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Children playing in the settlement of Bat Ayin.

Growth Rate in Yesha Continues to Outstrip Rest of Israel

Since 2005, the annual growth rate in Judea and Samaria has been 5 percent.
Anat Hoffman (R.) and Lesley Sachs with the paratroopers who liberated the Kotel.

Police Arrest 10 Women of the Wall as Liberating Paratroopers Watch

1 Adar 5773 – February 11, 2013
WOW spokesperson said police behavior was "sneaky," or at least confusing, seeing as they arrested the women after they had already cleared the area.

After an Apology, Bennett to Meet Bibi in Tel Aviv

"Sara Netanyahu is a good woman. I'm sorry about the joke regarding the terrorism course we supposedly took course together."
Conference organizer Michael Puah (L.) with Manhigut Yehudit leader MK Moshe Feiglin.

NGOs to Promote Social Change in Israel through ‘Forgotten Mitzvahs’

30 Shevat 5773 – February 10, 2013
"Our joint goal is to have the Torah guide our agenda in all areas of life."

Paratroopers to Join Women of the Wall in Rosh Chodesh Prayers (Update)

30 Shevat 5773 – February 9, 2013
The law prohibits "religious ceremony not according to local custom."
Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid with MK Rabbi Shai Peron, one of the party's two Orthodox leaders.

Lapid to Haredim: I Will Not Hurt the Torah World, It’s Nonsense

27 Shevat 5773 – February 7, 2013
"The study of Torah cannot become an excuse not to study math and English, not to serve the homeland, and not to work for a living."
Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid (L.) Habayit Hayehudi's Naftali Bennett.

New Lapid Bennett Axis Enters Coalition Talks Together

24 Shevat 5773 – February 4, 2013
The two parties agreed that they would either join the coalition together or not at all.
Rabbi Yoel Schwartz greets Religious Jewish soldiers attending a swearing in ceremony as they enter the IDF "Nahal Haredi" unit. May 31, 2012.

Shas Chairman: Torah Study More Important than Being Minister

24 Shevat 5773 – February 3, 2013
When the Shas Sephardi Haredi religious party is really to give up a Cabinet post for the sake of funding for yeshivas, you know they are really getting nervous.
Rav Ovadia Yosef

Rav Ovadia: Women who Wear Talit Are Transgressors

"Women are absolved of saying the Shma Israel – they needn't make the blessing, much more so to wear a talit and make a blessing over it."
Toldos Aharon hasidim received permission to attend a lecture on computers and the Internet, February 2, 2012.

Israeli Haredim Becoming Black Hat Professionals

19 Shevat 5773 – January 29, 2013
A new Israeli government survey sheds light on mainstream media slander of Haredim and points to a growing trend of Haredim studying law and business.
Yair Lapid at the 2012 convention of the Rabbinical Assembly in Atlanta.

Lapid: Let Conservatives and Reform in

13 Shevat 5773 – January 24, 2013
The (Conservative) Rabbinical Assembly shares remarks, photos from Yair Lapid’s address to its 2012 convention.

Shas Spiritual Leader Yosef: Jewish Home is for ‘Goyim’

9 Shevat 5773 – January 20, 2013
Shas party spiritual leader and former Sephardic chief rabbi Ovadia Yosef is urging Israelis not to vote for the party headed by Naftali Bennett, the Bayit HaYehudi Jewish Home party, calling it not a home for Jews but a home for gentiles.
Power for Israel leader Aryeh Eldad.

Bad Boy

"My engagement in medicine has taught me that in order to heal one must come in contact with the most repulsive things you can imagine."
Habayit Hayehudi Party's #5 candidate Ayelet Shaked on a campaign tour of the Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, January 15.

Shaked: Jewish Home Supports Civil Marriages for ‘Unweddables’

6 Shevat 5773 – January 17, 2013
Shaked noted that her party intends to promote, in addition, a significant reform of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
An ad for right-wing Power for Israel. Right-wing voters who mistrust the larger right-wing parties may sweep this niche party into the Knesset.

Poll: Many Who Stayed Home in 2009 Will Vote Left

5 Shevat 5773 – January 16, 2013
The reluctance is most prevalent among those who voted Likud, Israel Beitenu, and Shas.
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef recovering from a minor stroke in Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, January 13, 2013.

Netanyahu Wants Shas In, But without Deri

3 Shevat 5773 – January 14, 2013
Netanyahu and Yishai have been discussing 'the day after' the January 22 elections.
Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak

Maverick Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak Gets 4 Seats in New Poll

29 Tevet 5773 – January 10, 2013
The Sephardi Haredi party Shas, who had reached as many as 12 seats, are down to 9 in this survey.
Rabbi Shai Peron at a press conference for Yair Lapid's "Yesh Atid" party.

Rabbi Piron: Shas’ Election Spot ‘Darkness Judaism’ (Video)

27 Tevet 5773 – January 9, 2013
The spot shows a Russian born bride to receive her instant giur-conversion document by fax.

Naftali Bennett: Stop US Aid, Slash Israel’s Military Budget

27 Tevet 5773 – January 8, 2013
"I think it's none of our business in Israel to intervene in American domestic decisions."
Despite the late change to a larger venue, the conference was standing room only.

Drive to Annex Judea and Samaria Full Steam Ahead

21 Tevet 5773 – January 2, 2013
Talk of a two-state solution, while widely prevalent, is largely irrelevant.

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