What about Yahadut HaTorah?


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yahdut1.jpgPerhaps Yahadut HaTorah waited a tad too long to sign a deal, now aware, the ‘day after’ that it has lost a significant amount of bargaining power with Labor on board, adding 13 seats to the coalition.

After Likud and Yisrael Beitenu signed a coalition agreement, which included relaxing certain restrictions for giyur under the state conversion program, Yahadut HaTorah felt compelled to bring the issue to Maran Rav Elyashiv Shlita, somewhat complicating advancing towards an agreement.

Yaakov Litzman of the Agudah faction on Tuesday expressed “disappointment” in Likud, accusing negotiators of being less than genuine and trustworthy, stating at present, the party’s inclusion in the government is not certain. He added he does not exactly understand how the coalition will operate with Barak and Lieberman holding senior posts.

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlita is also involved, working to speak with Shas leaders and others, seeing to find a common ground on the giyur issue that is satisfactory to all. On Tuesday, Degel HaTorah’s Moshe Gafne met with Rav Elyashiv, who is reportedly also seeking an acceptable compromise on the conversion issue.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. Maybe if Litzman and Gafne would have looked at the greater good of klal yisroel instead of their own personal agendas, they would have been in a position to accomplish something. Or better even, have true achdus and go with Shas into the coalition. Huh, you’re shuddering at the thought of going with the Sefardim?

  2. Everyone’s yelling about all the tzaros in klal yisroel. Just look at the lack of achdus between the frum parties and you see why we’re in the current matzav.

  3. whatever the gedolim say is by what we shall abide. if harav elyashiv shlita said that if conversion problems comes up then degel should not join then join we shall not. it is a massive chilull hashem if they join because if lieberman and his laws go through then it will be a government that will break all previous fences. sometimes it is a good thing that people bicker between each other- it stops chilul hashem.