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29 Sivan 5765 - July 6, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Chief Rabbinate Makes HaRav Adler and HaRav Efrati in Charge of Jerusalem Kashrus
By Betzalel Kahn

After long weeks of uncertainty at the Jerusalem Rabbinate regarding the authority to grant kashrus certification, the Chief Rabbinate decided on Monday to appoint HaRav Binyomin Adler in charge of kashrus and HaRav Yosef Efrati in charge of mitzvos hateluyos ba'Aretz.

HaRav Eliashiv Protests Improper Methods Of Coercion In Gittin
by Betzalel Kahn

A number of serious incidents have sparked a stormy debate among the halachic authorities of America and gedolei haTorah have asked HaRav Eliashiv to express his opinion. He responded, "They have permitted married women to remarry contrary to Torah law Rachmono litzlan . . . I join the aforementioned rabbonim and geonim in protesting this breach in the ranks of Beis Yisroel.

Enormous Chareidi Housing Project in Yeruchom
By Betzalel Kahn

Binyan Sholeim, a company founded by Degel HaTorah of Jerusalem, is beginning construction on an enormous building project in the Negev town of Yeruchom as part of efforts to solve the housing crisis in the chareidi sector. The large- scale project, which will bear the name Ne'ot Ha'irissim (Iris Oasis), was initiated and promoted by maranan verabonon gedolei Yisroel shlita.

Culture Organization Funding Withheld Due to Discriminatory Field Reporting
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Finance Committee held another fiery meeting over the scandalous delays in transferring 2005 budget funds for Torah culture organizations. During the meeting Attorney Amnon De Hartoch, appointed by the Justice Ministry to formulate the criteria for granting support funding to organizations, unabashedly admitted that he is demanding the results of the Education Ministry's field checks of Torah organizations but not of other cultural organizations or of science and art organizations.

A Very Special Case of Hachnosas Kallah
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The adoption was no secret! Nobody would have, anyway, believed that the sweet little Sephardi girl is the natural daughter of Family B, an Ashkenazi family.

Women's Group to Hold Provocative Rosh Chodesh Gathering at Kosel
By Betzalel Kahn

Despite a High Court ruling not to gather at the Western Wall Plaza a group of women stirring controversy every Rosh Chodesh continues to sully the sanctity of the Kosel Maarovi and the sensitivities of visitors coming to pray. The group is planning to meet at the Kosel on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz as well, with unseemly ceremonies scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Warburg Boulevard Kept Closed on Shabbos
By Y. Ariel and Betzalel Kahn

Kiryat Shmuel's Warburg Boulevard was closed on Shabbos at the order of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and behind a unified front in the Knesset.

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

It was brought to our attention that a passage in our article last week about the letter from Maran HaRav Eliashiv about nonkosher status of the Kingklip fish may have been interpreted to imply...

New Regulations for Military Deferments
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee passed a series of changes to the law providing for the deferment of military service for full-time yeshiva students. After consulting with his party, MK Uri Ariel (HaIchud HaLeumi) broke a tie vote and was joined by Danny Yatom (Labor) in support of the proposal, which passed four to two. No-votes were cast by Tomi Lapid (Shinui) and Yossi Sarid (Meretz).

Monthly Allowance Increase to NIS 400 Per Bochur and NIS 720 Per Avreich
By Betzalel Kahn

The Finance Ministry instructed the Education Ministry's Yeshiva Department to raise monthly allowances from NIS 330 to NIS 400 ($88) for yeshiva students and from NIS 600 to NIS 720 ($159) for avreichi kollelim.

MK Ravitz Says Torah-Based Rehabilitation Most Effective
By G. Kleiman

Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz said his ministry objects to the transfer of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority from the Welfare Ministry to the Internal Security Ministry.

Ungvar Rav Arrives for Two-Month Stay
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Menasheh Klein, the Admor of Ungvar, arrived in Eretz Yisroel at the beginning of the week for a two-month stay. His talmidim and Chassidim were particularly pleased since the Admor was bedridden for several months this winter, but his recuperation made the visit possible.

Beit Shemesh Mayor Asked to Reject Attempts to Contain Chareidi Population
by Betzalel Kahn

Members of the chareidi parties at the Beit Shemesh City Council are demanding Mayor Daniel Vaknin postpone the scheduled meeting of the Planning and Construction Committee called by national-religious and secular councilmen to discuss "balance" between the city's chareidi and secular populations.

Degel HaTorah Meets With Prime Minister
By Betzalel Kahn

Degel HaTorah MKs Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and Rabbi Moshe Gafni met with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister's Office Director Ilan Cohen, Government Secretary Yisrael Maimon and their respective assistants on Monday.

Rabbi Ravitz Meets With Degel HaTorah Councilmen
By G. Kleiman

"From the moment of my arrival at the Welfare Ministry I have been working to reorganize the Department for Public Institutions. I saw the deep cut made Mr. Orlev made in Torah institutions with dormitories and I hope that at least a portion of this funding will be restored through the NIS 290 million promised in the coalition agreement," Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told public figures and Degel HaTorah councilmen from Elad, Haifa, Petach Tikva and Ganei Tikva during a meeting in Jerusalem.

Herzliya Beach Opens Following Special Arrangements With City of Bnei Brak

Following negotiations between the City of Bnei Brak and the City of Herzliya and following extended preparations a clean, improved beach opened for separate swimming this week through the end of Av.

Bituach Leumi to Submit Multi-year Plan to Provide Handicapped Access to Mikvo'os
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Bituach Leumi is slated to submit a multi-year plan for handicapped access to mikvo'os across the country. In the initial stage a mikveh with handicapped access will be built in Jerusalem.

Ramat Shlomo Awarded Prize for Appearance
by Betzalel Kahn

A special awards night was held at the Jerusalem Congress Center (Binyanei Ha'Uma) for residents active in a project sponsored by the community authorities to improve the city's appearance. The event marked the end of Neighborhood Volunteer Week during which all of Jerusalem's neighborhoods were evaluated by a special public committee that unanimously decided to award one of the leading prizes to Ramat Shlomo.

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