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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Latest Hazon Ovadia Published - Who Will Continue It?

When the great and holy commentator Rashi passed away, as noted in Bava Batra 29a, his grandson the Rashba"m's commentary took its place.

When the great Rav Yaakov Chuli ZT"L passed away, as noted in Me'am Lo'ez, Teruma, chapter 7, Rav Yitzhak Magriso and others completed the work.

When the great Rav Yaakov Hayim Sofer ZT"L passed away, as noted in Kaf Hahayim Y"D 117:12 and in the introduction to that volume, Rav Ovadia Yosef took over the task and completed the volume of Kaf Hahayim Y"D vol. 2.

When the great Rav Ovadia Yosef ZT"L passed away, his students just finished publishing his latest volume of Hazon Ovadia on Hilchot Shabbat in time for the Sheloshim.  In its final page, Kikar reports, it says the following:

Source: Kikar
My very loose translation: 
Here, the pen stopped in its place and the author went up to his home in the next world - on the very bitter day of 3 MarHeshvan, 5774.  May his soul be bound in the bond of life.  Alas for what we have lost and is no longer found.

Who will continue his work?  חבל על דאבדין ולא משתכחין indeed.


At Tue Nov 05, 04:06:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Rav Ovadia Yosef was the last of the Acharonim. We are in the post-Achronic Era now. Accept it for what it is. At least the Sephardic world had an Acharon leading it for the last 18 years. The last Ashkenazic Acharonim were the Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and the Lubavitcher Rebbe who passed on within a year of each other. These fall offs come about 50 to 70 years after a major Churban. The Tannaic Era fell to the the Amoraic Era about 60 years after the crushing of Bar Kochba Revolt. The Gaonic Era ended about 70 years after the last Exilarch in Bavel. The Rishonic Era ended about 60 years after the beginning of the Inquisition in Iberia. Since the Shoah was in Europe, Ashkenazic Jewry took the greater hit. But we are not Mohicans. We have a glorious future.

At Tue Nov 05, 04:16:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Call this new Era the Era of the Community Rabbis. Every Kehilah has its Rav who is NOT the undisputed Gadol HaDor for other kehilot. In this fractured state of affairs Mashiach will come.

At Tue Nov 05, 06:16:00 PM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rav Ovadia Alav Ha'Shalom was working to leave us "Solet Naki" - which means finely sifted flour. His focus was on the "Am" - the Nation, giving halachic clarity to the simple Jew.

It is as if he was Maran Yosef Karo updating the Shulchan Aruch after 450 years.

Shishim Riboh carried his Atzmot - his remains.

Be'ezrat Hashem Yitbarach, may his memory and his efforts help UNIFY the religious world especially in Eretz Yisrael - the place where the Shulchan Aruch governs.

At Wed Nov 06, 12:43:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it said that Maran WAS the gilgul of R.Yosef Karo.

At Wed Nov 06, 12:48:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dov, you are right in that i have never seen society, this fragmented. i mean the non j society. and from what i read in the j newspapers, it appears to be the same in isr. AMEN to your words, may mosiach come now.

At Wed Nov 06, 10:02:00 AM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

If the Rav was the gilgul of Rav Yosef Karo, that would mean that he was the First and the Last of the Acharonim.


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