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4 Kislev 5765 - November 17, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Oops! The CBS Goofed: Chareidi Schools Do Not Get Twice as Much Money!
By Betzalel Kahn and M Plaut

The Government Statistician Prof. Shlomo Yitzchaki admitted that the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) released incorrect data regarding the chareidi education budget. In a letter to Degel HaTorah Secretary MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni he admitted that the funding figures for the chareidi institutions were very high because they included teacher salaries, while salaries were not included in the general education system figures.

Violence Reduced as Everyone Waits for Developments Among Palestinians; Disengagement Plods Ahead
by Mordecai Plaut

Palestinian violence is reduced — but still way above zero — as all the parties wait to see developments in the wake of the death of Yasser Arafat. Press reports say that Hamas hopes to assume a significant political role in the new power structure.

MK Rabbi Gafni: If You Don't Provide Funding, Don't Charge Us Taxes
by Eliezer Rauchberger

Speaking during a Knesset plenum, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni attacked the government for its imperviousness to problems in the area of economics and its harsh treatment of the poor and the unfortunate. "Any heartless individual with no understanding of economics could have made an economic plan like the one the current government devised. It's as simple as can be: take from the poor and save a lot of money.

Prepared by Devorah Plaut and Ruth Levy
(based on information provided by Rav Moshe Vaye, except where noted otherwise)


The state of onions has improved, and the recommendation to separate all the layers of all onions is no longer in effect. This means that for regular Israeli-grown onions, if: a) no green leaves are sprouting from the top of the onion AND b) the onion is firm, AND c) after cutting off 1/2 cm. from the top of the onion (starting to count the 1/2 cm. from where the onion starts being round), an inspection of the cross-section of the layers shows that all the layers are tightly packed together, with no spaces between them, then only the inside and outside of the first layer and the outside of the second layer need to be cleaned or checked.

Lowest Per Capita Spending in Bnei Brak
By G. Kleiman

The Central Bureau for Statistics released figures showing monthly household expenditures were highest in Israel in Tel Aviv. According to the data, which covered 13 major Israeli cities during the year 2003, the average Tel Aviv household spent 11,166 shekels ($2,481) per month. Bat Yam posted the lowest expenses with NIS 7,655 ($1,700).

Line Ten Joins Jerusalem's Mehadrin Lines
By Betzalel Kahn

Egged began operating Line 10-Mehadrin in Jerusalem this week as part of route changes on Lines 24, 22, 19, 9-Alef, 27, 27- Alef and 154. Line 9 Alef-Express and Line 19 Alef were also introduced.

Court Allows Shuvu to Continue Renovations in Downtown Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem City Council Opposition Chairman Nir Barkat suffered another defeat when a Jerusalem court decided to permit the city to continue renovations on both of the buildings in downtown Jerusalem given to the Shuvu School, thereby upholding Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky's decision on the matter.

Mrs. Irene (Yittele) Falk a"h
by The Family

On Shabbos, Parshas Chayei Soroh (22 Cheshvan 5765), Gateshead lost one of its most beloved and dear members, Mrs. Irene Falk, known to all as Aunty Irene. She spent the last sixteen years of her rich, full life in this wonderful community earning admiration, respect and love from young and old alike.

HaRav Nachum Dov Kreisman, zt"l
By S. Bruchi

HaRav Nachum Dov HaKohen Kreisman zt"l, av beis din in Petach Tikva and a leading dayan, was laid to rest on Monday 24 Cheshvan after passing away at the age of 81.

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