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  • Shas spiritual leader may have paved way for attack on Iran

    Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu sent National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror to the spiritual leader of Shas, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Apparently, this was done to convince the rabbi of the need to attack Iran. According to Haaretz political analyst Yossi Verter, Shas ministers Eli Yishai and Ariel Attias, “both members of the security cabinet, are thought to be opposed to an Iran attack.” Verter continues: There are 14 ministers in the security cabinet; eight of them in the above-mentioned octet (the forum of eight - A.K.). At the moment, two are definitely in favor of an Iran attack: Netanyahu and…

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  • State's attempt to challenge radical rabbis so meek it will backfire

    The state's meek attempt to detain two prominent rabbis who've been evading police summons for weeks only underscores how helpless the state has become before the decentralised rabbinical church. This morning, police briefly detained prominent rabbi Yaakov Yossef on suspicion of incitement by virtue of giving his blessing to the notorious King's Torah tractate, which deals with the permissibility of killing unarmed Gentiels, including children, during conflict . Yossef is the son of Shas spiritual leader and one of the pre-eminent Halachic thinkers of the 20th century, Ovadia Yossef; he is also a former Shas MK and a Jerusalem municipal…

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  • An act of hactivism: a racist email raises hackles & ends up educating

    When racism becomes too ludicrous for comfort About a week ago, the deputy mayor of Carmiel, a man named Oren Milstein, was stupid enough to boast to a Yediot Ahronot reporter that he is operating, along with some shadowy group, a “snitch hotline”, which the good Jewish residents of Carmiel were invited to call and report neighbors attempting to rent, or – Gott forbid – even sell apartments to non-Jews. This caused a minor uproar; the ever-vigilant Mondoweiss noted it a short while later. Now, Carmiel is not the only Israeli town where such ideas take root. The city rabbi…

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  • When the Rabbi said "plague" he meant "peace." Duh.

    I'd like to introduce what I fear will become a regular feature on this blog - the Iraqi Information Minister Award, to be given for worst political spins, as determined by greatest hubris and most brazen contradiction of the facts. Today's indisputable winner is MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas), for trying to convince the public  a plainly stated wish of death by plague was, in fact, a prayer for peace.

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