Special Beit Din: Excommunication for Anyone Releasing Degrading Recordings of Rav Ovadia ZT"L
Rav Yitzhak Yosef Shlit"a, Rav Shimon Ba'adani Shlit"a, and Rav Eliyahu Bakshi Doron Shlit"a have signed a letter that effectively excommunicates anyone releasing videos of Rav Ovadia ZT"L that are of a derogatory nature.
Here is the letter:
13 Tevet 5775
We have gathered here after the grave degradation of the Torah against Maran - the head of all the children of the exile - Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef ZTVK"L - to warn and protest so that no man will dare publicize from now on tapes or recordings of Maran ZT"L that are not according to his honor and high stature. And we say to all who have publicized [these recordings] in the past and plan to publicize them in the future, [as it says] "Be careful with the coals of the sages, whose bite is the bite of the fox and whose sting is the sting of the scorpion". And [it says] "All who deride the sages will have no cure to his wound." And this is especially the case when dealing with the greatest of many generations - Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef ZTVK"L.
The Rambam in chapter 7 of Hilchot Talmud Torah writes that in a situation of public derision of a Torah sage, it is forbidden to forgive his honor, and if one does forgive, he is punished for this.
Therefore, we have gathered here to protest over the public derision of a Torah sage - and in the presence of 3 people as one - to place into excommunication anyone who dares from now on to publicize tapes or recordings like these. And anyone who already publicized them should go to his holy grave and ask forgiveness and remove the post. And [it says] "Yerushalayim was only destroyed because they derided Torah scholars in it." And one should remove the harsh judgments from upon himself by requesting forgiveness with all one's heart and therefore love ye truth and peace.
And just as the Beit Din on earth has decreed this so, so too will the Beit Din in Heaven decree it so.
And we have come to sign:
[Rav] Eliyahu Bakshi Doron
[Rav] Yitzhak Yosef
[Rav] Shimon Ba'adani