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4 Nissan 5765 - April 13, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Netanyahu: Israel will be Among the Richest 10 Countries Within 15 Years; Critics: The Poor Cannot Wait 15 Years
by M. Plaut and Yated Ne'eman Staff

At a press conference held to mark two years at his post, Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu discussed his strategic goals. He claimed that if it follows his economic program, within fifteen years Israel can be one of the top ten countries in the world in terms of per capita income and standard of living. Critics, including Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and Rabbi Moshe Gafni of Degel Hatorah, said that the poor cannot wait ten years.

Degel HaTorah's Ramat Shafat Returns Millions of Shekels to Apartment Buyers in Ramat Shlomo (Shuafat)
By Betzalel Kahn

Ramat Shafat, a special nonprofit organization founded by Degel HaTorah's Housing Committee in Jerusalem to build homes in the Ramat Sholom (Shuafat) neighborhood, recently returned 2.5 percent of the purchase price to over 700 apartment owners in Ramat Shlomo, in addition to a refund of 10 percent of the purchase price seven years ago.

Archaeologists Wantonly Raze Ancient Burial Caves for Work on Trans-Israel Highway
By Betzalel Kahn

Despite desperate attempts by dozens of avreichim to physically obstruct the destruction of a Jewish grave site discovered along the route of the Trans-Israel Highway in the Binyamina Region, archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority, accompanied by a massive police presence, razed two burial caves near Kibbutz Regavim.

MK Rabbi Gafni Demands Amendment to Conversion Law
By Eliezer Rauchberger

In a blustery plenum session last week the Knesset discussed the recent High Court decision to recognize Reform and Conservative "conversions" performed outside of Israel.

Surveillance Cameras in Old City Rendered Suitable for Shabbos Use
By Betzalel Kahn

Based on directives from Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, special software has been installed to allow surveillance cameras in the Jerusalem's Old City and at the Kosel Maarovi to operate without causing chilul Shabbos.

High Percentage of Orloh in Certain Summer Fruits
By Betzalel Kahn

The recent publication of a table showing the percentage of orloh in this year's crop of various summer fruits indicates a sharp rise in the incidence of orloh in certain fruits that will be supplied to retailers and the food industry.

Siyum HaShas in Argentina
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Argentina also had a large Siyum Hashas this year sponsored by Agudas Yisroel. Participants saw film clips from the worldwide siyums that had been held about a month earlier. Since the last siyum, there has been a shiur sponsored by Agudas Yisroel and given by HaRav Yisroel Feder, and after this siyum four other communities announced that they were starting Daf Yomi shiurim.

80 Percent of High Court Rulings Inconsistent With Jewish Values
By Betzalel Kahn

On the very day the High Court issued an anti-religious ruling regarding conversion, Manof — The Center for Jewish Information published a comprehensive study on the High Court's rulings as they relate to Jewish issues. The central figure emerging from the study: 80 percent of High Court rulings are against Judaism. The comprehensive study was conducted over the course of a year by a team of Manof jurists. The study examined over 8,700 High Court rulings of which 185 touched on religious issues during the past nine years.

Thousands at Shabbos Rally in Ashdod
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Following a growing number of acts of chilul Shabbos in Ashdod where stores and shopping malls have begun to trample over the sanctity of Shabbos, a moving public prayer rally led by gedolei Torah, admorim and rabbonim was held on leil Shabbos Parshas Tazria in the city streets.

Rabbi Ravitz Instructs Welfare Ministry to Advance NII Allotments
By G. Kleiman

Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told Yated Ne'eman that he directed Bituach Leumi officials to advance payment of insurance allotments as Pesach approaches in consideration of the special needs of families with limited means.

Cleanup Drive for Jerusalem Residents on Wednesday
By T. Sofer

Two hundred and fifty thousand Jerusalem residents were expected to participate in the Jerusalem Green Day cleanup drive on Wednesday 4 Nisan according to municipality forecasts, including all schools and kindergartens, neighborhood residents, community administrations, students, soldiers, environmental watch volunteers, the elderly, Jerusalem organizations and municipality workers and administrators.

Hadassah Ein Karem Denies Discharging Patients on Shabbos
By Betzalel Kahn

Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital does not discharge patients on Shabbos, according to a letter Assistant Director Dr. Yair Birnbaum sent to MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni this week.

Ramat Beit Shemesh Residents Fight Cellular Antenna
By Betzalel Kahn

Hundreds of Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef residents demonstrated against the erection of a high-power Cellcom antenna near residential buildings on Sederot Nachal Hakishon. Police used force against the demonstrators and even arrested four, who were kept in detention for several hours.

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