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25 Sivan 5766 - June 21, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Parshas Korach (Parshas Chukas in Eretz Yisroel), 5766

Sunday, 29 Sivan - Shabbos, 5 Tammuz 5766 (June 25-July 1, 2006)

Yoma 18-24
Terumos 51-57

Ta'anis 4:5 - Megillah 1:10

Orach Chaim 575:3-576:10

Ovos: 5

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz falls on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 27.

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Shelach (Parshas Korach in Eretz Yisroel)

7:13 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:28 P.M.

9:06 P.M.
5:07 P.M.
4:53 P.M.

Parshas Korach (Parshas Chukas in Eretz Yisroel)

7:14 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:29 P.M.

9:06 P.M.
5:09 P.M.
4:55 P.M.



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At The Center of the Universe
by Mordechai Plaut



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In a comparative study with 15 European countries, Bituach Leumi found that Israel ranks second to last in terms of support for children, MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz told a Knesset plenum on Monday as he submitted a no-confidence motion together with NRP-HaIchud HaLeumi in reaction to the poverty affecting many segments of the population.

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UTJ joined the municipal coalition in Beit Shemesh this week after party representatives Rabbi Moshe Montag, Rabbi Dovid Weiner and Rabbi Avrohom Mordechai Berger signed an agreement with Mayor Daniel Vaknin and Likud councilmen.

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The government has made another breach in the walls of Judaism by bringing thousands of non-Jews into Eretz Yisroel by granting citizenship to foreign workers who came to Israel before the age of 14 and have lived here for at least six years. UTJ announced that it strongly objects to the decision.

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by Gita Gordon

Serializing a new novel.

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Additional Luach Information

According to the Ramo (494:3) we do not say tachanun from Rosh Chodesh Sivan until after Isru Chag (there are other minhogim that do not say tachanun until after the seven days of hashlomoh that follow Shavuos).

On Rosh Chodesh Sivan we do not say tachanun as we do on every Rosh Chodesh. The second of Sivan is called Yom HaMeyuchas since after yetzias Mitzrayim Hashem commanded Moshe to say to bnei Yisroel: "Now therefore if you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own treasure from among all peoples" (Shemos 19:5) to prepare them for Torah. Afterwards, the third, forth, and fifth of Sivan are the Sheloshes Yemei Hagboloh when bnei Yisroel waited for kabolas HaTorah (Mishnah Berurah 494:8, and see Shabbos 86-88).

Shavuos falls on Friday, 6 Sivan (June 2) and in Chutz La'aretz also on Shabbos, 7 Sivan (June 3). An eruv Tavshilin must be made on erev Shavuos, Thursday, in order to be permitted to cook on the first day of Shavuos, Friday, for Shabbos.

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