Paying respect to Rabbi Yosef

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October 10, 2013 10:39
RABBI OVADIA Yosef reads the dedication of a book he gave to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Netanyabu and Ovadia Yosef reading 370. (photo credit: Reuters)


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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.


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