The medical condition of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas
movement, remained largely unchanged over Simhat Torah/Shmini Atzeret and is
still defined as serious to very serious, but stable.
Prof. Dan Gilon,
one of the rabbi’s doctors, said in a statement to the media that there was no
significant change during the holiday in Yosef’s condition.
combination of illnesses the rabbi is suffering from, and his age, there is
always a danger in the background, [but] at the moment I don’t see anything
immediate,” Gilon said.
Yosef’s four sons, Avraham, Yitzhak, David and
Moshe, were all by his side at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s
Ein Kerem on Thursday, along with Shas party chairman Arye Deri and former
chairman MK Eli Yishai.
Yosef, 93, remains sedated and on a
On Wednesday afternoon, Yosef’s team of doctors decided to
replace his temporary pace maker with a new temporary device instead of fitting
a permanent pace maker which involves a more complicated procedure.
new device was successfully installed.
Rabbi David Yosef said that his
father’s condition would not improve quickly.
“This is not a matter of a
few days, it will take time and we are full of hope what he will recover,” he
was quoted as saying on Yosef’s official Facebook page.
“The doctors say
that there is a chance he will come out of this situation and will be able to
return and to function.”
Leading rabbis, hassidic leaders and haredi and
religious communities around the country have continued to pray for Yosef’s
And some proposals for increasing divine healing for the rabbi
have been made.
One proposal made by a Jerusalem-based rabbi is to
declare to God a donation of two minutes of one’s life to Yosef and get one
other person to do so as well.
Another proposal which has been suggested
is to break one’s smartphone to induce greater divine mercy.
leaders in the haredi world have repeatedly denounced smartphones as devices
which bring people to sin and have issued numerous bans on their
“Break the iPhone and save our master,” read a notice issued by a
small haredi organization. “Our master” refers to Yosef.
“If you merited
to break the unkosher device in your possession, you donated blood and oxygen to
the life of our master,” the notice added.
Tens of thousands of people
have been praying for the rabbi’s recovery, including Education Minister Shai
Piron who joined the prayers for Yosef’s health on Tuesday night.
Ovadia Yosef made a breakthrough in the treatment of the stranger, the orphan
and the widow,” Piron said. “As a bold adjudicator he sought to benefit the
weaker sectors of society, making a name for himself as one of the greatest
adjudicators of all times.”
Piron said he wishes Ovadia Yosef a full
recovery and “many more years of rich Torah rulings.”
contributed to this report.
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