|Split from||Agudat Yisrael|
|Alliance||United Torah Judaism|
|Most MKs||3 (2008–2009)|
|Fewest MKs||1 (1996–1999)|
|Current MKs||3 (as part of United Torah Judaism)|
|Politics of Israel
Degel HaTorah (Hebrew: דגל התורה, lit. Banner of the Torah) is an Ashkenazi Haredi political party in Israel. For much of its existence it has been allied with Agudat Yisrael under the name United Torah Judaism.
Degel HaTorah represents the "Lithuanian wing" of the non-Hasidic Haredim (known by some as "Mitnagdim") as opposed to the Hasidic-dominated Agudat Yisrael party. Sometimes, the parties compete against each other, at other times they join forces within a political alliance called United Torah Judaism (UTJ) (Yahadut HaTorah in Hebrew).
Degel HaTorah's rabbinical arbiter (posek) was, until his death in 2012, centenarian Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv of Jerusalem. Rabbi Eliashiv served as one of two Chairmen of Degel haTorah's Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah ('Council of Torah Sages') along with Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman.
Degel HaTorah was founded in 1988 as a splinter from Agudat Israel. Its establishment by Rabbi Elazar Shach was due to policy disputes with the Hasidic rabbis within Agudat Yisrael. In the 1988 elections the party won two seats, taken by Moshe Gafni and Avraham Ravitz, and joined Yitzhak Shamir's coalition government. For the 1992 elections the party allied itself with Agudat Yisrael under the name United Torah Judaism.
- Ettinger, Yair (18 July 2012). "Rabbi Elyashiv, Venerated Leader in Ultra-Orthodox Community, Dies". Haaretz. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- Matthew Wagner (14 December 2005). "Degel Hatorah kicks off election campaign". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- Party history Knesset website
- Dei'ah Vedibur, weekly web publication with material from Yated Neeman newspaper
- " Krias Kodesh for the United Torah Judaism and Shabbos - Agudas Yisroel Degel HaTorah List Issued by Maranan Verabonon Gedolei Vetzadikei Hador Shlita, Parshas Vaykhel/Pekudei 5766