Religion and State in Israel
October 27, 2008 (Section 1)
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Rabbi Yosef calls on Shas supporters to vote for Porush
By Yair Ettinger www.haaretz.comOctober 27, 2008United Torah Judaism's candidate for Jerusalem mayor, MK Meir Porush, has received his first publicendorsement from a major spiritual leader in the ultra-Orthodox community, two and a half weeks beforethe elections.Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Shas, on Saturday night urged his party's supporters to vote forShas' list for the municipal council and for Porush on the separate ballot slip for mayor.Porush is focusing his campaign on the national religious sector, the same public for which secularcandidate Nir Barkat is vying.Both men are convinced that this particular population will determine the election's outcome.However, in order to win, Porush, who is trailing behind Barkat in the public opinion polls, will have tounite the entire Haredi public. Rabbi Yosef is the first to publicly endorse his candidacy.
Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlita Endorses Meir Porush for Mayor
Yechiel Spira www.theyeshivaworld.comOctober 26, 2008Chacham Ovadia Shlita continued his election instructions to Shas followers, explaining that“in the Heavenly Court we are judged and we must act appropriately,” going on to explain that“by casting a ballot for Porush on 13 Cheshvan, we may earn a higher place in the World to Come sincePorush will build mikvaos and continue his good deeds, and we are compelled to ensure his success….…A mikve costs $250,000 and we must take part in building. How can I do this? I barely meet my