A report on Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Yosef in 2007
Ovadia Yosef as a child with his family.
Ovadia Yosef in his youth.
Ovadia Yosef in 2007

Iraqi-born Talmudic scholar, a posek, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983, and a founder and long-time spiritual leader of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party.

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Rabbi Yosef in 2007

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Elazar Shach at the Ponevezh Yeshiva

Elazar Shach

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Leading Lithuanian-Jewish Haredi rabbi in Bnei Brak, Israel.

Leading Lithuanian-Jewish Haredi rabbi in Bnei Brak, Israel.

Elazar Shach at the Ponevezh Yeshiva
Elazar Shach (late 1980s), seated right, looking down, holding book. Yosef Shalom Eliashiv and Chaim Kanievsky are seated to his left.
Grave of Rabbi Elazar Shach in Bnei Brak

Later, in 1988, Shach sharply criticized Ovadia Yosef, saying that, "Sepharadim are not yet ready for leadership positions", and subsequently founded the Degel HaTorah political party representing Lithuanian (non-Hasidic) Ashkenazi Jews in the Israeli Knesset.

Yalkut Yosef

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Yalkut Yosef (ילקוט יוסף, "Collation of Yosef") is an authoritative, contemporary work of Halakha, providing a detailed explanation of the Shulchan Aruch as based on the halachic rulings of the former Rishon LeTzion Rav Ovadia Yosef.

Chief Rabbi

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Title given in several countries to the recognized religious leader of that country's Jewish community, or to a rabbinic leader appointed by the local secular authorities.

Title given in several countries to the recognized religious leader of that country's Jewish community, or to a rabbinic leader appointed by the local secular authorities.

Ovadia Yosef (1973–1983)

Yosef in June 2008

Ya'akov Yosef

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Israeli rabbi and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Shas between 1984 and 1988.

Israeli rabbi and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Shas between 1984 and 1988.

Yosef in June 2008

Ya'akov Yosef (Jacob Joseph) was born in Jerusalem towards the end of the Mandate era, the second child (oldest son) of Ovadia Yosef, a prominent rabbi.

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.

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

David Yosef

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David Yosef (born August 10, 1957) is an Israeli rabbi who has authored dozens of books in Jewish Law mainly based on the rulings of his father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Aryeh Deri

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Israeli politician.

Israeli politician.

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

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.

View of Har Nof

Har Nof

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Neighborhood on a hillside on the western boundary of Jerusalem with a population of 20,000 residents, primarily Orthodox Jews.

Neighborhood on a hillside on the western boundary of Jerusalem with a population of 20,000 residents, primarily Orthodox Jews.

View of Har Nof
Steps in Har Nof
Neve Yerushalayim academy for women
Orot Hatshuva study hall in Har Nof

The former Sefardic chief rabbi and leader of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, lived in Har Nof.

Statue of the Sephardic philosopher Maimonides, in Córdoba, Spain

Sephardi Jews

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Sepharadi Jews (יהדות ספרד, ; Djudíos Sefardíes), also known as Sephardic Jews or Sepharadim, and sometimes referred to by modern scholars as Hispanic Jews,

Sepharadi Jews (יהדות ספרד, ; Djudíos Sefardíes), also known as Sephardic Jews or Sepharadim, and sometimes referred to by modern scholars as Hispanic Jews,

Statue of the Sephardic philosopher Maimonides, in Córdoba, Spain
Jewish Festival in Tetuan, Alfred Dehodencq, 1865, Paris Museum of Jewish Art and History
Sephardi Jewish couple from Sarajevo in traditional clothing (1900)
A 1902 Issue of La Epoca, a Ladino newspaper from Salonica (Thessaloniki)
19th-century Moroccan Sephardic wedding dress.
First Cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Shearith Israel (1656–1833) in Manhattan, New York City
Emma Lazarus, American poet. Born into a large New York Sephardi family.
Sephardi family from Misiones Province, Argentina, circa 1900.
The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (in the year 1492) by Emilio Sala Francés
Dedication at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem written in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, and Judeo-Spanish
13th-century depiction of a Jew and Muslim playing chess in Al-Andalus
Observing the Havdalah ritual, 14th-century Spain
A representation of the 1506 Jewish Massacre in Lisbon.
Interior of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam, c. 1680
Execution of Mariana de Carabajal in Mexico City, daughter of Francisca Nuñez de Carabajal, in 1601 by the Santo Oficio.
A young woman weeps during the deportation of Jews of Ioannina (Greece) on 25 March 1944.

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Shlomo Goren as a young Israeli officer and rabbi heading the Military Rabbinate of the IDF

Shlomo Goren

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Polish-born Israeli Orthodox Religious Zionist rabbi and Talmudic scholar who was considered a foremost authority on Jewish law (Halakha).

Polish-born Israeli Orthodox Religious Zionist rabbi and Talmudic scholar who was considered a foremost authority on Jewish law (Halakha).

Shlomo Goren as a young Israeli officer and rabbi heading the Military Rabbinate of the IDF
Goren on left, saluting, at the grave of Uri Ilan (1955)
A poster signed by prominent rabbis exhorting people to not to rely on Goren's halakhic rulings (1972)
Goren visiting a soldier in the Hospital, 1969
Six Day War. Shlomo Goren, who is surrounded by IDF soldiers, blows the shofar in front of the Western Wall. 7 June 1967.

Goren's reversal was fiercely opposed, primarily by the Agudat Yisrael and Rav Ovadiah Yosef.