Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
The rumors began to spread about a year ago, but today they have become facts. And for some, they are very troubling facts.Less than a month after the death in October 2013 of the spiritual leader and founder of the Shas movement, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and following the onset of the internal struggles and tensions among the rabbi’s sons and their followers, news about his son Moshe and his wife’s plans to move from the haredi neighborhood of Har Nof to Beit Hakerem began to leak. Until Yosef’s death, Moshe and his wife, Yehudit, had been not only his caretakers but also the only decision-makers regarding the rabbi’s meetings and activities, and they lived in the same house. Upon his death, the first cracks in their prestigious position began to appear, while Hakablan Street, where Yosef, Arye Deri and Eli Yishai lived, became an open battlefield among the belligerent parties, and the couple understood that they would be better off living elsewhere.
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