Israel’s Shas Party Gets Controversial New Leader

Rabbi Shalom Cohen has likened Modern Orthodox Jews to Amalek

Rouhani Flaunts Nuke Breach; Weiner Gets A Play

Plus Israeli brain drain rates top in the West, and more in the news

Why Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Mattered

600,000 people attended his funeral in Jerusalem yesterday. Here’s why.

600,000 Attend Ovadia Yosef’s Funeral

The influential rabbi draws the country’s largest funeral crowd in history

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Dies at Age 93

The influential and divisive spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardim leaves contradictory legacy

A Yom Kippur Playlist for 5774

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Idan Raichel

Stop Yeshayahu Leibowitz!

By failing to name a street after the controversial philosopher, the city of Jerusalem proved he was right

The Human Rights Watch Internal Battle on Iran

Leaked email shows Kenneth Roth comparing mullahs to Shas

Disasters

This week in Israel: borders are breached, a truck runs amok, Netanyahu tests the waters, Barak stands accused, and rabbis fireproof the Sabbath

Sundown: Israel’s Birthday

Plus, the second annual flotilla, Shas says don’t smoke, and more

What Israel Lost in the Fire

Prestige hurt, but Turkish diplomacy is back

Daybreak: After Hamas Attack, Massive Arrests

Plus ambition we can maybe believe in, and more in the news

Daybreak: Peace Talks Polka

Plus political rabbi gets U.S. scold, and more in the news

The Unwelcome Mat

Today’s rabbinic culture is closing the door to converts, and ignoring its own history in the process

Today in the Tyranny of the Ultra-Orthodox

Intel to hire shabbos goyim; a woman arrested at the Western Wall

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