Connect to share and comment

Over 700,000 mourn influential Israeli rabbi

More than 700,000 people took to Jerusalem's streets Monday to mourn the spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jews, in an unprecedented procession for an influential figure who died after surgery. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, wielded enormous influence among Israeli Jews of Middle Eastern and North African ancestry but courted controversy with his outspoken views. He had been in and out of hospital for months and undergone heart surgery, before dying in hospital on Monday.

Rabbi's funeral 'largest' in Israel history

More than 700,000 people took to the streets of Jerusalem on Monday night to mourn influential Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, making it the biggest funeral in Israel's history, police said. "We estimate there are more (than) 700,000 people taking part in the largest of funerals ever in Israel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on his official Twitter account, referring to Yosef's funeral. Rosenfeld noted there were more than 4,000 police securing the event, which shut down many streets in the Holy City.

Rabbi's funeral 'largest' in Israel history

More than 700,000 people took to the streets of Jerusalem on Monday night to mourn influential Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, making it the biggest funeral in Israel's history, police said. "We estimate there are more (than) 700,000 people taking part in the largest of funerals ever in Israel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on his official Twitter account, referring to Yosef's funeral. jjm/dv

More than 500,000 attend Israeli rabbi funeral

More than 500,000 people attended the funeral in Jerusalem of influential Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died on Monday, a police spokeswoman said. Luba Samri added that the number was increasing, as mourners took to the streets hours after Yosef's death in a Jerusalem hospital. The mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing traditional black clothing and with men separated from women gathered outside the seminary Yosef had studied at before heading to the conservative Sanhedria district for the event.

Israel's influential Rabbi Ovadia Yosef dead

The influential spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jewish community and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party died Monday at a Jerusalem hospital two weeks after undergoing heart surgery, a spokesman said. He was 93. "After a long struggle, the rabbi died just a few moments ago," the hospital spokesman told public radio. jlr-hmw/bpz

Israel's influential Rabbi Ovadia Yosef dead at 93

The influential spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jewish community and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party died Monday at a Jerusalem hospital, his surgeon said. He was 93. "Despite all our efforts... since his deterioration overnight and huge efforts to halt that, and after a great struggle, the rabbi died just a few moments ago," cardiologist Dan Gilon said in remarks carried by Israel's main radio stations. The rabbi's death came just two weeks after he underwent heart surgery at the city's Hadassa hospital in Ein Kerem, where he eventually passed away.

Israel's Ovadia Yosef: outspoken rabbi and kingmaker

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party who made an indelible mark on the Jewish state's political and religious life, died in hospital on Monday. He was 93. The ailing rabbi died just two weeks after undergoing heart surgery at Hadassa hospital in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem neighbourhood where he eventually passed away, his cardiologist Dan Gilon said. "Despite all our efforts .. after a great struggle, the rabbi died a few moments ago," Gilon said in remarks carried on Israel's main radio stations.

Influential Israeli rabbi in 'critical' condition

The spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jewish community and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party was in "critical" condition on Monday after his health deteriorated sharply, medical sources said. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, underwent heart surgery at Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital on September 23 where he had remained ever since, with doctors saying just days ago his condition had improved. But late on Sunday, the hospital said his condition had suddenly taken a turn for the worse, with medics confirming him as critical on Monday.

Israel political kingmaker rabbi Yosef 'seriously ill'

The spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, which holds 11 seats in the 120-member Israeli parliament, was seriously ill in hospital on Monday, one of his doctors said. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, was on a respirator after undergoing heart surgery in Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, cardiologist Dan Gilon told Israeli television. "His condition is serious but not irreversible," Gilon said. Yosef, whose son Yitzhak was elected chief rabbi of Israel's Sephardic Jews in June, a post he himself had previously held, has been in and out of hospital for several months.

Israel elects new chief rabbis

Two rabbis backed by ultra-orthodox parties were elected on Wednesday to serve as Israel's chief rabbis for the next 10 years, an official announcement said. It said Yitzhak Yossef was elected Sephardi chief rabbi and David Lau the Ashkenazi chief rabbi. The responsibilities of the chief rabbis include the country's rabbinical courts and regulating the food supervision industry. Wednesday's election, held in a Jerusalem hotel, involved a 150-strong electoral college of religious and secular officials including mayors of the main cities.
Syndicate content