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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 

Shas appoints vulgar rabbi as its spiritual leader

Aryeh Deri continues to make quite an impression, as he nominates Shalom Cohen, the man who called religious Zionists "amalekites":
The 83-year-old rabbi is the head of the prestigious Sephardi Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem and is the eldest member of Shas' Council of Torah Sages, of which he has been a member for over 30 years. Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri ran the campaign to install Cohen as Shas' new spiritual chief, with assistance from the council.

[...] Cohen is known for his frankness. Recently, he spawned controversy with statements directed against the national-religious community, in one such instance, calling the community "Amalek," the biblical enemy of the Jews. The public outcry that ensued prompted Cohen to apologize for his remarks.

In another incident, Cohen singled out Habayit Hayehudi, derisively comparing its membership in the government to "taking a potty that babies dirty, and putting it on your heads. Poor things."
I wouldn't call it frankness so much as I would call it abominable. Besides, he didn't exactly apologize for his remarks, and I don't expect him to do any better now.

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