Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Sephardim And Secularism


After reading the articles on the Pew study about the state of American Jewry
and how slowly secular Jews are disappearing, I also read about the passing
of Rabbi Ovadia Josef (“What Pews Does — And Doesn’t — Tell Us, Oct. 11, “A ‘Gaon’ In Every Sense,” Oct. 11).

Voice Of Israel’s Sephardim


It was a testimony to the influence and longevity of the life of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that the health updates on an ailing rabbinic leader were headline news in Israeli newspapers and broadcasts in recent weeks. Outside of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox circles, in which Rabbi Yosef played a prominent role for more than a half century, most Israelis have little interest in aging rabbis.

A ‘Gaon’ in Every Sense

Remembering Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral in Jerusalem on Monday was the largest in recorded Jewish history; it drew an estimated 800,000 attendees, fully one-tenth of Israel’s entire population, with barely five hours’ notice. Thousands rent their garments in mourning. Jews around the country sobbed. The media held vigil in the hospital corridors during the rabbi’s last hours, as disciples and politicians came to take leave.

The funeral this week for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, below, attracted 800,000 mourners in the streets of Jerusalem. Getty Images

Shas Spiritual Leader On Respirator After Operation

Staff Writer

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the 93-year-old spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, is sedated and attached to a respirator, according to the Times of Israel.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the Shas party's spiritual leader, is on life support. Getty Images
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