'That Crown Is Like a Chamber Pot' Rift Between Religious Factions Deepens at Ceremony for New Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, marking 93rd birthday, and Peres left event before verbal attack.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef celebrated his 93rd birthday on Monday in a novel way – by attending the ceremony at which his son, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, was inducted as Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi. But the ceremony was not entirely festive: It included a vicious outburst by a senior member of Yosef’s Shas party, who accused a rival religious party, Habayit Hayehudi, of being like a child who...