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Shas Party (Israel)

Mifleget Sfaradim Somrei Torah, Party of the Guardians of the Sephardic Torah

Last modified: 2004-05-15 by santiago dotor
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The current party of Sephardic Jews is SHAS (Mifleget Sfaradim Somrei Torah) which is mainly a religious party and is the third in strength in the Knesset. No official flag but I saw a bold black 'shin' and 'samekh' letters over white background here and there. As in Kakh, were the party letters became its common name, the same is with Shas.

Dov Gutterman, 14 November 2001

Just as Kakh is a Hebrew word with a historical meaning, so too Shas is a Hebrew word — an acronym meaning the Talmud, standing for Shisha Sedarim, the "six orders" or sections of the Talmud. It always seemed to me that Shas had to twist the letters of its real name to get Shas — the normal acronym should be "MaSaSHaT" or at most "Sash", but those mean nothing.

Dov Gutterman, 14 November 2001