Degel confab focuses on division of haredi political representation

The haredi “Lithuanian” political party Degel Hatorah wrapped up its third convention since its founding in 1988 on Thursday after three days of deliberations on the most pressing issues it faces, including challenges to the religious status quo by the High Court of Justice and the division of political representation with its hassidic partner in UTJ, Agudat Yisrael.

The summit, held at Kibbutz Hafetz Haim, was concluded with a rare public appearance of Degel’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, 103 years old, accompanied by Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, a sprightly 93, another of the most senior haredi rabbinical leaders and a possible successor to Shteinman.


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