Shas spiritual leader rushed to hospital

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
January 12, 2013 10:21

92-year-old Ovadia Yosef collapses in synagogue during Shabbat prayers, currently undergoing extensive testing.




Rabbi Ovadia Yosef at Shas campaign launch

Ovadia Yosef Shas campaign launch 370. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef on Saturday morning was rushed to hospital after collapsing during prayers in synagogue.

The 92-year-old rabbi was evacuated to Hadassah University Medical Center, in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, where he is undergoing testing.

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Preliminary reports suggested that Yosef is both conscious and breathing on his own, but will remain in hospital for at least a few days.

A Smith Research poll conducted earlier this week for The Jerusalem Post predicted that Shas would win 10 seats in the upcoming January 22 election.


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However, the party has come under fire of late for airing two controversial campaign ads, which have since been removed, and for introducing a smartphone application to receive blessings from Yosef that was deemed illegal by the Central Election Committee.

In a speech marking the launch of Shas' election campaign in November, Yosef described his party's platform: “Shas was established only to bring people closer to Torah, to bring back to the heritage of Israel, to strengthen Jewish tradition and to prevent assimilation.”

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