Yesh Atid

'The Heritage Of All Israel'

Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.


Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

Ruth Calderone

Hardline Rabbi Named Shas Spiritual Leader

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Shalom Cohen, a hardline rabbi known for his overt hostility toward modern Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party.

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei Brak neat Tel Aviv, Army Radio reported. He replaced Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died last year.

Yair Lapid: New York Jews Safer Than Israelis

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It is safer to be a Jew in New York than in Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told an audience in New York.

On a recent television appearance, Yair Lapid stated that Israel is not the refuge it was created to be. Getty Images

Deficit Tests Yair Lapid

New finance minister faces tough decisions in balancing Israel’s budget.

Israel Correspondent

JERUSALEM – No one in Israel doubts that Yair Lapid, Israel’s new minister of finance, will have to make tough decisions in order to lower the country’s almost $11 billion budget deficit.

Yair Lapid

Parties Close To Deal On Government, Yeshiva Student Service Requirement

Staff Writer

A deadlock has reportedly been broken in negotiations to assemble the new coalition government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Election Analysis: Bibi, Lapid And Bennet As The Nucleus

Special To The Jewish Week

The final results of Tuesday's vote in Israel show that the big losers are not (as some would have it) the pollsters who had expected 32 seats to Likud-Beitenu, but Binyamin Netanyahu - the apparent winner and natural candidate for prime minister - and his team that gleaned 31 seats. Bibi's fall from 42 to 31 seats amazed almost as much as the dazzling rise of Yair Lapid from none to 19.

Exit Polls Show Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu Taking 31 Seats, Down From 42

TV personality Yair Lapid's new center-left party projected to come in second, with 19 seats.


Initial Israeli exit polls show the combined Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu ticket won the highest vote total while the new center-left Yesh Atid unexpectedly came in second.

Yair Lapid presses the flesh at his polling place. Getty Images
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