Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Memorial Draws 40,000

Service Marks End of Traditional Shiva for Sephardic Leader

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Published October 13, 2013.
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Some 40,000 people participated in a memorial for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem at the end of the mourning period.

The memorial on Sunday evening at the grave site of the Shas party spiritual leader marked the end of the seven-day shiva period for the one-time Sephardic chief rabbi, who died on Oct. 7 at the age of 93.

Several roads in the city near the cemetery were closed off several hours before the memorial, where some 20 people were injured due to crowding, according to reports.

Shas party leaders and other prominent rabbis participated in the ceremony, including Yosef’s son and the current chief Sephardic rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef; party head Aryeh Deri; and former Sephardic chief rabbi Shlomo Amar.

The haredi Orthodox news website Kikar Shabbat reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was denied permission to eulogize Yosef at his funeral because he is not religious, citing an unnamed member of the burial society.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners filled Jerusalem for the funeral.


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