News and updates about Shas

An end to the crisis?

Shas, Otzma Yehudit, to vote with the coalition

Shas party slams National Security Minister for party's refusal to vote with coalition, stresses, 'Shas, as usual, will show responsibility and not create a crisis.'

Shas, Otzma Yehudit, to vote with the coalition

Haredim to Netanyahu:

Without Likud majority - no draft law support

The Supreme Court will hear petitions regarding the conscription law and budgetary support for yeshivas with a panel of nine judges.

Without Likud majority - no draft law support

Poll:

Over half of Israelis want Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu as Chief Rabbi

New Smith Institute survey shows that a majority of Religious Zionist and secular Israelis, as well as a significant number of haredim, would like Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu to become Chief Rabbi.

Over half of Israelis want Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu as Chief Rabbi

Despite attacks on north:

Hilula of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess approved

Celebration at tomb of rabbinic sage in Tiberias to be held during the war following work by Shas party to allow the event.

Hilula of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess approved

Old-New Player in Beit Shemesh: Shas supports Moshe Abutbul

Shas announced that it supports deputy minister and former mayor of Beit Shemesh, MK Moshe Abutbul, in his second run for mayor of the city.

Old-New Player in Beit Shemesh: Shas supports Moshe Abutbul

Belz schools to implement core curriculum

Two schools to participate in initial pilot program, as agreement expected to expand to include all Belz schools and their 9,000 students.

Belz schools to implement core curriculum

Report:

Haredi parties to vote against unilateral judicial reforms

Shas, UTJ, reportedly seek to have judicial reforms frozen to allow for passage of Draft Law.

Haredi parties to vote against unilateral judicial reforms

How should a Rabbi be chosen?

According to the Torah, the public should have a key part in determining the character of the local judges and rabbis

How should a Rabbi be chosen?

MK stops on way to Knesset to tend to accident victim

MK Uriel Buso stopped on his way to the Knesset to handle the deadly aftermath of a car striking a pedestrian.

MK stops on way to Knesset to tend to accident victim

Shas minister to associates:

'This will be my last term in politics'

Minister Moshe Arbel says in closed meeting that he does not intend to continue in politics for much longer.

'This will be my last term in politics'

Haredi parties demand legislation on draft law

Prime Minister Netanyahu has called together the heads of the haredi parties as the haredi draft exemption nears expiration.

Haredi parties demand legislation on draft law

Moldova Ambassador to Shas MK:

'Your comment against my country was unjust'

Moldova’s Ambassador to Israel sends letter to Shas MK who called Avigdor Liberman “an ignoramus from Moldova”.

'Your comment against my country was unjust'

Shas minister: Aryeh Deri said not to push the 'Deri Law'

Min. Yakov Margi says 'Deri Law' to bring back party leader was not pushed - at the instruction of Shas leader Aryeh Deri himself.

Shas minister: Aryeh Deri said not to push the 'Deri Law'

Liberman angers haredi MKs:

'You ignoramus from Moldova'

Shas MK fires back after Liberman mentions great rabbis who studies non-religious subjects: Who are you to preach to us?

'You ignoramus from Moldova'

Ethics expert Rabbi Yuval Cherlow:

'The public needs a more diverse Rabbinate'

Ethics expert Rabbi Yuval Cherlow explains why more Sephardic Jews need to be included in public positions.

'The public needs a more diverse Rabbinate'

Shas rabbi:

'Kippah color doesn't matter, we need to respect each other'

'We need to aspire to unity of the hearts, first and foremost within our camp,' Shas Rabbi David Yosef says.

'Kippah color doesn't matter, we need to respect each other'

Shas Decides:

Moshe Arbel to replace Deri as Minister of Health, Interior

Shas spiritual leaders select Deputy Minister Moshe Arbel to replace Aryeh Deri as Interior Minister and Health Minister.

Moshe Arbel to replace Deri as Minister of Health, Interior

'Destroying democracy'

Watch: Protesters break into Shas meeting:

Protestors interrupt Shas chairman, accuser him of 'destroying democracy' before being removed from faction meeting.

Watch: Protesters break into Shas meeting:

Shas MK convinced:

'Deri will be a minister once again'

MK Yossi Taieb convinced Deri will return as a minister in the government, despite the legal challenges.

'Deri will be a minister once again'

Netanyahu: Deri's Western Wall bill not on agenda

PM, Justice Minister say Shas bill barring feminist displays at the Western Wall will not be brought up for discussion or vote next week.

