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Monday, September 20, 2010

Rav Ovadia Shlit"a's 90th Birthday Links

Hacham Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a recently had his 90th birthday (mashala), and there was no scarcity of articles about the occasion.  I'll just mention a few that I saw:

Arutz Sheva, Kikar, and Ladaat give a brief biography of his life so far.

R' Aryeh Deri recalls: In 5744, when the Shas party first won seats in the Knesset, Rav Ovadia was learning in his living room, and I mentioned to him that they had unexpectedly won 4 seats.  Rav Ovadia said, "Ah, thank G-d."  We asked ourselves, "Isn't the rabbi emotional?"...Immediately, the rabbi said, "Good.  That's all.  I need to continue learning."...

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger: Normally you call a Gadol the "Gadol Hador".  I think you can call Rav Ovadia the "Gadol Hadorot".

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shelomo Moshe Amar:
The greatness of Rav Yosef is such that one cannot even hope to be like him.  His greatness is unique in our generation and there is simply no one else like him.
Rav Ovadia cried when people started singing "רבינו עובדיה אנחנו אוהבים אותך". (video)

BeHadrei has an absolutely amazing assortment of pictures of him, new and old. I love the ones:
  1. with R' Moshe Feinstein
  2. with R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach
  3. with Rav Shach
  4. with Rav Ben-Tzion Abba Shaul
  5. being at the Mizrahi/Hapoel Hamizrahi event
  6. being with what appears to be IDF soldiers
  7. posing at the airport with some people who don't look the part of people that would be around him
  8. posing with a bunch of other people with hats and he is the only one with a beard.
Many more, Rav Ovadia, many more.


At Sun Oct 03, 02:04:00 AM 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the picture of him with R' Kaduri, ztk"l?


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