Chacham Ovadia Yosef Collapses, is Hospitalized

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chacham-ovadiah-yosefChacham Ovadia Yosef, head of Shas’ Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah, collapsed at his home in Yerushalayim this evening and was taken by a Magen David Adom ambulance to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.

Chacham Ovadiah is said to be in “stable” condition, but the rav did suffering some bruising when he fell and is being treated for that.

av Yosef, one of the most brilliant Torah minds of our day, recently turned 92 on 11 Tishrei. He is a former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and currently serves as the spiritual leader of the Shas political party in the Knesset.

Chacham Ovadiah was born in Baghdad, Iraq, the day after Yom Kippur. In 1924, when he was four years old, he immigrated to Yerushalayim with his family. As a teenager he studied at the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, where he advanced to the highest shiurtaught by the rosh yeshiva, Rav Ezra Attiya. Between 1958 and 1965, Chacham Ovadiah served as a dayan in the Yerushalayim district bais din. He was then appointed to the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Appeals in Yerushalayim, eventually becoming the Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Tel Aviv in 1968, a position which he held until his election as Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel in 1973. In 1973, Chacham Ovadiah was elected the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel

May Chacham Ovadiah have a refuah sheleimah and have the strength to continue learning and leading Yidden ad meah ve’esrim shanah.

All are asked to daven for Rav Ovadiah ben Georgia.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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  1. Please note that his given names at his bris were “Ovadya Yosef” and therefore his name is Ovadya Yosef ben Gorgia. To confirm, see the new biography written by his grandson entitled ‘Abir HaRo’im’

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