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Showing posts with label Rav Ovadia Yosef. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rav Ovadia Yosef. Show all posts

Sep 28, 2014

a year without Rav Ovadia (video)






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Sep 1, 2014

Pillar of Light - film on Rav Ovadia (video)

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Jun 25, 2014

Abandoning Rav Ovadia's legacy


The letter of Rav Shalom Cohen banning women from academic institutions, even Haredi ones, has taken up much of the airwaves over the past couple of days. People are upset, people are supportive, stories are coming out how bad education is and how it caused people to stumble and has destroyed families, people are questioning, how could it be, Rav Ovadia's daughter, etc.

(as an aside, the most interesting story I heard, from a rabbi on the radio, was the one where a young women went to one of these academies and then got a job. At the job she became exposed to the internet, and then things changed with her spirituality - he didnt say what specifically,but it negatively affected the home and children - I found that story funny as it did not really have to do at all with the academy. In her workplace she used the Internet and that was the problem he described, but he blames the academy for her downfall.)

One comment in particular stood out for me.  MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) criticized Rav Cohen as becoming irrelevant and disconnected form the people. Lavie said he is trying to take the community many years backwards , and he is going directly against the moreshet, the legacy, of Rav Ovadia Yosef whose daughter founded the Michala Hacharedit, with the blessing of her father..

Without getting into debating Rav Cohen's words (I think most readers here know what I feel on this topic), I think MK Lavie is off-base. Rav Cohen is not obligated by Rav Ovadia's legacy. I dont even know if that can be called his legacy - just because it was one thing he did and supported, does that become his legacy? Who decides what someone's legacy is?

But even if it is the legacy of Rav Ovadia, why should Rav Cohen be obligated by it? Rav Cohen is a big boy and, to paraphrase Robin Ventura, he took a position, as head of the Moetzet of Shas, in which he had to put his big boy pants on. He can do what he feels is right, regardless of what Rav Ovadia thought. Rav Cohen is in charge now, he is the go-to rav, he makes the decisions. He does not have to follow someone else, but can do what he himself feels is right.

Statesmen are not obligated by Rabin's legacy, whatever it might be, or Ben Gurion's legacy or Menachem Begin's legacy, and rabbis are not obligated by Rav Ovadia's legacy, or Rav Shach's legacy, or the Brisker Rav's legacy.




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Nov 27, 2013

Rav Herschel Shechter hesped relates story of Rav Ovadia Yosef marriage (video)

Amazing story told by Rav Hershel Shechter about Rav Ovadiah Yosef's shidduch. And he tells it so emotionally..


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Oct 27, 2013

The creation of a segulah

There is an entire industry through which people pay a lot of money to touch or hold, or even just see, items that had been touched or used by someone famous. Holding such an item - a sword of Napoleon, or one of Ben Gurion's books, Michael Jackson's jacket, Marilyn Monroe's dress, or Queen Victoria's bloomers - makes one feel connected to history, connected to greatness. Even just being somewhere knowing that someone famous had been there - walking on a trail in Israel where we know the forefathers walked, being on Har Habayit knowing some of the figures in history who had been there before, standing where Abraham Lincoln was shot, etc.

So I understand the need, or desire, of some to take dirt from the previously uncovered grave of Rav Ovadiah Yosef, as was reportedly being done, and to sit on his chair or daven in his shul. It gives you the sense of being connected to history, being connected to a great man.

And then it turns into a segulah.

The craftsman who built one of the chairs used by Rav Ovadia Yosef zt"l has opened his doors to people who wish to sit upon the chair as a segulah.

Shlomi Dadon from Kiryat Motzkin specializes in designing and building furniture for shuls. About 8 years ago Dadon designed a chair that was to be used by Rav Ovadia. Rav Ovadia liked the chair so much, he decided to use it for a special shiur to a large crowd and it was moved to locations across the country for shiurim given by Rav Ovadia. For whatever reason, Rav Ovadia told Dadon to keep the chair and to just bring it for the shiurim when needed.

A few months ago, that would be even before the death of Rav Ovadia, a woman came asking to allow her thirty-something daughter to sit on the chair to help her find a shidduch. Sure enough, she found her soul-mate shortly after.

Dadon also relates the story of a young woman who was unable to give birth for 7 years, but two months after sitting on the chair she succeeded in getting pregnant.

