Ex-chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Hospitalized After Fainting

Health of 80-year-old Religious Zionist leader has deteriorated over past 18 months.

Former Sephardic chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu was hospitalized on Monday after he had fainted in his Jerusalem home.

Magen David Adom emergency services rushed to Eliyahu's home, gave him emergency treatment and took him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the city. The condition of the 80-year-old rabbi was described as stable.

A prominent Religious-Zionist figure, Eliyahu has suffered a stroke and a heart attack over the past 18 months, and was on a number of occasions in critical condition.

His health has improved lately, and on Saturday he gave a special sermon ahead of the approaching holiday season.