Rav Yitzhak Yosef Plans to Wear His Father's Luhot Chain for Pope Visit
The Rishon Letzion Rav Yitzhak Yosef plans to wear a Luhot chain when he meets the pope later this month.
Kikar explains that the chain was given to Rav Ovadia ZT"L when he was appointed chief rabbi of Israel. Rav Ovadia wore the chain whenever he needed to meet Xtian representatives, including the pope. He would wear it in response to the cross worn by those representatives.
Rav Ovadia gave the chain to his son a few weeks before his passing - when Rav Yitzhak was appointed chief rabbi.
In a later Kikar article, a video can be seen of Rav Yitzhak speaking at Magen David in Flatbush (where he is currently visiting) and talking about the chain and how he received it. He mentioned that he already wore the chain once at an interfaith conference. He added that his father received the golden Luhot from the Jewish community of Turkey.
That article concludes that Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau also plans on wearing a similar chain when he meets the pope.
YWN has the story too.