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.

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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...