Eulogy of HaRav Ovadia Yosef by HaRav Shalom Arush-08October2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ‘Greatest Rabbi of the Generation,’ has Died
Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and leading halakhic authority served as the spiritual leader of Shas since its founding.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 10/7/2013, 1:50 PM

Cries of mourning could be heard from the halls outside the hospital room in Jerualem where Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, returned his soul to his Maker on Monday, 3 Heshvan, October 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Maran (our rabbi and mentor), as he was called reverently by his followers, was the Sephardic Chief Rabbi (Rishon Letzion) of Israel from 1973-1983, a world recognized Talmudic scholar with a photographic memory, foremost halakhic authority and master orator. He served as the spiritual leader of the Shas political party since founding the party in 1982.

He was referred to as the Posek HaDor (“Torah Arbiter of the present Generation”), Gadol HaDor (“greatest one of the generation”) and Ma’or Yisrael (“The Light of Israel”).

Rabbi Yosef’s halakhic responsa are highly regarded within Orthodox circles and are considered binding in Mizrahi communities (those hailing from the Middle East, northern Africa and the Mediterranean), among whom he was regarded as “the most important living halakhic authority.”

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