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20 Sivan 5764 - June 9, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Government Approves Disengagement Plan
by M Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

The cabinet voted in principle to withdraw from the Gaza Strip on the 37th anniversary of the day Israel moved in on the second day of the Six Day War. By a vote of 14-7, the cabinet, without the fired tourism minister Benny Elon and transportation minister Avigdor Lieberman, both of the National Union, approved the resolution.

Bank of Israel Spokesman Claims Commissioner Was Unaware Press Release Would be Sent on Shavuos
By Betzalel Kahn

Following a report in Yated Ne'eman about a press release sent out by Bank of Israel Spokesman Gabi Fishman on Shavuos afternoon based on an order issued by the bank's commissioner, Dr. David Klein, Fishman claimed, "The Commissioner was unaware of the time at which the document was publicized."

Shock Over Former Chief Rabbi Bakshi-Doron's Call to Cancel Marriage and Divorce Law
By Betzalel Kahn

Former Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron issued a shocking call to cancel the Marriage and Divorce Law in the State of Israel, claiming that it makes many secular Jews despise Judaism. Leading halachic authorities were astonished to hear the former Chief Rabbi continue to make declarations on the fundamentals of religion after arriving at his ideas independently, without consulting leading rabbonim.

High Court Postpones Decision on Recognizing Reform and Conservative Conversion
By Betzalel Kahn

Bank of Israel Spokesman Gabi Fishman issued a press release on the afternoon of Shavuos about an impending strike, raising the wrath of ranking BOI employees who keep Torah and mitzvos as well as several financial newspapers that were forced to deal with the issue on a holiday.

Lithuanian Jewry is Reviving
Lubavitch trying to wrest a share of the community properties

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 100 year old Choral Taharat HaKodesh Synagogue in Vilna was recently closed by the Lithuanian Jewish community after fistfights broke out there on Shavuos between supporters of Rabbi Chaim Burshtein, chief rabbi of Vilna and Lithuania, and the local Lubavitch Rabbi Sholom Krinsky.

French Judges Charged with Acquitting Defendants Accused of Antisemitic Acts
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

A French court cancelled the expulsion of two Arabs from Gymnasia Montaigne (high school) in Paris' Fifth Quarter for mistreating a Jewish student for a prolonged period, and fined the Education Ministry for their expulsion.

UTJ Representative in Haifa Prevented Bridge Demolition on Shabbos
By Y. Arieli

United Torah Jewry's representative in Haifa, Rabbi Aryeh Blitental, prevented the City of Haifa from carrying out the demolition of the Paz Bridge on Shabbos. Following his staunch protests, Mayor Yona Yahav honored his request and ordered the operation postponed to a later date.

Campaign to Rehabilitate Religious Services
By Eliezer Rauchberger

At a meeting of the Knesset Religious Lobby participants raised various proposals to continue the campaign begun three weeks ago when chareidi MKs caused the breakdown of a plenum.

Kamenitz Yeshiva Building Dedicated
by Betzalel Kahn

Last week, the new yeshiva ketanoh building at Kamenitz Yeshiva of Jerusalem was dedicated. Construction was made possible by a generous donation by Mr. Yehoshua Tager of London, after whom the building is named.

HaRav Gedaliah Nadel, zt"l
By S. Bruchi

The bitter news of the petiroh of HaRav Gedaliah Nadel zt"l spread quickly on motzei Shabbos parshas Beha'alosecho, drawing thousands to the levaya, which set out at midnight from Lederman Shul in Bnei Brak.

HaRav Nissim Rebibo, zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Nissim Rebibo zt"l a dayan and rosh avos beis din in France, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58 last week.

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