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The Jewish world mourns the loss of one of the greatest Torah leaders of the generation.
Born in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq to Rabbi Yaakov and G'orgia Ovadia, Hacham Ovadia Yosef emigrated with his family to Jerusalem at age four. As a teenager he attended Porat Yosef Yeshiva. He was ordained by his 21st birthday and married Margalit Fattal when he was 24. (She passed in 1994 after raising 11 children together.)
In 1947 Hacham Ovadia was asked to come to Cairo, Egypt to serve as a teacher and on the Beit Din (religious court). In 1949, he moved back to what had by then become the current State of Israel and continued his studies while serving in the Beit Din of Petah Tikva. He also published the first of his set of books Chazon Ovadia and
Our world changed last Monday afternoon when Maran, Haham Ovadia Yosef passed from this world into the world of truth. Within hours of his passing hundreds of thousands of people converged on Jerusalem for his funeral and burial. Estimates ranged from 750,000 people at the levaya at Porat Yosef Yeshiva in the Geula neighborhood to a million who had passed through the cemetery in the Sanhedria neighborhood by midnight. Imagine that more than 10% of Israel's population came to pay respects. The crowd
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.
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
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