Last night the second Chanukkah candle was lit by Chabad and the public event became very political. Unfortunately, hardly anyone paid attention to the Chanukkiya but everyone was filming Knesset Member Eli Yishai who has just left the Shass party due to rivalry with his long – term opponent Aryeh Deri. The haredi world is a kind of split and there are Jews supporting Yishai and others who don’t. I heard that HaModiah has stopped calling Eli Yishai “HaRav Eli Yishai” but now only refers to him as “Eli Yishai”. Whereas Yated Ne’eman continues referring to him as “HaRav Eli Yishai”. Haredi news are not always too obvious but those who are familar with the haredi world know how to read between the lines. I am here referring to Eli Yishai as Eli Yishai but don’t intend anything !!!
Apparently the new Eli Yishai party is called YACHAD (Together) and not “Maran”. Last night, he received a friendly reception and Sephardi Jews like it when one of their politicians is social and relates to them. A few years ago, I saw Yishai as arrogant and not speaking to anyone at a Chanukkah event. Last night, however, he was easily accessible and smiling.
People may call Shass politicians crooks but I have to say one thing: It is Shass helping out poor Jews with free kindergardens or schools. Shass is socially involved and this is what an ordinary Jew likes. Whether Sephardi or Ashkenazi.
Here are a few photos from last night’s event. I am still busy uploading a video !
Arrival of Knesset Member Eli Yishai at Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem. Eli Yishai with with white shirt and tie.