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

Chief rabbis warn Netanyahu: No deals with Reform movement

Rabbis Yosef and Lau say Reform movement must not gain influence in Israel, especially at the Western Wall.Gil Ronen, 6/29/2016, 9:46 PM

Shas leader clarifies 'Amalek' comment against Jewish Home

'I love all Jews; everything I said was out of love', Rabbi Cohen tells Bennett during Shiva visit.Hezki Baruch, 6/22/2016, 10:25 PM

Wife of Shas spiritual leader hospitalized in serious condition

Family calls on public to pray for wife of Rabbanit Yael Cohen, wife of Rabbi Shalom Cohen.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/15/2016, 8:49 PM

Haredi parties advance bill to exempt yeshivas from property tax

Proposal to reach Knesset Assembly on Wednesday. Interior Ministry agrees to cover the cost.Haim Lev, 6/14/2016, 7:38 AM

Desperate efforts to end Shas coalition crisis

Coalition chair meets Deri in attempt to end boycott over Channel 10 head's alleged racist comments, slams 'inappropriate remarks.'Hezki Baruch, 6/8/2016, 11:34 AM

Channel 10 scandal: New head insists 'they framed me'

Sadan says Haaretz report faked racist remarks to oust him, denies friendship with Netanyahu landed the job.Hezki Baruch, 6/7/2016, 2:49 PM

Exposé: Shas jobs 'all in the family' - Deri's family

Shas chairman Aryeh Deri has been appointing several relatives and cronies to government positions, news agency reveals.Tova Dvorin, 5/17/2016, 9:12 PM

Haredi parties breaking up? MK says 'all options on the table'

Degel HaTorah, Agudah factions of UTJ considering split. MK Maklev claims 'all options are on the table,' including joint run with Shas.David Rosenberg, 4/18/2016, 4:16 PM

Ousted Shas MK decries 'discrimination' against Deri

Special interview: Former MK Nissim Ze'ev - whom Deri personally ousted - rushes to the minister's defense.Benny Toker, 4/15/2016, 8:58 AM

Shas spiritual leader to Aryeh Deri: 'Keep up your holy work'

Deri asks police to speed up their investigation into his activities 'in order to remove any doubts.'Haim Lev, 3/30/2016, 6:44 PM

Not just Deri: Second senior politician probed for corruption

After Deri was named, report indicates second senior politician is being investigated for corruption since last elections.Ari Yashar, 3/30/2016, 8:28 AM

Social Justice: Israel’s newest political party - for Sephardim

New political movement declares it's time for 'second Israel' to have its turn.David Rosenberg, 2/17/2016, 10:55 PM

Knesset welcomes new haredi MK

Former Bnei Brak city council member Yigal Guetta of Shas sworn into musical chair-like 34th Knesset.Hezki Baruch, 1/25/2016, 7:35 PM

Deri 'naturally' back as Interior Minister after ruling it out

Ex-Shas spokesperson explains Deri's response to criticism as he returns to post, 22 years after he abused it taking bribes and was jailed.Shimon Cohen, 1/11/2016, 6:36 PM

First openly-gay Likud MK responds to haredi snub

Likud's newest MK, Amir Ohana, says he'd be delighted if haredi MKs continued to absent themselves from his Knesset speeches.Ari Soffer, 12/29/2015, 10:54 AM

Yishai, Marzel: Shas activist's 'libel' lost us the election

Yachad party candidates sue Shas activist over charges his rumor-mongering damaged party's chances of passing electoral threshold.Moshe Cohen, 11/19/2015, 9:48 AM