Ultra-Orthodox Shas Party Gets a New Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, 83, appointed head of Council of Torah Sages.

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, head of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem, is assuming the leadership of the Shas Council of Torah Sages in what is seen as an effort to strengthen the Haredi identity of the Sephardi political party. The move comes half a year after the death of the Shas party’s spiritual mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.