Rav Pinto Undergoes Surgery


yoshiyahu pintoRav Yosef Yoshiyahu Pinto underwent surgery at Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY, yesterday.

After the surgery, the doctors expressed satisfaction with the results of the procedure.

His followers blamed prosecutors who are targeting Rav Pinto for delaying the procedure by having made him return home to Israel first, ignoring his need for medical attention.

The prosecution tried to deny him medical treatment abroad, based on a medical opinion that his condition was not life threatening.

Rav Pinto was born in Israel of Moroccan descent. On his father’s side, he is a great-grandson of Rav Chaim Pinto. On his mother’s side, he is a grandson of the Baba Sali.

When he was in his early 20s, Rav Pinto founded Shuva Israel, a yeshiva in Ashdod. He oversees an organization that includes two yeshivos in Ashkelon, one in Kiryat Malachi, three in Ashdod, and one in Rishon Letzion, with a total of 500 students. The organization also has two schools for girls in Ashdod and one in Ashkelon. One of the Israeli locations provides money for living expenses to 180 widowed women. Rav Pinto’s kehillah in Ashod has four shuls that serve more than 1,200 mispallelim, a yeshiva with over 300 full-time talmidim, and a soup kitchen that provides 3,000 meals a day. Rav Pinto has also established a network of yeshivas in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}