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Rav Ovadia Yosef: We Must Pray for the Destruction of Iran


Spiritual leader of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during evening prayer in his synagogue in Yefe Noff, Jerusalem.

Spiritual leader of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during evening prayer in his synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem.
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With the approach of Rosh Hashana, Rav Ovadia Yosef said on Saturday night that when we eat the traditional holiday symbolic foods, whose names or shapes have a symbolic connection to our supplications to Hashem, especially when we make the blessing over the dates, t’marim, and pray that our enemies be obliterated, we should focus specifically on Iran, the wicked nation which is threatening the State of Israel. “May the good Lord obliterate them, destroy them…”

Tractate Kritut in the Babylonian Talmud teaches that we should eat on Rosh Hashanah, among other fruits, a date – “tamar” – which contains the syllable “tam” or ended, and after eating a portion of it we should say, “May it be Your will, our God and the God of our fathers, that all our enemies and haters and all who plots against us be terminated.”

Also, when we eat a leek (“kreti”) we should appeal to God that our enemies and haters along with anyone who plots against us be destroyed, the Rav clarified that we should focus on the Hizbullah and Iran.

“May God destroy them and wipe them off the face of the earth,” said the Rav and quoted many sources in Psalms referring to the Almighty’s salvation in the face of enemy threats.

“They go by chariot and on horseback and we will go in the name of Our God. They bowed and fell, and we got up and persevered.”

During discussions throughout the previous week, Rav Ovadia referred to the Iranian threat, saying, “There are evil people, the Iranians, waiting to destroy us . . . .we must pour out our hearts in prayer to the Holy One, blessed be His Name. . . .We are in danger, we are all in danger. . . .We have no one to rely upon, except our Father in Heaven. We must pray from the heart with deep concentration.”

The Haredi website Kikar HaShabbat last week reported that General (Res.) Yaakov Amidror, Chief Advisor for National Security, came to Rav Ovadia’s house and briefed him with information of Iran’s nuclear plan.

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66 Responses to “Rav Ovadia Yosef: We Must Pray for the Destruction of Iran”

  1. I hope R. Ovadia has sort of clause in mind that will keep the 25,000 jews in Iran safe and alive, when the country gets "destroyed". I'm just sayin…

  2. I hope R. Ovadia has sort of clause in mind that will keep the 25,000 jews in Iran safe and alive, when the country gets "destroyed". I'm just sayin…

  3. James Eckber says:

    I am in favor to pray for Iran to be destructed.

  4. I think we should pray for the destruction of the government of Iran and its religious leaders. They are the real enemies of Israel. Maybe in the rest of the country there are people who love Israel.

  5. me too Pray for GOD to have a BIG major earthquakes in Iran. Happened several weeks ago 6 times in NW Iran.

  6. Eric Lane says:

    Let me see if I understand this correctly. A so-called spiritual leader calls for prayers to destroy Iran. Then a Sheikh boycotts an interfaith conference because Jews will be there. It seems to me that the real problem in the Middle East are the religious leaders.