Now, Dadon says, every day tens of people, both men and women, come to his shop to sit on the chair. Dadon does not charge money and does not claim the chair contains any powers. he says he just makes it available to the public as a chair that was sat upon by a holy man, and people can believe whatever they want.
(source: NRG)

(This reminded me of another segulah chair I read about a long time ago. I cannot find the information now, but I remember reading about a chair that had been used by the Baba Sali (I think) that was being used as a segulah for women to sit on to help them with getting pregnant and having an easy childbirth.)

Before our very eyes, a piece of history, a connection to a great man, becoming a segulah.






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Oct 21, 2013

Who watches over us from above?

SHAS is running the following ad about the upcoming elections:


it says, when you are standing there behind the screen, you are not alone. Maran [Rav Ovadia] is looking at you from above with his holy eyes and seeing which ballot you select. Is your hand going to cut the treaty of peace with him?

Wait - I thought God watches us from above. I wasn't aware that as of last week that was changed to Rav Ovadia...
 דע מה למעלה ממך: עין רואה, אוזן שומעת, וכו


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Oct 14, 2013

No more assistants filtering visitors to Rav Ovadia

Rabbanit Yehudi Yosef, the wife of Rav Moshe Yosef and daughter in law of Rav Ovadia zt"l who basically took car eof Rav Ovadia ever since his wife Margalit died, sent out a notice that had a very interesting message.

In her message she thanked people for their praise of her and the great merit she had to care for her father in law.. The interesting part is that she said "Now nobody needs protexia anymore to go to Maran. His grave site is open 24 hours a day without any assistants. Whatever time of day you want you can go and get blessings!
(source: Bechadrei)

Was that a slip-up saying that access to him was filtered while he was alive? Those around rabbonim like to deny such claims, but Yehudit Yosef seems to be supporting it...


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Oct 13, 2013

Traffic is moving on Rav Ovadia

Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz has announced his decision to name a new highway to jerusalem after Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt"l.

Construction of the new highway is set to begin in the coming year. It is Highway 16, and will be a split off Highway 1 and be an additional main entrance into Jerusalem. The new highway will split off of Highway 1 at Motza, and enter Jerusalem between Shaarei Tzedek Hospital and the Begin Expressway. Much of the new highway will be underground via two tunnels - under Har Nof and under Yefeh Nof.

According to Katz he decided to name the new road after Rav Ovadia because he was a great figure for the entire nation and for the city of Jerusalem. Highway 16 will symbolically connect two great figures - Menachem Begin and Rav Ovadia via what will be the two main entrances to the city.
(source: NRG)

There is a long-standing debate about what is considered an appropriate commemoration of great people. Roads and parks are pretty standard for prime ministers and great leaders. Rav Ovadia definitely deserves it. The question is - a highway that is being driven on on Shabbos - is that really appropriate? Will that really bring his memory out in a good way? Just wondering out loud...



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Oct 10, 2013

Rav Kaduri dreams about Rav Ovadia's reception in heaven!

What an awesome story! There are aspects of it that I do not understand, but here goes:

Rav Dovid Kaduri, son of the great kabbalist Rav Yitzchak Kaduri, zt"l, went today to pay a shiva call to the sons of Rav Ovadia Yosef zt"l.

Rav Kaduri told the Yosef family a story that just happened. Just last night his father came to him in a dream. He described to his son the amazing reception that Rav Ovadia received in Heaven. He said that all the great leaders were there to greet him. but he himself was unable to be part of the reception.

Rav Dovid described that the forefathers were there, Moshe Rabbeinu, King David, the Tannaim and Amoraim, gedolim from all the generations..... were all there greeting Rav Ovadia, but he himself was not able to. Rav Dovid had asked his father why he was unable to attend, to which Rav Yitzchak Kaduri explained that he is on a different level in Heaven - the level of "Hassidut" - and form there he was not able to go to the level where the reception for Rav Ovadia was.
(source: Kikar, NRG)

I wish there was some additional explanation. Is Hassidut higher or lower than the one where the reception was? What was that one called? What happened at the reception? What did they look like? How often does he talk to his father in dreams? What else has his father told him?



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Oct 8, 2013

The masses at the funeral of Rav Ovadia

I went to the funeral of Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt"l. Rav Ovadia was one of the gedolim and a great leader to his followers, and the massive crowds that attended the funeral, wherever the actual figure is in the range of 600k to 1 million people, attested to that.

