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26 Av 5765 - August 31, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Government Wants to "Dismantle" Shuls of Gush Katif
By Betzalel Kahn, Eliezer Rauchberger, and M Plaut

The High Court issued a restraining order to prevent the demolition of botei knesses in the evacuated Gush Katif communities pending the government's reaction to an additional petition filed yesterday to preserve the shuls of Jewish Gaza as they are. However on Sunday the government decided to demolish the majority of botei knesses after clearing out all of their contents, despite a plea by both Chief Rabbis to leave them intact.

City of Beit Shemesh Discriminates Against Bais Yaakov Kindergartens
By Tzvi Sofer

In an instance of overt discrimination just days before the 5766 school year opens, Beit Shemesh officials have not allocated any facilities for the nearly 400 children enrolled in Bais Yaakov kindergartens in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef neighborhood warned Rabbi Yitzchok Goldknopf, the director of the kindergarten chain, in an urgent letter to Mayor Daniel Vaknin. If the chain does not receive facilities for the hundreds he will turn to the courts for legal assistance, he adds in the letter.

Attorney General to Decide How Many Hours Avreichim Must Study
By Betzalel Kahn

Attorney General Mani Mazuz is slated to decide whether avreichim will be required to maintain the existing requirement of 40 study hours per week to be eligible for Education Ministry support as MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni is demanding, or whether they will be required to study 45 hours per week, which Attorney Amnon de Hartoch of the Justice Ministry claims has been determined by law.

British Yeshiva Student Stabbed to Death in Old City
By Betzalel Kahn

Shmuel Mett Hy"d a 21-year-old bochur from England studying at Yeshivas Mir, was murdered in a stabbing attack in the Old City and his friend, Sam Weissbart, was wounded. Police say this was the first terror murder in the Old City in six years.

Chareidi Activists Prevented Autopsy or Postmortem
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Chareidi public figures had to make concerted efforts to prevent a full autopsy on the kodosh Shmuel Mett Hy"d. After ZAKA volunteers completed their holy work at the scene of the attack other volunteers from the legal department began a battle to keep officials from transporting the body to the Forensics Institute at Abu Kabir.

Levaya for Two Killed in Car Accident in Scotland
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Hundreds attended the levaya of Avrohom Dov Potashnik in Stamford Hill,London, led by HaRav Yosef Tzvi Halevi Dunner, the elder rov of the United Kingdom. Speaking were Dayan HaRav Aharon Dovid Halevi Dunner, rav of Beis Hamedrash Adas Yisroel in London, the uncle of the niftar HaRav Avrohom Katz, menahel of a seminary in Gateshead, and a brother of the niftar.

Buying Real Estate Abroad — Closer to Loss than to Gain
by M. Plaut

For a few years there was intensive marketing to Israelis of real estate located all around the world. Both religious and nonreligious Israelis were invited to invest in buildings that were "guaranteed" to return a lot of money every year. Many people advised caution. Now it seems that the advice was well-taken.

Minister Olmert Thanks Modi'in Head Rabbi Guterman for Employment Efforts
By A. Cohen

The Modi'in Illit Business Center, where over 300 women are now employed, received a boost with the addition of Imagestore. The company, considered a world leader in the fields of scanning and miniaturization, joins the five companies already operating in the city. Ehud Olmert, the new finance minister who was on hand for the inauguration of the work center and the expansion of the business complex, spoke of Council Head Rabbi Yaakov Guterman's extensive efforts to promote employment and the many plans he has for advancing future projects.

Meeting of Mifal HaShas Presidential Council
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In a holy call to increase Torah study, particularly during this difficult period as the blade of harsh decrees cuts into both ruchniyus and gashmiyus in Eretz Yisroel, at the annual meeting of the World Mifal HaShas nesius, gedolei Torah said, "Increasing the light of Torah more and more is the only guaranteed defense against the trials of our times and this is our task in practice in order to defend all of the residents of this land."

Avi Alkabetz Elected Mayor of Afula with Degel HaTorah Backing
By B. Kahn and G. Lazer

The Likud suffered a major defeat in Afula when independent candidate Avi Alkabetz, who was supported by Degel HaTorah, won the mayoral election as head of Afula Achat with 51 percent of the vote. The Likud candidate, Yossi Goshen, received 46 percent of the vote despite election rallies attended by the Prime Minister and Likud ministers. Another independent candidate, Eli Malul, won just 3 percent of the vote.

One Family Gathering for Chareidi Terror Victims
By A. Cohen

A gathering was recently held in Bnei Brak to provide chizuk and form bonds among chareidi victims of terrorism. The gathering was sponsored by the One Family Foundation, which helps victims of terrorism around the country.

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