Ovadia Yosef: The Political Kidnapping of a Torah Phenomenon

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the greatest Sephardi Talmud scholar and rabbinic judge in centuries, was cynically exploited by Shas apparatchiks for their own political purposes.

The frenetic media speculation these past few weeks over whether Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had appointed or would appoint "a successor", and if not why not, confirmed, for me at least, the tragic aspect of the rabbi's remarkable life.