Despite my being present, I really had no idea what was going on. I could not hear the hespedim or the proceedings, and my impressions and observations were only about the massive crowds in attendance.

Some views from my vantage point:







and then there is this crazy one being shown on various media... of people davening in and around the grave prior to the burial. It seems to be some sort of segulah for long life.





Yehi Zichro Baruch

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Sep 29, 2013

Your options for helping Rav Ovadia get better

Reports coming out of the hospital indicate that there has been a slight improvement in the condition of Rav Ovadia Yosef, though he still remains in critical condition. One can pray for Rav Ovadia's improved health - his name being Chaim Ovadia Yosef ben Georgia (the Chaim was recently added to his name).

Besides for prayer, some other methods have been initiated to do for the merit of Rav Ovadia. For your consideration:

1.
A year and a half ago, when Rav Elyashiv fell ill, someone donated a year of his life to Rav Elyashiv. We have no way of knowing if it helped or not, but Rav Elyashiv did not live for a full year after that donation (he only lived an additional 5 months or so). Maybe it is pro-rated, and a year of an average fellow's life is maybe not worth the same number of days as a year of Rav Elyashiv's life... Another idea, as a follow-up to the original, for those unwilling to part with a full year was to just donate 2 minutes. Whether it works or not, his sentiment is admirable.

That same fellow has now donated a year of his life to Rav Ovadia. He also calls on other people to donate 2 minutes each. He says that Rav Ovadia supported his initiative to donate a year to Rav Elyashiv,and he says hundreds of people have already donated from their lives for Rav Ovadia.

Again, it raises the question how long can a person possibly live on donated time. Can he get past the supposed limit of 120 years if enough people donate?

Aharon, the donor, says that the way he made his donation is by saying during davening: Ribono shel Olam, I [state your name ben mothers name] donate a year of my life for the merit and recovery of Rabbi Chaim Ovadia Yosef ben Georgia. It is as simple as that.
(source: Ynet)

2.
The next option is to break your iPhone for the merit of Rav Ovadia. And if you do not have one to break, go buy one and then break it. Or maybe break someone else's iPhone. So, far, supposedly, tens of thousands of iPhones have been destroyed for the merit of Rav Ovadia.

I wonder if they destroyed iPhones in current use or had already upgraded to newer versions and destroyed their old and unused iPhones... I also wonder how much health each iPhone is worth. With each additional iPhone destroyed, how much better does Rav Ovadia get? Maybe this is a very efficient method, or maybe it is not efficient at all.

Shas leaders actually do not know who is behind this campaign and reportedly have criticized it for its cynicism and its abuse of the situation for ulterior motives - on behalf of the anti-iPhone campaign.
(source: Mako News, NRG)

3.
one can always turn to prayer and learning Torah for the merit of Rav Ovadia. It might be old-fashioned, but this method has survived the tests of time.

I recommend method #3...





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Jul 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

He did not mean those who wear knitted kippot. The kippa testifies anything about who the person is? He only meant some politicians who go to cooperate with those who hate the Torah and have decreed harsh decrees against the Torah.. The whole rule is - everyone is loved. I have many students who wear knitted kippot, I never differentiated between them. They drank with thirst from my words. "You should love your friend like yourself" - everyone is beloved. When I had my strength I went to the Hesder Yeshivot and would say shiurim. They were happy and I was happy in their happiness. My son, Rav Yitzchak, also goes to Hesder Yeshivot, from place to place, and everyone enjoys him, they enjoy from his Torah. How can a person not love his students?..

  -- Rav Ovadiah Yosef


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Jun 16, 2013

Facebook Status of the Day




Translation:
HaRav Ovadiah: HaRav Stav is an evil person, he is no fear of God. His friends from the Mafdal testified before me.
Never before has the word "friends" had such a broad meaning...


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May 5, 2013

Quote of the Day

the Council of Torah Sages has decided to appoint Rav Aryeh Deri as Director of the party because we were obligated to return the deposit to his hands, it was by him before, I promised it to him when he went into jail. Judge us favorably..

  -- Rav Ovadiah Yosef


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Apr 25, 2013

Investigative report into Beit Yosef hechsher (video)

Israel's Channel 10 did an investigative report into the Beit Yosef hechsher. This report is not about the standards of kashrut and level of supervision, but is about the administration of the hechsher and how they use the hechsher for the purpose of generating jobs and money for the family and friends of the Yosef family. It was not all that exciting, as most people, I think, already know that all the hechshers function in this manner.





