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Renowned son of leading Sephardic Torah authority, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shlita
On Friday, April 12, thousands mourned profusely upon hearing the news that Sephardic Torah authority Rabbi Yaakov Chai Yosef, the son of Shas’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shlita, passed away at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Having been hospitalized in serious condition since last Thursday, there was a sudden deterioration in Rabbi Yosef’s condition on Friday, as it was reported that he had been suffering from cancer for about a year. Last Tuesday, hundreds gathered in Israel to pray for Rabbi Yosef’s health at the kever (tomb) of Rabbi Chaim David Azulai, (also known as the Hida) in the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem.
Bonnie Franklin, star of the long-running CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, died March 1 at her home in Los Angeles. The cause was complications of pancreatic cancer, which she had been diagnosed with back in September.
Bonnie Gail Franklin was born on Jan. 6, 1944 in Santa Monica, Calif., the daughter of Claire (née Hersch) and Samuel Benjamin Franklin, an investment banker. Her parents were both immigrants, her father hailing from Russia and her mother from Romania. Her family moved to Beverly
The “first lady of the IDF,” Sarah Braverman, who parachuted into Europe with famed Jewish heroine Hanna Szenes, fought in the Palmach, and established the IDF Women’s Corps, passed away on Sunday, February 10 at age 95. She was laid to rest Monday at Kibbutz Shamir, where she has lived for decades.
She was born in Romania in 1919, and arrived in Israel at a very young age; the date is not known. Growing up in Israel she became involved with the Zionist liberation movement, as it sought to
The town of Deal, New Jersey was dealt a most painful blow, as their highly esteemed mayor, Harry I. Franco passed away on January 30, following an illness. He was 79.
His career as a tireless advocate for the community he served included sixteen years as a member of the borough’s Board of Commissioners, as mayor for almost eighteen years and seven years as a member of the Board of Adjustment; marking 41 years as a dedicated public servant.
During Mayor Franco’s tenure as an elected official
David Hartman, director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and author of numerous works on modern Jewish philosophy, passed away on Sunday, February 10. He was 81. Hartman, ordained as an Orthodox rabbi, was considered a leading light of the liberal wing of Orthodoxy.
Under his leadership, the Hartman Institute ran hundreds of programs designed to promote the group’s pluralistic viewpoints, giving equal weight and opportunity to leaders from all streams of Judaism, and encompassing