Prayers Around the Country for the Recovery of HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira
By A. Cohen

Public prayers for the recovery of HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov, have been held in Torah halls around the country following announcements last week that his health was failing.

Lev L'Achim Renews Warnings Against Vacations at Nes Amim
By A. Cohen

The heads of Lev L'Achim's anti-missionary department are reissuing warnings not to participating in vacation packages held at the Kibbutz Nes Amim Guesthouse in the Galil.

Bank Leumi Share Grants Approved
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset plenum passed a government proposal Monday to distribute shares of Bank Leumi to the general public. The bill was passed 24 to 6.

Notzrei Loshon Binder Available

We are pleased to announce to the public at large that as a result of a contribution from an anonymous donor, yeshivas, institutions and public places can receive, free of charge, the new Chofetz Chaim binder recently published by Notzrei Loshon, which is divided into two halochos per page for each day.

High Court President Accused of Approving Appointments Without Tenders
By G. Kleiman

Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander claims that High Court President Aharon Barak approved the appointment of dozens of employees needed to man Hamerkaz Lenihul Tikim (the Center for File Management, known as the "Manat") without a public tender, as required by the law and Civil Service regulations.

Chareidi Seminary Teachers Ruled Eligible for Hour Grants and Reimbursements
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The director-general of the Education Ministry agreed to a demand by Betzedek in a High Court pre-petition against legislation passed in 5764 that entitles only teachers who are members of the Teachers' Union or the Organization of Upper-Grade Teachers to request grants and fee reimbursements for advanced training courses and study programs.

Hatzofeh Article Against Gedolei Yisroel
by E Rauchberger

The brazen remarks against gedolei Yisroel published in Hatzofeh two weeks ago, "are not appropriate for handling in the criminal sphere and do not constitute a criminal violation of the law," Justice Minister Livni told the Knesset plenum, quoting a response by Attorney-General Mani Mazuz to a complaint filed by MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni against Hatzofeh and the writer who penned the highly objectionable article.

MKs Protest Use of Electric Shocker Against Grave Desecration Protesters
By E. Rauchberger

"How is it that the person who used an electric shocker to strike demonstrators against grave desecration on Highway 6 is still walking around free and has not been arrested?" MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni asked the police representative during a Knesset Internal Affairs Committee meeting on the issue of the Highway 6 affair.

European Rabbis: Shortcut Conversions Threaten Jewish Unity
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Europe's senior Orthodox rabbis deeply regret recent moves in Israel to legalize new forms of speeded-up conversions, under that country's Law of Return, which do not confirm to accepted halachic guidelines.

Bezeqcard Service Renewed
By Eliezer Rauchberger

Following a decision by Bezeq several weeks ago to discontinue its Bezeqcard service MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni contacted Communications Minister D. Itzik and Ministry Director-General Avi Blashnikov to explain to them such a move would strike a blow at the weak economic classes and yeshiva students.

Europe Once Again Displays Understanding for Terror
By Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

The European Court for Human Rights is forcing Turkey to retry Abdullah Occalan, the head of Kurdish terror organization PKK allegedly responsible for the murder of thousands. Occalan is thought of in Turkey like Bin Laden is thought of in the West—a terrorist who engineered bloody terrorist activities from bases in Syria.

Beitar Illit Hosts Deputy Transportation Minister
By T. Sofer

Deputy Transportation Minister MK Rabbi Shmuel Halpert was taken on a working tour of Beitar Illit by Mayor Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus.

Efforts to Reverse Dismissal of 500 Teachers
By Eliezer Rauchberger

Degel HaTorah met on Monday with the Agudas Yisroel Teachers' Union and the Chinuch Atzmai administration to discuss the planned dismissal by the end of May of nearly 500 Chinuch Atzmai teachers by the Education Ministry.

Chinuch Atzmai Meets Aguda Teachers' Union to Discuss Firings
By A. Cohen

Deep concern over the Education Ministry's demand to cut back 6,000 teaching hours per week in the coming school year— which would mean firing hundreds of Chinuch Atzmai teachers— was voiced during an emergency meeting in the Agudas Yisroel Teachers' Union Building with the heads of Chinuch Atzmai and the Teachers' Union Executive Committee members in attendance.

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