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‘JEWISH FUNERAL in Vilnius’ (1824), by Julian Karczewski, National Museum in Warsaw

May children attend their father's funeral?

How did the practice emerge for children not to participate in their father’s funeral?

LGBT Israel

Grandson of former Israeli chief rabbi is having a same-sex wedding

Ovadia Cohen, whose late grandfather Ovadia Yosef was the Shas party spiritual leader and Israel’s foremost Sephardic halachic authority, will tie the knot next week with Amichai Landsman.

Arye Deri

Don’t cry for me, Arye Deri

Onion-tears scandal embarrasses Shas leader


Shas promises its voters 'key to heaven'

“Rabbi Ovadia Yosef won’t forgive you in this world or the world to come if you don’t vote Shas.”

Aryeh Deri

Moshe Yosef backs Deri and Shas in open letter in significant boost for party leader

In surprising move, Moshe Yosef throws support behind Arye Deri despite poor relations and long term isolation from party leadership.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef stamp

Postal Service issues commemorative stamp for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

The stamp, which has a denomination of two shekels, bears the image of Yosef poring over a volume of Jewish law in a picture taken by photographer Israel Bardugo.

Ovadia Yosef

Absence of Rabbi Amar, non-haredim at Shas rally reflects challenges facing party in post-Yosef era

The selection of Rabbi Shalom Cohen as the heir to the spiritual leadership has probably done lasting damage to the political party’s chances of retaining voters from outside the haredi core.

Ovadia Yosef

Shas to hold rally to end mourning for Ovadia Yosef

Sunday night’s event will mark the end of the 11-month mourning period observed by close family.

Ehud Olmert

The top 10 stories of 5774

The past year saw former PM Olmert convicted, the murder of a Jerusalem teen that sparked unrest in Jerusalem and the snowstorm of the century.

Ovadia Yosef

Shas holds commemorative event for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as polls indicate decline in party’s strength

Party's support down to just seven seats from its current representation in the Knesset of 11 MKs, poll finds.

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