Netanyahu: Deri's Western Wall bill not on agenda

Shas vs. Likud:

Coalition divided on legislation enabling Deri's reinstatement

Other coalition parties want to postpone legislation to avoid jeopardizing judicial reforms. Shas wants the matter settled within weeks.

Coalition divided on legislation enabling Deri's reinstatement

Despite being dismissed:

Deri held working meetings with senior government officials

Former minister Aryeh Deri met with senior officials from Interior, Health and Finance Ministries without the actual ministers taking part.

Deri held working meetings with senior government officials

Shas rabbi:

'The Override Clause should be passed within 24 hours'

Rabbi Moshe Maya says Override Clause should be passed following Court ruling disqualifying Deri from serving as a minister.

'The Override Clause should be passed within 24 hours'

Deri: If they close the door, we'll go in through the window

PM Netanyahu visits Deri home after court ruling. 'When my brother is in need, I visit him.' Hundreds protest in support of Deri.

Deri: If they close the door, we'll go in through the window

'Tragedy befalls Israel'

Shas: Court threw out votes of 400,000 people

Shas party says it is looking to Council of Torah Sages to decide next step after Supreme Court disqualifies Deri from serving as minister.

Shas: Court threw out votes of 400,000 people

Shas minister to INN:

'We expect the Supreme Court to rule against Deri'

Minister Yaakov Margi says that if the court indeed disqualifies Deri, the Prime Minister will have to make a decision.

'We expect the Supreme Court to rule against Deri'

Shas MK:

Supreme Court will shoot themselves in the head if they bar Deri

Shas party ratchets up criticism of Supreme Court ahead of ruling on whetherr Aryeh Deri can be allowed to serve as a minister.

Supreme Court will shoot themselves in the head if they bar Deri

Eldest rabbi of Shas Council of Torah Sages in serious condition

Rabbi Shimon Baadani's condition deteriorates after he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Eldest rabbi of Shas Council of Torah Sages in serious condition

Aryeh Deri:

'Netanyahu tricked me with the appointment of Ohana'

Minister Deri criticizes haredi Knesset members who hugged Amir Ohana after his speech: "I ran away right after the speech."

'Netanyahu tricked me with the appointment of Ohana'

Deri to be named Interior, Health Minister

Shas members' roles in incoming government revealed as Supreme Court prepares to hear petitions against Deri's appointment as a minister.

Deri to be named Interior, Health Minister

Rabbi David Yosef:

'We instructed Deri not to restrict secular people'

Shas Council of Torah Sages member says party chairman instructed not to pass laws coercing irreligious and creating divisions.

'We instructed Deri not to restrict secular people'

Deri to his associates:

'I will do everything to be appointed a minister'

Shas chairman says he is determined "to realize the will of the voters of Shas" and be appointed a minister in the new government.

'I will do everything to be appointed a minister'

Shas chairman advised to drop 'Deri Law'

Senior legal experts advise Aryeh Deri to seek opinion of Central Elections Committee chair rather than amend Basic Law to become minister.

Shas chairman advised to drop 'Deri Law'

Coalition negotiations:

Likud and Shas agree on roles in new government

Shas will receive the ministries of the Interior, Health, Religious Services, Welfare.

Likud and Shas agree on roles in new government

Deri shouts at Netanyahu as coalition negotiations drag on

Shas party furious after being forced to make even more concessions to allow other parties to reach agreements with Likud.

Deri shouts at Netanyahu as coalition negotiations drag on

Report: Shas to sign coalition agreement with Likud today

Following agreement with Otzma Yehudit party, Shas & Noam parties believed to be next to sign.

Report: Shas to sign coalition agreement with Likud today

Eldest member of Shas Council of Torah Sages hospitalized

Doctors fighting to stabilize condition of Rabbi Shimon Baadani, 94. Shas chair Deri leaves coalition negotiations to be at rabbi's side.

Eldest member of Shas Council of Torah Sages hospitalized

Haredi Party Official to INN:

Religious MKs mulling united front in coalition talks with Likud

Haredi and Religious Zionist factions weighing forming united front within the right-wing bloc to pressure the Likud in coalition talks.

Religious MKs mulling united front in coalition talks with Likud

Coalition talk compromise:

Interior and Religious Affairs to Deri; Finance to Smotrich

Shas is expected to give up its hold on Finance Ministry, but in return, Religious Zionism will have to give up Religious Affairs Ministry.

Interior and Religious Affairs to Deri; Finance to Smotrich

Quality Government Movement:

'Shas chief can't be a minister'

The Movement for Quality Government insists that Aryeh Deri, Shas chairman, cannot be a minister due to his prior convictions.

