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Aug 24, 2016, 10:19 PM
Why I left Shas for the Jewish Home
He left his first political home because the party led by Aryeh Deri had 'forgotten what it means to be Sephardic'
Oct 13, 2013, 5:18 PM
R. Ovadiah Yosef–A Halakhic Tribute
The final halakhah of Tosefta Moed, chapter 2, reads: חכם שמת, הכל קרוביו. The death of the Sage is like the death of direct relatives, black-letter Jewish law prescribing that one tears clothing upon hearing of the loss. Great...
Oct 13, 2013, 4:08 PM
Of Scorpions and Stings
Over 800,000 people attended the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (zatzal) on October 7, and 300,000 are expected to attend his memorial service today, the same number of people who turned up for the funeral of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman...
Oct 13, 2013, 3:01 PM
Rav Ovadia’s Social Revolution
If 800,000 people at a funeral were not enough, Jerusalem is awaiting another 500,000 at the memorial service today. For the past week, incredulous journalists and bloggers have worked hard to figure out why Rav Ovadia Yosef mattered so...
Oct 11, 2013, 10:42 AM
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...
Oct 10, 2013, 6:08 PM
Lech Lecha: Blessings of the Wise
“Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings.” -Ibn Gabirol I was a schoolboy in Caracas, Venezuela, when I met Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, then Chief Rabbi of Israel. In my young mind I...
Oct 10, 2013, 5:37 PM
Rav Ovadia and Rabbi Hartman – not as different as you might think
Two rabbis died in the past year: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi David Hartman. At first glance they would appear to be polar opposites. Rav Ovadia was a Sephardi from Baghdad, Rabbi Hartman was an Ashkenazi from Brooklyn. And...
Oct 10, 2013, 3:13 PM
Caring for the nation, body and soul
The kind of spiritual leadership the late Ovadia Yoseph provided is just as important as ensuring the nation's physical survival
Oct 10, 2013, 1:08 PM
Was Ovadia Yosef the Israeli Ayatollah?
"Remembering Ovadia Yosef, the Israeli Ayatollah." That’s Jeffrey Goldberg’s title for his obituary of the former Chief Rabbi and political leader. And no, Goldberg doesn't seem to be using the word Ayatollah as a respectful term for a religious leader. Goldberg...
Oct 8, 2013, 10:28 PM
Confessions of an Ashkenazi Know-It-All
I have a confession: I didn’t pray for Rav Ovadia Yosef’s recovery. When I saw articles about his illness, I shrugged my shoulders and scrolled on. After hearing the tearful pleas for our prayers, and reading about the concern that the...