The medical condition of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef improved slightly over the weekend, although he remains seriously ill.
His team of doctors at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital noted in particular that they were able to reduce the dosage of medication for controlling the rabbi’s blood pressure over Shabbat.
Professor Dan Gilon, one of Yosef’s doctors, told the press on Sunday that he was stable and that “several parameters” were improving, including a favorable response to treatment for an infection, but that his life was still in danger.
A mass prayer rally at the Western Wall for Yosef’s recovery, the latest in a series of such events, was staged on Sunday night with several thousand people in attendance.
Yosef’s son and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef said in a Torah lesson Saturday night, usually given by Yosef himself, that his father had briefly opened his eyes on Saturday morning and moved his arm.