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September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

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Moshe Wertheim, Owner of Coca Cola Israel, Dies at 86

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

One of Israel’s best-known billionaires, Moshe “Muzi” Wertheim, has passed away after a long illness at the age of 86.

Wertheim was the owner of Coca Cola Israel, — officially the Central Bottling Company Group — as well as the controlling shares in Mizrahi Tefahot Bank and several other important companies. He also served as the president of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, according to Bloomberg.

But Wertheim handed the reins of Coca Cola Israel over to his son David already in 2013, according to the Globes business news site. David Wertheim received 63 percent of the shares in the company, and his sister Drorit received 37 percent. David became chairman of the company and his sister became a company director. The change reportedly resulted in the resignation of company CEO Itzik Tamir, who had led the company for more than 30 years, but company president Ronnie Kobrovsky, Wertheim’s long-time partner, did not likewise abandon the firm.

Born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem, he fought in the War of Independence and served in the Mossad.

Wertheim was also a member of the first graduating class at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law before he became an attorney, with a Masters Degree in Law, majoring in accounting.

But at the end he built his empire from the business world, starting his career with the name “Avraham Feinberg” and founding the Central Bottling Company, today better known as Coca Cola Israel. According to Forbes, he slowly worked his way up the ladder, until he was able to finance his 2001 acquisition of the company with the dividends he had earned.

Coca Cola Israel subsidiaries include Pri Gat fruit juices, Neviot mineral water, Tal Dairy (and through that, Gilead Dairy and Tzuriel Farm Dairy), Tabor Winery, Maskar food vending machines and the Israel Beer Brewery (including the domestic distribution of Romania-produced Carlsberg, as well as Tuborg and Guiness), making it one of Israel’s leading employers with some 4,700 workers.

Wertheim also owned 51 percent of broadcaster Keshet, a franchisee of Channel 2, 23.1 percent of the Alony Hetz Property and Investments Ltd. firm and 22 percent of the shares in Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.

Boruch HaDayan HoEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt’l, Head of Ponevezh Yeshiva, Laid to Rest

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

One of the top rabbinical directors of the Yeshiva of Ponevezh, Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt”l, has been laid to rest.

Rabbi Leibowitz, 83, passed away at approximately 9 am Sabbath morning surrounded by family and his students. He was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.

When word of his death was received at the yeshiva when the Sabbath ended, the paroches was removed from the gilded Holy Ark as a sign of mourning.

Hareidi religious Jewish men seen around the body of the head of the Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt'l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

Hareidi religious Jewish men seen around the body of the head of the Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt’l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

Rabbi Leibowitz was born to Rabbi Yaakov Moshe and Tzeina Leah Leibowitz in White Russia, and grew up to be renowned for his acumen from a very early age.

The family escaped to Vilna prior to the outbreak of World War II and made their way to Jerusalem.

Rabbi Leibowitz learned in Jerusalem’s Hevron Yeshiva and immediately after his marriage to Sima Rothstein, the daughter of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Rothstein — head of the Diskin Orphanage — he was named head of the yeshiva at Kaminetz in Jerusalem, where he remained until taking on the role as one of the rabbinic leaders of Ponovezh in Bnei Brak.

Rabbi Leibowitz was also the grandson of Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibowitz, zt’l, referred to as the “Birkas Shmuel,” a disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk, founder of “Yeshivishe” learning style.

Hareidi-religious Jewish men carry the body of head of Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt'l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

Hareidi-religious Jewish men carry the body of head of Yeshiva of Ponevezh Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, zt’l during his funeral in the city of Bnei Brak.

The venerated rabbi fell several months ago in his home. The accident caused medical complications which included bleeding in the brain. He recently was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.

With thousands accompanying the body from the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, the rabbi was brought to his final resting place at Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

He is survived by Rebbetzin Sima, his wife. Two of the couple’s children have predeceased the rabbi, a daughter, prominent teacher Mrs. Kayla Rivka Schwartzman z’l, and a son, Rabbi Hezkiyah Yosef Leibowitz, z’l.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.

Hana Levi Julian

Mei Barak in Bnei Brak

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

A new water facility, “Mei Barak”, was built in Bnei Brak.

Mei Barak

Mei Barak

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Left-Wing Arab MK in B’nei B’rak to Change Ultra-Orthodox Vote on Women Qadis

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) MK Isawi Frej (Meretz) on Tuesday night came to the ultra-Orthodox enclave of B’nei B’rak to meet with two senior Haredi rabbis, Rabbi Shimon Baadani of the Council of Torah Sages of Shas, and Rabbi Mordechai Gross, of the Lithuanian community, Kikar Hashabbat  reported. The issue at hand was the ultra-Orthodox veto on a Frej bill calling for including at least one woman among the Qadis-Muslim jurists in Israeli courts that operate under Sharia Law. The bill is also sponsored by MKs Zouheir Bahloul (Zionist Camp-Labor) and Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint Arab List).

