Rabbis in Politics

Eliav Taub

In RABBIS IN POLITICS Dr. Eliav Taub addresses how Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Elazar Shach, (the “Torah Giants” and Rabbinic leaders who shaped today’s political and religious institutions) achieved their stature and maintained their positions. The book explores how these ultra-Orthodox leaders were able to break through typical stereotypes, and become major national political influences in today’s modern arena. It also reveals how these two Torah Giants, successfully built their personal authority. Rav Shach and Rav Yosef fashioned a new leadership style, which allowed them to create revolutionary political parties never seen before In Israeli Politics. Dr. Taub details how the core policies mandated and actions implemented by Rabbis Shach and Yosef should show us the ways they creatively coped with the conflict and challenges between traditional religious values and a modern worldview in the beginning of the 21st century.