web analytics
April 19, 2014 / 19 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



The View From The Beis Midrash

View-Beis-Medrash-logo

Share Button

HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Chai Yosef, zt”l, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Friday, April 12 at the age of 66. The levayah, held at the Beis Medrash “Boruchuv” in the Bucharim area of Yerushalayim, was followed by burial on Har Hamenuchos that afternoon. His father, Chacham Ovadia Yosef, Shlita, paskened that anyone not planning to spend Shabbos in Yerushalayim should not attend the levayah due to Shabbos. Nonetheless, thousands attended in a show of respect for the Torah giant.

Rav Yaakov, the oldest son of HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef, gave numerous shiurim weekly. Despite his illness, he continued his rigorous schedule – delivering his shiurim, along with meeting and consulting with various people. When it became too difficult to deliver his shiurim, Rav Yaakov began having his shiurim broadcast via the Shas-affiliated Kol Barama Radio. This enabled listeners and devotees to continue learning and benefiting from his words of Torah.

Born in 1946 in Yerushalayim, Rav Yaakov was the second child of Rav Ovadia and Rebbetzin Margalit. He learned at Yeshivat Porat Yosef, Yeshivat Kol Torah, Kollel Kol Yaakov and Mossad HaRav Kook in Yerushalayim, where he received semicha.

Rav Yaakov was the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Chazon Yaakov, which he founded in memory of his grandfather, HaRav Yaakov Yosef. He also served as the rav of his shul in Givat Moshe, Yerushalayim. Rav Yaakov positively impacted thousands of talmidim through his work at the shul, yeshiva, and regular shiurim.

The crowd at Rav Yaakov Yosef’s levayah.

The crowd at Rav Yaakov Yosef’s levayah.

His political involvement included his 1983-1984 service as a Shas Party member on the Jerusalem City Council. He was elected to Israel’s 11th Knesset in 1984, the first year that Shas fielded a slate of candidates. As an MK he served on the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, the Education and Culture Committee, and the parliamentary committee that investigated road accidents.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his personal nechamah by visiting the makom aveilus. Rav Ovadia reportedly told Netanyahu that the pain he is enduring over the planned induction of bnei yeshivos into the military is greater than the loss of his son. “While I am in aveilus at present, being a father who buried his son,” the rav is quoted as having said, “my great sorrow stems from the induction of bnei yeshivos [into the military] – more [so] than the pain of the aveilus.”

Rav Yaakov, admired deeply for accepting his suffering with great emunah, is survived by his father, Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef; his brothers, Rav Dovid (head of the beis hamedrash, Yichaveh Daas); Rav Yitzchok (rosh yeshiva, Chazon Ovadia); Rav Avrohom (rav in the city of Cholon); Rav Moshe (head of the badatz, Beis Yosef); his wife; and his eight children. His rabbinic sons are: Rav Ovadia, Rav Amram, Rav Avrohom Binyamin, Rav Yonoson, and Rav Moshe.

Yehi zichro baruch.

Satmar’s Rav Aharon And Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum Agree On Yeshiva Draft Issue

On the eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar delivered a drasha at an event in Kiryas Yoel on the issue of the Israeli government’s attempt to draft yeshiva bachurim into the IDF. Marking the yahrzeit of his father, the Satmar Rebbe, Rav Moshe Teitelbaum, zt”l, Rav Aharon called the proposed new policy “a gezeirah worse than the annihilation of the Jewish people.” He described the policy’s supporters as “worse than those who murdered us.”

Rav Aharon said that those focused on drafting yeshiva bachurim desire to “cause us to leave religion.” He said, “A black cloud is hanging these days over our brothers, the people of Eretz Yisrael. A malicious government has convened … and is seeking to uproot the Torah.

“Yidden here don’t understand the magnitude of this disaster, which applies to every yachid [individual],” he added. “We, in chutz la’aretz, must be prepared for the moment when we will have to rise up with all our might against this terrible gezeirah so that it is not carried out, chas v’chalilah.”

During the visit of Rav Aharon’s brother, Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum (also of Satmar), to Eretz Yisrael on the eve of Israel’ January Knesset elections, he called the state of Israel and Zionists “the generation’s Amalek.” He also said, “the Zionists came from the seed of Amalek. There has never been such a sect that caused so much damage to the Jewish people.”

Share Button

About the Author: For questions or comments, e-mail RabbiRFuchs@gmail.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

2 Responses to “The View From The Beis Midrash”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Chaval al deavdin veloh mishtackchin – yehe melitzh yosher al am yisrael.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chaval al deavdin veloh mishtackchin – yehe melitzh yosher al am yisrael.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden
Pakistan Library Renamed to Honor bin Laden
Latest Sections Stories
Schonfeld-logo1

Regardless of age, parents play an important role in their children’s lives.

Marriage-Relationship-logo

We peel away one layer after the next, our eyes tear up and it becomes harder and harder to see as we get closer to our innermost insecurities and fears.

Gorsky-041814-Torah

Some Mountain Jews believe they are descendents of the Ten Lost Tribes and were exiled to Azerbaijan and Dagestan by Sancheriv.

Baim-041814-Piggy

Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.

A fascinating glimpse into the rich complexity of medieval Jewish life and its contemporary relevance had intriguingly emerged.

Dear Dr. Yael:

My heart is breaking; my husband’s friend has gotten divorced. While this type of situation is always sad, here I do believe it could have been avoided.

The plan’s goal is to provide supportive housing to 200 individuals with disabilities by the year 2020.

Despite being one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the U.S. – the estimated Jewish population is 70-80,000 – Las Vegas has long been overlooked by much of the Torah world.

She was followed by the shadows of the Six Million, by the ever so subtle awareness of their vanished presence.

Pesach is so liberating (if you excuse the expression). It’s the only time I can eat anywhere in the house, guilt free! Matzah in bed!

Now all the pain, fear and struggle were over and they were home. Yuli was safe and free, a hero returned to his land and people.

While it would seem from his question that he is being chuzpadik and dismissive, I wonder if its possible, if just maybe, he is a struggling, confused neshama who actually wants to come back to the fold.

I agree with the letter writer that a shadchan should respectfully and graciously accept a negative response to a shidduch offer.

Alternative assessments are an extremely important part of understanding what students know beyond the scope of tests and quizzes.

More Articles from Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
Taste-of-Lomdus-logo

According to the Rambam, the k’nas applies to any chametz on Pesach with which one could, in theory, transgress the aveirah – even if no transgression actually occurred.

Taste-of-Lomdus-logo

One difference between Bnei Yisrael and Bnei Noach is that shiurim only apply to Bnei Yisrael.

The Gemara, in Kiddushin 57b, searches for a source to confirm that the bird that is to be set free is permitted to be eaten after the process is concluded.

The Gemara (Niddah 31b) states that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai was asked why a woman who gives birth must bring a korban.

The Ritvah understands that the kosher signs are not just “signs” indicating that a fish is kosher; rather, they are what actually render the fish kosher. This may also be applied to the kosher signs of an animal, but the Ritvah does not indicate this.

If a korban chatas cannot be brought as a nedavah, how can one read the parshah of the korban chatas if he is not certain that he is obligated to bring one?

Following the Minchah (afternoon) service, led by the Vyelipoler Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Frankel, rally participants recited several passages of Tehillim.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/the-view-from-the-beis-medrash/the-view-from-the-beis-midrash/2013/04/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: