Israeli politicians reacted with universal sadness to the passing of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef on Monday.
“The religious Zionist public and the entire Jewish nation mourns the
passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who served as chief rabbi of Tel Aviv and chief
rabbi of Israel,” Naftali Bennett, the chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, said
in a statement. “He blazed trails with wisdom and sensitivity and united people
with one another and Israel with the Creator.”
“The rabbi was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our people this past
generation,” Bennett added. “He was a symbol of halachic sensitivity and he had
the privilege of making halacha accessible to the masses while being one of the
leaders of the Jewish people for 70 years. I send my condolences to the family
and hope for better days for the Jewish people."