Shas: A Religious Response to Cultural Distress

By Avi Picard

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), February 2007

The author discusses the popular Israeli ultra-Orthodox Shas movement, composed of Sephardic Haredim. He explores possible reasons for the tremendous support of this political party even from traditional or non-observant voters, including Shas's insistence that poverty is a symptom of a deeper malady. The author concludes that the party's perceived confrontation against modernization has resonated with Sephardic Jews across the religious spectrum..

Topic: Political Behavior, Sephardic Jews, Poverty, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Modernity, Voting Patterns, Public Policy, Politics

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: 37/638

Page Number(s): 11-12

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Picard, Avi. Shas: A Religious Response to Cultural Distress. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). February 2007: 11-12. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6293


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