The ultra-Orthodox opposition to Frej’s bill stems from their fear that appointing women as Muslim Qadis might create a precedent to would force rabbinical courts to follow suit. The government is expected to object to the bill, based on the coalition agreement between Likud and the Haredi parties giving them veto power over religious legislation. MK Frej asked for the meeting with the rabbis in B’nei B’rak to try and change their minds.

However, despite the unusual gesture, both Rabbis Baadani and Gross did not offer Frej the breakthrough he was seeking. “A woman cannot be a court judge according to the Torah,” Rabbi Gross explained, “so there can’t be an allowance to support appointing women as Islamic judges.” Frej told his hosts that “only the ultra-Orthodox opposition is likely to thwart the appointment of a woman to this job.”

MK Frej used the opportunity of the meeting to speak with the rabbis about the tense security situation. Among other things, he quoted from a publication of the Israel Democracy Institute that “the most negative attitude toward the Arab sector is prevalent in the religious and ultra-Orthodox communities.” He asked the rabbis to suggest ways “for each of us to emphasize the love of goodness and the love of mankind.” In response, Rabbi Baadani spoke about his grandson who was killed a year ago in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, and said: “We need to speak with Minister Aryeh Deri to organize something.”

Frej told Kikar Hashabbat  that although he did not receive the message he was hoping for from the rabbis, he plans to continue “knocking on every door until I get what I want.” He said, “My religious law allows it, and I should not have to be a captive of another religious law. We need to be independent and I believe in the righteousness of my way. I will continue my fight inside the Haredi society and in society in general. I’m here to do my work faithfully.”

Meanwhile, the Commission for the Appointment of Qadis in Israel—in which MK Frej is a member—is scheduled to vote soon on five new appointments to the Sharia Courts. As of today, 11 male Qadis serve in regional Sharia courts and in the Court of Appeals in Israel.


Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh Hospitalized at Sheba Hospital

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, rosh yeshiva (director) of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak was admitted to the intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Wednesday morning.

The renowned rabbi sustained a head injury after falling at night at his home in Bnei Brak.

Hundreds gathered at the yeshiva to pray for their revered rabbi, as experts consulted at the hospital to determine whether or not surgery was necessary.

It was ultimately decided that no surgery was required and the injuries were not life-threatening, according to sources within the yeshiva.

Continued prayers are requested for Rav Chaim Shlomo ben Tzaitel Leah.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Tisha B’Av vs. Israel Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015


Rabbi Mottle Wolfe joins Yishai to discuss the contours of the religious-secular divide in the Jewish state.

The two show hosts talk about the phenomenon of the very secular Tel Aviv being a mere five kilometers away from the ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak. The former celebrates Israel Independence Day, but doesn’t fast on the day that marks the loss of Jewish sovereignty 2,000 years ago. The latter observes the religious fast, but does not take part in the modern celebrations of statehood. They envision a way to move the process of building the third Jewish commonwealth forward.

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Moshe Herman

World’s Youngest Hassidic Rebbe Gets Married

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Judah Zundel Biedermann waited seven years for the moment he would fill his father’s shoes — his father being the late Lelov Rebbe of Beitar Illit. This week, at the tender age of 19 and a half, he celebrated that happiest day of his life.

With family, friends and acquaintances watching, Biedermann married his loved one at an events hall in central Israel. And with his wedding, he also became the world’s youngest Hassidic Rebbe.

Judah Zundel is the eldest son of Rabbi Shimon Natan Neta Biderman — the Lelov Rebbe of Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion, some 6 miles south of Jerusalem. The Rebbe died seven years ago, with his son only 12. Judah was nicknamed the “yanuka,” or youngster, which is the title usually given the heir apparent of a Rebbe who isn’t yet of age to take over.

Three years after his father’s passing, when he was 15, Judah oversaw with authority the memorial get together marking the date, and the chareidi press was delighted in the young man’s ability to fit in his father’s shoes. His hassidim reported that he presided over the “Tish” like a real Rebbe, noting that the only thing preventing him from getting the job officially, was the fact that he was not yet married.

After the wedding this week, and through the first year of his marriage, the new Lelov Rebbe will live in Bnei Brak, with short weekend hops to Betar Illit, his father’s city.

The Beitar Illit Levov court is relatively small, comprising only a few dozen families, but they all share an admiration for their new spiritual leader.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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