'In the Sephardi world, family is everything'

Former Shas MK Yigal Guetta speaks for the first time since being forced to resign from the Knesset for attending a same-sex wedding.Tzvi Lev, New York, 10/4/2017, 8:36 PM

Feuding Sephardi haredi rabbis meet to resolve differences

Rabbis meet for first time since contentious elections in 2015 caused a split between the top authorities in the Sephardi haredi world.Tzvi Lev, 9/28/2017, 4:43 PM

MK for a day: Shas MK serves in Knesset for just 27 hours

Shas MK forced out over gay wedding scandal replaced Wednesday by returning MK Meshulam Nahari.David Rosenberg, 9/27/2017, 2:08 PM

Bennett and Deri demand Netanyahu build in Hevron

Bennett and Deri demand that Prime Minister Netanyahu build more houses for Jews in Hevron. Netanyahu promised to advance plans shortly.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/26/2017, 4:20 PM

Shas MK resigns from Knesset following gay wedding controversy

Yigal Guetta resigns from Knesset after publicizing his attendance at a single-sex 'wedding.'David Rosenberg, 9/17/2017, 4:07 PM

Shas rabbinic council members back MK in gay wedding fiasco

As Shas leaders mull fate of MK who attended gay wedding, Shas rabbi expresses support for MK: 'If he resigns, I'm resigning'.David Rosenberg, 9/15/2017, 8:55 AM

'How did Guetta get in Shas in the first place?'

Founder of Shas party demands Aryeh Deri resign amid corruption investigation, scandal of MK who attended gay wedding.Benny Tocker, 9/14/2017, 6:51 PM

Chief Rabbi calls for law to bypass Supreme Court rulings

It is urgent to change this decision,' says Chief Rabbi after Court rules restaurants may declare themselves kosher - without certification.Tzvi Lev, 9/14/2017, 5:13 PM

'We'll take to the streets'

Yair Lapid urged Defense Minister Liberman to stop haredi efforts to limit the Supreme Court.Tzvi Lev, 9/14/2017, 9:17 AM

Haredi MK who attended gay wedding resigns

Shas MK Yigal Guetta resigns Knesset seat amid uproar following his confirmation he attended a same-sex wedding.JTA, 9/13/2017, 3:28 PM

Uproar after haredi MK attends gay wedding

Shas MK Yigal Guetta under fire after he admitted in an interview that he attended a gay wedding.Tzvi Lev, 9/12/2017, 9:12 AM

Shas MKs call for end to Shabbat soccer matches

Players and coaches from Israeli soccer leagues meet Shas MKs to discuss end of holding games on Shabbat against players' will.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/10/2017, 7:30 PM

Scandal: Government requires work on Shabbat

'Bennett-Gafni-Deri government will require soccer players to work on Shabbat.'Avishai Greentzeig, 9/10/2017, 10:54 AM

'Time for a joint haredi list'

UTJ MK calls for Ashkenazi, Sefardi haredi parties to run on joint list, modeled after the Arab Joint List party.David Rosenberg, 8/23/2017, 9:04 AM

Deri lashes out against religious Zionist rabbis

Shas chairman compares religious Zionist community to Reform movement.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/21/2017, 8:37 PM

Deri: Investigation won't lead to indictment

Shas chief and his wife called in for questioning again, amid suspicions of money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, other alleged offenses.Tzvi Lev, 8/8/2017, 10:51 AM

Senior Shas rabbi: We don't hate Reform Jews - we pity them

Rabbi David Yosef, brother of Chief Rabbi, says haredim don't hate Reform Jews - but hate Reform movement.David Rosenberg, 7/18/2017, 11:55 AM

Shas: We will always support the right-wing candidate

Interior Minister Deri talks about submarine investigation, election, and what he thinks of Netanyahu as prime minister.Arutz Sheva, 7/14/2017, 8:40 AM

MK falls ill abroad

Shas MK Yigal Guetta returns to Israel for treatment at Ichilov Hospital after being hospitalized in Prague.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/7/2017, 10:41 AM

'Shas - the last to preach us morality'

Tzohar Chairman refers to conversion issue, responds to Minister Aryeh Deri: 'When I'm opposite corrupt Shas party, I'm fine.'Mordechai Sones, 7/4/2017, 11:13 PM

Government freezes pro-Reform Western Wall plan

Religious parties score win as plan to create mixed-gender prayer area at Western Wall for Reform Movement shelved.Hezki Baruch, 6/25/2017, 3:41 PM

Will haredim dismantle coalition?

