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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Salah Hamouri

Salah Hamouri

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Lawyer and field researcher for the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Lawyer and field researcher for the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Salah Hamouri

Hamouri was arrested in 2005 and accused of plotting to murder Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Avraham Yosef

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Former Chief Rabbi of Holon and Sephardi representative on the Chief Rabbinate Council .

Former Chief Rabbi of Holon and Sephardi representative on the Chief Rabbinate Council .

Harav Avraham Yosef is a son of Shas' spiritual leader, and former Israeli Chief Rabbi, Ovadia Yosef, and a brother of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, a Jerusalem politician who was a member of the Eleventh Knesset.

Adina Bar-Shalom

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Israeli educator, columnist, and social activist.

Israeli educator, columnist, and social activist.

Adina Yosef (Bar-Shalom) was born in Jerusalem, the eldest daughter of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Margalit Fattal.

United Torah Judaism

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Haredi, religious conservative political alliance in Israel.

Haredi, religious conservative political alliance in Israel.

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Later, Shas broke with Rabbi Shach, as it adopted its own independent political stance under Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Shemesh Sedaqah Synagogue in 2016

Sadqa Hussein

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Sephardi dayan, mohel, and spiritual leader to the Iraqi Jewish community in Iraq and Israel.

Sephardi dayan, mohel, and spiritual leader to the Iraqi Jewish community in Iraq and Israel.

Shemesh Sedaqah Synagogue in 2016

In 1933, Hussein persuaded the father of a 12-year-old Ovadia Yosef to send his son to the Porat Yosef Yeshiva.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is seated, with his son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef to his right, Rabbi Shalom Cohen at the far right, and Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron in the back. Shimon Peres stands at the far left.

Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah

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Rabbinical body that has the ultimate authority in the Israeli ultra-orthodox Sephardic and Mizrahi Shas Party.

Rabbinical body that has the ultimate authority in the Israeli ultra-orthodox Sephardic and Mizrahi Shas Party.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is seated, with his son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef to his right, Rabbi Shalom Cohen at the far right, and Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron in the back. Shimon Peres stands at the far left.

Founder members of the council were Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Shimon Baadani, Rabbi Shalom Cohen and Rabbi Shabtai Aton (whom following the cessation of support of the Ashkenazi Torah sages retired in 1990).

Badatz Beit Yosef

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Kosher certification that is widely used by Sephardic and other Jews in Israel.

Kosher certification that is widely used by Sephardic and other Jews in Israel.

Badatz Beit Yosef was run by Ovadia Yosef until his death in 2013, and is currently run by his son Rabbi Moshe Yosef.

Rabbi Yaakov Ades in 1952

Yaakov Ades

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Sephardi Hakham, Rosh Yeshiva, and Rabbinical High Court judge.

Sephardi Hakham, Rosh Yeshiva, and Rabbinical High Court judge.

Rabbi Yaakov Ades in 1952
Rabbinical High Court, 1959. L. to r.: Rabbi Yaakov Ades, Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya, Rabbi Betzalel Zolty.

As rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem, he raised thousands of students, including Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel; Rabbi Ben Zion Abba Shaul, rosh yeshiva of Porat Yosef; and Rabbi Yehuda Hakohen Rabin, Chief Rabbi of Bukharan Jewry in Israel.

Partial view of Sanhedria Cemetery, with Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood in background.

Sanhedria Cemetery

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27-dunam (6.67-acre) Jewish burial ground in the Sanhedria neighborhood of Jerusalem, adjacent to the intersection of Levi Eshkol Boulevard, Shmuel HaNavi Street, and Bar-Ilan Street.

27-dunam (6.67-acre) Jewish burial ground in the Sanhedria neighborhood of Jerusalem, adjacent to the intersection of Levi Eshkol Boulevard, Shmuel HaNavi Street, and Bar-Ilan Street.

Partial view of Sanhedria Cemetery, with Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood in background.
Sanhedria Funeral Parlor (right) with its large lettered Hebrew sign, "Meeting Place for All the Living".
Interior of Sanhedria Funeral Parlor.

Ovadia Yosef (1920–2013), Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel - All the way to the far right upon entering.

An air display in Tel Aviv on Israel's 61st Independence Day

Independence Day (Israel)

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National day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.

National day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.

An air display in Tel Aviv on Israel's 61st Independence Day
David Ben-Gurion proclaiming independence beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism.
Independence Day celebrations in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, 2008
Israeli Air Force Independence Day flypast, 2011
International Bible Contest, 1985
Visitors around an IDF Caterpillar D9 at the Israel Defense Forces exhibition at Yad La-Shiryon, Independence Day 2012.
Hallel recited at the Day to Praise Israel Independence Day event in Jerusalem, 23 April 2015
Families celebrating in Israel Defense Force fair in Sderot, 2019.
IAF F-35I Adir in Independence Day 2019 flypast.

The innovation was strongly denounced by his Sephardic counterpart, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, leader of Modern Orthodox Judaism in America.