Former Chief Sephardi Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu passed away on Monday afternoon at Jerusalem's Sha'arei Tzedek hospital, after a prolonged hospitalization. He was 81 years old.
Eliyahu was born and raised in Jerusalem, and served as chief rabbi between the years 1983-1993. He was considered one of the spiritual leaders of religious Zionism, and remained an influential voice among the national religious after stepping down.
Police expect tens of thousands to attend his funeral, which will take place in Jerusalem Monday night.