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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Dies at 93

The spiritual leader of the Shas community and a leading Halacha figure passed away in Jerusalem Monday

By: Daniel Koren
Published: October 7th, 2013 in News » World
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (right)

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a spiritual leader of the Shas community and a prominent Halacha figure, passed away Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, according to the hospital’s director Dr. Yuval Weiss.

He was 93.

Israeli President Shimon Peres was amongst the many friends, family members and close colleagues who were at Yosef’s bedside when he died. The funeral is set to take place today at 6PM, where Yosef will be laid to raise beside his wife, Rabbanit Margalit Yosef.

It is predicted to be one of the largest funerals to ever take place in the country, with more than hundreds of thousands of Israelis set to attend.

The rabbi has been in the hospital since Monday, with his health deteriorating drastically over the past few days. He’s been in and out of intensive care over the past few months, suffering from heart and kidney problems.

Born in Baghdad in 1920, Ovadia Yosef became a rabbi at the tender age of 20 and eventually became Tel Aviv’s chief rabbi and Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi.

An advocate for peace and integration, Yosef had been known as this generation’s leading religious arbiter, according to Ynet News, after issuing several important rulings during his tenure as chief rabbi, ending the dispute regarding the status of Ethiopian Jews, ruling that they are Jewish by Halacha standards, and, following the Yom Kippur war, ruled that wives of IDF soldiers who were missing in action for a long period of time would be allowed to remarry.

The rabbi entered politics in 1984, and with the support of Rabbi Elazar Shach, established a movement of religious Sephardim – Shas, creating a forum where Sephardi Jews could be invested in Israeli politics.

Shas has grown rapidly since its inception.

Arieh Deri, a Shas leader, asked reporters “How will we remain alone? Who will lead us?” as he sobbed after Yosef’s death.

Rabbi Yosef is survived by 11 children and many great grandchildren. A few members of his extended family also serve in senior positions in Shas.

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, Ovadia’s son and also a prominent rabbi, died earlier this year after losing a long battle to cancer.

Related articles: Israel News, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas, Halacha, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres
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