Yalkut Yosef

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud

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.

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A full set of the Babylonian Talmud

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Yitzhak Yosef

Yitzhak Yosef (יצחק יוסף, born January 16, 1952) is the 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.

Rabbi Yosef in 2007

Ovadia Yosef

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.

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.

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

6) Yitzhak Yosef, (b. 1952) is the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, also known as the Rishon LeZion, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia, and the author of a popular set of books on Jewish law called Yalkut Yosef.

Shulchan Aruch

Most widely consulted of the various legal codes in Judaism.

Most widely consulted of the various legal codes in Judaism.

The Ben Ish Chai, Kaf Ha'Chaim, and much more recently, the Yalkut Yosef are similar works by Sephardic Rabbis for their communities.

Toledot HaPoskim, History of the Jewish Codes, by Chaim Tchernowitz.

Posek

Term in Jewish law for a "decisor", a legal scholar who determines the position of halakha, the Jewish religious laws derived from the written and Oral Torah in cases of Jewish law where previous authorities are inconclusive, or in those situations where no clear halakhic precedent exists.

Term in Jewish law for a "decisor", a legal scholar who determines the position of halakha, the Jewish religious laws derived from the written and Oral Torah in cases of Jewish law where previous authorities are inconclusive, or in those situations where no clear halakhic precedent exists.

Toledot HaPoskim, History of the Jewish Codes, by Chaim Tchernowitz.

Yitzhak Yosef (1952- ), Chief Sephardic Rabbi of the State of Israel, author of the set Yalkut Yosef

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud

Halakha

Collective body of Jewish religious laws which is derived from the written and Oral Torah.

Collective body of Jewish religious laws which is derived from the written and Oral Torah.

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud
Sefer Torah at Glockengasse Synagogue (museum exhibits), Cologne
Hasidim walk to the synagogue, Rehovot, Israel.
A mixed-gender, egalitarian Conservative service at Robinson's Arch, Western Wall
Set of Mishneh Torah
Shulchan Aruch HaRav
Peninei Halakha Set
An illuminated manuscript of Arba'ah Turim from 1435

Yalkut Yosef, by rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, is a voluminous, widely cited and contemporary work of halakha, based on the rulings of rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920 - 2013).

Mir Yeshiva (Jerusalem) – largest yeshiva in the world

Yeshiva

Traditional Jewish educational institution focused on the study of Rabbinic literature, primarily the Talmud and halacha (Jewish law), while Torah and Jewish philosophy are studied in parallel.

Traditional Jewish educational institution focused on the study of Rabbinic literature, primarily the Talmud and halacha (Jewish law), while Torah and Jewish philosophy are studied in parallel.

Mir Yeshiva (Jerusalem) – largest yeshiva in the world
A typical bet midrash – Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore
Chavrusas in study – Yeshiva Gedola of Carteret
Morning seder, Or-Yisrael - a yeshiva founded by the Chazon Ish
Shiur in memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein at Yeshivat Har Etzion, a Hesder yeshiva
Rabbinical students in shiur, Jerusalem
Shiur klali, Slabodka Yeshiva
A depiction of Sura (from Beit Hatefutsot)
Volozhin yeshiva, “mother of the yeshivas”
Mir yeshiva
Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, Israel
Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, now a national monument
The Breslov Yeshiva in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem.
Satmar Yeshiva in Brooklyn, New York.
Bobov Kollel in Jerusalem
Geula branch of Porat Yosef Yeshiva.
Kisse Rahamim yeshivah, Bnei Brak
JTS building in Manhattan
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, New Jersey – largest yeshiva outside Israel.
Mercaz Harav, Jerusalem
Kollel Birkat Yitzhak, Moscow
Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn
Mincha, Yeshiva Centre, Melbourne
Talmud Torah, Russia, 1937
Yeshiva High School, Tel Aviv, 1938
"Cheder"-class in Talmud, Tel Aviv, 1946.
Bet Midrash, Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
Gemara, the first page of tractate Rosh Hashanah
A full set of the Babylonian Talmud
Chavrusas learning beki'ut, recording their summary of each sugya alongside its Mishnah
Set of Mishneh Torah
Cover of the first edition of Mesillat Yesharim.
Chumash with Mikraot Gedolot
Chumash with Yiddish translation

In Sephardic yeshivot, the Shulchan Aruch itself is more commonly studied, along with the Bet Yosef commentary; the Yalkut Yosef and Kaf Hachaim are also often studied, while Ben Ish Hai is a standard reference.

