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The Amendment to the Religious Councils Law is Approved on its First Reading in the Knesset
by E. Rauchberger

The chareidi representation in the Knesset scored a most important achievement this past Monday, when the Knesset, with 51 supporters, as opposed to 46 opponents and 2 abstentions, approved the amendment to the Law of Religious Councils, which, it is hoped, will prevent the inclusion of the Reform and Conservative in the religious councils.

A Grisly Antisemitic Election Campaign is Begun by the Am Chofshi Organization
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"This year, 22 soldiers were killed in Lebanon, and not one chareidi draft dodger was killed in the tents of Torah," claims Am Chofshi, the instigators of this scandalous campaign.

The Kibbutzim Deceive The Courts
by Betzalel Kahn

A recent issue of Chadash Umeyuchad, the weekly gazette of the chareidi community of Beit Shemesh, made an eye-opening disclosure.

How the Israeli Press Encouraged the Intifadah
by G. Avidan

Numerous instances of repression were reported by the media during the intifadah, thanks to left-wing civil rights activists, among them Palestinian Arabs. As with all sources, the accuracy of these stories should have been verified, but the "natural reaction" of secular Israeli journalism was to believe them.

Knesset Committee To Discuss Ne'eman Committee Decisions
by Betzalel Kahn

"The decisions of the Ne'eman committee on the topic of conversion contradict the opinion of gedolei Yisroel. As a result, we oppose their incorporation into law. We will continue to battle against the Constitution Committee with all our strength, and to oppose the acceptance of the proposed law in its current format."

Degel HaTorah Plans for the Forthcoming Elections
by S. Baruchi

Last Thursday, the heads of Degel HaTorah met in order to discuss burning issues on the agenda.

The Meorei Yisroel Shul of Neve Yaakov was Vandalized on Friday Night
by B. Kahn

On Shabbos morning, the 7th of Teves, members of the Pinsk-Karlin Meorei Yisroel synagogue of the Neve Yaakov neighborhood were shocked to discover that their shul had been horribly vandalized.

MK Rabbi Ravitz: "Cutbacks May Cause Collapse of Torah Institutions"
by R. Tzvieli

At a recent session of the Knesset Finance Committee discussing the Religious Affairs Ministry budget, MK Yigal Bibi, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, demanded that this budget be sent back to the Government.

Lev L'Achim -- A Grass-Roots Kiruv Movement
by Moshe Schapiro

The antagonistic attitude of the Israeli media towards religion in general and religious people in particular leaves the uninformed bystander with the distinct impression that the overwhelming majority of non-observant Israelis are avidly anti-religious and perfectly satisfied with their secular way of life.

HaRav Meir Posen Visits South Africa
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Johannesburg was privileged to have HaRav Meir Posen, of London and Kiryat Sefer, visit this past week. He came to assist with various mikveh projects.

5759 Jerusalem Award for Torah Literature
by Betzalel Kahn

A melave malka in honor of the Jerusalem Award Ceremony for Torah Literature for 5759 was held on the 8th of Teves in the auditorium of the Jerusalem City Council.

The High Court Agrees: One Must Wear a Head Covering in a Rabbinical Court
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The High Court agrees that male lawyers and litigants who appear in the rabbinical courts must wear head coverings, rejecting the appeal of Attorney Rish, who claimed that the obligation to wear a yarmulke in a rabbinical court undermines the principle of freedom of religion and conscience.

A Living Sefer Torah Departs from This World
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A large crowd gathered in the Yeshiva Letze'irim Manchester Beth Medrash and adjacent rooms on Monday to hear words of Torah and his'orerus on the gaon and tzaddik Reb Chaim Shmuel Lopian, zt'l.

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