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Shas's spiritual leader Rav Ovadia Yosef.

Rav Ovadia Yosef: Lapid a Scoundrel who Hates the Yeshivas

30 Shevat 5773 – February 10, 2013
If Shas is invited to join the coalition, it is sure to torpedo most of Netanyahu's national agenda.
Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, seen leaving his home on election day, January 22, 2013.

Lapid on Jerusalem and the Palestinians

13 Shevat 5773 – January 23, 2013
Yesh Atid perceives a possible peace process as a response to an ensemble of threats looming over the State of Israel.
Rav Ovadia Yosef speaking out against Jewish Home.

Rabbi Lior ‘Saddened’ by Rav Ovadia’s Attack on Jewish Home

11 Shevat 5773 – January 21, 2013
On Saturday night, Rav Ovadia attacked the Jewish Home party saying it was not the home of Jews but of goyim.
Hebron Tent City on Shabbat Chaye Sarah

‘Because It’s Ours’ – Tent City Rises in Hebron on Shabbat Chaye Sarah (Video)

27 Heshvan 5773 – November 11, 2012
Toward early mid-afternoon the tents start popping up on the lawn in the park across from the Cave of Machpela.
Jews were arrested once again this week for violating the rule against prayer on Temple Mount.

Rabbi Cherlow: Why Aren’t Human Rights Advocates Protesting Outlawing Jewish Prayers on Temple Mount?

19 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
Rabbi Cherlow said that it is possible that the great concession of Temple Mount began with the late IDF General Motta Gur and his paratroopers.
The Santa Fe mikvah, NM

High Court Hears Petition against Mikvah for Married Women Only

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Minister of Religious Affairs Yaakov Margi and the Chief Rabbinate Council to explain why they not allow single women to immerse in state-run mikvahs.
Two of the three young settlers from Bat Ayin suspected of an August 16 firebombing of an Arab taxi were let go without charges.

Police Release All Jewish Boys Accused of Firebombing Arab Cab, No Charges Filed

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
The last of the youths detained in the fire bomb (Molotov cocktail) case have been released. Honenu attorney David HaLevi stated: “The detention was superfluous...
Tzohar Rabbis pose for a picture.

Tzohar Launches Campaign to Improve Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbinic Services

8 Elul 5772 – August 26, 2012
Among the items that Tzohar is calling for will be to elect new rabbinical court judges who would be more open to the needs of the general public, not just the religiously observant sectors; and new guidelines for managing the marriage, divorce and conversion processes in Israel – three areas that have been particularly alienating to secular Israelis.
Former Shas minister Shlomo Benizri kissing the hand of Shas siritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Rav Ovadia Yosef Holds in his Hands the Fate of Israel’s Attack on Iran

4 Elul 5772 – August 21, 2012
The final say on whether or not Israel will go it alone against Iran's nuclear facilities depends on the two architects of that plan, and on the IAF which will carry it out. It will also depend on the Obama Administration and on whether or not the Saudis and the Gulf states will give their tacit approval. But that same decision will also depend on the approval of a 92-year-old Sefardi Rabbi from Jerusalem, whose thumbs-up or down could kill the plan or give it life.
Scientology Center, Tel Aviv

Victim of Scientology Recites his Plight as Church’s New Tel-Aviv Center Is Inaugurated

The new, renovated Scientology Center opened in Tel Aviv. IDF Radio interviewed a man who said his family fell apart when his wife joined the Church of Scientology.
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New Campaign: Tight Pants Are Sinful and Corrupting

3 Elul 5772 – August 20, 2012
We have grown accustomed to these letters being directed at Haredi women. Now, surprisingly, this letter is addressed specifically to the men.
New recruits at the military induction center near Tel-Aviv

Haredi Rabbis Decided: Yeshiva Students May Go to Recruitment Centers, But ‘Must Not Sign...

27 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
Against the background of the expiration on August 1 of the Tal Law, which attempted to manage Haredi recruitment, the Moetzes Gdolei HaTorah (Assembly of Torah Sages), the supreme rabbinical policy-making council of several Haredi organizations in Israel convened Monday night in Bnei Brak at the home of leader of the Lithuanian sector, Rav Steinman, to solidify the policy of military conscription.
Mt. Olives cemetery.

After 8 Years, Body Was Relocated for Spiritual Reasons with R. Elyashiv’s Blessings

19 Av 5772 – August 7, 2012
Senior Jerusalem rabbis permitted a late-night removal of the body of a Haredi rabbi from its grave, on the night between Thursday and Friday last week, because family members, who are Breslov Hasidim, claimed the "spiritual level" of the nearby dead was insufficient, causing what could be considered the desecration of the dead.
Lamentations at the ruins of a settlement destroyed by Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria in 2008.

Yad Yair Refugees Recite Lamentations at the Ruins of their Homes

10 Av 5772 – July 29, 2012
On Saturday night, Tisha B'Av 5772, some 50 men, women and children, members of the settlement nucleus of Yad Yair, together with the Benjamin Settlers Committee and residents of Gush Talmonim, mourned the destruction of Jerusalem, and shared their private grief over the destruction of their settlement more than three years ago by the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria.
Miriam Alster/FLASH90

New Israeli Haredi Consumer Is Savvy, Wielding Purchasing Power of $2.6 Billion

2 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
Haredi consumers are not, by and large, part of Israel's social protest movement, but their shopping savvy, it turns out, is evolving constantly.
The Ashlag Rebbe, Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevy, with followers.

Ashlag Rebbe: Secular Youths Should Be Conscripted into Torah Study

20 Tammuz 5772 – July 10, 2012
During his weekly talk, the Ashlag Rebbe, Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevy, challenged politicians who promote the notion of an equal burden, describing them as imbeciles. He proposed a solution to the inequality: "Let every secular boy be forced to bear the burden of defending the homeland of Israel and fulfill his national duty to study Torah and keep the mitzvot." He also said, "The nation of Israel did not survive our brutal history by the deterrence of the IDF, nor by the might of the State of Israel, but by the merit of the study of Torah."

Haredim Offer to Purchase Jerusalem Soccer Team, Impose Weekday Only Schedule

19 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
Chairman of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club Itzik Kornfein said in an interview to Israel TV's sports channel that a number of Haredi businessmen have expressed their desire to invest money in his team, on one condition: that Beitar would not play on Shabbat.
A criminal investigation has been launched against Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute.

Rabbi Ariel Under Criminal Probe, ‘Banned Indefinitely’ from Temple Mount

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
The 78 year old who took part in the liberation of Temple Mount in 1967 is banned from entering the holiest Jewish site by Israeli Police, who say he will face charges.
A large crowd of Likud Central Committee Members and Bet El residents gathered to express their objections to the Supreme Court decision and the AG and the Defense Minister's rush to carry it out.

Likud MKs, Central Committee, Ulpana Hill Residents, in Pushback Against Court, AG, Barak

2 Iyyar 5772 – April 23, 2012
Israel's Supreme Court and the Attorney General are showing a kind of zeal one normally attributes to religious fanatics. Rather than pursuing a pragmatic, financial compensation to the claimant, as is normal in similar civil cases, both the high court and the AG appear hell bent on getting Justice. The Likud rank and file are preparing to do war with these two enemies of Israel's democracy.

Conservatives to Ordain Gay and Lesbian Rabbis in Israel

28 Nisan 5772 – April 19, 2012
The Board of Trustees of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary voted to accept gay and lesbian students for ordination. “The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary views the serious process leading to this decision as an example of confronting social dilemmas within the framework of tradition and halachah,” Board of Trustees Chair Hanan Alexander said in a statement.

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