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Daily Briefing May 31: Power vacuum among ultra-Orthodox as 100-year-old leader dies

Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren on surprising lack of successor to Rabbi Gershon Edelstein; religion reporter Canaan Lidor on explosive Christian prayer event at Western Wall

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Zman Yisrael editor Biranit Goren and religion reporter Canaan Lidor join host Amanda Borschel-Dan on today’s episode.

Yesterday, 32-year-old Meir Tamari was fatally shot while driving near the settlement of Hermesh in the northern West Bank. Goren gives us more information about this terrorist attack.

Hundreds of thousands of Haredi Israelis attended the funeral of Rabbi Gershon Edelstein, an influential Ashkenazi spiritual leader who died in Bnei Brak yesterday at the age of 100. Lidor was there.

Goren explains how his death has left a sort of vacuum. What do we know about who may fill it?

On Sunday, a tour boat capsized on an Italian lake, killing four people, including an Israeli man. But ever since, the facts are increasingly mysterious. Goren fills us in.

Also on Sunday, Christian worshipers who prayed at an archaeological park bordering the Western Wall were met by hundreds of Jewish protesters, including Jerusalem’s deputy mayor, shouting at them to leave over allegations of proselytization. Lidor gives background.

And finally, after 96 minutes without a goal for either side, Israel’s national Under-20 soccer team scored a 97th-minute goal to upend Uzbekistan 1-0 in the World Cup tournament in Argentina last night.

Discussed articles include:

Israeli father of two killed in northern West Bank terror shooting

Followers of Rabbi Gershon Edelstein honor late Haredi leader’s pragmatic devoutness

‘Like Moses’: Hundreds of thousands attend funeral for Rabbi Gershon Edelstein

Israel: Retired Mossad employee killed in Italy ‘remained devoted to state security’

Report: Israeli, Italian secret agents were on ill-fated party boat to swap intel

Near the Western Wall, Jewish radicals shout at Christian Evangelicals to ‘go home’

97th-minute stunner over Uzbekistan sends Israel to U-20 World Cup quarterfinal

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