Haredi factions threaten to leave government if Shabbat train infrastructure work continues.Mordechai Sones, 6/19/2017, 6:56 PM

'Shas is bleeding, I will bring party more seats'

Ex-Shas MK tells Arutz Sheva party dying because it has become like an Ashkenazi haredi party, investigations against Aryeh Deri.Benny Tocker and Hezki Baruch, 6/1/2017, 6:08 PM

Shas denies contact with Eli Yishai

Torah Sages Council president's son who reportedly discussed leadership transfer possibility with Yishai issues sweeping denial.Mordechai Sones, 6/1/2017, 12:54 PM

Aryeh Deri and his wife questioned by police

Police question Interior Minister and his wife over corruption allegations. Director-General of a ministry also brought for interrogation.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/29/2017, 10:54 AM

Haredi MKs push to recognize only Chief Rabbinate's conversions

Bill rejecting all conversions in Israel not performed by Chief Rabbinate is 'against Jewish law,' claims Rabbi Seth Farber.JTA and Arutz Sheva, 5/15/2017, 8:27 AM

15000 participate in Shas rabbinic assembly in Jerusalem

15000 people participate in Shas rabbinic assembly in honor of Passover. Aryeh Deri continues Rabbi Ovadia's educational revolution.Reut Hadar, 4/13/2017, 7:22 PM

Haredi parties: No to early elections

Shas, UTJ announce they will oppose any efforts to initiate early elections amid polling suggesting Yesh Atid would defeat Likud.Hezki Baruch, 3/26/2017, 8:00 PM

Shas supports Yachimovich as head of the Histadrut labor union

Shas signs agreement with former Labor party head to support her for head of Histadrut, add Shas delegates to her faction list.Arutz Sheva Staff , 3/24/2017, 11:42 AM

Poll: Ya'alon does not pass electoral threshold

Radio 103 survey reveals 'Yesh Atid' largest party, Likud immediately follows, Joint Arab List and Jewish Home tie for third place.Mordechai Sones, 3/22/2017, 1:16 PM

Teenage yeshiva students exempted from National Insurance tax

Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves Shas MK's law exempting yeshiva students under age 19 from paying NII premiums.Haim Lev, 3/15/2017, 9:51 AM

Shas blasts expansion of mixed-gender IDF combat units

MK Malchieli tells Arutz Sheva new army directives expanding mixed gender service intended to make life difficult for religious soldiers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/7/2017, 10:27 AM

Shas MK calls for Community Center Director's ouster

MK Malkieli calls to dismiss Yehiel Levy, describes his war against haredim in Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel neighborhood.Hezki Baruch, 2/21/2017, 6:18 PM

'Prepare for new elections - Bibi could be indicted'

Senior Shas MK says party is preparing for possibility Prime Minister is forced to resign and new elections held.David Rosenberg, 1/15/2017, 10:32 PM

'No one can cut us off from our heritage'

Shas Secretary-General tours Hevron, promises to work for Jewish community there and to ensure the continuation of Jewish heritage.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/15/2017, 8:59 PM

Prejudice in Beitar Illit: 'Ashkenazi renters only'

Neighbors force apartment owner to bar Sephardic renters from property.Michal Levy, 12/22/2016, 7:19 PM

MK makes 'rude and insolent' remarks about Chief Rabbi

The Shas party strongly protested the condemnation of Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef by MK Elazar SternArutz Sheva Staff, 12/14/2016, 5:07 PM

Kulanu MKs: Shas plan will destroy Israel-diaspora relations

Kulanu MKs Michael Oren and Rachel Azaria blasted the proposed Shas bill to regulate the status of the Kotel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/12/2016, 7:42 PM

