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Yosef, Ovadia
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Ovadia Yosef was the Rishon le-Ṣiyyon and Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel from 1972 to 1983 and has been the spiritual leader of theShas national party since 1984. He was born in Baghdad in 1920, but his family moved to Jerusalem when he was four. He was sent to a Sephardi Talmud Torah in Jerusalem that was close to Ashkenazi ḥaredi circles. Ovadia advanced in his studies despite his fatherʾs desire for him to help run the familyʾs grocery store and eventually went on to Porat Yosef, the main Sephardi yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem. At the very youn…

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Avi Picard, “Yosef, Ovadia”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0022400>
First published online: 2010

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