Shmuel Halpert

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Shmuel Halpert
Date of birth (1939-02-05) 5 February 1939 (age 78)
Place of birth Cluj, Romania
Year of aliyah 1960
Knessets 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Faction represented in Knesset
1981–1984 Agudat Yisrael
1988–1992 Agudat Yisrael
1992–1994 United Torah Judaism
1996–1999 United Torah Judaism
1999 Agudat Yisrael
1999–2003 United Torah Judaism
2005–2006 Agudat Yisrael
2006–2008 United Torah Judaism
2008–2009 Agudat Yisrael

Rabbi Shmuel Halpert (Hebrew: שמואל הלפרט‎‎, born 5 February 1939) is an Israeli politician and a former member of the Knesset for the ultra-orthodox party Agudat Yisrael (in which he represents the Vizhnitz Hasidim),[1] part of the United Torah Judaism alliance. He is also a member of the party's central committee and a member of the executive of World Agudat Israel.


Born in Cluj in Romania in 1939, Halpert is the grandson of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvirna and Rabbi Yisroel Yaakov of Khust. He studied at the Vyzhnytsia Institute of Talmudic Studies, and was ordained as a rabbi. He made aliyah in 1960.

Halpert was first elected to the Knesset in the 1981 elections on the Agudat Israel list. However, he lost his seat in the next elections in 1984.

He re-entered the Knesset after the 1988 elections, and was appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office in November 1990. In June 1991 he became Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare.

For the 1992 elections, Agudat Israel formed an alliance with Degel HaTorah, which included a seat rotation agreement. Halpert was elected to the Knesset, but served only half a term (until 1994) as part of the arrangement. He retained his seat served full terms after the 1996 and 1999 elections, but lost it in the 2003 elections. However, after United Torah Judaism split towards the end of the Knesset term in 2005 Yisrael Eichler resigned as an MK and was replaced by Halpert as part of another rotation agreement. Halpert was also appointed Deputy Minister of Transportation.

For the 2006 elections the alliance was reformed and Halpert was elected to the Knesset on the UTJ list. Like many other religious politicians in Israel he objected to the 2006 Jerusalem gay pride parade, asking "Have we become like Sodom? Let go of this ugliness. It will oust the divine presence."[2] He has also caused controversy by admitting to hitting his children during a Knesset committee meeting[3] and calling for the separation of the sexes in the Western Wall plaza.[4]

He lost his seat in the 2009 elections.


  1. ^ Nadav Shragai; Yair Ettinger (9 February 2006). "NRP, National Union agree on merged Knesset list". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Gideon Alon; Yair Ettinger (5 July 2006). "Shas MK: Gay pride parade a 'parade of swine on Temple Mount'". Haaretz. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Corporal punishment is educational'". The Jerusalem Post. 19 November 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Haredim propose Kotel entry separation". The Jerusalem Post. 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. 

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