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  • Jerusalem highway to be named for Ovadia Yosef

    October 14, 2013 | 9:28 am

    A new highway into Jerusalem will be named for the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party.

    Route 16, which will run near the neighborhoods of western Jerusalem and pass through Har Nof, where Yosef lived, will be named for the former chief...

  • One in 800,000 at Rav Ovadia’s funeral

    October 8, 2013 | 9:30 am

    I didn’t need to ask directions.

    Stepping out of the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, I saw them, men in hats and coats walking together slowly, a steady stream moving  east along one of Jerusalem’s central thoroughfares to the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. At 5 p.m., an hour...

  • Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of Shas and Sephardic sage, dies at 93

    October 7, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the Israeli sage who founded the Sephardic Orthodox Shas political party and exercised major influence on Jewish law, has died.

    Yosef died Monday at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. He was 93.

    He served as Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi from 1973 to...

  • A Scholar Who Lacks Sense

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In Hebrew, a "scholar who lacks sense" reads as talmid chacham b'li sechel. In any language, it sounds like an oxymoron. I first heard this in reference to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, who this week called Holocaust victims "reincarnated sinners,"...

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  • A Rabbi’s Fatwa

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    After Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ruler of the Shas (Sephardi ultra-Orthodox) party, caused an uproar this week by pronouncing a kind of Jewish fatwa on liberal Education Minister Yossi Sarid, one of Yosef's minions tried to jump into the fray.

    Shlomo Benizri, Israel's minister of health,...

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