A young supporter of the Shas Party smiles behind posters of Rabbi Josef Ovadia during elections rally in Ashdod (Reuters).

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Religious Politics at a Crossroads in Israel

October 9, 2013, Natan B. Sachs

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.

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