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1 Sivan 5765 - June 8, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Antisemitic Arab Appointed Minister in French Government
by Arnon Yaffeh, Paris

In addition to its criticism of the new French government and its head, Dominique de Villepin, the Jewish community is now also concerned over the ministerial appointment of a controversial suburban Arab activist who supports the antisemitic Euro Palestine Party.

Finance Ministry General Accountant Calls for Fewer Inspections of Yeshivas
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The Finance Ministry General Accountant wrote a letter to Knesset Finance Committee Chairman MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman pledging to reduce inspections and audits of yeshivas from their current level of four per year to one every three years. Four per year is an unusually high level that is not found in any other area. The intense inspections have confounded the critics who expected to uncover massive fraud but found nothing significant.

Beit Shemesh Legal Advisor Tries to Undermine Modesty Campaign
By Betzalel Kahn

The legal advisor to the City of Beit Shemesh dispatched municipal inspectors to remove signs hung on the balconies of apartments owned by chareidi residents. The signs called on pedestrians arriving at the commercial center in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef to honor nearby residents' sensitivities by dressing modestly. However an examination of city ordinances reveals that signs can only be removed after the mayor issues a warning.

Gafni Protests Interference in Appointment of Dayanim
by Betzalel Kahn

As the Shloshim for the Mashgiach, HaRav Shlomo Wolbe, who had the merit of learning Torah from HaRav Yeruchom of Yeshivas Mir, came to an end Tuesday night, a central chizuk and his'orerus gathering was held at the former Yeshivas Givat Shaul, which now bears the name Mishkenot Yedidiah after the Mashgiach, zt"l.

4,000 Jews at Lag BaOmer Events in Djerba
By S. Fried

A charter plane brought Israeli Jews on the first direct flight from Israel to Tunisia, where they participated in Lag BaOmer events in Djerba and then continued on a 10-day "journey to their roots." The travel agency that organized the trip rented ten hotels on the island and kashered them for the large group.

Hundreds Protest Continued Desecration of Graves Along Hwy. 6 Route
By Betzalel Kahn and ITIM

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated against harming Jewish graves and the derision shown toward the entire religious and chareidi public around the country. Security guards hired by Derech Eretz beat the demonstrators in the presence of a contingent of policemen, who even arrested five of the demonstrators.

Kesher: Second Luchot for our Youth at Risk
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Shavuos, Kabbolas Hatorah — it's in the air. Every rebbe, every teacher, is trying to instill into his talmidim the importance and relevance of the Sinai experience, attempting to develop a true ahavas haTorah and ahavas hamitzvos.

HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira Back in Eretz Yisroel
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira shlita returned home Monday night after a two-and-a-half-week stay in the US for urgent medical care as the Torah world prayed and followed his condition with concern.

Department of Religious Services to be Set Up in Prime Minister's Office
By Betzalel Kahn

During the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday the government approved the setup of a department of religious services in the Prime Minister's Office as part of the reform program for religious services the Prime Minister pledged to launch.

Israel Offers Rail Link between West Bank and Gaza
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Israel has suggested constructing a special rail line linking the Gaza Strip and West Bank to allow Palestinians in the two areas easy. The tracks would run from the Erez checkpoint to the Tarqumiya crossing near Hebron. The idea was approved by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before it was presented to the PA.

Agudath Israel of America Dinner Pays Tribute to Daf Yomi Maggidei shiur
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The special tribute to Daf Yomi maggidei shiur resonated with the large crowd that gathered at the New York Hilton last Sunday night (27 Iyar-June 5) for Agudath Israel of America's 83rd Anniversary Dinner.

Jerusalem Branch of Degel HaTorah Holds Meeting
By Betzalel Kahn

At a meeting of the Jerusalem branch of Degel HaTorah held last week to discuss various issues, participants included HaRav Ephraim Tzemel, the Jerusalem chairman of Degel HaTorah, Deputy Welfare Minister MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and Party Secretary MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni.

Gush Katif Families Object to Having Loved Ones Re- Interred
by G. Lazer

Gush Katif settlers announced they object to the disinterment of their loved ones killed in terrorist attacks and while defending settlements in Gush Katif and other parts of the Gaza Strip. They claim that the head of the disengagement, Yonatan Bassi, plans to have the graves unearthed before the disengagement plan is executed.

New Corruption Scandal Rocks Shinui
By G. Lazer and ITIM

Two Shinui activists belonging to Yosef Paritzky's camp have a recording of MK Avraham Poraz allegedly offering them a flight abroad and other benefits if they stopped operating like an opposition within the Shinui Party, according to a television report.

Exeter Celebrates First Wedding in 60 Years
By S. Fried

The old, 80-seat beis knesses in Exeter was packed when the city in the southwest of England held its first Orthodox wedding in 60 years.

Sharon Initiates Extensive Development Plan for Jerusalem
By Betzalel Kahn

The government issued another declaration on Monday intended to advance and develop extensive plans in Jerusalem, including the construction of housing units for young couples, employment and a downtown renewal program. Based on instructions by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the government approved the NIS 280-million plan on Monday at a meeting held at Ammunition Hill.

Kashrus Certification Now Required for Over-the-Counter Drugs
By Betzalel Kahn

Following a new law that permits the sale of over-the-counter medications at supermarket chains the Chief Rabbinate, in coordination with the Health Ministry's department for drug and pharmaceutical registration, decided that companies will be able to label over-the-counter medication kosher only upon receiving Rabbinate approval.

Missionary Material Handed Out at Tel Aviv Food Festival
By A. Cohen

Several missionaries distributed reading material at a food festival held at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds.

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