Netanyabu and Ovadia Yosef reading 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Connecting to the masses of humanity that thronged Jerusalem’s streets Monday
night to take part in Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral, it was impossible not to be
overwhelmed by this momentous demonstration of respect and
admiration.Yosef had touched the lives of so many people in so many
different ways and this was their tribute. Never before in the history of the
State of Israel had so many Israelis – over 800,000 according to most estimates
– converged for a single purpose. In fact, more came to pay their last respects
to Yosef than existed in the State of Israel at its founding. Fewer took part in
the demonstrations against the first Lebanon war in the early 1980s; fewer
participated in the socioeconomic protests in the summer of 2011.