Analysis || Now that Deri controls Shas, will he abandon non-Haredi Mizrahi Jews?
Since Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died, Shas is Deri, and Deri is Shas; Deri, according to his close associate, wants to focus on the ultra-Orthodox Sephardim, even if it costs him Knesset seats.
During his famous 1989 speech at the Yad Eliyahu stadium, Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach, then considered to be the greatest Lithuanian rabbi of the generation, posed a question for secular Jews: “In what ways are you Jewish?” he asked. After the memorial service for the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef last Sunday, next to Jerusalem’s Sanhedria cemetery, one may approach Shas with a...
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