'Shas chief can't be a minister'

Shas MK: Aryeh Deri could be a successful Defense Minister

Shas MK Uriel Busso says he believes party chief Aryeh Deri will be Finance Minister, but says he could succeed with 'any portfolio.'

Shas MK: Aryeh Deri could be a successful Defense Minister

Shas MK:

'Deri is suitable for every position - even Prime Minister'

MK Yaakov Margi calls for a heavy hand against terrorism: The Palestinian population must understand they will suffer from every attack.

'Deri is suitable for every position - even Prime Minister'

Shas chief's wife says husband won't take Defense Ministry

Yaffa Deri, wife of Shas chief Aryeh Deri, says her husband wants to help weaker sectors. 'From his perspective, he's in the Finance Min.'

Shas chief's wife says husband won't take Defense Ministry

Senior UTJ member:

'Deri's demands are just an act to get Smotrich to give up'

A member of the haredi UTJ party told INN that the Shas leader 'does not see a reason or an interest to take the finance portfolio.

'Deri's demands are just an act to get Smotrich to give up'

Shas rabbis fail to decide on distribution of ministries

Shas Council of Torah Sages blesses Deri but does not decide on the distribution of portfolios or about Deri receiving the Finance Ministry.

Shas rabbis fail to decide on distribution of ministries

Hot mic:

Pres. Herzog warns Shas party about Ben-Gvir

President heard warning Shas reps Temple Mount issue, partnership with Otzma Yehudit leader could be problematic.

Pres. Herzog warns Shas party about Ben-Gvir

Religious parties demand Law of Return be changed

Amended law would only grant citizenship to halachic Jews.

Religious parties demand Law of Return be changed

Shas chief weighing position of Minister in Finance Ministry

Shas chief Aryeh Deri inclined to prefer Interior Ministry over Finance Ministry, report says.

Shas chief weighing position of Minister in Finance Ministry

Grand Rabbi of Belz sends bottle of wine to Shas chief

Congratulating party on right-wing victory, Grand Rabbi of Belz sends bottle of wine to Shas chief Aryeh Deri.

Grand Rabbi of Belz sends bottle of wine to Shas chief

Will Netanyahu be able to 'hold back' right-wing parties?

Coalition partners Ben-Gvir and Smotrich will likely push for looser rules of engagement, while Shas tightens kashrut oversight.

Will Netanyahu be able to 'hold back' right-wing parties?

Who will be the chief rabbi?

Religious Zionism source denies his party made a deal with Shas

Reports allege Deri and Smotrich have agreed to share control of the Religious Affairs Ministry, see eye-to-eye on state-religion issues.

Religious Zionism source denies his party made a deal with Shas

'Shas made gains in most cities in the periphery'

Shas MK Michael Malkieli says party made significant gains in Jerusalem, periphery. 'We will need to prove ourselves.'

'Shas made gains in most cities in the periphery'

Aryeh Deri:

'Shas will soon return to the leadership of the country'

Shas wins ten seats in television exit polls. Likud reports serious incidents of violence in polling stations in Arab towns.

'Shas will soon return to the leadership of the country'

Shas MK: 'If it weren't for Ben-Gvir, we'd be larger'

MK Yakov Margi says his party isn't growing due to increased support for Religious Zionism party, spells out demand for joining coalition.

Shas MK: 'If it weren't for Ben-Gvir, we'd be larger'

The Great Haredi Political Shift

So long as the country was humming along, Orthodox Jews had the luxury to vote based on narrow interests.No more. Op-ed.

The Great Haredi Political Shift

Deri: Lapid wants to recognize the Reform Jews

Shas chairman wonders how haredim are planning not to vote in order to prevent Lapid from remaining as Prime Minister.

Deri: Lapid wants to recognize the Reform Jews

Deri at INN conference:

'We are behind Netanyahu all the way'

Shas chairman declares he is committed to the right-wing bloc and explains why he does not believe Benny Gantz.

'We are behind Netanyahu all the way'

Aryeh Deri:

'Woe is to us if we don't win these elections'

The Shas chairman also discussed Interior Minster Ayelet Shaked stating that she should pull out of race if she wants what's best for right

'Woe is to us if we don't win these elections'

This MK uses only a kosher phone

Shas' MK Yinon Azoulay recommends everyone use a kosher phone says it's 'amazing.'

This MK uses only a kosher phone

Eldest member of Shas Council of Torah Sages hospitalized

Rabbi Shimon Baadani, eldest member of the Shas Council of Torah Sages, was hospitalized on Friday night.

Eldest member of Shas Council of Torah Sages hospitalized