Peres Mourns ” My Teacher, My Rav, My Friend”


peres“A few hours ago I went to the hospital to say goodbye to my teacher, my rav, my friend, Rav Ovadia Yosef,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an official statement. “It was a difficult time. Tears filled my eyes and my throat was choked with emotion. I held his hand, which was still warm, and kissed his forehead. 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.

Peres continued:

“Immediately after the fall of the Second Bet Hamikdash, there were two greats of the Torah, Yochanan ben Zakai and Yehuda Hanasi. I mention them because they came to the conclusion that for the Jewish people to survive we need to study. Rav Yosef symbolized that and acted upon it. He was simply a great man.

“His greatness wasn’t measured, but rather it was felt as a spiritual wind in every corner, lighting up the darkness in unexpected places.

“When I met him, I sensed he was a great man with an unbelievable memory and the wisdom to share his knowledge with others. His contribution was his love for Israel and he solved problems no one else could solve using his wisdom and spirituality.”

Peres, who had known Chacham Ovadiah for decades, was among the last people to visit the rav in the hospital earlier today before his petirah.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. If even Peres realises that for the continuity of klal yisroel study is important why dies he not get involved in the government attempts to eradicate limud hatorah?