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Peres’ Eulogy: Rav Ovadia Was ‘My Teacher, My Rabbi, My Friend’

No matter how secular Israeli Jews may appear, the glow of Torah burns somewhere inside almost everyone. Peres was not pretending when he called Rav Ovadia his “teacher.” His tears were real.
President Shimon Peres with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in 2011.

President Shimon Peres with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in 2011.
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President Shimon Peres  eulogized Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Monday evening, stating, “A few hours ago I went to the hospital to say goodbye to my teacher, my rabbi, my friend Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. It was a difficult time. Tears filled my eyes and my throat was choked with emotion. I held his hand which was still warm and kissed his forehead.

“When I pressed his hand I felt I was touching history and when I kissed his head it was as though I kissed the very greatness of Israel.

“Immediately after the fall of the Second Temple there were two greats of the Torah – Yochanan ben Zakai and Yehuda HaNasi. I mention them because they came to the conclusion that for the Jewish people to survive we need to study.

“Rabbi Yosef symbolized that and acted upon it, he was simply a great man. His greatness wasn’t measured but rather it was felt as a spiritual wind in every corner, lighting up the darkness in unexpected places. When I met him I sensed he was a great man with an unbelievable memory and the wisdom to share his knowledge with others. His contribution was his love for Israel and he solved problems no-one else could solve using his wisdom and spirituality.”

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3 Responses to “Peres’ Eulogy: Rav Ovadia Was ‘My Teacher, My Rabbi, My Friend’”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    So why didn't Peres listen and obey his Rabbi and friend who was against giving away the Jewish land of Israel to any goyim? His this theatirics or what?

  2. John Newman says:

    Politicians usually try to be "all things to all people."

  3. John Newman says:

    Politicians usually try to be "all things to all people."

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