The Biggest Funeral in Israeli History

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November 16, 2013

ovadia-funeralAlmost a million Jews honored the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef last month at his funeral, the largest funeral in Israeli history.

This is the Shas party founder and spiritual leader which only three years ago said that non-Jews exist only to be slaves:

jta-rabbi-donkeysPrime Minister Netanyahu, who was a friend of the rabbi and visited him for counsel, said of the rabbi’s death that “the People of Israel lost one of the wisest people of this generation.”

President Shimon Peres, who also used to visit Yosef for counsel, said he had been at the Gentile-hating rabbi’s bedside hours before his death. “When I pressed his hand, I felt I was touching history, and when I kissed his head, it was as though I kissed the very greatness of Israel.”

Rabbi Steven Wernick and Richard Skolnik, leader of the Jewish Consevative Movement, said: “Following the death of Rav Ovadia Yosef, leader of Shas, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism joins the Masorti Movement and the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel in sharing the pain and loss felt by so many for whom Rav Yosef was a leading light and a giant in the world of Torah.”

World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder called the supremacist rabbi “a scholar of great renown and a thoughtful and tolerant religious judge,” and said he “left a lasting mark on Israel and world Jewry.”

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said: “Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was one of the greatest rabbinic authorities who built the nation of Israel in the Land of Israel.”

Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said that “the passing of the great Torah scholar and spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is a great loss to all Jewry but to the Sephardi world in particular. His scholarship and charisma brought pride to that venerable community and renewed interest in their ancient traditions.”

B’nai B’rith International released a statement saying: “B’nai B’rith International mourns, along with millions of Jews around the world, the loss of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the preeminent Sephardic spiritual leader, who passed away on Oct. 7 at the age of 93.  Yosef was one of the most brilliant and storied Jewish figures—an unsurpassed spiritual and scholarly leader to the world’s Sephardic Jews and one of very significant influence beyond the Sephardic community… He was truly an irreplaceable, once-in-a-generation figure.

The International Rabbinic Fellowship released a statement saying: “The International Rabbinic Fellowship joins with the whole House of Israel in mourning the great sage, posek and Chief Rabbi of Israel, Chacham Hagaon Rav Ovadia Yosef.”

The Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman wrote: “Rabbi Ovadia Yosef will long be remembered as one of Judaism’s towering rabbinic figures who has left a lasting legacy for Sephardic Jews in Israel and for Jews all around the world. … We extend our condolences to the people of Israel and to Rabbi Yosef’s family and students.”

And so on…

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

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