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24 Teves 5765 - January 5, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Tensions Rise as Troops and Settlers Clash
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The struggle is intensifying as for the first time on Monday a uniformed soldier, who was not on active duty, called upon his comrades not to obey their orders, and another soldier fired his weapon into the air during incidents with settlers.

The 33rd European Yarchei Kalloh
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Sunday afternoon, Rabbi Boruch Dov Povarsky formally opened the annual Yarchei Kalloh week at the Normandie Hotel, Bournemouth, which was packed to capacity, kein yirbu.

Rabbonim Issue Call to Join Battle for Shabbos

The public is showing great enthusiasm for defending the honor of Shabbos Kodesh following calls by gedolei Torah vechassidus shlita.

Dollar Lost 1.6 percent Against Shekel in 2004 and Euro Gained 6.2 Percent
By G. Kleiman

At the end of foreign currency trading on Friday, December 31, the dollar continued to drop 0.71 percent, and the representative rate was set at NIS 4.308.

South Africa Jewish Community Helps in SE Asia
by D Saks

The South African Jewish community has been at the forefront of relief efforts to assist South African holiday makers stranded in the South East Asia region following the tsunami disaster that has to date claimed well over 150,000 lives. A high proportion of the more than 2000 South Africans caught up in global catastrophe were members of the Jewish community.

Thousands of European Vacationers on Warm Asian Beaches Meet a Bitter End
By Arnon Yaffe, Paris

Thousands of Europeans seeking refuge from the dismal northern winter were swallowed up by the tidal wave of death. The expensive, long-awaited vacation in luxury seaside hotels turned into a nightmare. "Now I know what hell looks like," said one Austrian survivor flying into Paris.

Netanya Budget Includes Kollel Funding for First Time
By Y. Ariel

For the first time in the history of Netanya, the capital of the Sharon Region, a paragraph has been introduced into the municipal budget for 2005 to provide funding for yeshivas and kollelim following a prolonged struggle by Degel HaTorah councilmen. Shinui representatives tried to torpedo the initiative but Rabbi Moshe Lachover and Rabbi Yaakov Levy of Degel HaTorah won broad support in the city council.

Christmas Tree at College Campus "Failure of Secular Education" Says Rabbi Gafni
By Eliezer Rauchberger

"This is inappropriate and I will let the college know. This is a Jewish state and such a thing is unconscionable," Education Minister L. Livnat told the Knesset in response to a question posed by MK Finkelstein (NRP) after Oranim College erected a Christmas Tree on the campus as Christmas approached.

IDF Historical Research on Yom Kippur War
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The IDF distributed a revised version of research that its Historical Branch conducted in 1992 on the Yom Kippur War. The report has not been released up until now, due to the opposition of various retired senior officers who were involved in the war. However, a year ago, Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon ordered that the research be updated and published.

500 Volunteers to Help Clean Up Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

The City of Jerusalem has decided to seek 500 volunteers to help improve the city's appearance.

As part of the "Yerushalayim Berosh Naki" project and the municipality's policy of maximizing Jerusalem residents' involvement in cleanup and urban improvement efforts, the municipality has launched an environmental watch program in conjunction with the community administrations and the Jerusalem Society for Community Centers.

Rav Simcha Bunim Sofer-Schreiber zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

Rav Simcha Bunim Sofer-Schreiber zt"l, son of the Daas Sofer of Pressburg, was niftar in Lugano, Switzerland on Monday 22 Teves, 5765, at the age of 97.

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