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Rav Bina Speaks about Rav Ovadia

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Rav Bina speaks to his students, and tells them about Rav Ovadia zt”l, before Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh headed out to the funeral.

Below is a video of Rav Ovadia when he spoke to the students of Yeshiva Netiv Aryeh.

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

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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.”

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, One of Today’s Giant Torah Sages, Dies at 93

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Rabbi Chain  Ovadia Yosef, unarguably the greatest Sephardi Torah sage and one of the most influential political leaders of the past 40 years, died in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital Monday after several months of deteriorating health.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected at his funeral, which will begin at 6  p.m. (11 a.m. EDT) at the Porat Yosef Yeshiva and he will be buried in the cemetery at Sanhedria  in Jerusalem. Several main streets will be closed.

Political and religious leaders from the entire spectrum in Israel immediately offered condolences and expressions of sorrow. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau, who was in the rabbi’s room shortly before he died, tore one of his clothes, the custom among Jews after a close relative dies. Knesset Member Aryeh Deri, who was Rav Ovadia’s closest political aide for years, was barely able to be understood on public radio because of his weeping.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “Rabbi Ovadia was a giant in Torah and Jewish law and a teacher for tens of thousands. He worked greatly to enhance Jewish heritage and at the same time, his rulings took into consideration the times and the realities of renewed life in the State of Israel.

“He was imbued with love of the Torah and the people. I very much appreciated his convivial personality and his directness. In my meetings with him, I always learned very much. The Jewish People have lost one of the wisest men of this generation.”

Rav Ovadia, as he was known to millions, has been in and out of the hospital several times this year.

He had not left the hospital since September 21, and was placed under sedation several times. His condition improved somewhat Saturday night and Sunday morning, but doctors said Monday morning he was “facing a total system collapse,” and he was pronounced dead at 1:25 p.m. (6:25 a.m. EDT).

The name “Chaim” was added last week, according to the Jewish custom to change the name of a critically sick person as a sign of a change of ways to repentance of the patient and of those praying for his recovery.

Rav Ovadia was by all accounts a giant in the world of Torah. He was widely applauded and criticized for controversial views, both in the world of Jewish law and in politics.

He leaves behind a treasury of Jewish thought and rulings on law. From the political standpoint, his cherished Shas Sephardi religious party will be sorely tested to continue its influence and political weight without Rav Ovadia’s guiding hand.

He was born in Iraq in 1920 and moved to Jerusalem at the age of four. By the age of nine already was writing comments on centuries-old Jewish thought, and his brilliancy was so outstanding that his yeshiva rabbi sought out Rav Ovadia when he stopped coming to learn at the Porat Yosef Yeshiva. The senior rabbi discovered that Rav Ovadia was working at a small grocery store to help his impoverished father. The following morning, the senior rabbi, Ezra Attiya, took Rav Ovadia’s place in the store so the brilliant student could continue to learn Torah.

Rav Ovadia was ordained as a rabbi at the age of 20, Before Israel became a recognized modern state, he moved to Cairo to teach in a yeshiva, and he returned to Israel in 1949. The following year, at the age of 20, he already was delivering rulings on Jewish law that contradicted those of senior rabbis, including the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

Rav Ovadia became Chief Sephardi rabbi of Israel in 1973, competing against an incumbent. His son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef was elected to the same post several weeks ago.

He was known for his lenient rulings and his criticism of the elitist Ashkenazi religious structure, some of whose leaders wore jealously on their shoulders for years. His leniency is credited for keeping tens of thousands of younger Sephardi Jews in Israel from leaving tradition completely, even if they were not considered “orthodox,” especially by Ashkenazi rabbis who often took the most stringent views.

His personality and rulings made his followers feel they were good Jews even if they were not totally observant, instead of cutting them off from the community.

Rav Ovadia was immensely popular among the Sephardi community, both rich and poor. He fought for improving their social conditions, which generally was on the lower end of the scale during the 1950s and 1960s, when the “establishment” closed its doors to  many Sephardi Jaws in the world of academia and politics.

His political power was immense, and he often was in the position of making or breaking government coalitions. His nod of approval to join the Rabin-Peres government was critical , especially when he supported the Oslo Accords.

Adina Bar Shalom with her father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Adina Bar Shalom with her father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Former Shas minister Shlomo Benizri kissing the hand of Shas siritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Former Shas minister Shlomo Benizri kissing the hand of Shas siritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef recovering from a minor stroke in Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, January 13, 2013.

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’ earlier this year, when his health began a serious deterioration.

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.

Below is a video of rare visit of Rav Ovadia to the Belz Yeshiva last year.

Update: Rav Ovadia Faces Critical Surgery

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is scheduled to undergo critical and complicated surgery Monday morning, doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said Sunday night.

Earlier in the day, doctors put Rav Ovadia back on a breathing machine after his condition worsened following his breathing on his own for a period of time.

The spiritual head of the Shas religious party and former Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel is suffering from an infection.

His personal physician, Prof. Dan  Gilon said that the 93-tear-old rabbi had been breathing on his own lately until Saturday night, when we was placed back on a breathing machine again.

Rav Ovadia Conscious but Condition Still Serious

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef regained consciousness at Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem Wednesday but his condition remains very serious, doctors said.

He woke up and recognized family members, who helped him put on tefillin. His physician, Dr. Dan Gilon, said that the rabbi may not have suffered brain damage.

The 93-year-old Torah sage and spiritual leader of the Shas Sephardi party has been in and out of the hospital several times this year, but his most recent hospitalization on September 21 was followed by serious deterioration to his health, to the point that were fears he would not survive.

Rav Ovadia: ‘Slight Improvement’ but in ‘Very Serious’ Condition’

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Doctors reported a “slight improvement” in the health of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, “Rav Ovadia,” Saturday night, but cautioned that he still is in “very serious” condition.

His son, recently elected Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, said that Rav Ovadia briefly opened his eyes during Shabbat and moved his arm.

He asked for people to continue to pray for the recovery of Rabbi Chaim Ovadia ben Georgia.

Rav Ovadia’s Condition ‘Life-Threatening’

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

A new name has been added for 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a sign of his deteriorating and life-threatening condition and a custom based on a Talmudic statement that changing one’s name is one of four ways to change a Heavenly decree against a person.

The other methods are giving charity, changing one’s actions and moving to another residence.

Prayers for his full recovery should be made for HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef.

Knesset Member Aryeh Deri, one of Rav Ovadia’s closest acquaintances, nearly eulogized his mentor Tuesday morning.

He told reporters, “His condition is deteriorating, and it doesn’t look good. The rabbi devoted his entire life to us. This is our time to give back what little we can. Since yesterday, we feel like orphans.”

Hadassah Hospital’s cardiology department head Prof. Dan Gilon told Army Radio, “We need to use a medication to maintain his blood pressure. Usually, that is not a good sign. An even worse sign in such an elderly man is the damage he has sustained in multiple organs,…his kidneys, lungs and heart.”

Rabbi Yosef, affectionately known as Rav Ovadia, is in very serious condition but somewhat stable at  Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem after a pacemaker was placed for his heart in an operation on Sunday.

He is the spiritual leader of the Shas Sephardi Haredi religious party and is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, a position now filled by his son, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef.

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