Tuesday, October 08, 2013

800,000 at Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral in Jerusalem

 
800,000 attend last procession for revered leader of Sephardi Jewry; 300 require medical treatment — but no serious injuries… and one birth; worried police chief had feared disaster as crowds swelled; public figures send condolences, recall a giant of Jewish thought
  • Hundreds of thousands of mourners attend the Jerusalem funeral procession of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Monday, October 7, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)
    Hundreds of thousands of mourners attend the Jerusalem funeral procession of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Monday, October 7, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)






















  • Mourners on a rooftop near the Porat Yosef yeshiva in Jerusalem, where hundreds of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the powerfulmuch-loved and sometimes controversial spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardi community, passed away in Jerusalem early Monday afternoon after being hospitalized repeatedly over the last several weeks. He was 93. Ovadia was being laid to rest Monday night in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sanhedria, with some 700,000 mourners converging on the funeral from all over the country.
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