Rabbi Ovadia Yosef leaves behind a leadership vacuum that cannot be filled
Yosef has no heir because he was a figure irreplaceable in terms of his political weight, but especially in terms of his weight in the world of Torah observance and Jewish ritual law.
The day before the Sukkot holiday, the weekly bible-study session at the prime minister’s home convened in the presence of the newly elected chief rabbis of Israel. Opening the proceedings, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef gave a sermon connecting Adam with Moses (the weekly Torah portions read during the Jewish High Holy Days describe Moses’ death east of the Jordan River, as God had...
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