Analysis The Irreparable Split in Israel's Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox Community

Breakaway faction is gaining rare momentum in the highly hierarchical ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, aided by backroom dealings ahead of this week's municipal elections.

Instead of giving a speech, Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi took the microphone at the big gathering held Saturday night in Jerusalem, and called on the crowd to stand. The head of the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva and a member of the Degel Hatorah party's Council of Torah Sages turned to look at Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, "the greatest religious decisor of the generation," the...