Yoelish Kraus, 39, is a father of 13 children from the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem. He could be described as the “director of operations” for the anti-Zionist Hassidic sect Toldos Aharon (Descendants of Aaron). There are 8,000 families in this group, 6,500 in Jerusalem and 1,500 in Beit Shemesh, about 14 miles (22 km) southwest of the capital.
Toldos Aharon advocates the strictest form of Halacha—Orthodox Jewish Law. The group instigates protests against everything that is secular and sets their agenda by pasting pashkevils (posters) on the walls of buildings and homes.
Kraus and the rest of the movement's members reject the State of Israel because it is secular; a legitimate Jewish state must be a theocracy established by the Messiah, they say.
Kraus was interviewed by Israel Today.
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