The Challenge of Shas

David Lehman, Batia Siebzehner

26/02/2006 2:45 pm

Shas is the movement which changed fundamentally the relationship between religion, ethnicity and politics by leading a religious and ethnic revival among Israel’s North African and Middle Eastern Jews. Led, astonishingly, by Sephardi Rabbis trained in ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi yeshivas, it has brought about a mass religious and ethnic revival and shaken the political establishment, provoking hate, fear and undying loyalty in equal measure.

David Lehman

David Lehman is an acclaimed poet, anthologist, cultural critic and the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry; and the author of seven books of poems, most recently When a Woman Loves a Man. He lives in New York City.

Batia Siebzehner

Batia Siebzehner is Research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Head of the Informal Education Department, Beit Berl College, Israel.