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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Moshe Yosef (rabbi)

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Moshe Yosef, (b.

Moshe Yosef, (b.

1966 ), a leading rabbi in Shas, is the head of one of the largest kosher organizations in Israel, Badatz Beit Yosef, and the head of the Maor Yisrael, which publishes the works of his father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Shmita

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Seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah in the Land of Israel and is observed in Judaism.

Seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah in the Land of Israel and is observed in Judaism.

Shmita placard in a agriculture field (in the year 5782)
Field left uncultivated in observance of the shmita year, near Rosh Ha'ayin (2007)
Proclamation of Chief Rabbi, Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook, Regarding The Importance of Shemitah Observance, and collecting for a communal fund to support those who observe shmita without compromise.

An analysis by respected posek and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef in his responsa Yabi'a Omer (Vol.

Representation of the Five Worlds with the 10 sefirot in each, as successively smaller concentric circles, derived from the light of the Kav after the Tzimtzum

Zohar

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Foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah.

Foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah.

Representation of the Five Worlds with the 10 sefirot in each, as successively smaller concentric circles, derived from the light of the Kav after the Tzimtzum
An 1809 edition of the Zohar, printed in Slavuta, as seen in POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Title page of the first printed edition of the Zohar, Mantua, 1558. Library of Congress.

Ovadia Yosef (d.2013) held that Orthodox Jews should to accept the Zohar's antiquity in practice based on medieval precedent, but that rejecting it is rational and religiously valid.

Yonatan Yosef

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Jerusalem rabbi, a former spokesman for Jewish settlers in Sheikh Jarrah, and right-wing activist for the Judaization of East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem rabbi, a former spokesman for Jewish settlers in Sheikh Jarrah, and right-wing activist for the Judaization of East Jerusalem.

He is the son of Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef and the grandson of Maran Ovadia Yosef.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

Gadol

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Used by religious Jews to refer to the most revered rabbis of the generation.

Used by religious Jews to refer to the most revered rabbis of the generation.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Maran

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Honorific title for exceptionally respected rabbis who are considered influential teachers and leaders.

Honorific title for exceptionally respected rabbis who are considered influential teachers and leaders.

Amongst contemporary rabbis, Yosef Shalom Eliashiv and Ovadia Yosef are most closely associated with the honorific.

Beta Israel

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Currently divided between the modern-day Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.

Currently divided between the modern-day Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia.

Raphael Hadane, the Liqa Kahenat (High priest) of Beta Israel in Israel
Beta Israel women in Israel
A Kes celebrating the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem, 2008
Public appeal of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to save the Jews of Ethiopia, 1921, signed by Abraham Isaac Kook and Jacob Meir.
Migration Map of Beta Israel
Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir greets new immigrants from Ethiopia, 1991.
Israeli Border Policeman
A bride and groom in Jerusalem
Missionary Henry Aaron Stern preaches Christianity to Beta Israel.
The Beta Israel Memorial Aliya in Kiryat Gat
Falash Mura woman making Injera in Gondar in 1996.
Falash Mura child, 2005

In 1973, Ovadia Yosef, the Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel ruled, based on the writings of David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra and other accounts, that the Beta Israel were Jews and should be brought to Israel.

The dirty trick

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The dirty trick (התרגיל המסריח, HaTargil HaMasriaḥ, lit. the stinking trick) refers to a political scandal that erupted in Israel in 1990.

The dirty trick (התרגיל המסריח, HaTargil HaMasriaḥ, lit. the stinking trick) refers to a political scandal that erupted in Israel in 1990.

Following Rabbi Shach's firm objection, Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef also refused to allow Shas to serve under Peres.

The oldest Siddur in the world. From the 9th century

Siddur

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Jewish prayer book containing a set order of daily prayers.

Jewish prayer book containing a set order of daily prayers.

The oldest Siddur in the world. From the 9th century
Nusach Ashkenaz Siddur from Irkutsk, Russia, printed in 1918
A siddur created on the occasion of a wedding in 1971, Oświęcim. Collection of the Auschwitz Jewish Center
Variety of popular Siddurim.
1803 Sephardic prayer book, in the Jewish Museum of Switzerland’s collection.
Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Vehagim

These siddurim follow the halakha of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920–2013) a Talmudic scholar, and authority on Jewish religious law, and spiritual leader of Israel's ultra-orthodox Shas party.

Gentile

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Word that usually means "someone who is not a Jew".

Word that usually means "someone who is not a Jew".

Similar anti-gentile remarks have been expressed by the late chief Sephardi Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, in which he stated in a sermon in 2010 that "The sole purpose of Gentiles is to serve Jews".