Shas submits 'Kotel Law' to the Knesset

Shas submits law that will legally establish the Kotel's halakhic status and is also supported by MKs from Jewish Home and Likud.Chaim Lev, 12/12/2016, 12:14 AM

Ex-Shas MK identified as suspect in sex-for-votes scandal

Former Shas MK Amnon Cohen identified as suspect arrested in bribery case involving sexual favors provided in exchange for Knesset votes.David Rosenberg, 12/8/2016, 3:47 PM

Shas MK: Don't infuriate our Arab brothers

'Muezzing Law will just agitate our Arab brothers; we need to talk out our differences, not issue bans.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/23/2016, 1:17 PM

Deri quits Knesset to make way for 'young leadership'

'I have decided to quit the Knesset in deference to the strength of youth.'Hezki Baruch, 10/31/2016, 4:37 PM

Shas MK declares war on anti-Sephardic discrimination

MK Margi calls to set up investigations into schools that refuse to admit Sephardic girls and fire recalcitrant principals.Gary Willig, 10/5/2016, 2:53 PM

Haaretz attacks on Rabbi Ovadia Yosef stir controversy

Shas chairman blasts left-wing newspaper over 'disgraceful' portrayal of late rabbinic leader.Gary Willig, 10/5/2016, 12:00 PM

Haredi MKs: No reason to do infrastructure work this Shabbat

After police announce road closures on Shabbat, Haredi MKs protest 'trampling' of Shabbat's honor.Hezki Baruch, 9/15/2016, 8:28 PM

Deri: I would not oppose sitting in a Lapid government

Shas head Aryeh Deri says that he would sit in a government with Yair Lapid, but Netanyahu would still be favored candidate for PM.Haim Lev, 9/15/2016, 2:13 PM

New poll: Yesh Atid rises, Shas collapses

Channel 1 poll finds that Lapid's party would win 27 seats if elections were held today. Likud down to 23, Shas barely passes the threshold.Orli Harari, 9/11/2016, 4:15 AM

Shabbat crisis: Haredi position split

Shas head Aryeh Deri promises no coalition crisis over Shabbat construction, causing disgruntled UTJ MKs to weigh their options.Ben Shaul, 9/8/2016, 9:29 PM

Justice Ministry demands more women in religious councils

New directive outlines minimal representation of women on councils, says at least 1/3 of of council members must be women.Shlomo Pyotrovsky, 9/4/2016, 8:44 AM

Most Shabbat railway work cancelled

At the request of the haredi parties, 17 out of 20 railway infrastructure projects that were to be carried out on Shabbat are cancelled.Chaim Lev, 9/2/2016, 12:14 AM

Coalition crisis averted as Shabbat work on train lines limited

Netanyahu orders Shabbat work on train lines restricted to potentially life-threatening situations.Hezki Baruch, 8/26/2016, 10:48 AM

Haredi ultimatum: Our Shabbat, or your coalition

The heads of the haredi parties have given Netanyahu 24 hours to end the train works on Shabbat, or they will break the government.Hezki Baruch, 8/25/2016, 9:10 PM

Transportation Minister: Shabbat violations - not my department

"I can't get involved in train works which take place on Shabbat"Hezki Baruch, 8/25/2016, 7:05 PM

'Haredim are our allies, I won't betray them'

'The haredi public is right-wing,' says Bennett. 'We have a firm, lasting alliance with them.'Haim Lev, 8/25/2016, 1:51 PM

Haim Amsalem: Jewish Home the 'natural place for Sephardim'

Former maverick Shas MK Rabbi Haim Amsalem explains to Arutz Sheva his decision to join the Jewish Home party.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/19/2016, 4:07 PM

Rabbi Haim Amsalem joins Jewish Home party

Rabbi Haim Amsalem, formerly of Shas and Am Shalem, joins Jewish Home. Says he was motivated by their concern for Sephardim.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/15/2016, 9:52 AM

Former Shas MK David Tal dies at 66

Israeli politician and a four-time member of the Knesset, David Tal, has died following a serious illness at the age of 66.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/3/2016, 3:50 PM