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (book)

Work of halacha written by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.

Work of halacha written by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.

A full set of the Babylonian Talmud

The volumes entitled Kitzur Shulchan Aruch from Yalkut Yosef, a similar Sephardi work.

A view of the Western Wall

Western Wall

Ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A view of the Western Wall
Herodian ashlars of the Western Wall
Panorama of the Western Wall with the Dome of the Rock (left) and al-Aqsa mosque (right) in the background
The Western Wall and Dome of the Rock
Engraving, 1850 by
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, by Gustav Bauernfeind (19th century).
The Western Wall in c. 1870, squeezed in by houses of the Moroccan Quarter, a century before they were demolished
Jews' Wailing Place, Jerusalem, 1891
Jewish Legion soldiers at the Western Wall after British conquest of Jerusalem, 1917
1920. From the collection of the National Library of Israel
The placing of a Mechitza similar to the one in the picture was the catalyst for confrontation between the Arabs, Jews and Mandate authorities in 1928.
British police post at the entrance to the Western Wall, 1933
British police at the Wailing Wall, 1934
Members of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry at the Western Wall, 1946
The iconic image of Israeli soldiers shortly after the capture of the Wall during the Six-Day War
Moroccan Quarter (cell J9) surrounding the Western Wall (numbered 62) in the 1947 Survey of Palestine map. The two mosques demolished after 1967 are shown in red.
Torah Ark inside men's section of Wilson's Arch
Asst. U.S. Sixth Fleet Chaplain Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff leads an unusual interfaith service
The remains of Robinson's Arch above excavated remnants of the ancient street below.
Jews at the Western Wall, 1870s
The faithful remove their shoes upon approaching the Wall, c. 1880
Tisha B'Av at the Western Wall, 1970s
Women at prayer, early 20th century
The separate areas for men (top) and women, seen from the walkway to the Dome of the Rock
Azarat Yisrael Plaza (prayer platform), Robinson's Arch, opened August 2013
Slips of paper containing prayers in the cracks of the Wall
South-west corner of the Haram from the Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem, 1865)
Pope Francis at the Western Wall
A Jew praying at the Western Wall
Western Wall and Dome of the Rock
U.S. president Donald Trump (right) visits the Western Wall, accompanied by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch (center), 2017

More recently the Yalkut Yosef rules that it is forbidden to remove small chips of stone or dust from the Wall, although it is permissible to take twigs from the vegetation which grows in the Wall for an amulet, as they contain no holiness.

Mishneh Torah, a code of Jewish law by Maimonides, a Sephardic Jew

Sephardic law and customs

Sephardic law and customs are the practice of Judaism by the Sephardim, the descendants of the historic Jewish community of the Iberian Peninsula.

Sephardic law and customs are the practice of Judaism by the Sephardim, the descendants of the historic Jewish community of the Iberian Peninsula.

Mishneh Torah, a code of Jewish law by Maimonides, a Sephardic Jew
The Shulchan Aruch. One of the codes of Jewish law reflecting Sephardic laws and customs.

Yosef, Yitzḥak, Yalkut Yosef, codifying rulings of Ovadia Yosef

Jewish prayerbooks

Sifrei Kodesh

Sifrei Kodesh (ספרי קודש), commonly referred to as sefarim (ספרים), or in its singular form, sefer, are books of Jewish religious literature and are viewed by religious Jews as sacred.

Sifrei Kodesh (ספרי קודש), commonly referred to as sefarim (ספרים), or in its singular form, sefer, are books of Jewish religious literature and are viewed by religious Jews as sacred.

Jewish prayerbooks
A bookshelf of sifrei kodesh
A library of sifrei kodesh
A page of the Bomberg Talmud
Responsa of Rabbi Akiva Eiger
Early edition Mishnah Berurah

Comparative Sephardic works are Kaf HaChaim and Yalkut Yosef.