In the post-Ovadia Yosef Era, Can Shas Restore Its Former Glory?

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's death could hardly have come at a worse time for Shas. Its electoral prospects are not promising while Finance Minister Yair Lapid and MK Shelly Yacimovich respectively deny and admit to "light" drug use.

As Shas concludes its first 30 years, it has been swept up into a perfect storm. The death this week of its spiritual mentor, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, came at a...