  7. Whom did Iran attack? No one. Israel is calling for the attack on Iran for years, they are the genocial maniac racist state, this Rabbi is an example of a Radical Jew, he also said "All Gentiles are meant to serve him and the Jews" Count me out, I only serve Jesus. This rabbi is the representative of the Jews in power in Israel, Illuminati, Rothchild's, Netanyhau is a 33nd degree freemason, his God is Lucifer, the Illuminati controls Israel and they are with the Sanhedrin(the group Jesus rebuked, remember that) Israel has been genociding Palestinan Christians and Muslims since 1948, It has over 300 Nukes, Bio-weapons, Chemical Weapons, Race specific Weapons(Guess the race?) The Persian people in Iran have not done anything, Thou shalt not Kill, Jesus did not come to earth to kill, by killing these people Israel will be condemed to more rage from people all over the world, Which is Good, We are all Waking to the crimes of Israel. The UN Inspectors have NEVER BEEN ALLOWED TO INSPECT dimona. Israel has violated the Geneva Convention, The World Court the UN etc, Nothing sticks to Israel, they are Teflon. Remember the USS Liberty, napalmed and bombed, bullets and blood that killed 34 navy men and wounded 100+ Men, this was done on purpose to pretend Egypt did it, a False Flag, King David Hotel another false flag Mossad Job, Israelis dressed as Arabs, Lavon affair, 9-11 Mossad cia job, 7/7 London bombing Mossad Job, Operation Sussanah etc Wake up Goy's you are supporting an evil Government, 8 Million a day from USA taxpayers to give to Israel, for their WAR MACHINE, sending our Gentiles to die for another Zionist war. Would Jesus approve of killing the Persian people? NO, He did not come to earth to tell us to kill, but to love our fellow man and spread the good news. It is quite unfortunate that the Israeli government is ruled by Luciferians.The Jews primary book is the Babylonian Talmud, not the torah, The Talmud is oral Tradition of man, not of God, but of Baal.Stop all Zionist Wars, Stop all Christian Zionist Warmongers! Just say NO and stand for Jesus and Rebuke all EVIL that mains and kills innocent people.

  8. How often one reads in the newspapers statements from the Government of Iran that Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth? It is the first time I read a statement as bold as this of Ovadia Yosef calling to pray for the destruction of Iran. Note that Ovadia Yosef called to pray. Iranian leaders call to destroy Israel med nuclear weapons.

  9. Eric Lane says:

    Geraldine, I agree with you that Iran has not attacked anyone. In fact, the war between Iran and Iraq can be traced to our government. But the rest of your comments are racist, extremist junk that are part of the problem and not the solution. I'm glad to hear you serve Jesus. But a lot of other people serve their god or no god at all. Would you like to wipe them off the face of the earth as well?

  10. Geraldine,
    You post shows how little of the Scriptures you really know. Maybe you don't know it yet, that Jesus was born a Jew, died a Jew, rose as a Jew and will return as a Jew, not to the USA but to Israel, He will come with great power and glory with a Sword to execute judgement on all the nations surrounding Israel.Killing thousands. Read the Prophets, and guess what? Israel will be elevated as the " Head if the nations and not the tail. Jesus will judge the nations on how they treated Israel. I don't recognise your "Jesus" If you l truly loved Him you'd love His brothers, the Jewish nation. Maybe you don't know what THE ALMIGHTY promised Abraham……I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. Your post is a curse…… Read your Bible".

  11. Frantz Santiago-Peretz says:

    בס"ד
    With all the due respect to our beloved Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and understanding how his imprecatory prayer may have some roots in some of this type of psalms (Sefer Tehillim), our tradition says: "A true hero changes enemies into friends instead of destroying them." Another saying teach us that a "disciple of Aaron seeks peace." Let our prayer be that G_d change the minds and hearts of the current leaders of Iran so we all can find peace. May the ETERNAL ONE change the mind of leaders like Rabbi Yosef so we seek peace, after all G_d's Name is also SHALOM. "What does the L-d require of you?", wrote Micah, "to love mercy, seek justice and walk humbly before your G_d." may the L-d remove the foolishness of hatred in Iran and in Israel; may the evil of violence and the desire for revenge that keeps alive this vicious cycle of violence be removed with love by the ALMIGHTY ONE whose name is also LOVE (ahavah).

  12. Frantz Santiago-Peretz says:

    If Jesus could read what you just wrote, I doubt he would identify himself with those who taught you to think this way. He, as a Jew, would probably will seek to see you change your mind.

  13. Frantz Santiago-Peretz says:

    Tragic, isn't it? Religion should be a source of peace. Religious leaders must be instruments of reason, love, compassion, faith, strength, justice, and mercy.

  14. Daniel Todd says:

    While I differentiate between the Iranian establishment and the people, if someone repeatedly threatens to eradicate you, it is probably wise to take them at their word and act accordingly. This Rabbi's comments aside, you conveniently ignore that it is the stated goal of virtually all those surrounding Israel, including Iran, to destroy them. What exactly would you have them do?

