A young supporter of the Shas Party smiles behind posters of Rabbi Josef Ovadia during elections rally in Ashdod (Reuters).
Religious Politics at a Crossroads in Israel
October 9, 2013,
On October 7th, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, the long-time spiritual leader of the ultra-orthodox Shas Party, died at age 93. Natan Sachs writes that Ovadiah’s death comes at a time when religious political parties in Israel are at a crossroads, and while Ovadiah will be remembered for his political influence, Shas now faces an internal political crisis as it struggles to choose a successor.