Yahadut Hatorah: 7 Seats for Us is Like 50 for Shas


Yaakov Isaac, who played a major role in the Yahadut Hatorah election campaign told Ynet “for us seven seats is the same as 50 seats for Shas or 100 for Likud. It is an achievement we never dreamed of.”

Without a doubt a major factor in Yahadut Hatorah’s success was the decision by Netzach to leave the race and HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach instructing his tzibur to vote Gimmel.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Looking at how parties have evolved, in the first elections held under the mandate, the equivalent of Yahadut Hatorah would have had at least 40 seats. Based on historical descriptions of the Yishuv at the time, if an election had been held in the mid-19th century, the Hareidim would have had a clear majority.

    The reality is that Yahadut Hatorah is probably too weak to influence critical decisions. The party running on a platform of closing down yeshivos got more than twice as many seats. There is a real chance that Yahadut Hatorah will have to decide beween open resistance to zionism, or agreeing to have most of the yeshiva boys sent to the army for three years. I don’t see any reason for rejoicing.

  2. akuperma,
    None of the major parties are asking the yeshiva boys to go to the army for three years!! – Aguda is putting that out but its not true at all… what they ARE saying is that if you are NOT REALLY in yeshiva full time THEN you have to go to the army OR community service – Hospital, nursing home, schools etc!!! the army doesnt need nor wants thousands of boys overnite joining!!! its all hype being put out but not true @ all…. You know and I know that MOST boys are not cut out to learn all day… that being said those that ARE NOT learning all day should contribute to society like everyone else!

  3. #1 akuperma

    You keep ignoring the agreement between Shas and Yahadut Hatorah, why? It gives them 18 seats and almost equal power to Yesh Atid.

  4. A Shas and Yahadut Hatorah agreement will work for the issue of ‘drafting Yeshiva guys’ and making peace with Arabs only. There will be machlokes on social issues, $ for mosdos, intergration in the work place & more.

  5. yes, there is a problem with Aguda here is EY. Even though the frum population has grown 5x in the past fifty years, Aguda can barely grow one seat.

    What is the reason? Aguda’s reps are out of touch with the masses. They listen to the rabbonim who tell them how to vote and what to emphasis. But we frum people in EY need more than that, we need cheaper housing, equal advantages at finding work, at learning professions, etc and Aguda does not speak our language.