Ovadia Yosef

1920 - 2013

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

country of citizenship:  Israel
languages spoken, written or signed:  Hebrew
educated at:  Porat Yosef Yeshiva
occupation:  rabbiPosekdayan
award received:  Israel Prize
position held:  Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף‎, romanized: Ovadya Yosef, Arabic: عبد الله يوسف, romanized: ‘Abd Allāh Yūsuf; September 24, 1920 – October 7, 2013) was an Iraqi-born Talmudic scholar, a posek, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983, and a founder and long-time spiritual leader of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party. Yosef's responsa were highly regarded within Haredi circles, particularly among Mizrahi communities, among whom he was regarded as "the most important living halakhic authority". Source: Wikipedia (en)

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