Ya'akov Asher

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Ya'akov Asher
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Date of birth (1965-07-02) 2 July 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Ramat Gan, Israel
Knessets 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015 United Torah Judaism
2016– United Torah Judaism

Ya'akov Asher (Hebrew: יַעֲקֹב אָשֵׁר‬; born 2 July 1965) is an Israeli rabbi and politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for the United Torah Judaism alliance. A member of the Degel HaTorah party, he previously served as a member of the Knesset between 2013 and 2015, and was also the thirteenth mayor of Bnei Brak, having taken office in 2008.[1]


Ya'akov Asher was born and raised in Ramat Gan. He served in the Israel Defense Forces. Asher is married, with seven children.[2]

Political career[edit]

Asher ran for mayor of El'ad, but lost to Tzuriel Krispel. He became mayor of Bnei Brak in 2008, after 19 years on the city council.[3] He became mayor without an election in the wake of an agreement between Degel HaTorah and Agudat Yisrael to share the post of mayor on an alternating basis.

Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections, he was placed seventh on the United Torah Judaism list, and entered the Knesset as the alliance won seven seats. His election to the Knesset meant he had to resign his mayoral position. He was placed seventh on the UTJ list again for the 2015 elections,[4] but lost his seat when the alliance was reduced to six seats. However, he re-entered the Knesset in May 2016 as a replacement for Meir Porush, when he stood down as part of a seat rotation agreement between the parties in United Torah Judaism.[5]


  1. ^ No walk in the park in Bnei Brak - yet Haaretz, 26 January 2009
  2. ^ Meet the MK: Ya'acov Asher The Jerusalem Post, 10 February 2013
  3. ^ Ya'akov Asher promises "not to ask for 100 days of grace" MyNet, 23 November 2008 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ United Torah Judaism list Central Elections Committee
  5. ^ Meir Porush Resigns, Yaakov Asher to Fill His Knesset Seat Matzav, 22 May 2016

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