Is Shas’ rebel rabbi a Haredi harbinger of change? – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Shas, its 11 Knesset members and the two major government ministries under its control, are the personal fiefdom of Rabbi Yosef. Without him, the party would be a colorless collection of hacks who would never have crossed the electoral threshold.

Amsellem, the rabbi-politician-rebel, is a minor figure; what is significant are the views he espoused, which while not original, were certainly singular in the ultra-Orthodox environment. (Though a growing number there are certainly thinking and even quietly expressing similar positions, no other rabbi has yet spoken out. )

The movement that was once seen as a more liberal and tolerant alternative to the Ashkenazi-Haredi stream turned sharply right at the crossroads.

via Is Shas’ rebel rabbi a Haredi harbinger of change? – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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