Over the weekend, the Shas' spiritual leader briefly explained his decision to install Aryeh Deri as head of the ultra-Orthodox political party, ending a stalemate of tense, joint leadership.by Yair Ettinger 0 comments
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, born Abdullah Youssef in Iraq in 1920, is a Talmudic scholar and recognized Halakhic authority. He is the spiritual leader of the Shas party, and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Highly revered in the religious world - especially in the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities - Yosef is among the most important poskim (religious rulers) of recent generations. Yosef has been referred to as Gadol Ha'Dor (greatest of the generation), and Maor Yisrael (The Light of Israel).