'Jews will not be persecuted in their own country'

Shas faction chair prepares for first conference of Mount of Olives lobby: 'We formed a huge Knesset coalition to strengthen hold on Mount.'Shimon Cohen & Mordechai Sones, 12/4/2017, 11:22 PM

Jerusalem Hanukkah event to feature Santa Claus and Mohammed?

Residents fuming after a Jerusalem community center's annual Hanukkah party will also honor Mohammed and Santa Claus.Tzvi Lev, 11/30/2017, 3:00 PM

Shas pushes national day of remembrance for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Bill would establish state memorial day dedicated to the memory of the late Chief Rabbi, Shas leader Ovadia Yosef.David Rosenberg, 11/27/2017, 1:43 PM

End to coalition crisis? PM strikes deal with haredi parties

'Status quo' on religion and state to be formally adopted as law, compromises hammered out regarding businesses, soccer games on Sabbath.David Rosenberg, 11/26/2017, 10:41 PM

Coalition in crisis: PM cancels weekly meeting

After haredi minister resigns from gov't over Shabbat work, haredi MKs boycott weekly coalition meeting.David Rosenberg, 11/26/2017, 3:54 PM

'Shas party dictated who would be the city's rabbi'

Tiberias residents say Shas party forced Shas rabbi on them, promise to remain loyal to beloved yet unofficial city rabbi.Benny Tucker, 11/22/2017, 2:11 PM

'Ever since Deri returned, Shas has been dropping like a rock'

Former Shas MK says current chairman leading party off cliff, new leader who respects rabbis must be appointed.Benny Tocker, 11/9/2017, 6:28 PM

Complaint filed in Shas wiretapping affair

Rabbi in recorded conversation with Shas chairman Aryeh Deri in which Deri attacked Jerusalem Chief Rabbi files complaint over 'wiretapping'Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/8/2017, 8:14 PM

'Shas has no respect for the Torah'

The Shas party has no respect for Torah or its scholars, and must be replaced. Opinion.Rabbi Amichai Eliyahu, 11/8/2017, 12:31 PM

Rabbi Amar's son expresses 'great pain' from Deri recording

Rabbi Eliyahu Amar, son of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, responds to recordings in which Deri speaks contemptuously of his father.Mordechai Sones, 11/7/2017, 5:28 PM

Commotion in Shas party over new recording

Shas Chairman Minister Deri is recorded by son of Council of Torah Sages Chairman sharply attacking his opponents and Rabbi Shlomo Amar.Mordechai Sones, 11/6/2017, 10:32 PM

Shas MK: No apologies for 'dogs' comment

MK says he never meant to compare Reform Jews to dogs, has no intention of apologizing for misrepresentation of his comments.Hezki Baruch, 11/6/2017, 11:29 AM

Likud minister: We may have to hold early elections

Likud minister Akunis says disagreements may force early elections, suggests raising threshold to enter Knesset to 10%.Hezki Baruch, 11/4/2017, 8:37 PM

Left-wing bloc gains majority in latest Knesset poll

For the first time since 2015 election, feft-wing, Arab bloc wins majority in Knesset poll. Shas remains dangerously close to threshold.David Rosenberg, 11/3/2017, 9:13 AM

Shas MK: I didn't compare Reform Jews to dogs

Shas clarifies his remarks after critics accuse him of comparing Reform Jews and Women of the Wall movement to dogs.Tzvi Lev, 11/2/2017, 7:06 PM

Sephardic Chief Rabbi to resign and join Shas?

Report says that Shas is considering asking Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef to resign his post in order to revitalize the party.Tzvi Lev, 11/2/2017, 5:08 PM

Deri: Coup attempt in Shas

Shas chairman says party's drop in polls result of attempts to take over party.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/1/2017, 8:05 PM

'Shas lost its appeal the moment Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died'

Former Shas MK Rabbi Haim Amsalem says party becoming more like the polarizing Ashkenazi haredi factions, is alienating moderate Sephardim.Benny Toker, 10/29/2017, 5:56 PM

'We will not allow Israel to be a 24/7 state'

MK Yoav Ben Tzur blasts Supreme Court for ruling that supermarkets in Tel Aviv can open on Shabbat.Benny Tocker, 10/27/2017, 3:37 AM

Shas rabbis blast Eli Yishai for attacks on Aryeh Deri

Shas rabbis slam former Shas leader Eli Yishai after he accused current leader Aryeh Deri of 'lying to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef'.Tzvi Lev, 10/26/2017, 4:04 PM

Will Shas be left out of the next Knesset?

Shas, which once held 17 seats, plummets in latest poll to just 4, almost falling below minimum threshold.Tzvi Lev, 10/19/2017, 5:05 PM

Report: Indictment likely against Shas chief Aryeh Deri

Report claims police plan to charge Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and his wife Yafa for tax offenses.Tzvi Lev, 10/16/2017, 12:16 PM

Shas and Yahad to merge?

Son of Shas' spiritual head meets with Rabbi Meir Mazuz from Eli Yishai's party, reportedly offers to merge two warring parties.Tzvi Lev, 10/9/2017, 11:35 PM

'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