Vote Shas and get a good verdict from Heaven?
While feasting and intoxication on the holiday of Purim are discussed in the Talmud, costumes are not. Yet dressing up has been a standard practice. . .
Since its establishment in the 1980s, the Mizrahi ultra-Orthodox party Shas has become a powerful player in Israeli politics. It presided over a religious revival. . .
Leviticus 18:3 commands “Like the practice of the land of Egypt where you have dwelled, you should not practice, and like the practices of the. . .
Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, who passed away this year aged ninety-three, combined magisterial scholarship and political acumen to become the power broker of Israeli politics.
Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s liberation of an entire family from the status of mamzerut (descent from forbidden relations) exemplifies the greatness of both his halakhic intellect. . .
Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, who has died at the age of ninety-three, strove to unite Sephardi Jews not only politically but religiously, under a single halakhic banner. (2007)
Israeli society has only begun to have a serious conversation over what, if anything, the contemporary rabbinate is for.
The machinations surrounding the upcoming election of Israel’s next chief rabbis show that the ultra-Orthodox are not the only religious group causing problems for the state.