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4 Cheshvan 5761 - Noveber 2, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Shas Gives Government a Safety Net in Return for Freezing the Secular Revolution
by Eliezer Rauchberger and M. Plaut

The secular revolution of Barak was officially frozen on Monday, the first of Cheshvan, as a result of an agreement between One Israel and Shas. The latter agreed to support Prime Minister Ehud Barak's government from outside the coalition for a period of four weeks. It was also agreed that the Religious Affairs Ministry will continue to function as it has until now.

Maranan Verabonon Warn Against Radio, Newspapers Not in Spirit Of Torah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel have warned against the stumbling block caused by radio and newspapers that are not published in the spirit of Torah. They call upon us to distance ourselves from them and to avoid listening to them.

Tel Aviv Region's Largest Building Complex Underway
by A. Cohen

Bnei Brak will become one of the main industrial centers in the Tel Aviv region upon completion of a huge Dan area construction project currently in full swing. Municipal Construction Plan 566 entails building on an area of 500,000 square meters on the Bnei Brak-Jabotinsky area.

Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah Members at Upcoming Agudath Israel Convention
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Those in attendance at this year's convention, Agudath Israel of America's 78th, set to open on 25 Cheshvan, 5761 (November 23) at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, New Jersey, will have a truly special opportunity to see and hear the words of members of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah.

Keren Hashevi'is Executive Board Meets
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An initial report on the cessation of labor of thousands of dedicated farmers in the current shmitta year has been brought to the attention of the Keren Hashevi'is administration. A special meeting was called to fix procedures for the first distribution of funds of the Keren and to discuss the manner in which the public will share the burden of the farmers who have displayed a staunch desire to keep the laws of shmitta kehilchoso without compromise.

Areshet: A New Religious Social Services Organization
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israeli law gives formidable power to social workers and far- reaching jurisdiction to welfare authorities. Social workers are authorized to deal with families and youth in distress particularly in the area of interfamily relations but also a child's education, relations between a couple and between a woman and her family.

Keren R' Avrohom Hacohen Awards Kesser Torah and Nezer Horo'oh
by Betzalel Kahn

Upon recommendation of gedolei haTorah, the R' Avrohom Hacohen Fund has awarded prizes to its two chassonim at its annual ceremony. The prizes were awarded at a gala ceremony on the 25th of Tishrei, the yahrtzeit of the Chasam Sofer, in Jerusalem's Hotel Tamir.

Kol Hadaf Employs Latest Computer Technology
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Advanced technological improvements were recently introduced into the computerized system of the Kol Hadaf program. The network had suffered from overload from thousands of people listening to shiurei Torah daily through its telephone service.

HaRav Naftoli Hoffner zt"l
by S. Bruchi

A large thong of Bnei Brak residents headed by gedolei haTorah, roshei yeshiva and rabbonim accompanied HaRav Naftoli Hoffner zt"l on his last earthly journey on Elul 24. HaRav Hoffner, author of Sefer Halocho and many other sifrei halocho umussar, was niftar following a serious illness.

Angel's Advocate: A Personal Appreciation and Tribute to Mori Verabi HaGaon R' Shlomo Hakohen Rotenberg zt'l
by Mrs. S. Weinbach


I have always been fascinated by the phrase, "Mishe'omad al daato" which, being such a Jewishly spiritual concept, has no accurate English translation. It roughly means: when a person reached a stage of maturity, or became morally conscious and aware.

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