Rav Ovadia Yosef will be remembered as the man who raised the Jewish and ethnic and religious pride of Sehardic Jews to an irreversible level of dignity in Israeli society.
I say this as a fellow traveler of the Jerusalem Black Panthers in the early 1970’s, as a social worker in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and as a reporter in Israel since 1987.
There was a time when Sephardim walked with a feeling of rejection and discrimination in Israeli society.
A leader with the stature of Rav Ovadia addressed that phenomenon. t.
The Sephardic self image in Israel is now one of pride
Rav Ovadia played a crucial role in that process.