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20 Kislev 5766 - December 21, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Newspaper Expose Reveals:
Degel Hatorah Conference — Problems and Proposals for the Chareidi Community
By B. Kahn and Y. Ariel

The Degel HaTorah National Convention ended last week with a closing session in the main meeting hall of the Eden Inn in Zichron Yaakov. All of the hundreds of convention delegates were on hand. Seated at the dais were HaRav Aharon Roter, Zichron Yaakov Moro De'asra HaRav Mordechai Abramovsky, Party Chairman Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz, Party Secretary Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky and Rabbi Yitzchok Reich, who served as chairman of the closing session.

New Letters Clarify Damage of Nosson Slifkin's Books
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rumors and assumptions that rabbonim who had not signed among the more than twenty signers of the original letter against three works by Nosson Slifkin, The Science of Torah, Mysterious Creatures, and The Camel the Hyrax and the Hare, did not sign because they supported Slifkin's work were shown to be false in recent letters issued by HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, HaRav Aharon Shechter, the Novominsker Rebbe, and HaRav Shlomo Miller.

To Chareidim LeDvar Hashem Who Fly

We are distraught and still lacking a solution for our Jewish brethren who must travel by plane. Today, during the flight, passengers are exposed to a stumbling block in the form of movies and this is within our control.

Degel HaTorah and Agudah Negotiating Teams Meet
by Betzalel Kahn

Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel negotiating teams met on Monday in Jerusalem to discuss the possibility of a united list in the next Knesset elections.

New Law to Limit Volume at Simchas
by Eliezer Rauchberger

The Knesset plenum passed in second and third readings on Monday an amendment to the Business Licensing Law that will require event halls and event grounds to install volume control devices to limit noise levels.

Tax Consultants will No Longer Need Bagrut
by Eliezer Rauchberger

According to a new law the Knesset plenum passed on Monday in second and third readings, tax consultants will no longer need a college degree or a Bagrut certificate on condition they have completed 12 years of study at any institution and they pass the exams administered by the Council of Tax Consultants.

Rain Tent Erected at Kosel Maarovi
by Betzalel Kahn

A tent to be used as a beis knesses on rainy days has been erected in the upper section of the Western Wall Plaza.

Forty Percent of Tax Reductions Go to Upper Tenth
by G. Lazer

Leah Achdut, head of Bituach Leumi's research department, said at the First Annual Conference for Economics and Social Affairs held at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, the cumulative tax reductions following the income tax reforms between 2001 and 2006 will come to NIS 10 billion ($2.1 billion),...

Holocaust Victims Receive Jewish Burial
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Thirty-four Jewish victims of the Holocaust were laid to rest near Stuttgart at a funeral service according to the traditions of Jewish law. The remains of these victims were discovered during work at a US Airforce Base near Stuttgart.

Hand Grenades Thrown at Gravesite of R' Meir Baal Haness
by Y. Ariel

Hand grenades were thrown at the gravesite of R' Meir Baal Haness in Tiveria and two women praying at the site sustained minor injuries. The local chareidi community asked Mayor Zohar Oved and other city officials to ban peddlers from the area to prevent the quarreling that led to the incident.

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