Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s radical break with the past
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef fundamentally changed how the Sephardic world makes its religious decisions, and this halakhic agenda also brought the absorption of Sephardic Jewry into Israeli culture and political power.
There is no doubting that some will primarily remember Rabbi Ovadia Yosef for his provocative statements about his opponents. Though understandable, such a perspective fails to separate the wheat from the chaff. It relies on an unfortunate dependence on a news media appetite that knows that controversy sells and that broader and more serious analyses don’t. But perhaps now is the time to...
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