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Apr 19, 2013

Rav Ovadiah for Chief Rabbi

Since it looks like there might be a deal between Shas and HaBayit HaYehudi regarding the changing of some laws in order for each to be able to run a specific candidate for the position of Chief Rabbi, and that each would support the other's candidate, the talk has been all about Rav Amar being the candidate for Sephardic Chief Rabbi, and Rav Lau being the candidate for Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi. If Rav Lau would throw his name into the hat, he would immediately be the frontrunner, no matter who Habayit Hayehudi would support.

To do this, two details need to be changed in the law:

  1. waiving of the age limitation of 70 years
  2. waiving of the clause allowing the chief rabbi to only serve one term in the position.
Right now it is speculation as to whether or not Rav Lau will run, but yesterday he suddenly became the leading candidate.

I do not think Rav Lau should be the story of the election, even if he will run. I think Shas should drop their support for Rav Amar, and promote Rav Ovadiah for the position of Sephardic Chief Rabbi (if the laws will be amended as expected). 

Rav Ovadiah would take it in a landslide, he would invigorate the people and bring back Shas support, there is nobody as great as him or have even close to his stature, and it would, in his eyes at least, right a historical wrong - from when the law was changed in 1980 to prevent him from running for a 2nd term. 




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Apr 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

I am however in mourning right now. I am a father who buried his son. But the great pain I have is the pain of the drafting of the yeshiva students more than the pain of the mourning...

  -- Rav Ovadiah Yosef, to PM Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter paid a shiva call to the former


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Feb 28, 2013

Picture of the Day




Rav Ovadiah with a grandson (or maybe great-grandson) on Purim... very cute, very cool

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Feb 10, 2013

War of words with Shas, Rav Ovadiah, and HaBayit HaYehudi

Shas is upset about a Dati Leumi weekly paper that they say has degraded Rav Ovadiah Yosef, the "poseik haDor".

The weekly "Matzav haRuach" - a paper I have not heard of before but it is probably more like a parsha pamphlet distributed in shuls rather than a newspaper, has published an article about the attack of Rav Ovadiah Yosef on HaBayit HaYehudi and Naftali Bennet in which the author said "a string of abusive comments from Shas, the type that one would not even hear from the last of the Basta-owners in Mahane Yehuda".

A senior Shas official said in response, that the original attack is clearly justified considering what they now wrote about Rav Ovadiah. "If this contemptible paper could shame the Gadol haDor like this, it seems Maran was correct when he attacked them and called them a Bayit of Goyim. I recommend to them to not wait for an apology from the poseik haDor."
(source: Kikar)

I love that response, and this entire post was really written just to point out that backwards logic - it was right to attack them initially and call them gentiles, among other things, because in response they retorted that Rav Ovadiah said things that were more abusive than anything even the crassest of people might say. That makes no sense and made me laugh when I first read it. Besides for that, they did not call Rav Ovadiah names, as he did to them, but criticized what he said. Perhaps it was still disrespectful, but it wasn't quite a degradation of the poseik hador.

With the headlines of all the papers today quoting Rav Ovadiah as now calling Yair Lapid a "menuval", I think it is time to call for our politicians and leaders to foment unity and, perhaps even more important and urgently, civility. They should deal with the issues, fight over policy, negotiate and debate and be obstinate, but with respect for each other, with civility and with honor.



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Jan 24, 2013

Rav Ovadiah says to add Avinu Malkeinu to davening next week

One would have thought that with Amnon Yitzchak's party and Rav Amsalem's party not passing the minimum threshold for the Knesset Rav Ovadiah would be happy and all the problems will have been solved. After all, now that they are not stealing away strength from Shas, Shas can ward off the looming threat of the draft...

It doesn't work like that. It's not so easy. They successfully fought off the competition, but now they still have a tough battle ahead.

Rav Ovadiah is calling on everyone to include in their davening next week the prayer of Avinu Malkeinu, and to specifically request "annul the consult of our enemies" who wish to annul the Torah learning.
(source: Kikar)

the joke is told of the yekke who came home from shul  one day 10 seconds later than usual. When his wife asked what happened that delayed him, he explained that davening was longer because they had begun praying for rain.

Davening is going to be a bit longer next week, at least in Sephardi shuls if not also in some ashkenazi shuls, so adjust your schedules accordingly.



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