The race for Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi: Who will be anointed Ovadia Yosef’s spiritual heir?
The fact that it’s all in the family is not the biggest story of the upcoming election for the new Sephardi rabbi. Far more important is that the election has brought some of Israel’s major political blocs to a historic crossroads that is accelerating their internal disintegration.
With Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar having fallen out of favor with senior Shas officials and therefore considered unlikely to get his term extended, the contest over who will inherit his mantle has been reopened. The winner remains unknown. But if it isn’t Amar, then the candidate who gets the blessing of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi party’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, will almost certainly bear a...
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