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1 Teves 5761 - December 27, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Barak Equivocates: Tells IDF to Prepare Draft Plans and Appoints Committee to "Improve" Tal Law
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister Ehud Barak instructed the IDF on Sunday to prepare groundwork within the next 60 days for drafting chareidi yeshiva students. Trying to straddle the fence and keep all options open, at the same time he appointed Minister Michael Melchior to head a panel that will recommend "improvements" to the controversial Tal bill.

Interest Rates Down Another 0.2%
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Bank of Israel governor David Klein announced on Monday that he will reduce the interest rate by 0.2 percent leaving the rate for January 8.0 percent a year. In the past six months, Klein has lowered interest rates six times, by a total 1.3 percent. According to the central bank governor, price stability will allow Israel to integrate into the global economy.

Water Failure in Bnei Brak on Shabbos Chanukah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On Shabbos Chanukah, many Bnei Brak residents found no water in their taps due to a problem in the city's water tower and its pumping system.

Rabbi Porush Seeks Redress of Hekdesh Property Laws
by Eliezer Rauchberger

With a majority of 9 to 3, the Knesset Finance Committee prepared Rabbi Meir Porush's current bill for its second and third readings. The law seeks to correct distortions in the laws of hekdesh property limiting the purchasing rights of the individual.

Head of Beitar Illit City Council Awarded Management Prize
by Betzalel Kahn

Interior Minister Chaim Ramon awarded the Golden Prize to the head of the Beitar Illit City council, Rabbi Yehuda Gerlitz, last week.

Ashkelon Electric Power Station Shabbos Desecration Averted
by B. Rabinowitz

200 employees of the Ashkelon Rottenberg electric power station received notice to report for work on leil Shabbos parshas Vayishlach to take care of some repairs. However, because of the intervention of MK Rabbi Meir Porush, the Israel Electric Company retracted the notices at the last minute and notified the employees that the planned work had been canceled.

HaRav Shmaryahu Barzilai zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thousands of Bnei Brak residents led by maranan verabonon the gedolei hador, roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, dayanim, avreichim, students and graduates of Yeshivas Mishkan Shimon accompanied HaRav Shmaryahu Barzilai, zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Mishkan Shimon, on his last earthly journey. HaRav Barzilai was niftar following a long illness at the age of 65.

Mrs. Zipporah Lieberman, o"h
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Friends, family, and the entire South African chareidi community were deeply saddened at the news of the sudden petirah of Mrs. Zipporah Lieberman, wife of yibodel lechaim tovim Reb Tzvi Lieberman. Mrs. Lieberman was niftar in Yerushalayim on leil Shabbos Parshas Vayeitzei. Their home had been a prominent landmark of the Johannesburg chareidi community for over thirty-seven years.

Yeshivas Dvar Yerushalayim Celebrates Thirty Years of Kiruv
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A gala Succos banquet was held recently at the new Dvar Yerushalayim campus in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood with the participation of Rav Boruch Horowitz, the rosh yeshiva. The banquet marked the 30th anniversary of the Jerusalem Academy of Jewish Studies Dvar Yerushalayim.

Head Teacher of London School to Retire
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The esteemed Head Teacher of the Menorah Primary School in London, Mrs. Sula Kestenbaum, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this academic year, after a long and distinguished career in education, culminating in a period of service at the Menorah school in excess of eleven years.

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