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26 Cheshvan 5765 - November 10, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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NRP to Leave; Sharon Will Have to do Something
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The National Religious Party's executive committee voted nearly unanimously to quit Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition on Monday. The government is now clearly a minority coalition of only 55, with 40 Likud and 15 Shinui MKs. The opposition is deeply divided, but nonetheless the government will have a hard time functioning.

Digging at Ancient Cemetery in Acco Stopped by Threat of Demonstration
by Betzalel Kahn

Excavation work at the ancient Jewish cemetery in Acco ceased last Sunday (23 Cheshvan) and the mass demonstration scheduled to take place in Jerusalem that afternoon was cancelled.

Guests from Eretz Yisroel Scheduled to Speak at Agudas Yisroel of America Conference
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prominent rabbonim and public figures from Israel and other countries will be included among the speakers at the 82nd Agudas Yisroel of America Conference scheduled to take place 12-15 Kislev (November 25-28) at the Stamford Westin Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.

HaRav Karelitz Bans Kibbutz Nes Ho'amim

In a special letter addressed to one of the organizers of a weekend vacation package called "Nofesh Piut Vehischazkus" scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Shabbos Parshas Toldos at the Kibbutz Nes Ho'amim Guesthouse, HaRav Nissim Karelitz said that participating in the vacation package is strictly forbidden. The letter goes on to explain that because the organizers did not honor their pledge not to organize vacation packages at the kibbutz "we will make it known to the public that you have lost your kashrus standing (chezkas kashrus) and one cannot rely on you in any way."

Court Sides With Betzedek on Disclosure of Shabbos Work Permits
by Betzalel Kahn

The Jerusalem District Court is weighing its ruling on a petition filed by Betzedek to obtain the names of businesses that have received permits to work on Shabbos. During the course of the proceedings the State had to retract its opposition in principle to publicizing the information, which could help promote the battle against the growing incidence of State-sanctioned chilul Shabbos by making known which businesses hold permits to operate on Shabbos and the operative factors in the respective decisions to grant each permit.

Shabbos Rally to Take Place at Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv
By Betzalel Kahn

An agreement to hold a mass rally for the sake of Shabbos observance scheduled to take place on 29 Teves at Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv was signed by Rabbi Refoel Halperin and the stadium management. At the time of the signing, the members of the stadium board were told about the purpose of the rally, expressed their support and asked the Shabbos Committee to make it known that no events are ever held at the site on Shabbos and Jewish holidays.

Machkemoh Wall Under Repair

The dilapidated Machkemoh Wall, located adjacent to the Kosel Maarovi, is undergoing reinforcement and restoration work with the aid of the Antiquities Administration.

Principals Reject Education Ministry Efforts to Apply Salary Ranking System to Teachers at Chareidi Institutions
by Betzalel Kahn

A decision by Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah to call on principals not to consent to any curricular changes and not to change their government status from "exempt" to any other status is making waves among principals throughout Eretz Yisroel.

Jerusalem's Only Handicapped Mikveh in Disrepair
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Jerusalem's single mikveh for the handicapped is in a state of deterioration and unsuitable for use, according to a report presented to the Knesset Committee for Public Inquiries. The passageways are too narrow to permit people in wheelchairs to maneuver freely and the mikveh itself is very old.

Modi'in Illit Appoints New City Council
By A. Cohen and G. Lazer

The Modi'in Illit Election Committee, which was appointed by the Interior Ministry, officially approved the election proceedings in the city. At a meeting held on the day scheduled as election day the committee announced the new council would once again be headed by Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman.

Rav Shabsai Kobin zt"l
By Y. Ariel

Thousands of Tzfas residents took part in the levaya of Rav Shabsai HaKohen Kobin zt"l following the sudden passing of the prominent avreich in Tzfas.

HaRav Chaim Yisroel Sofer, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Chaim Yisroel Sofer zt"l, a prominent avreich in Jerusalem, was laid to rest on Erev Shabbos Parshas Vayeiro after succumbing to a difficult disease at the age of 41, ending a life of mesirus nefesh for Torah and avodas Hashem the day after his eldest son's wedding.

R' Menachem Steinmetz z"l
By S. Bruchi

R' Menachem Steinmetz zt"l passed away at the age of 70 and was laid to rest in Bnei Brak on Monday night of the week of Parshas Lech Lecho.

Anthology of Shiurim and Droshos from the Writings of HaRav Aharon Westheim zt'l
Reviewed by Rabbi C. Zilberman

"Why should I sacrifice my advancement in Torah study and mussar to devote my life to kiruv work in the virtual spiritual desert of Paris? Isn't the ruchniyus of my children also in danger? Why must they suffer? Should I even try it out for a while?"

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