  15. Eric Lane Keep following Zionism, a political creation of Darby, Lord Balfour, and the Illuminati, Where am I racist? Iran Adminijhad said he wasnt to eliminate Zionism, Like Communist, His words were taken out of content by the Zionist Controlled Media, Sorry you had better read the Talmud, I did not say I want anyone killed!!

  16. Geraldine: Are you christian? Can a christian person hate Israel? how you understand Gen 12:2-3? and all the Bible? " Then I will make you (Abraham) into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.”
    It is impossible to love Jesus and at the same time hate the Jews

  17. I don't follow your book of Scofield, Darby, Oxford University Press, which too the bible and added all the nonsense you quote, Jesus said do not add or take away from my book, Jesus wasn't a Zionist Elizabeth, He was a Judean also, He will destroy Earthly Israel, Show me in the bible where Jesus said to kill USA USS Liberty navy men and Kill 3,000 people in the WTC on 9-11, You are a Christian Zionist and reading the Schofield reference bible, created by a liar, thief, adulturer etc, the bible does not say your saying you posted, I will bless…, there also is no rapture. Jews must go thru Jesus to be saved, your buddy John Hagee says not to preach Jesus to the Jews, He is a false prophet, and you are a Zionist, Zionism is a political movement, read the Jews Book the Babylonian Talmud, where it says "Even the best of Gentiles must be kill" They hate Jesus and Mary and is written in the talmud. Wake up Lizzie!I don't love Israel, I love Jesus! 90% of Jews are Khazers, the true Jews are the Ethopians and a smalll percentage, I am glad I am Not a Zionist Wacko

  18. Daniel Todd B.S. Israel is the threat, spying on Americans in America, running out congress, AIPAC, sending all our Gentiles to their deaths, Taking all the oil thru the pipline in Afganistan, Who Runs Israel, they are of the Devil for the Devil, the Illuminati

    LOL

  19. Frantz Santiago-Peretz Jesus is proud of what I wrote, He wants people to expose all evil, and I am 100% for Jesus, I don't worship Israel and I am Anti-Zionist, Zionism was not taught by Jesus, sorry this is a political agenda, Jesus is not Political, He said Put on your armor of God, He is coming back to judge all Evil, I am awake and aware of the Evil around us and that includes Israel

  20. All Gentile are to serve Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, I am not serving a Luciferian and Evil Rabbi, by the way the Talmud says"No Rabbi goes to hell" I got news for him, they do, if they do not repent and follow Jesus, Oh that's right the Talmud Says Jesus is a Bastard and is boiling in hell

  21. http://www.takebackourrights.org/docs/Christians-full%20page.html I leave you all with this, if you do not follow the Jewish Noahide God all Christians will be be-headed, so prepare to give up Jesus, according to the jews Jesus is Idolatry, coming soon when martial law comes to America and the world, the 10 comandments will be replaced by the 7 Noahide laws, not in the bible or oldd testament. this was passed by Radical Chabad Lubvitchers in our government in 1991. So continue to worship the Radical Zionists, Noahiders, Good Luck! See Revelation

  22. Eny Can a christian like you hate Palestinian Christians, Muslims, Arabs, Persians?

  23. I hate ISRAEL's EVIL Government and Zionism, Get it???

  24. May he be obliterated from the earth and his userper rulers

  25. Daniel Todd says:

    In addition to failing to answer the question in any rational fashion, your use of wild off-topic accusations undermines your own credibility. I have been to Israel. Most Americans cannot fathom what it's like to live under constant threat, and yet the people of Israel do so with a joy in and passion for life that frankly, as an American, left me envious. I have also been to Egypt and Jordan. There is no comparison. I do not hate Muslims, actually I feel sorry for them for, like you, something drives them to irrational hatred. I would speak to Jesus about that at your earliest opportunity.

