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19 Iyar 5760 - May 24, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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High Court Decision to Force Reform and Conservative Women on the Kosel
by Betzalel Kahn

Predictably, the High Court ruled on Monday, 17 Iyar (May 22), that the Religious Affairs Ministry must enable a group of Reform and Conservative women to hold a prayer ceremony at the Kosel, something which until now was forbidden by the Law of the Sacred Sites.

Hizbullah Moves in as SLA Flees
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Residents of the north were spending their nights in shelters as Israel's strategic defense policy in south Lebanon collapsed early this week with the desertion of hundreds of members of the South Lebanese Army's (SLA) Shi'ite battalion from the security zone.

Tax Sanctions on Businesses Operating in Illegal Buildings
by Betzalel Kahn

A number of weeks ago, the Ministerial Committee for Administration and Organization decided to establish new regulations which will levy taxes on businesses operating in structures which haven't received building and occupancy permits.

Rabbi Ravitz Demands End to Discrimination Against Chareidim on Government Corporation Boards
by Eliezer Rauchberger

At a meeting last week of the Knesset Constitution Committee, Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz demanded that the chareidi sector be included in the proposed Government Corporation Law whose purpose is to grant appropriate representation to Arab, Druse and Circassian representatives on the boards of government corporations.

Roshei Kollel Committee to Minimize Government Office Red- Tape
by Betzalel Kahn

Scores of roshei kollel met in Jerusalem during the week after Pesach to discuss problems facing the kollelim and the difficulties they encounter in dealing with the Government.

Tsefas Protest Against Absorption Ministry Plan to Place Non-Jews in Chareidi Neighborhood
by Yehuda Ariel

A rally was held in Tsefas two weeks ago to protest an Absorption Committee plan to place non-Jewish immigrants in the city's completely chareidi Me'or Chaim neighborhood, as well as in the religious Tzahal neighborhood.

"Meoros HaDaf HaYomi" Insights into the Week's Learning. Stories, Mussar, Practical Halacha (Tractate "Kesubos" Daf 45- 51)(Vol. 51)
From the Sochatchov "Beis Medrash of Teachers of the Daf HaYomi" Bnei Brak

Moshe could not believe his eyes. Standing not far from him in the courtyard of the Hertzlia Beit Knesset HaGadol was a fine, G-d fearing avreich who bore an amazing resemblance to an old friend - the grandson of Zalman Oren, one of the top ministers in the government of David Ben Gurion. Could it be?

How Jews Purchased Land in Abu-Dis
by B. Kahn

The lands on which the Jerusalem Municipality intends to build the Jewish neighborhood of Abu-Dis -- with the massive backing of the rightists -- were acquired seventy years ago by 210 Yerushalmi Jews who purchased 598 dunams of land through the Jerusalem Neighbors Association. (A dunam is 1,000 square meters or about 10,000 square feet.)

Israel A Leading High-Tech Center
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The recent opening of a Bank of America office in Tel Aviv highlights Israeli success in high tech. "Among the world's three to four leading centers, there are two or three regions in the U.S., and also some areas in Asia and Israel, but it's a very short list," said Barry Newman, head of the bank's Securities technology group in an interview with Globes magazine.

Registration for Beis Yaakov Day Care Centers Underway
by Betzalel Kahn

Registration for Beis Yaakov Daycare Centers throughout the country for the coming 5761 school year began on Wednesday, 12 Iyar, ending on Monday 24 Iyar (May 29).

Rabbi Mordechai Kobre, zt"l

Rabbi Mordechai Kobre, zt"l, was brought to his final rest last week in Jerusalem. Rabbi Kobre, who was 77 at the time of his petirah, was an important figure in Torah education in the United States.

HaRav Arye Tzvi Lipschutz, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An illustrious personage has departed from our midst, a man of great spiritual stature who merited to know the geonim and tzaddikim of the past generation, to imbibe their teachings and be inspired by their light. His life was one long saga of blessed activity on behalf of Torah, stemming from his generosity and nobility of spirit.

Yeshivas Masmidim Growing by Leaps and Bounds
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Chazal tell us,"Al tikri bonayich, elo bonoyich," teaching us that the word "bonayich," meaning, "your sons," should be read and understood as "bonoyich," "your builders." Those who study Torah are the builders of the world.

Delays in Certification Hinder Torah Institutions Finances
by Betzalel Kahn

Hundreds of directors of Torah institutions throughout the country have yet to receive approval by the registrar of non- profit organizations regarding proper management of their institutions. As a result, the Religious Affairs Ministry and other Government offices have yet to transfer the financial support that they are entitled to by law.

Hundreds of Avreichim and Yeshiva Students Tested by Veshinantem
by Betzalel Kahn

Hundreds of kollel students and bnei yeshiva were recently tested on their studies by the well known organization, Veshinantem. The goal of this international organization is the inculcation of an awareness of the need for review and repetition of one's Torah studies.

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