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Broad halakhic shoulders, tremendous knowledge and solid authority. This less sensational and 'newsworthy' aspect of his work was not given the attention it deserved by the mainstream media, but it is the essence of HaRav Ovadia.
At the end of the Yom Kippur War, a great number of I.D.F. soldiers were unaccounted for. By Oct. 25, 1973, no less than 417 I.D.F. personnel were officially declared missing-in-action, and their numbers continued to grow. MIA status signifies a devastating reality: widows unable to remarry; bereaved parents who have no grave over which to weep; children who are uncertain whether and when to recite Kaddish. It is a tragic situation.
Many halakhic responsa have been composed over the course of the generations
Words in memory of a great Torah leader, who passed away on Monday, 3 Heshvan.
Woe to the ship whose captain is gone, woe to the generation that has lost its leader.
The Rishon Letzion Rav Ovadia Yosef was the wonder of our time, on the one hand a leader who cared personally about every Jew and on the other hand a leader who moved an entire generation forward.
All kinds of people from all levels of society found answers to their questions, problems and requests at his door.
William Rapfogel, who led the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty until his firing in August, was arrested on Tuesday morning, September 24 and charged with grand larceny, money laundering and criminal tax fraud for an alleged scheme stretching back to the early 1990s.
On Sunday, October 13, 100,000 people gathered together at the junction of Shmuel Hanavi and Bar-Ilan Streets to pay tribute to Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef, zt’l at a memorial in Jerusalem at the conclusion of the period of shiva.
Sunday evening’s memorial near the grave site of the Shas party spiritual leader drew acolytes from around the globe for the one-time Sephardic chief rabbi, who died on Oct. 7 at the age of 93. HaRav Yosef, zt’l was considered to be a foremost halachic authority
A war of words has erupted between the two power brokers in the Orthodox Jewish community in the race for Brooklyn District Attorney. In the first public battle since the 2012 primaries, Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind, surrogates for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and challenger Ken Thompson, respectively, traded jabs after Greenfield said at a press conference that Thompson vowed to “target the Jewish community” for prosecution.
Greenfield’s line of attack