Has he risen?

Municipal elections in Israel are only eleven days away, and you know what that means: posters, signs, bumper stickers. But what happened to this Shas poster?

Look at the bottom right corner: half the slogan has been ripped off. And it’s not accident or vandalism: all the posters on my street have been carefully altered in this way. Hm…


We love you, Maran. ________________________, faithful to tradition, voting Shas

It seems that someone has decided that posting a giant poster with a smiling (?) Rav Ovadia Yosef immediately under the shiva notice for the same personage is perfectly appropriate, but not referring to him in the text.

Well, all I can say is: get with the program. That’s not the Shas way! 24 hours after his death, the party’s Council of Torah Sages announced that Maran’s dying wish had been to vote for Moshe Lion for Jerusalem mayor, as he is a “member of our ethnic group.” He just kept it secret because–hey, what’s that over there?

Speaking of secrets, did you know that Rav Ovadia’s real passion was Kabbalistic writing? Now that he has passed to the World of Truth, his hidden Torah can be revealed to all, so don’t go into his library.

Wait, I know what you’re saying: sure, but allegedly that was allegedly when Rav Ovadia was allegedly alive. What can he do for me now that he’s dead?

Don’t worry, Tefilot.org has you covered. They’ll pray for you at his gravesite, but only until shiva is over, because after that it would just be silly. Your donations are welcome.

So, don’t feel bad about Maran being on the posters. He has only become more politically, pietistically and prayerfully powerful since his petira.

I welcome your comments on how I am the one dishonoring Rav Ovadia’s memory. Shabbat shalom!

About the Author
Yoseif Bloch is a rabbi who has taught at Yeshivat HaKotel, Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshivat Shvilei Hatorah and served as a congregational rabbi in Canada. He currently works as an editor, translator and publisher. As a blogger and podcaster, he is known as Rabbi Joe in Jerusalem.
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