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7 Nisan 5766 - April 4, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Gaza is Already in Trouble
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The residents of Gaza are under severe stress due to the aid cutoff and due to the decision of its own leaders not to allow goods to pass through the Kerem Shalom crossing while the Karni crossing is closed due to terror warnings. United Nations aid organizations claim that the Gaza Strip is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster that could be as bad as the one in Kosovo.

Final Results: UTJ Wins 146,958 Votes
By Betzalel Kahn

Based on the final vote count, including crosschecking of ballots cast by soldiers and voters who cast their vote at handicapped polling places, UTJ won a total of 146,958 votes from supporters who responded to calls by gedolei Yisroel to make every effort to vote. The showing represents an increase of 12,032 votes compared to the previous elections.

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Shearis Yisroel Pesach Guide Available
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Shearis Yisroel has issued the 5766 edition of Glatt, a Pesach guide that covers a variety of issues related to halochoh, kashrus and communal affairs.

Interior Ministry to Close for Pesach
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

With all government employees on vacation for Chol Hamoed the Population Administration of the Interior Ministry (Misrad Hapnim) will provide only limited services, such as arranging passports and travel documents in the event of emergency.

New Chareidi City of Charish, near Hadera, Approved
by Betzalel Kahn

Work will soon be underway on the new chareidi city of Charish on land reserves located near Highway 6 in the Hadera area, following exerted efforts by the heads of Binyan Sholem to obtain government approval.

Jerusalem Municipality Completing Construction of Matnas Community Center in Ramat Shlomo
By Betzalel Kahn

The first chareidi community center of its kind, which will operate under the close supervision of neighborhood rabbonim, is nearing completion in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.

A Quinoa Update — The Gedolei Haposkim Prohibit It
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

For many years it was "common knowledge" that quinoa was permissible on Pesach based on an old psak by a member of the Beis Din of the Eida HaChareidis.

Ministry Directors-General Review Bird Flu Crisis
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Prime Minister's Office Director-General Ilan Cohen convened the Directors-General Forum on dealing with bird flu on Monday, April 3, 2006. The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry Director-General, the Health Ministry Director- General, Veterinary Services and Finance Ministry representatives, regional council chairmen, and poultry farmers' representatives attended the meeting.

Bank of Israel: Israel Ranks Low in Caring for Elderly, Handicapped, Children and Underclass
by G. Lazer

A Bank of Israel report for 2005 reveals that in 2004 Israel ranked at the bottom of a survey of social security entitlements in developed nations. In old-age benefits Israel ranked 19th of 23 countries and in child allowances it was second to last, with only Spain falling further behind.

Annual Report of the Bank of Israel Issued
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

In 2005, Israel's economic recovery continued and became even more firmly based. GDP grew rapidly by 5.2 percent, led by the business sector which expanded by 6.6 percent. The integration of the Israeli economy into the global economy continued.

24,600 Votes Per Knesset Seat
By Eliezer Rauchberger

The elections for the 17th Knesset drew a total of 3,188,075 voters to the polls. The threshold for entry to the Knesset altogether was 62,767 votes and each mandate required 24,609 votes. So therefore the minimum number of seats that party needs to enter will normally be three.

UTJ Holds First Meeting
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

United Torah Judaism and Shabbat — Agudas Yisroel-Degel HaTorah held its first meeting after the elections for the 17th Knesset. Participants included MKs Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, Rabbi Meir Porush, Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Rabbi Shmuel Halpert, Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Rabbi Uri Maklev, who was seventh candidate on the UTJ list, Party Manager Rabbi Amitai Shulman and Rabbi Moshe Schiffman.

UTJ Leads the Way in Tracking Voters on Election Day
by Betzalel Kahn

Bnei Brak Deputy Mayor Rabbi Yaakov Asher, who headed UTJ's election campaign in his city, attributes the increase in the number of UTJ votes to the unique working methods adopted in these elections, including electronic voter tracking. After every election the major parties study UTJ's technique of tracking loyal supporters and other voters in every city.

A Living Mishnas Rav Aaron — A new Book of the Life and Ideals of Rav Aaron Kotler, zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"Chazal say that a talmid doesn't understand his rebbi for forty years, yet it's over forty years since the Rosh Yeshiva's petiroh and we're still trying to understand him."

Ramat HaTana'im in Beit Shemesh Gets New Rov and New Sefer Torah
by Betzalel Kahn

A stately hachnosas sefer Torah ceremony was held recently at Beis Medrash Chanichei Hayeshivos, a magnet for bnei Torah in Ramat HaTana'im in Ramat Beit Shemesh and the surrounding neighborhoods as well. The sefer Torah was donated by R' Feibish Michel Tal, a prominent member of the six-year-old beis medrash which hosts a variety of shiurim in addition to kollelim held during periods that need chizuk in Torah study.

Jerusalem Mayor Tries to Dismiss the City Attorney
by Betzalel Kahn

Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky recently initiated proceedings to dismiss the municipality's staff attorney, Attorney Yossi Chavilav, by sending letters to Deputy Interior Minister Ruchama Avraham and Local Government Center Chairman Adi Eldar, notifying them of his intention to terminate Chavilav's service.

Gathering to Mark Opening of Lakewood Yeshiva Ketanoh in Jerusalem in Elul
By Betzalel Kahn

A special gathering was held in the home of Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita to mark the opening of Lakewood Yeshiva Ketanoh at its new building in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood.

Abbas in South Africa
By Yated South African Correspondent

Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein and the respective chairmen of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and Zionist Federation were included in a six-person Jewish delegation that met last Friday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Alligators Put on Chicken-Free Diet
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The outbreak of the deadly avian flu virus in Israel is having an impact not only on poultry farmers, sellers and consumers, but has even led to dietary changes for the alligators at Chamat Gader, which are no longer being allowed to consume chicken according to an Agence France-Presse report.

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