Rabbi Yosef in 2007
The pre-1948 facade of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva (left) facing the Temple Mount. The domed Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue is to the right, rear.
Ovadia Yosef as a child with his family.
Porat Yosef Yeshiva (number 57 and adjacent schools) in the 1936-47 Survey of Palestine map
Ovadia Yosef in his youth.
The Arab Legion attacking the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, May 1948.
Ovadia Yosef in 2007
Geula branch of Porat Yosef Yeshiva.

In 1933, Hakham Sadqa Hussein prevailed upon Yaakov to send his son to Porat Yosef Yeshiva.

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Ovadia Yosef, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel

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Rabbi Yosef in 2007

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The pre-1948 facade of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ezra Attiya

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One of the greatest teachers of Torah in the Sephardic Jewish world during the 20th century.

One of the greatest teachers of Torah in the Sephardic Jewish world during the 20th century.

The pre-1948 facade of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rabbis of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in 1952. Left to right: Rabbis Yaakov Ades, Ben Zion Abba Shaul, Ezra Attiya, Mansour ben Shimon.

He was rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem for 45 years, nurturing thousands of students who, together with their students, constitute the bulk of Sephardic Torah leadership today.

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

Ben Zion Abba Shaul

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Ben Zion Abba Shaul (בן-ציון אבא-שאול; 31 July 1924 – 13 July 1998; on the Hebrew calendar: 29 Tammuz 5684 – 19 Tammuz 5758) (first name also spelled Ben Sion) was 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.

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.

Yitzhak Yosef

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Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel (known as the Rishon LeZion), the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia, and the author of a set of books on halakha (Jewish law) called Yalkut Yosef.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel (known as the Rishon LeZion), the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia, and the author of a set of books on halakha (Jewish law) called Yalkut Yosef.

Yosef is the son of Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, and bases his halakhic rulings on his father's methodology.

At age 12, he began his studies at the junior yeshiva of Porat Yosef in Katamon, Jerusalem.

Aryeh Deri

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Israeli politician.

Israeli politician.

Deri with Zionist Union Leader and Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog, 2016

In 1973, he began to study at Porat Yosef, a leading Sephardic yeshiva in Jerusalem.

However, on 28 December 2014, Channel 2 released video footage in which Ovadia Yosef, the founder of Shas, attacked Deri, calling him a wicked man and a thief.