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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Parties Had a Terrible Year. The New One Could Be Worse

On this Yom Kippur, the Haredi political leadership should have spent time asking itself one question: what brought a majority of Israelis to feel glad that the Ultra-Orthodox parties are finally in the opposition

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

On Yom Kippur last year, Israelis prayed in the streets. Observing the social-distancing rules while the second wave of COVID-19 swept across Israel, synagogues remained closed. It was a sobering time, but the scenes of thousands of Israelis – religious, traditional and secular – joining together in prayer and song in unexpected places like Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square, in a rare moment of unity, were a rare ray of hope.

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