Rav Ovadia Yosef on Today's Korah
I tried to avoid this topic publicly as much as possible. I cannot any longer. I believe that if I didn't speak up, I would be in the category of יכול למחות ולא מיחה, so I must speak up. אוי לי אם אגיד אוי לי אם לא אגיד.
Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a, in a stinging attack on the Ko'ah Lehashpia party and its leader, via Kikar (with video):
Who will stand at the head of the party of Amnon Yitzhak? Who will stand at its head? Will he himself stand at its head? ערבך ערב צריך! (Your guarantor himself needs a guarantor!) What, is he such a Lamdan? What is he, a Talmid Hacham? He calls himself a Hacham! He considers himself higher and higher - that he is a leader. You need to know that he is being arrogant and HKB"H will lower his status! Therefore, Rabbotai, I never raised myself up or held myself high. Korah said "wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?" This is Korah, the master of Mahaloket (argument). In every generation, "the sons of Korah did not die", i.e., there are sons of Korah making arguments and political parties.This is in addition to what Rav Ovadia said yesterday.
I wouldn't dare say such things against someone who had been Makarev so many thousands of people on my own. However, when Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a, the Gadol Hador, says such things, when he says regarding that person "הקדיח תבשילו" (the same expression the gemara on Berachot 17b uses against Yeshu, according to the Ritva there), when a list of over 35 great Sephardic rabbis in Israel today signs a letter condemning the leader of Ko'ah Lehashpia, we know that there is a good and serious reason that these things are being said and done. Therefore, I will register my protest as well.
May those who speak against Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef - and against his family - apologize and repent for their venomous statements and may we only see Ahdut in Kelal Yisrael.