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7 Nissan 5763 - April 9, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Torah Institutions Support to be Slashed by 87 Percent
by Betzalel Kahn

Following a comprehensive examination of the booklet outlining the Finance Ministry's proposed economic decrees, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni revealed last week that the proposed budget cut for the Religious Affairs Ministry would leave only NIS 134 million ($29 million) for Torah institutions.

News Snapshot
by M Plaut

As we go to press before Pesach, a number of stories are developing but nothing definite has happened. This article is intended to give a picture of the situation now, and some speculation as to what is likely to happen.

Poskim Rule that One Should not Smoke on Yom Tov
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

" . . . [Regarding the question of smoking on Yom Tov] I heard from Maran Posek Hador HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv that although in previous generations we saw the custom was to follow a lenient practice and to allow smoking, relying on the lenient opinions even on Yom Tov Rishon,...

Five Sifrei Torah Destroyed In Horrifying Arson Attack In Bnei Brak
By A. Cohen

Shock and horror gripped Jews everywhere, particularly the residents of Bnei Brak's Ramat Aharon neighborhood, at the deliberate torching of the Oron Hakodesh in the local Central Zeirei Agudas Yisroel beis haknesses. The fire consumed the five sifrei Torah that were in the oron hakodesh, reducing them to ashes, R'l.

Worldwide Chareidi Community Prepares to Fight Economic Assault
by Betzalel Kahn

The chareidi public in Israel and around the world is preparing to fight against the economic deathblows the government is set to deliver in the form of the proposed economic plan designed to hack away at Torah institutions and directly at Torah-true Jewry throughout Israel.

Interior Minister Poraz Says He will not Enforce Chometz Law
by Betzalel Kahn

Following a rebellious decision to cancel Druse inspectors on Shabbos--a decision criticized by the Attorney General--on Sunday, Interior Minister Avraham Poraz (Shinui) declared "enforcing the Chometz Law is not at the top of [his] list of priorities" and he does not intend to honor the law, which requires his ministry to dispatch supervisors on Pesach.

Education Minister Threatens Chareidi Schools
by E. Rauchberger

Education Minister Limor Livnat announced at a press conference in Tel Aviv last week that in the coming school year the Education Ministry will not allocate funding to schools that fail to meet the quota for secular studies, whose contents are to be determined by the Ministry.

Funding at Hebrew University Seven Times that of Yeshiva Student
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Government funding for Israeli universities amounts to $500- 800 per month per student according to figures released last month. In comparison, the state allocates $115 per month for every student in a yeshiva gedoloh and $142 per month for every avreich kollel. This is before the recent drastic cutbacks.

High Court Rules Women of the Wall can Hold Their Provocative Ceremonies at a Special Site
by Betzalel Kahn

Nine High Court judges ruled on Sunday that a Conservative group called Women of the Wall could hold their quasi- religious ceremonies at the Kosel Maarovi, but determined that the government must prepare an area near the Robinson Arch, located in the archaeological garden near the southwest corner of the Wall, for their use.

Letter of British Agudah to the Israeli Ambassador in London
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The following letter was sent by prominent members of the British branch of Agudas Yisroel to the Israeli Ambassador in London, Dr. Zvi Shtauber.

The Canadian Jewish Population -- 2001
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Canada recently released the results of the 2001 census on Canadians' ethnic origins. The census revealed a drop in the number of people who declared themselves Jewish by ethnicity or culture.

British Chareidi Community Increasing
by Yated Neeman Staff

The 2001 census of Britain found just under 267,000 Jews in England, Scotland and Wales, making them slightly less than 0.5 percent of the British population. But the religion question was voluntary and nearly a quarter of the overall population did not answer it.

Ukraine Census Shows Sharp Drop in Jews
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Only 103,591 Jews were counted in the 2001 census, which was released in late December 2002. Before the census, estimates were that 250,000 to 500,000 Jews live in Ukraine.

Finance Ministry Rejects Proposal to Cut Funding Across the Board
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

A proposal to make slight across-the-board cuts in allotments spending, thereby saving Bituach Leumi the same amount as the severe cuts in allotments to large families, was rejected outright by ranking Finance Ministry officials, apparently for ideological reasons.

Conference Marks Anniversary of Yeshivas Masmidim Founding
by Betzalel Kahn

At an elaborate event led by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos and the rov of the kehilloh, avreichim and talmidim associated with Kehal Adas Yerushalayim -- Yeshivas Hamasmidim gathered motzei Shabbos Parshas Tzav to mark the yeshiva's fifty-fourth anniversary.

Israeli Weapons in American Hands
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

After decades of US military aid and defense cooperation, the US military is permeated by technology developed in Israel -- from the Army's Hunter drones to the targeting systems on the US Marines' Harrier jets to the fuel tanks on its F-15 fighters.

Gedolei Yisroel Express Their Approval of "Jewish Marriage Education"
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The books recently republished by the organization Jewish Marriage Education (JME), merited the blessings of gedolei Yisroel, headed by Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, who also appointed a committee of rabbonim to oversee this important organization.

Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Drive Draws 24,000
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

24,000 Israelis demonstrated their concern for the many Jewish patients in need of life-saving bone marrow transplants by participating in Ezer Mizion's annual bone marrow drive on Tuesday April 1.

From Vabolnik to Jerusalem: The Life Story of Rabbenu HaRav Shach zt'l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

One book is not enough to relate the life story and gadlus of Maran HaRav Shach, zt'l. Not even an entire shelf of books would provide enough space to cover his life's story, which has been etched into the heart of the Torah world. No wonder several books about Rabbenu have already been published to keep his memory alive.

South Africa Revisited
by Gita Gordon

The El Al plane began its descent to Johannesburg and in the early dawn the vast empty landscape of Africa unfolded. Then quite suddenly the familiar landscape of "Egoli," the city of gold, the vast areas of tiny houses of Soweto and its surrounding areas, the green lawns and blue swimming pools of the suburbs and then the airport buildings -- and within moments our long flight was over.

Breathing New Life into Ukrainian Jewry
by Noach Schwartz

During these trying times, as decrees against the chareidi public in Eretz Yisroel multiply from day to day, a refreshing wind is blowing from the Ukraine, carrying the important message that life is not dictated by any one coalition or another. <

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