  26. Yes, Israel the most racist state in the world, Nuns and priests are spat upon daily, migrant black workers just imprisoned, Arabs and non-Jews can't own property, Jew and non-jews can't be married, ethopian jews(the Holist) can't perform marriage cermonies or any other funtions, because they are black, Christians that preach about jesus are arrested and deported, yes, such a wonderful place, sell your house and live there, your a traitor to America

  27. Plus the law to be-head Americans made by Jews,
    Daniel Give up Jesus and worship the Luciferian God of the Talmud

  28. Daniel Todd http://www.takebackourrights.org/docs/Christians-full%20page.html get busy studying the Talmud, Chabad Lubvitchers, Zionists, Sabateans, Cabalists, Khazers,When you know about these Evil Jews let me know

  29. http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/non-wisdom-from-the-talmud-like-the-donkey-non-jews-were-created-to-serve-jews/ Whomever like this Rabbi is for the Devil and will burn in Hell, I am a Christian, I don't worship Lucifer and condemn this racist Jew

  30. ד וְעָמְדוּ רַגְלָיו בַּיּוֹם-הַהוּא עַל-הַר הַזֵּיתִים אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, מִקֶּדֶם, וְנִבְקַע הַר הַזֵּיתִים מֵחֶצְיוֹ מִזְרָחָה וָיָמָּה, גֵּיא גְּדוֹלָה מְאֹד; וּמָשׁ חֲצִי הָהָר צָפוֹנָה, וְחֶצְיוֹ-נֶגְבָּה. (14:4 Zechariah)

  31. Bla Bla Bla English Please!

  32. http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Zec&c=14 And the Battle of Armegadeon will be Israel abd American Evil against Russia and China Evil, then all against the Lord and his Saints!! $ Evil Luciferian Countries, Satan America israel can't cast out Satan Russia and China, all Luciferian Countries, ruled by Freemasons, Communists, Zionists, Illuminati, Satanists etc, end of story

  33. Geraldine Romano Westfall I did place the English translation of Zechariah 14:4 and also 14:3 after original post. "A person may hear the Gospel and grasp its explanation intellectually, but until illumination by the Holy Spirit takes place and someone is convicted of sin, they cannot become regenerate, even though in intellectual terms they grasped what was presented to them evangelistically." What does that have to do with this conversation? 1 John 2:9 – He who says that he is in the light, and has hate in his heart for his brother, is still in the dark.

  34. Be wise as serpents and also Know your enemy, Do you actually this the Jews are God's Chosen? LOL Christians are supposed to fight evil and defend Jesus, I will not tolerate anyone(I don't care he is a Rabbi) that believes Jesus is a Bastard, Mary is a Whore, Sex with little girls under 3 yrs and a day is permitted, sex with little boys under 9 is permitted, Jesus had sex with his donkey, this is what this Demonic Rabbi follows, the babylonian Talmud, you had better learn Who is the enemy of Christians and Jesus, read the law in USA I posted to be-head Christians, by these radical Jews, When martial law is called all Christians will be be-headed.Jesus is Idol worship according to this Jew Nuts of Noahide/Chabad/Talmud, Wake up Helen!

  35. Yeah You can LOVE EVIL, I will REBUKE it as Jesus Would and Will!!! The Sanhedrin is alive and well in Israel re-established in 2006, Jesus will do more than kick the money tables, when he comes back!!

  36. Helen You are a Zionist! You are with the Devil's minions! I was once one of these lost sheep, but found my way, Thank God! I am not a Zionist! Aren't you a follower of Hagee, he is the wolf in Sheep's clothing Jesus warned us of, also Those that say they are Jews but are of the synagog of satan, is the Jews you are following including this nut job rabbi, also Nutinyahau is a 33nd degree Freemason, The Freemason God is Lucifer, read Albert Pike "Morals and Dogma"

  37. Geraldine Romano Westfall …I'm praying for YOU, dear. Your accusations against me, personally, are totally unsubstantiated, since you haven't a clue who I am, but I can assure you Jesus saved me 35 years ago and to Him be all the glory! Your hate filled, oftentimes confusing message serves no other purpose than to perpetuate more hate. This is not of Jesus. This is darkness. Here's a new concept for you…PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES. Matthew 5:44 -But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (ahhh…Jesus the Messiah said that.)

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