A report on Ovadia Yosef and Ezra Attiya

Rabbi Yosef in 2007
The pre-1948 facade of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Ovadia Yosef as a child with his family.
Rabbis of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in 1952. Left to right: Rabbis Yaakov Ades, Ben Zion Abba Shaul, Ezra Attiya, Mansour ben Shimon.
Ovadia Yosef in his youth.
Ovadia Yosef in 2007

Among Attiya's most famous students are Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul, and Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri.

- Ezra Attiya

He soon advanced to the highest shiur taught by the rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Ezra Attiya.

- Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Yosef in 2007

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The pre-1948 facade of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva (left) facing the Temple Mount. The domed Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue is to the right, rear.

Porat Yosef Yeshiva

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Sephardic yeshiva in Jerusalem, with locations in both the Old City and the Geula neighborhood.

Sephardic yeshiva in Jerusalem, with locations in both the Old City and the Geula neighborhood.

The pre-1948 facade of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva (left) facing the Temple Mount. The domed Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue is to the right, rear.
Porat Yosef Yeshiva (number 57 and adjacent schools) in the 1936-47 Survey of Palestine map
The Arab Legion attacking the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, May 1948.
Geula branch of Porat Yosef Yeshiva.

Upon his death in 1925, Rabbi Ezra Attiya succeeded him as rosh yeshiva, a position he held until his death in 1970.

Ovadia Yosef, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel

Ben Zion Abba Shaul

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One of the leading Sephardic rabbis, Torah scholars and halakhic arbiters of his day, and the rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem for the last 15 years of his life.

One of the leading Sephardic rabbis, Torah scholars and halakhic arbiters of his day, and the rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem for the last 15 years of his life.

His first teacher was Rabbi Yehuda Tzadka (who was only 21 at the time) and his classmates included the future Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef.

Later, Abba Shaul advanced to the highest shiur, taught by the rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Ezra Attiya, with whom he developed a close bond.

Baruch Ben Haim

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Sephardi Hakham who served as Chief Rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York for 55 years.

Sephardi Hakham who served as Chief Rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York for 55 years.

He was a protege of Rabbi Ezra Attiya, rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva, who trained and dispatched students to leadership positions in Sephardi communities around the world.

His classmates included Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul, Rabbi Yehuda Moallem, Rabbi Zion Levy, and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Mordechai Eliyahu

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Israeli rabbi, posek, and spiritual leader.

Israeli rabbi, posek, and spiritual leader.

Blessing and autograph of Mordechai Eliyahu circa 1998

In his youth, Eliyahu attended Porat Yosef Yeshiva, and had the opportunity to learn from many great teachers such as Ezra Attiya, Sadqa Hussein, and Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz (the Chazon Ish).

Eliyahu worked for the preservation of the Iraqi Jewish rite and the opinions of the Ben Ish Hai, and opposed the attempts of Ovadia Yosef to impose a uniform "Israeli Sephardi" rite based on the Shulchan Aruch and his own halakhic opinions.