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Ovadia Yosep

Talmudic scholar, posek and Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983

1920   -   2013


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

Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף‎‎, romanized: Ovadya Yosef, Arabic: عبد الله يوسف‎, romanized: Abdullah Yusuf; 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". He was however condemned for making numerous offensive statements about his opponents which made him a controversial figurer in his later years.
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