Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef may no longer bless his adherents via smartphone, the Central Election Committee ruled on Thursday.
On Sunday, Shas unveiled the app – called Maran Shelita, a Hebrew acronym for “the great rabbi, who should live a good and long life” – which can be used to request blessings from Yosef.
The Maran Shelita app does not condition blessings from Yosef on voting for Shas. However, the religious freedom NGO Hiddush demanded that Central Election Committee chairman Justice Elyakim Rubinstein investigate whether the application breaks the Election Law, which forbids the use of blessings, talismans and curses in campaigns.
Shas would not comment on the matter.